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From Lisbon to Porto: a gourmet cheat sheet

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Prepare to put some time in on the treadmill: you’ll need legs of steel and a ravenous appetite to tackle Portugal‘s finest foodie cities. Perched on picturesque – if treacherously steep – hills above glistening rivers, our boutique hotels in Lisbon and Porto are within easy reach of tumbling houses, cobblestoned lanes and azulejo-tiled churches. […]

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Lately we’ve been daydreaming about Portugal. We’ve fallen a little bit in love with Areias do Seixo: an easy hour’s drive from Lisbon, right on the coast, it’s the sort of laid-back and breezy boutique hotel that has you kicking off your shoes within minutes of arriving. Fresh from a recent visit to this gorgeous […]

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We’re a little bit in love with Brazil this month, and I promise it has nothing to do with men kicking balls around. Rather, it’s the sleekly sexy style of Santa Teresa Hotel in Rio (above) that’s stolen our hotel-obsessed hearts – we’re thrilled to add it to our carefully curated collection. Another new addition […]

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Is that the heartstrings-tugging sound of Fado melodies in the air? As summer approaches, make like a Lisbonite and head to Cascais’ buzzy beaches, emerald waters and picturesque cliffsides: boutique bolthole Farol Design Hotel awaits… Style Slick and fashionable Setting Local to Lisbon Why this week? Lately, we’ve been hankering for a few blissful days […]

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Summer is tantalisingly round the corner, so this month we’ve travelled round the globe to bring you the brightest, sunniest, beachiest stays on four continents. We kicked things off at romantic The Byron At Byron Resort & Spa in Australia, where we fluttered like the resident birds and butterflies between ravishing rainforest and glittering lake. […]

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This week we’re agape at the Algarve coast and the hip boutique hotels perched near its sun-splashed beaches. In the seaside town of Sagres, Memmo Baleeira caught our eye and stole our hearts – a sleek minimalist sugar cube of a hotel perched on a grassy ocean overlook, just moments away from chilled-out coastline. Style White and […]

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This month, we started our search for stylish stays by sipping whisky at The Atholl, a suite-only townhouse in Edinburgh. After all that hard work, we headed south to soak up the rays at romantic Tuscan village retreat Monteverdi and relax at Imani Country House, a rural haven in Portugal. Over in Australia, we partied […]

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This month, we’ve circled the globe adding stylish hotels to our hand-picked collection. First, we escaped to Thailand, falling for Anantara Rasananda (above) – a blissful Koh Phangan beach retreat – and then for 137 Pillars House, a stylish heritage stay in Chiang Mai. As we continued our travels in Asia, we were wowed by swish […]

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Looking for a Euro destination that blends buzzy city culture with sun-kissed beach life and some kooky castles? Portugal’s cool capital Lisbon is the ideal good-time getaway, with a serious cake habit on the side. When Smith lived it up in Lisbon recently, we found our slice of daily heaven in the form of pastéis […]

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We’ve got a bumper bundle this month, with new hotels spanning the globe from Langkawi to Lisbon. Foodies in particular, you’re in for a treat… We’ve gone gourmet for June with three new foodie fantasies: St John Hotel, a sleek London retreat where nothing’s skipped on the nose-to-tail menu; The Bull Inn, a picturesque Dorset […]

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