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‘This prestigious and popular leg of the global Grand Slam of Eventing brings the world’s top riders and horses together to test their skill, stamina and speed across three pulse-quickening equestrian disciplines at the highest competition level: CCI 4*. Away from the thundering hooves and gleaming tack, there’s a weekend’s worth of eating, drinking, shopping and people-watching to enjoy’

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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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David Kelman, head chef of Cotswolds country house Ellenborough Park, marks his TV appearance on The Great British Menu with a limited series of dining events (the next one’s on Wednesday 9 July). Smith sent managing editor Anthony Leyton along for a taste of what promises to be a unique gourmet getaway… ‘So the menu’s […]

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Marylebone Village, just north of Oxford Street, is turning into one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods for aesthetes, eaters and amblers. A whirl at a family-owned boutique hotel fashioned from seven Grade II-listed townhouses and two mews homes showed us it has a lot more to it than an impressive address and notable neighbours… Where we stayed…  […]

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This month we’ve been gallivanting all over to globe to bring you our latest batch of boutique beauties. We began in Santorini, where The Tsitouras Collection (above) exudes both character and luxury in spades and Iconic (right) has cave-sheltered rooms, pergola patios and sun-drenched terraces. Next, we island-hopped our way to Mallorca, home to serene […]

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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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It’s spring! And our top-notch hotel seekers have sprung! (…or something.) This month, we have a diverse array of first-class stays around the world to get you lining up your suitcases by the front door in a wanderlusty frenzy. We begin in Australia, with Canberra’s entirely ungoogleable Hotel Hotel, so cool they named it twice […]

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Gourmet Getaways #3: Gidleigh Park

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

For the third instalment in our Gourmet Getaways series we’re brandishing our knives and forks in Michael Caines’ much-lauded, two-Michelin-star restaurant at Devon-set moorland manor Gidleigh Park, which takes pride of place in our new gourmet hotels collection. Caines’ cuisine regularly tops foodie-favourite lists; and we’re not ones to argue – in fact we firmly believe that his […]

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Spring is finally here and we’re bursting with joy. Barbecues! Bare legs! Long afternoons in the park! The capital is tipsy on sunshine and heading to the best roofs with a view, cocktail firmly in hand. Our pick of the crop? The magnificent sixth-floor pool at London spa hotel Shoreditch House, a splendid stretch of […]

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Top 10 hotels to book for Easter

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Sorted out your Easter weekend plans? No? Tsk tsk. We’ve done the hard work for all you time-short, plan-lacking escape-seekers by rounding up short-break destinations for the fast approaching long weekend. We’ve still got plenty of romantic hotels with Easter availability (but probably not for long): below are 10 of our favourites. Be it country comforts, […]

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