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We’re craving boundless rolling hills, aromatic olive groves, authentic bruschetta and days drenched in sun – and Fontelunga Villas has all that (and plenty of Tuscan romance) down to a tee. It’s Italian-rustic-chic meets stylish-contemporary-sleek… and this year it’s celebrating its 15th anniversary. Style Moorish Tuscan Tranquillity Setting The rolling Tuscan hills Why this week? […]

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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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Looking for the best ski resorts? Itching to ski New Zealand or ski Australia? Good timing: as you read this, snowflakes are falling in flurries across the ski fields. It’s set to be one of the best snow seasons, so whether the snow gums of Falls Creek are beckoning or the Remarkables’ impressive mountain ranges near Queenstown tickle your fancy, […]

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A tropical haven in Seminyak, The Legian & The Club in Bali delivers sun, surf and sand aplenty. There’s also some gourmet Asian-fusion cuisine on offer, thanks to a brand new chef and an unlimited supply of fresh seafood – we’re licking our lips already…  Style Oceanside opulence Setting Beach central Why this week? New executive chef Luke MacLeod and his team have prepared […]

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Greece: your go-to guide

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

History-crammed landscapes, dazzling azure coves, charming seafood tavernas, that pupil-tightening combination of brilliant whitewash against cobalt blue skies… Greece has long been the ultimate summer-holiday destination. But which romantic island or pine-lined coastline to pick? We point you in the right direction with our go-to guide to the best Greek getaways, from honeymoon hotels on volcanic […]

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Roaring fires, mood-lit showers, outdoor hot tubs and beds large enough to lose yourself in… Set in the pretty rural setting of Chipping Campden, Cotswold House Hotel & Spa is the boutique hotel equivalent of a cashmere-wrapped hot water bottle and a (very stylish) fleecy onesie. You’ll have to try very, very hard indeed to […]

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Soneva Kiri, Thailand: hotel of the week

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Tucked away in a corner of Thailand not overrun by backpackers, Soneva Kiri sits on the edge of ocean-fringed jungle. It recently nabbed the Best for Families gong at the inaugural Smith Hotel Awards. With thrills to please hedonists, romantics, adventure-addicts and ankle-biters alike, this island escape has us daydreaming about dawdling there… Style All-ages tropical playground Setting Palm-fringed […]

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Chewton Glen, New Forest: hotel of the week

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Chewton Glen hotel in the New Forest is the sort of Hampshire haven that makes a marvellous midwinter hideout: it’s all cosy nooks, sumptuous spa, 24-hour room service and magically appearing staff (the staff-to-guest ratio is two-to-one). Style Spa-spangled manor Setting New Forest pony-country Why this week? We’ve been excitedly awaiting the unveiling of the […]

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Postcard from Chicago: Lake Michigan

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

If you’re devoting your entire Chicago visit to museum-going, eating and shopping, then you’re missing out on one of the city’s hotspots: Lake Michigan. Don’t be deceived by the bright blue waters and happy swimmers – this is no tropical Caribbean island. Chicago’s long shoreline surprises visitors, but locals and savvy travellers know how to […]

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This week we’re wowed by the warm waters and white beaches of the Maldives. With its palm-dotted sands, piercing blue seas, overwater spa and underwater restaurant, family-friendly hotel Anantara Kihavah Villas is the stuff of desert-island dreams. Style Breezy seaside retreat Setting Blissful Baa Atoll Why this week? If you’re already setting your sights on school holidays […]

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