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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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Alpine vistas, warm fires and ski slopes have been captivating us this week – time to plan a holiday to a winter wonderland packed with outdoor adventures, where the chef champions local New Zealand produce. Step forward, Matakauri Lodge. Style Alpine elegance Setting Wild serenity Why this week? The lodge has teamed up with French champagne house Moët […]

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Top five ski stays: it’s snow time

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Longing for a luxury lodge in one of the world’s best ski destinations? If your desk-chained daydreams are filled with fresh mountain air, desperate-to-be-skied downhill runs and fireside vin chaud-fuelled fondles, allow us to whisk you away to one of our stylish slopeside stays, freshly plucked from the peaks, pistes and valley villages of the […]

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Dunton Hot Springs: hotel of the week

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Hiding out in Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains is Dunton Hot Springs resort. This clutch of kitted-out cabins in a movie-set-worthy restored ghost town is our idea of a Wild West adventure. We aren’t the only ones who think so, either – this nature-lover’s retreat just took the prize for Greatest Outdoors in our first ever […]

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Amangani, Jackson Hole: hotel of the week

Friday, January 4th, 2013

It’s all downhill from here. Or at least that’s the case at Amangani, a three-storey sweep of sandstone and redwood in the Rocky Mountains, with postcard-perfect views of snowy peaks, and easy access to some of the best skiing in the US. The hotel itself is a winter wonderland, with a cosy library, a steaming […]

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Matakauri Lodge: hotel of the week

Friday, June 10th, 2011

With pristine snow fields, adrenalin-fuelled pursuits and a white-hot après-ski scene all within scarf-flinging distance, Matakauri Lodge boutique hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand, is at its most alluring during the local ski season, which runs from now until it’s sticks-down in October. Style Alpine elegance Setting Shores of Lake Wakatipu Why this week? There’s a […]

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Robert Ettinger Q&A: we ask the questions

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Ettinger of London is renowned for its stylish handcrafted travel accessories (we’ve got our eye on their beautiful bridle hide billfold purses, weekend bags and classic captive-top hip flasks for Christmas this year). But this luxury leather-goods label is less well-known for the dynamic adventurer, cross-country cyclist and former ski instructor at its helm. Who […]

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A flight to Geneva, a train to Martigny and a 100 minutes of driving will get you to Switzerland’s sunniest ski resort: Verbier. Nothing prepared me for quite how special a few days here would be: it’s upmarket but down-to-earth; sophisticated yet unsnooty; and when the weather’s right, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. This weekend, it was […]

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With Cupid on the cards mid-month, there’s more reason than ever to splash out on (boutique) bedded bliss. Luckily, our ceaseless search for seductive stays for Valentine’s has resulted in eight new additions, spread across cool coasts, colour-rich countryside and snow-kissed slopes. First up are two Greek treats on the idyllic islands of Kefalonia and […]

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Snow business: five things to do in Adelboden

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Not long before Christmas, me and my soon-to-be-Mrs-Smith found ourselves touching down in the heart of the Swiss Alps, for a weekend reconnaissance mission at Solis Cambrian Hotel & Spa – one of the latest additions to the Smith boutique hotel collection. We visited Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland, a village-sized cluster of gingerbread-house wooden […]

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