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We’ve been daydreaming of slowing things down and taking that quiet Caribbean getaway. The haven of Little Good Harbour in Barbados will instantly put you on ‘island time’ – chill out with a day at the beach, in the spa, or trolling through the local markets. Style Old-style Bajan beach houses Setting Palm-fringed fishing village […]

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This week we’re craving Provençal cuisine in palatial surroundings. La Mirande boutique hotel in mediaeval Avignon – a regally rustic stay housed in a 14th-century cardinal’s mansion – is ideal for a restorative sojourn to the south of France, and this month thespians, dancers and musicians flood the commune’s cobbled streets to perform at the Festival D’Avignon…  Style Mediaeval Provençal grandeur Setting Ancient heart of […]

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Private beach, art deco architecture and sublime spa: Metropolitan by Como, Miami Beach has upped SoBe’s blissed-out, oceanfront-decadence game. Style Modern deco spa retreat Setting Heart of historic district Why this week? These days, it feels like the word ‘Miami’ can barely leave your lips before someone is asking if you’ve been to the Metropolitan by Como hotel […]

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Go Brazil! Feed that football fever

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Maybe it has something to do with the enticing Brazilian setting – those sugary sand beaches, jungle-clad hills (oh, and the equally easy-on-the-eyes players) – but our fever for ‘the beautiful game’ is at an all-time high for these World Cup games. Despite the fact that some of our most beloved teams have been knocked out already, you’ll […]

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What makes Nantucket such an ideal summer holiday spot isn’t its expansive beaches, abundance of rental bicycles, harbour full of yachts or even the top-notch lobster rolls. No, this iconic New England whaling island perfect is because it looks and feels like nowhere else you’ve ever been, from the colonial-era clapboard houses to the popularity of clothing […]

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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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Viceroy New York: hotel of the week

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Stately and sophisticated, with a hefty dose of downtown swagger, Midtown Manhattan’s Viceroy New York feels like a cross between a Wes Anderson fantasy, a ship’s officer’s cabin and Don Draper’s Central Park-view pied-à-terre. Style Tall, dark and handsome Setting Middle of Manhattan Why this week? New York City is getting ready for summer, and the Viceroy is […]

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Did we fool you with ‘Love is in the Air‘, our tongue-in-cheek take on romantic travel for 1 April? We can’t really arrange for you to take love to a higher plane en route to your boutique hotel, but our brilliant Travel Team has arranged all manner of unusual hotel arrivals and special sorties, from gondola cruises […]

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Never has decadence felt so healthy as at Rancho Valencia, a village-like compound of spa treatments, tennis lessons and locally sourced dining set amid the horse farms and citrus groves 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. Style Courting favour Setting Californian ranchlands Why this week? We never need a reason to go somewhere sunny, beautiful and luxurious, but it […]

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Karma Kandara, Bali: hotel of the week

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Perched between the jungle and the sea, Karma Kandara is a lofty cliff-top retreat where designer flip-flops rule and sunset ocean views can be had from every dazzling angle. Style Supersized villas Setting Dramatic cliffhanger Why this week? We challenge even the most cynical romantic not to swoon at Karma Kandara’s powers of seduction; think secluded […]

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