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We’re going bush – but we won’t be any roughing it on this trip. Crystal -blue waters, adventure-packed afternoons and aphrodisiac oysters are just a few of seductive Saffire‘s lures. Escape to the most eastern edge of Tasmania, ocean to one side, rocky mountains and green hills on the other and nothing but fresh Pacific air in between. […]

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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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Establishment, Sydney: hotel of the week

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Hedonism finds its home at Establishment Hotel, an everything-under-one-roof haunt where Sydney’s bronzed and beautiful mingle over gin cocktails and sleek, loft-like rooms with gem-bright orchids offer the perfect repose for party-weary tootsies. Style Multi-tasking pleasure palace Setting Sydney’s glam CBD Why this week? Autumn in Sydney heralds the beginning of public music performances, film screenings […]

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Top 10 best spa hotels at the Smith Awards

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

When we set out to find the world’s best spa hotel, we had no idea it would be such back-breaking work. No no no, don’t give us that look: scouring reef-fringed bays, pristine rainforests and, yes, Britain’s leafy countryside for splendidly tiled hammams, state-of-the-art spa suites and fairy-fingered therapists is no easy task. We weren’t […]

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Melbourne chef Shannon Bennett is the talent behind award-winning Vue de Monde. A fine-dining eyrie on the 55th floor of the skyline-scoping Rialto building, it’s arguably the city’s best restaurant. As well as glam adjacent cocktail bar Lui, Shannon’s Melbourne empire spans Bistro Vue and a clutch of informal cafés, including Café Vue Heide set […]

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1888 Hotel, Sydney: hotel of the week

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Unleash your best hashtags at 1888 Hotel, a boutique bolthole that also happens to be the world’s first ‘Instagram hotel’. Decked out with visually-inspiring designs – think period windows, original Ironbark beams and bright pops of colour courtesy of works by Australian artists – and a heritage woolstore façade, this photogenic city break has no […]

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Our global escapades this month have taken us to a host of new favourite haunts. We began in the UK, at reinvented rustic retreat Dormy House in the Cotswolds. Then, for something completely different, we jetted off to the beachfront, palm-shaded Constance le Prince Maurice in Mauritius (above). After that, we hit the US. We […]

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Australia: the exhibition

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Don’t miss the exhibition of Australian art at London’s Royal Academy – organised with the National Gallery of Australia it runs until 8 December 2013. Go. If you can’t get there to see it in person, at least watch this video and treat yourself to the spirit of this show. Pictured: Charles Meere’s Australian Beach Pattern (1940) I don’t […]

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We’ve been all over the place this month, from cities to seas. Our Euro adventures began with a trio of très belles Parisians: minimalist foodie masterpiece Hôtel de Nell, knowingly cool design hub Hôtel Paradis and, just over the river, Left Bank lovely Hôtel Verneuil in Saint-Germain. Then we packed up our macaroons and jumped […]

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Our adventures this month began in Tuscany’s rural hills, where rustic-luxe La Bandita has jaw-dropping views from its infinity pool; then, beautiful Basilicata made us an offer we couldn’t refuse: Palazzo Margherita, the once-crumbling palatial home lovingly restored by Francis Ford Coppola. Then, we were off to meet a duo of lakeside stars: Relais Villa […]

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