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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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Tides South Beach, Miami: hotel of the week

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Catch a glimpse of a glamourous bygone era (revived with modern perks) at the Tides South Beach hotel in Miami – a grand art-deco building with gleaming interiors and ocean views from every room.  Style Classic SoBe sophistication Setting Opulent Ocean Drive  Why this week? We could really go for an expertly-muddled mojito served poolside right about […]

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Viceroy Anguilla: hotel of the week

Friday, January 24th, 2014

A vision in white, the British West Indies’ Kelly Wearstler-styled Viceroy Anguilla takes Caribbean oceanfront luxury to a whole new high, with three seaside pools, a private beach and plenty of plush loungers for your basking enjoyment. Style Designer castaway Setting Leeward Island bayfront Why this week? As if the lure of gently swaying palm-trees, Caribbean Ocean-views from your […]

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Tucked away on an unspoiled white sand peninsula on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Sublime Samana hotel is a stunning suites-only retreat with pro-worthy tennis courts, fine dining, a sumptuous oceanfront spa and a show-stopping swimming pool on its vast, palm fringed grounds. Yep, that all sounds pretty sublime… Style Contemporary beach casitas Setting Remote […]

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Le Sereno, St Barths: hotel of the week

Friday, November 1st, 2013

It’s almost Caribbean season. Azure waters and sugar-sand beaches are working their way into our daydreams, and, with city-chic Le Sereno‘s announcement of their new, James Beard award-winning-chef-run restaurant, refined St Barths just might be the first stop on this year’s jaunts… Style Continental Caribbean Setting Grand Cul-de-Sac cove Why this week? Le Sereno just re-opened last […]

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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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Summer was breezing right along until we realised that August is already more than half over and Labor Day – the American long weekend holiday that signals the end of summer (this year August 31–September 2) – is almost upon us. You don’t even want to see how sad our summer bucket lists look. So, […]

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If granted unlimited holiday allowance, we’d spend summer’s final weeks feasting on plump lobster rolls, paddling through glassy rivers and posing in front of weathered lighthouses. The spot to indulge in all of these saltwater-tinged, coastal delights is Maine. As if out of some sort of maritime fable, one storybook seaside town after the next […]

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Top 10: last-minute European summer stays

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Still on the lookout for that ever-elusive summer sunshine? Get ready to slip into your sarong and slap on your factor 15: here’s our shortlist of 10 boutique hotels in Europe that still have room for last-minute sun seekers… By the sea   Memmo Baleeira Algarve, Portugal Style White and bright Setting Sunkissed Algarve shore Built in the 1960s, Memmo […]

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With the Southern Hemisphere winter well and truly underway, at Smith HQ in Melbourne we’re feeling sodden, sniffly and in serious need of some sunshine. As luck would have it, our frosty months coincide with Fiji’s mild dry season – so pack a suitcase full of swimmers and make haste for Pacific paradise, Royal Davui Island […]

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