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This week, we’re dreaming of pink dolphins and azure waters – better make the fantasy a reality with a trip to Aava Resort & Spa in beachy Khanom, whose powder-soft shores and looming limestone mountains guarantee holiday snaps worth bragging about. Just a ferry ride away from party-cool Koh Samui, Khanom’s waters are dotted with long-tail boats and […]

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Well, would you look at these magical new photos we’ve just received of Basilicatan wonderland Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola’s rareified Baroque bolthole… Can’t you just picture yourself wandering serenely at sunset through that fern-edged courtyard? We can, and we think you look magnificent. Style Don-worthy decadence Setting Coppola’s ancestral comune Why this week? Why not? […]

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Top 10 best-dressed boutique hotels

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The votes are in! If you’re one of the 22,000 travel-loving hotel fans who responded to our Smith Hotel Awards 2014 survey, you’ll no doubt be eager to learn which boutique boltholes and stylish weekend stays made it into the top 10 shortlists. Well, wait no longer – we can now reveal the hotels you chose to […]

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Secret Bay, Dominica: hotel of the week

Friday, October 10th, 2014

It’s the perfect time of year to sneak off to the Caribbean without the crowds. And, just to add to that delicious no-one-else-in-the-world-but-you-two thrill, make for the aptly named Secret Bay hotel, a private jungle hideout on the unspoilt island of Dominica.   Style Laid-back island luxury Setting Caribbean cliffhanger Why this week? For an authentic back-to-nature experience, cast […]

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We’re feeling rather adventurous this month. First off, meet Alila Jabal Akhdar (above), spectacularly secluded in the stark, rugged Al Hajar mountain range – it’s responsible for us using the phrase “Man, Oman!” far too many times in the office recently (the more bad puns we make, the more you know we love it). It’s […]

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As the southern hemisphere heats up, the yearly migration of whales is coming to an end; now is your last chance to catch them swim by the South Australian coast until next year. We’re heading to the Fleurieu Peninsula for an adults-only stay at The Australasian Circa 1858.  Style Heritage bones, mod-Asian heart Setting Wharf-view Goolwa […]

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Mia Resort, Nha Trang: hotel of the week

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Mojitos on the beach and breakfast in bed, or bustling local markets and fresh seafood; Nha Trang’s Mia Resort in Central Vietnam has something for everyone. Style Beach peach Setting Green, serene Cam Lam bay Why this week? Vietnam’s summer monsoon is coming to an end, making September the ideal time to visit the idyllic […]

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What to wear where: Fashion Week edition

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

The September issues are thick on the shelves, street photographers are out in packs  and a palpable frisson is sweeping from New York to Paris via London and Milan. Do you feel that cool in the air? Fashion Week is upon us. Whether you’ve long nabbed a front row seat or just want to soak up […]

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Where is the world’s Best Hotel Pool? Which hotel harbours the Sexiest Bedroom in the World? What’s on your hotel lust list? You tell us… It’s time to find this year’s superstar hotels, with the launch of the 2014 edition of the Smith Hotel Awards. Public voting is now open, and we want to hear from stylish […]

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The Mercer, New York: hotel of the week

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Give us Manhattan’s bustling streets and 24-hour subways, its towering skyscrapers, designer-clad denizens and trendy restaurants: that’s right, this week, we’re going to New York City’s buzzy Soho neighbourhood, to André Balazs’ ever-cool Mercer hotel and its star-studded clientèle. Style High jinks in luxury lofts Setting Right to the very heart of it Why this week? With New […]

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