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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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The Wallawwa, Colombo: hotel of the week

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Among three acres of peaceful tropical gardens, just outside of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is where you’ll find The Wallawwa. This 200-year-old colonial manor sparkles from a careful restoration, but hasn’t lost any of its original airs and graces. Style Lavish colonial pile Setting Nestled in Negombo Why this week? You don’t need an excuse to visit a tropical private […]

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We’re craving boundless rolling hills, aromatic olive groves, authentic bruschetta and days drenched in sun – and Fontelunga Villas has all that (and plenty of Tuscan romance) down to a tee. It’s Italian-rustic-chic meets stylish-contemporary-sleek… and this year it’s celebrating its 15th anniversary. Style Moorish Tuscan Tranquillity Setting The rolling Tuscan hills Why this week? […]

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Unwind amid the vineyard-covered hills of gourmet heaven Napa Valley and let the rural charm of the Carneros Inn’s cottages and restaurants lull you into luxurious nostalgia for pastoral California’s olden days. Style Modernist home on the range Setting California’s bucolic pastures new Why this week? Scratch that same-old, same-old beachfront holiday and escape to […]

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Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, The Opposite House features innovative architecture and interiors that embrace natural light and reclaimed materials, leaving visitors wide-eyed with appreciation. Just six kilometres from the Forbidden City and nestled in Beijing’s retail and lifestyle hub, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, this hotel calls for guests to bring an empty stomach and suitcase in order to […]

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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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Ancient outcrops of the Flinders Ranges, ordered rows of ripening grapes on vines and rolling pastoral hills are what you’ll find in the surrounds of opulently restored homestead, North Bundaleer. Just 30 minutes from the Clare Valley in South Australia, this property will have you resting on the verandah, sipping on riesling and fondly watching […]

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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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European-inspired luxury, fine dining and larger-than-life guestrooms, Georgetown’s Capella Washington DC is right at home in its well-heeled neighborhood. Style Marble and mahogany Setting Canal-side Georgetown Why this week? It finally feels like summer in the States – so get thee to a rooftop. Only a select few have access to Capella’s guest-only rooftop bar. This […]

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The breathtaking displays of cherry-blossom may have faded in Tokyo’s Ueno Park, where residents flock each spring to enjoy the delicate blooms and delicious scent of sakura season, but if you’re in London this week, you can still make it for cocktails beneath blossom-laden boughs at one of London’s best sushi spots, Sake No Hana, until 19 […]

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