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Top 10 hotels to book for Easter

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Sorted out your Easter weekend plans? No? Tsk tsk. We’ve done the hard work for all you time-short, plan-lacking escape-seekers by rounding up short-break destinations for the fast approaching long weekend. We’ve still got plenty of romantic hotels with Easter availability (but probably not for long): below are 10 of our favourites. Be it country comforts, […]

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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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Top five ski stays: it’s snow time

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Longing for a luxury lodge in one of the world’s best ski destinations? If your desk-chained daydreams are filled with fresh mountain air, desperate-to-be-skied downhill runs and fireside vin chaud-fuelled fondles, allow us to whisk you away to one of our stylish slopeside stays, freshly plucked from the peaks, pistes and valley villages of the […]

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This Halloween we’re seeking out high-end haunted house hotels, vampy Transylvanian stays, ghostly guesthouses and the most spooktacular events. Our boutique hotels are renowned for being out of this world, but our pick of spine-chilling stays have an added air of mystery – from southern Gothic-style New Orleans’ guesthouses close to the ‘Cities of the Dead’ graveyards, […]

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Muse St Tropez: hotel of the week

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Made the most of the British heatwave? As the crowds disperse and the temperature mellows, the summer-sass of St Tropez gives way to a more tranquil atmosphere and our hotel of the week, the Riviera-luxe boutique hideaway Muse St Tropez, provides that perfect polished pampering and blooming rural scenery to ease the tension of a well-lived […]

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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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You already know that Smith hotels and romantic weekends go together like moonlight and music: but what are the other ingredients of a super-stylish mini-break? We’ve rounded up this season’s perfect weekend-away travel companions – from the products that will make eyes sparkle on the Amalfi Coast to the best bedrooms to book in Barcelona… […]

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Hotel Sezz, Paris: hotel of the week

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Just like Cole Porter, we love the City of Light in the springtime… and we love boutique hotels in Paris. Hotel Sezz is the perfect place to enjoy the season: the fin-de-siècle façade gives way to industrial-chic interiors in couture-inspired colours (check out those Valentino-red carpets), and the Seine-side location makes for optimum sightseeing. Style: […]

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Ever fancied yourself as lord or lady of the manor? As soon as you cross the drawbridge over the moat at aristocratic Château de Bagnols hotel in Beaujolais, you’ll feel as though your palace-dwelling dreams have come true… Style Five-star aristocrat Setting Cultivated Beaujolais Why this week? Once spring sunshine arrives, the French countryside’s ripe […]

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This month, we explored the edenic eastern Algarve from our temporary home at quirky country house Fazenda Nova; after that, we lounged by the pool at Corsican beauty La Signoria. Once we managed to tear ourselves away from the sun, we were northward bound, off to hang out with a host of cool locals at […]

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