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H2 Hotel, Healdsburg: hotel of the week

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The ink-black Sangiovese, regal purple pinot noir and the plump pearl of a chardonnay… we’re all about the mighty grape this time of year. So we’re off to the California wine country for a stay at H2 Hotel in happening Healdsburg.  Style Green, by nature Setting Heart of Healdsburg Why this week? Customarily chilled-out Sonoma County buzzes with energy during […]

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We threw a great little gourmet gathering last night in buzzing Bethnal Green at Town Hall Hotel & Apartment‘s new Typing Room restaurant with super chefs Lee Westcott (below) and Sophie Michell. As if dining on delicious canapés from Chef Westcott and his gang weren’t excuse enough to celebrate, we were also hailing the upcoming […]

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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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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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Viceroy New York: hotel of the week

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Stately and sophisticated, with a hefty dose of downtown swagger, Midtown Manhattan’s Viceroy New York feels like a cross between a Wes Anderson fantasy, a ship’s officer’s cabin and Don Draper’s Central Park-view pied-à-terre. Style Tall, dark and handsome Setting Middle of Manhattan Why this week? New York City is getting ready for summer, and the Viceroy is […]

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An award-winning writer for screen, small screen and digital, Helen Bagnall (below) is co-founder of erudite events organiser Salon London, and runs The Transmission Prize. Here, the literary leading lady takes a magical mystery tour from lofty Liverpool bolthole the Hope Street Hotel, and finds Lebanese street food, pre-party prep stations and coffee with a side of folk harp… […]

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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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Midtown Manhattan is certainly convenient for a New York City stay, but, as neighbourhoods go, it’s not considered the most cutting edge. Well, that was until the sleek Chambers hotel dropped in to add a dose of downtown cool to this otherwise buttoned-up enclave. Couple that with in-house restaurant Má Pêche – part of David […]

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