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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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If you didn’t already get the memo, for the first time in 11 years (!) Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. As a bonus for American Smiths, it’s also the long President’s Day holiday. In short: there’s no better weekend to get a room, already. Whether you seek romance-reviving boudoirs or radiance-boosting spas, we’re here to […]

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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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1888 Hotel, Sydney: hotel of the week

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Unleash your best hashtags at 1888 Hotel, a boutique bolthole that also happens to be the world’s first ‘Instagram hotel’. Decked out with visually-inspiring designs – think period windows, original Ironbark beams and bright pops of colour courtesy of works by Australian artists – and a heritage woolstore façade, this photogenic city break has no […]

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You want a stylish packing tip? We’ve got a great one: this must-have accessory is the sort of indispensable, tackle-all-climates, wear-anywhere, outfit-perking, round-the-world wonder you won’t know how you did without. And <blush>, this little Lily and Lionel number has Mr & Mrs Smith written all over it… We’ve long been fans of Lily and […]

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We’re all for tradition – especially when it has a dose of revamped shiny and new, too. Which is why we are scheming our return visit to the newest, old thing to hit New York City: The High Line Hotel – a grand Gothic-style estate revived as a vintage-chic stay with handmade furniture and drool-inducing bespoke […]

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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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Ovolo, Hong Kong: hotel of the week

Friday, May 24th, 2013

This week, we’re setting our sights on a mid-year minibreak full of rest, relaxation and retail therapy. Celebrate the solstice with a stay in the heart of Hong Kong, at boutique city hotel Ovolo 2 Arbuthnot Road. Style Futuristic city slicker Setting In-the-thick-of-it Central Why this week? Take cue from the changing weather and skip town for a […]

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We were doubtful of its existence, but spring has finally made its stateside appearance. And all these blooms have us craving a weekend at the glam hotel St Regis Washington DC, in one of the most glorious spots to stop and Instagram the flowers this time of year. Style Old-world wow Setting Steps from the Obamas […]

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Inside London #14: Swarovski Crystallized

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

With rain-soaked pavements and throngs of unsmiling shoppers, shopping in London can be less than pleasant without some insider knowledge. But we’re here to help: just two umbrella-dodging minutes from London’s hectic Oxford Circus, there’s a serenely sparkling wonderland: welcome to Swarovski Crystallized… Opposite Liberty, close to all the West End theatres and just steps […]

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