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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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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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This week we’re gripped with oenological longing and dreaming about a break in Tuscany. Luxury hotel Castiglion del Bosco has rolling sun-drenched pastures in which to sample full-bodied wines or forage for truffles nearby. Indulgence and adventure – we want it all… Style The grape escape Setting Verdant Val d’Orcia Why this week? The Tuscan grape harvest is […]

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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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Private beach, art deco architecture and sublime spa: Metropolitan by Como, Miami Beach has upped SoBe’s blissed-out, oceanfront-decadence game. Style Modern deco spa retreat Setting Heart of historic district Why this week? These days, it feels like the word ‘Miami’ can barely leave your lips before someone is asking if you’ve been to the Metropolitan by Como hotel […]

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Summer is tantalisingly round the corner, so this month we’ve travelled round the globe to bring you the brightest, sunniest, beachiest stays on four continents. We kicked things off at romantic The Byron At Byron Resort & Spa in Australia, where we fluttered like the resident birds and butterflies between ravishing rainforest and glittering lake. […]

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After our Easter holiday spring-cleaning spree we’ll be in need of a well-earned European city break. Spanish boutique hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar – in architecturally arresting Valencia – appeals to our newfound neat freak with spotless monochrome minimalism… Style Minimalist modern palace Setting Edge of the old town Why this week? Book by 20 April to get […]

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We’re in the mood for a really good bash – copious cool drinks, non-stop dancing and a groovy poolside stay. Which is why we’re all about California dreamin’ right now and the retro-chic Viceroy Palm Springs. Let’s get this party started… Style Hollywood regency spa resort Setting Manicured Mojave desert oasis Why this week? Oh, we don’t mean […]

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Phulay Bay, Krabi: hotel of the week

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

This week, we’re feeling totally tropical (no, we don’t mean *that*). Sitting pretty by the Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve‘s lush contemporary villas showcase traditional Thai elegance and modern flair. Explore the nearby archipelagos, relax at the indulgent spa or find inner peace with a yoga session. This rejuvenating retreat can’t help but […]

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Never has decadence felt so healthy as at Rancho Valencia, a village-like compound of spa treatments, tennis lessons and locally sourced dining set amid the horse farms and citrus groves 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. Style Courting favour Setting Californian ranchlands Why this week? We never need a reason to go somewhere sunny, beautiful and luxurious, but it […]

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