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Well, would you look at these magical new photos we’ve just received of Basilicatan wonderland Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola’s rareified Baroque bolthole… Can’t you just picture yourself wandering serenely at sunset through that fern-edged courtyard? We can, and we think you look magnificent. Style Don-worthy decadence Setting Coppola’s ancestral comune Why this week? Why not? […]

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We’re feeling rather adventurous this month. First off, meet Alila Jabal Akhdar (above), spectacularly secluded in the stark, rugged Al Hajar mountain range – it’s responsible for us using the phrase “Man, Oman!” far too many times in the office recently (the more bad puns we make, the more you know we love it). It’s […]

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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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Travel gallery: our photoshoot in Greece

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

We’re just back from glorious Greece, where we worked on our new Smith & Family photoshoot at Ekies All Senses Resort in Halkidiki! We took along our top model Tillie and her exceptionally good-looking family, as well as a few suitcases packed full of swimsuits and beachwear from London Boutiques (Biondi Couture, Pistol Panties, Varley […]

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We begin our global adventuring this month in Thailand, courtesy of two very different Phuket haunts. The first, Foto Hotel (above), is a slick stay high on a west-side hill; the second, Twinpalms (below; two trees, one word) is a beachside hangout with a lagoon-like pool. Heading west, our next stop is the UAE, where […]

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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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Beautiful boutique hotels are a great source of inspiration for your home interiors, but we don’t all have Bill Benson, Kit Kemp or Ilse Crawford on speed dial; nor can we spare the time to travel the world sourcing one-off objects or cutting-edge furniture. We’re a handy bunch here, so as well as helping you out with our Mr […]

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This month we’ve been gallivanting all over to globe to bring you our latest batch of boutique beauties. We began in Santorini, where The Tsitouras Collection (above) exudes both character and luxury in spades and Iconic (right) has cave-sheltered rooms, pergola patios and sun-drenched terraces. Next, we island-hopped our way to Mallorca, home to serene […]

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Alpine vistas, warm fires and ski slopes have been captivating us this week – time to plan a holiday to a winter wonderland packed with outdoor adventures, where the chef champions local New Zealand produce. Step forward, Matakauri Lodge. Style Alpine elegance Setting Wild serenity Why this week? The lodge has teamed up with French champagne house Moët […]

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