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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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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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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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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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Ancient outcrops of the Flinders Ranges, ordered rows of ripening grapes on vines and rolling pastoral hills are what you’ll find in the surrounds of opulently restored homestead, North Bundaleer. Just 30 minutes from the Clare Valley in South Australia, this property will have you resting on the verandah, sipping on riesling and fondly watching […]

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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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What makes Nantucket such an ideal summer holiday spot isn’t its expansive beaches, abundance of rental bicycles, harbour full of yachts or even the top-notch lobster rolls. No, this iconic New England whaling island perfect is because it looks and feels like nowhere else you’ve ever been, from the colonial-era clapboard houses to the popularity of clothing […]

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Where’s your lunchtime going to take you today? A great book can transport you to a faraway place (we’re talking further than that café you usually go to) and whet your appetite for new destinations. Our pick of the week? The exotic, possibility-packed country that is Morocco: it surprises and delights (and, ok, sometimes assaults) […]

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Vahine Island, Tahaa: hotel of the week

Friday, January 17th, 2014

A lagoon-toting isle where barefoot luxury rules, Vahine Island is flanked by sugar-sand beaches, coconut groves and too-blue ocean views normally reserved for the sweeping open sequence of a Hollywood shipwreck-style epic. Style Castaway romance Setting Tiny private island near Tahaa Why this week? Close your eyes and envisage turquoise waters, swaying palms and a pristine […]

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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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