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It’s spring! And our top-notch hotel seekers have sprung! (…or something.) This month, we have a diverse array of first-class stays around the world to get you lining up your suitcases by the front door in a wanderlusty frenzy. We begin in Australia, with Canberra’s entirely ungoogleable Hotel Hotel, so cool they named it twice […]

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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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‘Barefoot luxury’ might be becoming a bit of a cliche, but we’re addicted to it nonetheless. And where better to kick of your shoes in sumptuous surroundings than in the Maldives? We’re fickle folk who fall in love anew every time we go there and find our new favourite hotel, but when the hotels in […]

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Establishment, Sydney: hotel of the week

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Hedonism finds its home at Establishment Hotel, an everything-under-one-roof haunt where Sydney’s bronzed and beautiful mingle over gin cocktails and sleek, loft-like rooms with gem-bright orchids offer the perfect repose for party-weary tootsies. Style Multi-tasking pleasure palace Setting Sydney’s glam CBD Why this week? Autumn in Sydney heralds the beginning of public music performances, film screenings […]

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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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Travel gallery: Charlie goes to South Africa

Monday, February 10th, 2014

We’re big fans of quite a few boutique hotels in South Africa, and we want you to be, too. So, we sent Charlie from our London HQ out to get to know the South African slice of our hand-picked hotel collection a bit better; here are a few of the Instagrams she sent us from […]

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Karma Kandara, Bali: hotel of the week

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Perched between the jungle and the sea, Karma Kandara is a lofty cliff-top retreat where designer flip-flops rule and sunset ocean views can be had from every dazzling angle. Style Supersized villas Setting Dramatic cliffhanger Why this week? We challenge even the most cynical romantic not to swoon at Karma Kandara’s powers of seduction; think secluded […]

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We began our global hotel-hunting trek this month in the Maldives, where Constance Halaveli‘s white-sand beach, overwater spa and romantic mid-jetty restaurant more than won us over. Then, we were off to another watery wonderland: San José del Cabo in Mexico, where the very cool Hotel El Ganzo is Los Cabos’ first hip design hotel […]

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Miles of unspoilt coastlines, secluded beaches and pine-clad hills: the hidden-gem island of Spetses is just the ticket for some much-needed relaxation. Well-heeled Athenians flock here for breezy escapes from the sweltering summer heat and check in at the elegant Poseidonion Grand Hotel, a château-esque harbourfront retreat… Style Courtesy of Cannes Setting Pine-scented Pityoussa Why this week? […]

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Viceroy Anguilla: hotel of the week

Friday, January 24th, 2014

A vision in white, the British West Indies’ Kelly Wearstler-styled Viceroy Anguilla takes Caribbean oceanfront luxury to a whole new high, with three seaside pools, a private beach and plenty of plush loungers for your basking enjoyment. Style Designer castaway Setting Leeward Island bayfront Why this week? As if the lure of gently swaying palm-trees, Caribbean Ocean-views from your […]

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