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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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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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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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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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Top five ski stays: it’s snow time

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Longing for a luxury lodge in one of the world’s best ski destinations? If your desk-chained daydreams are filled with fresh mountain air, desperate-to-be-skied downhill runs and fireside vin chaud-fuelled fondles, allow us to whisk you away to one of our stylish slopeside stays, freshly plucked from the peaks, pistes and valley villages of the […]

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Thompson Beverly Hills: hotel of the week

Friday, December 13th, 2013

A well-placed Los Angeles design den with New York City style and swagger, the Thompson Beverly Hills hotel had us at two words: rooftop pool. Of course, the clubby bar, sleek suites and all that Rodeo Drive shopping had us California dreamin’, too. Style Big Apple in LA Setting Upmarket design district Why this week? Have you […]

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Hotel San José, Austin: hotel of the week

Friday, October 11th, 2013

This week, we’re playing it cool. Not only is the weather pleasantly temperate after a hot desert summer, but, between its ever-innovative restaurants, career-launching music scene and iconic South by Southwest festivals, quirky and independent Austin basically defines the word. Plus, one of the original boutique hotels is there: the Hotel San José. Your street cred goes […]

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We’ve got something to suit every style-hungry hotel lover’s taste this month, from sleek city stays to beautiful beachy Edens. We started our travels in Morocco’s culture-rich coastal hideout, Essaouira, where we found pale and interesting riad Dar Maya and eccentric Villa de l’O in the old medina and exuberantly chic Le Jardin de Douars […]

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Casa Morada, Florida: hotel of the week

Friday, September 27th, 2013

We’re craving an escape that feels authentically off the grid. Oh, unlimited sunshine, sand between our toes and a private island locale would help set the scene, too. Lucky for us, Casa Morada, in Southern Florida, ticks all of those boxes… and then some. Set in the mellow Florida Keys, this boutique hotel hideout is a 90-mile, head-clearing drive from Miami and […]

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Postcard from Chicago: Lake Michigan

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

If you’re devoting your entire Chicago visit to museum-going, eating and shopping, then you’re missing out on one of the city’s hotspots: Lake Michigan. Don’t be deceived by the bright blue waters and happy swimmers – this is no tropical Caribbean island. Chicago’s long shoreline surprises visitors, but locals and savvy travellers know how to […]

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