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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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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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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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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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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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An award-winning writer for screen, small screen and digital, Helen Bagnall (below) is co-founder of erudite events organiser Salon London, and runs The Transmission Prize. Here, the literary leading lady takes a magical mystery tour from lofty Liverpool bolthole the Hope Street Hotel, and finds Lebanese street food, pre-party prep stations and coffee with a side of folk harp… […]

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Tucked away on an unspoiled white sand peninsula on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Sublime Samana hotel is a stunning suites-only retreat with pro-worthy tennis courts, fine dining, a sumptuous oceanfront spa and a show-stopping swimming pool on its vast, palm fringed grounds. Yep, that all sounds pretty sublime… Style Contemporary beach casitas Setting Remote […]

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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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Soneva Kiri, Thailand: hotel of the week

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Tucked away in a corner of Thailand not overrun by backpackers, Soneva Kiri sits on the edge of ocean-fringed jungle. It recently nabbed the Best for Families gong at the inaugural Smith Hotel Awards. With thrills to please hedonists, romantics, adventure-addicts and ankle-biters alike, this island escape has us daydreaming about dawdling there… Style All-ages tropical playground Setting Palm-fringed […]

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