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Hayman hotel on the Great Barrier ReefThis month, we started our search for stylish stays by sipping whisky at The Atholl, a suite-only townhouse in Edinburgh. After all that hard work, we headed south to soak up the rays at romantic Tuscan village retreat Monteverdi and relax at Imani Country House, a rural haven in Portugal.

Wickaninnish Inn hotel on Vancouver IslandLumeria Maui hotel in HawaiiOver in Australia, we partied first at QT Sydney (the city’s hottest new hotel) and then at stylish Melbourne bolthole Ovolo Hotel. We also fell for the family-friendly Hayman resort on the Great Barrier Reef, QT Gold Coast with its views of the surf and the tropical-modern QT Port Douglas.

Stateside, we dressed to impress at dapper Miami shoreside stay The James Royal Palm, after which we headed west for a round of croquet at the idyllic Rancho Valencia in California and some our yoga asanas at Lumeria Maui in Hawaii. Then up in Canada, an Asian-influenced city slicker – Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver caught our eye, along with The Wickaninnish Inn, a waterfront woodland lodge on Vancouver Island.

Check in with us this time next month for some New Year travel treats…

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