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We’re a little bit in love with Brazil this month, and I promise it has nothing to do with men kicking balls around. Rather, it’s the sleekly sexy style of Santa Teresa Hotel in Rio (above) that’s stolen our hotel-obsessed hearts – we’re thrilled to add it to our carefully curated collection.

The Ludlow hotel in New YorkHam Yard Hotel in LondonAnother new addition in the Americas is California’s classic Ventana Inn & Spa, sprawled down a dramatic ocean-view hillside in spectacular Big Sur; it’s the sort of stay that epitomises ‘rustic chic’. Over on the other coast, The Ludlow in New York (right) towers above the hip Lower East Side; to the south, Miami’s Hotel Victor South Beach is a central spot for surfers and sun seekers.

On the European front, the long-awaited opening of Firmdale’s Ham Yard Hotel in London (right) has design fans delighted, and another of our new favourites in the capital is Notting Hill’s Portobello Hotel. Next, we got out of town and headed for classic beachy break The Idle Rocks in Cornwall. On the Continent, we loved lounging elegantly at chic city stays Portrait Firenze in Florence and Palácio Ramalhete in Lisbon.

We ended our global adventures in Thailand – Koh Samui, to be precise – where Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa won us over with its fine dining, perfect pools and Chinese-inspired decor. Join us again a month from now to see where we’re off to next…

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