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Travel articles from The Luxury Channel Magazine.

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort Unveils $20 Million Renovation By The Luxury Channel

Revealing a sophisticated design aesthetic with a traditional Maldivian feel, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, in the North Malé Atoll, has announced the completion of a $20 million renovation. Designed by boutique multi-disciplinary design practice, Topo Design Studio, the newly-transformed resort now exhibits beautiful Maldivian architecture with a contemporary twist, reflecting the five-star…

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Escape To Myanmar By Anya Braimer Jones

Picture raucously happy children swaying in a fairground boat ride that’s flying precariously through the air. Below them are women selling longyis (like sarongs) and other kids enjoying tamarind candies and fresh pineapple juice. There’s a dragon ice sculpture that soon turns into a melted serpent in the scorching heat. Novice monks in saffron robes…

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On The Edge of Wilderness At Nihi Sumba By Fiona Sanderson

Think of giving not as a duty, but a privilege…. This philosophy is very much the heart and soul of Nihi Sumba, a unique (and almost undiscovered) luxury resort on one of Indonesia’s little-known islands. Today more than ever, luxury travellers are looking for holidays which are more than just beach holidays; they want an…

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A Little Lost Love On Board The Ayeyarwaddy Discovery By Caroline Phillips

There are naked children splashing innocently in the water by the river’s edge – why would anyone waste much-needed kyats, the local currency, on swimwear? Others are climbing like mini Tarzans on anchor ropes that run high above the water from a ship to the shore. My family and I clamber aboard a traditional wooden…

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Escape To Four Seasons Jimbaran In Bali For A Honeymoon By The Sea By Fiona Sanderson

Bali, also known as the “Land of the Gods,” is a place that exudes colour and spirituality, and although it is a busy holiday resort, there is still much to see and do in this ancient and holy place. It is not surprising then, that Bali has all the ingredients for travellers on their honeymoon…

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The History And Magic of Amanjiwo By Fiona Sanderson

Escape to Indonesia for our honeymoon special…. Stepping off the plane at Yogyakarta felt a world away from Jakarta, Indonesia’s biggest and most congested city – traffic and pollution were not what we had in mind for our first honeymoon destination! However, an easy flight just over an hour from Jakarta took us into another…

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Escape To Kampala By Anya Braimer Jones

Kampala, Uganda. I am sitting in Sparkles Salon, in the Game Mall, sixty minutes into what I’m told will be a marathon four-hour hair-braiding session. Not your usual tourist activity, perhaps. But this isn’t an obvious tourist city. In fact, most visitors give Kampala a miss and rush instead to see the gorillas and big…

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Escape To Atmantan By Caroline Phillips

There are some unique boards by the roadside. ‘A fit and healthy you is the best fashion statement you can make,’ reads one sign. Another says, ‘Be transformed — in the land of prana (life energy), there is no app for this.’ Nearby folk wearing kurta pyjamas raise their hands prayerfully in Namaste greetings. This…

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Bad Kleinkirchheim Is Good For The Health! By Ramy Salameh

With a passion for its roots, the prestigious Ferienhotel Kolmhof in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, is a family-owned property, which mixes tradition with contemporary Austrian lifestyle. Sitting at the foot of the Nockberge Mountain range and opposite St. Kathrein thermal spa, the hotel was our perfect base for three days of relaxation, rejuvenation and active-adventure. Bad…

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Escape To Gleneagles By Caroline Phillips

If there’s a smart place to take a hound, Gleneagles is it. It hit the headlines in 2005 when it hosted the G8 summit, despite the leaders being minus their pooches. But recently, it has been becoming famous for its excellent hospitality for the four-legged. There’s a rigorous vetting (excuse the pun) procedure prior to…

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Escape To Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort By Caroline Phillips

It’s not often that there’s a resort hotel that boasts an unusual welcome ceremony, a Nature Guru who’s a conservationist with a Masters in Environmental Science, and a great Ayurvedic doctor too. I’ll start with the first: a greeting that involves singing, drumming and three Sinhalese ladies in a lobby. That’s the welcome I get…

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A Roaring Success At Bel & The Dragon By Fiona Sanderson

For those wishing to escape London and enjoy a little piece of old England with a personal fine dining experience, the 15th century Bel & The Dragon coaching inn in Cookham offers upscale country-chic rooms and modern British cuisine, giving you a taste of Old England with cosy roaring log fires and and reasonably priced…

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Kandy Samadhi Centre – For The Luxury of Tranquillity, Beauty And Simplicity By Caroline Phillips

It’s almost possible to touch the white clouds that move slowly across the hilltop in front of my terrace. There’s a hammock hanging between vintage wooden pillars and monkeys swinging in trees watching me watching them. Lying there is great too for listening to the orchestra of birds and crickets. Sweet music conducted by tree…

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Top Destinations For A Royal Honeymoon In 2018 By The Luxury Channel

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare to tie the knot this spring, speculation is already rippling about where the couple of the year might be spending their honeymoon. With that in mind, we bring you a round-up of some of the world’s most romantic spots for a newlywed escape, sure to rival any royal…

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Surya Lanka Ayurveda Beach Resort – The Meaning of Life…. By Anya Braimer Jones

A healthy retreat is just the thing I need. What could be better? I’d like to cleanse and relax — aka ridding my body of my accumulated sins. Think smoking, drinking booze and eating mounds of sugar. I’m also here to tackle the ghastly acne which inconveniently popped up on my face a few months…

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24 Hours In Colombo By Caroline Phillips

They’re serving afternoon tea on cake stands with fans circling overhead and the Indian Ocean as a backdrop. There’s a lawn for croquet. Beyond this — and framed by 19th century columns and palm trees — there are ladies sashaying in gold and purple saris to watch a wedding on the promenade. The sound of…

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55 Things To Do In Kenya By Jane Rogers

If you want an adventure-packed experience, then you have every reason to visit Kenya. With an unmatched wealth of game and over forty different cultures, Kenya will spoil you with an array of choices. Talk of enjoying sunny weather throughout the year while exploring the country’s natural beauty, having a chance to run along some…

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Discovering A “Lille” Bargain! By Ramy Salameh

Lille’s flea market culture has some pedigree. After all, it is home to Europe’s largest in the form of La Braderie that takes over the city for two days in September every year, and is a tradition that stretches back to medieval times. So, having taken up a challenge from the owner (a Francophile) of…

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Simply Delicious Puglia By Emma Oxley

I am sitting on a terrace by the blue Adriatic, white linen before me, like a blank canvas waiting for the creativity of Saleblu’s kitchens, the fabulous restaurant at La Peschiera Hotel. Francesca, my companion and guide, is explaining to me that Puglia has the soul of a mother. When a mother shows her love…

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Escape To Essaouria By Caroline Phillips

There’s a man in a baseball cap and wellington boots opening and selling sea urchins beside the sand-coloured ancient ramparts. Call it African fast food. Nearby on the quay, a youngster is dragging a dead young shark into a lorry, and then pulling another finned specimen behind him and yet another Mini Jaws — taking…

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Salzburgers Are Fashionably Traditional By Ramy Salameh

With a healthy glow to her cheeks, Gabriele Jenner stood behind the counter eager to introduce us to Jahn-Markl, her “Trachten” (traditional Austrian dress) shop; the sign above the door symbolically stated 1408; Salzburg’s oldest former tannery was founded over 600 years ago, around the time another of the city’s great passions began – the…

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Mauritius’ Top Features For Weddings And Honeymoons By The Luxury Channel

With its miles of white sand beaches, surrounded by lush forests and dramatic volcanic peaks, Mauritius is made for romance. From the first swim-up pools on the island to sea-urchin tasting at sunset, Mauritius has a host of new and exciting wedding and honeymoon experiences for 2018…. Experience the new swim-up rooms at the Victoria…

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Lake Como – The Height of Sophistication And Style By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel’s two new favourites on Lago di Como are Il Sereno and Villa Pliniana…. One of Lake Como’s most recently opened hotels, Il Sereno, is quite simply stunning and somewhere that you must stay if you want a really first class hotel and a romantic adventure by the Italian lakes. The hotel is…

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Jordan – On The Wild Side By Ramy Salameh

The Khamsini – a dry, hot, sandy wind – was building as we entered Wadi Rum. The grand rock formations and their geological layers of colour were beginning to disappear behind a swirling, hazy cloud of dust and sand. This beautiful and and bewitching place, described by T. E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and godlike,”…

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Escape To The Four Seasons In Florence By Caroline Phillips

There are five-star hotels, and then there are the ones that deserve an entire firmament of stars. Places like the Plaza in New York, Claridge’s in London, and the Hôtel Ritz in Paris. I’ve stayed in the gold list of historical hotels from Mumbai’s Taj Mahal to Raffles in Siem Riep and Le Meurice in…

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Nicaragua – The Land of Lakes And Volcanoes By Annabel Illingworth

As I creep up to the edge of the Masaya Volcano, my heart is pounding. It’s not the sulphur fumes – although those will hit me later – but the sheer scale of the crater. Only a small wall separates visitors from a thousand-foot drop and as I peer over, pungent smoke swirls and fogs…

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Escape To Amsterdam By Caroline Phillips

Caroline Phillips stays in Hotel Seven One Seven in Amsterdam, and then ventures out for some sightseeing…. A member of staff wearing a long cream apron opens the front door. ‘May I offer you a glass of wine? A seat in front of the fire?’ asks this cheery Dutchman. We sit down for a cup…

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Donna Coraly Resort – An Oasis of Calm By The Luxury Channel

An hour’s drive from Catania airport in Sicily sits the exquisite Donna Coraly Resort. A hideaway with just five suites, it’s the perfect place to retreat from the hectic pace of life, and is ideal for a group of best friends to book the entire resort and make it home. Run by Lucia Pascarelli, the…

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Rula Lenska At Saruni Rhino Camp By Rula Lenska

I have been lucky in my life to travel far and wide….India, Nepal, safari on elephant back, Tibet on a pilgrimage, deepest China writing for a magazine, Peru, the amazing Amazon, the Galápagos Islands, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, white water rafting, hot air ballooning and many other exciting, intrepid and extraordinary adventures. So…

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Niseko – The St. Moritz of Japan By Giles Hoff

If you were asked to picture the best countries around the world to visit on a skiing holiday, the chances are Japan would not turn up on the list. However, one Japanese resort that is earning nothing but praise from its visitors is Niseko – on Japan’s most Northerly island, Hokkaido – and it has…

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In Search of The Perfect Spa In Japan By Giles Hoff

It’s 6.00 am, and while I would normally be just about stirring, a combination of jet lag and excitement mean I have eagerly been awaiting the opening of the Onsen since 5.00 am. I expect to be the only one there as I guess no-one else will be jet-lagged (I am the only foreigner here),…

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Escape To Ethiopia By Caroline Phillips

Ethiopia, it’s said, is perhaps the most intriguing country in Africa. It’s a place of scale, Biblical beauty, and oodles of historical treasures. It’s a land boasting a colourful, gracious and welcoming people. And somewhere with awesome landscapes, the likes of which are rarely seen outside of good dreams. This is an impressionistic account of…

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How To Maximise Wellness Holidays For Less Leave By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel discovers how to maximise 18 days of wellness holidays in 2017 by taking just 9 days off work…. There’s no better time than the New Year to start planning your wellness holidays and, as we discover, it is entirely possible to enjoy 18 days off work by booking just 9 days of…

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Find Your Soul In Seoul By Fiona Sanderson

Is it possible to find peace, tranquillity and well-being in a city? Re-energising the body and mind for Seoulites is part of the city’s DNA – and citizens of this trendy Asian capital, home to 25% of Korea’s entire population, are living proof that finding your ‘‘Yin, Yang’’ is an essential part of their everyday…

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Glimpsing Sardinia’s Inner Beauty By Ramy Salameh

The north east coastline of Sardinia, at one stage in the past, was seen by farmers as useless for grazing their cattle. The real bounty was the mountainous interior that produced more than the fishing line could, and so the coastal land was given to the women folk to continue their crafts and to fish….

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Saruni Rhino Camp Launches First On-Foot Rhino Tracking Experience By Fiona Sanderson

With Africa’s wild animal populations being decimated, it seems unthinkable that the biggest mammals on earth could disappear. Losing such species as elephants and rhinos from Africa is a slow erosion of humanity, leaving an empty world full of people and nothing living wild. Saruni Rhino Camp has subsequently set up the first on-foot black…

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Lewtrenchard Manor – A Little Piece Of Heaven And History Tucked Away In A Secret Valley By Fiona Sanderson

Fiona Sanderson finds the perfect escape for a wedding weekend in Devon…. Arriving at this Jacobean Manor in a secluded valley in Devon, you really feel as though you are stepping back in time. With its staples – stucco ceilings, wood-panelled halls, creaky floors, portrait-lined walls and blazing fires – Lewtrenchard is filled with a…

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Lamai’s Wild Luxury Soars High Above The Serengeti By Emma Oxley

Nomad Tanzania’s safari lodge takes you one step further into Africa, into the wide beauty of the Serengeti plains, the animal scents and roar of a beast, in high style. In this vast flat wilderness, there is one boulder-strewn hill and along the seam sits Lamai, a discreet eyrie for the traveller who has a…

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Top Luxury Travel Destinations In A Hunton Yacht By The Luxury Channel

Think of James Bond’s gadgets and it does not come much bigger than a yacht. A luxury yacht is the ultimate style icon, be it from sailing a 54-foot yacht up Venice’s Grand Canal as in the movie remake of Casino Royale, to navigating through the British Virgin Islands or coasting around the Cote d’Azur….

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Escape To Iran By The Luxury Channel

A hugely fascinating country, Iran’s history and ancient culture has created a magical land with everyday life woven and working with tradition. Visit bustling bazaars, impressive ruins, majestic mosques, oasis gardens and fine art galleries, and witness firsthand the country’s intricate craftsmanship. With BA’s new direct flight between London Heathrow and Tehran, it has never…

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Escape To The Seychelles By Emma Oxley

Wildly beautiful and naturally private, Emma Oxley escapes to Fregate Island Private in the Seychelles…. I find it difficult to imagine Fregate Island Private existing without me; it seemed to exist only for me when I was there. On this diminutive Galapagos of the Seychelles, delightful people are falling over themselves to make you happy….

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Fez Pulsates To A Timeless Rhythm By Ramy Salameh

Fez – the fabled city of the Maghreb and its ancient landmarks – was the perfect stage for The World Sacred Music Festival. Now in its 22nd year, the Festival is intricately interwoven with one of Morocco’s great imperial cities. The cultural cross-pollination of sacred music and artists from around the world continues to engender…

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HIP Hotels – A Grand Tour of Highly Individual Places By The Luxury Channel

When it comes to travel, we all want to find that unique outpost with character, charm and just a little je ne sais quoi, something that makes a getaway just that little bit extra special. That particular travel nail is hit firmly on the head with HIP Hotels – the “hip” part of the equation…

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Seoul Man By Fiona Sanderson

Adrian Slater, General Manager of the Grand Hyatt in South Korea, talks to The Luxury Channel about life in the hotel and living in Seoul…. How long have you been with Hyatt Group? Almost 30 years – it’s a great company. What it does extremely well is give everyone the opportunity to grow, and I…

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Royal Connections By The Luxury Channel

In anticipation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to India and Bhutan, bespoke tour operator, Ampersand Travel, has created an itinerary to showcase the links between England and the Indian Subcontinent, existing since the days of the Raj. This 24-night all-suite itinerary to Rajasthan and Bhutan suggests palaces and hotels that hold a…

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A Winter Wonderland Mardi Gras Awaits In Quebec City By Michael-Ann Rowe

Quebec is a destination known for being a romantic get-away, but the entire family will find fun, frolics and festivities at one of the World’s largest winter Carnivals…. After 62 years, Quebecers are no strangers to embracing the snow. In fact, their famous mascot, Bonhomme, is a 7-foot, 400-pound, walking, talking snowman! Across from Quebec’s…

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The Most Luxurious Road Trip On Earth By The Luxury Channel

Range Rover and Abercrombie & Kent have teamed up to create The Most Luxurious Road Trip on Earth – a road trip like no other that combines the world’s most beautiful locations, hotels and driving routes. This is an unrivalled 21 day trip-of-a-lifetime, taking in five continents, eight countries and nine of the world’s best…

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Escape To Fattoria Corleonese By Caroline Phillips

Rolling landscapes, home grown tomatoes and traditional red clay roof tiles. This is Fattoria Corleonese, a gorgeous manor house for holidays in Sicily. It’s in the heart of the country, part of a working farm and in a building that has been in the same family since 1873. It’s set in 92 hectares of beautiful…

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Escape To Casalnuovo By Caroline Phillips

The sky is streaked pink and purple. There are hills that recede into the distance where the Tyrrhenian Sea twinkles and the magical Aeolian islands stick temptingly out of the water. The villa is surrounded by an organic estate with olive trees, two gamboling dogs and a vegetable garden with sun-blushed tomatoes, beans and squash….

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Fifty Years of Chewton Glen By Isabel Donnelly

One of The Luxury Channel’s very favourite “staycation” hotels is Chewton Glen, on the outskirts of the New Forest, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. Chewton Glen is one of the UK’s top hotels for a reason. Featuring an award-winning restaurant, world-class leisure facilities and luxurious accommodation, Chewton Glen is the perfect destination for…

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Bohème – A Secret Sanctuary of Style By Caroline Phillips

Bohème. Does the very name conjure up thoughts of Puccini’s opera? Well, think again. Because this Bohème is actually one of the loveliest self-catering houses in Somerset. Say the word, ‘Bohème.’ And imagine now a converted sixteenth century former cider mill turned drop-dead stylish, modern-rustic house. Say ‘Bohème’ and imagine instead a place that was…

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Escape To The City At St. James’s Hotel – Absolutely Fabulous! By Isabel Donnelly

With its perfect location moments from Mayfair, The Royal Academy, Fortnum & Mason and St. James’s Palace, plus its Michelin starred restaurant, it is easy to understand why people say St. James’s Hotel is one of the most desired addresses in London. On this occasion, I was lucky to not only spend a day with…

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Escape To Venice By Fiona Sanderson

“Aman Canal Grande Venice is a hotel, it is a Palazzo, and it is also a home, a very grand one, but still a home…” Venice is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world. Built on water and steeped in history, Venice is a fabled destination with a glorious past….

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Marrakech – A Visualisation of The Past And Future By Ramy Salameh

With the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Art (MMPVA) scheduled to open in 2016 and a temporary photographic exhibition housed in El Badi Palace, Marrakech is blossoming as a centre for the arts. Ramy Salameh explores one of the world’s most photogenic destinations through its timeless heritage…. Standing on the roof terrace of Maison…

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Escape To Es Saadi – A Passion For Art And Detail By Fiona Sanderson

“The utmost pleasure of an Art Collector is to share his passion with other Art Lovers and as many people as possible” – Elisabeth Bauchet-Bouhlal, Président Directeur Général, Es Saadi Palace Gardens & Resort, Marrakech, Morocco The Luxury Channel was delighted to meet Elisabeth and her family, who run the Es Saadi estate and whose…

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Les Prés d’ Eugénie By Antonia Peck

Experience gourmet cuisine whilst whittling your waist in the historical spa town of Les Prés d’ Eugénie…. The hotel and spa of Les Prés d’ Eugénie has established itself and taken flight as one of the leading wellness destinations in France under the stewardship of the talented Guérard family. Whether you’re looking for Michelin starred…

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Sofitel Wine Days In Amsterdam By Harriet O'Grady

Amsterdam sits on the edge of our collective unconscious. We have all heard of its canals, the tall, narrow gabled houses, its innumerable bridges and bicycles, the red light district where the girls sit in windows and the “pot” cafes. Amsterdam, as I discovered on my first visit in early October, is all these things…

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Clubbing By The Ocean At A Closing Party To Remember! By Hannah Norman

“There ain’t no party like an Ocean Club party,” said probably no-one ever, but perhaps they ought to. A champagne-infused, black and gold-themed closing party ensured that Marbella’s biggest (and arguably best) night club destination had the season send-off it deserved, before everything shut down ready for re-opening on Friday 29th April next year. As…

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The Changing Face of Belgrade: The New Cool By Ramy Salameh

Belgradians and Beirutis have a shared characteristic – they love to party, and their legendary nightlife has become part of the fabric of everyday life. The other common factor between the two cities is that they both went through devastating and destructive civil wars that remain in their recent history and psyche. The latter encouraged…

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Balearic Bliss By Scott Manson

48 hours in Ibiza is perfect, provided you’re travelling by private jet, says Scott Manson…. Full disclosure. This is not my first time on the White Isle. Nor is it my second. Or my third. I have been to this party island no fewer than 47 times, most of that in a previous life working…

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Krimml Waterfalls – Austria’s Force of Nature Proves Healthy Ramy Salameh

It was as long ago as 500 years that the famous Austrian Doctor Paracelsus expressed the view that ‘‘each country is given its own illnesses, but for each of these illnesses they have been granted their own ancient medicines and remedies.’’ Standing below the thunderous and cascading Krimml Waterfalls – the fifth highest in the…

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It’s A Pet’s Life At Pera Palace By The Luxury Channel

For those who can’t bear to leave their four-legged friends at home, Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah is the perfect destination. Istanbul’s most iconic hotel (whose impressive list of guests has included Greta Garbo, Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock) has launched a new pet-friendly service to ensure pampered pooches experience the same impeccable service as their…

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La Belle France By Harriet O'Grady

If bling is what gets you going or if you are in search of instant thrills, then the Dordogne and the Lot departments in South West France are not for you. But, if you enjoy the finer things in life such as history, good food, fine wines, or simply countryside, rivers and landscapes that leave…

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Dive Into Egypt’s Soma Bay By Hannah Norman

I’m staring out across a calm sapphire sea, barely distinguishable from the sky, with a glass of something sweet, syrupy and strawberry-flavoured in my hand. The sun is blazing and all I can hear is the gentle sound of the waves lapping at the shore. This could be the Caribbean. This could even be the…

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The Luxury Channel’s Guide To Florence By The Lex Chapter

As I stepped out onto the cobbled streets and looked up at the terracotta tiled rooftops against the vivid blue skies, I just knew two days here wasn’t going to be enough. The reason? Despite the city of Florence being a world heritage site, it is as busy and vibrant now as it was when…

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Maggie And Rose’s Going Out Guide By Antonia Peck

From restaurants to museums, we discover where the founders of private family club Maggie & Rose go to keep their little ones entertained (as well as the best places for ‘‘date’’ night!) Best Restaurants For Families Maggie: We both love the Soho House Group – The Electric and Shoreditch House especially. My kids love going…

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Redonda Bay’s Aqua Wellness Resort By Caroline Phillips

Aqua Wellness Resort in Redonda Bay, Nicaragua, is for the zen seeker who wants marshmallows on the campfire after her yoga session. Or a pizza night after her papaya body scrub. It comprises 28 tree houses set in a tropical forest chokka with cacti, iguanas and howler monkeys – and overlooking an ooh-ah bay with…

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Monaci Delle Terre Nere – An Earthly Paradise In Italy By Caroline Phillips

It’s an earthly paradise. Mt Etna fumes theatrically behind, red molten lava slipping dramatically down its slopes, and the Ionian sea sparkles in front. Welcome to Monaci delle Terre Nere – the boutique hotel that’s pulling all the awards. The gods were smiling the day Guido Coffa (an erstwhile automotive engineer) fell in love with…

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Escape To Andalucia By The Luxury Channel

Tim Best Direct is organising an exciting trip to Andalucia…. Following keen interest in the Flamenco Biennale in October last year, Tim Best Direct has put together a week in Andalucia, staying in three delightful discreet properties. If you can be tempted out of the country in May, this is an ideal short spring break….

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A Glorious Weekend At Badrutt’s Palace Hotel By Roz Kempner

The grandiose Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has to be the Grande Dame of the Swiss mountains. With pride of place by the lake, the interior is as impressive as the exterior. Expensive cars, including the hotel’s Rolls Royce, adorn the forecourt. Within, the stately Grand Hall has dark wood panelling and furniture reminiscent of the 50s….

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Dive Into Iceland By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

An intrepid journey into the core of Iceland, to discover the inner sense of adventure…. As we land on a white runway at Reykjavik Airport, the weather front is starting to draw in. This is clearly going to be a true adventure – or at the very least, similar to something we usually watch from…

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48 Hours In Reykjavik By Fiona Sanderson

If you are lucky enough to see the Northern Lights in Iceland on a clear evening, it’s probably one of the most spectacular sights on earth. If you are going to Iceland for the first time, like me, it’s well worth allowing Icelandair introduce you to this spectacle. They have just launched the Hekla Aurora,…

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Escape To Morgan’s Rock By Caroline Phillips

Morgan’s Rock really rocks. The Ecolodge is set on one of Nicaragua’s most gobsmackingly gorgeous and deserted, private beaches….a bay of sugar-fine sand and gently lapping Pacific waves. Gallop along the mile-long stretch of beach on horseback – “giddy up Pirata” – or saunter along it to watch sea turtles laying their eggs. The Ecolodge…

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Escape To Tiger Territory In India By The Luxury Channel

As India celebrates a 30% increase in tiger numbers, enjoy the finest safari experience at The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore…. With the news revealed by the latest tiger census that India now has a third more tigers than it did four years ago, comes all the more reason to stay at The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore. Situated…

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Escape To Nira Montana By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

It is at this time of year, when the schools are back on track and the slopes are less crowded and fresh New Year snow has finally laid its mantle, that it’s time to get some tranquility out of a long weekend in the mountains. There is a new thrill in the village of La…

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Escape To A Zambian Water Retreat By The Luxury Channel

Zambia’s Royal Livingstone Hotel, perched on the forested banks of the Zambezi River and just a few metres upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls, has created bespoke Water Retreat Experiences for health conscious luxury travellers looking for an alternative wellbeing break combined with lifelong memories. With your own personal butler, you can experience sophistication and…

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Escape To The Victoria Jungfrau Hotel By Isabel Donnelly

I decided to return on New Year’s Eve to the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Spa Hotel for their New Year package, which I last did eight years ago. My memories were of sheer elegance, 7 star service and outstanding facilities at this 224 room hotel, situated in picturesque Interlaken in the heart of central Switzerland. Upon…

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The Most Wonderful Time of Year At Gleneagles By The Luxury Channel

Christmas is the perfect time to visit Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland – just an hour’s drive from Edinburgh. A haven of luxury British heritage set in 850 acres of beautiful countryside, the world-famous, 5 star hotel has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland. From Christmas Day festivities to a traditional Boxing Day Ceilidh…

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Escape From The City At Chewton Glen By Bella Chalmer

November is a strange month. Not close enough to indulge in Christmas celebrations and yet the late summer evenings are a faint memory. In need of something to look forward to before the New Year, I decided to book a night at the renowned, 5 star boutique hotel – Chewton Glen. A luxury country house…

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The Born Free Safari By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel is delighted to announce our new partnership with Tim Best Direct. Dedicated conservationist Tim Best is a well-known and respected personality in the travel world, who has been organising safaris and holidays for families, honeymooners and small private parties of friends for more than two decades. Having sold his business a few…

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The Girls’ Guide To Geneva By Hannah Norman

When was the last time you went to Geneva, and more to the point, why were you there? Business? To head up to the mountains to ski? Or as a stopover before departing off elsewhere? Such a shame, as this city has so much to offer. Courtesy of a total re-brand by Tourism Genève, we…

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On The Jetty Spa Trail At The Gilpin Lake House By Antonia Peck

Antonia Peck escapes to the Lake District to try a luxurious massage room and spa set high in the tree canopy, and discovers a romantic getaway with a difference…. With fur-lined wellington boots on and hoods up, guests walk happily across to The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House (part of the Relais & Châteaux group…

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There’s Something Special About Sicily By Caroline Phillips

There’s something special about Sicily. As Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman has written, ‘Oranges are more orange in Sicily.’ And as Goethe wrote, ‘The key to Italy is Sicily.’ Whichever way you look at it, this once-rich island, the biggest in the Med, is magical. It’s famed for its Baroque, Byzantine and Corinthian architecture, cliff-top villages,…

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A Weekend Away At Matfen Hall By Ainslie Foster

The thought of escaping from one’s busy life – even for just one night of pampered luxury – was just too tempting to resist. But such getaways, so hotly anticipated, can often be fraught with disappointment if the hotel doesn’t live up to the promise of its website or brochures. Luckily for me, on arriving…

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On The Edge of Wildness At Nihiwatu By The Luxury Channel

For the past 26 years and perhaps longer, surfing aficionados from all over the world have been making the journey to the Indonesian island of Sumba to experience the left-hand wave at Nihiwatu, a magnificent surfing paradise. It was in 1988 that Claude and Petra Graves first arrived and painstakingly set about building a small…

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The Luxury Channel’s Guide To Paris By Antonia Peck

STAY – EAT – EXPLORE Paris is a city of incomparable beauty and history, shaped by a tumultuous and glorious past reflected in its boulevards, palaces and the savoir-faire attitude of its inhabitants. Whether as a centre of education and culture, or the epicentre of fashion and gourmet decadence, Paris has something for everyone. The…

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Puglia’s Borgo Egnazia: Bang-On Perfect! Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Summer destinations of peace and quiet and away from the madding crowds are always a gem to find, and after a forty minute drive from Bari airport on the smooth new motorways which cut the sun-drenched landscape, we are greeted by a handsome smiling doorman, who emerges from his designer cream stone gatehouse to welcome…

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La Dolce Vita At Villa Sant’Andrea And Hotel Timeo – The Good Life! By Fiona Sanderson

All eyes are on Sicily this week during one of Italy’s most historic and glamorous festivals, Taormina. At the festival’s opening on Saturday was Claudia Cardinale, the unforgettable actress who starred in The Leopard, filmed on Sicilian soil. Also arriving at the festival were Bo Derek, Melanie Griffith, Eva Longoria, Pamela Anderson and Paz Vega….

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A Luxurious Tour With An Italian Touch By David Corke

Italy is a place with much history, rich culture, and some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. I couldn’t wait for the chance to see all of its beauty. The Baglioni Hotels Collection, known for having the unforgettable Italian touch, has much prestige and an undeniable reputation for all things luxury. I knew I’d be…

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Sunborn Gibraltar – A 5 Star Super Yacht Hotel By Isabel Donnelly

Having lived near Gibraltar for some years, it was a delight to hear that a ship has been docked in the harbour where you can eat gourmet food and drink cocktails on the top deck (Gibraltar has many restaurants, but none that are Michelin standard). The Sunborn Gibraltar is a 147 metre long floating luxury…

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Cliveden – A Luxury Country House Hotel By Caroline Phillips

After years of being so-so, Cliveden – the stateliest of stately home hotels – now deserves a trillion regal curtsies. Prepare ye for a (rare) eulogy – because the hotel’s new leaseholders, the Livingstone brothers, have been making changes with oodles of fairy dust, cash and sophisticated taste, and they have pulled not so much…

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Art Hotels By The Luxury Channel

From Paris to Beijing, we luxuriate with the best art at the best art hotels…. Gramercy Park Hotel, New York This landmark New York Hotel is a modern take on a traditional grand hotel, with its custom-designed, handcrafted furnishings and rotating collection of 20th century artwork, including masterpieces from Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Every…

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Home From Home – The Luxury Channel Meets Jim Pickell By Mário de Castro

Don’t worry about hotels anymore – the latest travel trend is to just embrace La Dolce Vita of home exchanging. We spoke to HomeExchange.com‘s new Chief Operating Officer, Jim Pickell, for some advice. From Sony to OpenEnglish and now HomeExchange – what made you leave a major, universally known company to become an entrepreneur? I’ve…

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Marrakech – An Instant Fix Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni

A warm, balmy weekend away can quickly fix your spirits and lift the winter mood. Marrakech is the destination where spring and summer come to mind all year round, and knowing these prospects are under four hours’ flight from London is like knowing you are going to be given your favourite treat as a child….

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Your Guide To NYC This Christmas By Saira Malhotra

Headed to the insomniac side of the pond? Sure, this city offers bright lights and vibrant noises – lots of them! But that’s New York for the outsiders. Be in the ‘‘inner circle’’ this Christmas. How? We’ve got you covered…. Where To Stay The Gramercy Park Hotel 2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY ‎ (212)…

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A Romantic Retreat To The Caribbean By Fiona Sanderson

Fiona Sanderson escaped to the Caribbean to stay in two hotels and experience a little romance…. RendezVous An invitation to escape the grey English skies in the depths of Winter and fly to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia to stay at the Rendezvous Resort was an invitation not to be turned down! I was…

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Home Exchange – It’s Another Life…. By Jonny Beardsall

This calls for some scene-setting.  High above the beaches of Malibu, we unsaddle our horses and return them to a corral.  It is just behind the ravishing holiday home my wife found on HomeExchange.com, a home-swapping website.  Ironically, we ride every day 6,000 miles away from here in the Yorkshire Dales but on an exotic…

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Angkor And Beyond: Banteay Chhmar And The Great Temples of The Khmer Empire By Global Heritage Fund

Global Heritage Fund is a not-for-profit organisation, whose mission is to protect, preserve and sustain the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world. Through forming new alliances, establishing partnerships and building a network of conservation and development leaders, Global Heritage Fund is providing projects with new ideas, resources and supporters that…

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Inkaterra – Creating History Through Biodiversity Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

“Squatters’ rights!” laughs Jose Koechlin when describing how he came to acquire the land for his hotels in Peru. “When we started out, local government didn’t exist. When we finally got recognition from the government, we were the first company to receive a concession to have a national park.” Koechlin is the founder of Inkaterra,…

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Bernard Magrez – Luxury Wine Tourism By Hannah Norman

Is there really anything better than being chauffeur driven in a Bentley once owned by Ian Fleming, before being given the keys to your own castle, all the while being plied with hearty French food and Merlot? Well, perhaps just one thing – being flown by helicopter from chateau to chateau to UNESCO world heritage…

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Bhutan – A Circuit Through The Land of The Thunder Dragon Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni

The itinerary for our 8 days in Bhutan gets to us two weeks before departure, listing a hot-stone bath in a local farm-house, horse-treks up to the Tigers’ Nest, visits to musically named Dzongs, temples and monasteries, walks high-up at 3800mt on the Dochu La and even an audience with Doctor Karma Phuntso about the…

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The Paw Seasons – Luxury Holidays For Dogs By Hannah Norman

A picturesque walk along the beach followed by a surfing lesson, before being whisked off in a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce Corniche convertible for a half-day pampering session at Harrods, to then return to sink into a sumptuous bed by a warming, wood-burning stove – sounds like the perfect holiday, right? This, however, is not for…

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Escape To New York’s Mohonk Mountain House By Saira Malhotra

When the heat dials up and gets trapped by NYC’s skyscrapers, there is a charming place to seek refuge: Mohonk Mountain House, a national Historic Landmark, which lies deep between the peaks and troughs of the Hudson Valley. Once there, you can check your sweaty, tired self at the door and prepare for Mohonk Mountain…

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The Peligoni Club Gets Grown Up By The Luxury Channel

Following on from its success last year, the Peligoni Club has announced the return of the September Club, inviting guests to treat themselves to an indulgent break and the chance to soak up some late summer sun on the stunning Greek island of Zakynthos. The September Club is an adult-only, week-long, child-free break – perfect…

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The Opening of The Oberoi, Dubai – The Finest Level of Contemporary Luxury In The Heart of Dubai By The Luxury Channel

The Oberoi Group has announced the opening of The Oberoi, Dubai – the Group’s first property in the United Arab Emirates. The hotel overlooks the iconic Burj Khalifa and each of the 252 rooms and suites has floor to ceiling windows, which afford spectacular views of the city’s skyline. The Oberoi, Dubai also boasts the…

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The Adamson Trail By The Luxury Channel

Journey through Kenya with Exceptional Travel, escorted by John Rendall, co-author of A Lion Called Christian, the best selling story of the lion Christian, whom he bought from Harrods in London, with fellow Australian Ace Bourke. Christian lived with John and Ace on the Kings Road in Chelsea but when Christian ‘out grew’ his surroundings,…

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How Dasha Kapustina Is Putting Andorra Back On The Map By Hannah Norman

“Flying at speed on snow-mobiles across freshly-deposited powder in the dark is an experience unlike any other, with just the roar of the engines and the beam of the headlights to guide us.” Once upon a time, a destination holiday was all about how far you could travel, and how exotic your destination vacation was….

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Über Cool Bulgaria And A Quite Unique Property By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Curious to explore new destinations in Eastern Europe, for winter sports and summer holidays, we head to Bulgaria to get a sense of the history and status quo of this beautiful country, and by creating a mixed itinerary, we get a glimpse of the real life in town and how luxury is “done” up in…

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India Bespoke By Gillian Kitching

Gillian Kitching, from Inspiration Events, is used to taking luxury beyond the generic five star experience, giving guests the chance to encounter travel as a piece of theatre, not just observing but also interacting with the places they visit and the people they meet in the most authentic and joyful way – cinematic moments to…

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The Backwaters of Kerala – God’s Own Country By Fiona Sanderson

Fiona Sanderson traveled to the Backwaters in Kerala to check out the best hotels the region can offer…. 1) Vivanta By Taj – Malabar, Cochin www.vivantabytaj.com After a long flight from Europe, The Vivanta By Taj Malabar Hotel in Cochin is the perfect starting point to introduce your senses to the sights and sounds of…

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Mumbai And Cartier Concours By Rob Scorah

A brief visit to Mumbai to attend Cartier’s Travel With Style Classic Car Concours, and some time spent in the city itself, rekindled that deep and often romanticized notion of the intermingling of Western (ostensibly British) and Indian cultures. Predictably, many of the cars displayed around the grounds of the Taj Land’s End Hotel bore…

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India Exposed By Clive Limpkin

Award-winning photojournalist Clive Limpkin shares some extracts and photos from his book, India Exposed…. For most first-time visitors to India, it’s a gamble whether this overloaded, overpopulated, over-cooked, overlooked, anarchistic madhouse will have you vowing never to go near again, or booking the next trip — no matter what the cost. When friends ask for…

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An Opulent Interlude At The ITC Maratha In Mumbai By Alexandra Chalmer

Mumbai airport offers little amusement between the hours of a flight change, so for those who have a lengthy stop over, respite from the perils of transit doldrums comes in the majestic form of the ITC Maratha. Ten minutes from the International Terminal, the ITC Maratha exudes a unique and authentic Indian charm with a…

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Sri Lanka – Nothing Can Quite Prepare You! By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Sri Lanka’s enduring appeal for visitors stems from a seductive combination of superb beaches, tropical sunshine, a very warm welcome and a quite unique puzzle of cultures epitomised by the extraordinary relics and temples recalling the power and dignity of their ancient, lost empires. Despite the turbulence and tragic recent history of 30 years of…

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Top Ten Winter Escapes – Make 2013 the year of the great escape… By Hannah Norman

A holiday should be about creating an experience of a lifetime. With this in mind, The Luxury Channel brings you ten of the best… 1) Lux* Le Morne, Mauritius Lying off the east coast of Madagascar, basking in the warmth of the African sun, is Mauritius. Protected by a mountain that bears the same name,…

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Malta – The Setting For The Rolex Middle Sea Race By Fiona Sanderson

What better way to escape the wind and dark afternoons of London and Northern Europe when you can sit overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, with beautiful sunshine and temperatures of around 60 degrees? Just off the coast of Sicily, Malta is a perfect haven to escape the winter blues, as well as being a sailing enthusiast’s…

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Amarrass Desert Music Festival By The Luxury Channel

The second edition of the Amarrass Desert Music Festival is back with traditional music from deserts around the world. The festival boasts of an awesome line-up, which includes Bombino (the Hendrix of Niger), BaBa ZuLa (the creators of Istanbul Psychedelia), the redoubtable Sakar Khan, Padma Shri Awardee (who seldom performs in public), and Barmer Boys,…

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So Worth It! By Suzanne Aaronson

Suzanne Aaronson, founder of www.whatsworthit.com, shares her top reviews of escapes in the USA with The Luxury Channel…. Dunton Hot Springs – Dolores, Colorado www.whatsworthit.com “I went to Dunton with a group of fun, sporty friends and my boyfriend – we mixed up our time between hikes, fly-fishing, horseback riding and plenty of reading and…

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A Weekend In Luanda By Claudio Silva

Claudio Silva, founder of the leading hospitality blog, Luanda Caipirinha Lounge, shares his top tips for a weekend in Luanda with Angola-Today.com and The Luxury Channel. You wake up to quiet streets and the absence of the usual clamor; you cannot hear the incessant honking of the ubiquitous candongueiros, and even the colorful and boisterous zungueiras seemed to have receded into the city’s…

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The Top of Europe – Winter Sports Under The Jungfrau By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Even after 20 years visiting this breathtaking region of the Swiss Alps, there is still the same content of apprehension and wonderment from an excursion to the Jungfraujoch, which towers above you at 3454mt above sea level. To top it all, this year also celebrates 100 years since the Jungfrau railway was completed – an…

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The Seychelles – That Land That Time Forgot By Scott Manson

About ten years ago, a well-known travel company ran a tube poster advert which read, ‘Your life is meaningless and you will die having achieved comparatively little. You need a holiday.’ It was accompanied by a photo of a paradise beach. Leaving aside the questionable marketing tactic of insulting your target audience, it made a…

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Cuban Cool By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Cuba – a Caribbean Island blessed with palm trees, sultry temperatures, hip-swiveling rhythms, pristine beaches, and an excess of rum! Not forgetting the world’s finest hand rolled cigars…and socially apt sharks. Starting with a 5-hour boat trip from Jucaro to Jardines de la Reina, a speck in the deep blue seas, which can officially be…

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The Luxury Channel’s Top Spa Guide By Antonia Peck and Eadaoin Kelly

Transform your body and your sense of self, as The Luxury Channel guides you through four of the world’s top spas…. SHA Wellness Centre When I returned from SHA Wellness Centre, telling all who would listen about the delights of macro-biotic cooking and my amazing experience at the spa, many skeptics seemed hell-bent on curbing…

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The New Andermatt By Fiona Sanderson

How about having your own ski butler in the heart of the Swiss Alps? The quaint and traditional village of Andermatt – with a population of only 1,300 – is being transformed and, as a guest of the Andermatt Swiss Alps Company, I took a trip to the Gotthard region, in the heart of the…

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The Luxury Channel’s Guide To Miami By Eadaoin Kelly

Miami really does have it all – the weather, the glittering white beaches, the contrasting art deco and modern architecture brimming full of designer and vintage shops, a wonderful array of restaurants and other cool hangouts. The only negative? Well, the locals also “have it all,” leaving us girls feeling rather pasty and tired in…

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The Island of Nevis – Queen of The Caribees By Fiona Sanderson

Fiona Sanderson explores this perfect Winter escape…. Arriving by water taxi from the airport, I realized why they call the island of Nevis, “Queen of the Caribees.” Green and lush, I was struck by the magnificence of the clear water and its 3,232-foot Nevis Volcano. There’s something about this small, island that immediately puts you…

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Escape To Florence And Milan By Antonia Peck and Lauren Steventon

Antonia Peck and Lauren Steventon review three top hotels in Florence and Milan…. Villa La Massa Nestled in the Tuscan hills, twenty miles from the centre of Florence, at the gateway to the Chianti wine region, is the beautiful Villa La Massa. This 16th century villa is the Villa ‘d Este’s sister hotel. They both…

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Escape To The Maldives By The Luxury Channel

The Maldives, a honeymooners’ haven, are a utopian enigma, a symbol of paradise, no matter what race, creed or class its visitors are. There are few places on earth that conjure up the sentiments of peaceful relaxation, pristine beauty and complete exclusivity. Perhaps the Seychelles or a few Pacific islands could draw comparisons but the…

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Hope House In Woodstock By Antonia Peck

Antonia Peck reviews a 17th Century boutique Bed & Breakfast with serious style credentials…. Hope House in Woodstock, Oxfordshire is a 17th century boutique Bed & Breakfast with serious style credentials. It has recently been invited to join Condé Nast Johansens – celebrating the best luxury hotels, spas and venues. Why Stay? Despite its status…

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Escape To Rome By Antonia Peck

Antonia Peck reviews the best hotels in the Eternal City – Rome…. The Hotel de Russie The Hotel de Russie has a reputation for excellence. It is the preferred destination for the international and local jet set, situated between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo on Via del Babuino. You could not ask…

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Escape To Lake Como By Antonia Peck

Antonia Peck escapes to Lake Como and stays at the world-famous Villa d’Este…. Your heart will break when it is time for you to leave the Villa d’Este, Cernobbio – such is the rare beauty and stillness of the place. For some, the source of enchantment is the ornate architecture of the villas and gardens,…

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The Stay-Cation By The Luxury Channel

We review the Four Seasons, Hampshire and enjoy the ultimate stay-cation…. Take the risk out of the stay-cation and any fears of Fawlty Towers-style histrionics and check-in at the Four Seasons, Hampshire. If you want perfect service, probably the most comfortable bed in the world, an internationally-renowned spa and a hotel that will welcome your…

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Four Seasons Santa Barbara By Suzanne Aaronson

Suzanne Aaronson, founder of whatsworthit.com, reviews the Four Seasons Santa Barbara in California…. “How often do you find a stunning architectural structure, facing the ocean, with a jaw-dropping 50 meter pool/restaurant club, an intimate spa, pretty tennis courts, good food, top service, 5 minute walk to a cute village and biking/boating/vineyards at your doorstep? Tough…

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Tanya Rose – The Voice of Luxury Travel By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Tanya Rose, author of Travel Secrets for some insider tips…. How did you become the voice of luxury travel? Word of mouth amongst the clientele of Mason Rose and their friends. It’s hard to find trusted advice these days, and like many other professional services – like doctors, financial advisors, mechanics,…

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JK Place In Capri By Suzanne Aaronson

Suzanne Aaronson, founder of whatsworthit.com, reviews JK Place in Capri, Italy…. “One of Italy’s best hotels and the only hotel in Capri that actually sits on the sea front. Quiet enough to escape the ‘scene’ (or be at the very epicenter — you choose). Feels like a private home, perched on the cliff and filled…

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South Africa’s Birkenhead House By Suzanne Aaronson

Suzanne Aaronson, founder of whatsworthit.com, reviews Birkenhead House in Hermanus, South Africa…. “This is one of my favourite lesser-known properties in the world – absolutely love it, and feel so at home here. During whale season is when it must be experienced – you’ll just not believe how many and how close! Atmosphere is one…

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W London By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Eva Ziegler, global brand leader at Le Meridien and W Hotels…. From Times Square to Leicester Square, stepping into a W Hotel transports you into a world of “WOW!” Global Brand Leader Eva Ziegler tells us how this flirty, chic atmosphere is perfect for the modern honeymoon. With their slick design,…

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Honeymoon Hideaways By Quintessentially Travel

Honeymoon Hideaways from the masters of travel couture – Quintessentially Travel. Fascinating France For the Francophile, here is the chance to indulge in the most chic of cities, Paris, before heading into the stunningly beautiful and calming countryside of Beaujolais and the Chateau de Bagnols. We suggest Paris first with 3 nights spent at the…

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Romantic Getaways By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel brings you the top hot spots for two. Bombay Dreaming JW Marriott Hotel, Mumbai Positioned on one of the city’s busiest streets, Juhu Tara Road, the JW Marriott (affectionately known by many locals as the J-Dub) makes a tranquil respite from the chaos that is Mumbai. Once through the high level security…

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Jade Mountain By Lauren Steventon

The Luxury Channel chats to Karolin Troubetzkoy, owner of Jade Mountain in St Lucia, to find out what it takes to create the perfect wedding abroad. Why do people choose Jade Mountain as a wedding destination? It was created for the celebration of life and love – there could not be a more scenic location…

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Destination: Wedding By Lauren Steventon

There are a plethora of incredible destinations across the world for your wedding, and Lauren Steventon picks some of the best…. Caribbean Parrot Cay Turks And Caicos Fancy getting married on your own private island? Well, luckily, you don’t need to sign the deeds beforehand….Parrot Cay is one of the prettiest private islands in the…

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Arcanum Retreat By The Luxury Channel

One day you’re glowing, unable to chisel the grin from your face and basking in a deluge of post-engagement congratulations. The next, the stressful reality of actually planning a wedding sets in. Whether you’re dreaming of a classic country wedding or a luxurious beachfront getaway, one key element resonates loudly; a bride wants to look…

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The Pierre In New York By Antonia Peck

Antonia Peck enjoys an opulent stay in one of the city’s grandest hotels. You could stay in trendier parts of New York and a hotel more suited to women in their mid-twenties, but it was my friend’s first time in New York and I wanted her to experience the city at its most elegant. The…

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The New York Palace By Antonia Peck

Expect royal treatment at The New York Palace and their restaurant, GILT. Can you ask your New York taxi driver to ‘take me to The Palace?’ In short, no, but I had expected him to know this glamorous hotel of choice for so many smart and international travellers. My taxi driver looked at me as…

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The Four Seasons New York By Antonia Peck

In keeping with The Luxury Channel’s exploration of New York’s classic hotels, Antonia Peck checks in at one of its best. Piers Morgan and his wife, Celia Walden, were photographed at the Four Seasons in Manhattan for Tatler in an article entitled, The Comeback King. They posed in the lift and their suite on the…

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New York City Guide By Antonia Peck

The Luxury Channel’s guide to where to go, what to do and what to see in New York’s most stylish neighbourhoods. The Upper East Side: Where New York’s finest live and lunch Sleep: Despite being a New York legend, the Plaza Athénée has the feel of an intimate European chateau, with an exotic, Oriental-style bar….

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White Magic And Romance In Austria By Eadaoin Kelly

White sports, blissful spa tratments, gourmet experiences and Winter wonderlands – what better way to spend a romantic few days than a long weekend in Austria? We flew directly to Salzburg airport and were swiftly transported, by taxi, through the winding mountain roads. The journey lasted approximately 1.5 hours and cost €140 and reached a…

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Future Luxe – Global Golfing Experiences By Melloney Roffe and Cara Dattani

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, Sicily and PGA Catalunya, Spain. Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa By Melloney Roffe I had always promised myself I was going to learn to play golf – so when the opportunity came for me to visit a golf course in a warm climate with a Spa too, I had no…

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New Collections By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon explores the new fashion suites at Sofitel Fauborg Saint Honore and takes a peek at two more designer destinations. Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, Paris Hidden just off one of the most fashionable streets in Paris is the terribly chic Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg. Just a short walk from the Place de la Concorde,…

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Grand Hotel Kempinski By Eadaoin Kelly

The Grand Hotel Kempinski introduces its new Le Spa and celebrates with a spectacular Dior fashion show. After an effortless early morning flight, a 5 km taxi ride from Geneva airport and a manic afternoon full of meetings – I was finally able to take some time to absorb the breath-taking views overlooking Lake Geneva,…

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The Perfect Respite In The New Forest By Eadaoin Kelly

Eadaoin Kelly books into Chewton Glen in Hampshire to recover after holidaying with the extended family. With several demanding family events ahead of us, my better half had decided that there was only one way that we were going to get through the week – with the promise of pure indulgence firmly installed as the…

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The Emerald Coast By Effie Kanyua

The Luxury Channel went to Sardinia – the place to be seen – to experience one of the most glamorous events in the sailing calendar. Nestled on the pristine coastline of the Costa Smeralda, the exclusive resort of Porto Cervo offers some of the best views of the Mediterranean. Rolex hosts two international yacht races…

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Wild Adventures By The Luxury Channel

Ticked off the big five? There are plenty of other animals around the world to fascinate adventurous travellers. Polar Bears in Churchill With his huge size, thick white coat and almost magical appearance, the polar bear is the undisputed king of the snow. Every Autumn, hundreds of the big white bears descend on the Canadian…

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Kurland Hotel By Antonia Peck

Antonia Peck experiences both relaxation and exhilaration amidst the mountains and the roses. There is a charming simplicity as day breaks beyond the mountains and the polo ponies gradually begin to graze on some of Kurland’s 700 green hectares. Established as a boutique hotel in 2000, Kurland Hotel is made up of a series of…

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The Amber Spa By The Luxury Channel

The Amber Spa in Latvia has developed around a tradition of wellness. Originally just an authentic Russian bania, it has grown to incorporate a wellness centre, and, most recently, a boutique spa hotel, a place where visitors can come to either relax or explore the surrounding scenery. Latvia might not seem like your usual spa…

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Israel’s Healing Waters By Alanna Lynott

Dip your toes into the magical Dead Sea for a truly revitalising experience. For thousands of years, travellers to the shores of the Dead Sea have delighted in the medicinal powers of this magical place. To the early explorer, these turquoise waters must have appeared as an oasis nestled in between the earthy red mountains…

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Momentum Adventure By Antonia Peck

The Luxury Channel speaks to Matthew Robertson from Momentum Adventure and finds out what dramatic experiences they have to offer. Does a person create the journey or does the journey create the person? I would say that the way we create any journey is really coming from what excites us about the wilderness and the…

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Three Nights In Paris With Princess Fiona By The Luxury Channel

It is not all that often that one spends the night with a couple of Ogres, which was what happened to me when I checked into my room at Mama Shelter, which is all about presentation with a unique twist. The Ogres in question were Shrek and Princess Fiona; they were the bedside lights in…

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Iconic Hotels For Iconic Stars By The Luxury Channel

There are certain places in the world, tucked away on anonymous city streets or in far-flung climes, where the belles and beaus of the silver screen take shelter away from the long lenses of the paparazzi, the adoring eyes of fans and the demands of a life lived in front of the camera. Hotel Lancaster…

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Take In Shopping And Style In Malaysia’s Capital By Emily Payne

The energetic city of Kuala Lumpur has high-end brands and couture, and a heady mix of natural beauty and retail therapy await the international traveller. KL offers one of the most unique shopping experiences in the world: a tropic Eastern backdrop, lined with malls filled with high-end brands and trinkets tailored to your every whim…

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Following In The Footsteps of Hollywood Stars By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel visits some of the world’s most extraordinary film locations. Lust, betrayal and fear bubble just below the surface in the film adaptation of Grahame Green’s The Quiet American, made all the more potent when set against the stunningly exotic background of Vietnam. You can retrace the steps of Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser…

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The Happy Exile By Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips walks in the footsteps of China’s historical pariahs and discovers that life wasn’t so bad for them after all…. Once upon a time, the island province of Hainan was the barbarous backwater of the Chinese empire. During the Song and Ming dynasties, political exiles and garrulous poets were interred here alongside criminals and…

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To The Precipice And Beyond By The Luxury Channel

Momentum Adventure, the exploratory travel company, help their clients evolve into confident adventurers in the spirit of a bygone age, by offering the latest in bespoke adventure travel. If experience is the mark of a man and adventure a test of physical prowess and cunning: then we best unfold from our desks and get back…

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The Jet-Set Magpie Finds The Jewels By Alanna Lynott

Alanna Lynott goes in search of the world’s most magnificent jewellery, sampling some of the finest hospitality and cuisine along the way. Jaipur, India The Gem Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan is a world-renowned jewellery market. However, those in the know go straight to the Muslim quarter of Pahar Ganj, where the stones are cut and polished….

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Villa Bella By The Luxury Channel

We review five villas to rent and fall in love with this Summer. Villa Giuseppina, Lake Como, Italy This luxury mansion is situated on the western shores of Lake Como, set in its own private landscaped grounds with stunning views across the water to the ancient town of Bellagio. The mansion, which sleeps 14, has…

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Urban Renewal By Sofia Celeste

Sofia Celeste visits a new W Hotel that’s set to open near the World Trade Center site in May 2010. Revival is the theme for the W Hotel New York Downtown, which is just two months away from opening its doors next to one of the most venerated sites in the world: the World Trade…

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Beat The Jet Lag By Alanna Lynott

Alana Lynott helps you beat the London to New York transatlantic blues with the latest recovery treatments. Whether it’s a few hours in the Big Apple on business or a few days shopping in London, you’ll want to look and feel your best. The Clearing Factor The spa at the Mandarin Oriental is generally considered…

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The Coolest Job In The World? By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon caught up with Amanda Ross, the new Fashion Director of W Hotels. Summer 2010’s Fashion Week might be over, but fashion lives on in every aspect of our lives. No one understands this better than W hotels, who have recently appointed their first Global Fashion Director, Amanda Ross. With a career spanning fashion…

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Sleep Like A Duchess At Duke’s By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon checks in to check out the newly redesigned rooms at Duke’s that are aimed at the solo female traveller. St James’ is London at its most traditional: suited gents heading to their clubs whilst bespoke dealerships line the streets. However, the new female General Manager at Duke’s wants to make it more welcoming…

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5 Unique Hotels In Mexico By Alanna Lynott

Mexico has offered travelers excitement, romance and breathtaking beauty since it became popular in the roaring 1920s. Today, due to Mexico’s popularity, there are numerous hotels and resorts to choose from. The Luxury Channel’s Alanna Lynott recommends five unique hotels to meet your every need. One & Only Palmilla The One & Only Palmilla combines…

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New Zealand Idyll By The Luxury Channel

Escape to Kauri Cliffs for the perfect retreat. Enlightened entrepreneurs have long since recognised New Zealand’s potential as a haven for those in search of the perfect getaway. One such pioneer, Julian Robinson, has arguably founded the most palatial of these establishments at Kauri Cliffs. Situated to the north of Auckland on New Zealand’s Matauri…

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L’Albergo Della Regina Isabella By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce booked a stay at the famous hotel and spa in an attempt to find her inner-goddess. The Regina Isabella, on the island of Ischia, is a beautiful, old world hotel. Wooden antique furniture, marble floors and seaside views make for a glamorous impact. Ischia is famous for its mineral rich springs and therapeutic…

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Can You Feel The Love? By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon picks up cupid’s bow to pinpoint some of the most romantic escapes from around the world…. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding it….St. Valentines Day is fast approaching. If you haven’t thought about a romantic getaway yet, our choice below will leave you with no excuses. Hôtel Pavillon de…

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The Datai On Langkawi In Malaysia By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce samples eco-luxury at its most divine, with a percentage of your room fee going towards saving the rainforest. The Datai Hotel, on the island of Langkawi, has all the hallmarks of an imperial residence. For over fifteen years, the hotel has been a beacon of luxury, a jewel off the Malay coast that…

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Copenhagen, The Christmas City By The Luxury Channel

The small, but chic, capital of Denmark holds a myriad of stylish surprises. While politicians gather in the Bella Center for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, this fairy-tale city is getting ready for what it does best – putting on a magical display of lights and events to welcome in the holiday season….

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Hotels With A Difference By The Luxury Channel

These unusual resorts all share a common trait – serious luxury with an environmental twist. Seeing Sense Six Senses is strengthening its environmental stance, having recently announced that it plans to stop importing bottled water to its resorts. Instead each of the brand’s 20 properties will provide still and sparkling water that has been treated…

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Maharajah Majesty By Sunshine Flint

Staying at these five spectacular palace hotels in Rajasthan will make you feel like a king or queen. India is a land of legends, an exotic cornucopia of manmade and natural beauty. The most sweepingly romantic corner of the country is Rajasthan, the Land of Kings. Home to fairy-tale stories of Rajput princes and Mughal…

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Jewel On The Lake By The Luxury Channel

Leels’s first palace hotel opens in Udaipur, offering ultimate luxury in a romantic heritage city. A palace fit for a Maharaja recently had its soft opening in Udaipur, in India’s Rajasthan. Set on the banks of beautiful Lake Pichola, The Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur has 80 luxurious rooms and suites and captivating views of this…

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Good Night Bright Lights By The Luxury Channel

Four of New York’s downtown neighborhoods are home to some of the city’s best new places to stay, with stunning views, hot restaurants and plenty of cool to spare. Here’s why when you’re next in town, you’ll probably be checking into one of them. Thompson Les Rising above the Lower East Side, this concrete-and-glass, 18-story…

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Missoni Home From Home By The Luxury Channel

This month Missoni is to open its second hotel. The location is Edinburgh in Scotland, where the brand has renovated a collection of historic buildings in the Old Town area to create a 136-room boutique hotel. The hotel has been created in partnership with The Rezidor Hotel Group and has been designed by Rosita Missoni,…

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Time+Space Cadaques By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel goes for a gastronomic holiday experience in Catalonia. Time+Space Cadaques is a unique holiday experience, where a privileged few get the chance to spend a weekend in a stunning modernist villa experiencing the best food, wine and culture that Catalonia has to offer. The Ses Vistes villa, from which the Time+Space weekends…

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Peace And Quiet In Morocco’s Atlas Mountains By Emily Payne

Not far from the chaos of Marrakech is a world of calm and peace. Emily Payne has some time out in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. It’s easy to forget where I am when it’s this silent. Particularly after Marrakech, where I danced through days of screeching hawkers, belly dancers and sizzling, hot tagines. But I left…

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Metropolitan Pampering By The Luxury Channel

Two new hotel spas open in New York and London. Sense Spa at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, New York The foxed mirrors and gray and silver tones give the new Sense, A Rosewood Spa at The Carlyle an air of urban sophistication, with the Art Deco touches that echo this Upper East Side landmark…

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Tuscan Harvest By Gavin Bell

Keep your Tusan sun, it’s Autumn’s mellow mists that produce the gastronomic and bucolic treasures that give the region its spectacular glory. Gavin Bell cycles through it. With the searing heat of summer faded, Tuscany is quiet. The grape leaves have turned from gold to russet. September is Vendemmia in Tuscany, the month of the…

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