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Angelina Villa-Clarke

Journalist: travel and lifestyle.

I have been a travel writer for nearly 26 years. I spent 11 years as deputy and associate editor on BA's High Life magazine and have been freelance for the past nine years. I contribute to a range of newspapers and magazines, including Metro, Mail on Sunday, City AM, Canary Wharf Magazine, Family Traveller, High Life, Sainsbury's Magazine, and many more. I am also a travel contributor for



How to have a holiday in your back garden

INSPIRATION * June 2020 If you've ditched your holiday spirit, we're here to help you get it back. From a Provencal wine escape to an Indian Ocean getaway, our destination experts show you how to recreate an authentic holiday experience at home.



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Seven writers seek out little-known gems for a brilliant staycation

Bruton in Somerset has a burgeoning reputation as a gastro hub and is home to a Hauser & Wirth art gallery Sherbourne, in Dorset, has an 800-year-old abbey resplendent with Gothic arches and stained glass windows The small town of Tenterden has a bustling high street and is located in the heart of Kent's wine country The South West, the Cotswolds and many staycation hotspots became fully booked this summer, with hardly a B&B room left unoccupied.

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Exploring Lincolnshire - a glorious mix of countryside and beaches

The beautiful county of Lincolnshire has long been overshadowed by its much cooler neighbour Norfolk But when Angelina Villa Clarke visited, she found that quiet Lincolnshire also has its fair share of charm She visited the Edwardian town of Woodhall Spa and stayed in a luxury lodge at Bainland Lodge Park An hour's drive north, past the painted storefronts of Norfolk's boutique towns, lie the undulating wheat fields of Lincolnshire.

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The UK's most beautiful lavender fields to visit this summer

Norfolk Lavender in Heacham is one of the oldest lavender farms in the UK At Castle Farm in Kent visitors can learn how to make lavender wreaths Mayfield Lavender in Banstead, Surrey, is located just 12 miles from London Who needs Provence?






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Understated glamour at The Belsfield in Cumbria - Destination Online

If chintzy florals are your thing, then think again about checking into The Belsfield, on the shores of Lake Windermere. This impressive-looking hotel may have had a revamp by Laura Ashley - a brand once best known for its pretty, whimsical designs - but you'll not find a pastel flower in sight.


Top 10 holiday destinations for animal lovers

From swimming with dolphins to spotting a wild tiger in its natural habitat - make this the year you tick that amazing animal experience off your bucket list From swimming with dolphins to spotting a wild tiger in its natural habitat, make this the year you tick that amazing animal experience off your bucket list They may be part of Europe, but the nine islands that make up the Azores, off the coast of Portugal, are still relatively undiscovered.


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Little wonders

Escaping to a deserted island might seem all the more tempting at the moment - but once it's safe to travel again, you needn't leave the UK to enjoy an island experience on one of the picturesque isles off the coast.

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JC Stays: Treehouse Hotel London

It's fitting that check-in at London's hippest hotel is on the 15th floor. For, just like a tree, it's at the top where everything flourishes. The lobby space is eclectic - there's a bark-covered wall, with wooden bird boxes and lush plants growing out of it.

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JC Stays: The Biltmore Mayfair, London

Presiding along one side of Grosvenor Square, in the heart of Mayfair, The Biltmore hotel is a swish reincarnation of what was originally the slightly fuddy duddy The Millennium Hotel. The £60 million reimagination, by Hilton's new, top-end LXR brand, didn't stint and it shows.

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JC Stays: Silverlake, Dorset

For a holiday destination that's focused on family stays, it's remarkably peaceful at Silverlake. This rural retreat, in the heart of Dorset, consists of a community of sustainable holiday homes perched around a series of lakes, ponds and heathland.

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JC Stays: Villa Di Bagnolo, Tuscany

Florence's most famous son, Leonardo da Vinci, didn't actually die in the Tuscan city, but rather in the Loire Valley, where he was holed up with his patron, King Francois I. But that's no reason for his home town not to commemorate the 500 th anniversary of his death.

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JC Stays: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Even the most jaded globetrotters won't fail to be impressed by the Manhattan skyline as seen from 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Set on the waterfront of the East River, it's five blocks west of the Brooklyn Bridge promenade and next to the Dumbo ferry terminal (so it takes just a few minutes to reach Wall Street).

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Indian Ocean unplugged

I knew I had a problem when - at 6am in my darkened bedroom - I broke out in a cold sweat, thinking I had lost my phone. I had got so used to waking up, reaching for my little screen and checking updates, that the thought of not be able to do this had resulted in a disproportionate level of anxiety.

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JC Stays: Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Bahia, Brazil

An emerald hummingbird delicately hovers over a hot pink bougainvillea, and when the sun hits the pool, a thousand shades of azure sparkle like diamonds. Lofty ruby and gold Birds of Paradise flowers line the paths and, as you amble around in the Havaianas from your room, huge palm leaves gently sway.

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JC Stays: Albany, Bahamas

Discover this under-the-radar resort and you'll be rubbing shoulders with the stars

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JC Stays: Cheval Three Quays London

You may not have considered staying in one of the increasingly popular, serviced apartments appearing in cities like London: too soulless and not suitable for a short stay, you might have assumed. But think again. Because Cheval Residences' luxury collection of apartments is upping the ante with its design-led properties available to rent from one night to three months or more.

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JC Stays: Culloden Estate And Spa, Belfast

There's an aura of serenity that permeates the Culloden Estate - a grand country house hotel on the outskirts of Belfast. It's not just the hushed reverence of five-star service that you'll pick up on, for, in fact, the property was once a palatial home for Church of Ireland bishops.

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JC Stays: The Bloomsbury London

You might not be overly familiar with the name Martin Brudnizki, but there's a good chance you've eaten in one of the many dining rooms he has designed. The interiors guru is the man to have on speed dial if you're thinking of opening a hip restaurant or cool hotel and want to attract an uber-glamourous crowd.

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The wild run: a sidecar ride from Marrakech

It may be winter in the UK, but Marrakech - just a short three-and-a-half hour flight away - is the ideal spot for basking in some rays. And while getting lost in the city's medina, wandering through its palm-tree gardens and sharing mezze in the rooftop restaurants should all be on your 'must-do' list, you can now get a different perspective on this intriguing destination.

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Big in Japan: hi-tech meets tradition in Tokyo

Peer out the huge windows of Sushi Sora - a compact dining room on the 38th floor of the elegant Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel - and the vast city skyline glows as far as the eye can see. Night-time is surely the most cinematic way to see Tokyo from up high.

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JC Stays: Beaverbrook, Leatherhead, Surrey

Leatherhead in Surrey is an unlikely place to find what could be the UK's most glamorous recent hotel opening. But, nonetheless here - just a 10-minute drive from the M25 - is Beaverbrook, a re-imagination of what was previously Cherkley Court, the former home of press baron Lord Beaverbrook.

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Veg out in Jamaica

You eat under an ackee fruit tree as the sun dips down. The night is balmy and Ella Fitzgerald - along with a few hundred crickets - is singing the blues. The historic watermill still turns, giving a soupçon of charm that is far removed from the site's actual history as part of the 17th-century Rose Hall Sugar Plantation.

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JC Stays - Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

When Dr Carl Ottosen opened his sanatorium back in 1898, he probably didn't envisage that nearly 120 years later, a legion of wellbeing lovers would still be arriving at the same spot.

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JC Stays: The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London

If luxury to you means cool, funky and stripped back, then don't come to The Lanesborough. After its lavish 18-month, top-to-toe revamp, the hotel has shaken off its scaffolding to reclaim its crown as one of the capital's most luxurious hotels - and if it makes no pretensions to being hip, it's unquestionably special.

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A Bohemian rhapsody; the timeless appeal of Prague

On Prague's historic Charles Bridge, the crowds are heavy. At times, its nigh on impossible to get near the imposing Baroque statues of saints that the picturesque bridge is known for. Its the same in the Old Town Square, where tourists with selfie sticks mingle in front of the famous 600-year-old Astronomical Clock, waiting for it to chime the hour and display its moving figures.


How Idle Rocks Is Charging Ahead With The Cornish Culinary Crusade

Meanwhile, in St Mawes, The Idle Rocks boutique hotel is also making its own waves on the Cornish coastal scene. Its award-winning restaurant is headed up by executive head chef Dorian Janmaat. Here, he discusses the continuing Cornish foodie phenomenon.

From The Experts: Peter De Savary Talks Hospitality In Uncertain Times

One of the UK travel industry 'heavyweights', Peter de Savary is probably best known for his 'thoughtful' and personal approach to hospitality across a portfolio of stylish properties. The hotelier, 76, works alongside his wife, Lana de Savary, who is responsible for the hotels' chic interior-design ethos, with both presiding over a collection of boutique outposts across the UK and beyond.

Behind The Scenes With A Hotel Expert: How To Open Post-Covid

One of Wales' most prominent hotels - Celtic Manor Resort - was one of the first to reopen when restrictions began to ease. Matthew Lewis, vice-president of operations at the hotel, talks to Forbes about the process of reopening in these uncertain times.

Trend Insight: The New Ways We Will Travel

Destinations are opening up to tourism again and our appetite for travel is slowly returning. With it, there are new trends emerging for how we will travel, with safety, privacy and seclusion all top of the 'want list'. Here, I reveal the latest ways we will continue embracing the world around us.

From The Experts: Will The Pandemic Make Us Care More About Our Planet?

With travel having been 'on pause' for the past few months, tastemakers and expert leaders have had some time to reflect and think about the future of the travel industry. But, with many companies simply fighting to survive, will the progress made in sustainable travel before the pandemic hit be lost?

From The Experts: The Next Steps For Safely Discovering The World Again

In this continuing series for Forbes, I talk to a range of experts and insiders working in the travel industry about their plans for reopening across the sector. I find out more about the new practicalities which are now necessary, and the leaders' thoughts for the road ahead.

The Need To Improve Racial Diversity In The Travel Industry

I talk to Jamie-Lee Abtar, executive director of BAME Women in Travel, and Alessandra Alonso, founder of Women in Travel CIC, about how to cultivate understanding around what racism means, how to improve representation of people of colour in the travel sector, and how to attain positive progress.

Behind The Scenes As The UK's Best Hideaways Prepare To Open Again

Travelling abroad this summer is still looking uncertain, so, instead, we turn our eyes to holidaying on our own shores. One clear option is to find your own home-from-home, where you can enjoy a change of scenery, escape the confines of your own four walls and discover a new part of the UK.

Safe Havens, Sustainability And Social Distancing: Welcome To A New Era Of Travel

In a continuing series about what the future holds for the travel industry, I talk to a range of expert insiders about what lies ahead. Ed Newell, founder and CEO of NewTree Ranch , a 'farmstead' concept found in the Pacific Redwood Forest of northern California, says that he thinks people will look for new and better ways to travel.

Dive Into World Oceans Day: How To Help Preserve Our Blue Planet

Today is World Oceans Day, which aims to help minimise our impact on our 'blue planet'. As travellers, we can also play our part by choosing our destinations wisely, and helping with marine conservation when we get there. Here's where to holiday and help the health of our planet.

Adventures For The Future: The Trips To Start Thinking About Now

As a travel writer, I am used to whizzing off to some incredible places. Some of my trips may be impromptu hops to nearby destinations, other journeys take months in the planning - curating itineraries and discussing ideas for the stories I will eventually write.

Feed Your Wanderlust With These Ways To Escape At Home

From losing yourself within the pages of a glorious travel book to indulging with the pampering products you'd usually find in an exotic spa - there's still an element of travel that you can enjoy while being confined to your homes.

From The Experts: What Is The Future Of Travel?

Here, I talk to a range of travel 'insiders' to hear their views on the impact of coronavirus and their predictions on how we will travel in the future. Delaying, rather than cancelling your trip - if finances allow - seems to be one over-riding message at the moment.

Compassionate Travel: How The Travel Industry Has Become A Force For Good

While the travel industry may not be operating 'business as usual' during the current crisis, it doesn't mean to say that they have lost their fighting spirit. In fact, many companies in the sector have admirably adapted their offerings and risen to the challenge of helping others in need.

Travel For The Imagination: Five Innovative Ways Travel Companies Are Continuing To Inspire

Confinement and self-isolation means that we are unable to go anywhere far at the moment, but that doesn't mean we can't dream and plan for our trips ahead. In fact, many travel companies and tourist authorities are coming up with increasingly innovative and imaginative ways in which we can continue our 'journeys' from our homes and bring a touch of positive dreaming to our lives.

Future Planning: Three Inspiring Places To Put On Your Wish-List

We are surrounded by uncertainty, with travel perhaps the last thing on our minds. But with many of us hunkering down indoors, there's nothing to stop us dreaming. Here are three extraordinary trips to put on your wish-list for when we can spread our wings again...

In Mind, Yet Far Away

Most of us are in the unprecedented position of being 'grounded' for a while, but this doesn't mean we can't plan or dream about our future travel. The following gems are found off the beaten track and will offer the chance to recharge our minds, and rest our bodies, once we're all back on the move.

Valerie Hemingway On Why Her New Insider Arts Trip Will Take You To The Beating Heart Of Cuba

From Cuba's extraordinary dance scene to Havana's exciting community of artists, Cuban's seem to have a knack of putting their own incomparable stamp onto every genre of the arts. Over the years, international filmmakers, writers and artists have flocked to the island, in search of their own inspiration, but it is, perhaps, Ernest Hemingway who remains the most famous of these talented 'ex-pats' who chose to make their home here.

Petal Power: From Indonesia To Kew

The temperature is humid, and if it wasn't for the rain splattering outside and the grey skies overhead, you might think you were wandering around the rainforest of a far-flung island The 25th edition of Kew's Orchid Festival might be found in London but it has been inspired by Indonesia - an arc...

Take A Walk On The Wild Side At This Mauritian Hideaway

The only wellness resort of its kind on the island, it is found in a 2,500 hectare private estate, known as Heritage Bel Ombre, partly made up of the immense Fredrica Nature Reserve, a golf course, an untouched shoreline, as well as two sister properties.

Three New Hotel Hotspots To Put On Your Radar

From a 'curated' townhouse in Mallorca to the carnival-themed hotel on London 's Southbank - hotels are pushing the boundaries when it comes to design this year. Opening in June 2020, in the quaint rural town of Santanyí in the south east of Mallorca, Can Ferrereta is carved out of a stunning 17 th-century mansion.

Adventures In Lapland: Behind The Scenes Of The New Arctic Bath Hotel

As the sun dips behind the curve of the horizon, the pure white of the iced-over Lule River gives off a supernatural glow against the darkening skies. Inside your room, it's warm and cosy - modern Scandi lamps are dimmed, and on the Mid-century-style sofas you can huddle under faux-fur throws to keep off the chill.

Ten Years On: The Story Behind Sweden's Most Adventurous Hotel

Kent and Britta Lindvall are not your average hoteliers. They may be at the helm of the inventive Treehotel - a collection of weird and wonderful rooms perched high in the trees in a remote Swedish forest - but, they say, they are simple folk at heart.

Thrilling Travel: How To Travel Like Agatha Christie

Travel, it seems, is taking a mysterious turn this year, with a flurry of Agatha Christie-inspired trips being launched for amateur sleuths, and explorers, alike. Putting the Nile on the radar - the setting for perhaps what is Christie's most famous novel - and coinciding with the October 2020 release of Kenneth Branagh's new cinematic version of Death on the Nile-travellers can once again sail on the .

Heritage In Hotels: How Old Fashioned Romance Lives On At London's Hotel Café Royal

The corner seat is the one to bag. The very same soft, red leather banquette that was Oscar Wilde's favourite and which gives the best view of the resplendent Rococo room. Opened in 1865, on the Piccadilly end of Regent Street, The Oscar Wilde Lounge is the jewel of Hotel Café Royal, and one of the most historic rooms in one of London's oldest hotels.

Read On For The Best In Travel Inspiration For 2020

When it comes to travel, there's nothing better to spark inspiration than a glossy tome which sets out to celebrate the virtues of a destination. Immerse yourself in a new batch of titles for the year ahead and you can silently journey to far-flung destinations and sow the seed for where you'd like to tick off your must-see list next.

Six Of The Best: The Ultimate Places In The World To Escape Winter

Once the festivities are offer, why not shake off the winter blues by heading to one of the new resorts opening in 2020? The best luxury openings - from Miami to St Barths - are ideal for globetrotters who appreciate the latest in design, but who are also conscious about their travel footprint.

London Calling: Three New Hotels Opening In London In Early 2020

If you are looking to explore somewhere new and exciting, look no further than the capital city which is gearing up to welcome three new hotels early next year. The Guardsman , on Buckingham Gate, is one of the most highly-anticipated openings for 2020.

Folie Brings A Touch Of Riviera Glamour To London's Dining Scene

Inside the dining room, it's all curvy lines, teal velvet armchairs and gleaming brass fixtures. The lighting is warm and cocooning and disco-funk is on the playlist. Outside, London might be dripping with rain again, but Folie, the capital's latest restaurant, will welcome you in from the cold with a touch of Riviera sunshine.

Where In The World? Travel Trends For 2020 - Part 3

From the rise in eco-friendly hotels to the search for authentic experiences, the world of travel has never been so 'woke'. In my final feature, as part of a series of articles revealing what's new and what's coming up on the horizon, I continue my look at what's happening in travel for 2020.

Where In The World? Travel Trends For 2020 - Part 2

From the rise in eco-friendly hotels to the search for authentic experiences, the world of travel has never been so 'woke'. In a series of articles revealing what's new and what's coming up on the horizon, I continue my look at what's happening in travel for 2020.

Where in the world? Travel Trends for 2020 - Part 1

From the rise in eco-friendly hotels to the search for authentic experiences, the world of travel has never been so 'woke'. In a series of articles looking at what's new and what's coming up on the horizon, I reveal what's happening in travel for 2020. 1.

Travel Insight: Exploring The Portuguese Flavour of Goa

Outside, the sky is heavy with ominous-looking clouds - it's the end of the monsoon season in Goa, and the sun is struggling to shine. Inside the Figueiredo House , in the village of Loutolim, it's also dark - but this time it's with the laden import that comes with a history dating back to 1590.

The Ultimate Day Trip Just Launched To Give Kids A Flying Start

Private jet company, 365 Aviation's new partnership with The Little Grand Tour sees groups of children being able to fly off and tap into unique 'behind-the-scenes' experiences at some of the world's leading galleries and museums and travel by private jet.

Travel Trend: Live Like A Londoner At Cheval Knightsbridge

The concierge is busy arranging an impromptu bottle of bubbles for a guest's birthday, while in the bedroom there's a curated selection of books themed around London. You might think that this is the latest boutique hotel in the capital, but you'd be wrong.

The Art Of Venice: A Sensory Journey Into Europe's Fragrant History

Inside the jewel of Venice's crown - the inimitable Gran Teatro La Fenice opera house - you might consider wearing a pair of sunglasses. In the lobby the huge, glittering chandeliers remain luminous, giving more than the wow-factor - (gleaming with their multitude of lights, you can't take your eyes off them) - despite the theatre's restoration having been completed back in 2003 (following the third fire of its history).

Find Your Eureka Moment In A Search For The Heart Of Venice

In all the cities in all the world, the one place where it is actually a joy to get lost in is Venice. One minute you can be in the midst of heaving crowds, the next - turn the wrong way - and you'll find yourself along an empty fondamenta, the lapping water in the canal sending up an eerie echo.

The Future Of Travel: Hotel Game-changers

Those wanting to know more about the shape of the travel industry of the future, should look to the finalists of the Radical Innovation competition, which is gearing up to announce its winner next month on 16 October 2019. The yearly competition challenges designers, hoteliers, and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel.

It's All About Neighbourhood Vibes As Moxy Opens A Third NYC Hotel

With its micro-room, macro-amenity concept, Moxy Hotels has done much to change the way travellers think about affordable hospitality. Having debuted in 2014 with the opening of Moxy Milan, the boutique hotel brand - from Marriot International - has become known for its tech-enabled rooms, vibrant lobby spaces and modern experiential approach.

From Taiwan To London: How Travel Has Inspired The Founders Of BAO And Xu Teahouse

When BAO opened in London, as a street food stand back in 2012, it kickstarted a love affair with Taiwanese cuisine (not to mention those delicious Bao buns). Inspired by her childhood in Taiwan, co-founder Erchen Chang, and partners, have since gone on to conquer the London restaurant scene with a series of cult classics.

Secret Garden: 1 Hotel West Hollywood Opens With Greenery At Its Heart

Inspired by the natural world, 1 Hotel's Brooklyn Bridge property brings a touch of the outdoors in more ways than one to this urban location. The new opening - the group's West Coast flagship - is also inspired by outdoors - this time, the raw natural beauty of the southern Californian landscape.

Divine Intervention: How To Discover The Art Of Tuscan Cuisine

It may be best known for its Renaissance art, but Tuscany, in the belly of Italy, is also bursting with culinary richness like no other Italian region. From the most flavoursome Ribollita soup to the juiciest Bistecca alla Fiorentina, the crispest Chianti wine to buttery gnocci, a typical Tuscan meal is often simple, but always a masterpiece in its own right.

Behind Paris's Iconic Art Hotel: Molitor Celebrates Its 90th Birthday

From its Art Deco pool to its unique connection to the art world, hotel Molitor 's iconic status is as much down to its rich history as it is to its forward-thinking ethos. This year it is celebrating 90 years since it first opened its doors in Paris's 16 th arrondissement.

Hotel News: Inside The Revamped De Vere Tortford Court

With its elaborate turrets, honey-hued lime-stone façade and ornate curlicues - arriving at the De Vere Tortford Court in Gloucestershire feels - at first sight - like you've stepped into a Mary Shelley novel. While the hotel may have its feet in a Gothic past, its face, however, is firmly facing the future following its recent £6 million refurbishment.

This Month: The Beaumont Knocks It Out The Ball Park

This month, the American-Art-Deco inspired hotel, The Beaumont, is offering a range of authentic Boston dishes in its Colony Grill restaurant, to mark the two Major League Baseball season games, which will be hosted in London for the first time in history.

Behind The Blooms: Inside The New Moxy Chelsea

The recently opened Moxy Chelsea in the heart of New York offers a genius twist on the affordable, micro-hotel trend: glamourous sociable spaces, a top-end Italian restaurant and cool rooms, designed by Yabu Pushelburg and the Rockwell Group, give you more bang for your buck.

Eco Travel: How 1 Hotels Is Embracing The Natural World

With International Recycling Day just ticked off the calendar (17 May) and the World Environment Day on the horizon (5 June), the themes of sustainability and eco awareness are particularly relevant right now. In the travel world, of course, these issues have never been so pertinent, with the brightest, newest hotels looking to tick the right boxes to keep their consciences, and forward-thinking guests, happy.

The Founder Of Harvest Nature On Why Vacation Conferencing Is The Latest Travel Trend

Following a successful debut last year, Harvest returns to Kaplankaya, Turkey, on 24-26 May, with a new addition to the series - Harvest Nature. This three-day experience, based at the Six Senses resort, will host up to 15 internationally renowned speakers to discuss themes relating to the exploration and conservation of the planet - all with a positive focus.

Travel In Leonardo Da Vinci's Footsteps With An Authentic Stay In Tuscany

This month marks 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci died. As well as his masterpieces, which sees him regarded as one of the world's finest artists, da Vinci's sketches, found in the thousands, across numerous notebooks, also reveal just how ahead of his time he was - with the works showing the first known concepts for bicycles, helicopters and aeroplanes, as well as advanced anatomical sketches and scientific studies.

Authentic Luxury: The Geoffrey Kent Suite At Sanctuary Olonana Lodge In Kenya

When it comes to luxury travel, there is one name in the industry who has led the way, particularly when it comes to creating the most enlightening safari experiences imaginable. Geoffrey Kent, the founder of luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent , is renowned as a pioneer, with his innovative and upscale approach to experiencing some of the continent's greatest wildernesses.

New Opening: The Spa At South Lodge Elevates The Traditional Country House Hotel

The honey-coloured exterior is somewhat misleading. Bordering Sussex's idyllic South Downs, South Lodge - a 19 th century neo-Jacobean manor - on first sight is exactly what you'd expect. There are manicured lawns, wooded walkways and a Wisteria covered entrance. Step inside and there's enough ornate ceilings, wood panelling and overstuffed sofas to keep any Victoriana fiend happy.

From City To Shore, Three New Hotels To Put On Your Wish List

Found in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, new boutique hotel Fauchon L'Hotel brings together a playful design ethos with a gastronomic focus. Founded in 1886, is one of France's most famous gastronomic luxury brands - renowned for its gourmet delicatessen, including the most celebrated macarons.

Arabian Nights: How One&Only Royal Mirage Conjures Up The Past In The City Of The Future

The scent of roses is heady and, wrapped in my traditional pastemal wrap, I am guided into the heart of the hammam where the plumes of steam intensify the aroma. This is the Oriental Hammam found at the heart of One&Only Royal Mirage hotel in Dubai and it serves as a gentle oasis away from the high-octane glitz that is the hallmark of this city.

International Women's Day: Carol Lovell, Founder Of STOW, On Inspirational Travel

When Carol Lovell founded STOW back in 2013, she set out to create a leading brand renowned for its luxurious and life-lasting travel accessories. Combining traditional artisan skills with practical storage solutions, that work for the modern-day traveller, the company has become synonymous with the spirit of stylish 'wander-luxe'.

Marrakech To The Maldives: My Year In Travel Part II

Here, I continue to look back on the trips I made over the course of last year. In this this second instalment, I pick up my journeying, as I touch down for a night away in Edinburgh. There's no grander place to see Edinburgh than from the old railway hotel that is the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian .

The Art Of Travel: Viking Cruises Continues To Champion Culture

As well as its innovative sea and river voyages around the world, Viking Cruises is also renowned for its continual support of the arts. Following on from last year's sponsorship of the V&A's major Ocean Liners: Speed & Style exhibition, this year, the cruise line is working alongside the British Museum on the anticipated Edvard Munch: Love and Angst exhibition, which will run from 11 April - 21 July 2019.

Marrakech To The Maldives: My Year In Travel Part I

As a travel writer, the horizon is always on my sightline (literally and metaphorically). I'm constantly looking forward to an upcoming trip, thinking about a new destination or what will be the next airport I'll be touching down in.

Live, Life And Balance - How A New Wellness Company Is Elevating Holistic Holidays

When Livia Manca di Villahermosa wanted to find a holistic holiday which was also nurturing and luxurious, rather than minimalist and depriving, she struggled to find anything that suited. Having worked with luxury brands, such as Chanel and La Perla, in both New York and London, her experience in the luxury world meant that she quickly saw a gap in the market.

Hot, Hot, Hot: Three New Hotels To Book Now For 2019

From a weekend break in the balmy island of Mallorca to exploring the wonders of Costa Rica, these three hotel openings are the ones to put on your wish-list this year... Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden, Palma de Mallorca, Spain Just opened in Mallorca, is the island's newest, and arguably most stylish, retreat.

A Home-From-Home On Kent's Coastline Will Inspire Even On A Winter's Day

For the past few years, there's been a little coastal revival simmering away on the east Kent coastline. It started with Whitstable, and its impossibly pretty fisherman's cottages and stylish oyster restaurants. Next came Margate, with its Turner Contemporary gallery and buzzing art scene.

The New Ways To See The World: Travel Trends 2019 Part 2

From futuristic cruise ships to interactive architecture for hotels - the ways in which we see the world, and how we want to experience different destinations, is changing. I speak to some of the industry's leading experts to discover the latest travel trends.

ME Dubai, Zaha Hadid's Legacy Project, Is Set To Make Its Mark On The Dubai Skyline

From its uber-luxury, sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel to the Burj Khalifa , the tallest building on the planet, when it comes to impressing even the most world-weary travellers, Dubai knows how to pull out the stops. It latest addition to the skyline - the 95m-high The Opus building - has ramped up the city's architectural prowess even further.

The New Ways To See The World: Travel Trends 2019 Part 1

The ways in which we see the world, and how we want to experience different destinations, is changing. Here, I speak to some of the industry's leading experts to discover the latest travel trends. Bite-sized travel According toNobu Hotel Ibiza Bay , 2019 will be the year of 'bite-sized travel', with travellers looking to squeeze in curated travel itineraries into shorter time-frames.

Spend Your Own Finest Hour At The Montagu Kitchen Restaurant, Inspired By Churchill

For a hotel inspired by one of our greatest Brits, Sir Winston Churchill, The Hyatt Regency London is surprisingly buzzy, and not in the least bit stuffy as you might perhaps expect. The five-star hotel, known as The Churchill, on Portman Square in Marylebone, has nods throughout towards the great leader and politician - from bronze busts to a curated book collection on display in public areas.

Chalet Makeover: An Experimental Approach Comes To Verbier

The Experimental Group brings its hip ethos to Verbier with its Experimental Chalet opening in December. The new opening offers a signature cocktail bar, club and modern restaurant and is perfect for skiers after a contemporary interpretation of chalet living.

Immerse Yourself In Corfu Life At The New Ikos Dassia

The new Ikos Dassia in Corfu may offer five-star all-inclusive living, with a luxury twist, but it also has a unique take on local living - by encouraging its guests to go beyond the walls of the resorts with innovative experiences.

Green Travel: Inside Bangkok's Innovative New Akyra TAS Sukhumvit

The latest new opening from the innovative Akaryn group of hotels, Akyra TAS Sukhumvit , will 'have you' at 'hello'. Not only does its downtown Bangkok vibe ooze coolness (Sukhumvit is Bangkok's most upcoming area, which the hotel reflects in its chic-retro interiors), but the boutique hotel is also making a stir with its forward-thinking, eco-conscious ethos.

How The Habitas Brand Is Changing The Way We Travel

Last year, when Habitas opened its lifestyle hotel in the hippie beach town of Tulum , Mexico, it offered everything, and more, for a savvy Millennial traveller. Not only was it built in collaboration with local carpenters and artisans (thus ticking the 'give-back' box), it also made sure that sustainability was key with its environmentally-aware ethos, that has become all-important to the way many of us want to travel.

History Repeating Itself: The New Heritage Hotels Reimagined For Modern Times

There's a frisson of excitement on the UK hotel scene with a flurry of openings which could see British travellers cancelling their long-haul flights and opting for a glamorous staycation instead. First up is The Langley , a Luxury Collection Hotel due to open its doors in Buckinghamshire this summer.

Diamond Life: A Look Inside The Bulgari London Hotel

Better known for its lavish jewelry - think gleaming emeralds, dazzling diamonds and the deepest azure sapphires - it's no surprise that stepping into Bulgari Hotel London is like finding yourself encased in a jewelry box. Polished, black granite floors and acres of glossy sapele mahogany mean that the lobby is, more specifically, the equivalent of the inside of a black-lacquered case.

Nature Calling: How Weekapaug Inn Lets You Escape The Rat Race

Share to email Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Share to google Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. In the distance, a great egret glides gracefully across the pond, while, closer to where we stand on the veranda, a purple martin lands on the lawn.

Inside The Just-Opened Luxury Residences at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square

Share to email Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Share to google Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. There's no bigger city travel trend at the moment than the rise of luxury residences.

Blantyre: How A Gilded Mansion Has Been Bought Back To Life

Share to email Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Share to google Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Hidden in the woodlands of western Massachusetts, Blantyre stands as a reminder of a gilded age that time has nearly forgotten.

Swept Away: Powerscourt Hotel Will Have You Sold On Its True Irish Welcome

Share to email Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Share to google Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. They say that first impressions count, and at Powerscourt Hotel , one of Ireland's most lavish resorts, it's certainly true.

Marvellous Malta: More Than Just This Year's Capital Of Culture

Valletta in Malta is one of this year's Capitals of Culture, with a wide range of events planned for this year. But it was already making its mark on the hip destination map due to its cool hotel scene, avant-garde architectural projects and it's all-round sunny disposition.

Just Beachy: Chalet Saunton Brings A Sharp Design Focus To North Devon

Share to email Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Share to google Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Think of a trip to Devon and you might dream of thatched cottages on winding lanes, picturesque coves and little villages with tea shops that time forgot.

The Great Escape: Half Moon Jamaica Invests $75 Million In A Super Transformation

Share to email Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Share to google Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Half Moon, a luxury beachfront hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has long been an iconic property that is at the top of many well-heeled travellers' wish lists.

Switch Off At Restival London: Where The Arizona Desert Comes To An Urban Landscape

Launched in 2015 in Arizona's Painted Desert, Restival was the first of its kind. Combining the 'group' ethos and freedom vibes of music festivals with the wellness factors of a holistic retreat, founder Caroline Jones came up with the concept of a five-day digital-detox which also borrows a lot from experiential travel.

How To Be A Professional Traveller: An Insider's View On How To Make Travel Work

Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Tweet This After hopping around the world for nearly 20 years as a travel journalist, I'd like to think that I've picked up some insider information about the 'business' of travel that's worth sharing.

Mountain High: How To Discover Marrakech On The Inside

Discover a new side to Marrakech - one that is full of magic, charm and promise. Insiders Experience takes you beyond the realm of a usual tour, and, instead, on the back of a bike with sidecar, shows you the hidden side of the city.

The Travel Companies That Will Change The Way You See The World

Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. From bespoke itineraries to seeing a place like a local, the latest travel companies are adding a big dollop of imagination to the process of booking a holiday.

Greek Gods: Five New Hotels That Promise Heavenly Holidays

Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. With a batch of exciting new openings on the cards for the summer ahead, it looks like Greece is back in the spotlight (or should that say, sunlight?)

Slow Travel: How To Find The Serene Side Of Tokyo

Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. While us Brits like to pride ourselves on our love of the varying seasons, the Japanese have elevated the changing months into an art form.

The Best Winter Destinations For Icy Adventures That Will Warm The Heart

Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. From outdoor art trails to thrilling adventures on glacial rivers, this winter forget about hunkering down indoors, sub zero is where the real adventure starts.

The X-Factor: Why It's All About The Collaboration For The Coolest Luxury Hotels

Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The stars of the catwalks have long been in bed ('scuse the pun) with luxury hotels. From Armani to Versace , some of the globe's best-loved hotels - found in the glitziest locations, of course, - have a fashion designer's name over their doors.

Location, Location, Location: Why The UK Remains Picture Perfect

The landscape of the UK has long been immortalised in film - from sweeping landscape shots of the great British countryside (think: County Durham as the dramatic backdrop in the 1996 film Jude) to our cities being immortalised in iconic films such as Notting Hill, Sherlock Holmes, and Truly Madly Deeply.

Look No Further: Why The UK Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List For 2018

Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Forget taking off to exotic climes for inspiration or finding your thrills in far-flung lands - next year, the UK will be buzzing with a packed calendar of exciting cultural events and new openings, guaranteed to inspire and delight even the most jaded travellers.

How Ikos Resorts in Greece Continue To Lead The Quiet Revolution For All-Inclusive Hotels

Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Like cruising, the all-inclusive hotel has long had a bit of an image problem. Across the globe, too often the concept has been about 'piling them high, and selling them cheap' with non-branded drinks, group activities (shudder!)

Why COMO Hotels Can't Get Enough Of The Magic Of Bali

Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Despite having hotels dotted throughout some of the most glamorous destinations in the world - from Miami to Western Australia - it seems as though Singapore-based COMO Hotels has a particular fondness for Bali.

Why Santa Barbara Is The Jewel Of USA's Pacific Coast

Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara, in the state of California, has always been a popular destination for those in the know. But now, with a slew of new openings, it looks like its under-the-radar charm will be exposed for all to see.

Beaverbrook: Welcome To The UK's Most Glamourous Country House Hotel Opening

Chasing the dream: I write about travel and the world around me Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. You'll drink cocktails in the Parrot Bar, perched on deep-teal, velvet bar-stools, against a curvy, bronze bar. Walls are the palest peach - oil paintings giving a splash of colour, while tasselled lamps cast a flattering glow across the room.

The Brando In The South Pacific Continues Its Quest To Be The World's Ultimate Castaway Experience

When it opened back in 2014, The Brando in French Polynesia was quite possibly the most gloriously glamourous resort to open its doors in the world. Three years on and it has maintained its position as one of the planet's leading trailblazers, when it comes to it's holistic and aesthetic appeal (it is one of the most gorgeous places to rest your head and has a strict 'green' policy).

Welcome To Pure Escapism: The Top Three Brand-New Hotels To Have On Your Wish-List

You can't move for new openings in the Maldives at the minute, but Dhigali , the newest island outpost from Universal Resorts, is quite possibly one of the most glamourous. Having just opened its doors in June 2017, in the Raa Atall, its design ethos is minimalist, with teak wood, curvy bath-tubs and aquatic pops of colour.

Discover The 'Turner' Skies, Wide Beaches And Historic Towns That Are The Glories Of Kent

It may be called the Garden of England due to its idyllic, quintessential English countryside, but when it comes to seaside charm, Kent is somewhat overlooked for well-known places like Dorset and Cornwall. But look again. With pretty beaches, such as Botany Bay and Pegwell Bay, the county has much to offer - and was even the inspiration for many of JMW Turner's works.

Why This Hidden Gem In St Barts Is Redefining How To Stay In The Caribbean

It's the Caribbean, but not as you know it. There's no loud reggae, jerk chicken or chintz in sight - instead it's all French pop, just-baked croissants and white jeans. Welcome to St Barts (technically St Barthélemy) - so achingly chic, it is like someone has transported the South of France to the tropics.

Sailing And Super-Suites: The Mark Is One Of A Kind In NYC

Back in 2009, legendary designer Jacques Grange put his spin on The Mark , one of New York's most iconic hotels since 1927. His haute-pop fusion style means the property has the brightest, stand-out lobby you'll ever come across.

Say Hello To London's Coolest New Hotel: The Novotel London Canary Wharf

From the super-hotel that is The Ned to the capital's cool little gems, like Ham Yard Hotel , London is awash with inspiring and design-savvy places to lay your head. You would be forgiven for thinking, therefore, that a new property from Novotel - part of the French Accor group - wouldn't be anywhere near as exciting as some of the big-name openings flinging open their doors in town.

How THE Park Hotels Changed The Face Of The Indian Hotel Scene

Think of Indian hotels and you may call to mind either grand palatial affairs or, on the other end of the scale, homely B&Bs. For many years, when it came to the hotel scene in the Asian country, there was not much to cater for a savvy, younger traveller.

City Secrets: Detour, The Coolest Walking Tour In The World, Arrives In London

Let's face it: walking tours haven't got the most exciting reputation, but founder and former CEO of Groupon, Andrew Mason is determined to change all that. His latest venture- Detour -is based around immersive, experiential and location-based audio tours. Launched with a splash in the USA back in 2015, they have just been unveiled in the UK and across Europe.

Head To This Sicilian Secret Hideaway And Soak Up The Real Dolce Vita

When you walk into the grounds of the 600 year old San Michele Estate (complete with a moat and watchtower), it's almost like stepping into an Italian art-house movie scene. Sicily's Donna Coraly Resort is one of those places that only a handful of travel connoisseurs know about (read: not very many).

Seaside Heaven: Three Cornish Restaurants With Heavenly Views And Heartwarming Dishes

With its straight-out-of-ocean seafood, artisan cheeses and home-grown organic meats (not to mention the sumptuous cream teas) - Cornwall's foodie scene has always been a highlight of holidaying by the seaside. With starry chefs, such as Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth, creating a simmering restaurant scene - the southern destination has become one of the UK's best-loved foodie hotspots.

Speedy Safari For Those Who Are Time-Poor But Want To Be Experience-Rich

The thought of a safari trip brings images of long, hazy days, discovering parts of the world that are a world away from our usual existences. They are intrinsically romantic - exploring the wilds of Africa, sundowners over a majestic plain and sleeping under the stars, not to mention offering the highs of coming face-to-face with nature's finest creatures.

Why Erosantorini Is This Year's Ultimate Summer Experience

Stark white buildings, the bluest cornflower roofs against an endless sky and a haze of sunshine: think of a summer holiday and this picture surely sums it up. This image, albeit repackaged for modern-day travellers, is what you'll find at sleek new opening Erosantorini - a new concept in luxury hotels.

Why Covent Garden Has Become London's New Beauty Quarter

We're in the age of Instagram, when the pursuit of perfected beauty is widespread, and the choice of products (which will help make us the air-brushed versions of ourselves) is ever mounting. It's no surprise, then, that many designer brands are focusing their energies - with millions spent on increasingly complex research and development - on what they would call their 'entry-point'.

Five Reasons Why The Landmark Hotel is London's Best-Kept Secret

So, you're familiar with The Dorchester, checked out The Lanesborough and The Ritz is on your lust list. Hey, you've probably had afternoon tea at Claridge's (said to be one of the best in London but, as an aside, my money is on The Langham's afternoon treats for overall winner).

Why The Maldives Is Hot Right Now: Six New Resorts That Are Seriously Glam

The Maldives: historically seen as one of the most idyllic places on earth to visit, and, of course, considered the destination of choice to kick off married life (it's one of the most popular honeymoon locations in the world), has also been making headlines of late for somewhat darker reasons.

Why Porto Is The City To Visit This Year

Set aside the Duoro River, Porto - Portugal's second city - is one of the most eclectic destinations in Europe. With its Medieval architecture, it's defining Dom Luis I Bridge (designed by Gustave Eiffel) and Art Nouveau cafes, there's something for everyone.

Hotels With A Heart: Why Bouteco Will Be The Only Way To Travel Soon

Journalist Juliet Kinsman is probably most famous for being one of the founders ofMr & Mrs Smith , the impossibly stylish boutique hotel website that has won numerous awards over the years for its 'on-the-money' witty reviews, not to mention sourcing beds for the night for savvy travellers desiring more than a chocolate on their pillow.

The Top 3 Retreats To Detox From Modern Life

While food for the soul is more than catered for, the body is not overlooked either. Aja's artisanal menu is harvested on-site from the property's biodynamic vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which are also the basis for Aja's herbal infused olive oils, vinegars, green powders and herbal salt blends.

8 Ways to Fall In Love With A Cold Climate

Tropical beaches, radiant sunsets and bare-foot walks along the beach - for some, the real essence of getting away from it all means basking in the heat somewhere remote and exotic. But, the hardier travellers among us know that cold climates have their own, unique charm.

Behind The Scenes of The Spa Industry: An Expert's View

When was the last time you went to a spa? Did you enjoy it? Did you feel comfortable, at ease? Or, in fact, was it not as relaxing as you'd hoped it would be? For many, a spa experience can be a let down - at best baffling, at worse intimidating.

The Experts' View: Five New Travel Trends for 2017

As another year ends, we'll soon be taking stock of the year that's been and what's to come ahead of us. Travel of course is as important as ever. Here, I speak to some leading travel experts on how we will be travelling in the months to come...

An Insider's Guide To Ibiza: Off The Beaten Track And Out Of Seaso

When you think of the Balearic Islands, you instantly conjure up the hazy, lazy days of summer. Ibiza, in particular, is everyone's favourite party place - full of endless possibilities with its long, sunny days and even longer nights (many of which are often spent in its world-class nightlife and [...]

5 Healing Holidays to Kick-start a New You

The beginning of a new year is often the only chance we get to stop, pause and reset our mind-set. With January just around the corner, why not cement your New Year Resolutions with some serious 'me' time. Check into one of the latest wellness retreats for 2017.

Travel That Turns Down The Volume

Travel means so many things to so many different people but in an increasingly hectic and globalised world, the search for 'silence' has become an increasing demand and rising trend with those touching down somewhere new. As a response to this, major brands are responding with services that give travellers the chance to 'turn down the volume'.

The Three Exotic Hotels To Put On Your Bucket List for 2017

So, the festive season is upon as and, after the parties and get-togethers come to an end, we'll soon enter our 'cocooning' stage when our thoughts typically turn to planning our vacations, touching down in sunnier climes and discovering new, far-flung destinations. It's vital to stave off the winter blues.



Ikos Aria hotel review: No better place from which to explore the charms of Kos - CityAM

Found on the impossibly scenic bay of Kefalos, on the southwestern tip of Kos, the latest hotel opening from Ikos Resorts is the group's prettiest yet. An ideal place to soak up the sun, get fit - there's a huge amount of activities in store - or as a base to discover the charms of the island, Ikos Aria will soon have you cosseted in its easy-breezy, 'pre-paid luxury' approach to all-inclusive hospitality.

A stay at one of the USA's most iconic hotels, Ocean House

With its fancy turrets, myriad windows and pastel-lemon façade, Ocean House is an imposing place. Found on the bluffs of Watch Hill, a well-to-do town in Rhode Island, on first appearances it's a hotel that looks like a stuffy, Victorian grand-dame, fitted in an overblown crinoline dress, and exuding old-fashioned principles.

Want a real spa? Spelunk deep underground into this hot, rejuvenating cave

As if hearty Italian cuisine, elegant rooms and innovative cocktails were not enough, this historic villa in overlooked Lucca, Tuscany, has a spa that's so out of this world it'll take you to Heaven and back. Set in a series of underground caves, it will add a whole new dimension to your downward dog.

How the Japanese capital is preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyoites love a seasonal celebration. If they're not picnicking under a blossom-laden tree, in honour of the spring sakura, then they are trekking to the nearest park to see the splendour of the autumn leaves. It's no surprise, then, that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - despite being two years away - has already got the city in a celebratory mood.

Looking for things to do in Marrakech? Try the Yves Saint Lauren Museum

Marrakech might be just a three-and-a-half-hour flight from London, with no time difference to mess about with, but it's also a city that retains a glorious sense of exoticism and mystery. The ancient medina, for example, is overwhelming and chaotic, and you will get lost in it.

Jamaica's foodie revolution: From jerk chicken to vegetarian fine-dining

At Scotchies in Montego Bay, the sweet-spicy smell of jerk chicken sizzling on the open-fire-grill is filling the air. Serving fried breadfruit, crisp festival (a savoury doughnut) and plenty of ice-cold Red Stripe, this is the place to come for the best 'jerk' in Jamaica.

The Greek resort of Ikos Oceania is redefining the all-inclusive stay

Halkidiki is the quieter alternative to the more popular beaches and nightlife of Mykonos, and every bit as attractive as the rugged volcanic terrain of Santorini. Situated on the country's northern coast, this region of Greece is just three and a half hours away from London.

If ancient ruins you do seek, then pop to Rome and take a peek

With its ancient ruins, buzzy aperitivo scene (check out Il Mercato Roma as a tasty starting point) and balmy climate - what's not to like about a sojourn to one of Europe's most inspiring capitals? After all, this is the place from where Caesar controlled his empire, where Michelangelo was inspired and where Fellini came up with the concept of La Dolce Vita.

Spa breaks don't come much more serene than Skodsborg

A 20-minute drive out of Copenhagen and you'll arrive in North Zealand. Tucked away on the borders of Dyrehaven, one of the most picturesque UNESCO Heritage nature reserves in Denmark, is Kurhotel Skodsborg.

How to find quiet sanctuary in the buzzy, bohemian city of Prague

Widely regarded as one of Europe's prettiest capitals - and one of the only European cities that remained largely undamaged during the Second World War - Prague is like an ornate display cabinet of architectural styles throughout the ages.

Taxidermy hares add a rustic charm to The Wild Rabbit hotel

With the gentle Cotswolds hills and honey-coloured villages on your doorstep, you can spend entire days out exploring this beautiful part of the UK. Then bed down in The Wild Rabbit, a modern day inn perfect for cityfolks looking for a manicured version of the country break.


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Social Butterflies: Zoe Bradley's New Harrods Installation

Renowned for her dramatic paper installations, London-based artist and fashion designer Zoe Bradley's latest collaboration with Harrods is designed to leave you all of a flutter When you look up, the swarm of iridescent blue butterflies are dancing above your head. Their delicate cobalt wings move and drift with the air.

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Top Wellness Retreats in Europe for 2017

From the best massage to the most advanced medical treatments, and nutritional and fitness programmes, our experts share their top spa and wellness retreats in Europe in 2017 Whether looking to detox, lose weight, stretch out or simply relax, discover four of the finest wellness retreats in Europe, each with a focus on sybaritic and sustainable living.

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South Tyrol: Discover a Hidden Gem in Northern Italy

South Tyrol, a little-known area of northern Italy, is just the place to clear your mind and feed your soul. Luxury London discovers a region where nature gets a design makeover If you're yearning for a soul-searching moment, head to South Tyrol, a little-known - but beautifully peaceful - enclave of northern Italy.

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Marrakech: A Moroccan Love Affair

A visit to Marrakech, with its hectic souks, buzzy restaurants and traditional sights, will always get the heart racing. Promising a respite from the chaos is the new Mandarin Oriental Marrakech In front of me, a black cobra is swaying to the wail of the pungi, and the air is heavy with the aromas of spice and oud.

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Royalty-Inspired Interior Design

In honour of Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday, Luxury London explores the Royal residences' rich design history - and talks to the interior specialists inspired by them When Buckingham Palace first opened its doors to the public in 1993, it attracted crowds from across the world eager to see how Her Majesty The Queen lives.

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Visit Montenegro: One of Europe's Best-Kept Secrets

With its raw, natural beauty, Montenegro is one of Europe's best-kept secrets. We succumb to the Balkan country's charms at luxury hotel Aman Sveti Stefan At first, it seems as though this bay setting - although captivating - is a peculiar choice for the Aman brand.

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Non-Surgical Beauty: Turning Back the Clock

The latest beauty fads may be cutting edge, but that doesn't mean you have to go under the knife for stellar results. From snail slime to radio frequency, Luxury London discovers how science is reinventing the beauty treatment Forget frozen foreheads and puffed-up cheeks: these days the beauty industry is reflecting our desire to look youthful without appearing as though we've been seriously worked on.

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Weekend Away: Ballynahinch Castle in Ireland

Discover the true meaning of travel on the Wild Atlantic Way at Ballynahinch Castle, one of the best hotels in Ireland It may be only a few hours away, but it turns out the West Coast of Ireland is a world apart entirely.

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The World is Nearly Enough: Bond on Location

As well as thrilling car chases and hair-raising stunts, James Bond movies are also famous for their glamorous locations. From Europe's finest cities to postcard-perfect tropical beaches, Ian Fleming's hero finds himself in some of the world's most dramatic destinations. Why not follow in his footsteps?

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Gold Make-Up Trend: All That Glimmers

Get your shimmer on with our sparkling round-up of gold make-up, perfect for the party season Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow by Stila, £33.50 For the ultimate gilded finish, look no further than Stila's runway-inspired metallic eye shadow in Comex Gold.

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Beauty Box: Pretty as a Picture

From lip balm jewels to retro bath sets, the latest beauty treats look too gorgeous to hide away (or indeed to give away). Here are our favourite vanity showpieces that could double up as Christmas gifts (for you) Lovers of whimsical, retro-inspired products will love, love, love Paul & Joe's limited edition gift boxes.


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Forget all that January moderation and indulge yourself at one of these new spa offerings

Rudding Park Spa, Harrogate The recently opened rooftop spa at this Yorkshire country house hotel was 12 years in the making. As well as the outdoor glass-fronted sauna, 'meadow' gardens designed by horticulturist Matthew Wilson, immersive sensory zones and a packed menu full of natural and organic remedies, its fitness workshops are also bang on...

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From 100C to the icy Baltic

MY heart feels like it's about to burst through my ribcage, sweat is pouring and it's hard to breathe. It's well over 100C and although I'm desperate to leave, I'm determined not to be the first to wimp out. I tune into the low, female voice in the room. 'Keep breathing.

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Cornish Cream

Start planning your early summer break now - make it easy with a trip down to Cornwall. It's one of our travel blogger's Angelina Villa-Clarke's favourite destinations.With its glorious beaches, buzzy foodie scene and chilled-out vibe, Cornwall is one of my top family holiday destinations.

Put The Bloom Into Your Beauty.

There's nothing like the onset of spring to make you revamp your beauty cupboard. Beauty writer Angelina Villa-Clarke chooses her top five just-launched products, perfect for all the family.Great for mums on the go: Su-Man Rehydrating Toning Essence, £37Renowned facialist Su-Man is the woman behind many of the A-Lister's ageless beauty.

Inspired Beauty

Our beauty expert Angelina Villa-Clarke reveals her latest favourite beauty buys - perfect for at home or when away and inspired by far-flung places.While I love glamorous 'dressing-table' style products, there's something about the new generation of practical beauty buys that is eminently covetable. Powder cleansers, for instance, are currently having 'a moment'.

Pampering Gifts

There's nothing so delightful as unwrapping a little box of something pampering, scented or just simply frivolous. This year, make sure you get your gift perfectly right with my top ten ultimate beauty treats for that special someone in your life. Happy shopping!

Family Skiing

I have to admit that there's something about the thought of going skiing that leaves me cold (literally). Over strenuous exercise, below zero temperatures and bulky outfits appeal to the many but unfortunately don't do it for me. But that's not to say that I won't be tempted by a skiing holiday this year.

Going Places

Maybe you are super-organised and already thinking ahead to where you'll be heading in your half-term break (or even, gasp, summer 2015). Or maybe you have left it all to the last minute, and are looking to get away this summer.

Beauty for the long haul

The latest beauty launches are perfect for seeing you through the endless days of summer. Whether you are travelling somewhere exotic or staying put, our resident beauty writer Angelina Villa-Clarke chooses her top ten summer sizzlersSoak it upThe Greek island of Santorini is the inspiration behind Korres new Santorini Vine range.

Get Packing!

When my boys were smaller (they are six and 10 now) I used to dread packing for any trip away. It would take days of planning, sorting and organising with endless lists being written and subsequently crossed out.

Weekend Escapes (with your kids!)

So we are well into the Autumn term and the memories of an idyllic summer are fading - hands up those who already need another holiday?How about a short sojourn to recharge your batteries at a luxury country bolthole and you don't have to leave the little ones behind - just let the experts take over for the

Packing List and WIN Quash

Packing for a family holiday can be a headache. All those things to remember and all the things you'll probably forget can cause sleepless nights and days spent making mental 'must not forget' lists.

Ultimate Villa Holidays

There's something so satisfying about finding the ultimate villa - a place in the sun that you can call your own for a week or two. Once you find it, you'll want to return year after year. Just keep it to yourself, though, and make it your best-kept secret.

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5 of the best: Family-friendly beaches in Cyprus - Family Traveller

LARA BEACH, LARA BAY, AKAMAS PENINSULA Found on Cyprus's rugged north-west coast, this often deserted beach is more of a local haunt than a tourist one. Despite a slightly arduous journey to find it - a four-wheel drive is recommended - it's definitely worth the effort.

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The Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne, Dorset

It's all about comfort and joy at this cosy bolthole in Dorset, as Angelina Villa-Clarke discovers... Found on a honey-coloured street in the market town of Sherborne, The Eastbury Hotel - at first sight - looks like an imposing Georgian home.

Welsh Wonders: Celtic Manor Resort

If you are a golf player, then the gods have been somewhat in your favour of late. Not only was it the first sport to properly 'open up' after lockdown, but those who play can feel smug about the benefits golf brings in these health conscious-times.

Wellness in Paradise: Heritage Le Telfair, Mauritius

I'm learning to breathe on a mountain. Above us, the sun is hot, and below, the southern coastline of Mauritius, with its deepening tones of azure, looks like something an artist has splashed across a canvas. Who knew there was so much more to breathing?

The Arctic and the Avant-Garde

In this weekend's travel special, Angelina Villa takes a journey through Swedish Lapland, and a place where avant-garde architecture meets the Arctic wilderness... With its cluster of tiny shops and scattering of wooden houses adorned with fairy lights, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the tiny town of Harads, found an hour away from the airport of Luleå, was just another rural outpost in northern Sweden.

Childhood Revisited: The Treehouse Hotel

Found on Langham Place in Marylebone, just north of Oxford Circus, the new Treehouse hotel places you in the heart of things, in more ways than one.

Reimagining Timelessness: The Biltmore Mayfair

Bringing a new offering to the luxury hotel market, Hilton's top-end LXR brand is also bringing a refreshing twist to the once old-style feel of Grosvenor Square. Transforming what was originally the former Millennium Grosvenor Square, The Biltmore Mayfair is the second outpost of Hilton's new collection - the first being Habtoor Palace in Dubai.

It's Family First at Four Seasons, Hampshire

There's a buzz in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hampshire - maybe it's the children running out of the lounge, or it could be the extended families arriving for the weekend - grandpa, aunts and babies in tow - or perhaps the whoops of joy you can just about make out coming from the grounds...

The Langley: Reliving English History

It's taken six years to finish the reimagination of The Langley, once the former country estate belonging to the third Duke of Marlborough, and the long-awaited outcome is justifiably impressive. Set in the bucolic Langley Park in Buckinghamshire - originally landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown - the Palladian mansion and grounds have a rich and varied history.

35 Years of Gastronomy: Belmond Le Manoir

Autumn at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, in Oxfordshire, makes for a glorious time to visit. The herb gardens scent the air with aromas of parsley, sage and mint, the last of the summer flowers - blood-red Dahlias to be exact - are decadently dramatic, and the vegetable gardens have come into their own, bursting with tall verdant chard, crisp lettuce and bulbous squash, in shades of orange, milky-white and the palest peach.

Where the Destination Counts: Ikos Aria, Kos

Bristling with Greek and Roman ruins, a harbour town dominated by the 15th-century Neratzia castle, lavish mosaics at the 3rd-century Casa Romana villa - not to mention gorgeous beaches - Angelina Villa heads to Kos, and the latest in the Ikos portfolio, for a distinctly destination-led approach to luxury holidays...

A Natural Source of Happiness: Silverlake, Dorset

With its lakeside setting, heathland surrounds and green infrastructure, those after a touch of biophilic living can do no better than taking off to Silverlake in Dorset - even if it is for a weekend away.

NY Cool: 1 Hotel, Brooklyn Bridge

You don't have to be painfully cool to check into 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, but it could help. From its sustainable ethos to its rooftop bar and pool, the luxury hotel - within the shadows of Brooklyn Bridge itself and next to the Dumbo ferry terminal - is one of New York's most hip places to rest your head.

Celebrating Travel: St James Hotel & Club

Tucked away in a Mayfair side-street, just a short stroll from Green Park, St James Hotel & Club has its roots firmly entrenched in the notion of travel. Founded in 1857 as a member's club, by theEnglish aristocrat Earl Granville and Marchese d'Azeglio, a Sardinian Minister, it was intended as a London base for travelling diplomats.

In an English Country Garden: Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Course

After you turn off the main road, the drive to Bowood Hotel affords the perfect vision of quintessential Englishness: you bump along a country lane, past endless bucolic vistas of verdant fields and age-old trees, until you come to the honey-coloured country house. Lavender and freshly-cut grass scenting the air.

It's Foxy at the Moxy

After you've ducked under the fronds of the potted palm trees, traipsed over discarded leaves and brushed against a rainbow of blooms, you'll find the newly opened Moxy Chelsea. In the heart of New York's garden district, it offers so much more than its affordable price point suggests, with its many nods to the botanical feel of its location, played out in an industrial-meets-orangery feel.

Gothic Wonder: Tortworth Court

De Vere Tortworth Court may have just completed a £6 million pound refurbishment - resulting in a fresh countryside-chic aesthetic - but at its heart the neo-Gothic, Grade II-listed property, found in south Gloucestershire, remains wonderfully characterful. The facade, for instance, is full-on Edgar Allen Poe mode.

American Dreams: The Beaumont

For a Great Gatsby experience in the heart of London, look no further than The Beaumont - arguably the capital's most under-the-radar luxury hotel. Capturing the essence of the 'American Dream', as immortalised by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the hotel is found in Brown Hart Gardens, just minutes' walk from Selfridges, and has an aesthetic and ethos bound up in the glamour of the Roaring Twenties.

When Boutique Means Business: Vintry & Mercer

From its rooftop restaurant to its subterranean speakeasy bar, the new Vintry & Mercer hotel in the City, is winning over business supremos and hip travellers alike, by capturing the City's unique heritage through its eclectic design ethos.

Uncovering Tuscan Treasures: Villa di Bagnolo

You'd probably need to belong to minor royalty to describe Villa di Bagnolo as a home-from-home, but the historic seven-bedroom manor house, found just outside of Florence, can indeed be yours (well, for at least a week), if you wanted to 'up' your status for a while.

The Spa at South Lodge

It is already well known for its culinary offering - with Tom Kemble at The Pass the main event - but now South Lodge, in the heart of Sussex, is focusing its eyes on wellness with the opening of its cutting-edge, standalone The Spa.

The One & Only Maldives: Reethi Rah

The azure sea is so dazzling that, swaying in my hammock, I have to close my eyes against the brightness. Within seconds, my book is discarded, and the sound of the gentle lapping of the ocean sends me off to sleep.

The Magic Number: Mirihi Island, Maldives

Above me, the black sky is ablaze with stars, and at my feet, the ocean is still warm despite it being close to midnight. Under the towering palm trees, there are platters of handmade chocolates - some filled with lemon cream, others oozing caramel - waiting to be devoured, and there's a line-up of crafted rums specially chosen to complement them.

Immersive London: The Living Rooms

Design-led residences are having a moment in London. Marrying the luxury surrounds of a boutique hotel with the privacy, space and flexibility of apartment living, The Living Rooms is championing the trend with its three-piece collection of apartments and residences in various corners of the city.

Mulberry Cottages, Kent

We love a good high-end home-stay at the Arb - indeed, we've dedicated a column to it - and, here, Angelina Villa-Clarke takes a bite out of these two delectable retreats in Sandwich, Kent... For true escapism, there's nothing like jetting off to a far-flung and exotic destination once winter sets in.

Putting the Cor! into Corfu: Ikos Dassia

Seeking a spot of sunshine from the winter gloom, Angelina Villa-Clarke soaks up the latest opening on this charming Greek island... If you had reservations about all-inclusive hotels, then Ikos Dassia in Corfu will make you rethink all your prejudices.

St James Court, A Taj Hotel

There's no place like London for finding a mix-match of cultures, cuisine and identity and, fitting right in to this way of life, is St James' Court, a Taj

A Taste of Thailand: Drama and Downtime

If you are thinking of planning a trip to Thailand, then make sure you factor in a stopover in Bangkok. It's easy to overlook the city, with travellers keen to move onwards to Chiang Mai or the country's idyllic island chain.

New England: Journey Back to a Gilded Age of Travel

Arriving in Watch Hill in Rhode Island is like finding yourself in a Ralph Lauren advert - rosy-cheeked children cavort along the town's boardwalks, sun-kissed teens hang out in chino shorts and billowing shirts, while their effortlessly-chic parents browse the quaint gift shops.

Powerscourt Hotel, Ireland

Ireland's County Wicklow is ripe for escapism. With its rolling hills, bucolic vistas - complete with burbling streams and misty marshlands - you would think you had travelled to a remote land that time forgot.

Two Cheers for Tuscany, Part I

In a two-part Bank Holiday special, we venture to that quintessential region in Italy, Tuscany, and discover there are versions of hell that are entirely heavenly. In this first part, Angelina Villa goes subterranean to take the waters (and the wine)... Hell, it turns out, is not all that bad.

Local Charm at The Culloden Estate and Spa

Ever since it became Northern Ireland's first five-star hotel back in the late 90s, the Culloden Estate & Spa has attracted an international, well-heeled kind of traveller. But while its guests may hail from various parts of the globe, the hotel's charm lies in its roots and its dedication to the local region's culture and heritage.

Magnificent Marrakech: The Royal Mansour

The Royal Mansour has long been the palace among Marrakech's hotel's. And just when we thought it couldn't get better, Angelina Villa discovers Le Jardin... If you've already had the good fortune to stay at The Royal Mansour - one of the world's most lavish hotels, and owned by the Morocco's King Mohammed VI, no less - then you'd agree that you'd be hard-pressed to come up with any improvements.

Organic Matter: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Don't let the words 'concept hotel' put you off. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo's design ethos is less about the gimmick and more about the guest, and, like much of the city's tourism appeal - which lies with the Sakura or cherry blossom festivals and the, lesser-known, autumnal leaf display - the hotel is all about the tree.

The Spa at Cliveden

There's probably no other hotel spa with quite such a notorious pool. Yes, other 'waters' have seen outlandish parties, and scandalous goings-on, but nowhere quite like Cliveden's little oasis.

Ikos Oceania, Halkidiki

Often overlooked in favour of Greece's island outposts, Halkidiki, in northern Greece, is having a bit of a moment - not only is it a treasure trove of ancient sites and untapped museums - but it is also the destination of choice for a duo of family-focused resorts by innovative brand Ikos.

Les Airelles, Courchevel

Oozing charm out of its ornately-carved balconies and rose-painted exterior, Les Airelles, in Courchevel 1850, is what you'd imagine the inside of a cuckoo-clock to be like. Over-plump claret sofas and sage green armchairs in the softest velvet beckon you to sit beside roaring fires and pastel-coloured, hand-painted doors with whimsical motifs - leaping deer and naïve florals - add a story-book feel.

The House at Beaverbrook

Beaverbrook is not your typical country house hotel. Yes, it is set in 400 acres of landscaped gardens (revamped by leading garden designer Richard Bisgrove no less). Yes, it has a lauded, members-only golf course. And, yes, it has a characterful library where guests can peruse the heaving shelves of vintage books.

Sunny Side Up: Half Moon, Montego Bay

In the Seagrape Restaurant, Miss Joy will take you to your favourite table, and you'll eat lunch underneath a palm tree and overlooking the ocean beyond. Nicholas at the bar will wave to you as you go, and you might just spot Kingsley beating a tourist at table-tennis with his wicked back-hand that nobody can beat.

Le Toiny, St Barts: Where French Chic meets Caribbean Cool

It's a somewhat hair-raising introduction to St Barts. With a steep descent over a mountain and a sudden drop onto an alarmingly mini 650m runway (most average 5,500m), your arrival into Gustaf III leaves you just short of one of the island's blissful beaches and very much short of breath.

Oil Nut Bay, BVI

If you arrive by sea from Tortola, you'll sail by Richard Branson's Necker Island. Then, you'll drift on to Eustatia, the private idyll owned by Larry Page, the billionaire founder of Google. If you have deep enough pockets, you can stay at both at certain times of the year, but our advice is not to drop anchor until you reach the best-kept secret of the British Virgin Islands.

The Mark, NYC - Revisited

Welcome to The Mark - where luxury has been reinvented. Two years ago, the iconic New York hotel, on the chi chi Upper East Side, made waves by opening a lavish five-bedroom penthouse suite and now - adding to its status as most opulent hotel in the city - is back in the news with a slew of luxury offerings.

Eternal City, Eternal Style: Rome Cavalieri

It was a bit like stepping into a church - people were dressed in their finest - men in sharp navy suits and women in towering heels and form-fitting dresses. All were talking in hushed tones and a reverence filled the air.

Kurhotel Skodsborg, Denmark

Two years ago, after Thomas Rode left his position as head chef at the Michelin-starred Kong Hans restaurant in Copenhagen, he found himself in Skodsborg in North Zealand. Just 20 minutes outside the city, the area - bordering one of Denmark's most beautiful nature reserves - is a world away from the sleek, urban life he was used to: with big skies, forest walks and ocean views.

The Cornwall Hotel, Spa & Estate

A group of surfers are gearing up to hit the waves. By the rock pools, kiddies with neon fishing nets are gasping with joy at their finds, while Converse-clad parents are setting up the cricket. This is Watergate Bay, on the north Cornwall Coast, and home to one of the best beaches in the county.

An Indulgent Treasure: The Landmark London

One of London's oldest hotels - having first opened as the Grand Central Hotel in 1899 - the Landmark London is a master in decadent hospitality. As one of the last of London's original railway hotels (found next to Marylebone Station), it takes its rightful position as one of the city's grand dames, but whereas the other big-hitters shout luxury, this gem whispers it - and is all the better for doing so.

The Hidden Charm of the Mandarin Oriental, Prague

With its multi-layered architectural gems, a visit to Prague is like overdosing on history. It's all laid out before you to gorge on. From one of Europe's finest Romanesque buildings - St George's Basilica at Prague Castle - to the Baroque St Nicholas Cathedral, many of the city's stunning buildings date from different eras and remain intact due to the fact that Prague was not heavily bombed during World War II.

Where Science Gets Sexy: La Reserve Geneva

Leopard-print carpet, bordello-scarlet walls and oversized elephant heads are not what you'd necessarily associate with a Swiss spa hotel. But at La Reserve Geneva, on the pristine shores of Lake Geneva, designer Jacques Garcia has forsaken the usual minimalist, scrubbed-down look for one that can only be described as maximalist and flamboyant.

The Lanesborough: A Study in Maximalism

Having closed its doors for 18 months at the end of 2013 for a lavish revamp, the Lanesborough's unveiling last year was one of the most highly anticipated among London hotel aficionados.

Wild Style: Raffles Praslin Seychelles and Raffles Dubai

When you finally reach Praslin - the second largest island in the Seychelles - it sinks in just how remote you are in the world. Aside from the 13 or so hours in the air, it's the deliciously dramatic landscape that hits you in the face with its other-worldliness.

Paradise Re-Invented: Amari Havodda, Maldives

We are in a tiny sea-plane, flying from Male in the Indian Ocean, and underneath us I can see the countless tiny islands that are the Maldives. There's a discernible buzz of excitement - honeymooners stop gazing at each other and instead gape out of their windows, children strain out of their seats and friends catch each other's eyes and nod smugly.

Uptown Funk: The Mark, NYC

Welcome to The Mark - where luxury has been reinvented. Following the recent opening of its outlandish five-bedroom penthouse suite, its status as the starriest hotel in New York is now official.

Mountain Escape: San Luis, South Tyrol

Outside it's a dreamy landscape: pines, firs and larches give an abundance of green, in the distance the peaks of the dolomites are snow-capped and in the impossibly cerulean sky, clouds lie low like big tufts of cotton-candy. My view is of South Tyrol. Where? You may well ask.

Scenesters' Paradise: The Roxy, Tribeca, NYC

Think of an archetypal New York design aesthetic and no doubt you'll conjure up images of bare brick walls, Mid-Century lighting and neon graffiti. This is a New York as we've seen immortalised in Seinfeld, Friends, Sex and the City and Mad Men.

Urban Romance: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

The plaintive cry of the muezzin's call to prayer lies heavy in the air. Behind the ancient red-clay walls of the medina the everyday frenzy continues: traders, musicians, hawkers, snake-charmers and food sellers all crammed together in chaotic scenes.

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

Urbanites like to think that they like the countryside. But that's debatable. True rurality has mud (lots of it), animals (large ones), and a vast amount of space... It's enough to make any townie quite feel uncomfortable after a night or two away from the sodium bulbs. The Cotswolds, however, is the dream.

Park Lane Luxury: The London Marriott Hotel

The London Marriott Hotel Park Lane is an unexpected gem. As well as its sterling position on Hyde Park Corner at Marble Arch, its recent revamp is a triumph and a world away from the corporate spec you might expect from a hotel giant such as Marriott.

Ikos Olivia, Halkidiki, Greece

Our season of features on Greece concludes as Angelina Villa embraces that British institution, the 'all inclusive' but, this being the Arb, we've found one that's five star. This is AI, pimped... The last time I went to an all-inclusive hotel, I was 17.

Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara

These days we want everything instantly. Information, food, service - if something is not ready to go, at our fingertips and switched on in seconds, it's enough to set our blood pressures racing. Some of the best travel experiences work because they are an escape from this - an antidote to the way we live now.

A Star in the Ascendant: Doha, Qatar

Known locally as 'rounded bays', tucked into the Persian Gulf, Angelina Villa discovers a city on the up. Culturally, stylistically, architecturally, Doha is reaching for the sky... Shimmering in the distance, lighting up the darkness of the desert, the city of Doha is a dazzling sight.

Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

I'm not an Aman Junkie. But I'm close to being hooked. After staying at the Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro, I'm now hankering after becoming one of the elite few who only travel to destinations where there are Aman outposts because... well, no other hotel brand will do.

Five-star Family: Taj, 51 Buckingham Gate

Despite all of its glorious must-sees, it's very easy to overlook your own capital city in favour of different, undiscovered destinations. But, ironically, it took an exotic hotel brand - namely the Taj Group - to tempt me and my family to experience London anew - through the eyes of a tourist.

Les Sources Revisited

A word of warning: don't go to Les Sources de Caudalie if you're feeling disappointed with your life. Sure, the enchanting Bordeaux countryside you'll find yourself in will no doubt cheer you up - but once you hear about the many accomplishments of the family that own and run this place, you may feel like a tragic underachiever (but maybe that's just me?).

Le Manoir's 30th Anniversary

It needs no introduction. This year Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons celebrates 30 years as the benchmark of gourmet hospitality. Angelina Villa draws the long straw and pops along to see what they have in store... Raymond Blanc is doing the rounds over breakfast.

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Visiting a ski resort without any intention of skiing is a bit like going to a wine tasting without any intention of tasting the wine. It's an odd place to be. Sure there are other distractions when en piste (wine, for instance), and so it was with some this justification I took off to the Austrian skiing town of St Anton.

Dormy House

When it comes to finding an idyllic country-house hotel, there's nowhere like the verdant hills of England to solve your problem. Up and down the length of the country - we're awash with them. What were once manor houses for the idle rich are now cosy corners for weekending out-of-towners - Coworth Park, Luton Hoo, Barnsley House, Calcot Manor, Stapleford Park...

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Come in from the cold

This image: Sainsbury's Midnight Christmas range of accessories, from £1.50, adds a touch of glamour Decorating your house for the festive period is one of the joys of winter. Angelina Villa-Clarke considers your options The Christmas tree is, of course, the focal point of the season's festive decorating with many of us having our own family customs and rituals surrounding adorning the spruce.

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This image: a hand-painted kitchen from Rencraft, kitchens start at £18,000 The kitchen is the hub of the home. Angelina Villa-Clarke talks to the experts to find out the latest trends and how to easily achieve the perfect space for cooking, entertaining and living If you are looking to revamp your kitchen, then taking note of the latest design developments and interiors trends will ensure you bring yours straight into the 21st century.

Let's entertain: special suppers

This image: Neptune's Chichester country kitchen and dining range, table from £720 There's nothing better than opening up our doors and celebrating summer with friends and family. Angelina Villa-Clarke considers how to host in style With the rising popularity of open-plan spaces the formal dining room is becoming a thing of the past.

Sleep talking: slumber styling

This image: Sainsbury's Coastal range of accessories, from £6 Angelina Villa-Clarke talks to the experts to reveal the latest trends and how to achieve the perfect bedroom sanctuary The bedroom is one of our most private rooms and it is often the place where many of us express our personality.

Sleep talking: lights, storage and finishing touches

This image: Langtry fitted furniture, prices vary Angelina Villa-Clarke talks to the experts to reveal the latest trends and how to achieve the perfect bedroom sanctuary Serenity is all-important in the place where we end and start the day, and lighting is key to this.

Hello Sunshine: your second living room

This Image: bench, from £100, Jo Alexander Angelina Villa-Clarke discovers that gardens are - when the weather permits - becoming another reception room The UK garden scene has boomed of late with homeowners borrowing style ideas from the Mediterranean, chic boutique hotels and coastal resorts.

Hello Sunshine: flower power

This Image: Hartham Extending Table,from £499, and matching chairs, from £250 per pair, both Harveys Angelina Villa-Clarke discovers that - from contemporary garden furniture to modern florals - it's easy to freshen up your home and garden for laid-back summer living There's nothing like long days, balmy weather and bright sunshine to make you want to revamp.

Out with the Old: Floral Fancies

This Image: The Amelie large sofa, from £1,239, is from the new Maison Collection by Parker Knoll available at Reeds Furniture and Bed Centre From a new colour palette to inspire you to glamorous burnished metals, this season's new trends will give an elegant feel to your home.

Out with the Old: Matt Metals

This Image: Montefresco bath in burnished metallic finishes, £2,545, The Albion Bath Company From a new colour palette to inspire you to glamorous burnished metals, this season's new trends will give an elegant feel to your home.

Keep the Home Fires Burning: Cosy Corners

This Image: The mustard leather Tempo sofa from Natuzzi, from £3,600, has a luxe, opulent feel Angelina Villa-Clarke talks about the art of cosiness for this month's series, Keep the Home Fires Burning Once you have chosen your style of burner or fireplace, then the next step is to create a cosy tableau around it for the perfect inviting space.

Keep the Home Fires Burning: Softly Does It

This Image: ASpace has a range of primary-coloured bright cushions, blanets and throws for the home, from £25. Angelina Villa-Clarke talks about the art of cosiness for this month's series, Keep the Home Fires Burning Like any interiors scheme, accessorising is key. Layer sofas and chairs with plenty of soft pillows and faux-fur throws for maximum comfort factor.

Keep the Home Fires Burning: Ledge Lovelies

This Image: The AGA Ellesmere, from local wood burning stove specialists Fireplace Products. In addition to a showroom in Rayleigh in Essex, Fireplace Products are also one of the UK's largest online fireplace, cooker, flues and wood burning stove suppliers (01268200139; Angelina Villa-Clarke talks about the art of cosiness for this month's series, Keep the Home Fires Burning From rustic log baskets to ceramic lanterns, there's a myriad of ways of dressing your...

Home comforts

There's nothing better than coming home to a warm, inviting haven when the temperatures begin to drop. This autumn, there's a definite leaning towards indulgence mixed with cosiness, with rich velvets, soft faux furs and silk textiles adding a touch of luxury. It's a great idea to contrast different textures by using mix-matched cushions, throws and rugs.

Keep the Home Fires Burning: Focus on the Flame

This Image: The Cocoon Aeris Fireplace, from £2,370, at Go Modern, is a minimalist bioethanol fire, which will give your room the wow factor Angelina Villa-Clarke talks about the art of cosiness for this month's series, Keep the Home Fires Burning Ever since primeval times, fire and man have been intrinsically linked.

The Festive Home: Storytelling

This Image: Source charming ornaments and crockery from HomeSense, from £3 ( Angelina Villa-Clarke talks decorating at Christmas in this month's feature, The Festive Home The concept of storytelling is integral to Christmas. The creation of magical worlds, as seen in fairy tales for instance, is mirrored in us decorating our homes for the season.

The Festive Home: Animal Magic

This Image: Add a touch of charm with these wooden reindeers, £3.95, Homestuff with History (01223 357810; Angelina Villa-Clarke talks decorating at Christmas in this month's feature, The Festive Home Polar bears, owls and penguins - the icy worlds meet the nocturnal in countless tree ornaments, homewares and adornments that are decorated with charming depictions of the creatures.

The Festive Home: Bright Is Best

This Image: Colourful, personalised gift sacks, £32, Great Little Trading Company (0344 848 6000; Angelina Villa-Clarke talks decorating at Christmas in this month's feature, The Festive Home While an all-white colour scheme is the epitome of good taste, the latest trends - as predicted at Christmasworld in Frankfurt (the annual trade extravaganza that happens in February each year and which dictates the way we dress our homes at Christmas) - centre around clashing brights and...

The Interior Design Oracle

Faced with a myriad of choices, it can be difficult to know where to start. That's where a talented interior designer can help. We talk to Alison Downs, aka The Interior Design Oracle, about what it's like to design other people's homes. Q What led you to set up The Interior Design Oracle?

Dream a Little Dream

Big or small, boy's or girl's - a children's room is more than just a place to sleep. Let your imagination go wild and inspire your children by giving them a stylish room that meets all their needs. Like no other room in the house, a child's room has a multitude of functions.

Trends Report 2014

From powder pink bedrooms to tropical kitchens, the hottest trends in interior design have one thing in common: impact. Here's how to adapt the latest key looks in your home. URBAN GEOMETRICS One of the key trends of the season is the use of geometric patterns.

New cabinetry: kitchen trends

Looking to refresh your kitchen for spring? Then take inspiration from the latest architectural and interior trends. From new furniture to the best decorative accessories, we reveal what's hot right now. The return to furniture-style cabinets gives warmth and individual style to a kitchen.

Kitchen Trends: Feeling Blue?

The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of our homes, but these days we want our rooms to be as practical as they are stylish. From intelligent appliances to the latest 'in' colourway, the emerging new trends for 2014 mean we can have our cake and eat it too.

Green, green grass of home

From making your green space a holiday destination in its own right to recreating a festival feel at home, the latest gardens have the fun factor firmly at their heart. When the sun is out and the weather is balmy, there's nothing like eating al fresco for feeling that bonhomie that only summer can bring.

People in Glass Houses

Able to give a home a new lease of life, it's no surprise that conservatories are again rising in popularity, and these glass additions have come a long way since their Victorian and Edwardian heyday. Read our guide to getting the best out of the modern-day conservatory.

Kitchen Trends: Industrial Chic

The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of our homes, but these days we want our rooms to be as practical as they are stylish. From intelligent appliances to the latest 'in' colourway, the emerging new trends for 2014 mean we can have our cake and eat it too.

Kitchen Trends: New Metals

The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of our homes, but these days we want our rooms to be as practical as they are stylish. From intelligent appliances to the latest 'in' colourway, the emerging new trends for 2014 mean we can have our cake and eat it too.

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Spa Spy: Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall

The spa This imposing hotel is the grandest place to stay in the coastal town of Fowey in south Cornwall. The 19th-century house is part of the Von Essen Luxury Family Hotels stable and was the inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows.

Hay fever victims sniffy about the joys of spring

Quercetin, one of nature's most powerful antihistamines, is contained in low levels in many fruit and vegetables, from apples to broccoli. But it is most concentrated in the humble onion, especially in the outer skins.

Spa Spy: Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire

The spa: The new country offering from the Dorchester Collection nestles in 240 acres of parkland, which includes an equestrian centre and polo fields on the borders of Windsor Great Park. The eco spa is but a golf cart ride away in a separate, ultra-modern building, half-hidden in the side of a hill.

Why are you eating that?

Fast forward to present day and Wansink is now a noted food academic in the States. Having founded the Food and Brand Lab in 1997, he has conducted over 250 studies and made over 200 research presentations to governments, culinary institutes and universities across the world and was a member of the panel advising the US government on 2010 dietary guidelines.

Any icy blast of goodness

Champion skater Jayne Torvill, whose Dancing on Ice Tour 2010 DVD was released last week, knows more than anyone about the benefits of the sport. "Skating engages and strengthens your core, which is brilliant for toning your stomach. Most of all, it will tone up your legs because if you are skating properly they should always be in a bent position."

Spa Spy: Relais San Maurizio, Piedmont, Italy

The spa In the vine-covered hills of northern Italy sits a converted 17th-century monastery, now a 31-room hotel overlooking the pretty medieval village of Santo Stefano Belbo. Dug out of the original cellars, its contemporary medical spa, La Via del Sale, has been named after the ancient salt route on which the hotel is set.

Spa Spy: Verdura Golf Resort and Spa, Sicily

The spa: Perched on the rugged landscape of the lesser-known south-western coast of Sicily is this new shoreline resort from Rocco Forte, the king of cosy minimalism. At 4,000 square metres, this spa is one of the biggest in Europe.

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USA: The Roxy, New York

THE LOWDOWN: In the city that never sleeps, nothing stays still for long. Keeping ahead of the curve is the new Roxy Hotel, reincarnated from what was once the iconic Tribeca Grand Hotel. While the hotel's location is the same as its predecessor, in lower Manhattan, everything else has been ripped up and reinvented.

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USA: The Mark, New York

THE LOWDOWN: Back in 2009, legendary designer Jacques Grange put his spin on The Mark Hotel, one of New York's iconic hotels. His haute-pop fusion style includes a stand-out lobby - the perfect way to wow the fashion-forward crowd who check in here - with a bold, zebra-striped black-and-white floor, Paul Mathieu orange velvet sofas and a Ron Arad low-hanging sphere chandelier.

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UK: The Wild Rabbit, Cotswolds

THE LOWDOWN: The Brits do countryside-chic like no other but for a truly heavenly version of rural living, the Cotswolds is the place to go. Here you'll find rolling hills, idyllic villages and honey-hued cottages, with front doors painted the perfect shade of putty and immaculate gardens bursting with lupins, scented stock and lavender.

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Ireland: Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara

THE LOWDOWN: With wild woodland, brooding hills and a meandering river, Ballynahinch Castle - and its surrounding 450 acre estate - is the perfect spot for conjuring your muse. If Margaret Atwood, Edna O'Brien and Seamus Heaney (all past guests) think so, I'm certainly in the right place.

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Raymond Blanc: my life in travel

I travel a lot - both for pleasure and work. I always take a selection of books with me as I love to read and it's the only chance I get to just sit and become immersed in the pages. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates is a true favourite.

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UK: Simply Healing, West Sussex

THE LOWDOWN: Prior to my stay at Alliblaster House - which doubles up as one of the UK's leading detox retreats - a liquid lunch meant only one thing (and it didn't involve vegetables of any kind). So, on checking in for the five-day 'juice cleanse' programme, I find myself wondering why an earth I thought this a good idea.

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Portugal: The Yeatman Hotel, Porto

THE LOWDOWN: Just like many of the best wines in the world, The Yeatman oozes understated sophistication. The hotel, tucked away among the historic port lodges on the south of the Douro River, is the perfect place to drink in the charms of Porto - Portugal's most underrated city - not to mention the many local vintages you'll discover here.

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UK: The George in Rye, East Sussex

THE LOWDOWN: Potter along the cobbled high street of Rye, one of the UK's prettiest coastal towns, and you may at first fail to notice the discreet exterior that is The George. Once inside, it's a different matter.

Mykonos: Santa Marina Resort and Villas

The lowdown: The island of Mykonos has come a long way since it was cast as the supporting role in the late-1980s film Shirley Valentine. While it still boasts its fair share of unspoilt fishing villages, turquoise waters and authentic tavernas (which millions of us fell in love with in the film), the island has since upped its glitz factor with a tranche of chic new restaurants, bars and hotel openings.

Mallorca: Castell Son Claret

The lowdown: Castell Son Claret has no truck with hoteliers' current penchant for sensory overload. You'll find no flashy lobby, state-of-the-art check in, overblown chandeliers or flashy designer concept here. Instead this new Mallorcan hotel is redefining the concept of luxury with a pared-back, but no less sumptuous, approach for a new breed of traveller.

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A family break at Swinton Park, Yorkshire

The boys were in their element outside We're on our way to Swinton Park in Masham, North Yorkshire, for a family getaway. It describes itself as a castle and, much to my boys' delight, it has an impressive ivy-clad turret, but really it's a grand country house (just don't tell them that).

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Venice: Aman Canal Grande

You feel like the guest of a (very) grand house owner The lowdown: Indonesian hotelier Adrian Zecha (CEO of Aman Resorts) has made his name excelling in the art of subtlety. Interesting, then, that for his latest venture (his first in a European city) he has chosen a flamboyant 16th century palazzo in the San Polo district of Venice in which to house his latest venture.

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France: Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa

The vibrant décor is by Jacques Garcia, known for his bold and opulent style The lowdown: From the outside, the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, found in the heart of the city of Bordeaux, is a wonderfully restrained example of neo-classical architecture. Grand colonnades, elegant balconies and sculpted topiary set the tone.

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Spa review: The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter

The lowdown: When it comes to places to be pampered in, a hospital probably wouldn't be your first port of call. But book in at The Magdalen Chapter in Exeter, a former West England Eye Infirmary, and you may just change your mind.

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Jordan: the next big 'it' destination?

Most spectacular of all is a new cave hotel carved out of rock in Wadi Rum Two hundred years ago this month, explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt rediscovered the sandstone city of Petra, and this year also marks the 50th anniversary of David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, shot in Wadi Rum.

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Kayaking around the islands off Phuket

It is dark in the cave. Not the urban dark that you may know, which is amber-tinged from streetlights and high-rise buildings. Here, in this limestone hong (secret cave) in Phang Nga Bay, it is pure heart-stopping blackness.

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Jersey, The Channel Islands: The Atlantic Hotel

The Ocean Restaurant truly has the wow-factor The lowdown: Think of Jersey and you would be forgiven for thinking of old-fashioned seaside hotels and dreary restaurants. While that may have been the case ten years ago, we're happy to say it's no longer true.

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Wales: Bluestone

The themed 'ranger' sessions, in which the children explore the local wildlife, went down a storm with our brood The lowdown: When Bluestone opened just over three years ago it was hailed as one of the most important tourism projects in Wales for years.

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Ethical shopping in Morocco

Create space in your case for Moroccan goodies by donating your old things - then ditch your spare dirhams at our pick of Morocco's shopping treasures

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Italy: Borgo Egnazia

The spa aims to evoke the early traditions of Roman bathing and offers a plethora of Roman thermae treatments If you wanted proof that Puglia, in southern , is Europe's next big thing, then look no further than the recently opened Borgo Egnazia resort.

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Top 10 travel beauty products

From on-board hydration to pre-holiday toning treatments, our top ten beauty products will keep you looking your best whatever journey you are embarking on. By Angelina Villa-Clarke

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London: Hotel Verta

Whether you're in the capital for work or play, with its unique location and glamorous 'golden age of flight' interior, the Hotel Verta is a must-visit, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

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Barbados: The Crane Resort

Perched on the south-east coast of Barbados, The Crane Hotel stands apart from the many other hotels on this island. Nearly all the five-star offerings here are found on the glitzy west coast, where you can't move for super-deluxe resorts. But the Crane is different.

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London: Ten Manchester Street

Discreet luxury in the heart of Marylebone, 10 Manchester Street is the perfect place to stay in town, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

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Cornwall: The Living Space, Watergate Bay

For great meals en famille, or a bite to eat as you come off the beach, The Living Space, is a relaxed eaterie housed in the very cool The Hotel

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Italy: Relais San Maurizio, Piedmont

Situated in the gorgeous Piedmont area of Italy, the Relais San Maurizio is the perfect hotel indulge in some serious relaxtion, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

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Barbados: off the beaten track

It had been a while since I'd visited Barbados and even longer since I'd lived there for a year - almost 15 years ago. Returning en famille, with my two boys and a husband whose parents are Bajans themselves, I wondered how different the experience would be.

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Bedfordshire: Luton Hoo

As I turn off the M1, my heart sinks as the SatNav reveals my destination is only five minutes away. Luton Hoo, I'm told, is a grand, historic hotel, but its surroundings are far from impressive. Bland roundabouts and forgettable views are all around.

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Family holidays: best for homestay style

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London: K West spa

From Finland to the Tropics and back to London's Shepherd's Bush again - Angelina Villa-Clarke revels in the worldly wonders of the new K West spa

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Gloucestershire: C-Side Spa at Cowley Manor

Long known as the country retreat for the urban cool set, Cowley is keeping them coming by having revamped its C-Side Spa with new treatment rooms and a chic range of products, all made on site. The funky stately home is based in 55 acres of beautiful grounds in the pretty Cotswold countryside.

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Cornwall: the Nare

Arrive at The Nare mid-afternoon and you'll be just in time for Cornish afternoon tea, served in the drawing room. A huge pile of scones is served every day, each one oozing with cream and dripping with locally-made strawberry jam, and all served with freshly brewed tea.

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Cornwall: Hawke's Point, Carbis Bay

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Africa: on safari

African safaris are booming. Angelina Villa-Clarke tracks down the latest wild and wonderful openings in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya

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Family travel: who needs kids club?

Find a child-friendly resort and there's no reason why the whole family shouldn't have fun together, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

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Retro resorts

View of Beirut from Corniche Guido Cozzi/Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis Montenegro Back in the 1970s, Montenegro, on the Adriatic coast, was basking in the glory of being the favourite destination of that era's elite few. They were seduced by the untouched beaches and stunning inland scenery of lofty mountains, dramatic lakes and medieval cities.

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London: The Pelham hotel

Check into an elegant town house hotel in South Kensington, just a stone's throw from three great museums

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Bamford Hay Barn, Gloucestershire

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Read your way around the world

Read your way around the world Literary Escape Routes Stylist 's favourite novels act as a travel muse as we explore the beautiful destinations that have informed many literary classics.

Escape Routes: Puglia

It's been on the travel radar for a while, but truth be told, Puglia, in the heel of Italy's 'boot', has been a bit of a slow-burner when it comes to hip destinations. Cast in the shadow of sunflower-filled Tuscany, Puglia has traditionally been considered Italy's poor relation and is probably one of the country's most untapped areas in terms of tourism.

South Africa's Sabi Sabi Reserve gets a makeover

In theory, the idea of the great outdoors is rather romantic, but the reality is often different (the mud, the wind). But an African safari is in a different league. So when we heard that one of the world's quintessential safari lodges in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa was marking its 10-year anniversary with a glamorous revamp, Stylist willingly hopped on a plane.

Escape Routes: Playa Vik, Uruguay

Escape Routes: Playa Vik, Uruguay Designer luxury on the coast of Uruguay When it comes to 'it' destinations, Uruguay is definitely having a moment. It first appeared on the radar in 2009 with the opening of Estancia Vik, a beautiful, state-of-the art ranch in the glitzy hotspot of Punta del Este, on Uruguay's coast.

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Sweaty Betty celebrates 20 years

Back in 1998, when Sweaty Betty star-jumped on to the fitness scene, its founder Tamara Hill-Norton didn't quite realise what an impact she would have in the years to come. Fast forward 20 years, and the activewear label - designed by women for women - has garnered countless awards, and legions of fans, won over by its practical yet beautiful collections for every sport.

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5 ways to keep that post-holiday glow

After a vacation comes to an end, and the reality of your usual routine picks up again, those blissful, meandering days can seem like a distant dream. But it doesn't have to be all doom and gloom, especially when it comes to those beauty benefits that come with having time off in the sun.

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How to achieve the ultimate holiday glow

One of the joys of touching down in a balmier climate is returning with that covetable, sun-kissed radiance. By doing some simple prep work before you depart, you can help ensure a long-lasting tan even after you've returned home. Body work

24-hour room service: The Naka Island, Thailand

Stepping off a gleaming speedboat is a pretty glamorous way to arrive at a hotel. For this tiny private island resort, off the coast of Phuket, it's the only way to arrive. Shades on, windswept hair, twinkling seas beyond ... it's a fabulous prelude to The Naka Island resort.

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The young beauty boss and her Suffolk idyll

As cottages go, 700-year-old Hall House could not be more chocolate boxy. It's like stepping back to a bygone age, with chickens in the yard and the Suffolk countryside rolling into the distance. No one would think the owner was a glamorous 29-year-old.

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Brix & mortar

Former rock chick Brix Smith-Start's sprawling Hoxton boutique, Start, is a jumble of Victoriana oddities crossed with a Disney World sensibility. "It's all about fun," she proclaims brightly in her LA twang. Lurid flock wallpaper is offset against flashing illuminated hearts from Blackpool; antique overhead surgeon's lamps highlight cool accessories from Miu Miu, Lara Bohinc and Commes des Garcons.

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Fiona Knapp's light house

Given that jeweller Fiona Knapp specialises in making pieces from coloured gemstones, you might expect that her home would be full of the rich, jewel hues she favours. But once inside her elegant West London apartment, it's clear that this couldn't be further from the truth.

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EXPERTS Angelina has been a travel and beauty writer for over 15 years, writing for consumer magazines, newspapers and her own blog: She'll be setting off to Montenegro, Mauritius and Peru this year, with her Doria Resort Clutch by JAUNT in hand. How do you choose where you go on holiday?


Angelina Villa-Clarke has been a travel writer for over 15 years. She earned her stripes at British Airways' High Life magazine but has been a freelance journalist for the past four years, writing for Metro, The Mayfair Magazine, Tatler's Travel Guide and Family Traveller, to name a few.

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Experts Angelina has been a travel and beauty writer for over 15 years, writing for consumer magazines, newspapers and her own blog: She'll be setting off to Montenegro, Mauritius and Peru this year, with her Doria Resort Clutch by JAUNT in hand.

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