Perched majestically atop the town of Gstaad, is Gstaad Palace, and the so-called ‘secret season’ – the period between mid-May and mid-August – is fast becoming the most favoured time to visit it.
Set on the devastatingly lovely rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Le Bristol greets you like an old friend. It’s captivating and warm, with big chandeliers and Gobelin tapestries hung all around.
Set among olive trees, overlooking clear Cretan waters, Isola Beach Club sits quietly on the edge of Blue Palace, waiting to be discovered.
If, past the age of eight, you haven't been itching to sleep in in a treetop hideaway, Chewton Glen might (read: will) persuade you otherwise. The stuff of folklore and beloved Blyton books, the New Forest bastion of luxury has captured the magic of childhood enchantment, but in an altogether more grown up way.
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Festivals are always a blast. Admittedly, the English variety tend to bring about a more 'we-survived-it-together' sort of fun, while their US counterparts are geared towards 'did-we-get-enough-snaps-for-Instagram?' type frolics – but, they're a hoot all the same. If however, you get rid of the mud, leave out the manic timetable-chasing (and obsessive social media updates) then things become enjoyable in a the more natural sense of the word. Add to that jaw-slackening vistas, glassy blue waters to cool off in and the idea of waking up sans hangover and well, now we're talking…
A sepia-toned slice of France, brought to Soho by brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik, Blanchette is a constant reminder of the simple pleasures in life. Rustically scruffy, long-sticked candles sit atop reclaimed wood tables, around which are mismatched, could-be-comfier chairs, but no matter - you’ll be so preoccupied with the menu and brocante bric-a-brac, that you’ll barely notice.
There’s something incongruent about Yashin Ocean House. If it weren’t for the flashing of blades and the dehydrated hanging fish, you’d be forgiven for thinking it not a premium sushi house, but an original breed private members club…
If you’re heading for sunnier climes and beginning to piece together a killer getaway wardrobe, you're in for a real treat. For one day only, shoppers at the Heidi Klein cabana at Harrods are invited to have their initials hand-stitched onto pre-trip purchases in elegant gold thread, so you'll be sure to turn heads for all the right reasons whether you're frolicking in the surf or stretching out poolside.
Cognac truffles or dark chocolate puddles? Enrobed ginger or caramelised hazelnuts? Dizzy praline or billionaire’s shortbread? Whatever your penchant, chocolatier and cocoa grower Hotel Chocolat has it all.
A good looking maze of artful lighting and intricate latticework, the lobby at The Peninsula Tokyo is a sight to behold. It’s notably buzzy - the sort of place you might meet friends for a pre-dinner glass of white or bump into somebody rather beguiling over a heady nightcap. Live musicians entertain from a concealed balcony, setting the tone for the activity down below.
Your style is on point but self-confidence is still MIA. Sound familiar? If you know where to spend your time and money, you'll be leading the pack before your self-help ebook has finished downloading. The finishing touches make all the difference and achieving them is as easy as one, two, three.
As part of the Bicester Brunch Series, we've brought you an exclusive video in which Alice Temperley picks out the pieces she loves the most this season.
Warm and flooded with light, this eclectic B&B on Belgium's coast showcases an extraordinary blend of texture and tone. Flea-market finds sit among an enviable collection of stand-out pieces by Hans Wegner and Antonino Sciortino in a space that's as hi-spec as it is laid-back.
Stately and charming, Castello del Nero looks as though it could’ve been plucked straight from an Italian fairy tale. With vaulted ceilings aplenty, honey-hued tiles and acre upon acre of grounds to romp around in, this 12th-century residence is lovely to say the very least.
Dustings have turned into dumps and the Alps are calling. Naturally our thoughts turn to skiwear…
When you think of cold-pressed juice and coconut sugar, Paris is not what springs to mind. But in the city famed for its saccharine pastries and almond-stuffed dacquoise, times are a-changin’. Louise Binns caught up with the founder of Juice Lab, Mandarine Rouff, to get the lowdown on how she’s shaking up the French health food scene.
A waterside ode to the Dutch Golden Age, Canal House is as cool as it is captivating. With rich colours and artful lighting aplenty, this intimate residence on the banks of the Keizersgracht packs a real punch design-wise and the staff know where it’s at when it comes to impressing. Expect iced tea upon arrival, an upbeat, fashion-forward vibe and more mirrors than one can shake a stick at
Rendered a recluse by January's freezing temperatures, Harriet Charnock-Bates finds contentment at The Berkeley…