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 among olive trees, overlooking clear Cretan waters, Isola Beach Club sits quietly on the edge of Blue Palace, waiting to be discovered.
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…
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.
Rendered a recluse by January's freezing temperatures, Harriet Charnock-Bates finds contentment at The Berkeley…
Forever in search of means to up the ante, The Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, is adding some muscle to its spa proceedings and joining forces with Mayo Clinic. Finding strength in their shared affinity for all things holistic and healthy, the US based clinic will weave its medical prowess throughout the existing and extensive spa treatment menu.
The Mandarian Oriental needs no introduction, and despite its Marrakech outpost being years in the making, we are firm believers in the proverb: good things come to those who wait. An olfactory haven, gardens are gorged with over 100,000 roses.
When I think of Marrakech certain visions are conjured: burnt orange swathes of fabric; leathery locals shovelling cauldrons of nuts; rusty dislocated cars narrowly missing one another; sugary mint tea and hammams. And I now know the latter – an attendant Islamic cleansing ritual – to be practised nowhere better than at La Mamounia, the most sumptuous address in the city.
Sun-dappled and amber-hued, Douro Valley – a Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage site – provides the ultimate setting for Six Senses’ first European Venture.
Following an all-embracing renovation project, The Lanesborough has opened its doors once again. A vision in marble and gold leaf, this iconic grande dame is just a stone’s throw from Knightsbridge and remains one of London’s most esteemed Regency landmarks.
At Cliveden House all traces of modernity are seemingly abandoned at the gates. As the Italianate mansion and gold-etched clock tower loom into view, even cars feel anachronistic; horses and carts would be more fitting. Butler, please? Once home to Nancy and Waldorf Astor, Cliveden was frequented by the smart set of the 20s and 30s: Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill and Mahatma Ghandi.
For all our excessive moaning (there really was a lot of it) winter rolled on by without too much of a fuss, now it's time to make the most of your summer with our pick of the most luxurious adventure destinations.
Byron Bay's Raes On Wategos welcomed Teresa Oman for a weekend of sun-drenched, free spirited fun. Each intimate moment was captured by David Cohen de Lara and documented by Emma Vans-Colina.
With over 30 million stays booked through Airbnb since 2008, it's pretty much a given that a certain amount of awkwardness has ensued.
Famed for its glorious coastline home to a dizzying number of intricate rock formations, the Southern tip of Portugal has long been a destination of choice for sun worshippers and those looking to switch off.
Cruising along the ribbon-like road that descends gently into Pienza is nothing short of driving therapy. With your worries left on the road, arriving at La Bandita Townhouse brings about a sense of calm that only a bolthole this tranquil can promise. The hotel itself sits atop a pedestrian only cobblestone road in the heart of the town.