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Sloaney Travel features some of the world’s most desirable holiday destinations and also explores luxurious locations throughout Great Britain. We recently launched The Sloaney Travel Guide

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Château Grand Barrail in Saint-Emilion: A luxury hotel you’ll visit time and time again

Château Grand Barrail in Saint-Emilion: A luxury hotel you’ll visit time and time again

By LAURA TOOGOOD As my love of travel has developed over the years, I have found that there are not many destinations I would visit twice. Not because I don’t like the destination, in fact, more often than not I am blown away by places. Rather, I feel a second trip to familiar territory can […]

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Jet off to the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Air Partner

Jet off to the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Air Partner

As the weather starts to deteriorate and the festive season approaches, memories of the warm summer evenings are fading rapidly. While many of you are likely to be planning an escape to warmer climes this winter, there is no need to wait until the Christmas rush. In fact, one of the world’s premier events is […]

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Château Cordeillan-Bages: A two Michelin star gem on Bordeaux’s Left Bank

Château Cordeillan-Bages: A two Michelin star gem on Bordeaux’s Left Bank

By ANTONY NEWTON Having worked in the wine trade for over 15 years, I feel almost slightly embarrassed to admit that I had never visited Bordeaux until this autumn. I don’t mean the city, but rather the surrounding wine regions that host some of the most famous chateaus in the world. Needless to say, I […]

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A night of luxury at Hotel Le Richemond in Geneva

A night of luxury at Hotel Le Richemond in Geneva

By KATIE ANN LAMB I recently had the privilege of spending a night at Hotel Le Richemond, which is the offering by the The Dorchester Collection in Geneva. Located on the north bank of the Lake, the hotel boasts sensational views of the famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc whilst over looking Jardin Brunswick. It […]

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Borgo Egnazia: The Italian hideaway for superstars

Borgo Egnazia: The Italian hideaway for superstars

By LAURA TOOGOOD I never need much persuading to visit Italy; it is one of my favourite holiday destinations. In my opinion, this country ticks every box. There is delicious food, fine wine, welcoming people, rich history and a culture that instantly encourages you to relax and switch off from hectic everyday life. While I […]

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The Chedi Andermatt epitomises luxury

The Chedi Andermatt epitomises luxury

By BAILEIGH WALSH Nestled in the very heart of the Swiss Alps, The Chedi Andermatt is a five star deluxe hotel and the epitome of luxury. It is managed by GHM, a group that spearheaded some of Asia’s most opulent resorts and is located just 90 minutes outside of Zurich and two hours from Milan. […]

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The best of Africa: Royal Livingstone Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zambia

The best of Africa: Royal Livingstone Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zambia

By James Ellis Whether you are enjoying a massage in a tent that opens onto the banks of the mighty Zambezi River; sipping a sundowner on the riverside deck, watching the hippo and the spray rising from the Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya ( the smoke that thunders); or simply enjoying a candlelit dinner […]

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Château Cordeillan-Bages offers Bordeaux Wine Harvest Package

Château Cordeillan-Bages offers Bordeaux Wine Harvest Package

From now until the 15th of October, Château Cordeillan-Bages, which is part of Relais & Châteaux, is opening its doors to all wine aficionados for the harvest season. To the Harvest gives guests the fantastic opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience the 2014 grape harvest. Château Cordeillan-Bages is situated in Pauillac and this package […]

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A fashionable weekend in Paris

A fashionable weekend in Paris

By Katie Ann Lamb ¦ Social Correspondent Many things come to mind when you think of Paris: Romance, History, Le Tour Eiffel, Champs-Elysées or even Vin Rouge and Fromage. It is one of my favourite cities in the world; it offers so much culture and, thankfully, it is now only a short train ride from […]

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Bulgarian beauty at the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko

Bulgarian beauty at the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko

By DARREN FULLERTON When a friend suggested Bansko of all places for a summer break, my initial response was a quizzical look followed by “that’s in Bulgaria, isn’t it?!”. Although it may not be a destination that jumps to mind for many, I was looking to discover a place that would meet one key objective for […]

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The Great Northern Hotel and Plum + Spilt Milk at King’s Cross

The Great Northern Hotel and Plum + Spilt Milk at King’s Cross

King’s Cross in London has undergone quite a transformation in recent years. The area has seen significant regeneration and with King’s Cross St Pancras offering train links to the likes of Edinburgh, Paris and Brussels, this is one of the main arrival points for visitors to the city. The luxury traveller is well-catered for by […]

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A regal stay at Hartwell House

A regal stay at Hartwell House

By LAURA TOOGOOD Hartwell House is a breathtaking Grade I listed building in Buckinghamshire that is owned by the Historic House Hotels and part of the National Trust. It is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year and the 200th Anniversary of King Louis XVIII departing Hartwell to claim the throne of France. Although the property is only […]

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Sicilian Splendor at Villa Sant’Andrea

Sicilian Splendor at Villa Sant’Andrea

With Mount Etna towering over the hillside town of Taormina on the East Coast of Sicily, there really is no better European holiday destination to visit this summer, writes Natasha Eddery. Located in the Province of Messina, about midway between Messina and Catania, the small town of Taormina is a haven for tourists – and […]

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5 Reasons to book a Luxury Chalet Holiday in La Plagne

5 Reasons to book a Luxury Chalet Holiday in La Plagne

Featured Article When it comes to picking a holiday destination, there are hundreds of locations to choose from and although we are still in mid-summer, it is never too soon to book your winter break. You could visit the tropical jungles of South America, bask on Caribbean beaches or unwind in a luxury chalet amidst […]

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A surfing escape at The Headland Hotel

A surfing escape at The Headland Hotel

By GOSIA BRZEZINSKA I recently chose to explore the British Isles for a weekend away and decided that Newquay had everything to offer. With the beautiful Cornish coast, breathtaking views and golden sands, it was a perfect place for a relaxing break. Considering that Britain is due a heat wave later this month – resulting in better weather […]

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Discover the delights of Prague from the Marriott’s prime 5* location

Discover the delights of Prague from the Marriott’s prime 5* location

By SARAH HENTON I wouldn’t blame anyone for thinking that Prague is a destination for those that just want to go on a stag do. I’ve always had this preconceived idea that the place would be overrun by groups of young Englishmen with the simple aim of filling their bellies with as much beer as […]

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Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘Odyssey Summer’ at Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo

Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘Odyssey Summer’ at Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo

If you are visiting Monaco this summer, or even the South of France, we are pleased to bring readers of The Sloaney some exciting news from Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo. Designed by Karl Lagerfeld, Odyssey at Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo will open to non-residents for the first time this summer. It is definitely worth stopping by for a visit. To celebrate Odyssey’s first anniversary, […]

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Great Fosters: A luxurious British retreat during the Social Season

Great Fosters: A luxurious British retreat during the Social Season

By KATIE ANN LAMB The British Summer Social Season presents us with so many exciting events to attend over the coming months. From Royal Ascot to Henley and Glorious Goodwood to Salon Prive, there is a chance to escape London almost every weekend. Even if you are not based in our capital city, it is […]

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The alluring charm of La Residencia and Deia

The alluring charm of La Residencia and Deia

By LAURA TOOGOOD | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & TRAVEL EDITOR | Tucked away in the hills of Majorca is an enchanting village that is completely unspoilt. It is so beautiful that I almost don’t want to reveal this hidden gem to others. Although Deia is one of Southern Europe’s best kept secrets, it is certainly not an unknown […]

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La Mamounia: An idyllic Moroccan oasis in Marrakech

La Mamounia: An idyllic Moroccan oasis in Marrakech

By LAURA TOOGOOD As soon as we touched down in Marrakech Airport, The Sloaney Travel Team was encased in luxury. Shortly after we stepped off our plane, we were ushered by an escort from La Mamounia  into the VIP arrivals lounge and presented with a delicious fresh mint tea. Our passports and other necessary forms […]

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The Valleys shortlisted for major Responsible Tourism Award

The Valleys shortlisted for major Responsible Tourism Award

– NEWS RELEASE – The Valleys, South Wales has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Responsible Tourism Destination’ category in Responsible Tourism Awards at World Travel Market, sponsored by The Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism. The Valleys is the only UK destination included in the category. The Valleys Regional Park’s submission to the panel of 12 […]

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The Vineyard: Experience a little piece of California in England

The Vineyard: Experience a little piece of California in England

By LAURA TOOGOOD The Vineyard Hotel in Berkshire recently featured in our dining pages because of its fabulous ‘Judgement Menu’. The fine-dining and wine tastings are arguably the main attraction when it comes to booking an escape to this luxury five star hotel. However, it also offers a pleasing place to unwind in the South […]

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Skiing in the French resort of Val d’Isere

Skiing in the French resort of Val d’Isere

After trying several ski destinations in America, LAURA TOOGOOD returns to the Alps to explore Val d’Isere… In recent years I have ventured to America for my annual skiing trip. My first experience of taking to the slopes stateside was at Killington in Vermont, before heading to Vail in Colorado and finally Lake Tahoe in California. […]

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A weekend escape in the city at The Corinthia

A weekend escape in the city at The Corinthia

POPPY CROSS sets off in search of some peace and quiet within hectic London… When I think about getting away from it all – the noise, pollution, pushing and shoving, traffic, congestion, crowds and generally the crazy pace of London life – my mind wonders to the mountains. I imagine that I am high above the […]

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Travel Snapshot: Five reasons to visit Canada

Travel Snapshot: Five reasons to visit Canada

Friendly people, varied countryside and unique wildlife are just some of the top reasons to visit Canada. If you are planning your holidays for 2014, this is definitely a country worth considering… 1. The Scenery  Canada has a seemingly endless range of remarkable landscapes that even the best photographers have difficultly capturing on their lenses. The […]

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Escape to the spectacular surroundings of Raemoir Country House

Escape to the spectacular surroundings of Raemoir Country House

LAURA TOOGOOD visits Raemoir Country House in Aberdeenshire for a walking holiday in the inspiring Scottish hillside… Health and fitness New Year resolutions are among the most common and I was certainly not alone when I made a vow to champion an active lifestyle in 2014. So, it seemed rather apt that I found myself flying […]

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The early bird… stays at the Hilton London Gatwick Hotel

The early bird… stays at the Hilton London Gatwick Hotel

By LAURA TOOGOOD Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, an early morning flight can be a real pain. While it normally means you will arrive at your destination as early as possible, a red-eye booking can mean getting up in the middle of the night in order to get to the airport on […]

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Explore the South African capital from Cape Town Hollow

Explore the South African capital from Cape Town Hollow

By KATIE ANN LAMB The air you smell, the sights you see, the food you taste, the language you hear, and the feeling you get; nothing compares to Cape Town. I have not visited Cape Town for over 10 years and yet it feels like only yesterday that I was last here. Nestled in the […]

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The magic of the German Christmas Market in Dusseldorf

The magic of the German Christmas Market in Dusseldorf

By LAURA TOOGOOD Christmas Markets have become increasingly popular in England and Winter Wonderland seems to be growing bigger and bigger every year. However, if you want to experience the real deal then a trip to a German Christmas Market is a must and there is still time for a flying visit this year! Last […]

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Enjoy the ultimate country spa weekend at Powerscourt Hotel in Wicklow

Enjoy the ultimate country spa weekend at Powerscourt Hotel in Wicklow

By LAURA TOOGOOD As part of my role as a travel journalist, I am fortunate enough to explore some beautiful holiday destinations. They are often nestled in remote areas around the world and many of the best require a lengthy flight. However, this was not the case for a recent assignment. With a door-to-door journey […]

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New luxury ski hotel L’Apogée opens in Courchevel

New luxury ski hotel L’Apogée opens in Courchevel

One of the world’s leading ski destinations, Courchevel, welcomes a new addition to its luxury accommodation tomorrow with the launch of L’Apogée. The Oetker Collection property offers ski-in ski-out facilities and is situated at the very top of the former Olympic ski jump. This means it presents guests with some of the finest views in the […]

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Méribel launches the new ski season with special celebrations

Méribel launches the new ski season with special celebrations

Méribel is on the verge of celebrating the arrival of the new ski season and the resort will be celebrating the occasion in style. Located in the heart of Les 3 Vallées, it will open on Saturday 7th December when Méribel Tourism will offer some lucky skiers complimentary Ski Passes, as well as a complimentary breakfast. […]

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Hyatt unveils two new luxury All Inclusive brands: Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara

Hyatt unveils two new luxury All Inclusive brands: Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara

Last night, the luxurious Andaz Liverpool Street hosted a celebration to mark the unveiling of Hyatt‘s new All Inclusive resorts. Exotic cocktails and spicy canapés greeted invited guests who were entertained by a live band. During the party, two incredible new destinations were introduced and they mark the exciting development that sees Hyatt bring a […]

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Winter sunshine getaway: Asia Gardens Thai Hotel and Spa is paradise in Spain

By LAURA TOOGOOD Although I have seen plenty of shops hinting towards Christmas and the festive season may appear to be creeping up, I still think October is a little premature to be snuggling up to the fire and tempting the cold snap. In fact, seeing as we have been experiencing a milder few weeks […]

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Bath: World-famous sites, brilliant rugby, fine dining and an idyllic spa break

By LAURA TOOGOOD As the cold snap takes hold, it is clear that autumn has well and truly arrived on our home shores. Although I have recently been lucky enough to visit some fantastic luxury destinations that experience a warmer climate at this time of year, there is something rather alluring about a ‘staycation’ during […]

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Watch the Red Arrows dazzle the crowds as we visit the Monaco Yacht Show

The Sloaney team was recently invited to the Monaco Yacht Show to cover this luxury event for Sloaney TV. Superyacht UK, which focuses on championing British design within the industry, was celebrating its 10 anniversary. They pulled out all the stops by arranging for the Red Arrows to perform a breathtaking display that brought Monte Carlo to a […]

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Enjoy the pinnacle of luxury in Marseille with a stay at the Intercontinental Hotel Dieu

By LAURA TOOGOOD When I mentioned to friends and colleagues that I would be visiting Marseille, I was slightly disappointed by their reaction. In my own mind, I imagined a quaint and historic French city with that alluring southern ambience that makes the Rivera so irresistible. Instead, it was described as ‘transient’, with one friend […]

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Villa San Michele: A dream venue for a fairy tale wedding

By LAURA TOOGOOD Natasha Eddery’s Bride-To-Be Diary has proven to be one of our most popular feature series. As she documented the build up to her big day, Natasha took us on a fantastic journey and allowed us to share all the excitement. Readers joined her on the search for the perfect wedding dress and […]

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Florence: A luxurious stay at Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in the birthplace of the Renaissance

By LAURA TOOGOOD I have only visited Italy twice previously, but it is one of my favourite European destinations. With fascinating culture, beautiful countryside, delicious food, fine wine and welcoming people, this country has so much to offer. Several years ago I spent a week in Rome and visited some of the most famous historical […]

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Wend your way through stunning scenary on a drive to the South of France

By LAURA TOOGOOD This year I have been lucky enough to visit La Belle France twice already and this wonderful country never fails to disappoint. Back in the spring, I explored the delights of Paris for our travel pages but on my latest adventure I was taken to the other end of the country, to the […]