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Azura Benguerra Island: A magical honeymoon destination in Mozambique

Azura Benguerra Island: A magical honeymoon destination in Mozambique

By KATIE ANN LAMB Honeymoons are often associated with intimacy and seclusion and what better place to celebrate, than by visiting one of the most romantic, remote, destinations in the world – Benguerra Island, Mozambique. From start to finish, this retreat provides guests with the ultimate luxury experience for any special holiday. Archipelago Charters will […]

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Sloaney Suites: Inspiration for a spring break

Sloaney Suites: Inspiration for a spring break

Jet off and enjoy a change of scene by exploring some of our favourite luxury properties...

If you are getting sick and tired of the cold, wet wintery weather, we have some great ideas for an Easter break over at Sloaney Suites. Sloaney Suites presents a beautiful collection of some of our favourite properties. Every hotel that features has an incredible suite too, which is ideal for a special trip. This […]

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The ultimate health retreat: Wellness by the Lakes is coming back

The ultimate health retreat: Wellness by the Lakes is coming back

If you need something in the pipeline that will help keep motivation high for your healthy New Year resolutions, we have some good news. The Lakes by yoo has announced that their successful Wellness by the Lakes retreat is coming back in March 2017 (17th – 20th). The Lakes by yoo is billed as an […]

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AirPortr is a game changer and makes travel so easy for jetsetters

AirPortr is a game changer and makes travel so easy for jetsetters

By KATIE ANN LAMB A game changer has arrived in the world of travel, thanks to the London based travel technology start-up AirPortr. I am pleased to say that lugging your luggage around is now a thing of the past. Thank goodness! Whether you’ve just landed from a dreamy destination and plan to meet friends […]

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Explore the sunny Spanish capital from the luxurious InterContinental Madrid

Explore the sunny Spanish capital from the luxurious InterContinental Madrid

By LAURA TOOGOOD Madrid is an excellent destination for a city break. The architecture is stunning and it is packed with delicious tapas bars and restaurants. The Spanish capital is extremely vibrant and it also boasts excellent shopping. I flew in for a weekend away and found it a very convenient place to visit for […]

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A luxurious country escape at Danesfield House Hotel and Spa

A luxurious country escape at Danesfield House Hotel and Spa

By LAURA TOOGOOD — Nestled on a hillside overlooking the pretty village of Marlow is the stunning Danesfield House Hotel and Spa. This hotel is ideal for those seeking to enjoy a luxurious and peaceful getaway. Although it is located only 30 minutes away from central London, the property allows you to switch off entirely […]

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Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia is the perfect romantic island getaway

Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia is the perfect romantic island getaway

By Cat Toogood (nee Gray) When I imagine a honeymoon, I envision a tropical paradise with golden sand, turquoise waters, palm trees and luxury at every turn. Lucky for me, that’s exactly what I got at Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia. Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the west coast […]

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Enjoy an endless summer at Forte Village in sunny Sardinia

Enjoy an endless summer at Forte Village in sunny Sardinia

Laura Toogood catches the last of the summer rays at the luxurious Forte Village… and it’s not too late for you to do the same! — By LAURA TOOGOOD Regular readers of The Sloaney travel pages will know that I adore Italy and I have been lucky enough to visit many times. From pretty, picturesque […]

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Hampton Manor: A luxury hotel with fine dining in the Midlands

Hampton Manor: A luxury hotel with fine dining in the Midlands

Hampton Manor is a beautiful country house hotel that is located a short distance from one of Britain’s busiest cities, namely Birmingham. This family-run hotel is a wonderful place to visit if you are travelling through this part of the world and are seeking to stop off in a luxury destination for an overnight stay. […]

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Corfu: Dive into crystal clear seawater at Marbella Corfu

Corfu: Dive into crystal clear seawater at Marbella Corfu

If you are seeking an extra dose of sunshine this summer, the Greek Island of Corfu (Kerkyra) ticks lots of boxes for a European getaway. Not only is the climate excellent throughout the summer months, but the island also boasts extremely calm seawater, which lends itself well to snorkeling. One of the most popular places to […]

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The JW Marriott Venice: Enjoy Venice from a luxurious private island

The JW Marriott Venice: Enjoy Venice from a luxurious private island

Want to visit one of Europe’s busiest and most beautiful cities? Experience the culture but escape the crowds at the JW Marriott Venice, writes LAURA TOOGOOD… – It feels as though you are in a James Bond film when you arrive at the JW Marriott Venice. After touching down at Venice Airport, a chauffeur greets […]

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The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore combines luxury and history

The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore combines luxury and history

By KATIE ANN LAMB The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore, which is part of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, is a masterpiece in the world of luxury hotels. From the Palladian architecture to the outstanding service, this property provides world class accommodation and it is also a historic landmark. Transformed from The Fullerton building in 1928, the […]

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Experience spectacular sunsets at Hotel Ombak Sunset on the Gili Islands

Experience spectacular sunsets at Hotel Ombak Sunset on the Gili Islands

By KATIE ANN LAMB I recently set off on a tour of Asia for The Sloaney and the first place that I stayed was the Gili Islands. Famed for providing visitors with the ultimate tranquil escape, these three islands are located just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia Gili Trawangan is the largest of […]

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Harrods welcome the Hartmann premium luggage range

Harrods welcome the Hartmann premium luggage range

Harrods will welcome a new premium luxury luggage brand at the end of March. The range will be available just in time for spring and summer getaways this year. Hartmann has been making travel cases and fine leather goods for over 135 years. Hartmann has a range of both hard and soft side luggage that is perfect […]

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Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa on Silhouette Island is a perfect paradise

Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa on Silhouette Island is a perfect paradise

Laura Toogood discovers a luxurious tropical retreat that is hidden away on a protected island… – I have found paradise! Those who read my last travel feature will know that I ventured to Mahe recently and stayed at Hilton Northolme. I didn’t think that a trip to the Indian Ocean could get any better until […]

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Magnificent Mahe: Experience a tropical haven at Hilton Northolme

Magnificent Mahe: Experience a tropical haven at Hilton Northolme

The Hilton Northolme on Mahe Island in the Seychelles provides guests with a luxurious and private stay, surrounded by a dramatic and tropical landscape… — BY LAURA TOOGOOD I have always wanted to visit the Seychelles. The cluster of over 100 islands is situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by crystal […]

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The Telegraph Travel Show

The Telegraph Travel Show

The Telegraph Travel Show will take place in London at the start of January. The Telegraph Travel Show is the perfect opportunity to get some travel inspiration for the coming year and some of the world’s most popular destinations will be showcased at the event. Industry experts will also be on hand to advise you […]

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Enjoy a homely holiday at South Beach Cape Town

Enjoy a homely holiday at South Beach Cape Town

By KATIE ANN LAMB With Christmas fast approaching you are probably thinking about escaping the wet weather in England and seeking some sunshine over the festive period or during the early months of 2016. South Africa is a popular destination for many at this time of year and I recently visited Cape Town to enjoy […]

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Belmond Villa San Michele: A stunning setting that will take your breath away

Belmond Villa San Michele: A stunning setting that will take your breath away

Belmond Villa San Michele is the best luxury hotel in Tuscany and offers a panoramic view of Florence… – By LAURA TOOGOOD There is nothing I love more than a good view and the one from Belmond Villa San Michele is quite simply sensational. This property had a lot to live up to because I […]

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The spectacular Belmond Hotel Splendido in picturesque Portofino

The spectacular Belmond Hotel Splendido in picturesque Portofino

Experience a touch of Italian glamour at Belmond Hotel Splendido – By LAURA TOOGOOD When I initially discovered Belmond, the brand transformed my experience of luxury travel. Needless to say, I have not looked back since my first acquaintance with a Belmond property and my love of their philosophy continues to flourish. The service is […]

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Luxury on the Italian Riviera at Royal Hotel Sanremo

Luxury on the Italian Riviera at Royal Hotel Sanremo

By LAURA TOOGOOD I have enjoyed visiting the South of France many times before and I have an equal amount of affection for its neighbour Italy. During my latest visit to this part of the world, I combined a trip to both countries and crossed the border to explore the coastline of Liguria. After flying […]

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Falling in love with a Sunrise Run

Falling in love with a Sunrise Run

By LAURA TOOGOOD I write having just finished my latest Sunrise Run, which on this occasion took place along La Croisette in Cannes. These runs may not always take place right at the start of sunrise but I try to get up early enough to incorporate some of it during my morning fitness routine. I […]

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Bruges: Mysterious, charming and uniquely romantic 

Bruges: Mysterious, charming and uniquely romantic 

By KATIE ANN LAMB The city of Bruges is renowned for its cobbled streets, mussels, beer and chocolate. Needless to say, I had been longing to visit for some time. I managed to find a short window for a trip and it proved even more magical than I had anticipated. Only three and a half hours from […]

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Bask in Santa Barbara sunshine at Bacara Resort and Spa

Bask in Santa Barbara sunshine at Bacara Resort and Spa

By CAT GRAY After the glamour of LA and the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, we were in desperate need of some proper relaxation. We headed back to California to the ‘American Riviera’ otherwise known as Santa Barbara. With beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and vibrant culture, Santa Barbara is a premier world class destination […]

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The luxury playground of Las Vegas

The luxury playground of Las Vegas

Cat Gray continues her tour of West Coast America by sampling some Las Vegas luxury… After a chilled time in LA, we hit the road again heading North to Nevada towards the city that never sleeps. And Las Vegas really does live up to that name! You can leave the world behind and immerse yourself in […]

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Whatley Manor: A luxury pre-wedding getaway in the Cotswolds

Whatley Manor: A luxury pre-wedding getaway in the Cotswolds

By The Sloaney Bride When your partner proposes, you have that magical few moments when there is nothing else in the world that is more important than your relationship. As soon as you utter yes and become a fiancé, the celebrations become a whirlwind of excitement and then the wedding planning begins. There is so […]

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Hollywood glamour at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City

Hollywood glamour at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City

By CAT GRAY Having only visited America once when I spent a fantastic weekend in New York, I jumped at the idea of visiting some of the best destinations in the West. With LA, Las Vegas and Santa Barbara to explore, and two states to drive through, we headed off on the ultimate mini road […]

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Exploring Burgundy: A weekend getaway to Lyon

Exploring Burgundy: A weekend getaway to Lyon

By LAURA TOOGOOD The South of France is one of the most popular destinations for holiday makers during the summer months. While many people choose to fly to Nice Airport, others enjoy making their way down by car. Lyon is the perfect place for an overnight stop for those driving from Britain, but it is […]

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The Definitive Girls’ Guide to Geneva

The Definitive Girls’ Guide to Geneva

By ROSEMIN ANDERSON Hidden in Switzerland, there is a new shopping capital. Better known for its corporate offerings than its retail options, Geneva’s brisk business façade masks a beautiful city with many options for a relaxing girly weekend away. Luckily, girls in the know can refer to the Geneva Girls’ Guide, handily provided by the […]

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An enchanting historical adventure in France: Puy du Fou

An enchanting historical adventure in France: Puy du Fou

By ROSEMIN ANDERSON Few may know that one of Europe’s greatest amusement parks resides in the rural countryside near Nantes, France. Puy du Fou is an inexplicably joyous theme park in the traditional sense, providing spectacular outdoor shows on the theme of history (French and otherwise) for all the family to enjoy. The experience isn’t […]

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Enjoy the best of the Algarve at VILA VITA Parc

Enjoy the best of the Algarve at VILA VITA Parc

By LAURA TOOGOOD (Twitter: @TheSloaney @Laura_Toogood) I visited Portugal some years ago and the one thing that springs to mind whenever someone mentions the Algarve is the incredible fresh fish. While many visitors are likely to associate this part of the world with golf, I remember being bowled over by the impressive selection of seafood that is […]

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Exploring Northern Ireland with Maserati

Exploring Northern Ireland with Maserati

By Gosia Brzezinska and Adam Swierczewski With the new season of Game of Thrones on air, visiting Northern Ireland couldn’t be more timely. Thus, we were very pleased when Maserati invited us to experience an escape with the new Quattroporte Diesel around Northern Ireland. We were met by the Maserati team at Belfast Airport and chauffeured to […]

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Where to dine in New York City

Where to dine in New York City

By NATASHA EDDERY There are the obvious things to write about for a travel review in New York, famous sights, hotels, museums, shopping, the list goes on. But this has been done and I wanted to write something different, especially as this was my first visit to the city. Personally, wherever I travel and whatever […]

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Celebrate Easter in style at Conrad London St. James

Celebrate Easter in style at Conrad London St. James

In celebration that spring is in the air, Conrad London St. James has created an amazing array of seasonal Easter delights, including Easter Brunch and Easter Sunday Afternoon Tea. The hotel is only a stone’s throw from Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and St. James’s Park so it also provides a perfect place to stay during […]

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Relais & Châteaux Showcase highlights new properties

Relais & Châteaux Showcase highlights new properties

We have featured several Relais & Châteaux properties in our travel and dining pages over the years so it was a pleasure to have the chance to browse almost the entire portfolio at a recent showcase hosted in London. Those invited sipped Taittinger champagne while meeting with representatives from each different property. Europe was well represented and […]

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Experience Italian finesse at the new Baglioni Spa in London

Experience Italian finesse at the new Baglioni Spa in London

By LAURA TOOGOOD Readers of our travel pages will know that I have a particular fondness for Italy; it is one of those countries that I would happily visit time and time again. So, whenever I have a yearning to return, and a trip is not possible, I make sure that I pop into the […]

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The Arch London celebrates its 5th Anniversary

The Arch London celebrates its 5th Anniversary

This week The Arch London celebrated its 5th Anniversary with a party in its restaurant. The luxury boutique hotel welcomed guests with glasses of Taittinger champagne and canapés that were based on samples from the hotel’s food menu. The Arch London is located a short distance from Marble Arch and is considered one of London’s […]

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An unbeatable ski holiday at the Goldener Berg Hotel in Oberlech

An unbeatable ski holiday at the Goldener Berg Hotel in Oberlech

By LAURA TOOGOOD I was a latecomer to the world of skiing holidays. Unlike many of my peers, I didn’t make it to the slopes during childhood. I was too busy caught up with equestrian competitions and skiing always seemed to clash with trials for the British team, which took preference every time. My first […]

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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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