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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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A room with a view: The Hilton Fallsview overlooking Niagara Falls

A room with a view: The Hilton Fallsview overlooking Niagara Falls

By LAURA TOOGOOD During my recent visit to Canada, I embarked on a short road trip out of Toronto in order to see the world’s most famous waterfalls. Niagara Falls is only an hour and a half away from the city and there are three waterfalls in total. While it is possible to see the […]

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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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Soho Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto: Home from home for the movie stars

Soho Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto: Home from home for the movie stars

By LAURA TOOGOOD I had never visited Canada before embarking on my latest travel assignment. The striking National flag, which features that symbolic maple leaf, stories of grizzly bears and tales of incredible skiing holidays from friends were at the forefront of my mind during the Air Canada flight from Heathrow. However, I did not […]

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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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A Bond girl hen weekend: Island hopping in Croatia

A Bond girl hen weekend: Island hopping in Croatia

Lying on the front of a speedboat to sunbathe with beautiful blue sky above and sparkling seawater below, before flying across the waves with spectacular scenery in the distance, whilst surrounded by your closest friends sounds like a rather dreamy occurrence. However, it became a reality when we set off on a recent mission to […]

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A luxury European island spa tour with guaranteed sunshine

A luxury European island spa tour with guaranteed sunshine

By LAURA TOOGOOD During spring and early summer there are only a few places in Europe where you can truly catch some rays and enjoy an early sun break. Very few destinations are able to guarantee consistent good weather; however, the Canary Islands are blessed with glorious sunshine almost throughout the entire year. Throughout April […]

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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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Need valet airport parking? APH help you drive and fly in style!

Need valet airport parking? APH help you drive and fly in style!

If you are jetting off for a holiday or long weekend of relaxation anytime soon then we recommend taking a look at APH and their fantastic meet and greet airport parking service. The ‘travelling day’ of a getaway can be relatively stressful at times, especially if you decide to drive to the airport. However, APH […]

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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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A weekend in the Alps at Hotel Le Blizzard

A weekend in the Alps at Hotel Le Blizzard

Although the current ski season in the Alps is approaching its latter phase, there is still time to escape to the slopes for an action-packed weekend on the snow. Hotel Le Blizzard is one of the premier venues in the village of Val d’Isere and the luxury hideaway offers typical mountain accommodation, which a chic […]

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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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Alps2Alps: Private transfers to all leading European ski resorts

Alps2Alps: Private transfers to all leading European ski resorts

Geneva is one of the most popular airports to land in for those visiting the Alps. Whether you are setting off on a ski holiday or a healthy hiking break in the mountains – where you can also visit some of Europe’s best spas – the transfer time is of utmost importance. With many top […]

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A luxury chalet experience in Verbier

A luxury chalet experience in Verbier

By BAILEIGH WALSH Verbier has long attracted a wealthy, fashionable and sporty clientele. Sunny skies, easy access (roughly two hours from Geneva airport), unprecedented scenic views, adrenaline fuelled pistes and a lively, après-ski scene has made the resort increasingly popular for people travelling from all over the globe. It’s no surprise then that The Sloaney […]

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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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Christmas in Bath at the Francis Hotel

Christmas in Bath at the Francis Hotel

Last year, The Sloaney Travel Team jetted off to explore the Christmas Markets in Dusseldorf. While Germany certainly boasts some of the best Christmas Markets in Europe, there are also plenty of brilliant versions that you can enjoy without venturing too far from home. One of the most famous in England is the Bath Christmas […]

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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

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

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 […]