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Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy

Lucy Land savours the romance, beauty and exclusivity of Portofino's Hotel Splendido

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The Credentials:

If Portofino is the jewel of north-west Italy’s beautifully embellished coastline, then Belmond Hotel Splendido is its crown. One of the must-stops on the world luxury circuit, it has been the magnet for Europe’s beau monde for decades – it’s where Richard Burton first proposed… Read more →
Le Bristol

Le Bristol, Paris

Le Bristol bowls Jess Baldwin over with its Parisian grandeur and faultless service

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The Credentials:

It is well known that the French take luxury seriously. So seriously that in 2010 the French Government created a new breed of luxury hotel: the ‘Palace’. Surpassing the style, service and outright decadence of a standard five-star hotel, each year the government awards just… Read more →

Le Cinq Codet, Paris

Chris Heasman explores one of Paris' achingly stylish hotels: Le Cinq Codet

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The credentials:

Nestled in Paris’ glitzy 7th Arrondissement, just out of view of the river, Le Cinq Codet is one of the city’s more modest five-star hotels. What it lacks in sheer opulence however, it more than makes up for in style. Fittingly for a building that dates back to the 1930s,… Read more →

Seaham Hall, Durham

Lucy Lord soaks up the luxury at Seaham Hall

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The credentials:

‘The finest luxury hotel in the North East’ is housed in an impressive, sprawling Georgian mansion, all high ceilings, white Palladian pillars and vast stone terraces. There’s a slightly bizarre cylindrical water feature at the front entrance that looks spectacular lit… Read more →

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

Chris Heasman is charmed by his faultless visit to Hôtel Plaza Athénée

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The credentials:

Paris’ Hôtel Plaza Athénée first opened up its doors in 1913, at the tail end of the city’s Belle Époque. Built in the Haussman style of architecture, the hotel’s stone façade and verdant balconies make up one of the truly iconic Parisian hotel fronts. The… Read more →

Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, Wiltshire

Katherine Brook enjoys a relaxing stay at Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa

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The credentials:

Driving down the mile-long tree-lined drive, Lucknam Park appears as an unspoilt and elegant country house, sitting upon 500 acres of tranquil parkland. Dating back to the 18th century this indulgent escape is home to 42 rooms, equestrian centre, spa and Michelin-star restaurant.… Read more →