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In the Petit Alaska area of Val d'Isère sits Chalet Inoko, an elegant alpine hideaway and magical setting for your winter ski holiday. Kerene Barefield was fortunate enough to recently visit, and spills the secrets of Purple Ski - the finest luxury chalet hospitality service in the French Alps.

Val d'Isere is widely acclaimed to be one of the top resorts in the world, with some of the best snow records in Europe. Once just a small mountain village, it has become an international holiday destination - offering the perfect skiing conditions and of course... some of the world’s best apres-ski activities! Therefore, when I was invited to spend the weekend here, how could I refuse. The only problem… I...

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Featuring The Valentine's Travel Edit: The Cotswolds

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Barefoot Romantic Luxury in the Maldives

With the sun on my face and the sound of gentle waves hitting the shore, I glance at my husband of nine years, who is casually sipping on a warm cup of ginger tea. I feel totally at peace. For the last week, we’ve spent time reconnecting with one another on one of the Maldives most enchanting and beautiful Islands, Gili Lankanfushi. The unspoiled island is located in the North Malé atoll, which is just a 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé - in which time you are served fresh juice and offered a cold scented towel. The friendly welcome is just a small nod to the high level of service that you become very accustomed to whilst staying on the beautiful Island.

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Featuring 15 Best Luxury Couples Retreats in 2023

Couples deserve to get away! They work hard and they play harder. So how do you get away from it all to rekindle that spark of romance which the ennui of everyday life can inevitably smother? By heading off to a luxury couples retreat. We know that setting time aside to clear your mind and recharge is good for your mental health and wellbeing. However, aside from the personal benefits that taking a relaxing holiday can bring, many forget that it can also be healthy for your relationship. Enjoying a long walk on the beach while holding hands and watching the sun go down can help unplug from the noise that distracts you from what matters the most in life — your significant other. Of course, you could do it all on a budget, but why take a chance with something mediocre when you can go for the best, the crème-de-la-crème of romantic getaways where love has been known to blossom? With that in mind, we present our list of the 15 best luxury couples retreats that will undoubtedly make you fall in love with your significant other all over again.

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La Dolce Vita in Sicilia: The 5-star ADLER Spa Resort

On a Saturday evening in serene Sicily, my pulse is racing at a rate of knots as sweat trickles down my face and the temperature continues to rise. I feel like I'm sweltering away in a furnace; an exuberant man wafts a towel in front of me as chill-out tunes play in the background. Taking deep breaths as the towel is swung around frenetically to whip my heart rate even higher in searing heat, I know that I am indeed fast approaching boiling point.But just like that, I suddenly feel reinvigorated as I'm presented with a handful of ice cubes that I press against my neck to cool off. I'd been experiencing 'Aufguss', a multi-sensory wellness ritual in which an ‘Aufgussmeister’ douses infused water onto hot stones, circulating fragrant air in a panoramic sauna at the idyllic new Adler Spa Resort Sicilia.

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With only 48 hours to spare in Denmark's capital, I truly wanted to make the most of my time there - whilst (rather juxtaposingly) also have a relaxing, weekend city break away from the hustle & bustle of London. Yet, I had to look no further than Nimb Hotel, a through-the-looking-glass castle of escapist bliss. After arriving late on a Friday evening flight, we were welcomed with a friendly smile by the charming Peter, eager to assist us in whatever way he could throughout our stay. The service and attention to detail was impeccable, and a reflection of the Danish spirit – quintessentially hygge with a soupçon of romantic flair. Nimb Hotel is Scandi luxury personified. With only 38 guest rooms, the castle is a fresh breath of tranquility, stood gallantly behind the magnificent Tivoli Gardens (the third-oldest operating amusement park in the world which Nimb guests also get free access too!), and has been preserved and updated with an idyllic blend of grandiose Moorish architecture and sleek, boutique Scandi finishes. The fanciful Nimb Hotel also hosts a variety of other arts and culture on its grounds, garden parties, wine tastings, and opera and jazz concerts on the roof.

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Our lifestyle expert reviews The Xara Palace, Relais &...

Mdina (pronounced ehm-dee-nuh) is also known as The Silent City, and we experienced this first-hand. We walked through the Vilhena gate that leads into the fortified city, amidst the crowds of tourists who are queueing to see the city dungeons and the horse-drawn carriages with drivers shouting out offers for a ride. Once night time falls, all the noise and activity melts away to reveal an almost eerie, mystical ambience within the air as the whole place goes quiet. Built like a traditional Arabic medina, our footsteps echo as we make our way down the labyrinth of interconnected paths until we reach a towering stone palazzo. The Xara Palace is a 17th century five-star Relais & Châteaux property—the only hotel inside the walls of the Mdina—and the former home of a noble family. A sign at the entrance reads: “The Maltese nobility assembles within the walls of this ancient palazzo in order to elect its committee of privileges.” The baroque building stands proudly at the end of a small slope, just a short walk from the main gates. Upon entering the hotel doors, we’re welcomed with a glass of bubbly and invited to take a seat in the lounge. From the ornate church doors towering over us at the end of the hallway to the exquisite furniture full of dark wood and brick reds, there’s an air of sophistication that oozes from every nook and cranny of the palace.

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Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, and its name is derived from the Malay word bukit, meaning hill, given its mountainous terrain. Situated 7.5 degrees north of the Equator, Phuket has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and it is also widely credited as the Asian birthplace of the contemporary pool villa. The most spectacular view in all of Phuket is that of the limestone karsts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Phang Nga Bay, from the picturesque COMO Point Yamu hotel. Situated atop Cape Yamu, on a tropical peninsula on Phuket’s east coast, the hotel is caressed by the cerulean waters of the Andaman Sea, overlooking the geological marvel. Filled with islets, sunken caverns and rock formations rising out of the sea, the Phang Nga Bay kisses wafting cotton clouds and pierces the landscape with its wondrous beauty.

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A Luxury Scottish Escape: High-end in the Highlands

Given that good weather in Scotland is never guaranteed, there’s a lot to be said for leaning into the dark nights and visiting in winter. For one, this is the time of year you’re most likely to experience the magical aurora borealis, and as the only Dark Sky Park in the UK, Galloway Forest is a great location for stargazing. January is also peak mussel and scallop season, delicacies for which Scotland is world-renowned. And where better to enjoy the finest malt whiskies by a roaring fire? Scots certainly know how to make the most of the longer nights and, having recovered from their Hogmanay celebrations, turn their attention to Burns’ Night at the end of January. Nowhere does so in greater style than The Fife Arms, a relatively new addition to the Scottish luxury hotel scene in its current incarnation. Nestled in the spectacular grandeur of the Caringorms just 15 minutes from Balmoral, the landmark Braemar hotel was comprehensively renovated by a team of architects, artisans and artists in 2018. Each of the 46 bedrooms is dedicated to a local place, person or event, meticulously researched and decorated to tell the story of the area. If their Hogmanay was anything to go by – at which Dame Judy Dench was spotted carousing at the piano with Sharleen Spiteri of Texas fame – Burns’ Night will be an extravagant affair.

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On the onset of Autumn, all the leaves are aglow on the drive into historic Burleigh Court. The air is crisp with the promise of winter, and the hotel itself, covered in flaming Virginia creeper, looks like it’s been lit from within. The 18th-century Cotswold-stone manor house is set on a steep hill that provides sprawling views of the golden valley below. Enter and you’ll find a cosy two-seater bar to your left, with accents of deep wood and fur, where the sun streams in through a window onto a display of colourful bottles making it look like stained glass. Follow the sound of soft jazz from a record player, and you’ll arrive at the lounge, where the woodland themed wallpaper, comfortable sofas and copies of Tatler and The Field make for a chic reading spot. You could while away your time here reading, and forget that you were in the bustle of London just a few hours ago, but we recommend first exploring the lawns. The hotel is nestled in four acres of gardens, where you may see the Burleigh bees buzzing away in their beehives, grey oyster mushrooms growing off deadwood, and purple sage adding even more colour to the autumn surroundings.

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Review of Family Luxury in the Autumn Sun: Parga Beach Resort

The balance between a fun-filled, family holiday and a relaxing, luxury resort is often quite hard to find... but our luxury lifestyle expert, Kerene Barefield, has found the perfect, child-friendly place to whiz away to on the off-season! Having decided to treat the family to a little autumn sun, I booked five nights at Parga Beach Resort on the idyllic west coast of Greece - and I was not disappointed! After booking an early flight from London and dragging the kids out of bed at 3:45am; we arrived at Preveza airport by nine o’clock GMT. Greeted by our friendly chauffeur from the resort, he drove us along the beautiful coastline for a 45 minute journey to the hotel. On arrival we received a very warm welcome from Katerina and her team, and were shown promptly to our room. The extensive grounds of the hotel are stunning, all the rooms and suites are scattered between vibrantly blooming flora and centuries old olive trees. The smell of jasmine fills the air as we walk through the lush and plentiful grounds; it is hard to comprehend that there are over a hundred beautiful rooms hidden away in this captivating Greek resort

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