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Letter from Europe: Mdina, Malta

By Sophie Ibbotson Hello from sun-kissed Malta, this Mediterranean island steeped in history and blessed with natural beauty. I arrived in Mdina on foot through a vast gateway of golden stone, flanked by lions. The light was fading and lanterns flickered, casting long shadows over the narrow cobbled streets. An eerie silence pervades this ‘city […]

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Well, Well, Wellness

These are a few of our favorite self-care things… Anywhere you are in the world, self-care should be a priority. Road warriors to luxury staycations and  everything in between, you will love the relaxing and rejuvenating sensations that  Sensate provides.  We cannot say enough about this riverstone-shaped dynamo. They say that this is where stress […]

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By Sophie Ibbotson The Lake District National Park has long been one of Britain’s most popular tourism destinations. The dramatic landscapes caught the attention of famous artists and writers: from William Wordsworth to Beatrix Potter, and JMW Turner to John Constable, they all found inspiration amongst these rugged mountains, rivers, and lakes. It is estimated […]

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Southernmost Style

As Key West celebrates its 200th anniversary, the Southernmost Beach Resort invites all those seeking refuge from the last two years to reemerge in style. Having just undergone a $15 million renovation, the six-acre tropical paradise is back and better than ever. The Florida Keys have always been honorary Caribbean islands that Americans can drive […]

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By Sophie Ibbotson The Cotswolds is one of the greenest and lushest regions of England’s countryside. The rolling hills of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire are largely rural, with pretty villages built from a distinctive cream colored stone. Country pubs and historic churches dot the landscape, and you’re just as likely to meet a herd of cows […]

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Swellegant Stays: Vanbrugh House Hotel

Year after year, the University of Oxford is ranked as the world’s best university. This venerable institution has certainly had plenty of time to perfect its education: Oxford was already teaching students in 1096, and as such it is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Famous alumni include historic figures such as the philosophers […]

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Swellegant Stays – Hotel Farovon

For more than 1,500 years, travelers have made their way to Khiva. This Silk Road city in the western part of what is now Uzbekistan remains one of the jewels of Central Asia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its historic walled city, the Ichan Qala. Medieval visitors would have slept with […]

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Spa Uncommon – Hartwell House Hotel & Spa

Entering the 90 acres of private parkland at Hartwell House in rural Buckinghamshire, an hour outside London, it feels like the setting for a Jane Austen novel. The impressive stately home combines Jacobean and Georgian features; the garden was designed in the style of famed 18th-century landscape architect Capability Brown; and follies such as a […]

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