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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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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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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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Esplanade, Zagreb

For nearly 100 years, The Esplanade Hotel has opened its doors to the most glamorous society figures. Built in 1925 to accommodate wealthy passengers traveling between Paris, Venice, and Istanbul on the Orient Express, it is an architectural masterpiece of the Belle Epoque and one of the grandest hotels not only in the Balkans but […]

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Suite Dreams: ROOM at The Beaumont

Contemporary sculptor Sir Antony Gormley has long been regarded as one of the most influential people in British culture. Winner of the Turner Prize and a Royal Academician, Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North, which stands guard over the River Tyne, is the largest statue in Britain. But less well known is that he has […]

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