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Rosewood Abu Dhabi – 13

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Our score: 4.8/5.0

Rosewood Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi

Rosewood Abu Dhabi is one of the newest additions to the Rosewood collection, and given its location on Al Maryah Island, smack bang in the middle of this gleaming oasis, I was hoping for something…

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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok – 05

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Our score: 5.0/5.0

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Thailand

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is a glorious example of living history. It opened in May 1887 as The Oriental, designed to offer the very best services and facilities for guests visiting what was then…

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Petit St Vincent St Vincent and the Grenadines

Forty miles south of St Vincent (the largest of the 32 islands in St Vincent and the Grenadines) lies beautifully remote Petit St Vincent, the ultimate island hideaway. Go for escapism, a complete…

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Palacio Tangara – 05

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Palacio Tangara Sao Paulo

When Oetker Collection opened Palacio Tangara in 2017, it’s fair to say that it raised the luxury hotel stakes in the city of Sao Paulo. A former mansion house set within the leafy Burle Marx Park,…

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La Reserve Geneve – 01

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Our score: 4.6/5.0

La Reserve Geneve Switzerland

More of a country club than a hotel in its look and feel, La Réserve is about a 10-minute drive from Geneva’s city centre. It’s an easy place for guests and locals alike to come for a meal, a…

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Andara Resort & Villas – 10

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Andara Resort & Villas Phuket

On Phuket’s west coast overlooking Kamala Bay and the Andaman Sea, Andara is divided into two parts: a choice of spacious multi-bedroom suites or sprawling, private pool villas. All have stunning…

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    Luxury Villa Reviews

    Find the perfect hideaway

    Planning a luxury holiday for two or more? Do you need a lot of space with a lot of extras? We provide reliable advice. If you dream of a pied-à-terre that’s on the beach, with a small army of staff to cater for your every whim, and a private tennis court so you don’t miss out on your daily game, our reviews cover all the facts. You’ll know exactly what to expect.

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    Our newest luxury villa reviews

    Our score: 5.0/5.0

    Canouan Estate St Vincent and the Grenadines

    A selection of luxurious villas set on Canouan Island, each with a private pool, individual design and access to the world-class facilities of the Pink Sands Club. Offering the utmost privacy and…

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    Our score: 5.0/5.0

    The Beach House Anguilla

    A design delight, this modern 8-bedroom villa boasts stunning interiors and gorgeous views of the ocean from most of its rooms. Better yet, it’s just steps from Meads Bay, one of the Caribbean’s…

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    Our score: 5.0/5.0

    Villa AWA Turks & Caicos

    Villa Awa is a 6-bedroom, beachfront villa located on Grace Bay. It boasts a sleek, contemporary interior with easy indoor/outdoor living, just steps from the beach. Modern in style, Awa has been…

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    Our score: 5.0/5.0

    Villa Bonita Barbados

    Villa Bonita has been designed to maximise the views of the ocean from almost every room; its chic and contemporary vibe is enhanced by the high quality Italian fixtures and fittings used throughout. …

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    Our score: 5.0/5.0

    Villa Crystal Springs Barbados

    Villa Crystal Springs enjoys an elevated position on a small bluff directly overlooking the beach and ocean. It’s just steps from the sands and comes with its own boat, ready to whisk you away on…

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    Our score: 5.0/5.0

    Villa Dream Barbados

    The Dream is a very luxurious, contemporary, beachfront villa located in the exclusive neighbourhood of The Garden. It’s just steps off the beach and minutes from the west coast’s restaurants,…

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    Luxury Cruise Reviews

    Sail the ship that’s right for you

    Luxury cruising is so 'now'. Cruise lines are launching exceptional new ships – of all sizes – taking suite accommodation, dining, the onboard experience and service to new levels. Be it experiential or classic luxury cruising, there has never been more choice, so how do you know which is right for you? Our reviews will help you find the dream cruise you seek.

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    Cunard Queen Mary 2 – 04

    Our newest luxury cruise reviews

    Our score: 3.1/5.0

    Cunard Queen Mary 2 Cunard

    CUNARD QUEEN MARY 2 March 2017 Ten years ago, I took a transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York on board Queen Mary 2 and loved every moment of it. Even though my stateroom choice was…

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    Our score: 4.5/5.0

    Crystal Serenity Crystal Cruises

    CRYSTAL SERENITY November 2015 The Crystal Serenity is a luxury ship for both experienced and first time cruisers who seek the very best. For many reasons as I was about to discover, guests are…

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    Airline Reviews

    We’ve covered the miles

    How to travel is just as important as where to stay. Airlines continuously up their games: bigger seats, more privacy, an alliance with a celebrity chef, and the addition of private 'suites' in the sky all ring true. But will you receive the VIP service from start to finish? Is the food really restaurant quality? And is the 'bed' truly 5-star? Find out, read our reviews.

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    Our newest airline cabin reviews

    Our score: 5.0/5.0

    Etihad Airways – A380 First Apartment Etihad Airways

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS – A380 FIRST APARTMENT First Apartment  A380 Sydney / Abu Dhabi Founded back in July 2003, Etihad Airways emerged onto the highly competitive airline scene, operating its inaugural…

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    Our score: 4.6/5.0

    Etihad Airways – A380 Business Studio Etihad Airways

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS – A380 BUSINESS STUDIO Business Studio  A380 Abu Dhabi / Sydney The business class market on this, the ‘kangaroo route’, is a busy and highly competitive one. Premium…

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    Our score: 4.8/5.0

    Cathay Pacific Business Class Cathay Pacific

    CATHAY PACIFIC BUSINESS CLASS Business Class  B-777-200 New York / Hong Kong  November 2015 Best in class. Simply said, Cathay Pacific’s product is one of the best, if not the best, in the highly…

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    Our score: 4.0/5.0

    Lufthansa Business Class Lufthansa

    LUFTHANSA BUSINESS CLASS Business Class  B747-400 Frankfurt / Mumbai  August 2015 Lufthansa has greatly improved its long-haul business class product, so much so that it is one of the best offered…

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    Our score: 2.5/5.0

    Swiss Business Class Swiss

    SWISS BUSINESS CLASS Business Class  A330-300 San Francisco / Zurich  July 2015 SWISS operates A-330 aircraft on its long-haul routes. The carrier provides the efficient and functional inflight…

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    Our score: 3.5/5.0

    Qatar Airways Business Class Qatar Airways

    QATAR AIRWAYS BUSINESS CLASS Business Class  A380 Doha / London  August 2015 Qatar Airways operates its flagship aircraft, the Airbus A-380, on select flights between London (LHR) and Doha. The…

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    The latest news, interviews and other topics people are talking about

    Our finger is on the pulse of all things luxury. Delve in to find news from the world of food and beverage; highlights of hotel openings; interviews with key industry players; ‘best of’ travel lists to inspire you; tales from our reviewers’ adventures; and lots of other inspiring stories we know you’ll enjoy reading.

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    AN AFRICAN AFFAIR A tremendous adventure in Kenya Have you a hankering to explore Kenya and marvel at the wildlife, see some awesome scenery and meet some fierce looking Maasai warriors? Not sure…

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    THREE HOTEL RESTAURANTS IN THE CARIBBEAN A gourmand’s guide to our top dining experiences We’re lucky that we travel to the finest hotels and resorts across the globe, and part and parcel of…

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    We are fully independent, which means that, for the most part, we pay to stay and fly. But in the spirit of full disclosure, when we do accept reduced rates and even complimentary stays, it’s always on the understanding that it never guarantees a favourable review. That way, members can always be sure that we’ll bring them the good, the bad and even the ugly if it’s warranted. Sign up now for the most credible, honest and reliable reviews online.

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