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Our newest luxury hotel reviews

Burj Al Arab – 17

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Our score: 5.0/5.0

Burj Al Arab Dubai

All that glitters is not gold. And it’s true, as here at the Burj Al Arab, where all the gold you see that’s matt is, in fact, made of 24 karats. The shiny parts and pieces are not, I was told…

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Phum Baitang – 19

Experiential

Our score: 4.7/5.0

Phum Baitang Siem Reap

The choice of accommodation in Siem Reap for the discerning traveller used to be somewhat limited with a smattering of hostels and hotels from which to explore the temples of Angkor Wat. But in the…

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The Peninsula Bangkok – 07

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Our score: 4.7/5.0

The Peninsula Bangkok Bangkok

A classic, elegant hotel with some of the best service you’ll experience in any property in this city, The Peninsula Bangkok is prominently and smartly situated on the western side of the Chao…

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo – 14

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Our score: 4.6/5.0

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Machu Picchu

This 12-acre eco-oasis is on the outskirts of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu. There are several hotels in the busy town but, having seen a few of the others, the…

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Amilla Fushi – 19

Design

Our score: 4.5/5.0

Amilla Fushi Maldives

With luxurious resorts popping up all over the Maldives, it’s easy to feel blasé about the hype, but Amilla Fushi deserves all the praise – even if only for its statement design. The resort…

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Our score: 4.7/5.0

Baros Maldives Maldives

It takes only twenty minutes by speedboat to reach Baros from Male airport these days, but back when the resort first opened in December 1973, on the third holiday-resort island in the Maldives,…

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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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    Our newest luxury cruise reviews

    Celebrity Eclipse – 06

    Luxury Cruising

    Our score: 4.6/5.0

    Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Cruises

    The words ‘large-ship cruising’ can strike the fear of God into most luxury travellers, myself included. But don’t judge too quickly – while Celebrity Cruises doesn’t pretend to be an…

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    SeaDream Yacht Club 1 – 15

    Luxury Cruising

    Our score: 4.2/5.0

    SeaDream 1 SeaDream Yacht Club

    According to SeaDream’s marketing, ‘It’s yachting, not cruising’, and you should probably take note. For this is as close as many of us will get to life on a (slightly elderly) superyacht.…

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    Cunard Queen Mary 2 – 20

    Luxury Cruising

    Our score: 3.1/5.0

    Cunard Queen Mary 2 Cunard

    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 modest, the whole experience was…

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    Crystal Serenity – 24

    Ultra-luxury Cruising

    Our score: 4.5/5.0

    Crystal Serenity Crystal Cruises

    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 prepared to trade-off the lack of…

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    Silver Spirit – 12

    Ultra-luxury Cruising

    Our score: 4.2/5.0

    Silver Spirit Silversea

    While on Silversea’s newest ship, the 540-guest Silver Spirit, I spent time considering what defines an ultra-luxury vacation. After much thought, I believe that a 6-star cruise experience needs to…

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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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    LB Blog

    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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    Featured stories

    Christian Hassing: Mandarin Oriental Singapore

    CHRISTIAN HASSING General Manager, Mandarin Oriental Singapore One of Singapore’s best-loved and older properties, the Mandarin Oriental Singapore has some of the city’s best restaurants,…

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    Nick Downing: The Siam

    NICK DOWNING General Manager, The Siam, Bangkok The Siam is in a league of its own when it comes to exclusivity in Bangkok. Stay here and you will be treated as if you were a member of the…

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    Destination Rwanda

    DESTINATION RWANDA Gorillas, wildlife, forests, gastronomy, culture, resorts and some really good coffee Does the idea of exploring a rainforest appeal? What about mountainous regions with rare…

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    Business (almost) as usual in the Caribbean

    BUSINESS (ALMOST) AS USUAL IN THE CARIBBEAN The Update If you’re hunkered down in Europe, the northern states of the USA or anywhere else in the world that’s facing wind, rain, sleet and snow,…

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    The best five places for a spectacular Easter

    THE BEST FIVE PLACES FOR A SPECTACULAR EASTER The most unforgettable Easter experiences For billions of people around the world Easter is a time of great celebration. Shaped by local communities and…

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    Pierre Valladares: Mandarin Oriental Geneva

    PIERRE VALLADARES Assistant Concierge, Mandarin Oriental Geneva There are very few cities in the world with Geneva’s cachet. Meet Pierre Valladares, assistant concierge at the Mandarin Oriental…

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