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August 19, 2016

Must Stay: Ballyfin in Ireland

Ballyfin is—without question—the finest of the many aristocratic manor hotels in Ireland. The 19th-century Regency mansion sits on a 614-acre demesne (estate) in County Laois, about an hour and a half by car from Dublin. For anyone interested in design and interiors, staying at Ballyfin is a dream. Elegant furnishings and details fill every inch […]

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July 20, 2016

Must Experience: Dim Sum in Hong Kong

Dim sum—the small bites usually served for breakfast or lunch from steaming bamboo baskets piled on rolling carts—is taken very seriously in Hong Kong. You’ll find different types of dim sum restaurants throughout Hong Kong, from crowded holes-in-the-wall, such as Tim Ho Wan in the Kowloon district, to elegant dining rooms with spectacular views, such […]

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June 9, 2016

Must Stay: Singita Lebombo in South Africa

There are many top-quality safari lodges in South Africa, but one name comes up over and over when you ask for the best: Singita. The company’s lodges in South Africa—and also now in Tanzania and Zimbabwe—set the standard for accommodations, guides, location and cuisine. And with an ongoing renovation program, Singita is in the process […]

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April 19, 2016

Must Stay: Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman

Perched on the edge of a deep gorge high in the Al Hajar Mountains of northern  Oman, the luxurious Alila Jabal Akhdar resort offers spectacular views and easy access to soft adventure activities and cultural touring in the surrounding region. Incorporating native rock and timber, the Alila Jabal Akhdar buildings are a contemporary take on ancient […]

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December 28, 2015

Must Stay: Chateau la Cheneviere in Normandy

Many of our private France tours include a stay at Chateau la Cheneviere, a wonderful luxury hotel in the heart of Normandy.  Situated in a beautifully restored 18th-century chateau surrounded by expansive grounds, the hotel makes a perfect base for exploring the region, including highlights such as the D-Day beaches, Mont-Saint-Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry, the […]

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November 8, 2015

Must Stay: La Residence in South Africa’s Cape Winelands

The approach of winter in the Northern Hemisphere has us thinking of favorite escapes south of the equator, such as South Africa’s beautiful Cape Winelands region. Just outside fashionable, foodie-centric Franschhoek, one hotel we love returning to is La Residence, an exclusive property set on 30 acres of verdant land framed by vineyards, orchards and […]

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October 19, 2015

Must Stay: La Bastide de Gordes in Provence

The South of France is a perennial favorite destination for Artisans of Leisure travelers. This year, we’re excited about the reopening of La Bastide de Gordes, a sophisticated hotel and spa that offers luxury and style in the heart of Provence. Perched on the steep slopes of Gordes, a beautiful and ancient Provencal hill town, […]

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June 25, 2015

Must Visit: Serpentine Pavilion 2015

The Serpentine Gallery is one of the best places in London to experience contemporary art. We especially love exploring the temporary pavilion the gallery commissions in Kensington Gardens each summer. This year’s pavilion was designed by the Spanish architecture firm selgascano, led by Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano.  The tunnel-like structure hides a cafe at […]

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