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Samantha Coles

Samantha Coles

Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Sam is based in Elite Traveler's London office having joined the team last year. Before this she was deputy editor of the PGA Tour Golf Guidein which the travel section sparked her love of all things exotic. She enjoys sports and spends as much time in the great outdoors as possible, preferably up a mountain.

Inside the Newly Renovated Adare Manor

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Following a 21-month renovation, we took a sneak peek at Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland, during the grand reopening, and it was certainly worth the wait. The former seat of the Earl of Dunraven, Adare was built in 1832 and still has remnants of the original structure. The renovation […]

Elite Traveler Jan/Feb 2018

Discover 25 Object of desire Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound Shape 26 Watches Bulgari’s new watch for Maserati and the FB1.4 28 Men’s style As we herald the new year, it’s time to refresh your travel kit 30 Women’s style The ancient Greeks inspired some of this season’s white dresses VIEW DIGITAL ISSUE HERE 32 Jewelry Beachy vibes and lively purples […]

Tee off with the Stars

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. If our latest issue’s roundup of top golf courses or interview with the legendary Jack Nicklaus has you reaching for your clubs, we’ve got just the thing. Head to Ridgewood Country Club in Bergen County, New Jersey, August 21–26 for the Northern Trust — the event that kicks off […]

A Private Midnight Dinner in Le Grand Palais

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. The awe-inspiring domed glass roof of Le Grand Palais is as magnificent as the exhibits and fashion shows it holds within, and the building makes a divine setting for a private midnight dinner. The historic Art Nouveau hall was built in 1900 and is one of the most iconic […]

The Latest Goodies in Golf Technology

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Bag Boy Navigator Responding to your needs at the touch of a button, the Bag Boy Navigator Quad can handle any terrain, including moving across a hill instead of down, thanks to its anti-deviation technology. The fully directional remote control means you’ll preserve your energy for the game. $2,495, […]

House Style: the Gucci Decor Collection

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. If you’re a fan of dressing in Alessandro Michele’s eclectic designs, it’s only right that you dress your interiors to match. The hotly anticipated Gucci decor collection features whimsical patterns, hand-sewn details and assorted motifs—snakes, tigers, pineapples and, of course, blooming Gucci Flora. Ranging from candles (presented in Richard […]

The Perfect Year: Giftable Experiences for 2018

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. What do you get the person who has everything? Our gift guide has some tempting suggestions from a Graff necklace dripping with diamonds to a Louis XIII Legacy magnum decanter, but how about giving the gift of an unforgettable experience? We’ve curated a list of trips, experiences and tours […]

Airbus Helicopters Develops High-Speed Rotorcraft

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Billed as the future of high-speed rotorcraft, Airbus Helicopters has developed a compound helicopter concept that is optimized for a cruising speed of approximately 250mph. The concept, named Racer, uses a main rotor for lift and basic flight mode, two lateral pusher rotors that generate thrust for forward flight […]

The Four Best Hotels in Bilbao

By Samantha Coles

At the epicenter Basque Country, Bilbao is a city all its own — with its own language, own culinary traditions, vibrant art and design scene, it’s a must-visit, especially as the Guggenheim Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Bilbao. Hotel Carlton Step back in time at Bilbao’s first high-end hotel — Hotel Carlton was […]

The Best Rooftop Bars in Paris

By Samantha Coles

With a drink firmly in hand, take in the City of Lights from above with our selection of the best rooftop bars in Paris. Terrasse de l’hôtel Raphael With an uninterrupted view of the Eiffel Tower on one side and the Arc de Triomphe on the other, The Raphael Terrace is one of the best bars in Paris and the […]