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The Best Luxury Bedding In The World

By Cormac Rae

The average person sleeps for 8 hours a day; that’s a third of your life spent in between the sheets. So why neglect one of the most important parts of your life with substandard upholstery and bedding? Whether you are looking for the ultimate designer bedroom, the latest tech innovation or simply looking to add a regal touch, 2018 is […]

The World’s Most Expensive Spirits

By Sam Forsdick

The world’s very first spirit was originally distilled in 2nd Century India. The first bottle of distilled water was made by the mythical alchemist Zosimos of Panopolis during Byzantine Greece. Since then the world of alcohol has come quite a long way, with everywhere from the finest restaurants to humble bars taking in spirits, whether they serve them in cocktails, […]

Spa of the Week: Secret Garden Koh Samui

By Olivia Cuccaro

Olfactory memory is a powerful thing, and when it comes to relaxation, there are few fragrances that evoke a tranquil ocean setting more vividly than coconut. In Thailand, a stone pathway hemmed with palm trees and flourishing greenery leads to The Secret Garden Spa at Four Seasons Koh Samui, where nourishing coconut treatments take guests to a state of beachside […]

Cocktail of the Week: Ketel Soda Blackberry Lemon

By Olivia Cuccaro

Ketel One Vodka Soda Blackberry Lemon 1.5 oz Ketel One Citroen Vodka 3 oz club soda 3 blackberries 1 lemon wheel To create this cocktail of the week, fill a rocks glass with ice. Add Ketel One Citroen Vodka and club soda. Finish with lemon wheel and blackberries. Hosting a successful cocktail party starts with a crowd-pleasing recipe, and what’s more agreeable […]

Unveiling The World’s Most Expensive Vodka

By Sam Forsdick

The world’s most expensive vodka is set to go on display during a live-streaming event on February 16. The spectacular one of a kind bottle, named ‘The Eye of the Dragon’, is encrusted with 15 thousand diamonds and has an estimated value of $5.5 million. The majority of the cost comes from the bottle itself, which is made of hand […]

All White Now: Dresses for Tropical Getaways

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. For tropical getaways, you can’t get much better than a dreamy white dress. This season, designers took us on a whirlwind tour around the world, pulling inspiration from sources as varied as the classical Greeks to the American West. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld transported his audience to an ancient […]

Relais & Châteaux Releases 2018 Travel Guide

By Lauren Hill

Bringing together more than 550 luxury hotels and highly acclaimed restaurants around the world, Relais & Châteaux is an association that gives its members even greater prestige. Favoring independently run establishments where authenticity and a sense of place are key, each restaurant and hotel in the collection stands out for the personalized experience it provides. As we saw in the […]

Spa of the Week: Fonteverde Tuscany Spa

By Olivia Cuccaro

Immersed in the hills of Tuscany among picturesque olive groves and vineyards, Fonteverde is a pastoral wellness destination steeped in history. Once home to the influential Medici family, the 17th-century property has since been transformed into a rustic spa halfway between Florence and Rome, Italy. Relax with panoramic views of the unspoiled countryside from a 460ft outdoor pool after a […]

Anima Vinci: The New Perfume Brand with Soul

By Lauren Hill

It’s not often a perfume brand launches with such unanimous acclaim from industry insiders. Part of this excitement can be attributed to its Corsica-born founder Nathalie Vinciguerra, who having honed her craft with prestigious fragrance houses such as Penhaligon’s and authored two books has become a respected figure in the world of perfumery. But the stir this launch has created […]

The Best Places for Dates in Seven Destinations

By Kristen Shirley

Whether it’s your first date or your regular date night, everyone wants to spend an evening at a chic venue with delicious food, inspired cocktails and romantic ambiance. To narrow down the search for the perfect spot, Elite Traveler turned to matchmaker extraordinaire Emily Holmes Hahn and asked for her favorite places to send her clients. With offices in New […]