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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.

Expanding the Possibilities of DNA Testing

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. If you have ever had your DNA tested for one specific aim, say, to find out your family tree, you’ll know that if you then wanted to discover something else (such as how your genes affect your diet or genetic conditions), you would need your DNA sequenced once again […]

Chinese New Year at Hakkasan

In celebration of Chinese New Year Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair have created a divine set menu climaxing with a classic fortune cookie with a dark twist. Tucked down a side street off London’s bustling Oxford Circus, Hakkasan Hanway Place is located on a subterranean level. The restaurant’s design is as cool as the cuisine; designed by famed interior […]

The Best Luxury Lodges in Australia

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. What images does Australia conjure up in your mind? White-sand beaches and epic surfing? Barren Outback, the wilderness of the bush and huge mountain ranges? Beautiful islands teeming with native wildlife among lush foliage, or the Great Barrier Reef? The vast continent has all this and so much more—and […]

Explore New Zealand with PurePods

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. If you’ve ever seen the night sky in New Zealand, you know how bewitching the inky canvas of speckled stars and glowing galaxies is, and perhaps have dreamt about sleeping beneath them. Tour company New Zealand In Depth has collaborated with PurePods so you can do just that — […]

Take Design Inspiration from The Beverly Hills Hotel

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. To think of Gray Malin is to envision pastel-hued, full-of-life photographs. His style is as iconic as the locations he shoots (Namibia, Bhutan and Antarctica), and his work is transportive — the instantly recognizable bird’s-eye-view shots of beaches, parks and ski resorts evoke fond memories of fun vacations. In […]

Mirror: the New Home Workout

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Two-thirds of Americans prefer to work out in the privacy of their own home and, as a result, there are a number of at-home workout classes on the market — usually integrated with equipment such as a treadmill or stationary bike. Mirror is different: Discreetly hanging on the wall […]

Embraer Introduces Next Generation Praetor Jets

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. At NBAA-BACE in Orlando, Florida, two new game-changing business jets, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600, were introduced by Embraer. Instead of creating new models, they are the next-generation versions of the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 jets. Both feature incredible technology and the utmost creature comforts for wherever […]

The Best New Technology for Gourmands

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Heating up A smart new oven from Brava will ensure any nutrition-based resolutions aren’t broken any time soon. It’s touted as the fastest oven in the world thanks to Brava’s patented ‘Pure Light Cooking’ technology. The oven harnesses light as an energy source and can reach 500 degrees in […]

Inside the New Shimao Wonderland InterContinental in Shanghai

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. When the hotel is called ‘Wonderland’ you can be sure something magical is in store. And you’ll be heading down a rabbit hole of sorts, as the curious S-shaped structure is mostly underground — it was built in an abandoned quarry. The hotel has 15 floors, 14 of which […]

Elite Traveler Jan/Feb 2019

Discover 29 Object of desire A piano that looks like it is hewn from the depths of nature 30 Motoring Three first drives showcase the diverse sector of sport utility vehicles 32 Yachts A trio of superyacht marinas from across the globe VIEW DIGITAL ISSUE HERE 33 Aviation On board Embraer’s new models, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 34 […]