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.

Kachi Lodge Opens on Bolivian Salt Flats

By Samantha Coles

The Uyuni Salt Flats of Bolivia are a mesmerizing, otherworldly landscape, and one of those places you just have to see for yourself. In the past, you could see this unusual expanse of land on a temporary camping trip, but now there’s a more permanent option: Kachi Lodge. Opened this spring, this is not the type of accommodation where you’ll […]

Chocolate Heaven at The Gherkin with Master Chocolatier William Curley

High up on the 39th floor in London’s Gherkin skyscraper, you’ll find The Helix Restaurant. Named for the latticed architecture, the domed structure has excellent 360-degree views over the city and is the setting for a sophisticated but fun new partnership between Helix and William Curley, master chocolatier.   As Easter is very nearly upon us, a tasting menu is available at the restaurant until […]

Experience Full Moon Yoga at Four Seasons Bali

By Samantha Coles

There’s something magical about a full moon, and this illuminating lunar phase has inspired myths and legends for centuries. The full moon is a sacred day in Bali (known as purnama) as Balinese Hindus pay homage to ancestral gods and show gratitude for their protection with offerings of fruit and flowers. They also consider the full moon as a time […]

Elite Review: Beaverbrook Hotel & Spa

Just under an hour outside of London, Beaverbrook Hotel & Spa is surrounded by 470 acres of rolling hills, perfectly manicured grounds, pretty gardens and ponds. Despite its proximity to the city, it feels wonderfully cut-off and remote. The main house (known simply as The House) has just eighteen guest rooms and makes an impact when you enter: the reception is off to the […]

Elite Traveler Spring 2019

Discover 23 Object of desire An eclectic bookshelf that bridges the gap between art and design 24 Motoring We take Ferrari’s Portofino and GTC4Lusso T for a spin 26 Cruises A polar expedition vessel and a voyage to the Galápagos combine nature and adventure VIEW DIGITAL ISSUE HERE 27 Aviation Gulfstream takes the stress out of jet interiors with its […]

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 […]