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Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

I recently I went retro in the French Alps. No – I wasn’t cruising the slopes in vintage skiwear, but staying in a fabulous Fifties-style hotel in Courchevel 1850. Forget rustic Alpine: functional Fifties is the new chalet chic.

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Posted in DESTINATIONS By Maggie O' Sullivan

2017 is Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Time to tick off a few more castles, monuments and heritage sites. To help us, VisitScotland has launched a viritual reality app called ScotlandVR.

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Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Even though I generally prefer showers to baths, I love an outdoor tub and a hotel room with alfresco plumbing always feels like such a treat. Just as luxurious is a bath with spectacular view. Get both and you've really hit the ablution jackpot These five beauties are all perfect for a good, long soak.

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Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Did you awake feeling refreshed this morning? Chances are you didn’t since according to The Sleep Council a growing number of us are getting less than six hours’ sleep a night and nearly a third regularly sleep badly. So here’s something that might be worth a try: a night at Dukes London.

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Posted in DESTINATIONS By Maggie O' Sullivan

We’ve loved watching the footage of the Tornado steam train puffing between Appleby and Skipton this week. There will be more chances to climb aboard the Tornado later this year but if you’re looking for more than just a return trip, here are five steam tours courtesy of Great Rail Journeys.

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Posted in NEWS By Maggie O' Sullivan

I only realised recently that Proposal Travel was actually a thing. I thought couples simply trotted off on holiday and came home engaged. Turns out where you do it is now every bit as important as how you do it. So if you’re thinking of popping the question tomorrow, you may have to up your game.

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Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Who can forget the LBD she wore the night Prince Charles admitted he’d been unfaithful? Or the velvet Catherine Walker dress she accessorised with a pearl necklace worn backwards? Now Diana: Her Fashion Story will give us a chance to see some of those iconic outfits again.

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Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Ever wondered why hotel rooms are so bland? Apparently, a neutral palette is thought to put guests in a positive, relaxed frame of mind. It also says expensive: the paler the hue, the swankier the hotel. But who wants neutral in dreary February? Here are six hotels that have taken a more vibrant approach.

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Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Jackie, publicity posterJackie Kennedy is our new girl crush. Well, not so much Jackie herself as her exquisite clothes, showcased so beautifully in Jackie. We’re hoping for a sequel focussing on her holiday wardrobe. Meanwhile, we’ve been drooling over some of the glamorous places she travelled to.

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Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Helipad, Burj Al Arab, DubaiLast week I had eight hours in Economy to reflect on how uncomfortable flying has become and how, once I win the lottery, I will only travel on private planes and transfer to my hotel by helicopter. Here's where I'll be landing first.

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