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What makes a hotel exceptional

There are many great hotels around the world but there are some which are truly exceptional. I’ve had the privilege of staying in some of them (in the days when my investment banking job paid the bills! 🙂 ) and I’ve often pondered about what makes a great hotel exceptional. From my experience, it’s the […]

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SHA: A sanctuary like no other

Sanctuary: “a place of refuge or asylum” Looking at the sweeping views afforded by the rooftop pool of the Sha Wellness Clinic, this is the first descriptive noun that came to my mind. Just a short 15-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm, a Spanish seaside town that welcomes 7 million sunbathers a […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Miami, Florida

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. When I think of the […]

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What do you look for when booking a hotel?

Choosing the right hotel is one of my main priorities when I book a holiday. Factors like location, service, hygiene, comforts and facilities can make or break a holiday. To find out which factors influence the decision to book a certain hotel, I asked my followers on Twitter what they look for. The response (in […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Robinson Crusoe Inn, Valparaiso

The Robinson Crusoe Inn is situated in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso (‘Valpo’), approximately 120 kilometers west of Santiago. The inn is perched on a hillside in the rustic neighbourhood of Cerro Bellavista and boasts a truly breathtaking view of the city, the port and Valparaiso’s harbour. The inn’s rather ramshackle exterior forms a […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Mine Boutique Hotel, Buenos Aires

Mine Boutique Hotel is located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Palermo Soho in Buenos Aires. This design hotel’s ample use of wood, stone and glass, and brightly coloured walls provides for a cheery ambiance. The rooms are adequately sized (though the bathroom was small-ish) and have a cosy feel. There’s a café (which doubles as […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Bopha Angkor

Bopha Angkor is a gorgeous hotel in Siem Reap, a small town in Cambodia that is the perfect base to explore the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. The hotel is in a quiet part of town yet it is only a few minutes’ walk away from the main attractions such as the Old Market, Pub […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Hotel Indigo, Puerto Natales

Hotel Indigo is situated in the small town of Puerto Natales in the Chilean part of Patagonia. The town is famous as the gateway to the stunning Torres del Paine National Park and the breathtaking fjords, glaciers and mountains in the area. This boutique hotel is exquisitely designed by a local Chilean architect and features […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Sofitel Motu Bora Bora

The new velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature is a series of reviews of hotels and resorts I’ve stayed at. They’re being featured on this blog because… well, they’re amazing (for a variety of reasons) and scored well on the jaw-dropping scale. 🙂 The very first ‘Stayed There’ feature is Sofitel Motu Bora Bora. This small-scale […]

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Luxury getaways

If you’re looking for a comprehensive selection of luxury hotels and boutique hotels around the world, check out Splendia and Tablet Hotels. Both websites feature gorgeous photos and candid descriptions of unique hotels, making them ideal for dream away moments.

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