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Lauren Hill

Lauren Hill

After spending a number of years in Singapore and Japan, Lauren returned to London, where she became deputy editor at Hg2 travel publishers. She now writes about the world’s most incredible places for Elite Traveler. She has previously written for Esquire and Food & Travel, among other travel and lifestyle publications.

The World’s Best Luxury Surf Resorts

By Lauren Hill

Among this year’s biggest openings, two coastal properties, COMO Uma Canggu and Six Senses Fiji, distinguish themselves by placing the focus on the access they provide to world-class surfing, joining the growing collection of luxury surf resorts around the world. Embrace this burgeoning trend by seeking out each of these sublime surf spots for luxury travelers. Nihi Sumba Island INDONESIA […]

The Portal Giving Access to Art Insiders Worldwide

By Lauren Hill

Setting out to offer visitors an insider’s view of the contemporary art scene in cities around the world, gallery director and art consultant Sarah Peguine set up Oh-So-Arty, a community of international art guides who can provide bespoke art tours of their home towns. Now covering more than 20 cities, the portal promises to reveal some of the best kept […]

Luxury Escapes for Valentine’s Day

By Lauren Hill

Make this Valentine’s Day the most memorable yet by setting on a journey to one of the world’s most romantic settings. From breath-taking grandeur in Patagonia to the exhilaration of Botswana’s environment and Paris’s timeless appeal, these are the most romantic luxury escapes for Valentine’s Day 2018. Romance in Patagonia The enormity of the pasture, forest, mountains and sky and […]

Guide to Hamburg

By Lauren Hill

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Germany’s second largest city has long proven its appeal with its abundant greenery and waterside setting, and more recently Hamburg has received increasing international attention. In part owing to Unesco designating its Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus districts as World Heritage sites, Hamburg is celebrated for its remarkably rich history in […]

The Most Anticipated Luxury Hotel Openings of 2018

By Lauren Hill

With rainforest lodges, exclusive island retreats and ambitious urban renovations on the cards, the coming year promises to deliver a whole host of exciting new beginnings in luxury travel. We take a look at the most anticipated luxury hotel openings of 2018. Awasi Iguazu ARGENTINA January 2018 Following on from its architecturally impressive properties in Patagonia and the Atacama, Awasi […]

Aston Martin’s Not So Secret Agent

By Alexandra Cheney This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Aston Martin’s reinvented DB11 is a skinny, striking coupe perfectly suited to escape the everyday. The swift and mighty rise in elevation from sea level in North County San Diego to the crest of Palomar Mountain, some 6,000ft and 60 miles northeast, is thick with switchbacks […]

Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca, Spain

Situated on Mallorca’s peaceful northwest coast, this twin-manor-house hotel lies at the edge of the artists’s village Deià, making it an ideal base for taking art classes, exploring the region by Vespa and hiking into the island’s hills. Many original features of the updated 16th-century buildings still exist, including the original watchtower and the olive-press room, now a fine Mediterranean […]

Hotel Arts Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Standing 44 stories high, the Hotel Arts Barcelona is easily spotted towering above the Mediterranean Sea and the rest of the city. The unique architecture, with a blue glass and exposed steel facade, overlooks Frank Gehry’s shimmering bronze fish sculpture Peix. The interiors are just as contemporary; the suites’ subtle neutral palettes allow the incredible views to take center stage. […]

Gstaad Palace, Gstaad, Switzerland

Owned by the Scherz family for three generations, Gstaad Palace combines family-run authenticity with luxury and glamour. New to the hotel’s offerings this year is the ‘lunch by helicopter’ experience, which enables guests to travel across the five valleys of the Saanenland region (including the legendary Matterhorn) before touching down on a glacier for a champagne aperitif and a regionally […]

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey

Housed in a 19th-century Ottoman palace, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus provides a perfect location for a break after exploring Turkey’s cultural center. Head to the Yali Lounge to sip cocktails on the terrace while soaking up calming views of the Bosphorus, or sample the delicate spices of a traditional Turkish kebab at Ocakbaşı. The well-equipped spa offers […]