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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.

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 […]

Head above the Clouds at Bürgenstock Resort

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. The hills are alive with the sound of cowbells, and bangs from the impressive firework display at the grand opening of Bürgenstock in Switzerland. But, this is more than just a hotel opening — it’s an entire village. Accessible via a smooth boat ride across Lake Lucerne, followed by […]

The Ultimate Luxury Guide to St. Lucia

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. There’s no better place to chill out than in the super laid-back island of St. Lucia. Life goes by a little slower here; the peaceful vibe is infectious. The south of the island is the best place to experience authentic Caribbean life—traveling through its winding roads you’ll see ice-cream […]

Elite Review: Hotel du Collectionneur

Just a lovely 15-minute stroll from the Arc de Triomphe and with the Champs-Èlysèes just around the corner, Hôtel du Collectionneur is perfectly located to explore the city of love. It is the biggest independent 5-star hotel in France with 487 guestrooms, subterranean spa, fully equipped gym, restaurants and bar, a comprehensive business center and meeting rooms that encircle a […]

Giftable Travel Experiences for 2019

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. You can give your loved one an incredible gift, or take them on a wonderful trip to create lasting memories—or you can combine the two with our specially curated traveler’s gift guide. Perfect for those who have it all and have seen it all, these exclusive itineraries include a […]

The Best Equipment to get this Ski Season

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Ski season is upon us, so now is the time to update your ski bag with the latest equipment. Read on to discover gadgets that keep you warm in subzero temperatures, save you from an avalanche or break the laws of gravity. Chaval SuperNova Heated Glove Cold hands are […]

Take Home Design Inspiration from this Warhol Retrospective

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. This November, the Whitney museum in New York City is displaying a major exhibition by the one-and-only Andy Warhol. The Technicolored face of the pop-art era, Warhol’s unmistakable work will be on display until March 31, 2019. The retrospective, Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again, […]

The World’s Most Breathtaking Ski Suites

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding or cross-country—whatever your preference, a beautiful, cozy place to unwind after a day on the slopes is a must. We’ve carefully selected the most sublime ski suites, chalets and lodges in the world, from the jagged peaks of the Dolomites to the fresh powders of British […]