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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.

Escape the City with a Luxury Stargazing Experience

If you live in the city, you might not have noticed that the night sky and all its wonders have been slowly disappearing from view. In fact, scientific research has shown that up to 80 percent of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way due to excessive light pollution. It is no surprise, then, that astro-tourism is on the […]

All Aboard the Royal Livingstone Express

By Samantha Coles

Hark back to the golden age of train travel on board a restored steam train locomotive over the Victoria Falls in Zambia. The Royal Livingstone Express train carriages exude old-school glamour: Think 1920s-era Pullman-style coaches with green leather seats and polished teak trim. The steam train has five carriages — a lounge car, observation car, kitchen car and two dining […]

Relais & Châteaux Reveals its First London Hotel

By Samantha Coles

Relais & Chateaux has added London hotel 11 Cadogan Gardens to its impressive roster — the first and only London hotel in the entire collection. There are currently 585 properties included in Relais & Chateaux and the association carefully vets each one before it is added to the impeccable collection. The association was first established in 1954 and has been […]

Elite Review: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

By Samantha Coles

Located on Silhouette Island, the Seychelles’ third-largest and best-known granitic archipelago, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is the only resort on the entire island. Arrive by helicopter from Mahé to take in the Jurassic Park-esque views from above, or arrive by ferry from the Bel Ombre jetty (it’s a gentle 45-minute journey, and you’ll still experience fantastic views, especially […]

Traveling With the Briggs & Riley Sympatico Suitcase

By Samantha Coles

Luggage space on a private aircraft is limited. Larger jets such as the Bombardier Global 7500 naturally have more space (see more on pp 30), but if you’re traveling with a full house, fitting everyone’s suitcase onboard can be tricky — especially if you’re taking ski or golf equipment. Enter Briggs & Riley with a solution: Its suitcases have a […]

Top Luxury Yacht Itineraries for 2020

By Samantha Coles

There’s nothing quite like feeling the wind in your hair and breathing in that fresh, salty air. And, here, there are no cookie-cutter hotel packages or itineraries; just the open ocean, endless opportunities and an unmatched sense of freedom. Whether you’re chartering a boat for a jaunt around the Greek Isles, a longer stint cruising around the Malay Archipelago or […]

TCS World Travel Celebrates Landmark with Presidential Voyage

By Samantha Coles

As president of a multimillion-dollar private jet travel company, Shelley Cline knows a thing or do about extraordinary destinations. She has traversed the globe with TCS World Travel since 1993 and has all the precious intel that you only truly uncover when you visit a place yourself. In January 2020, TCS World Travel’s 300th private jet expedition will take to […]

Inside the Striking Rosewood Hong Kong Hotel

By Samantha Coles

You can’t miss Rosewood Hong Kong — the latest and highly anticipated addition to the Rosewood Hotels portfolio opened in March this year. Located in the trendy arts-and-design district, the 65-story building soars into the sky. It stands on the Kowloon waterfront and boasts astonishing views over the harbor and the twinkling Hong Kong cityscape beyond. Stay With 322 guest […]

Superyacht Designer Espen Oeino on Building with Purpose

By Samantha Coles

One of the most revered superyacht designers in the industry, Espen Oeino, speaks to Samantha Coles about how the yachting landscape is evolving and celebrating his eponymous firm’s 50th delivery. Speaking from his office in Monaco, Espen Oeino is remarkably charming and affable despite having just arrived back from a whistle-stop trip to New York — he was there for […]

The Bird Island at Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux

By Samantha Coles

In the south of Bordeaux surrounded by 190 acres of vineyards lies Les Sources de Caudalie, a halcyon hotel and spa. The setting is picture-perfect: full of pastoral beauty, with ducks occupying the tranquil ponds, horses working in the vineyards and bumblebees buzzing through the pretty, fragrant gardens. You’ll find the signature suite, L’Île aux Oiseaux (The Bird Island), suspended […]