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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.

Elite Review: Constance Ephelia, Mahé, Seychelles

By Samantha Coles

Constance Ephelia is primely located on the Seychelles’ main island, Mahè, and is set amongst 300 acres of lush, tropical jungle. The resort is one of the largest in the Indian Ocean with 313 guestrooms and villas; five restaurants; an enormous spa; four tennis courts; a squash court; a spacious, fully-equipped gym; zip wire; rock climbing facilities; five shops; a […]

InterContinental Celebrates 200 Hotels with Champagne Art

By Samantha Coles

To commemorate InterContinental Hotel’s 200th opening (you can read about the Shanghai Wonderland here), an installation by mixed-media artist Alexander Hall (also known as Haut de Gamme) has been displayed in select hotels throughout the world. The installation is comprised of 200 hand-painted champagne bottles — fitting for the momentous celebration. Every hanging bottle is unique and inspired by one […]

Getting to Know Victoria Houghton, Hamilton & Inches’ New CEO

Victoria Houghton was appointed as CEO of Hamilton & Inches in April 2019, taking over from Stephen Paterson who held the position for 40 years. She has been tasked with doubling the jewelers’ turnover and bringing new life to the historic brand. Hamilton & Inches showroom and workshop is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has held a Royal Warrant as […]

How to Experience Tokyo Like an Olympian

By Samantha Coles

The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo and, while you might have chosen the suite you want to stay in, Remote Lands has two exciting itineraries to see you through the games and beyond. The nine-night itineraries can be tailored so you can pick your preferred sports from the 33 available during either the opening or closing week […]

Take Three: The Best Art Restaurants

By Samantha Coles

In this latest piece from our Design & Culture series, we take a look at three of the best art restaurants. These three eateries not only serve delicious food but come with a generous helping of fine art. Kronehalle, Zürich A former beer hall might not be the first place you’d think of having an extensive fine art collection, but […]

Wine Through the Ages at Fête des Vignerons

By Samantha Coles

Fête des Vignerons, or the Winegrowers’ Festival, only comes around once in a generation; it is held five times a century and the last one was in 1999. This year is the 12th edition of the jubilee, and it will be held in Vevey, a Swiss town on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is the only living Swiss tradition […]

Getting to Know Master Architect Antonio Citterio

By Samantha Coles

Since coming onto Milan’s design scene in the 1980s, Antonio Citterio has become a bonafide force for luxury brands. He has worked with Hermes, B&B Italia, Flexform, Luminaire, Vitra and Technogym, giving each of them the Midas touch when it comes to sales. His work has reshaped the luxury design industry and changed the way we view modern elegance. He […]

An Exclusive Look at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

By Samantha Coles

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment. We took a look inside to see what’s new at this lauded hotel. Standing majestically in London’s affluent Knightsbridge area, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is hard to miss. The red-brick facade overlooks leafy Hyde Park on one side and is directly opposite Harvey Nichols on the other. It originally […]

Spa of the Week: Anantara Dhigu Island, Maldives

By Samantha Coles

The overwater spa at Anantara Dhigu Island in the Maldives lies beyond a wooden walkway that is partly shaded by lush, towering coconut trees. This is barefoot luxury at its best (literally — you have to remove your shoes before entering the spa). The open-air wooden structure lets the sea breeze drift through as the friendly therapists greet you and […]

Franck Giovannini on Claiming Top Spot With Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville

By Samantha Coles

Set to a soundtrack of chiming pots and pans, Franck Giovannini speaks to us from the kitchen of Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville about storming in to claim the coveted number one spot of Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants 2019. “It is unbelievable,” he says “We are very happy, as we put a lot of energy and love into everything […]