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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 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 […]

The World’s First AI-Powered Luxury Travel Festival

By Samantha Coles

The world’s first artifical intelligence-powered luxury travel festival is coming to Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. We catch up with Christy Kuplic, who is heading up the project known as TFest. How did you first get involved with TFest?  The idea for TFest came out of a discussion about how we at Private Luxury Events could make our events better. Every […]

Elite Review: Selman Marrakech

The Selman Marrakech lies just 10 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the city center but it feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle. It is set over 15 acres of pretty floral gardens with views of the Atlas Mountains in the distance, and is home to purebred Arabian horses. The horses feature in the […]

Elite Traveler Fall 2019

Discover 25 Object of desire Louis Vuitton and Hennessy join forces to create a stylish trunk to house your favorite cognac 26 Motoring Supercars reign supreme; just ask Bugatti and Pininfarina 28 Yachts The new Princess R35 is making serious waves VIEW DIGITAL ISSUE HERE 29 Cruises Set sail with SeaDream’s megayacht, Innovation 30 Aviation Board the world’s largest business-class […]

Behind the Scenes at Saint-Louis Crystal

By Samantha Coles

Surrounded by dense verdant forest in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, France, the Saint-Louis Glass Manufacture workshop has created exceptional handblown crystal since 1586. Back then, the remote location was paramount, as the furnaces required a huge and steady supply of wood to reach the temperature needed to melt sand into glass (around 3,632 degrees) as well as a source of water; it was […]

Lalique Barrique is the World’s First Translucent Barrel

By Samantha Coles

In France’s Bordeaux wine region, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has stood among 990 acres of vineyards since 1618 where it produces the esteemed Premier Grand Cru Classé. The Château was acquired by another French icon, famed glass designer Lalique, and opened as a charming hotel last year. Naturally, the interiors are all Lalique and pay homage to the surrounding vineyards. To mark […]

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

By Samantha Coles

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 […]