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.

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 […]

Anne-Sophie Pic on Winning Elite Traveler’s Chef of the Year

By Samantha Coles

On a blustery day in London, I meet Anne-Sophie Pic in the elegant Art Deco-style bar at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, where her restaurant, La Dame de Pic London (this year’s number 96 in Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Resturants), is located. It’s the morning after their International Women’s Day dinner; Pic invited Clare Smyth (of Core, […]

A Long Weekend in Cannes

Cannes is the perfect destination for a long weekend. The resort town is, of course, best known for the Cannes Film Festival when the rich and famous flock to the French Riviera in May. The atmosphere during the festival is electric, and depending on where you stay, you can watch the stars hit the red carpet from your penthouse. The […]

Getting to Know Tom Marchant, Owner of Black Tomato

As owner and co-founder of luxury adventure travel specialist Black Tomato, Tom Marchant knows a thing or two about exploring the globe and creating extraordinary adventures. We speak to him about his inspirations, travel trend predictions for the future, his favorite places and the advice he would give to his younger self. How did you get into luxury adventure travel? […]

Best Art Galleries in South Africa

South Africa has a flourishing and vibrant art scene and some of the best art galleries in the world. Head to Cape Town and Johannesburg to discover a world of thought-provoking and powerful pieces from contemporary African artists, as well as Dutch, French, Flemish and British works.  Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Cape Town One of the most eagerly anticipated openings […]

Elite Traveler Summer 2019

Discover 25 Object of desire Lalique’s one-of-a-kind barrique celebrates Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey’s anniversary 26 Motoring A trio of customizable vehicles encourage you to design your own automobile 28 Yachts The evolution of Wally and the yachts that have set the standard for the industry VIEW DIGITAL ISSUE HERE 29 Aviation The VistaJet Wine Program is the first-ever wine club in the […]

Clare Smyth on Breaking Boundaries and Convention

As the first female chef to work at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (who famously ate his words when he said she wouldn’t last — the restaurant held three Michelin stars for a decade with her at the helm), an MBE, caterer to the Royal Wedding, and now owner of her own restaurant, Core, you’d think Clare Smyth would be used to […]

Yotha: The New On-Demand Yacht Charter Platform

By Samantha Coles

Chartering a private jet using an on-demand app or website is not a new concept, yet chartering a superyacht has historically been left to traditional methods (read: speaking to an actual human). Yotha is a new platform designed to change that and bring simplicity and transparency to the yacht chartering process. I boarded Philmx, Yotha founder and CEO Philippe Bacou’s […]

Spa of the Week: Vinothérapie Spa at Les Sources de Caudalie  

By Samantha Coles

The French paradox is one that we can most definitely get behind — it is the belief that the French diet and lifestyle is paramount to good health, despite what some other studies say (read: lots of cheese and wine is good for you). At Les Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux, the French paradox is celebrated and upheld at every turn — especially at […]