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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 Turntables for Your Home

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. KLIMAX LP12 The Linn Sondek LP12 is the legendary benchmark that all other turntables are measured against. The LP12 has withstood the test of time and has been considered the best of the best for over four decades. It can be designed to your own specifications, and each component […]

American Dream: The Revamped Stratocaster

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. There are few more iconic rock-star accoutrements than the Fender Stratocaster. Eric Clapton’s weapon of choice, Buddy Holly’s preferred companion (and Kurt Cobain’s occasional punching bag), the Strat has been wielded by many megastars. First introduced in the 1950s, the Strat has been revamped, and this model, along with […]

Stylish Tableware for Your Next Dinner Party

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Throwing a dinner party? Make sure your dining table is as elegantly dressed as you are with these special pieces. Cannes Precieux Collection PUIFORCAT Jean Puiforcat created the pretty Cannes pattern in 1928 to grace the tables at his own wedding. Inspired by the facade of the Côte d’Azur’s […]

Play On: The Edelweiss Pianos You Can Customize

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Create your own musical masterpiece with an Edelweiss player piano—they are fully customizable, with hundreds of design options, right down to the keys. Choose every element from legs to lid, with a wide range of colors and finishes, from classic midnight black to statement-making gold. And thanks to a […]

A Soaring Celebration: 130 Years of Lalique

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. One hundred and thirty years ago in Paris, René Lalique registered his hallmark—his initials and a stylized sword—and began engraving it into the unique gold jewelry he created in his workshop. The French designer quickly gained a reputation for his skill and experimental style; Lalique shunned the trends of […]

Elite Traveler May/June 2018

Discover 25 Object of desire A fitting tribute to opera’s most colorful character: Pavarotti 27 Watches H Moser & Cie interrupts its fumé dials with a flying tourbillon 30 Men’s style Stripes take over the catwalks, adorning sportswear and tailoring 32 Women’s style Ladylike silhouettes and colors bring plaid into this century VIEW DIGITAL ISSUE HERE 34 Jewelry Intricate carved-stone […]

Disconnect in the Desert with Naya Traveler

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. The vast majority of us could barely manage an hour without using some form of technology. While ever-evolving devices seem to make life easier, there’s growing evidence that our over-reliance on them is detrimental to our well-being. Two of Apple’s biggest investors recently discussed the problem with smartphone addiction, […]

The Best Binoculars to Take on Safari

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Nicholas Brawer The single finest set for sale in the world, these handsome vintage Japanese navy binoculars were manufactured between 1933 and 1945. Carefully restored with no expense spared by Nicholas Brawer Gallery, the eyepieces’ 20-power-magnification image is bright and clear—functional art at its best. $60,000, nicholasbrawer.com Swarovski EL […]

Smart Durable Cameras for Every Adventure

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a deep-sea diver, a mountaineer or a wildlife enthusiast, your adventures need capturing—not just for social media bragging (did it even happen if you don’t post it online?)—but also for preserving your fondest memories. There’s a whole world of smart, durable technology that can […]

Private Jet Interiors: Three Stylish Rug Designs

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Tai Ping The Scenematic collection, conceived in collaboration with esteemed interior designer André Fu, draws on the urban landscape of the world’s major cities to create expressive carpet designs. Our favorite, Diagonal Lights I (pictured), brings to mind an illuminated city skyline at dusk. All jet designs are custom […]