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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.

Leo Trippi Offers The Ultimate Heli-ski Safari

By Samantha Coles

Vacation time is precious. You want to get the most out of it, and keen skiers will know the deliberation all too well — Switzerland, France or Italy? If you want to hit all the major European resorts in one smooth itinerary, Leo Trippi has just the thing. The travel company and ski chalet maestros are pros at creating custom […]

The Non-Skiers’ Guide to Ski Vacations

By Samantha Coles

Ski season is in full swing and if you’ve not already, you’re likely looking for some slope time before the season ends to make way for summer. But what if you, or someone in your group, don’t ski? We present the non-skiers’ guide to ski vacations. While keen skiers can enjoy the slopes, non-skiers can still experience the wonders of fresh […]

The Best Wellness Retreats for 2020

By Samantha Coles

The festive season is for eating, drinking and being ever so merry. Catching up with loved ones, watching movies and (hopefully) switching off from work makes it the most wonderful time of the year. While there is certainly no reason to feel ashamed about enjoying yourself, the New Year is when most of us feel a little overindulged after one […]

The Ultimate Private Jet Polo Package

By Samantha Coles

Polo fans rejoice — Waldorf Astoria has partnered with Empire Polo Club and Desert Jet to create the ultimate $40,000 polo package. Starting in Los Angeles on Friday 14th February, you and four guests will fly via private jet charter to Greater Palm Springs, California. Once on the ground, you’ll head to the Waldorf Beverly Hills. Right in the heart […]

Discovering the Scottish Gold Rush with Hamilton & Inches

By Samantha Coles

Just over an hour from Edinburgh, Scotland beneath the edge of The Trossachs National Park, a drill is currently tapping into a quartz vein in a glacial field to retrieve rare Scottish gold. The incredibly remote location, and the fact that the glacial field is moving, makes extracting the gold a tricky feat of engineering. But this costly and difficult […]

Object of Desire: Portal Icosahedron by Anthony James

By Samantha Coles

If you attended any major art show in 2019, you would have no doubt come across Anthony James’ multifaceted sculpture: It was the talk of the show at Masterpiece London and drew curious crowds at the Seattle Art Fair. Icosahedrons are polyhedrons of 20 identical triangular facets, thought to be discovered by the philosopher Plato during a mathematical experiment. Anthony […]

11 Cadogan Gardens Review: A Welcoming London Home

By Samantha Coles

11 Cadogan Gardens is the latest addition to Relais & Chateux — and the first and only London property included in the collection. The hotel is located in the affluent and bustling Chelsea neighborhood, yet is tucked away off Sloane Square and the red-brick facade is uniform with its residential neighbors. In fact, you might miss that it is a […]

Inside The World’s First Fast Hybrid Yacht, Home

By Samantha Coles

As the world’s first fast hybrid yacht with a fast displacement hull form, Home is a pioneering new vessel that offers perhaps some of life’s greatest luxuries: peace and quiet. She is made of lightweight aluminum and can use diesel or electric propulsion (read: using less fuel), enabling silent cruising at a speed of up to nine knots. When she […]

How to Build Your Perfect Home Library

By Samantha Coles

There are certain things that stand the test of time: No matter how far technology advances, libraries still hold a dignified allure, and there’s nothing quite like the satisfying feeling of finishing a great book. Home libraries are more than just storage spaces; they provide sanctuary, one lined with precious titles that act as a window into our soul and […]

Escape the City with a Luxury Stargazing Experience

By Samantha Coles

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 […]