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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.

Mirror: the New Home Workout

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Two-thirds of Americans prefer to work out in the privacy of their own home and, as a result, there are a number of at-home workout classes on the market — usually integrated with equipment such as a treadmill or stationary bike. Mirror is different: Discreetly hanging on the wall […]

Embraer Introduces Next Generation Praetor Jets

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. At NBAA-BACE in Orlando, Florida, two new game-changing business jets, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600, were introduced by Embraer. Instead of creating new models, they are the next-generation versions of the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 jets. Both feature incredible technology and the utmost creature comforts for wherever […]

The Best New Technology for Gourmands

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Heating up A smart new oven from Brava will ensure any nutrition-based resolutions aren’t broken any time soon. It’s touted as the fastest oven in the world thanks to Brava’s patented ‘Pure Light Cooking’ technology. The oven harnesses light as an energy source and can reach 500 degrees in […]

Inside the New Shimao Wonderland InterContinental in Shanghai

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. When the hotel is called ‘Wonderland’ you can be sure something magical is in store. And you’ll be heading down a rabbit hole of sorts, as the curious S-shaped structure is mostly underground — it was built in an abandoned quarry. The hotel has 15 floors, 14 of which […]

Elite Traveler Jan/Feb 2019

Discover 29 Object of desire A piano that looks like it is hewn from the depths of nature 30 Motoring Three first drives showcase the diverse sector of sport utility vehicles 32 Yachts A trio of superyacht marinas from across the globe VIEW DIGITAL ISSUE HERE 33 Aviation On board Embraer’s new models, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 34 […]

Head above the Clouds at Bürgenstock Resort

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. The hills are alive with the sound of cowbells, and bangs from the impressive firework display at the grand opening of Bürgenstock in Switzerland. But, this is more than just a hotel opening — it’s an entire village. Accessible via a smooth boat ride across Lake Lucerne, followed by […]

The Ultimate Luxury Guide to St. Lucia

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. There’s no better place to chill out than in the super laid-back island of St. Lucia. Life goes by a little slower here; the peaceful vibe is infectious. The south of the island is the best place to experience authentic Caribbean life—traveling through its winding roads you’ll see ice-cream […]

Elite Review: Hotel du Collectionneur

Just a lovely 15-minute stroll from the Arc de Triomphe and with the Champs-Èlysèes just around the corner, Hôtel du Collectionneur is perfectly located to explore the city of love. It is the biggest independent 5-star hotel in France with 487 guestrooms, subterranean spa, fully equipped gym, restaurants and bar, a comprehensive business center and meeting rooms that encircle a […]

Giftable Travel Experiences for 2019

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. You can give your loved one an incredible gift, or take them on a wonderful trip to create lasting memories—or you can combine the two with our specially curated traveler’s gift guide. Perfect for those who have it all and have seen it all, these exclusive itineraries include a […]

The Best Equipment to get this Ski Season

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Ski season is upon us, so now is the time to update your ski bag with the latest equipment. Read on to discover gadgets that keep you warm in subzero temperatures, save you from an avalanche or break the laws of gravity. Chaval SuperNova Heated Glove Cold hands are […]