We’re In Miami…

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From intimate five-star luxury hotels with impeccable service, to brash, brassy behemoths resembling Vegas-on-Sea. From standard-bearing luxury chain hotels, to boutique boltholes with impressive price tags, we’ve scoured Miami looking for the best hotels, shops, restaurants and service. Our city guide is coming soon. In the meantime, read our review of the Townhouse Hotel, a hip hangout for fashion models and A-list wannabes who’d rather splash their cash in the city’s achingly hip bars and boutiques than on a bed for the night. Read Liz Hatton’s review here.

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In The Bag // Virgin Atlantic to MIA

The Resource team are off to Florida next week on a press trip covering Miami, St Petersburg and Orlando. After our Virgin Atlantic flight out of Heathrow (where we’re hoping to make the most of the Clubhouse’s superlative facilities – by far our favourite airline lounge in the world), we’ll be fighting the jetlag at The Setai, Four Seasons Miami, the Mandarin Oriental, Fontainebleau and The Townhouse.
As passionate travellers who are still bowled over by the concept of trotting the globe (in the very best of taste, naturally) in the name of discovering beautiful things, people and places, we’ve already created an exhaustive list of must-see, must-eat and must-shop destinations. After poring through endless travel books and websites, we’ve also created a long list of spots for the perfect photographic opportunities – our favourite being a sculpture park made up of upended Airstream trailers between Tampa and Orlando.
One of the stores in which we’ll be parting with our hard-earned is MAKR Carry Goods in Orlando. Functional, beautiful, handcrafted accessories, we can’t stop thinking about this Zip Carryall, created by Jason Gregory, who has grown the brand since 2005.
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MAKR, 444 West New England Avenue, No. 102, Winter Park , FL 32789
www.makr.com

Top 12 Hotels London // London’s finest

What makes a great hotel? Polished service? High-end amenities? Marble-clad bathrooms? A Michelin-starred eatery in its bowels? Super-cool clientele? Location? Technologically-enhanced rooms?

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From a gastropub-with-rooms serving some of London’s finest fodder, to five-star behemoths with hotels all around the world, Resource and friends round up London’s top 12 properties.
Read our round-up and our full reviews here.

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Four Seasons Canary Wharf, London

Lisa Richards reviews the Four Seasons’ luxurious Docklands outpost.

“Just a few days before, Justin Bieber had been sleeping on this very bed. And we could certainly see why A-listers opt for this place: secure parking down in the bowels of the building, so lying-in-wait Paparazzi and hoards of screaming girls can be avoided; discreet super-professional staff that can point you in the direction of the private lift; the ability to escape by speedboat from the banks of the Thames below…”

Join The Club // The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando, USA

Liz Hatton spends three days and two nights in Orlando’s most luxurious hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. From alligator spotting on golf courses, to some of the best fine dining she’s ever experienced, the hotel packed more of a wow factor than the nearby theme parks. “The Ritz-Carlton folk make staying at a Ritz-Carlton really very easy indeed.”
Read her review in full here.

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The Bingham Hotel, Richmond // Top 12 London Hotels

Rachel Seed’s review of the luxury boutique outpost The Bingham is now live, and part of our Top 12 London Hotels feature. Sitting beautifully on the banks of the Thames, it’s the perfect spot to escape the madness of the city without ever leaving the Tube network. Pack something divine so you can dress for dinner and indulge in the Modern British cooking of Shay Cooper. Read the review in full here, and while you’re at it, go and have a look at our Top 12 London Hotels. Agree? Disagree? Think we’re bonkers? Then drop us a line: lisa@resource-magazine.com.

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Hotel Couture, London Style // London Fashion Week

As London Fashion Week does one last twirl in front of the mirror before it hits the capital on 16th September, we take a look at some of the city’s most beautiful hotels that are, without question, fit for a fashionista. (Are you thinking about coming to London between the 16th and 21st of September? If you want to stay somewhere hot, forget about it – unless of course there’s always a suite at Claridge’s on hold for you). Here’s where the sartorial set unpack their Globetrotter luggage and get their beauty sleep during one of the most fabulous weeks in London’s calendar.

1. Boundary
Peter Prescott and Sir Terence Conran’s Shoreditch hotel, just across from Shoreditch House – which will be teeming come the 16th – is our new favourite hotel in London (there, we’ve said it). Wonderful detailing, beautiful rooms, gadgets a-plenty, stunning staff, a breathtaking roof terrace and a packed caff downstairs (perfect for East London hipster watching) mean that Boundary is still at the top of its game.
www.theboundary.co.uk

2. One Aldwych
For those whose Louboutins are too high, then a room at One Aldwych, just across the road from host venue Somerset House, is just a totter away. The fashion set will still, no doubt, be piling into their liveried Fashion Week cars for the 30-second journey across the road. Great basement pool, good sized rooms with ample bathtubs and a buzzing bar.
www.onealdwych.com

3. Soho Hotel
New Yorkers hot-hoofing it over the Pond will no doubt attempt to bag a room at Firmdale’s stylish Soho outpost – the Manhattanites have fallen for the company’s Crosby Street Hotel, in NYC’s own SoHo, after all. Beautifully designed rooms, thanks to the talented eye of Kit Kemp, and a busy bar make this a must-visit hotel during LFW.
www.firmdale.com

4. Hoxton Hotel
For fashion designer-wannabes and supermodel hangers-on, the eclectic, clever and very cool Hoxton Hotel is Fashion Week’s budget choice.
www.hoxtonhotels.com

5. The Von Furstenberg suite, Claridge’s
Where would Anna Wintour stay during London Fashion Week? Where would she kick off her heels, messy up that bob and throw her dark glasses to one side while she puts her feet up? Our money’s on Claridge’s Von Furstenberg suite. We adore Claridge’s – it’s one of our favourite places in London. Not just in terms of a favourite hotel or restaurant, but a destination in its own right. The suite boasts a baby grand piano, photography by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, a remote-controlled loo (for those who are too posh to flush, obviously), a four-poster bed and a butler. We think Ms Wintour will definitely feel right at home.
www.claridges.co.uk

Where do the fashion set call home in Manhattan? Read our stylish NYC hotel round-up.

Four Seasons George V, Paris

Our review of the Four Seasons George V Paris is now live. Read the review in full here.

Country Life // Luxury Cotswold Rentals

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We first saw the picture-postcard-perfect Cotswold townhouse, The Old Surgery, on Escape To The Country. A stunning property, the buyer said that they planned to turn in into a B&B – we wanted to book ourselves in there and then. So we were delighted to hear that this beautiful Tetbury home is now available to rent. The beautifully designed property is owned by photographer and artist Maria Stengard-Green and her work is an integral part of the look and feel of the place. Contemporary design and furnishings sit seamlessly within the magnificent Elizabethan splendour. Four stylish bedrooms accommodate up to 10 guests. Open fireplaces, cozy sitting areas, a professionally kitted out kitchen and a gorgeous Provence style courtyard provide plenty of space. And best of all, The Old Surgery at Tetbury allows well behaved pets. Henry, our office pooch, is as excited as we are.
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Tel: +44 7989 404 535
www.luxurycotswoldrentals.co.uk

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Stuff We Love // Public Hotel Chicago

2012 Wish List #1: Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel, Chicago is a must-visit for us this year. And rather than visiting this spectacular soaring city during its icy winter months (both of our previous visits to the city have seen us brave sub-zero temperatures in order to patronise its excellent restaurants, boutiques and art galleries), this time we’ll be heading there during its balmy summer, to make the most of the beautiful Gold Coast on the shores of Lake Michigan.

And where better to base ourselves than a Schrager hotel? The legendary hotelier has won over the critics with his masterful reworking of one of Chicago’s classics, the Ambassador East, home of the celebrity hangout The Pump Room. Rather than a collaborative effort and bringing in an über-designer, Schrager’s worked his own magic on the place. But this isn’t decadent, frivolous luxe: this is Schrager’s attempt at no-frills. We think austerity chic would be a better descriptive as the design details are just beautiful. Despite its price point, with rooms from just $130 a night, which in a city of this size is remarkable (there’s even going to be a $1 sale for rooms), the in-room and lobby amenities are excellent, Jean-Georges Vongerichten is at the stove (where he serves his signature dessert of  salted caramel ice cream sundae with candied peanuts, caramel popcorn, chocolate sauce and cream for just $7) and Schrager insists the service will be more Four Seasons than budget hotel. Better still, it’s pet-friendly.
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PUBLIC Chicago, 1301 North State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: +1 312 787 3700, www.publichotels.com

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