Swanky Retreats

Winter 2021/2022

Luxury travel magazine that takes readers around the world.

United States
Caribbean Living Magazine, Inc
4 期号


letter from the editor in chief

Happy to be back with you guys! This year I made no resolutions. I am not going to project or predict any trends. What I am doing is making plans for more fun, more abundance, more travel, more time with loved ones, and way more adventure. This issue inspired me to no end. With London (always) on my mind, I love that we could treat you to some of my favorites. If you’ve never stayed at the Beaumont London or the Mayfair Townhouse, now is the time to start planning on doing just that. Sophie gets you the details and I believe you’ll be adding stays at these two beauties to your next trip across the pond. With Fort Lauderdale being a little closer to home, we give you a detox to…

the swank team

ALEXANDRA MAE EDITOR-AT-LARGE When you look up "wanderlust" in the dictionary odds are that a picture of me is in the definition. AMY SEDEÑO EDITOR-AT-LARGE As a self-proclaimed @hotelista I do quite a bit of traveling, and from holding a tarantula in an ancient site in Guatemala to drinking high tea in Dubai, and petting grey whales in Baja, you bet I’ve got stories to tell. ANDREW INNERARITY DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY I prefer to let the images do the talking. ANN MARIE SCHEIDLER EDITOR-AT-LARGE "Thailand was the trip of a lifetime for this Chicago girl...a sensory overload in the best of ways. The people, the food, the landscape: all unforgettable." AVA ROSALES FEATURES EDITOR Wherever the destination may be, it’s the villa life for me. DYLAN BENOIT CONTRIBUTING EDITOR I’m a chef with Champagne taste and a beer budget, but always seem to find myself surrounded by…

swellegant stays

The Mayfair Townhouse London,England Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest on London’s Half Moon Street, a stone’s throw away from Piccadilly. In the play, this is also where the charming but unprincipled character of Algernon lives. And Wilde’s real-life lover, Robbie Ross, a journalist, art critic and dealer, resided at number 40. The dandy lifestyle of Wilde, Ross, and their late 19th century contemporaries is the main inspiration for one of London’s newest and chicest hotels, The Mayfair Townhouse. A terrace of 15 Georgian houses, seven of which are listed buildings with protected status, has been combined into an impressive 170 room hotel. The houses retain many of their original features, including their attractive facades, so at least on the face of it they remain very much in keeping with their…

letters from...

A LETTER FROM Asia: Bukhara, Uzbekistan Dear friends, You’ll have heard me speak often of “The Golden Road to Samarkand”. It’s a phrase and a concept which has inspired generations of travellers, poets, and artists to make their way across Asia along the Great Silk Road. But what many of them fail to realise is that there is a greater treasure still. It’s the city of Bukhara, a World Heritage Site every bit as spectacular as Samarkand, but somehow more complete, more perfect than its more famous neighbour. Bukhara’s UNESCO-listed Old City is every bit as vibrant, as impressive, as the much-trodden streets of Istanbul or Rome. But in this strange time of COVID, I almost have the streets and squares to myself. Picture me here. I am sat beneath the shade of a…

swanky sips: biodynamic vineyards and llamas in england’s surrey hills

When did you last have lunch with a llama? Deep in the English countryside, but within easy reach of London, is The Merry Harriers in Hambledon, a classic gastropub and rooms which is now also home to a large herd of llamas. Mungo, Louis, and friends will escort you on a walk through the Surrey Hills Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). You can plan a children’s birthday picnic with llama guests in the woodland, and you can even opt for a signature llama experience, with a cosy night’s stay, a three course dinner, and -- you’ve guessed it -- llamas. Llamas are far from being a native species in Britain: they have their origins in the Americas, and played an important role, historically and culturally, for the indigenous peoples of the…

suite dreams: room at the beaumont

Contemporary sculptor Sir Antony Gormley has long been regarded as one of the most influential people in British culture. Winner of the Turner Prize and a Royal Academician, Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North, which stands guard over the River Tyne, is the largest statue in Britain. But less well known is that he has also created an inhabitable sculpture in the heart of London. ROOM is both a semi-abstract monumental artwork, and also the capital’s most exclusive hotel suite. Standing outside The Beaumont on Brown Hart Gardens, a stone’s throw away from the world famous Selfridges department store, ROOM is unmissable. Its brutalist cubist form contrasts dramatically with the hotel’s Art Deco facade, and sparks even more curiosity than Queen Victoria’s elephant house across the street. Sashaying past the uniformed…