Your FRI: Vienna

As we're coming into Christmas, I'm all about lively markets and mulled wine in the street.

The most magical pre-Christmas adventure can be had in Vienna, and you'll need to spend a couple of extra days seeing the sights and visiting Klimt's pieces, in the heart of the city with the best bar view I've seen in a long time.

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Your FRI: Carrapateira, west Algarve Portugal

Love it because…Wild beaches, great seafood, easy to get to from London. A little undiscovered gem.

Don’t forget to try out surfing and go for a dip in one of many inlets.

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Your FRI: Stockholm, Sweden, Hotel, ETT HEM

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Your FRI: MACHU PICCU - PERU

Machu Picchu is an inspiring ruin to visit. I still can't get my head around how the Mayan's created such an incredible city.

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Your FRI: SOUTH AFRICA, THE GARDEN ROUTE

There are some amazing places to visit along the Garden Route including incredible safari spots, great wine reserves (Stellenbosch), Cape Town, Knysna - I think this is a perfect trip for a couple or a family as you can find something that will delight everyone.

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Your FRI: Suffolk, Hotel, THE BUTLEY PRIORY

An old monastery near Woodbridge, transformed into a series of extravagant bedrooms. It stands in a field five minutes from a long shingle beach. The landlady is an absolute gem! 

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Your FRI: London, Hotel, DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE

Without a doubt, it's the Dean Street Townhouse in London. I call it The Cloud because the beds are so fantastic. I stay there with my husband, James, maybe six times a year.

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Your FRI: London, CLARIDGES

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Your FRI: Rome, HOTEL HASSLE ROMA

Piazza Trinità dei Monti, 6, 00187 Roma, Italy.

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Your FRI: VILLA D'ESTE, ITALY

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Your FRI: NYC, Hotel, WAVERLY INN

I still love the Waverley Inn because it reminds me of England. 

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Your FRI: Thailand, Hotel, AMAN

 

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Your FRI: L.A. Hotel, BEL-AIR

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Your FRI: UK, Somerset, Selfcatering, LYLE HOUSE

My dream escape? For the holidays, I like to rent a cottage in the countryside where all my family and friends can gather.

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Your FRI: London, Hotel, SANDERSON

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Your FRI: BLAKES HOTEL, LONDON

Blakes Hotel on Roland Gardens (33 Roland Gardens SW7).

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Your FRI: CHATEAU MARMONT, LOS ANGELES

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Your FRI: NY, Hotel, THE BOWERY HOTEL

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Your FRI: Mexico, RIVIERA MAYA - HOTEL ESENCIA

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Your FRI: Thailand, YAO NOI

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is a Thai island called Yao Noi, part of the Ko Yao archipelago east of Phuket. It has white sandy beaches and mind-blowing scenery; I’ve never seen anything quite so close to paradise. It felt untouched, spiritual and very holistic.

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Your FRI: NYC, Hotel, NOMAD HOTEL

My home away from my Paris home. It feels a little bit French but with fantastic Flatiron District street views. I always stay in a round corner room.

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Your FRI: London, Hotel, CLARIDGES

Soak in one of the huge tubs in Claridge’s, if I’m staying there. We don’t have tubs that size in American hotels.

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Your FRI: New York, Hotel, THE CARLYLE

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Your FRI: London, Hotel, CHILTERN FIREHOUSE

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Your FRI: New York, Hotel, THE HIGHLINE HOTEL

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Your FRI: Croatia, KORCULA

We went to a wedding in Croatia. We made a holiday of it and visited a beautiful little island called Korcula.

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Your FRI: HOTEL MUME, KYOTO

This hotel is possibly my favourite I have ever stayed in...the staff are impossibly polite and everything you expect from Japanese hosts, joining you at the bar to help recommend the best places to eat, see, do. It's also on a beautiful street selling antiques (and the hotel rooms reflect this with old Japanese artifacts) right by the Pontocho neighbourhood which is the best street for sushi and ramen.

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Your FRI: GUTSHAUS LANDSDORF

While in Germany, I spend some days in the quiet and calm of this beautiful countryside house. Classic on the outside but filled with contemporary art and design on the inside.

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