When it comes to travel inspiration, we like to look far and wide for top tips on the very best places to go for amazing getaways across the world. From tiny boutique hotels in tucked away Asian cities to cool mini breaks in Miami, family friendly villas on beautiful beaches to sleek to minimal hotels at the cutting edge of design, our travel tastes are as varied as the destinations we love to visit. For this, the internet is at hand. Long fans of a series of travel sites that inspire, tempt and cajole us to take those amazing breaks even when we probably shouldn’t, here we share with your our top internet resources for the ultimate escape.
www.luxecityguides.com Along with our passports and SPF, a Luxe City Guide is a total travel essential as far as we’re concerned (see our interview with their founder Grant Thatcher here.) With guides to pretty much any city you might wish to visit, these pocket sized notes full of insider info and the odd quip do the same job as your fabulously travelled best friend might on holiday – they get you to the best of the best, quickly, and with a few adventures along the way.
www.mrandmrssmith.com The Grand Dame of boutique luxury, the places this website doesn’t list in locations all around the world almost aren’t worth considering. Brilliant for great reviews with incredibly handy hints on everything from room choices to local restaurants to kid friendly holidays, plus very easy bookings and totally tantalising pictures.
www.ahotellife.com Newly launched A Hotel Life is the brainchild of Ben Pundole, the man behind Montauk hotspots Ruschmeyer’s and the Surf Lodge and features a highly edited selection of hotels with an emphasis on the cool. Each reviewed by tastemakers including interior designers, DJs and magazine editors, Pundole’s website is where to find out where the hip crowd are holidaying this summer.
www.theluxenomad.com A new flash sale website, The Luxe Nomad runs short sales on stays in heavenly resorts around the world with a special focus on Asia. From last minute trips to Thailand to jungle stays in Laos, this website will help get you there quickly – and on a fabulous deal.
Pictures: The Luxe City Guides, The Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany as shown on mrandmrssmith.com, Deetjen’s Inn as pictured on ahotellife.com and The Danna in Langkawi, Malaysia from luxenomad.com