To truly enjoy a destination, you need the best local tips from the most savvy luxury lovers. Luckily for us, we offer one-of-a-kind hotels that are proudly independent to ensure we have first-hand local knowledge to create unforgettable experiences. Here is a selection of curated articles that use our local knowledge as a guide to help your holiday become a tailored, luxury-packed adventure.

Top boutique hotel picks in Portugal for a green list getaway

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7 ways you can support the travel industry from home

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A European summer in pictures

Slow, sun-drenched days spent beneath colourful beach parasols. Cooling dips in the sea, even cooler ice-creams in an array of…
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Itineraries

Every great trip starts with exceptional planning – fear not as SLH have done the hard work for you. Hit the road and explore one of our carefully curated luxury travel itineraries.  From a coastal road trip through the South of France to luxury island hopping in Thailand – we’ve plotted the route so you can just take your pick…

Madrid to Mallorca: a week of Spanish sunshine

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Take the scenic route: the ultimate Scotland road trip

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Behind the brand

We’re a team that lives and breathes travel, with beautiful destinations and undiscovered locations constantly on our minds. Some of us prefer to go off-grid, under-the-radar, or off-the-beaten-track, while others get mistaken for locals at our old favourite haunts. Wherever we are in the world, or wherever we’re planning to go next, follow our journeys and pick up our insider knowledge along the way.

Cagliari to Castiadas: an ode to Southern Sardinia

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What the SLH Team have missed most about travelling

All the while the pandemic has pressed pause on travel, it's the little things we've missed most as a team.…
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Why the Italian Lake District should be on your post-lockdown radar

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An off-grid adventure in the Arizona desert

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Ask a Local

As it’s the people that make the place, who better to ask your destination specific questions than the locals who live there? From Sicilian ice-cream artisans to a Sami moose whisperer, our hyper local guides will help take the tourist out of travel for a more authentic way to see the world.

A taste of la dolce granita from Sicily

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Fjord farm-to-table: savouring the slow life in Norway

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A local guide to cycling in Provence

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Independent Minds

Whilst it’s true that great minds think alike, we believe that independent minds think the best. Our community of hoteliers is brimming with bold trailblazers, rule-breakers, and creative visionaries who bring their own sense of style and unique personalities to each and every property.

Independent Minds: Leslie Kouhana & Kimberley Pariente, Maisons Pariente

Independent Minds: Leslie Kouhana & Kimberley Pariente, Maisons Pariente

With an ultra-chic collection of boutique boltholes in three of the most exclusive French destinations - Saint Tropez, Provence, and…
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Independent Minds: Thierry Teyssier, Dar Ahlam

Independent Minds: Thierry Teyssier, Dar Ahlam

Rebellious by nature, visionary hotelier Thierry Teyssier has thrown the traditional hospitality rule book out the window by adopting a…
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Independent Minds: Jeanette Mix, Ett Hem

Independent Minds: Jeanette Mix, Ett Hem

Welcoming guests into the warm embrace of a well-loved home, Swedish owner Jeanette Mix has created an inimitable feeling of…
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Inside an azulejos atelier: piecing together the past of Portugal’s iconic tiles

Inside an azulejos atelier: piecing together the past of Portugal’s iconic tiles

It is almost impossible to picture Portugal without imagining the colourfully-glazed, ceramic tiles which have decorated façades across the country since the 13th century. Azulejos...

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Independent Minds: Neil Kedward, Grove of Narberth

Independent Minds: Neil Kedward, Grove of Narberth

Wonderfully rustic and wholesome in style, the Grove of Narberth began life in the 15th century as a traditional Welsh longhouse owned by the Bailiff...

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Top boutique hotel picks in Portugal for a green list getaway

Top boutique hotel picks in Portugal for a green list getaway

Culture as colourful as its iconic azulejos. Ruggedly beautiful beaches with a surf scene to rival California. Vast and verdant countryside dappled with vineyards and...

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May Hot List: 5 new hotels to have on your radar

May Hot List: 5 new hotels to have on your radar

We’ve all been pouring over that list this weekend plotting out potential trips, but if you were hoping for more, our new hotels lineup won’t...

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The ultimate summer staycation guide to the UK

The ultimate summer staycation guide to the UK

Can you almost taste strawberries and cream? Is it socially acceptable to order Pimms now? Summer has never felt so long-awaited after over a year...

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Still waters run deep: discover the Italian Lake District

Still waters run deep: discover the Italian Lake District

A 10-day itinerary taking you to the sunny shores of Italy’s Lakes – with stylish city stop-offs along the way Verdant vineyards laden with fruit,...

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A taste of holidays: 10 signature cocktail recipes from around the world

A taste of holidays: 10 signature cocktail recipes from around the world

The first sip of an exotic cocktail is always a memorable moment on holiday. From piña coladas to passion fruit mojitos, there are some drinks...

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Independent Minds: Panayiotis Dactilidis, Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort

Independent Minds: Panayiotis Dactilidis, Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort

Set on Agios Ioannis beach facing the sacred island of Delos, there is something almost celestial about the dazzlingly whitewashed Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort....

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Madrid to Mallorca: a week of Spanish sunshine

Madrid to Mallorca: a week of Spanish sunshine

A seven-day sun-soaked itinerary which swaps city breaks for Balearic island bliss There’s more to Spain than just sun, sea and sangría. Swanky art districts...

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A seafood story: local fishing tales from Thailand

A seafood story: local fishing tales from Thailand

To truly get a taste of Thailand, you’ll need to go a little off-the-beaten-track. Though just a short boat ride away from Phuket, Koh Yao...

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Rise and shine: 10 boutique hotel bedrooms with beautiful views

Rise and shine: 10 boutique hotel bedrooms with beautiful views

A window to another world, waking up in a room with a view is one of the best simple pleasures about travelling. From sparkling sea...

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The simple pleasures of travel according to SLH INVITED Members

The simple pleasures of travel according to SLH INVITED Members

As part of our recent Seek Simplicity competition, we asked our INVITED Members about the simple pleasures you’ve missed most about travelling. The pandemic has...

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A kitchen garden oasis: dining in the desert with an Arizonan chef

A kitchen garden oasis: dining in the desert with an Arizonan chef

Sustainable farming and localised food systems are essential ingredients for ensuring our planet’s overall health for future generations to come, which is why this Earth...

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Independent Minds: Aileen Martin, Culloden Estate and Spa

Independent Minds: Aileen Martin, Culloden Estate and Spa

Though its ecclesiastical exterior emanates the grandeur of its illustrious past, Culloden Estate and Spa is all about unbuttoned, kick your shoes off and put...

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April Hot List: 4 UK hotels to have on your radar

April Hot List: 4 UK hotels to have on your radar

As the UK slowly emerges from its national lockdown, there is a sense of springtime optimism in the air. Picnics are popping up a plenty,...

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See the world on two wheels: boutique hotels with bicycles

See the world on two wheels: boutique hotels with bicycles

The wind in your hair. The sun on your face. The childish delight of a downhill slope. Going on a bike ride is undoubtedly one...

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A European summer in pictures

A European summer in pictures

Slow, sun-drenched days spent beneath colourful beach parasols. Cooling dips in the sea, even cooler ice-creams in an array of flavours you can’t get at...

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What the SLH Team have missed most about travelling

What the SLH Team have missed most about travelling

All the while the pandemic has pressed pause on travel, it’s the little things we’ve missed most as a team. The smallest, simplest moments of...

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10 picture-perfect picnic ideas from around the world

10 picture-perfect picnic ideas from around the world

As restrictions begin to ease on outdoor gatherings, picnic season is coming into full swing. If you’re planning to go alfresco this April, our top...

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Independent Minds: Andrea Spalletti, Villa Spalletti Trivelli

Independent Minds: Andrea Spalletti, Villa Spalletti Trivelli

When it comes to hotels with heritage, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is a historic Roman residence quite unlike any other. Its aristocratic origins as a family...

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