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.

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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Rise and shine: 10 boutique hotel bedrooms with beautiful views

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15 of the world's freshest farm-to-table restaurants

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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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July Hot List: 4 new hotels to have on your radar

July Hot List: 4 new hotels to have on your radar

If you’re itching to get abroad for a first taste of freedom, let us direct your holiday hunting towards our latest additions in France and...

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20 dreamy Italian villas for an exclusive escape

20 dreamy Italian villas for an exclusive escape

Amore is in the air at these ridiculously beautiful retreats, where you can live la dolce villa in secluded style What did the Romans ever...

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Croatia is calling: 6 boutique hotels for your summer wishlist

Croatia is calling: 6 boutique hotels for your summer wishlist

A handpicked hotel guide to Croatia’s hot spots for a coastal holiday with a cultural edge An old-meets-new tapestry woven together with walled citadels, wild...

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Through the lens: a photographer’s diary from Mexico & Costa Rica

Through the lens: a photographer’s diary from Mexico & Costa Rica

Join photographer Kira Turnbull on a journey through Mexico and Costa Rica for a first taste of post-lockdown freedom After more than a year of...

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20 must-visit boutique hotels for art lovers

20 must-visit boutique hotels for art lovers

Get your culture fix at these art-inspired hotels, where museum-like masterpieces meet gallery-style suites Ever wanted to spend the night in an art gallery? If...

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Swim in the sky: the world’s best boutique hotels with rooftop pools

Swim in the sky: the world’s best boutique hotels with rooftop pools

Because there is something undeniably cool about a rooftop pool The most exclusive places to watch the sun rise or set over a city skyline,...

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Independent Minds: Vassilis Dracopoulos, MarBella Nido

Independent Minds: Vassilis Dracopoulos, MarBella Nido

In the late 1960s, Vassilis Dracopoulos Senior stumbled across the sleepy fishing village of Benitses, and a five decade love affair with the island of...

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Postcards from Puglia: 3 swoon-worthy seaside hotels

Postcards from Puglia: 3 swoon-worthy seaside hotels

These pared-back luxury hotels with Adriatic Sea views make for the perfect Puglian escape With its sun-soaked olive groves, whitewashed villages and rocky cliffs, Italy’s...

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3 New York State retreats to escape the city heat

3 New York State retreats to escape the city heat

We’re flying the Fourth of July flag for these relaxing retreats just a weekend break away from New York City From rugged mountains and maple...

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Greek island icons: the best hotels in Santorini and Mykonos

Greek island icons: the best hotels in Santorini and Mykonos

The most sensational places to stay on two of the trendiest Greek island titans Clifftop villas hug the hills sprinkled with pastel-painted fishing villages. Infinity...

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10 of the prettiest towns and villages in the Cyclades

10 of the prettiest towns and villages in the Cyclades

Savour Cycladic island life in these tucked-away towns and charming seaside villages Scattered across the Aegean Sea like pieces of paradise, the Greek islands which...

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7 under-the-radar islands in Europe we’re dreaming about now

7 under-the-radar islands in Europe we’re dreaming about now

Castaway to these lesser-known islands for a quieter European summer Has lockdown given you a serious case of ‘islomania’ or have you always found islands...

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Summer in the Swiss Alps: 6 must-visit adventure holiday resorts

Summer in the Swiss Alps: 6 must-visit adventure holiday resorts

Once the ski season is put on ice, this unexpected summer holiday destination quietly comes into its own. Oft overlooked by beach goers flocking to...

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June Hot List: 6 new hotels to have on your radar

June Hot List: 6 new hotels to have on your radar

As much of the world moves hopefully toward unlocking, these head-turning hotels are ready and waiting to treat guests to some post-lockdown luxury. From a...

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Blissful back-to-nature experiences in the Balearics

Blissful back-to-nature experiences in the Balearics

Unearth the natural beauty of the Balearics to find your island idyll Look beyond the chi-chi clubs and trendy bars of the party set and...

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A creative corner of the Caribbean: Santo Domingo through the eyes of its artisans

A creative corner of the Caribbean: Santo Domingo through the eyes of its artisans

A new wave of creatives is making the Americas’ oldest European city a must-visit destination Maintaining the houses’ original architecture, each one of the rooms...

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Independent Minds: Li Jin, Cours et Pavillons

Independent Minds: Li Jin, Cours et Pavillons

Beijing local Li Jin has dedicated her siheyuan-style hotel, Cours et Pavillons, to preserving the centuries-old Chinese architecture of the courtyard house, and the traditional...

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Baroque art and soul in Sicily’s Noto

Baroque art and soul in Sicily’s Noto

Squeezing in a visit to Sicily last summer between lockdowns, SLH’s Vice President of Development Daniel Luddington discovers an architectural treasure trove in UNESCO-protected Noto,...

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Travel by colour: a rainbow journey around the world

Travel by colour: a rainbow journey around the world

A colour popping, destination hopping celebration of the planet’s most vibrant places Sunbathing beside a limoncello yellow parasol. Drinking in a burnt orange sunset over...

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World Oceans Day: 5 boutique hotels making waves in marine conservation

World Oceans Day: 5 boutique hotels making waves in marine conservation

Never again will we take swimming in the ocean for granted. A treasured experience on any seaside holiday, the waters around our hotels are often...

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