A Home Away From Home
No sooner did images of Lagerfeld’s Isla Moda finally make their way onto the web than, poof!, the island vanished. Our dreams of 1.2 milion square feet of tumbling waterfalls, futuristic hotels and shopping bag-toting nymphs evaporating in an instant. So what is a hotel-lover in search of something interesting (and real) to do in the meantime?
UJ TRAVEL FILES: LA Stories
With the fabled UK Indian summer still playing peek-a-boo, it’s time to look further afield for some guaranteed Autumn rays. And those seeking sunshine, glamour and a cosmopolitan attitude outside of the Ibizan closing parties should consider a trip stateside to LA. The city is actually at its temperate-best from early Autumn, when the smog thins and daytime temperatures still get into the 80s. With direct flights from London available around the £400 mark and top boutique hotels cheaper than ever, now is the time to hit the City of Angels’ hidden hotspots.
Don your polka dot bikinis and make arrangements ASAP for a stay at Nick Jones’ new seafront Soho House in Miami, complete with 50 beach-chic bedrooms, Cecconi’s providing the food and ocean views a-plenty. Ay Papi!
Fancy yourself a bit of a gastrophile? Or just looking to spend a fairytale weekend away indulging in the finer side of life complete with castles, hunting lodges, village fairs and a night-time truffle hunting exhibition? If the only thing missing is your Prince Charming, then why not let UJ’s Winechap be your winsome guide.
Stompin’ At The Savoy
What would you do with 220 million smackers? Buy yourself a small island? Hook up a yacht? Go to town with the plastic surgery? Or would you resurrect a 121 year old and have a bit of a party?
Late Summer Sunshine
It would be easy to believe that summer was but a distant memory. But if you want to nab the last few rays before Christmas, why not head to the Southern Mediterranean for a quick getaway. The boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have tipped us off, and these stylish places to stay still have spaces until the end of October.