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The good life

Two crofters turn the hay by hand, beside woods of rowan, wych and grey willow. These are ancient woods and ancient people. Nearby a sign warns of bulls and calves roaming free - but you may also meet wildcats and pine martens. We're amid bens and glens covered in bracken and purple thistles, the air heady with wild thyme.

Spear's, November/December 2013

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Join the super-wealthy in the Ionian Sea

Alexandros Matsukis, director, founder, co-owner of Ionian & Aegean Island Holidays, provides a close-up of the region. His tour operator company has been renting out villas there since 2002 and is now the undisputed market leader on the sort of islands for which the big boys are gunning.

Spear's, 23/06/2013

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Who's buying Greece's private islands?

If you own Chelsea Barracks, Qatar and Al Jazeera, what do you snap up next? Private Greek islands, of course. Ones that are just two miles from Ithaca.

In May, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, emir of Qatar, bought six uninhabited islands including Oxia – the largest at 1,200 acres and approximately 20 nautical miles from Meganisi – for a mere £7.35 million.

Spear's, 23/06/2013

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Bangkok without the bang

I'm not ordinarily a fan of Bangkok - too much heat, too many knockoffs - but then there's the Sukhotai hotel. Yes it's surrounded by high-rise buildings in one of the noisiest and most traffic-choked cities in the world. But stop a while - inside, it's pure orchid filled Zen and The Art of Hotel Living. Plus it offers something that's as rare as a paragliding saffron-robed monk: it's a resort hotel set calmly in the centre of the city.

Spear's, Summer 2012

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Spear's Spa Selection

A former Barclays Bank branch has been reborn as the Chuan Spa in the grand 19th-century Langham Hotel, London. Now that the money men have gone, the spa has settled prettily in a brilliant spot on Portland Place - directly opposite Broadcasting House, the iconic home of the BBC, and just a few Louboutin-shod steps from Bond Street and even more exclusive Mount Street.

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To the manor barn

Switzerland presents the tourist with two competing visions: getting back to nature as you glide effortlessly - or tumble gracelessly - down a black run, and avoiding nature entirely in some of its best hotels, tapping away on your BlackBeryy as you ignore your family. The two rarely collide, so when one of those five-star hotels offers a stay in the most expensive rustic hut on the planet, something uniquely, oddly Swiss is happening.

Spear's, January/February 2012

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Doyenne of the downturn

The year may have been humbling for many of the hedge-fund industry's biggest stars and other experienced investors and traders. Many have found it hard to cope with the effects of Japan's disasters, uneven US and British economic recoveries, commodity price volatility and concerns about the solvency of Greece and other European nations. This is hardly the time, you would think, for the wives of hedgies to be demanding a new personal shopper, only the woman in question is devoted to rationalising your portfolio (of clothes) and helping you avoid a haircut (on ill-advised purchases).

Spear's, September/October 2011

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Dude looks like a lady

It used to be a man’s world. But since the credit crunch men have increasingly been turning to everything from make-up and cosmetic surgery to hormone replacement therapy. Now chaps are having to play a woman’s game. Men in high-powered jobs are expected to be eternally youthful, to display endless stamina and vigour. And, on top of this, increasingly, they’re judged on their looks.

Spears, Autumn 2010

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The New York: Part Three

Come triumph or catastrophe, New York never stops evolving, which is why Spear's dispatched Caroline Phillips to discover what's in, what's out and what's shaking it all about in the New New York.

Part Three: Being There

Spears, June 2010

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The New York: Part Two

Come triumph or catastrophe, New York never stops evolving, which is why Spear's dispatched Caroline Phillips to discover what's in, what's out and what's shaking it all about in the New New York.

Part Two: Eating and drinking

Spears, May 2010

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The New York: Part One

Come triumph or catastrophe, New York never stops evolving, which is why Spear's dispatched Caroline Phillips to discover what's in, what's out and what's shaking it all about in the New New York.

Part One: Getting there, staying there, getting about

Spears, May 2010

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critics

“Caroline Phillips is a tenacious and skilful writer with a flair for high quality interviewing and a knack for making things work.”

Paul Dacre, Chairman Associated Newspapers

 

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