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.

The ultimate Bath city guide

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7 ways you can support the travel industry from home

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Forest bathing and tree therapy: where to spa with nature

It has now been almost a year spent in some form of lockdown for many of us around the world,…
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Inspirational quotes from women changing the way we travel

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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…

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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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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The ultimate Athens city guide

The ultimate Athens city guide

From ancient history to contemporary culture Classical architecture and awe-inspiring archaeological sites. A thriving arts and crafts scene brimming with bold murals, pottery workshops, and...

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Boutique hotel upgrades: 15 fresh-out-of-lockdown looks

Boutique hotel upgrades: 15 fresh-out-of-lockdown looks

Though Covid-19 forced hotel closures worldwide, some forward-thinking properties have used their time wisely over the past year to fine tune their already luxurious offerings....

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Independent Minds: Leopold Botteri, San Canzian Village & Hotel

Independent Minds: Leopold Botteri, San Canzian Village & Hotel

The unmistakably Mediterranean scent of olive trees hangs in the air at San Canzian Village & Hotel, where hints of co-owner Leopold Botteri’s history as...

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

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

The world is slowly but surely beginning to open up again, and we’re feeling a renewed sense of optimism for international holidays on the horizon....

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How to ski Lake Placid like an Olympian with Andrew Weibrecht

How to ski Lake Placid like an Olympian with Andrew Weibrecht

North America’s ski scene has more than its fair share of big names – the likes of Utah, Colorado, and Whistler immediately come to mind....

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Independent Minds: Markos Chaidemenos, Canaves Oia Santorini

Independent Minds: Markos Chaidemenos, Canaves Oia Santorini

Carved into the volcanic cliffs of Greece’s most popular island destination, the Chaidemenos family saw something special in a set of 17th-century caves, once used...

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Travel with Yoga: 5 easy poses you can do at home

Travel with Yoga: 5 easy poses you can do at home

Yoga practice, for any length of time, at any level, is a wonderful way to take care of your health – which has perhaps never...

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

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

Cultivating the land and traditions of their Viking ancestors has been the way of life for charming couple Inger Anne and Bjørn Tolaas, who have...

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The ultimate Bath city guide

The ultimate Bath city guide

From Roman spa town to Bridgerton blockbuster Elegant Georgian architecture. Spa waters in-style since the Roman era. Rocking indie culture and rolling countryside, where you...

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Independent Minds: Mario Faro, Donna Carmela Resort & Lodges

Independent Minds: Mario Faro, Donna Carmela Resort & Lodges

Planting a seed which started on the slopes of Mount Etna with a Mediterranean nursery of citrus plants has since blossomed into a nature-inspired collection...

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The science behind the spa: high-tech treatments from 10 wellness hotels

The science behind the spa: high-tech treatments from 10 wellness hotels

If you’re feeling a treat-yourself trip is long overdue, taking a ‘health holiday’ as your first step into the post-pandemic world of travel makes perfect...

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A taste of la dolce granita from Sicily

A taste of la dolce granita from Sicily

For Sicilian father and son ice-cream artisans Orazio and Dario Condorelli, the semi-frozen granita is not simply a sweet treat, but a local ritual which...

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Independent Minds: Tirawan Taechaubol, Cape & Kantary Hotels

Independent Minds: Tirawan Taechaubol, Cape & Kantary Hotels

Keeping the local community close to the heart of her wellness-focused hotels, including exclusive island retreats Cape Fahn and Cape Kudu, Tirawan Taechaubol offers an authentically Thai...

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Forest bathing and tree therapy: where to spa with nature

Forest bathing and tree therapy: where to spa with nature

It has now been almost a year spent in some form of lockdown for many of us around the world, with limited time to enjoy...

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10 of the best afternoon teas in the UK

10 of the best afternoon teas in the UK

Is there a more quintessentially British way to spend an afternoon? Whilst we’re not here to settle the cream-or-jam-first debate, there’s no arguing with these...

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