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YOUR BED IN THE BRANCHES

The brides team visits some of the world’s most beautiful love nests, because who doesn’t love a treehouse?

THE TREEHOTEL

Harads, Sweden

The best thing about travel? I can let you become a child again. That’s what happened as we arrived Harad’s The Treehotel by night, guided along an atmospherically lit, winding pathway, where the outlines of silver birch trees were just visible against a moonlit sky. The Treehotel, part-hotel, part-art-project, needs to be seen to be believed: it consists of five treehouses (The Gabin, Mirrorcube, Bird’s Nest, UFO and Blue Cone), which are private but close enough to let

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THE Newcomers

BEAT OTHER HONEYMOONERS TO THE HIPPEST HOTELS BY BOOKING ONE OF THESE HOT OPENINGS NOW

MONASTERO SANTA ROSA, ITALY

This 20-room hotel, housed in a 17th-century former convent, has been 11 years in the making. Looking down from a clifltop, it’s gasp-inducingly beautiful and tranquil. Paved terraces dotted with double day-beds, canopied sun loungers and swings a deux cascade down the hillside, to the aqua infinity pool with dizzying views of the sea below. The rooms are all local chestnut and walnut furniture, marble bathrooms, king-size beds and eye-popping sea vistas. This is Italy so food is, naturally, a highlight.

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THE GREATEST HITS

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, INDIA

No trip to India is complete without a visit to Udaipur, and no trip to Udaipur is complete without a stay at the Udaivilas, a fantasy Indian palace that’s all shimmering cream facades, decorative domes, fountains and OTT opulence. Although relatively new, it feels like it’s been the home of maharajas for centuries. Plump for an outside room with a ‘semi-private’ plunge pool that’s actually an off-shoot of the giant one which snakes round the whole thing like a moat (pictured). Do take time to venture across Lake Pichola to the city’s antique palaces, temples and

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SUGAR&SPACE

IT’S ALL THINGS NICE AT THE OBEROI, MAURITIUS. AS YOU SPEND YOUR HONEYMOON BEING PAMPERED IN PARADISE

ROMANCE IS DEFINITELY IN THE AIR at The Oberoi, Mauritius in Turtle Bay on the north-west coast of the island. This hotel is elegance personified, but you’ll be as impressed by the lush landscape as you are by your suite. As well as the 20 acres of fragrant tropical gardens, the resort is surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, and a series of open-sided pavilions are carefully positioned to ensure drop-dead gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean panorama fringed by silver-white beaches.

Inside and

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SHORT AND SWEET

1. Greenhouses are great places to photograph flowers because the lighting is usually diffused and there is no wind. Wind is the enemy of macro photography. Most public greenhouses allow tripods, too, so you can have as much depth of field as you want.

2. Landscape photography requires complete depth of field virtually without exception. I recommend using f/22 or f/32 if foreground elements are close to the camera. If everything in the composition is far away, then you should use f/8 for maximum sharpness.

3. When traveling to another city, stay in a hotel with a great view. You

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OCA Extravaganza.

Every year, a week before Thanksgiving, the cichlid and catfish convention known as OCA Extravaganza takes place in Strongsville, Ohio. In 2012, from November 16 to 18, many enthusiastic aquarists gathered at one of the largest conventions of its kind in the United States. It is organized by the Ohio Cichlid Association (OCA), also based in Strongsville. More than 500 visitors attended from neighboring states and came from as far away as Texas and Minnesota. Even other countries, including Canada, England, and Australia, were represented last year.

The meeting was held in two large rooms at the

Holiday Inn in

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No-fly ESCAPES

FORGET BAG RESTRICTIONS AND SECURITY QUEUES-THESE RETREATS ARE ONLY A DRIVE ORTRAIN RIDE AWAY

CRILLON LE BRAVE, FRANCE

The drive from Avignon station to Crillon Le Brave may take you past 6 HRS1 pretty villages and vineyards, but still nothing can prepare you for your arrival at this exquisite hilltop hotel. Over the past couple of decades, what was originally a single building has spread to become a mini-village of stone houses converted into spacious suites with terracotta-tiled floors and views to die for. If you can tear yourself away from the vista, visit the sprawling terrace for breakfast, and

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MUST-HAVES

From fabled destinations to sophisticated designs, this assemblage of must-haves is coveted by those who know how to live and expect only the very best.

1. The Setai, Miami Beach is an Asian-inspired hotel offering a tranquil hideaway in bustling South Beach. Indulge in the peaceful Courtyard, three azure pools and luxe hotel and residential suites. Rates start at $575. thesetaihotel.com

2. Troy Lighting’s Uni mimics the shape and color of a sea urchin with spines radiating in every direction. It is available as a pendant, sconce or flush mount. troy-lighting.com

3. Duravit’s innovative Open Space shower solves the space

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Jazz patterns

Modern impressions of the 1920s energize a classic hotel

The 1920s: From Fitzgerald and Picasso to Stravinsky and Cole Porter, the world was bursting with artistic vitality, as youthful geniuses set about to change the world. It came to be known as the Jazz Age, for the music that offered eager listeners vibrancy, improvisation, surprise, and sensuality.

In design, Art Deco was taking flower in France, soon to bloom around the world. One of its earliest temples in New York was the Lexington hotel in Midtown Manhattan, created by iconic architects Schutze and Weaver, who soon after fashioned the Waldorf

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ICONIC LANDMARK

TRAVELLERS RELISH ART AND ARCHITECTURE, EXPLORE ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS MUSEUMS WITH ART-CENTRIC HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS WITH THE RE-OPENING OF THE DUTCH ICON, RIJKSMUSEUM WITH AMSTERDAM’S DE L’EUROPE.

Back in the day. the words ‘European hotels’ used to conjure up images of shoebox-sized spaces. Times have definitely changed since then, the newly refurbished De L’Europe or better known as the ‘Royal Palace of Amsterdam’, offers nothing short of the best comfort, stylishness, culture and amenities alongside an attractive view to bask in. With a whopping 61 million restoration, De L’Europe is the epitome of Amsterdam chic. Originally built in

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