The Slow Boat to Lyon

The latest vacation pastime for those looking to move at a leisurely pace, on and off the water. The latest generation of ships and mix of itineraries are affordable, reach less well-travelled destinations and are quite luxurious.

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Once Upon an Island

Private islands and atolls occupy a sacred place in our imagination. The Brando’s untarnished natural beauty and remote location has become a metaphor for simpler times and a less frantic lifestyle, away from the constant reminders of civilization and cellphones. By Caroline Tapp-McDougall With resorts popping up everywhere, each more grand than the other, we […]

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Special Events

A Weekend with Skabenga

With a persnickety feline ruling the roost and reinvented charm of days gone by, Durban’s Oyster Box Hotel hits the mark when it comes to “welcoming us home.” By Caroline Tapp-McDougall A historic seaside hotel where modern technology is used to supplement, rather than supplant, its romantic architecture, today’s Oyster Box remains a landmark property […]

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A Perfect Playground

The Homefront team spent several days exploring Dubai as a beach holiday and luxury shopping destination, with an authentic Arabian blend of “old and new” and a stylish Euro meets a bit of Vegas glitz vibe. By Caroline Tapp-McDougall Once a land of barren desert sands inhabited by nomadic tribes, the region was forever changed […]

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Canada’s First St. Regis Debuts in Toronto

By Elise Dostal The prestigious St. Regis brand joins the handful of elite five-star hotels in downtown Toronto, moving into the former Trump Hotel. Rising 65 storeys above the Financial District, the St. Regis Toronto promises to raise the bar for the modern hotel guest with its legendary style and new levels of sophistication. A […]

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Authentically Adirondack

By Caroline Tapp-McDougall The history of Mirror Lake Inn goes back to the mid 1920s when a local girl, Climena Alford, married William Rufus Wikoff, who was the original travelling “Fuller Brush Man.” The story goes that Wikoff was a successful salesperson who accumulated considerable wealth. Upon his retirement the couple moved back to Lake […]

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Get Ready for Relaxation

With an enchanting site in a wooded haven, Nordik Spa-Nature offers a warm and natural welcome. By Caroline Tapp-McDougall This is a tale of two friends who were trailblazing health and wellness fanatics, and who decided to leave their old lives behind and follow their dreams of becoming spa entrepreneurs. Inspired by what they’d seen […]

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Truffle Hunting in Tuscany

Left abandoned for 20-plus years after Stanford University closed its Italian headquarters, this 15th-century palazzo, now known as Il Salviatino, has been given a fresh lease of life by its new owners.

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Unscripted Chill Meets Albino Squirrels

Homefront checks in to a hip new hotel on Bloor with a playful attitude and distinct sense of place. By Kylie Mackenzie Fittingly located within the “cultural corridor,” the recently opened Kimpton Saint George is easy to miss. Until, that is, my eye is drawn up onto the west wall where BirdO’s hand-painted owl mural […]

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Where the Wild Things Are

Situated within southern Maputaland, an area renowned for its untouched beauty and ecological diversity, the luxury lodges of the Phinda Private Game Reserve are one of the world’s best-kept safari secrets. By Caroline Tapp-McDougall Daily flights from Johannesburg conveniently connect with smaller commuter and private planes that take us into some of Africa’s most magnificently […]

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