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    Globe Trotting

    21 June 2014
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    1. Ham Yard Hotel, London
    Firmdale’s latest venture is hidden away on a quiet street only seconds from Piccadilly Circus. It boasts a secluded courtyard, a 188-seat theatre and, perhaps its most striking feature, an original 1950s bowling alley imported from Texas.
    www.firmdalehotels.com

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    2. The Oitavos, Lisbon
    This five-star hotel on the Atlantic coast is offering surfers a special two-night package that will allow them to hone their skills under the expert eye of the champion surfer Ruben Gonzalez.
    www.theoitavos.com

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    3. Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs
    This Palm Springs resort opened in May, boasting three restaurants, a hillside spa and awe-inspiring views of Coachella Valley. Desert life doesn’t get much more relaxing.
    www.ritzcarlton.com

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    4. Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
    Spectacular views are guaranteed at this retreat perched 2,000 metres above sea-level, overlooking a rugged gorge and surrounded by the Al Hajar mountains.
    www.alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar

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    5. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
    One of the best hotels in the Catalan capital is even better now thanks to the addition of 17 spacious and elegant suites designed by the award-winning architect Patricia Urquiola.
    www.mandarinoriental.com