Stephanie Stokes

Travel Team Leader

I’ve been working in travel, since finishing my Geography degree and taking a year long adventure around southeast Asia. It was on that post-university holiday that I firmly caught the travel bug and I’ve been jetting off as much as possible ever since. I love planning road trips around Italy and longer itineraries taking in the highlights of southeast Asia; Vietnam and the lantern-lined streets of Hoi An are my pet favourites.

Stephanie'stop Mr & Mrs Smith stays

  • Lake Como, Italy

    Grand Hotel Tremezzo

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    I can’t get enough of this hotel’s glamour and amazing pool, which floats on the lake, surrounded by a wood-decked terrace.

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  • Berkshire, United Kingdom

    Cliveden

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    You’ll feel like a true blue English aristocrat. Book a suite – all have unique features – and be sure to ask about the history of your room; my favourite is the Chinese Room, with its hand painted wallpaper. Be sure to check out the ah-inducing spa too.

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  • Yorkshire Dales, United Kingdom

    The Malabar

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    I wish every morning could be a Malabar morning, where the delicious house blend ‘bed tea’ is brought to your door before Graham’s wonderful breakfasts. There’s a homemade afternoon tea after check-in, and you can help yourself to honesty bar G&Ts by the fireside in the evenings too.

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Travel Tips

I never leave home without a portable charger for my phone; when I’m on the go I always have CityMapper and Instagram open.

Stephanie'sdream destinations

  • Tuscany

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    My dream is to one day have a vineyard-surrounded summer house here. The food is fantastic, of course, and there are some wonderful walks around Chianti and little towns; Radda, a medieval walled town, is a firm favourite in my books.

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  • Rome

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    To me, a holiday in Rome is like walking through a Dorling Kindersley encyclopedia, with ruins and statues at every turn. Add in the pizza, pasta and wine and that’s travel amore.

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  • Luang Prabang

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    My favourite stop on my travels around Asia has to be Luang Prabang; it’s full of beautiful French architecture with an Asian twist. I recommend taking a boat down the Mekong before arriving in the city and wandering around its wine bars and beautiful Buddhist temples.

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I wish I was...

drinking cocktails of the rooftop of Hotel Muse, Bangkok – which has sweeping views over the city – after a long day’s temple hopping and shopping.