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Secret Stays

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In the transformative landscape of modern travel, a profound shift occurred in the noughties as individuals began renting out their homes to strangers, fostering an intimate connection between travelers and...

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Melinda Stevens is the Founder and Creative Director of Salt Lick, an agency with clients including LVMH and Loupe. She was previously Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveller UK and then Condé Nast Traveller US. An award-winning columnist and editor, she has written several books for Assouline, produces magazines for Belmond, is an Advisor on Step: Your World, supports Chefs in Schools and works alongside talents and brands in travel, fashion and lifestyle to bring the best out of both.

Issy von Simson is a highly experienced editor, writer and content consultant. Most recently she was the Editor-in-Chief for Loupe, a new UK-focused digital travel platform. Prior to that she spent 16 years at Condé Nast leading editorial teams, defining content strategy and working across wellness, beauty and travel, both on Condé Nast Traveller and Tatler magazines, and their standalone guides.

Tabitha Joyce is a digital editor who spent 10 years at Condé Nast Traveller and is now a freelance writer and content consultant working with various international publications including Belmond’s annual edition of Mondes. She specialises in food and travel writing and was co-author with Melinda on their previous Assouline book, Chic Stays.

The Classics Collection

Secret Stays


Here is history, storytelling, fortunes won and lost, layers to experience.

— Melinda Stevens

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Page count

304 pages

Number of illustrations

over 300



Released on

March 2024


W 64 x L 84 x D 10 cm

Cover materials

Linen hardcover




2.9 kg

Melinda Stevens

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