Five of the Best Things We're Lusting After...

From floating cinemas to overnight stays in Napoleonic sea forts, there are a few things we’re lusting after here. Well, with all this rain we’ve got to cheer ourselves up somehow...

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Floating Cinema - Thailand

Here at ELLEuk we’re huge fans of a quirky cinema, but this one takes outdoor screenings to a whole new level. Named the Archipelago Cinema, it floats on a raft off the island of Yao Noi in Southern Thailand. Designed by architect Ole Scheeren, it’s built entirely from recycled materials and has giant cushions you can relax back on. It’s only reachable by boat, bringing a new meaning to drive-in cinema. And if you’re really making a romantic break of it, you can always check in at one of our gorgeous honeymoon hotels in Thailand while you’re there...

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USA Summer Road Trip

With the much awaited film adaptation of On the Road hitting cinemas on September 21st (Kristen Stewart and Sam Riley are starring in it – we can’t wait) it’s sparked all sorts of ideas for incredible USA road trips. We’re torn between wanting to hire a Cadillac and drive from New York to Nashville, hometown of some of the best loved blues and jazz legends, or taking the traditional Route 66, which runs through Chicago, Illinois, Texas and Arizona and ends up in LA. Thelma and Louise eat your heart out.

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Spitbank Fort

If you’re thinking of hiring out a special place to stay with friends, then there are few places that can beat this – your very own Grade II-listed Napoleonic-era sea fort. The journey starts in style with champagne, a trip across to the fort by speedboat, and a chance to settle into one of the nine rooms. From there, you can make use of the three bars, the ten-person hot tub and sauna, the wine tasting cellar and dinner cooked by your own personal chef. At £5,000 for full hire for a night, it certainly doesn’t come cheap, but then again, it’s not really your average place to stay...

Penthouses at the Corinthia

If money really were no object whatsoever, we’d do a Rihanna and book ourselves in for a stay at one of the Corinthia’s seven new penthouses. And, boy are they swanky. Built within the towering Victorian turrets, each one is set over two-storeys and is absolutely enormous. Our pick of the bunch (and it’s a tough call) would be the Hamilton Penthouse, with its freestanding vitality bath on the terrace that overlooks Nelson’s Column, or the Royal Penthouse which stands at 5,000 square feet, has uninterrupted 180-degree views of the city, its own private butler’s kitchen and a wine cellar. Actually, who are we kidding? We’d love a stay in any of them. If only our credit cards would stretch...

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Louis Vuitton Packing Service

Surely, there’s nothing more spoiling than having a butler pack your case? Alright, so this one is not quite a butler service, but it’s as good as. Louis Vuitton has put together some brilliant videos on exactly how to pack, so you'll look as chic as possible on holiday. Now all we need is a Louis Vuitton travelling trunk to pack it all in. Failing that, you could always plump for one of our pick of the best packing organisers. They may not be quite as luxurious, but they do the trick.

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