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Archive for November, 2009

Passports with Purpose: Win a $100 gift card

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Last year, the Smith Luxury Travel Blog hooked up with Passports with Purpose – a cunning fundraising initiative fresh from the brains of some of our favourite fellow travel bloggers (including the terrific Debbie from DeliciousBaby), in the hope of filling a piggy bank in aid of deserving causes around the world. It was a […]

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Hotel of the week: Hermitage Bay, Antigua

Friday, November 27th, 2009

The Caribbean summer is on its way – and you can save 25 per cent with our special offer: two reasons why Hermitage Bay this week is very hot indeed Style Asian-inspired Caribbean cottages Setting Secluded Antigua Bay Why this week? When we find a time or a reason not to visit Antigua, we’ll be […]

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Rome sweet Rome

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

So, you think you’ve conquered the Italian capital? Been there, done that, slew the lion, end of. Rome – like Paris or London – can bring out the blasé in seasoned long-weekenders. So here are five ways to freshen things up… Go underground See the layers of history stripped bare at San Clemente basilica. If […]

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Walking in a…Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Last week, we banished all Scrooge-worthy cries of ‘but it’s only NOVEMBER!’ from the office as we embraced the massive Christmas-shaped bang taking place over London‘s Hyde Park. We donned our bobble hats, slipped on our mittens and skipped along to the bright lights of Winter Wonderland to try out the 20-acre festive playground… With […]

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Sun, sea and supermodels

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

It’s not often that Bahia is given a run for its money in the beauty stakes. But when 11 supermodels descended upon the beach at the Uxua Casa Hotel to be snapped by Terry Richardson for Pirelli’s 2010 calendar, we reckon the Brazilian bolthole met its match. Sporting the skimpiest of skimpies (or no skimpies […]

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If you haven’t yet seen the work of hip homewares-customiser Lou Rota… well, you should. Lou forages for cast-off crockery and furniture, reinvents it using collage, découpage and a healthy dose of imagination, and produces some of the most intriguing eco-chic artworks around today. Plastic stacking chairs are given fabulous floral makeovers and chintz-patterned china […]

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Our offer of the year – 2 nights for the price of 1 – across a wealth of properties in the UK, Paris and Morocco has been behind many a judging decision when it comes to pinpointing Hotel of the week of late. Now, the offer has just one week left to run. You’ve got […]

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Christmas cooking with Raymond Blanc

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

We Smiths like to rank ourselves rather highly in the cookery stakes. In fact, a week rarely goes by without Gareth bringing in baking-parchment parcels containing new-recipe treats or Anthony relaying his latest culinary combinations (eg. pork balls and rice for breakfast). But if there’s any time of year when you need skills in the […]

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Make mine an… architectural punch bowl

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Jelly. A curious entity – reminiscent of school days, lumpy custard and Seventies trifles. Many would agree it’s an unlikely object of passion. Not Bompas & Parr, the oddballs behind the Horseless Carriage of Curiosities, Flavour Tripping and the breathable cocktail. Their slippery creations include wobbly wedding cake-alternatives for adventurous brides, alcoholic stars for Courvoisier, […]

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Hotel of the Week: Aviator

Friday, November 13th, 2009

We’ve taken to the skies this week and, after looping the loop over farm and field, we have landed in Hampshire to award our Hotel of the Week accolade to one-of-a-kind aeronautical affair, the Aviator hotel… Style: Silver belle Setting: Airfields of Farnborough Why this week? Until the end of the year, you can stay […]

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