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Archive for December, 2009

Financial director in desk-leaving shocker…

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

(aka, Ed heads to Melbourne) The Smith Luxury Travel Blog team are feeling smug. For the first time in recorded history, Mr & Mrs Smith’s intrepid financial director, Ed Orr, has volunteered to contribute to our blog. (Perhaps he finally noticed the awards on our shelf and wanted in on the action). Ed recently paid […]

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Quaffing and scoffing at the LCC

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Like highly trained hounds snuffling for truffles, the Smith collective is always on the hunt for new drinking dens. However, even we were surprised to hear of a new liquor-laden lair (with flair) in Leicester Square – aka the veritable armpit of London). We’d been invited to a Christmas shindig at the London Cocktail Club […]

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Hotel of the Week: Lion Sands, Ivory Lodge

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Having scaled the dizzy mountain heights last week, this time we’ve hunted down the ultimate adventure for Smith amateur explorers. Top of the food chain is Lion Sands in Kruger National Park. Style Boutique bushveld Setting Extraordinary plain Why this week? Christmas is upon us, and while tradition may have encouraged you to expect bell-jingling […]

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Top five children’s travel essentials

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

This week, a lot of us will be bundling kids into cars, planes or trains  and taking them to whichever lucky relatives have the pleasure this Christmas – or maybe even running away from it all to a hotel. To help avoid any ‘are we there yet?’-inspired infanticide, we asked Kayt Sukel, writer, mother, Smith […]

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Hotel of the Week: Jade Mountain

Friday, December 18th, 2009

As the tension rises for this week’s conquering hero, so does the temperature and the altitude. For sea-salty spectacle and hilltop high drama, it could be none other than Jade Mountain on the island of St Lucia… Style Supervillain’s island lair Setting Balmy bayside heights Why this week? We’ve connived to get you five nights […]

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To the untrained eye, truffles may resemble nothing so closely as potatoes and lumps of volcanic rock. But this doesn’t deter some of the world’s most refined palates from shaving them into risottos and whipping them up with scrambled eggs. The white Piedmont truffle, with its mild, earthy flavour and wonderful aroma, is the pinnacle […]

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Around the world in 14 books

Monday, December 14th, 2009

When trying to find the perfect tome to give someone at Christmas, how to resist the mawkish marketing-led drive on the three-for-two stand? The best advice is to follow your heart and give something you love. In case your heart’s own library of travel books is lacking, we interrogated Team Smith to bring you our […]

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Hotel of the week: Lizard Island Resort

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The competition’s hotting up for this little accolade, and one resort that preserves an effortless cool whatever the weather is Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Style Reef encounter Setting Rugged island Eden Why this week? Because winter has no dominion here. Australia’s blissful, sun-blanched loveliness is unmarred by any thoughts of rain, sleet, […]

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Tequila tutorials at the Met Bar

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

There’s been lots of festive cheer at Smith HQ lately but after a German-market bratwurst too many and an emotional Sunday afternoon spent weeping to It’s a Wonderful Life at the Soho Hotel, we decided we needed a lift. We found it at the Met Bar in the shape of £50-a-shot Patrón tequila. It makes […]

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It may have been getting dark at 4.10pm but that hasn’t stopped us venturing out from our cosy comfort into the cold this Christmas. We’ve been searching Europe for its brightest boutique stars, calling in on France, Italy, Spain and the UK… Just in time for the winter snows, allow us to introduce Les Servages […]

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