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Archive for February, 2010

Hotel of the Week: The 1770 House

Friday, February 26th, 2010

We’re heading over to the heavenly Hamptons this week to decisively declare the picket-fenced and prim 1770 House in East Hampton our favourite hotel (for the next seven days at least)… Why this week? Mr & Mrs Smith members should move fast (before 1 April at any rate) for a free night if they stay […]

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Hotel design: East vs West

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet? Join the discussion, hotel lovers… See The New York Times’ T Magazine piece: For the Moment | East vs. West Pictured: Sukhothai, Bangkok, left; Miller’s Residence, London, below. Adding their tuppence to the debate, from the Mr & Mrs Smith team, were: […]

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Hotel of the Week: Aquapura

Friday, February 19th, 2010

A few too many stacks of pancakes this week have left us in need of a detox. We can’t think of anywhere better to cleanse body and soul than at Aquapura, Portugal’s sexiest spa retreat… Style Sprawling spa retreat Setting Dazzling Douro wine country Why this week? This perfectly positioned former farmhouse has had a […]

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Value: it’s not just about price

Friday, February 19th, 2010

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that an economy-conscious climate means a demand for value. But what even the sharpest travelers don’t always realise is that the price tag isn’t the only consideration. This piece for New York Times’ T magazine blog weighs up the part the following play on determining hotel-rate value: […]

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Who to trust in travel?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Dear Mr & Mrs Smith readers, As we all know, the way we book travel has changed so much in the last decade. So who to trust when you’re seeking stylish stays? I discuss trust in my latest post for The New York Times. Trust is especially crucial for anyone who cares about the decor […]

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Seizing the Moment in NYC

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

We rather love The New York Times’ T magazine over here in Smith HQ. So I was honoured when they asked me to write some posts for their blog, The Moment. In the first post, I chew over that beloved of Mr & Mrs Smith boutique-travel topics, weekending – which to us, is boutique travel […]

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Hotel design: Lucy Mangan vs Victoria Beckham

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Apparently Victoria Beckham has been asked to design a hotel in Dubai. We loved The Guardian‘s Lucy Mangan’s entertaining article If Posh Spice can design a hotel, why can’t I? published last Saturday. Lucy Mangan reviewed the Bull Hotel in Dorset for Mr & Mrs Smith. Tweet

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Kiss and tell us…

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, leaving a trail of red envelopes, chocolate wrappers and dishevelled hotel sheets in its wake. If there was ever a time to dish the dirt on your love life, it’s now… We like to think that we know a thing or two about dirty weekends, but we reckon you […]

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Views on Valentine’s Day by Sally Phillips

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

A while ago, we chatted with the Handpicked Collection about superiority in gift selection. With the 16th Best Day of the Year* for Lovers speedily approaching, comedian Sally Phillips gives us her take on what she’d really love for Cupid’s calendar moment… Valentine’s Day. The day I try hardest not to look like a gerbil […]

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Hotel of the Week: The Balé, in Bali

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Chocolates and flowers – pah! The ultimate Valentine’s Day surprise has to be a trip away, preferably to sun-kissed, sandy and secluded shores (diamonds, champagne on ice and roses optional, but highly recommended). Having dropped some heavy hints, Team Smith are hoping to be whisked away to the boutique Balé, in beautiful Bali (greedy, us?). […]

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