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Archive for June, 2010

Our new guidebook to the best boutique hotels in France is out next week, so we thought we’d start introducing you to some of the (oh-so-lucky and oh-so-stylish) reviewer couples we sent on mystery-shopper missions to cover the 31 deliciously designed stays in Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France. With tastes that run to […]

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In the run-up to the launch of Mr & Mrs Smith’s new France hotel guidebook on 1 July, we’re bringing you a series of posts about one of our favourite European destinations. Today, we visit the romantic-weekend capital of the world with a peek at some of Paris’ hidden delights, courtesy of Francophile femme and […]

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Forget the iPad, the iPhone 4G and the box set of Glee, the one product worthy of aisle-fighting and overnight queuing hails from Smith HQ and it’s set to put some ‘Ooh la la’ into your lives. (Biased, us?) Our new guidebook uncovers the most ravishing, romantic and regal boutique boltholes ever to grace French […]

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This week, a whistlestopping troupe of Alila executives whirled into London to tell all about this boutique super brand and its plans for design domination… Dedicated users of this website will be familiar with hotel-of-the-week-scooping Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali, where clifftop cabanas edge up to the Indian Ocean. The brand is also responsible for […]

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For some time now, Mr & Mrs Smith has  been in cahoots with the gourmandising gurus at Dean & DeLuca, giving the low-down on exceptional food and wine regions around the world. After the success of our Caribbean adventure and our wine-soaked wandering in Napa Valley, the latest stop-off on The Global Gourmet’s world tour […]

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Hopefully, you are by now familiar with the idea that Mr & Mrs Smith has a panel of independent hotel reviewers (if not, check out the post on our hotel reviewer Dita Von Teese; or peek at one of our Smith review posts). We’re planning to introduce you to our secret hotel spies and let […]

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Hotel of the Week: Amberley Castle

Friday, June 18th, 2010

With grey skies looming over Smith HQ, our British-summertime thoughts have turned to log fires and four-posters, floor-to-ceiling tapestries and fleur-de-lys cushions; and by that point they’ve turned south and ever so slightly west towards the portcullis-ed palace of pleasures that is Amberley Castle in West Sussex… Style Moated mediaeval retreat Setting Scenic Sussex Why […]

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Anna Richardson, the presenter of ‘My Big Fat Diet Show’ and author of ‘Anna Richardson’s Body Blitz’ is running an exclusive diet workshop, Body Blitz and Beyond, in Kensington this Saturday, 19 June. We’re a sucker for celebrities revealing their holiday secrets, and a piece on Park-Life.org piqued our interest when we spotted Anna’s bikini-body […]

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Postcard from Berlin: amazing Mitte

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

I guess this should have been titled ‘24 hours in Berlin‘, or ‘Postcard from the bleeding edge’ – but I digress. Berlin’s cutting-edge Mitte district was surely designed with  properly Germanic Wanderlust in mind: grand boulevards march between Bauhaus-era bastions of urban architecture and proud public squares; traditional courtyard blocks have been transformed into a […]

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Tea for two at Dean Street Townhouse

Monday, June 14th, 2010

‘In nothing more is the English genius for domesticity more notably declared than in the institution of this festival – almost one may call it – of afternoon tea… The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.’ (George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft) Is there anyone in the […]

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