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Archive for August, 2010

Maroc around the clock at a romance-inspiring boutique riad in the heart of the Marrakech medina: LUCY FENNINGS picks her favourite souk-side Smith stays

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Hotel of the week: Derwent House

Friday, August 27th, 2010

If you’re kicking yourself for not organising a bank holiday hideaway, seek solace in planning a future escape (three days of picnics and park life are looking unlikely – as usual – with storm clouds on the horizon). We’d like to point you in the direction of the delightful Derwent House, in colourful Cape Town. […]

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Here at Smith HQ, when we’re not living, breathing and loving boutique hotels, we’re drooling over delectable dinners in London, long lunches in Languedoc, superior coffee in the capital and wine-tasting events – even wedding cakes made of cheese. (We take our ‘tastemaker’ title quite seriously, you see.) Typing is mainly practised one-handed, to enable […]

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Bank holiday blues? Don’t forget Paris

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

The August bank holiday (sorry non-UK readers, you may look away now) creeps up on you sometimes, suddenly popping onto the horizon the week before it strikes, and reminding you that it’s the last bona fide long-weekend opportunity before Christmas. Not got a getaway arranged yet? Oh well, never mind, you’ll never find anywhere with […]

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Hotel of the Week: Domes of Elounda

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Every now and again, a hotel comes along into our collection with a wondrous name. Past favourites have included Huvafen Fushi, Alila Villas Hadahaa (we just like saying them), and now [adopt rolling-credits boomy voice], allow us to introduce, from a galaxy far, far away, the Domes of Elounda in Crete… Style Perfectly rounded resort […]

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Not a lot of people know this, but – let us share with you our little secret – Mr & Mrs Smith have been hard at work on a brand new, ultra-slick series of London hotel videos that will give you a Smith-style tour around some of the capital’s best luxury boutique hotels. You’ll have […]

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Inside London #7: there will be Boulud…

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Never let it be said that we would turn down a friend in an hour of need. Especially when said friend is offering dinner. Travel blogger Heather Cowper (who so expertly guided the Smith blog around the gastronomic delights of Lisbon not too long ago, and penned a review of Hotel Avenide Liberdade to boot) […]

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(Royal Mail) Hotel of the Week

Friday, August 13th, 2010

We’re prematurely making like swallows this week and migrating south to Australia‘s Royal Mail Hotel in the Grampians, in search of spectacular skies and taste sensations… Style Country pub gone gourmet Setting Panoramic peaks Why this week? This week, and every week up until the end of September for that matter, Smith members can stay […]

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We know what you’re thinking: how on earth do I pick out the cream of the comedy and avoid the am-dram dullards at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe? How do we know this? Because entertainer, comedian and all-round showmanship-wonder Chris Cox has been peering into his murky toughened glass ball, and he told us. Not […]

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Spectacular spectacular Château de Lartigolle

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Beloved Smith & Friends self-catering property Château de Lartigolle in Gers is known for hosting special social shindigs, and this summer they really wowed us with their Burlesque event. Hope you like my and Gavin Mitchell’s snapshots of this rather sexy soirée. As well as serving a feast in their party-perfect vaulted cellar, London’s Tassel […]

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