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Archive for October, 2010

Where better to fête the launch of our brand new south-east Asia hotel guide than one of south-east Asia’s newest hotels, the Alila Luang Prabang? Mr & Mrs Smith are currently tucked up at Laos’ latest luxe lovenest – so, hot on the heels of yesterday’s Postcard from Laos, here are their thoughts on their […]

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Postcard from Laos: Alila life less ordinary

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Our intrepid AsiaPac counterparts report back from their travels on the hotter side of the globe, with news just in from Laos, where Team Smith has just checked into the brand new Alila Luang Prabang to celebrate the launch of our new South-East Asia hotel guide… Nothing says ‘making an entrance’ quite like a vintage […]

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Love is in the hair

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

November’s just around the corner, which means that the charitable moustachioed types over at Movember are swinging into action again. If you’ve never encountered their unique method of combining fundraising with facial-hair growth, now’s your chance. Movember is a globe-spanning annual initiative dedicated to raising money for men’s health charities, particularly in relation to prostate […]

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Insider address book: Amanda Wakeley

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Following up on our interview with Amanda Wakeley earlier this year (not to mention her chic weekend packing tips post), we’ve delved further into her non-stop fashion life to bring you all the best tips from her international travels. Here, the OBE-bestowed British fashion designer, brides’ best friend and all-round wonderwoman reveals the most stylish […]

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Let us show you a good time… Having exercised their bed-testing, cocktail-sampling, staff-assessing muscles on behalf of Mr & Mrs Smith, some of our anonymous hotel reviewers have turned Smith destination spy, feeding our travel-hungry online wanderlust generator with new and inspiring travel and destination tips (see, for example, our insider guide to the Edinburgh […]

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Hotel of the Week: Hotel Healdsburg

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

We’re California dreamin’ this week, and dishing out our prize to a wine-country wonder in Sonoma County. We’re not the only fans: Trazzler’s Adam Rugel counts it as his favourite weekend escape. Something to do with hotel heaven, and a farmers’ market… Style Cockle-warming wine retreat Setting Sonoma vineyard country Why this week? From late […]

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Another day, another travel award…

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Sorry to brag, but hey, we’re starting to feel like James Cameron… Mr & Mrs Smith has been cleaning up on the awards circuit recently. Fresh from our recent successes at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards (Best Travel Website runner-up) and the Travolution ceremony (Travel Brand of the Year; Best Accommodation-only Website), oops – […]

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In the diary: bonfire night at Leeds Castle

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

LEEDS CASTLE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR When? 6–7 November Where? Maidstone, Kent (Not Leeds. Obviously.) What? Fireworks light up the sky (and reflect beautifully in the lake) on this proper olde English night (and day) out, amid the mediaeval splendour of Leeds Castle and its grounds – all to the strains of famous film scores. There isn’t […]

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Hotel of the week: St Moritz Hotel

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, oh we do like to be beside the sea – especially when bedding down in a multi-talented modernist resort overlooking the Camel Estuary, with a Cowshed spa and a brasserie restaurant to meet all our epicurean needs. St Moritz Hotel debuts as our latest hotel of […]

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William Drew, host of the National Restaurant Awards and editor of Restaurant magazine, dishes the dirt on last night’s winners’ dinner event in London. On the menu? Flamboyant chefs, dazzling dishes, and some of the UK’s best restaurants, boutique-hotel bistros and restaurants with rooms… ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– I’ve just emerged from a large room full of the […]

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