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Archive for December, 2010

Hotel of the week: Hospes Maricel

Friday, December 31st, 2010

We couldn’t let 2010 slip by without a hotel-of-the-week-shaped bang. Taking the winner’s crown for the last time this year is Hospes Maricel, a beachside bolthole in Mallorca… Style Majestic, modern Mallorcan mansion Setting Turquoise Portals Nous bay Why this week? Act fast and book by 2 January to take advantage of the hip hospes’ […]

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Right, are we all done with Christmas now? As if last week’s all-American spa hotel round-up wasn’t enough, we’ve grilled the great and the good from luxury hotel spas near and far to ensure you’re the prettiest, perkiest and most polished partygoer from top to toes this New Year’s Eve. Here’s our mammoth pick of […]

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The House Hotel Nisantasi: hotel of the week

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Hung up your stockings? Wrapped all your presents? Taken the turkey out of the freezer? Poured yourshelf anozher sherry? Then (before tomorrow’s merrymaking mayhem begins) settle back and indulge in a little fantasy holidaymaking, courtesy of this week’s star hotel turn, The House Hotel Nisantasi in Istanbul. It’s a cracker! (Sorry. It’s in Turkey, too, […]

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Outside Smith’s London HQ, the Great Snowpocalypse of 2010 may have brought travel misery to thousands, due to the fact that Britain’s ability to deal with extreme weather is on a level with the Titanic’s ability to deal with icebergs. Inside, however, our cockles are nicely toasty and we’re brimming with festive cheer – largely […]

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Look at the States you’re in! Let our friends in luxury spa hotels sort out your pre- and post-holiday physique with their insider advice on top-to-toe perfection: we’ve grilled personnel from leading pampering parlours and spa stays across the Americas to bring you a healthful dose of detox and DIY tips just in time for […]

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Hotel of the Week: The Royal Oak

Friday, December 17th, 2010

With a white Christmas fully on the cards, we know of a place we’d like to be snowed in at: by the crackling fires and cosy sofas, and feasting on the hearty fare at The Royal Oak in West Sussex… Style Hearth-warming village pub Setting Pretty East Lavant lane Why this week? This is one […]

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2010: part 2

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

In part 1 of our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2010, we brought you a dazzling array of festive wonders and perfect present picks from some of Mr & Mrs Smith’s favourite style mavens, including designer Amanda Wakeley, gifts-galore store Pedlars, and wholesome homeware and clothes boutique Toast. Today, we’re back with a whole new array […]

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2010: part 1

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

If you’re anything like us, when the consumer countdown to Christmas began in, ooh, 1066, you just put your fingers in your ears and went ‘la la la, October is not nearly Christmas time’. But now you’ve suddenly realised that Hallowe’en has been and gone, that Thanksgiving has also, and that the big event is […]

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This week we bring you not one, but two hotels worth hollering about: a double dose of metropolitan cool. Purveyors of haute hotels, the team behind Soho House has a way with super-stylish stays. Isn’t it time to find out what all the buzz is about at their Berlin and New York outposts? Style Boho […]

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‘Tis the season to enjoy the ‘Christmas Pudicure’ at Brown’s Hotel… This unique 90-minute pedicure treatment in the chic spa of this London hotel is the perfect antidote to anyone who’s been pounding the pavements to do their Christmas shopping. The Paul Smith-decorated Christmas tree is reason alone to pop into Brown’s too this season… […]

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