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Archive for January, 2011

To go with the generous boutique-hotel glut represented by our recent South-East Asia hotel guide, and the joyous bounty of new Asia-Pacific destinations made Smith by our office in Melbourne, we’ve resolved to bring you more news and views from the other side of the globe (or, from your side, if you’re reading this in […]

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Hotel of the week: the Spire

Friday, January 28th, 2011

As Britain’s temperature pauses at a shiver-inducing low, there’s just one thing on our minds: escape. New Zealand‘s colour-rich countryside and sweeping coasts are calling to us. With that in mind, our ‘Hotel of the week’ spotlight has cast its glitzy glow upon The Spire, in Queenstown. Style Urbane sophisticate Setting Charming church-side lane Why […]

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Hotel of the week: Luxx, Bangkok

Friday, January 21st, 2011

This week, our minds have wandered in spirit to the southern hemisphere, where all the sensible folk have been spending January. You get more than a dose of Vitamin D at Luxx in Bangkok… Style Less is more Setting Shopping-central Silom Why this week? Smith members booking a stay from now until April can get […]

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The art of happiness (and epicureanism)

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Ever fantasised about a dinner party where Nuno Mendes is cooking and you have Alain de Botton to chat to? Sign up for A Feast With Epicurus at Viajante, Tuesday 25 January (7.30–10.30pm). ‘Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily,’ said Epicurus. And were he still around, no doubt you’d spot the […]

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Hotel of the week: Castello di Vicarello

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Sometimes, the word ‘hotel’ feels mighty inadequate. When describing Castello di Vicarello for instance: a mediaeval castle that’s magical, rustic, romantic, luxurious, warmly welcoming, irresistible and utterly unforgettable. How can such a thing be summed up in one two-syllable word? With that in mind, we’ve written an entire blog post in its honour, spurred on […]

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New year, new hotels: welcome to 2011

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The festivities may be over and it’s a long old slog to spring, but here’s something to get excited about: we’ve a host of new boutique beauties debuting at Smith this January… In Morocco, we made our first foray into Fez and found Palais Amani, a citrus-scented restored riad within the ancient city walls. We […]

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We all know it’s traditional to begin the new year with a detox regime – but there’s no need to cringe in fear: it doesn’t have to be a painful week of cabbage-broth concoctions, brutally early running sessions and caffeine-withdrawal headaches. As part of our bumper spa guide series, we’ve grilled the world’s health and […]

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Hotel of the week: St Regis DC

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The way to our hearts is through our bellies, and this week we’re dying to try the award-winning delights at the St Regis hotel in Washington DC. January detox, us? You’re having a laugh… Style Old-world wow Setting Right by the White House Why this week? Until the end of February, Smith members can stay […]

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Welcome to 2011! Here to ring in the changes is TuneSmith Rob Wood, marking another step towards the future with a blast from the past… ALBUM OF THE MONTH Tron Legacy by Daft Punk When? Online or off Why? It’s return-to-form cyberpunk funk The future has never sounded so retro: Daft Punk are here to […]

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