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Archive for September, 2011

Blantyre: hotel of the week

Friday, September 30th, 2011

After a week of frantic texting, tweeting, emailing, tweeting, checking Facebook and then tweeting again, maybe what we need is to get away from all those glaring LCD screens and remember what life was like back in the good old days. The ivy-clad Blantyre in Massachusetts would be a welcome escape, with its candlelit dining […]

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As those of us in Blighty prepare to bid farewell to British Summer Time, our TuneSmith Rob Wood selects the sounds to ease the Europeans among us into autumn… Meanwhile, those of you in balmier climes can feel smug about these sexy soundtracks being just the ticket on long, lazy spring evenings too. ALBUM OF […]

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Scope Art Show hits Miami 29 November–4 December, with 80 international galleries in Wynwood Arts District (last year featured Alexia Goethe, Catherine Clark and Flatland Gallery), flaunting contemporary works by the scene’s stars. CHOKRA’s work (above) will be creating the opening-night performance pictured: Al-Mtsaalh Haal photographed by Hronn Axelsdottir To celebrate, we’ve secured best available […]

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Postcard from St Kilda, Melbourne

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Sorry London lovelies, but as you dig around for your winter coat, down-under Smiths are getting set for a scorching summer in St Kilda, Melbourne. This seaside suburb beckons with a host of hot new places to eat, drink and play. Make a weekend of it and stay at St Kilda boutique hotel The Prince, […]

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Southern-fried favourites: do try this at home

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Here are recipes from our hotel-hunting in the Blue Ridge Mountains: namely care of one of its best-kept secrets, a pastoral estate called Primland in the Meadows of Dan, Virginia… This is a land where wild turkeys roam free, stargazers ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ from the observatory and where sybarites can spa themselves silly. While we […]

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Hotel of the week: Cotswold House

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Crackling fires, G&Ts, lovingly landscaped gardens: there are some things that British hotels just excel at. In this current Blighty-loving mood, our hotel-of -the-week spotlight shines oh-so-bright upon Cotswold House, a picture of enticing English gentility if ever we clapped eyes on one… Style State-of-the-art comfort zone Setting Charming Chipping Campden Why this week? We […]

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Temperatures rising: Feel your pulse quicken in Brazil‘s megacity-on-sea, then discover tropical tranquility on its hip northern beaches… From Sugarloaf Mountain to Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro‘s spectacular geography and many-million population make it as dramatic as destinations get. Caipirinhas, baile funk and bar-hopping are part of the electric ‘carpe diem’ culture, which reaches […]

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Inside Hobart: art, wining and dining at MONA

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

It’s a destination better known for its gourmet getaways and wow-inducing wilderness but Tasmania is fast building a reputation for the happening art scene in Hobart. Culture vultures have been flocking to the Tasmanian capital in Australia since the MONA Museum of Old and New Art (pictured above and below) threw open its industrial-sized doors […]

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Fancy travelling the world to check out the latest hot art shows and galleries? When not busy directing Sydney’s popular Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Smith tastemaker Elizabeth Ann Macgregor gives her passport a good workout, keeping up with art happenings from Dubai to Venice. Last week she answered our Q&A – this week, she […]

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The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah: hotel of the week

Friday, September 16th, 2011

With Bali still revelling in dry-season sun, it’s a smart time to sample the tropical delights of this culture-rich Indonesian island. For a rustic retreat in the arty town of Ubud, escape to The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, one of our romantic, hand-picked boutique hotels in Bali. Style Indigenous opulence Setting Endless paddies, misty mountains […]

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