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Archive for November, 2011

Stories from Jamaica: the road to Geejam

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Fresh from his recent undercover Smith mission to review Geejam hotel in Jamaica, New York master of spin Lucien Etori gives us a great big helping of the gorgeous Caribbean island that’s inspired greats from Bob Marley and Ian Fleming to Usain Bolt. One of the reasons I was effervescently excited about this trip to Jamaica, […]

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The Bull Inn: hotel of the week

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Oh, to be clad in chequered knitwear and tweedy plus fours, with a basket of balls beside us, a keen caddie behind us, and a green and pleasant golf course before us. In this lust for all things golf-y, our Hotel of the week spotlight glows brightly upon The Bull Inn, a pretty little pub […]

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From the Caribbean beaches of the Mayan Riviera to Valladolid’s aroma-enhanced retreats, the Yucatán Peninsula is Mexico‘s most indulgent side. Explore ancient treasures and ruined empires, then unleash your ‘picante’ side… From cliff-top Mayan ruins to ocean-edge bars and seductive beats, adventure awaits everywhere. Here, the second largest reef in the world – a paradise of […]

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Eight Thanksgiving escapes a drive from NYC

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

We teamed up with those style-savvy folks at Refinery29 to signpost you to some of our favourite hotels perfect for next week’s Thanksgiving holidays. Now, make no mistake, we love a little feasting with our nearest and dearest in celebration of harvest time: but what if you’re in the mood to sidestep the multi-generational thing […]

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The Beckford Arms: hotel of the week

Friday, November 18th, 2011

We love pubs, we do. Especially ones with a chummy restaurant and bedrooms that you can sneak off to, post-pint. In this mood, we salute The Beckford Arms, an inn we’d love to call our local, and our latest hotel of the week. Style Great Brit-inn Setting Tisbury’s walkers’ wonderland Why this week? We love it […]

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Melbourne day trips: top five art galleries

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Check out Smith’s style-savvy selection of Melbourne day trips, including our top five art galleries within easy reach of the city. Base yourself in a boutique hotel in Melbourne, then mission out to rural Victoria to slake your culture lust. Alluring architecture and design, gorgeous gardens, enticing vineyards and cool cafés await, as well as […]

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The Bloody Mary: probably the best hangover cure known to man. Fact. Also, probably the single best drink you can craft from in-flight trolley ingredients (or, if you’re totally lazy, from Belvedere’s pre-macerated Bloody Mary vodka, right). Fact 2.0. Also, in the wrong hands, potentially the most repulsive, godawful hash of a cocktail on God’s […]

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It’s amore: Mr & Mrs Smith’s love affair with Italy is official (ok, that by itself isn’t really ‘news’, but read on…). Our latest (and, may we modestly suggest, greatest) hotel guidebook brings you 32 hand-picked hotels in Italy, including traditional Puglian trulli, gorgeous guesthouses, spectacular lakeside villas, wonderful farmhouses and dazzling city-centre palazzos. As ever, we […]

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For round two of our Sri Lankan flavour festival, Amangalla boutique hotel in Galle, Sri Lanka, shares recipes for a tasty beetroot curry and refreshing mint sambol, the perfect accompaniments to Wednesday’s seafood curry. BEETROOT CURRY INGREDIENTS 1 tbs vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 5 garlic cloves, cut into thin strips 2 tbs curry powder […]

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Ceylon Tea Trails: hotel of the week

Friday, November 11th, 2011

This week, we want to sip our cuppa in Sri Lanka‘s once-hedonistic Hill Country, with gourmet meals and spa treatments just steps away. Enter Ceylon Tea Trails hotel, four plantation bungalows overlooking terraced tea fields and a mirror-flat lake, with a team of butlers who can whip up your favourite tipple in no time. Style […]

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