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Archive for January, 2012

Five of the best Bali boltholes

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Given the abundance of gorgeous getaways on Indonesia’s most popular island, deciding which are the best Bali boutique hotels is a tough gig. As ever, we’re happy to do the hard work for you, in the name of research. Just back from a recent tour of stylish Smith stays there, we’ve selected five top spots […]

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In honour of yesterday’s Australia Day celebrations (for which our Melbourne team naturally took a day off in the sunshine, and laughed at their colleagues in London and NY while eating Samboy barbecue chips and Tim Tams), we bring you Spicers Canopy, a glorious glamping getaway in Australia’s Scenic Rim. Style Back to nature Setting […]

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We love the cool Scandi chic of wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen, from its hot Danish design to its effortlessly fashionable locals. We’ve got the insider scoop on shopping in Copenhagen: where to buy Scandianvian style must-haves, sip creative cocktails and snack on traditional smørrebrød sandwiches. One of the top names in Copenhagen’s design directory is Georg […]

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Sri Lanka boutique hotels: curators of cool

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

When the Colombo Art Biennale hits town next month, two of Smith’s Sri Lanka boutique hotels will be front and centre for the line-up of exciting events. Capital Colombo will swap colonial grandeur for cutting-edge cool from 15 to 19 February, as artists, curators and performers gather for exhibitions, talks and dinners across the city. […]

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The Wheatsheaf Inn: hotel of the week

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Banish the January blues by canoodling in the country: The Wheatsheaf Inn will do nicely. This historic Cotswolds coaching inn seems to have it all: stylish rooms, a parade of strokeable livestock for children, and a restaurant that capitalises on its rural bounty. There’s also that title-snatching cocktail from the recent Cotswolds Bloody Mary Competition… Style […]

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Bringing your travels home is not just about snapping up souvenirs, it’s also about reworking ideas from the road – a colour palette, graphic pattern or tactile handmade object – to suit your style. Global nomads can find interiors inspiration anywhere, from a walk around a new town to museums, galleries, flea markets or food […]

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Best coffee in Australia?

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Think you know your coffee? Tell us where to find the best coffee in Australia for your chance to win a copy of new book Coffee Trails by Toby Smith. Not only does this java master sport our favourite name, his cool cafés in Sydney and hip espresso bars in Melbourne make our mornings much […]

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January and detoxing go together like Brad and Angelina. Tis the season to give your body and mind an MOT, boosting wellbeing levels and booting those pesky bad habits into touch. So where better to kickstart those 2012 Brand New You resolutions, than at luxe private retreat Como Shambhala Estate in Bali, one of the […]

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We couldn’t forgive ourselves if we didn’t begin 2012 in style. Luckily, this month’s exploring unwrapped some super new Smith hotels in Somerset, Shropshire and Naples. First we checked into The Swan Wedmore, a pub with poise (and a darn good restaurant) in Sedgemoor, a quiet, pretty patch of Somerset. Here we discovered real ale, the […]

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Postcard from Transylvania

Monday, January 9th, 2012

My journey to Romania started in a Chiswick bookshop. Our Transylvania destination guide recommends a few books; standing in the travel section William Blacker’s Along the Enchanted Way looked just the ticket for a taste of northern Romania. By the time we reached Copsamare Guesthouses I’d already been charmed by the country folk and entertained […]

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