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Archive for February, 2012

Stylish bar 1105 mixologist Gromit Eduardsen – inventor of the delicious Copenhagen Cocktail – knows a thing or two about where to go for a good time. He shares his recipe for a top night out with Smith reviewer and travel blogger Heather Cowper… If you were taking friends out dinner in Copenhagen, where would […]

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Desert Palm, Dubai: hotel of the week

Friday, February 24th, 2012

If you’re even vaguely interested in horse-racing, this should quicken your pulse: the Cup season is almost upon us. No, not just Cheltenham’s Gold one; the Dubai World Cup – dubbed the ‘world’s richest horse race’. Our hotel of the week? Private polo estate turned boutique resort Desert Palm, the perfect retreat for event-loving jetsetters… Style Italo-Arab […]

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We’re not the sort that likes to sing our own praises (ok, we are, a bit), but we’d like to ask you to raise a glass of virtual prosecco in honour of our shiniest new gong: Best Travel Guide. Our Italy guidebook – the most recent addition to the Smith travel bookshelf – scooped the […]

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On a recent weekend away in the Queensland capital, we hit up some of Brisbane’s best bars and restaurants before our heads hit the pillow at designer haven Spicers Balfour Hotel. Here are our tips for eating and drinking in Fortitude Valley, just a short hop from this hip urban bolthole. If you’re staying at Spicers […]

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Swaying palms, soft white sand, sparkling waters (and champagne): if you’re a bride to be, chances are you’ve fantasised about a beach wedding in Thailand. Smith reviewer and roving travel reporter Carmen Roberts spills the beans on her dream destination wedding at Trisara, a romantic resort in Phuket… What wowed you most about Trisara as a wedding hotel? Privacy […]

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Soniat House, New Orleans: hotel of the week

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Temperance can wait: we’re gathering our beads and heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. French Quarter favourite Soniat House hotel is a quiet charmer right in the heart of the action. Whether you party all night or sit back on your balcony with a julep, there are plenty of ways to let the good […]

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If you’re planning your diary and looking for things to do in Melbourne, take a peek at the Malthouse Theatre’s sensational season opener, The Wild Duck. Running from 17 February to 17 March, this cutting-edge play has picked up a slew of awards, including three Helpmanns and four Sydney Theatre Awards (that’s serious stuff down […]

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Diving in Fiji: the best dive destinations

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Diving in Fiji will blow you away. This beach-blessed South Pacific archipelago is considered one of the world’s best dive destinations, and whether you’re a qualified scuba diver or a first-time snorkeller, the rainbow-bright tropical fish and vibrant coral will leave you breathless. On a foray to find new boutique hotels in Fiji, Smith took […]

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The Sarojin, Phang Nga: hotel of the week

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Rev up the romance with the ultimate Thai beach break at The Sarojin hotel, Phang Nga, which likes to play Cupid with seductive suites, a come-hither pool and spa, and white-sand shores. Sitting pretty on a sublime stretch of coastline, it’s the perfect place to unwind in style with your Valentine. Style Secluded tropical retreat […]

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Organised romance: what an arousal-squashing concept. Discerning lovers should bypass all the pink and sickly tack for some unabashed indulgence – from helicopter rides to ladies in lakes – at our romantic hotels. Mr & Mrs Smith built a business around the art of seduction, so who better to entrust with your night(s) of passion? […]

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