New for July: Smith hotels in Thailand, Croatia, Marrakech, Sweden, Argentina and beyond

This month, we enjoyed some barefoot bliss at Niyama in the Maldives, iconic Australian adventure at Arkaba Station & Walk in Flinders Ranges, some super-luxe suites at Indigo Pearl on Phuket’s northern shores, and a Euro-Thai high rise named Hotel Muse in Bangkok.

In Marrakech, we discovered Palais Namaskar, a Balinese-inspired masterpiece (above), and in Europe we found plenty of Continental glamour at Poseidonion in Spetses, Greece, the catwalk-ready La Maison Champs Elysées (left) in the heart of Paris’ Golden Triangle and Hotel Stelor, a boho barnyard guesthouse in Gotland, Sweden. Then we were off to Spain, where Predi Son Jaumell, a 400-year-old estate; Font Santa Hotel, an all-natural spa sanctuary; and Hotel Can Cera, a palace in Palma – all caught our eye.

Next, we found a contrasting pair of Italian beauties: flirty Fifties spot Capri Tiberio Palace in Capri and Monastero Santa Rosa, an ancient former monastery on the Amalfi Coast. We continued along the seafront and arrived in Croatia for the very first time, adding Villa Dubrovnik (a cliff-hugging coastal hotspot, right) and secluded island hideaway Lesic Dimitri Palace to our hand-picked collection.

Over in the Americas, we fell in love with a literary-minded Argentine stay, Hotel Pulitzer Buenos Aires; then found Inn at the Presidio, a uniquely renovated US Army barracks in San Francisco, which made us stand to attention. Finally, we relaxed at the Inn at Verity, a laid-back boutique hotel tucked away in downtown Toronto.

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It was while sailing the Norwegian fjords on a Ukrainian cruise ship aged 11 that Rachel Juarez-Carr decided she loved travel. Once she completed her journalism degree at the University of Westminster, Rachel ran off to Los Angeles and crisscrossed the US for the next seven years, writing for travel magazines and photographing everyone and everything. She’s currently back home in London, thrilled to be back shooting under grey skies and serving as Mr & Mrs Smith's senior editor.

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