Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

New for September: Smith hotels in French Polynesia, Marrakech, Marbella, Mexico and more

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & SpaThis month, we dipped into French Polynesia, discovering Manava Suite Resort, a surfers’ paradise in Tahiti; Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, a lagoon-side hotel on Moorea; Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, a hamlet of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora (above); and Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, a secluded escape in the Tuamotus.

In Malaysia, we unearthed Villa Samadhi, a seductive haven in Kuala Lumpur, and Japamala Resort, a relaxed Tioman Island retreat. Thailand delivered Akaryn with its pool-toting suites in Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella, SpainRound Hill Hotel & VillasKoh Samui, and Indonesia dished up a Bali beach break by the name of Anantara Seminyak.

In Europe, we explored La Mirande, a mediaeval mansion in Provence; Borgo Egnazia, a pampering spa stay in Puglia; and Hotel Puente Romano, a shoreside marvel in Marbella (right). Just over the Mediterranean in Morocco, the palm-fringed hideaway of Dar Nanka in Marrakech caught our eye.

Stateside, we found The Roger – a stylish New York City bolthole – before crossing to the West Coast to meet and sun-kissed Californian sanctuary Oceana Santa Barbara. Then we headed south, falling for Casa Sandra, a boho Mexican island getaway on the Riviera Maya.

Hopping to the Caribbean, we were first wowed by the luxe coastal cottages of Cayman Cotton Tree in the Cayman Islands and then by the Ralph Lauren-designed Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Jamaica (above).

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After a decade of holidaying in lacklustre English country cottages, Mr & Mrs Smith Sub-editor Rachel Juarez-Carr's parents went wild in the early Nineties and whisked the family off to Norway; it was while sailing the fjords on a Ukrainian cruise ship that their 11-year-old daughter 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 two travel magazines and photographing everyone and everything. She’s now back in London, happy to be back shooting under grey skies and thrilled to be working with Smith's editorial team.

There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Rachel Author at 9:48 am

    @Cbaker It’s at the end of the penultimate paragraph: “Then we headed south, falling for Casa Sandra, a boho Mexican island getaway on the Riviera Maya.”

  2. Glennon at 3:50 pm

    Casa Sandra, Isla Holbox Mexico – COOL place!

  3. Kimberly at 3:13 pm

    What great additions to the Smith Collection! I have stayed at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and it is amazing!

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