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Archive for October, 2012

Unlike the upscale Barossa, the Clare Valley favours farmer-portioned servings over fine dining. The Riesling Trail, fine stone buildings and excellent local produce are the stars of the show – and quite rightly. Europeans first settled here in the 1840s (the region is named after the county in Ireland), and Clare Valley still wears its 160-year architectural and […]

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Esencia, Riviera Maya: hotel of the week

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Tired of non-stop political ads for the upcoming US election? Escape to the wonk-free splendour of the Riviera Maya, where you can laze by the Caribbean beach at Esencia, our hotel of the week… Style Less-is-more luxe Setting Tropical Caribbean seaside Why this week? Believe what you will about the supposed upcoming Mayan doomsday, but if you want […]

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For the long-haul: our top in-flight travel tips

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

In it for the long-haul? Mr & Mrs Smith has style counsel for your destination: Lucy Fennings rounds up an insider in-flight guide to looking good en route and on the ground…

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On the northern tip of Hamilton Island, and renowned for its jaw-dropping surrounds, Australian dream-holiday-hotspot Qualia in Queensland has just officially earned itself the rather amazing title Best Resort in the World courtesy of the region’s Condé Nast Traveler readers. It’s only happened three times before in the prestigious survey’s 25-year history, but we’re not entirely surprised […]

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Imagine if your weekend plans involved a friendly farmstead in the South African winelands with an outdoor pool overlooking Table Mountain, lovely local staff and a clutch of resident pelicans, porcupines and owls. Step forward Hawksmoor House, our hotel of the week… Style Cape Dutch country house Setting Matjieskuil Farm winelands estate Why this week? Weather-wise, this […]

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Kit Kemp Q&A: her vision for A Living Space

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Firmdale’s interiors impresario Kit Kemp is revered for her eye-catching, witty interiors (she cruised into our pick of the world’s Top 10 Boutique Hotel Designers). Not only that, she’s a lovely, funny woman who’s passionate about what she does. Lucky us: she has just released her first design book, packed with behind-the-scenes tips, endless interiors […]

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Geejam, Jamaica: hotel of the week

Friday, October 12th, 2012

It’s time to face the music: we’re smitten with the laidback Jamaican vibe at Geejam. Owned by music producers – and a favourite hideaway for chart-toppers – the hotel has just the right blend of rainforest rusticity and beachy relaxation. Style Music mogul’s cabins Setting Rainbow-coloured rainforest Why this week? Don’t say we don’t treat you well. Geejam […]

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Giving the Galapagos a run for its flora and fauna, Kangaroo Island – nicknamed KI in local parlance – is to nature what Rome is to ancient relics or the Barossa is to vino. A pristine 155km wilderness of wetlands, woodland and waterfront that is so southerly, if you were to keep going, you’d hit Antarctica. Just […]

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StyleNest founder Hannah Rouch Q&A

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Since we’re in the family way (or will be very soon: look out for smithandfamily.co.uk on an internet near you), we spend a lot of time scouting around for anything that makes parenting that little bit easier, or reminds you that, even though you’ve had kids, you’re still a human, with your own interests, passions […]

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Not your classic campsite, nor your typical tents; glamping is rarely as romantic as on the white coral sands of just-remote-enough Wilson Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the ultimate barefoot-luxury getaway. Style Cool castaway camping Setting Tiny sandy cay Why this week? Don’t say we don’t treat you well. Book Smith’s exclusive Wilson Island […]

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