New for October: Smith hotels in Thailand, Cambodia, Spain, Portugal, Antigua and beyond

This month, we’ve circled the globe adding stylish hotels to our hand-picked collection. First, we escaped to Thailand, falling for Anantara Rasananda (above) – a blissful Koh Phangan beach retreat – and then for 137 Pillars House, a stylish heritage stay in Chiang Mai. As we continued our travels in Asia, we were wowed by swish Hong Kong sanctuary The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Siem Reap designer den Shinta Mani, and a chilled-out resort near Angkor Wat named Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa (below).

Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Over in Europe, we did some top-class people-watching on the Passeig de Gràcia from our base at the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, a luxe hideaway in the cool Catalan capital. Then, we  took the waters at Vidago Palace – an opulent Portuguese manor fit for royalty in a spa village near the country’s northern border. After that, we were off to France, where we tucked in to some marvellous meals at Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle, a gourmet getaway in Provence.

Stateside, we found high-roller heaven at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, then sipped mojitos by the pool at the very glam King & Grove Tides Hotel (right) in Miami. After all that partying, it was time to relax… and we found the ideal places: the Olive Boutique Hotel (an intimate idyll in beautiful Puerto Rico) was the first to catch our eye, followed by the charming coastal cottages of the Inn at English Harbour in Antigua.

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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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