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Archive for November, 2012

Coqui Coqui Tulum: hotel of the week

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The last days of the Mayan calendar are almost upon us… and where better to hide from the end of the world than the paradisiacal Mayan Riviera? With an ocean-inspired spa and just seven rooms, Coqui Coqui Tulum is the ideal end-times beach retreat… Style Riffing on Mayan ruins Setting Beachfront Boca Paila Why this […]

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We like to think we know how to spot what’s special about a city within moments of arriving there – not least in Italy, where last year we spent a lot of time scouring cobbled streets and Renaissance piazzas for secrets to share in our recent Italy hotel guide.   Meet some like-minded spirits: founders of […]

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Samling, the Lake District: hotel of the week

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

This week, we’re lusting after a lakeside stay with an excellent restaurant and rooms with watery prospects. Step forward Samling: a Lake District hideaway with crackling fires and a cracking menu – the hotel was even named ‘World’s Best for Dining’ at the recent Boutique Hotel Awards. Style A very English retreat Setting Lakeside wilderness Our favourite […]

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Kirimaya, Thailand: hotel of the week

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Feel the beat of the Thai jungle at Kirimaya boutique hotel in Khao Yai, just a few hours’ drive north-east of Bangkok. Go elephant-spotting on safari in the national park, slip into the soothing spa or enjoy a round of golf with a backdrop of tropical mountains… Style Grown-up rustic retreat Setting Forested foothills Why […]

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Insider travel tips: chef Neil Perry

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Acclaimed Sydney-based chef Neil Perry recently shared his insider travel tips with Smith. Now, to mark the launch of his new book Easy Weekends (Murdoch Books, AU$50), he spills the beans on his favourite spots to eat, drink and play at home and away, opening up the pages of his little black book. Rockpool in […]

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Project runway: plane-to-party travel tips

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Are you a fly-by-night kinda gal? We’ve got style counsel for your party destination: Lucy Fennings helps you land the right look, with day-to-night dresses, stay-put foundation and ante-upping accessories

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Wine capital of Australia, the Barossa in South Australia is a world-class grape-growing region, as well as a destination with a full-bodied heritage. An intoxicating blend of valleys and viticulture, many of the 150 vineyards open their cellar doors for astute holidaymakers to taste their tipples, and on Seppeltsfield Road alone 16 small producers beg to […]

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Chewton Glen, New Forest: hotel of the week

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Eager to take your minibreaks to new heights? Book a spectacular treehouse hotel room at our best boutique spot of the week, Chewton Glen in the New Forest. With floor-to-ceiling windows and underfloor heating, the circular treehouse Loft Suites are the ideal spot for canoodling love birds, or for a luxurious child-friendly holiday hideaway… Style […]

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Neil Perry Q&A: we ask the questions

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

High-flying Rockpool chef Neil Perry spends almost as much time on the road as he does at home in Sydney. That’s what happens when you you have restaurants in three Australian states – Rockpool on George, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple in Sydney, Rockpool Bar & Grill in Perth, and Spice Temple, Rockpool […]

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During this month’s search for sparkly new Smith hotels, there were two words on our lips: Costa Rica. We played ‘I Spy’ (the sea) at Latitude 10‘s bohemian beachfront casitas on the Nicoya Peninsula, developed a design crush at Kurá‘s minimalist jungle bungalows in Uvita, played Tarzan and Jane at Lapa Rios‘ tropical treehouses on the Osa Peninsula and got coffee-drunk at Finca Rosa […]

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