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Archive for January, 2013

What’s on your mind? Absolutely nothing

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Did you catch our recent Facebook poll? We asked you whether the best refreshment for your mind was stimulation or sloth, and the consensus was clear: don’t overthink it – just take off for someplace sunny. Rather than trying to kick-start your neurons with culture-packed city tours and gallery visits, you should give in to the […]

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When simply opening the front door unleashes icy blasts that cut straight to the bone, it’s time to head south. Don’t stop until you reach Casa Sandra, an intimate island getaway just a quick jaunt from the Riviera Maya, where you can sink your toes into the sand and swing for hours in a hammock. […]

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Can’t decide between a chill-out holiday or a cultural break? Boutique retreat Alila Ubud in Bali offers a serene mix of both, with poolside pampering in the tropical jungle just a hop from the island’s arty heartland… Style Verdant hillside village Setting Sweet valley high Why this week? Book through Smith by 31 January to enjoy our exclusive […]

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Blow our own trumpet? Us?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

See this artwork? Those clever dicks at Goosebumps made us do it. To mark a decade of sending naughty boys and girls straight to their rooms, we got in bed with London brand consultants, Goosebumps. One thing led to another… …Next thing we knew, there was a ménage à trois carrying on at Blakes in South Kensington. […]

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Anemi Hotel, Folegandros: hotel of the week

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Nothing puts a spring in one’s step more than the prospect of a sunny holiday: here’s something for summer 2013. Like lazing by a pool and eating langoustines? You’ll love our hotel of the week… Style Clifftop minimalist luxury Setting Unspoilt Aegean island Why this week? Why ever not? Anemi Hotel is one of our […]

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We’re starting the new year as we mean to go on, with a host of heavenly hotels. This month, we’ve already enjoyed a Tuscan tryst: we were seduced by a cosmopolitan Chianti castle, Castello del Nero and also Villa Armena, a baroque villa near Siena. In London, the witty Ampersand hotel in Kensington wowed us, […]

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Amangani, Jackson Hole: hotel of the week

Friday, January 4th, 2013

It’s all downhill from here. Or at least that’s the case at Amangani, a three-storey sweep of sandstone and redwood in the Rocky Mountains, with postcard-perfect views of snowy peaks, and easy access to some of the best skiing in the US. The hotel itself is a winter wonderland, with a cosy library, a steaming […]

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