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We’re going bush – but we won’t be any roughing it on this trip. Crystal -blue waters, adventure-packed afternoons and aphrodisiac oysters are just a few of seductive Saffire‘s lures. Escape to the most eastern edge of Tasmania, ocean to one side, rocky mountains and green hills on the other and nothing but fresh Pacific air in between. […]

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Did we fool you with ‘Love is in the Air‘, our tongue-in-cheek take on romantic travel for 1 April? We can’t really arrange for you to take love to a higher plane en route to your boutique hotel, but our brilliant Travel Team has arranged all manner of unusual hotel arrivals and special sorties, from gondola cruises […]

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After our Easter holiday spring-cleaning spree we’ll be in need of a well-earned European city break. Spanish boutique hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar – in architecturally arresting Valencia – appeals to our newfound neat freak with spotless monochrome minimalism… Style Minimalist modern palace Setting Edge of the old town Why this week? Book by 20 April to get […]

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Sunsets, happening creative hangouts, independent boutique boltholes, a Bohemian vibe (literally) and sweet sweet booze (literally)… it’s a hackneyed meme, sure, but: what’s not to like about Budapest? Don’t just take our word for it: check out this city-guide-cum-diary from roving reporter Robin Reetz. This travel-lovin’ Atlanta gal is a London-based lifestyle and fashion writer who has […]

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We’re in the mood for a really good bash – copious cool drinks, non-stop dancing and a groovy poolside stay. Which is why we’re all about California dreamin’ right now and the retro-chic Viceroy Palm Springs. Let’s get this party started… Style Hollywood regency spa resort Setting Manicured Mojave desert oasis Why this week? Oh, we don’t mean […]

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Gourmet Getaways #3: Gidleigh Park

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

For the third instalment in our Gourmet Getaways series we’re brandishing our knives and forks in Michael Caines’ much-lauded, two-Michelin-star restaurant at Devon-set moorland manor Gidleigh Park, which takes pride of place in our new gourmet hotels collection. Caines’ cuisine regularly tops foodie-favourite lists; and we’re not ones to argue – in fact we firmly believe that his […]

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Spring is finally here and we’re bursting with joy. Barbecues! Bare legs! Long afternoons in the park! The capital is tipsy on sunshine and heading to the best roofs with a view, cocktail firmly in hand. Our pick of the crop? The magnificent sixth-floor pool at London spa hotel Shoreditch House, a splendid stretch of […]

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Never has decadence felt so healthy as at Rancho Valencia, a village-like compound of spa treatments, tennis lessons and locally sourced dining set amid the horse farms and citrus groves 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. Style Courting favour Setting Californian ranchlands Why this week? We never need a reason to go somewhere sunny, beautiful and luxurious, but it […]

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Top 10 hotels to book for Easter

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Sorted out your Easter weekend plans? No? Tsk tsk. We’ve done the hard work for all you time-short, plan-lacking escape-seekers by rounding up short-break destinations for the fast approaching long weekend. We’ve still got plenty of romantic hotels with Easter availability (but probably not for long): below are 10 of our favourites. Be it country comforts, […]

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Travel gallery: El Fenn hotel in Marrakech

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

We love a Marrakech riad hotel here at Smith, and we were delighted that El Fenn recently provided the first taste of Morocco in our #smithday Instagram takeover project. Each Friday, another of our favourites somewhere on the globe gets the keys to the @smithhotels account and posts a day in the life of their […]

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