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From the suitcase of… Baiba Grase

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Baiba – our London HQ’s resident multi-lingual Latvian holiday-planning superstar – is one of the Smith Travel Team’s top honeymoon experts. She’s travelled more than almost anyone else we know. Last trip Sri Lanka. I went absolutely everywhere, but some of my favourite spots were Kandy (beautiful lake), Trincomalee (rugged beach), Bentota (best beach), Galle […]

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After the last champagne cork pops on New Year’s Eve, we’ll want a winter break in a cosy boutique hotel where we can pig out on estate-to-plate cuisine and work off our Christmas excesses rambling o’er the Yorkshire Dales – bundled up in thermals, of course. And afterwards, we’d like to snuggle up in a room […]

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Call it rough luxe; call it shabby chic. Either way, the hand-plucked antiques that fill this boutique hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya are charmingly retro. At Hotel La Semilla, enjoy pastries and house-made jams in the copal tree garden, and then grab a beach kit (packed with towels and umbrellas) and stake out a place in […]

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Luna2 Studiotel, Bali: hotel of the week

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Ever dreamed of travelling to space? Forget astronaut training, we’re going to Luna2 Studiotel, earth’s answer to the cosmos. A stroll away from Seminyak Beach, this boutique bolthole couldn’t be further away from traditional Balinese styling, with space-station interiors, a bold colour palette and features plucked from a sci-fi trilogy.  Style Space oddity Setting A saunter from […]

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His was the Virgin complaint letter heard around the world: when ad man Oli Beale penned his distaste for Richard Branson’s in-flight cuisine, his ire earned him internet glory. Smith saw potential in this part-time karaoke critic, creative who worked on the Kaiser Chiefs’ album launch (with fellow anonymous hotel reviewer Ricky Wilson) and frustrated commuter, so we […]

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From Lisbon to Porto: a gourmet cheat sheet

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Prepare to put some time in on the treadmill: you’ll need legs of steel and a ravenous appetite to tackle Portugal‘s finest foodie cities. Perched on picturesque – if treacherously steep – hills above glistening rivers, our boutique hotels in Lisbon and Porto are within easy reach of tumbling houses, cobblestoned lanes and azulejo-tiled churches. […]

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Smyth, New York: hotel of the week

Friday, November 21st, 2014

New York is starting to get nippy, so the unveiling of Smyth hotel’s recently revamped digs couldn’t have been better-timed. What’s more enticing than settling down with an artisanal cocktail by the toasty fire in this luxury stay’s new-this-month Evening Bar? Its farm-to-fork restaurant, Little Park, is new, and equally compelling, too. Style Mad Men modern Setting Tailored triangle below Canal Why this week? In […]

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Congratulations to Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, the breathtaking Brazilian beauty that, at last night’s Smith Hotel Awards, was announced as winner of Best Smith Hotel 2014. A massive thank you to everyone who attended the event, everyone who voted, all our amazing partners, and of course our esteemed judging panel for selecting the finalists. You can […]

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It’s now only a few hours until we reveal the best hotel in the world… As Smith HQ goes into a frenzy of party preparation, champagne chilling and gong engraving ahead of this evening’s Smith Hotel Awards announcements and prize-giving celebrations, we bring you the public-voted shortlist for this year’s ultimate boutique hotel title: Best Smith […]

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The Best Newcomer award is a hotly contested one in the travel industry: these hip new hotels are gunning for stardom from the moment the doors swing open, and this latest crop of cool getaways is no exception. The results of the public vote are in: here are your top 10 new hotels for the […]

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