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Top 10 hotel bars: the Smith Awards shortlist

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

We asked you discerning hotel-bar hoppers to vote for the best spots to toast and tipple in; suggestions for the Hottest Hotel Bar at the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 poured in and we distilled them into a top 10 shortlist of the world’s best hotel bars. While the Smith Awards judging panel drink in the results, before the winner is announced on 7 […]

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This week, we’re dreaming of pink dolphins and azure waters – better make the fantasy a reality with a trip to Aava Resort & Spa in beachy Khanom, whose powder-soft shores and looming limestone mountains guarantee holiday snaps worth bragging about. Just a ferry ride away from party-cool Koh Samui, Khanom’s waters are dotted with long-tail boats and […]

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Top 10 eco hotels: the Smith Awards shortlist

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

They’re a good start, but you’ll need more than energy-saving lightbulbs and some garden-grown greens to be truly considered ‘eco-friendly’ these days. The hotels battling for the Eco Award in the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 display a commitment to conservation, a drive for sustainability and an all-encompassing ethical approach – without compromising on comfort. From off-grid jungle lodges to […]

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Pavilions teetering above the Indian Ocean? Forest views from your treatment room? Hand-picked oils, seductive steam rooms, the best four-hand massage this side of Thailand? Whatever your spa style, our indulgent boutique retreats know a thing or two about delivering tension-busting, limb-smoothing, complexion-lifting afternoons of bliss. The public’s vote has helped us draw up a […]

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We asked you to vote for the hotel pools that won your heart, for the Smith Hotel Awards 2014, and you dived right in… We can now commence the drum roll to announce your top 10 spots to soak – and maybe sneak a skinny-dipping session – in, with the shortlist for our new category, Best Hotel Pool. So, read on […]

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Well, would you look at these magical new photos we’ve just received of Basilicatan wonderland Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola’s rareified Baroque bolthole… Can’t you just picture yourself wandering serenely at sunset through that fern-edged courtyard? We can, and we think you look magnificent. Style Don-worthy decadence Setting Coppola’s ancestral comune Why this week? Why not? […]

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Top 10 best-dressed boutique hotels

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The votes are in! If you’re one of the 22,000 travel-loving hotel fans who responded to our Smith Hotel Awards 2014 survey, you’ll no doubt be eager to learn which boutique boltholes and stylish weekend stays made it into the top 10 shortlists. Well, wait no longer – we can now reveal the hotels you chose to […]

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Secret Bay, Dominica: hotel of the week

Friday, October 10th, 2014

It’s the perfect time of year to sneak off to the Caribbean without the crowds. And, just to add to that delicious no-one-else-in-the-world-but-you-two thrill, make for the aptly named Secret Bay hotel, a private jungle hideout on the unspoilt island of Dominica.   Style Laid-back island luxury Setting Caribbean cliffhanger Why this week? For an authentic back-to-nature experience, cast […]

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We’re feeling rather adventurous this month. First off, meet Alila Jabal Akhdar (above), spectacularly secluded in the stark, rugged Al Hajar mountain range – it’s responsible for us using the phrase “Man, Oman!” far too many times in the office recently (the more bad puns we make, the more you know we love it). It’s […]

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As the southern hemisphere heats up, the yearly migration of whales is coming to an end; now is your last chance to catch them swim by the South Australian coast until next year. We’re heading to the Fleurieu Peninsula for an adults-only stay at The Australasian Circa 1858.  Style Heritage bones, mod-Asian heart Setting Wharf-view Goolwa […]

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