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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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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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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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As romantic getaway specialists, we’re dab hands at getting your heart racing. So here’s a little reminder to set your pulse aflutter: there are only four days left before Valentine’s Day. Yes, that’s right, just 96 little hours before the light of your life starts to wonder when that grand gesture of love is going […]

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Top 10 best spa hotels at the Smith Awards

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

When we set out to find the world’s best spa hotel, we had no idea it would be such back-breaking work. No no no, don’t give us that look: scouring reef-fringed bays, pristine rainforests and, yes, Britain’s leafy countryside for splendidly tiled hammams, state-of-the-art spa suites and fairy-fingered therapists is no easy task. We weren’t […]

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Fancy visiting some boutique hotels in Vietnam? We know a few people who can help… Here at Smith, we pride ourselves on having a top-notch team of travel advisers who are absolutely expert in every destination you might feel like exploring. We dispatch them off around the world as much as possible so they can experience […]

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Tucked away on an unspoiled white sand peninsula on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Sublime Samana hotel is a stunning suites-only retreat with pro-worthy tennis courts, fine dining, a sumptuous oceanfront spa and a show-stopping swimming pool on its vast, palm fringed grounds. Yep, that all sounds pretty sublime… Style Contemporary beach casitas Setting Remote […]

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What’s cooking at Lucknam Park?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Ah, Christmas. Treacherous frost dusting the streets. Crowded shops packed with anxious shoppers. End-of-year deadlines looming, Secret Santas creeping, cinnamon-scented everything. If, like us, you’re feeling a little… tense, head to Lucknam Park, our spa-wielding, glossy-horse toting, Michelin-star-flaunting Wiltshire retreat. With a festive offer of two free cookery classes worth £350 with two-night stays during […]

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If granted unlimited holiday allowance, we’d spend summer’s final weeks feasting on plump lobster rolls, paddling through glassy rivers and posing in front of weathered lighthouses. The spot to indulge in all of these saltwater-tinged, coastal delights is Maine. As if out of some sort of maritime fable, one storybook seaside town after the next […]

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Postcard from Sonoma: sip, sup and paddle

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Top-flight wineries, hyper-local fare, outdoor pursuits (river kayaking, anyone?), lush landscapes and the romance-reviving Farmhouse Inn all in one easy-to-reach spot seems too good to be true, right? But it’s all part of sun-kissed (yes, even the weather is ideal) Sonoma County, 90 minutes north of San Francisco.  OTHER DIVERSIONS With rolling vineyards bordered by dense pine forest and […]

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