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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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As the nights draw longer and the winter approaches, we’re dreaming of white sand beaches, translucent lagoons and secluded coves. In short, we’re craving sunny Mauritian serenity, and our friend Maurice knows all about that… Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel, that is. Style Thatch and gliz Setting Chic-en-Flacq headland Why this week? November is already […]

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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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We’ve a truly global array of unusually lovely hotels this month. We started our trek up in a remote part of Swedish Lapland, were Treehotel’s unique treehouses dangle from branches and cling to trunks in a Norrbotten County forest. It was joined in our hand-picked collection by a trio city-dwelling Swedes, Ett Hem, Lydmar and […]

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What better time to make a bee-line for an exquisite Caribbean hotspot than right now, as winter draws in? And we know just the place: 18th-century plantation turned lavish romantic getaway Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Jamaica offers an all-round sensory experience. With transcendent views of Montego Bay, the serene sensation of the ocean […]

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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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