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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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Sunny, stylish destinations call for a scorching-hot holiday wardrobe. Heidi Klein co-founder Penny Klein sorts out your winter-sun style dilemmas with her guide to looking good around the world – and exclusive shopping discounts to help you get your new-season capsule wardrobe… JAMAICA Where to go Make like Bond and his girl at the filmic Goldeneye resort in Jamaica: there’s […]

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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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Strike out from our favourite Smith hotels in Venice and you’ll find hidden food markets, gourmet delis and quirky enotecas – if you know where to look. Part cook book, part travel guide, ‘Venice: Cult Recipes‘ is Italian food writer and stylist Laura Zavan’s new insider guide to eating your way around Venice, packed with local […]

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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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