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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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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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Ancient outcrops of the Flinders Ranges, ordered rows of ripening grapes on vines and rolling pastoral hills are what you’ll find in the surrounds of opulently restored homestead, North Bundaleer. Just 30 minutes from the Clare Valley in South Australia, this property will have you resting on the verandah, sipping on riesling and fondly watching […]

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Looking for the best ski resorts? Itching to ski New Zealand or ski Australia? Good timing: as you read this, snowflakes are falling in flurries across the ski fields. It’s set to be one of the best snow seasons, so whether the snow gums of Falls Creek are beckoning or the Remarkables’ impressive mountain ranges near Queenstown tickle your fancy, […]

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This month we’ve been gallivanting all over to globe to bring you our latest batch of boutique beauties. We began in Santorini, where The Tsitouras Collection (above) exudes both character and luxury in spades and Iconic (right) has cave-sheltered rooms, pergola patios and sun-drenched terraces. Next, we island-hopped our way to Mallorca, home to serene […]

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Summer is tantalisingly round the corner, so this month we’ve travelled round the globe to bring you the brightest, sunniest, beachiest stays on four continents. We kicked things off at romantic The Byron At Byron Resort & Spa in Australia, where we fluttered like the resident birds and butterflies between ravishing rainforest and glittering lake. […]

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Smith’s royal Australian itinerary

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

The recent royal visit to Australia reminded us that one doesn’t need to be next in line to the throne to feel like a royal. Stay at one of Mr & Mrs Smith’s luxurious hotels and you’ll be pampered to perfection from the moment you check in. Get the royal treatment with a bottle of […]

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We’re going bush – but we won’t be roughing it on this trip. Crystal -blue waters, adventure-packed afternoons and aphrodisiac oysters are just a few of seductive Saffire‘s lures. Escape to the most eastern edge of Tasmania, ocean to one side, rocky mountains and green hills on the other and nothing but fresh Pacific air in between. Nature […]

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It’s spring! And our top-notch hotel seekers have sprung! (…or something.) This month, we have a diverse array of first-class stays around the world to get you lining up your suitcases by the front door in a wanderlusty frenzy. We begin in Australia, with Canberra’s entirely ungoogleable Hotel Hotel, so cool they named it twice […]

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