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Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, The Opposite House features innovative architecture and interiors that embrace natural light and reclaimed materials, leaving visitors wide-eyed with appreciation. Just six kilometres from the Forbidden City and nestled in Beijing’s retail and lifestyle hub, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, this hotel calls for guests to bring an empty stomach and suitcase in order to […]

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In the diary: Design Shanghai

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Buzzing Shanghai feels even busier than usual thanks to Design Shanghai, which is set to take over the city tomorrow. More than 40,000 architects, interior designers, developers, designers and design-conscious consumers are expected to gather at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre between 27 February and 2 March. We grabbed the event’s Creative Directors, Darrel Best and Ross […]

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Ovolo, Hong Kong: hotel of the week

Friday, May 24th, 2013

This week, we’re setting our sights on a mid-year minibreak full of rest, relaxation and retail therapy. Celebrate the solstice with a stay in the heart of Hong Kong, at boutique city hotel Ovolo 2 Arbuthnot Road. Style Futuristic city slicker Setting In-the-thick-of-it Central Why this week? Take cue from the changing weather and skip town for a […]

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This month, the intrepid Smith team of style-seeking hotel hunters began its global trek in canal-crossed Amsterdam, home to a trio of reinvented Dutch stunners: a modern aristocrat named Sir Albert (originally a diamond factory), the fantastical Andaz Amsterdam (formerly a library) and modernist masterpiece Conservatorium (the one-time Sweelinck Conservatory of Music). Then, we headed […]

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This month, we explored the edenic eastern Algarve from our temporary home at quirky country house Fazenda Nova; after that, we lounged by the pool at Corsican beauty La Signoria. Once we managed to tear ourselves away from the sun, we were northward bound, off to hang out with a host of cool locals at […]

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Or for the Cantonese speakers out there, Gung Hay Fat Choi! Wherever you’re celebrating Chinese New Year in 2013 we wish you well, and welcome to the Year of the Snake… It is officially this Sunday 10 February but expect fireworks, feasting and family visits for at least five days kicking […]

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We’re starting the new year as we mean to go on, with a host of heavenly hotels. This month, we’ve already enjoyed a Tuscan tryst: we were seduced by a cosmopolitan Chianti castle, Castello del Nero and also Villa Armena, a baroque villa near Siena. In London, the witty Ampersand hotel in Kensington wowed us, […]

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This month, we’ve circled the globe adding stylish hotels to our hand-picked collection. First, we escaped to Thailand, falling for Anantara Rasananda (above) – a blissful Koh Phangan beach retreat – and then for 137 Pillars House, a stylish heritage stay in Chiang Mai. As we continued our travels in Asia, we were wowed by swish […]

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A woman cannot live on dim sum alone, so since touching down in town in April, Smith has been on the prowl for hot new Hong Kong restaurants. In between pork buns and wontons, we’ve dined on zesty Mexican, elegant Italian, lip-smacking Spanish and tasty Japanese. Here are five of our favourite new finds. 1. […]

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Karen Cleveland – Smith guest blogger and Canada-based doyenne of decorum – follows up her first post on Italian etiquette (How to… fare bella figura) with another manners-minding missive, this time on dinner-party protocol for globetrotting guests… •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Well done, you savvy traveller, you: your charm and witty banter has earned you a dinner invitation […]

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