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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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What to wear where: Fashion Week edition

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

The September issues are thick on the shelves, street photographers are out in packs  and a palpable frisson is sweeping from New York to Paris via London and Milan. Do you feel that cool in the air? Fashion Week is upon us. Whether you’ve long nabbed a front row seat or just want to soak up […]

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Have you booked a bank-holiday break yet? Yes, we know it’s just two weeks away, but there’s no need to resign yourself to three days of rain-threatened back-garden barbecues just yet. We’ve rounded up 10 luxury and boutique hotels with last-minute availability (from 23–25 August) for a short break or staycation, to make the last long […]

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This week we’re craving Provençal cuisine in palatial surroundings. La Mirande boutique hotel in mediaeval Avignon – a regally rustic stay housed in a 14th-century cardinal’s mansion – is ideal for a restorative sojourn to the south of France, and this month thespians, dancers and musicians flood the commune’s cobbled streets to perform at the Festival D’Avignon…  Style Mediaeval Provençal grandeur Setting Ancient heart of […]

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Style monitor: get bikini-ready for summer

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

You’ve found the perfect beach hotel, scoped out a lust-worthy pool spot and practised your best Instagram pout – but are you ready to expose your winter-weary limbs to the world? If the thought of sporting swimwear sends you running for the nearest kaftan, fear not: our glamorous friends at Get the Gloss have just […]

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Love is in the air…

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Passenger count 2 Destination Cloud Nine Cruising altitude Higher, baby Hotel stays these days are increasingly about experiences – so why not the journey, too? We’re very proud to add an exciting new experience to our roster of services: the Smith Love is in the Air package. Recently, we’ve noticed that an increasing number of travellers […]

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Hôtel de Nell, Paris: hotel of the week

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Unwind at your own pace in this pared-back Parisian hideaway, Hôtel de Nell, located in a central but pleasingly off-the-tourist-track neighbourhood. Style Minimalist Masterpiece Setting Typically Parisian sans tourists Why this week? February is the perfect time for a quick séjour à Paris as the city is ablaze with the new-season buzz in the run […]

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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 five ski stays: it’s snow time

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Longing for a luxury lodge in one of the world’s best ski destinations? If your desk-chained daydreams are filled with fresh mountain air, desperate-to-be-skied downhill runs and fireside vin chaud-fuelled fondles, allow us to whisk you away to one of our stylish slopeside stays, freshly plucked from the peaks, pistes and valley villages of the […]

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Top 10: quirky room perks

Monday, November 18th, 2013

It’s true, we never mind being packed off to our room. After all, testing the bedsprings and lathering up with bath potions is all in a day’s work. And we especially love discovering added incentives for hanging out the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. So we’ve compiled a top 10 list of Smith hotels with unexpected extras […]

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