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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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This Halloween we’re seeking out high-end haunted house hotels, vampy Transylvanian stays, ghostly guesthouses and the most spooktacular events. Our boutique hotels are renowned for being out of this world, but our pick of spine-chilling stays have an added air of mystery – from southern Gothic-style New Orleans’ guesthouses close to the ‘Cities of the Dead’ graveyards, […]

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Top five Eurostar hotels: autumn weekend breaks

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Fancy skipping town without spending half a day at an airport? Jump on the train for an autumn weekend break instead: we know some enticing Eurostar stays just a hop, a skip and a train ride away from the UK. Eco-friendly ‘traincations’ (sorry) are easier, quicker and – seeing as there’s no weight limit for […]

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Muse St Tropez: hotel of the week

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Made the most of the British heatwave? As the crowds disperse and the temperature mellows, the summer-sass of St Tropez gives way to a more tranquil atmosphere and our hotel of the week, the Riviera-luxe boutique hideaway Muse St Tropez, provides that perfect polished pampering and blooming rural scenery to ease the tension of a well-lived […]

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