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Miles of unspoilt coastlines, secluded beaches and pine-clad hills: the hidden-gem island of Spetses is just the ticket for some much-needed relaxation. Well-heeled Athenians flock here for breezy escapes from the sweltering summer heat and check in at the elegant Poseidonion Grand Hotel, a château-esque harbourfront retreat… Style Courtesy of Cannes Setting Pine-scented Pityoussa Why this week? […]

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We’ve been all over the place this month, from cities to seas. Our Euro adventures began with a trio of très belles Parisians: minimalist foodie masterpiece Hôtel de Nell, knowingly cool design hub Hôtel Paradis and, just over the river, Left Bank lovely Hôtel Verneuil in Saint-Germain. Then we packed up our macaroons and jumped […]

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Not long ago, rock stars checked out of hotels leaving a pile of defenestrated TVs behind them. However, if Ricky Wilson‘s anonymous review of Kapari Natural Resort is to be believed, nowadays you’ll find them padding about luxury hotels about in linen trousers or Instagramming the Aegean from their boutique suite’s window. Smith’s rock ’n’ roll reviewer […]

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Our adventures this month began in Tuscany’s rural hills, where rustic-luxe La Bandita has jaw-dropping views from its infinity pool; then, beautiful Basilicata made us an offer we couldn’t refuse: Palazzo Margherita, the once-crumbling palatial home lovingly restored by Francis Ford Coppola. Then, we were off to meet a duo of lakeside stars: Relais Villa […]

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Grace Santorini: hotel of the week

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Ready for a cool clifftop hideaway with awe-inspiring vistas? Grace Santorini, our hotel of the week, is perfectly perched to provide tranquil respite from the hustle of the nearby tourist towns. With its soul-soothing scenery and sumptuous dining, this Grecian nook is the type of place from which it’s hard to pull yourself away… Style Whitewashed waterside […]

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Grace Mykonos: hotel of the week

Friday, February 1st, 2013

A leisurely break on the sun-caressed shores of Greece provides a natural antidote to the daily grind. Why not indulge in some serious relaxation at the boutique spa hotel Grace Mykonos, on an island renowned for its stylish visitors? Style Contemporary coastal cool Setting Aegean beach-side seclusion Tweet

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Anemi Hotel, Folegandros: hotel of the week

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Nothing puts a spring in one’s step more than the prospect of a sunny holiday: here’s something for summer 2013. Like lazing by a pool and eating langoustines? You’ll love our hotel of the week… Style Clifftop minimalist luxury Setting Unspoilt Aegean island Why this week? Why ever not? Anemi Hotel is one of our […]

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During this month’s search for sparkly new Smith hotels, there were two words on our lips: Costa Rica. We played ‘I Spy’ (the sea) at Latitude 10‘s bohemian beachfront casitas on the Nicoya Peninsula, developed a design crush at Kurá‘s minimalist jungle bungalows in Uvita, played Tarzan and Jane at Lapa Rios‘ tropical treehouses on the Osa Peninsula and got coffee-drunk at Finca Rosa […]

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Those of you who’ve been concentrating will by now be fully up to speed with the system à la Smith: we pack suitably qualified experts off to do a secret hotel review, so you get the low-down, the up high and everything in between. And no one knows luxury like a true fashionista – step […]

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Astra Suites, Santorini: hotel of the week

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Rid your minds of rain-soaked roads and leaf-strewn pavements, and picture this instead: late-summer lounging beside an endless infinity pool on Santorini’s tip, with shimmering oceans, volcanic islands and the twinkling lights of distant Greek villages plunging below…accompanied only by a glass of crisp, dry white, and maybe your partner (if they’re lucky). Yup, it’s […]

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