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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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Top 10 best spa hotels at the Smith Awards

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

When we set out to find the world’s best spa hotel, we had no idea it would be such back-breaking work. No no no, don’t give us that look: scouring reef-fringed bays, pristine rainforests and, yes, Britain’s leafy countryside for splendidly tiled hammams, state-of-the-art spa suites and fairy-fingered therapists is no easy task. We weren’t […]

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Hunting down the world’s most romantic hotel rooms – and giving them a thorough going over, of course – is our raison d’être, so the Sexiest Bedroom in the World category at the Smith Hotel Awards got our pulses racing. Boutique hotel lovers (and dirty-weekenders) voted for bedrooms that inspired them to swing from the chandeliers – from Hampshire […]

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At Mr & Mrs Smith, we have a serious love affair with Italy: the history, the food, the architecture, the lifestyle, the food. Thankfully, the Italian Film Festival has hit Australian shores, with screenings at Palace Cinemas across the country. Whether you want to catch a movie in Melbourne, Canberra, Byron Bay, Brisbane or Sydney, […]

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Villa Armena, Tuscany: hotel of the week

Friday, September 20th, 2013

This week, we’re feeling extravagant. We want silken bedsheets, fat tubes of home-made spaghetti served on silver cloches and a pool with its own shoreline – oh, and lots of Tuscan sunshine please. Thankfully, with luxury hotel Villa Armena at our service, none of the above is too much trouble. A short drive from Siena […]

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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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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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You already know that Smith hotels and romantic weekends go together like moonlight and music: but what are the other ingredients of a super-stylish mini-break? We’ve rounded up this season’s perfect weekend-away travel companions – from the products that will make eyes sparkle on the Amalfi Coast to the best bedrooms to book in Barcelona… […]

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This month the Smith team got back in the saddle, hitting the dusty trail in search of the best luxury hotels around the globe. First up, we arrived in sunny Spain, where we strapped on our Marengo riding boots, crossed the Sierra Nevada and travelled back to 19th-century Andalucia at stylishly antiquated Cortijo Del Marqués, a manor […]

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We’re gleefully celebrating Spring’s arrival with a globe-spanning host of new hotels this month. We kicked off our world tour in the Windy City, where Ian Schrager’s sleek Public Chicago hotel has impressive Lake Michigan views, a glittering crowd invariably gathered in the bar, and some elegant guest rooms big enough to throw a party […]

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