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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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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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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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This month, we started our search for stylish stays by sipping whisky at The Atholl, a suite-only townhouse in Edinburgh. After all that hard work, we headed south to soak up the rays at romantic Tuscan village retreat Monteverdi and relax at Imani Country House, a rural haven in Portugal. Over in Australia, we partied […]

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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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Looking for relaxation, refined dining and perhaps even some springtime sunshine? Escape to L’Andana Hotel in Tuscany, where the spa staff stand ready to soothe and the menu’s overseen by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse (we can’t guarantee endless days of Tuscan sun, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be warmer than rainy old England). Style Tuscan […]

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Castiglion del Bosco: hotel of the week

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Our suits and party frocks are back in the wardrobe, we’ve wiped the parmesan crumbs from our lips, the whisper-thin ham is MIA, and the prosecco bottles are empty. Yet the memory of our book-launch party for Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection – Italy lives on. (For those who weren’t there, you missed opera […]

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Borgo Santo Pietro: hotel of the week

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Easter is upon us, and with it a flurry of bank holidays, made to get our wanderlust levels peaking. If you’re disorganised, holiday-less or in need of inspiration, look no further than rural idyll Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany, which has a fantastic family-friendly Easter offering… Style Classic-luxe Tuscan villa Setting Enchanting formal gardens Why […]

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Just like the Beatles, Smith gets by with a little help from our friends. Our recent rummage through the Italian kitchen with gourmet gurus Dean & DeLuca wouldn’t have been possible without a discerning smatter of Smith informants. One such secret-sharer is Samuel Porreca, who mans the good ship JK Place Capri; a whiter-than-white sunspot […]

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Eating our way around Italy

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The 2010 La Dolce Vita show is set to honour all things Italian this week. We’ll be there of course – look out for our Graham and Green-styled stall, G1. In greedy anticipation, we’re playing foodie Top Trumps with six of Italy’s regions, highlighting their signature plate-toppers and suggesting where to sleep off the calories… […]

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