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A tropical haven in Seminyak, The Legian & The Club in Bali delivers sun, surf and sand aplenty. There’s also some gourmet Asian-fusion cuisine on offer, thanks to a brand new chef and an unlimited supply of fresh seafood – we’re licking our lips already…  Style Oceanside opulence Setting Beach central Why this week? New executive chef Luke MacLeod and his team have prepared […]

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Karma Kandara, Bali: hotel of the week

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Perched between the jungle and the sea, Karma Kandara is a lofty cliff-top retreat where designer flip-flops rule and sunset ocean views can be had from every dazzling angle. Style Supersized villas Setting Dramatic cliffhanger Why this week? We challenge even the most cynical romantic not to swoon at Karma Kandara’s powers of seduction; think secluded […]

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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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Welcome to 2014! We’re starting the new year with a hand-picked handful of boutique beauties: our first stop is Indonesia, where The Lombok Lodge wowed us with its elegant coconut-white interiors, pampering spa and charming chef (who’s rather good at cooking, too, of course). After that, our Asian adventures took us to the Park Hyatt […]

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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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We’ve got something to suit every style-hungry hotel lover’s taste this month, from sleek city stays to beautiful beachy Edens. We started our travels in Morocco’s culture-rich coastal hideout, Essaouira, where we found pale and interesting riad Dar Maya and eccentric Villa de l’O in the old medina and exuberantly chic Le Jardin de Douars […]

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Viceroy Bali: hotel of the week

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

We were scowling a little as we considered where in the world we’d rather be today (Friday blues, dontcha know), and then it hit us: the Valley of the Kings in eye-bogglingly beautiful Bali. The very name sounds better than an Indiana Jones location and, luckily for us, we have a handsome hotel there. Of […]

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Travel gallery: Bali

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Looking for a reason to plan a trip to beguiling, bountiful Bali? As always, the Smiths are at your service… we dispatched our intrepid Emma Christie to explore the rivers, forests and temples, as well as some heavenly hotels; here’s a handful of her fantastic photos. Fancy following in her footsteps? Emma’s top tips for […]

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Bali’s nicknamed the island of love, and this week we’re setting the scene with L Hotel Seminyak. When the sunset views on the rooftop terrace and waterfall table for two get a bit too much, step out the door to sample Petitenget’s divine boutiques and lychee martinis. Style: Luxe, lively, lovely Setting: Seminyak’s style strip […]

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This month, we escaped to some dreamy island getaways, including U Palazzu Serenu, a hillside haven in Corsica; The Bulgari Resort, an Italian-inspired designer-den in Bali; and  Soneva Kiri, a family-friendly beach resort on Koh Kood. In the Dominican Republic, a rainforest eco-retreat named Casa Bonita caught our eye, along with the chic shoreside casitas of […]

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