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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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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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Can’t decide between a chill-out holiday or a cultural break? Boutique retreat Alila Ubud in Bali offers a serene mix of both, with poolside pampering in the tropical jungle just a hop from the island’s arty heartland… Style Verdant hillside village Setting Sweet valley high Why this week? Book through Smith by 31 January to enjoy our exclusive […]

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Alila Villas Soori, Bali: hotel of the week

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Far from the madding crowd of Kuta, dreamy designer den Alila Villas Soori hotel in Bali is on the wild, less visited south-west shores of the island. Languishing between verdant rice paddies and a shimmering black-sand beach, it promises delicious dining, spa pampering and cultural thrills…  Style Sleek sea-kissed sanctuary Setting Jet-black sand, jade green rice paddies Why this […]

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This month, we dipped into French Polynesia, discovering Manava Suite Resort, a surfers’ paradise in Tahiti; Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, a lagoon-side hotel on Moorea; Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, a hamlet of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora (above); and Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, a secluded escape in the Tuamotus. In Malaysia, we […]

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