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If you didn’t already get the memo, for the first time in 11 years (!) Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. As a bonus for American Smiths, it’s also the long President’s Day holiday. In short: there’s no better weekend to get a room, already. Whether you seek romance-reviving boudoirs or radiance-boosting spas, we’re here to […]

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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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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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This month, we explored the edenic eastern Algarve from our temporary home at quirky country house Fazenda Nova; after that, we lounged by the pool at Corsican beauty La Signoria. Once we managed to tear ourselves away from the sun, we were northward bound, off to hang out with a host of cool locals at […]

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What’s on your mind? Absolutely nothing

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Did you catch our recent Facebook poll? We asked you whether the best refreshment for your mind was stimulation or sloth, and the consensus was clear: don’t overthink it – just take off for someplace sunny. Rather than trying to kick-start your neurons with culture-packed city tours and gallery visits, you should give in to the […]

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When simply opening the front door unleashes icy blasts that cut straight to the bone, it’s time to head south. Don’t stop until you reach Casa Sandra, an intimate island getaway just a quick jaunt from the Riviera Maya, where you can sink your toes into the sand and swing for hours in a hammock. […]

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We’re starting the new year as we mean to go on, with a host of heavenly hotels. This month, we’ve already enjoyed a Tuscan tryst: we were seduced by a cosmopolitan Chianti castle, Castello del Nero and also Villa Armena, a baroque villa near Siena. In London, the witty Ampersand hotel in Kensington wowed us, […]

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Coqui Coqui Tulum: hotel of the week

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The last days of the Mayan calendar are almost upon us… and where better to hide from the end of the world than the paradisiacal Mayan Riviera? With an ocean-inspired spa and just seven rooms, Coqui Coqui Tulum is the ideal end-times beach retreat… Style Riffing on Mayan ruins Setting Beachfront Boca Paila Why this […]

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Esencia, Riviera Maya: hotel of the week

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Tired of non-stop political ads for the upcoming US election? Escape to the wonk-free splendour of the Riviera Maya, where you can laze by the Caribbean beach at Esencia, our hotel of the week… Style Less-is-more luxe Setting Tropical Caribbean seaside Why this week? Believe what you will about the supposed upcoming Mayan doomsday, but if you want […]

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Bringing your travels home is not just about snapping up souvenirs, it’s also about reworking ideas from the road – a colour palette, graphic pattern or tactile handmade object – to suit your style. Global nomads can find interiors inspiration anywhere, from a walk around a new town to museums, galleries, flea markets or food […]

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