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This week we’re agape at the Algarve coast and the hip boutique hotels perched near its sun-splashed beaches. In the seaside town of Sagres, Memmo Baleeira caught our eye and stole our hearts – a sleek minimalist sugar cube of a hotel perched on a grassy ocean overlook, just moments away from chilled-out coastline. Style White and […]

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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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This month, we’ve circled the globe adding stylish hotels to our hand-picked collection. First, we escaped to Thailand, falling for Anantara Rasananda (above) – a blissful Koh Phangan beach retreat – and then for 137 Pillars House, a stylish heritage stay in Chiang Mai. As we continued our travels in Asia, we were wowed by swish […]

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Looking for a Euro destination that blends buzzy city culture with sun-kissed beach life and some kooky castles? Portugal’s cool capital Lisbon is the ideal good-time getaway, with a serious cake habit on the side. When Smith lived it up in Lisbon recently, we found our slice of daily heaven in the form of pastéis […]

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We’ve got a bumper bundle this month, with new hotels spanning the globe from Langkawi to Lisbon. Foodies in particular, you’re in for a treat… We’ve gone gourmet for June with three new foodie fantasies: St John Hotel, a sleek London retreat where nothing’s skipped on the nose-to-tail menu; The Bull Inn, a picturesque Dorset […]

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The post-wedding blues are rife at Smith HQ, but there’s still one more reason to celebrate: a whole host of new hotels for May. Don’t go packing those flags away just yet… First up, we forayed into Portugal, combing the coast north to south in search of hotel-shaped hot cakes. Torres Vedras, north of Lisbon, […]

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This month, we crossed the, er, two corners of the globe to see what’s going on hotel-wise down in Europe and the Americas… On the Jersey Shore, we found Bungalow Hotel, a stylish surf house seconds from the sea, and just an hour out of Manhattan. In San Francisco, we crossed the Golden Gate to […]

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Hotel of the Week: Aquapura

Friday, February 19th, 2010

A few too many stacks of pancakes this week have left us in need of a detox. We can’t think of anywhere better to cleanse body and soul than at Aquapura, Portugal’s sexiest spa retreat… Style Sprawling spa retreat Setting Dazzling Douro wine country Why this week? This perfectly positioned former farmhouse has had a […]

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Platefuls of Portugal: Lisbon’s tasty treats

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Not long ago, we dispatched travel blogger Heather Cowper on an anonymous review trip to the enchanting Hotel Heritage Av Liberdade in Portugal’s capital. Not only did she produce a terrific hotel review, but she also gave us a whistle-stop tasting tour of the city’s eats… There are so many things I could tell you […]

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Rocking all over the world

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Have you ever noticed how actresses about to receive a necklace on screen are always bare-necked before their suitor rocks up with a jewellery gift? If you, too, know that naked feeling when you’re in your hotel room, getting ready for a fabulous night out – get your partner to channel Richard Gere in Pretty […]

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