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Did we fool you with ‘Love is in the Air‘, our tongue-in-cheek take on romantic travel for 1 April? We can’t really arrange for you to take love to a higher plane en route to your boutique hotel, but our brilliant Travel Team has arranged all manner of unusual hotel arrivals and special sorties, from gondola cruises […]

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Love is in the air…

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Passenger count 2 Destination Cloud Nine Cruising altitude Higher, baby Hotel stays these days are increasingly about experiences – so why not the journey, too? We’re very proud to add an exciting new experience to our roster of services: the Smith Love is in the Air package. Recently, we’ve noticed that an increasing number of travellers […]

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Gourmet Getaways #3: Gidleigh Park

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

For the third instalment in our Gourmet Getaways series we’re brandishing our knives and forks in Michael Caines’ much-lauded, two-Michelin-star restaurant at Devon-set moorland manor Gidleigh Park, which takes pride of place in our new gourmet hotels collection. Caines’ cuisine regularly tops foodie-favourite lists; and we’re not ones to argue – in fact we firmly believe that his […]

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Top 10 hotels to book for Easter

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Sorted out your Easter weekend plans? No? Tsk tsk. We’ve done the hard work for all you time-short, plan-lacking escape-seekers by rounding up short-break destinations for the fast approaching long weekend. We’ve still got plenty of romantic hotels with Easter availability (but probably not for long): below are 10 of our favourites. Be it country comforts, […]

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In the diary: Design Shanghai

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Buzzing Shanghai feels even busier than usual thanks to Design Shanghai, which is set to take over the city tomorrow. More than 40,000 architects, interior designers, developers, designers and design-conscious consumers are expected to gather at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre between 27 February and 2 March. We grabbed the event’s Creative Directors, Darrel Best and Ross […]

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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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Gourmet Getaways #2: Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

Monday, December 30th, 2013

The first in our series of Gourmet Getaways visited the restaurant at Oxfordshire’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, to sample Raymond Blanc’s French fine dining. Now dignified country pile Lucknam Park & Spa has piqued our palates with a menu of trumped-up traditional Brit cuisine helmed by chef Hywel Jones, and their own cookery school. With such a wealth of […]

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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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Top five ski stays: it’s snow time

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Longing for a luxury lodge in one of the world’s best ski destinations? If your desk-chained daydreams are filled with fresh mountain air, desperate-to-be-skied downhill runs and fireside vin chaud-fuelled fondles, allow us to whisk you away to one of our stylish slopeside stays, freshly plucked from the peaks, pistes and valley villages of the […]

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Chef Sophie Michell’s new Pont St address

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Food writer, TV host and chef Sophie Michell has been cooking professionally since she was a teenager. Now taking the helm of Pont St restaurant in London’s Belgraves hotel, she’s fast gaining a reputation for light, creative dishes and a Californian spin on seafood. Britain’s youngest female executive chef talks sea urchins, her new airport restaurant, and lunching with […]

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