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Top 10 eco hotels: the Smith Awards shortlist

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

They’re a good start, but you’ll need more than energy-saving lightbulbs and some garden-grown greens to be truly considered ‘eco-friendly’ these days. The hotels battling for the Eco Award in the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 display a commitment to conservation, a drive for sustainability and an all-encompassing ethical approach – without compromising on comfort. From off-grid jungle lodges to […]

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The people have eaten, the public has spoken and the 10 most amazing hotel dining experiences in the world have been shortlisted and passed over to the Smith Hotel Awards judging panel. We’ll reveal the final winner here on 7 November, but while the judges chew over the contenders, cast a hungry eye over 2014’s […]

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Pavilions teetering above the Indian Ocean? Forest views from your treatment room? Hand-picked oils, seductive steam rooms, the best four-hand massage this side of Thailand? Whatever your spa style, our indulgent boutique retreats know a thing or two about delivering tension-busting, limb-smoothing, complexion-lifting afternoons of bliss. The public’s vote has helped us draw up a […]

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We asked you to vote for the hotel pools that won your heart, for the Smith Hotel Awards 2014, and you dived right in… We can now commence the drum roll to announce your top 10 spots to soak – and maybe sneak a skinny-dipping session – in, with the shortlist for our new category, Best Hotel Pool. So, read on […]

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Top 10 best-dressed boutique hotels

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The votes are in! If you’re one of the 22,000 travel-loving hotel fans who responded to our Smith Hotel Awards 2014 survey, you’ll no doubt be eager to learn which boutique boltholes and stylish weekend stays made it into the top 10 shortlists. Well, wait no longer – we can now reveal the hotels you chose to […]

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Have you booked a bank-holiday break yet? Yes, we know it’s just two weeks away, but there’s no need to resign yourself to three days of rain-threatened back-garden barbecues just yet. We’ve rounded up 10 luxury and boutique hotels with last-minute availability (from 23–25 August) for a short break or staycation, to make the last long […]

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This month Mr & Mrs Smith are coveting… trendy timepieces from Slow watches. As fashionable go-getters, and avid wrist-clockers, we love Slow watches‘ laid-back philosophy and clever wrist candy. Created by watch-industry veterans in need of some downtime, its bold minimalist design swaps 12 hours for 24 – so you can see the whole day at […]

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Beautiful boutique hotels are a great source of inspiration for your home interiors, but we don’t all have Bill Benson, Kit Kemp or Ilse Crawford on speed dial; nor can we spare the time to travel the world sourcing one-off objects or cutting-edge furniture. We’re a handy bunch here, so as well as helping you out with our Mr […]

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Style monitor: get bikini-ready for summer

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

You’ve found the perfect beach hotel, scoped out a lust-worthy pool spot and practised your best Instagram pout – but are you ready to expose your winter-weary limbs to the world? If the thought of sporting swimwear sends you running for the nearest kaftan, fear not: our glamorous friends at Get the Gloss have just […]

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The breathtaking displays of cherry-blossom may have faded in Tokyo’s Ueno Park, where residents flock each spring to enjoy the delicate blooms and delicious scent of sakura season, but if you’re in London this week, you can still make it for cocktails beneath blossom-laden boughs at one of London’s best sushi spots, Sake No Hana, until 19 […]

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