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Smith Hotel Awards 2014

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Our second annual Smith Hotel Awards took place last week, celebrating the very best boutique hotels in the world from throughout our global collection. We gathered more than 20,000 of your votes, our expert panel of judges carefully deliberated… and then we partied with more than 700 fabulous friends at South London’s Bankside Vaults. We […]

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As the nights draw longer and the winter approaches, we’re dreaming of white sand beaches, translucent lagoons and secluded coves. In short, we’re craving sunny Mauritian serenity, and our friend Maurice knows all about that… Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel, that is. Style Thatch and gliz Setting Chic-en-Flacq headland Why this week? November is already […]

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The Best Newcomer award is a hotly contested one in the travel industry: these hip new hotels are gunning for stardom from the moment the doors swing open, and this latest crop of cool getaways is no exception. The results of the public vote are in: here are your top 10 new hotels for the […]

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We’ve a truly global array of unusually lovely hotels this month. We started our trek up in a remote part of Swedish Lapland, were Treehotel’s unique treehouses dangle from branches and cling to trunks in a Norrbotten County forest. It was joined in our hand-picked collection by a trio city-dwelling Swedes, Ett Hem, Lydmar and […]

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At some hotels, going the extra mile isn’t just about great service and staff that can’t be cracked, but an almost psychic attention to detail and obsessive quality control. These hotels are laying on niche niceties – from gourmet-packed minibars to drive-your-own golf buggies – and doling out amusing job titles – we’re talking tech advisors and […]

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You want style, you want service, you want a stay to make your friends green with boutique-bolthole envy… but you don’t want to entirely empty your piggy bank. Smith to the rescue! The hotels on our super-chic shortlist for the Best Budget Boutique gong at the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 boast all of the above […]

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Travel with #smithtaste: the winner!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Well, that was delicious. You served up several hundred drool-inspiring dishes for our #smithtaste food photography competition all last week, and yesterday we spent a stomach-rumbling hour choosing our menu of photographic favourites for our judge, Ollie Lloyd (founder and CEO of Great British Chefs, creators of the Great Global Chefs iPad app). Now that […]

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This week, we’re dreaming of pink dolphins and azure waters – better make the fantasy a reality with a trip to Aava Resort & Spa in beachy Khanom, whose powder-soft shores and looming limestone mountains guarantee holiday snaps worth bragging about. Just a ferry ride away from party-cool Koh Samui, Khanom’s waters are dotted with long-tail boats and […]

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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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Well, would you look at these magical new photos we’ve just received of Basilicatan wonderland Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola’s rareified Baroque bolthole… Can’t you just picture yourself wandering serenely at sunset through that fern-edged courtyard? We can, and we think you look magnificent. Style Don-worthy decadence Setting Coppola’s ancestral comune Why this week? Why not? […]

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