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Call it rough luxe; call it shabby chic. Either way, the hand-plucked antiques that fill this boutique hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya are charmingly retro. At Hotel La Semilla, enjoy pastries and house-made jams in the copal tree garden, and then grab a beach kit (packed with towels and umbrellas) and stake out a place in […]

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Luna2 Studiotel, Bali: hotel of the week

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Ever dreamed of travelling to space? Forget astronaut training, we’re going to Luna2 Studiotel, earth’s answer to the cosmos. A stroll away from Seminyak Beach, this boutique bolthole couldn’t be further away from traditional Balinese styling, with space-station interiors, a bold colour palette and features plucked from a sci-fi trilogy.  Style Space oddity Setting A saunter from […]

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Hotel Yasmin, Prague: hotel of the week

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Christmas markets calling! Chic, contemporary and unusual, Hotel Yasmin in Prague is the ideal base for style-savvy travellers to enjoy svařené víno-aided strolls around the city’s seasonal markets. It’s great value, too, leaving you plenty of euros to splash out on gifts for others (or yourself).  Style Graphic-design hotel Setting Nigh on Wenceslas Square Why this […]

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Smyth, New York: hotel of the week

Friday, November 21st, 2014

New York is starting to get nippy, so the unveiling of Smyth hotel’s recently revamped digs couldn’t have been better-timed. What’s more enticing than settling down with an artisanal cocktail by the toasty fire in this luxury stay’s new-this-month Evening Bar? Its farm-to-fork restaurant, Little Park, is new, and equally compelling, too. Style Mad Men modern Setting Tailored triangle below Canal Why this week? In […]

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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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Congratulations to Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, the breathtaking Brazilian beauty that, at last night’s Smith Hotel Awards, was announced as winner of Best Smith Hotel 2014. A massive thank you to everyone who attended the event, everyone who voted, all our amazing partners, and of course our esteemed judging panel for selecting the finalists. You can […]

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It’s now only a few hours until we reveal the best hotel in the world… As Smith HQ goes into a frenzy of party preparation, champagne chilling and gong engraving ahead of this evening’s Smith Hotel Awards announcements and prize-giving celebrations, we bring you the public-voted shortlist for this year’s ultimate boutique hotel title: Best Smith […]

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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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