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It’s spring! And our top-notch hotel seekers have sprung! (…or something.) This month, we have a diverse array of first-class stays around the world to get you lining up your suitcases by the front door in a wanderlusty frenzy. We begin in Australia, with Canberra’s entirely ungoogleable Hotel Hotel, so cool they named it twice […]

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‘Barefoot luxury’ might be becoming a bit of a cliche, but we’re addicted to it nonetheless. And where better to kick of your shoes in sumptuous surroundings than in the Maldives? We’re fickle folk who fall in love anew every time we go there and find our new favourite hotel, but when the hotels in […]

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Welcome to 2014! We’re starting the new year with a hand-picked handful of boutique beauties: our first stop is Indonesia, where The Lombok Lodge wowed us with its elegant coconut-white interiors, pampering spa and charming chef (who’s rather good at cooking, too, of course). After that, our Asian adventures took us to the Park Hyatt […]

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Our global escapades this month have taken us to a host of new favourite haunts. We began in the UK, at reinvented rustic retreat Dormy House in the Cotswolds. Then, for something completely different, we jetted off to the beachfront, palm-shaded Constance le Prince Maurice in Mauritius (above). After that, we hit the US. We […]

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We’ve got something to suit every style-hungry hotel lover’s taste this month, from sleek city stays to beautiful beachy Edens. We started our travels in Morocco’s culture-rich coastal hideout, Essaouira, where we found pale and interesting riad Dar Maya and eccentric Villa de l’O in the old medina and exuberantly chic Le Jardin de Douars […]

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We have something we’re very excited to show you… our very first handpicked hotels in Japan! Meet Beniya Mukayu in Kanazawa (bottom right), the Park Hyatt Tokyo (below) – yep, the one where Scarlett Johansson lounged around in her underwear in Lost in Translation – and, also in Tokyo, the very cool Claska hotel. Entirely different […]

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Clerkenwell may be one of the capital’s quieter enclaves, replete with cobbles, idiosyncratic 13th-century and ultra-modern architecture and industrial-chic warehouse conversions; but it’s also home to one of our favourite new London boutique hotels, the hip and historic Zetter Townhouse… The Zetter Townhouse feels like a stay with your kooky rich relative, likely because the sister […]

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We’ve been all over the place this month, from cities to seas. Our Euro adventures began with a trio of très belles Parisians: minimalist foodie masterpiece Hôtel de Nell, knowingly cool design hub Hôtel Paradis and, just over the river, Left Bank lovely Hôtel Verneuil in Saint-Germain. Then we packed up our macaroons and jumped […]

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Our adventures this month began in Tuscany’s rural hills, where rustic-luxe La Bandita has jaw-dropping views from its infinity pool; then, beautiful Basilicata made us an offer we couldn’t refuse: Palazzo Margherita, the once-crumbling palatial home lovingly restored by Francis Ford Coppola. Then, we were off to meet a duo of lakeside stars: Relais Villa […]

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This month the Smith team got back in the saddle, hitting the dusty trail in search of the best luxury hotels around the globe. First up, we arrived in sunny Spain, where we strapped on our Marengo riding boots, crossed the Sierra Nevada and travelled back to 19th-century Andalucia at stylishly antiquated Cortijo Del Marqués, a manor […]

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