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Spring is finally here and we’re bursting with joy. Barbecues! Bare legs! Long afternoons in the park! The capital is tipsy on sunshine and heading to the best roofs with a view, cocktail firmly in hand. Our pick of the crop? The magnificent sixth-floor pool at London spa hotel Shoreditch House, a splendid stretch of […]

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As romantic getaway specialists, we’re dab hands at getting your heart racing. So here’s a little reminder to set your pulse aflutter: there are only four days left before Valentine’s Day. Yes, that’s right, just 96 little hours before the light of your life starts to wonder when that grand gesture of love is going […]

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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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Roaring fires, mood-lit showers, outdoor hot tubs and beds large enough to lose yourself in… Set in the pretty rural setting of Chipping Campden, Cotswold House Hotel & Spa is the boutique hotel equivalent of a cashmere-wrapped hot water bottle and a (very stylish) fleecy onesie. You’ll have to try very, very hard indeed to […]

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What’s cooking at Lucknam Park?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Ah, Christmas. Treacherous frost dusting the streets. Crowded shops packed with anxious shoppers. End-of-year deadlines looming, Secret Santas creeping, cinnamon-scented everything. If, like us, you’re feeling a little… tense, head to Lucknam Park, our spa-wielding, glossy-horse toting, Michelin-star-flaunting Wiltshire retreat. With a festive offer of two free cookery classes worth £350 with two-night stays during […]

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Le Sereno, St Barths: hotel of the week

Friday, November 1st, 2013

It’s almost Caribbean season. Azure waters and sugar-sand beaches are working their way into our daydreams, and, with city-chic Le Sereno‘s announcement of their new, James Beard award-winning-chef-run restaurant, refined St Barths just might be the first stop on this year’s jaunts… Style Continental Caribbean Setting Grand Cul-de-Sac cove Why this week? Le Sereno just re-opened last […]

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Seeking out luxury resorts and boutique hotels around the globe can be tiring work, so we’re partial to the odd stylish spa villa break here at Mr & Mrs Smith. This week we’re jetting off to Jaipur to be pampered in one of the hilltop hideaways at Tree of Life Resort & Spa. Set in the uncommonly green […]

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Tiara Yaktsa, France: hotel of the week

Friday, July 26th, 2013

This week, much like the glittering attendees of the famed film festival, we’re jetting off to Cannes in suitably luxe fashion. Chic Côte d’Azur stay Tiara Yaktsa is a Moroccan-influenced luxury hotel fit for a movie star – not least because its opulently decorated rooms and cabana-strewn pool deck look like the set for a stylish Riviera screenplay… […]

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This week we’re agape at the Algarve coast and the hip boutique hotels perched near its sun-splashed beaches. In the seaside town of Sagres, Memmo Baleeira caught our eye and stole our hearts – a sleek minimalist sugar cube of a hotel perched on a grassy ocean overlook, just moments away from chilled-out coastline. Style White and […]

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It’s peak road-trip season and sun and scenic routes are on our minds, so this week we’ve been California scheming. Take the infamous Highway 1 for its vertiginous coastal views, then hotfoot it inland to wine country. Luxury boutique hotel the Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma County (Napa Valley’s chilled-out contender) awaits with its sip-worthy wining […]

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