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Did we fool you with ‘Love is in the Air‘, our tongue-in-cheek take on romantic travel for 1 April? We can’t really arrange for you to take love to a higher plane en route to your boutique hotel, but our brilliant Travel Team has arranged all manner of unusual hotel arrivals and special sorties, from gondola cruises […]

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Never has decadence felt so healthy as at Rancho Valencia, a village-like compound of spa treatments, tennis lessons and locally sourced dining set amid the horse farms and citrus groves 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. Style Courting favour Setting Californian ranchlands Why this week? We never need a reason to go somewhere sunny, beautiful and luxurious, but it […]

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Karma Kandara, Bali: hotel of the week

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Perched between the jungle and the sea, Karma Kandara is a lofty cliff-top retreat where designer flip-flops rule and sunset ocean views can be had from every dazzling angle. Style Supersized villas Setting Dramatic cliffhanger Why this week? We challenge even the most cynical romantic not to swoon at Karma Kandara’s powers of seduction; think secluded […]

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If you didn’t already get the memo, for the first time in 11 years (!) Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. As a bonus for American Smiths, it’s also the long President’s Day holiday. In short: there’s no better weekend to get a room, already. Whether you seek romance-reviving boudoirs or radiance-boosting spas, we’re here to […]

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Viceroy Anguilla: hotel of the week

Friday, January 24th, 2014

A vision in white, the British West Indies’ Kelly Wearstler-styled Viceroy Anguilla takes Caribbean oceanfront luxury to a whole new high, with three seaside pools, a private beach and plenty of plush loungers for your basking enjoyment. Style Designer castaway Setting Leeward Island bayfront Why this week? As if the lure of gently swaying palm-trees, Caribbean Ocean-views from your […]

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Vahine Island, Tahaa: hotel of the week

Friday, January 17th, 2014

A lagoon-toting isle where barefoot luxury rules, Vahine Island is flanked by sugar-sand beaches, coconut groves and too-blue ocean views normally reserved for the sweeping open sequence of a Hollywood shipwreck-style epic. Style Castaway romance Setting Tiny private island near Tahaa Why this week? Close your eyes and envisage turquoise waters, swaying palms and a pristine […]

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Soneva Kiri, Thailand: hotel of the week

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Tucked away in a corner of Thailand not overrun by backpackers, Soneva Kiri sits on the edge of ocean-fringed jungle. It recently nabbed the Best for Families gong at the inaugural Smith Hotel Awards. With thrills to please hedonists, romantics, adventure-addicts and ankle-biters alike, this island escape has us daydreaming about dawdling there… Style All-ages tropical playground Setting Palm-fringed […]

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Thompson Beverly Hills: hotel of the week

Friday, December 13th, 2013

A well-placed Los Angeles design den with New York City style and swagger, the Thompson Beverly Hills hotel had us at two words: rooftop pool. Of course, the clubby bar, sleek suites and all that Rodeo Drive shopping had us California dreamin’, too. Style Big Apple in LA Setting Upmarket design district Why this week? Have you […]

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Chef Sophie Michell’s new Pont St address

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Food writer, TV host and chef Sophie Michell has been cooking professionally since she was a teenager. Now taking the helm of Pont St restaurant in London’s Belgraves hotel, she’s fast gaining a reputation for light, creative dishes and a Californian spin on seafood. Britain’s youngest female executive chef talks sea urchins, her new airport restaurant, and lunching with […]

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Palazzina G, Venice: hotel of the week

Friday, November 29th, 2013

What do Casanova, Canaletto and Vivaldi have in common? Bold, artistic and chivalrous, they were all born in Venice, a romantic floating city of maze-like islands, glittering canals and charming footbridges. Re-tread the history of this fascinating city at boutique hotel Palazzina G. This sleek and sultry retreat is older than all three famous Venetians […]

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