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The people have eaten, the public has spoken and the 10 most amazing hotel dining experiences in the world have been shortlisted and passed over to the Smith Hotel Awards judging panel. We’ll reveal the final winner here on 7 November, but while the judges chew over the contenders, cast a hungry eye over 2014’s […]

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Top 10 best-dressed boutique hotels

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The votes are in! If you’re one of the 22,000 travel-loving hotel fans who responded to our Smith Hotel Awards 2014 survey, you’ll no doubt be eager to learn which boutique boltholes and stylish weekend stays made it into the top 10 shortlists. Well, wait no longer – we can now reveal the hotels you chose to […]

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Where is the world’s Best Hotel Pool? Which hotel harbours the Sexiest Bedroom in the World? What’s on your hotel lust list? You tell us… It’s time to find this year’s superstar hotels, with the launch of the 2014 edition of the Smith Hotel Awards. Public voting is now open, and we want to hear from stylish […]

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The Wallawwa, Colombo: hotel of the week

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Among three acres of peaceful tropical gardens, just outside of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is where you’ll find The Wallawwa. This 200-year-old colonial manor sparkles from a careful restoration, but hasn’t lost any of its original airs and graces. Style Lavish colonial pile Setting Nestled in Negombo Why this week? You don’t need an excuse to visit a tropical private […]

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Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, The Opposite House features innovative architecture and interiors that embrace natural light and reclaimed materials, leaving visitors wide-eyed with appreciation. Just six kilometres from the Forbidden City and nestled in Beijing’s retail and lifestyle hub, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, this hotel calls for guests to bring an empty stomach and suitcase in order to […]

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‘This prestigious and popular leg of the global Grand Slam of Eventing brings the world’s top riders and horses together to test their skill, stamina and speed across three pulse-quickening equestrian disciplines at the highest competition level: CCI 4*. Away from the thundering hooves and gleaming tack, there’s a weekend’s worth of eating, drinking, shopping and people-watching to enjoy’

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It’s remarkable how much you can see and do in just one weekend away to Italy. A night at Il Salviatino and then a night at Palazzo Victoria treated me to a concentrated hit of two of the world’s most cultured cities with a restorative whirl in the countryside, plus a good measure of cocktails, […]

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David Kelman, head chef of Cotswolds country house Ellenborough Park, marks his TV appearance on The Great British Menu with a limited series of dining events (the next one’s on Wednesday 9 July). Smith sent managing editor Anthony Leyton along for a taste of what promises to be a unique gourmet getaway… ‘So the menu’s […]

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Beautiful boutique hotels are a great source of inspiration for your home interiors, but we don’t all have Bill Benson, Kit Kemp or Ilse Crawford on speed dial; nor can we spare the time to travel the world sourcing one-off objects or cutting-edge furniture. We’re a handy bunch here, so as well as helping you out with our Mr […]

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Marylebone Village, just north of Oxford Street, is turning into one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods for aesthetes, eaters and amblers. A whirl at a family-owned boutique hotel fashioned from seven Grade II-listed townhouses and two mews homes showed us it has a lot more to it than an impressive address and notable neighbours… Where we stayed…  […]

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