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We’re going bush – but we won’t be any roughing it on this trip. Crystal -blue waters, adventure-packed afternoons and aphrodisiac oysters are just a few of seductive Saffire‘s lures. Escape to the most eastern edge of Tasmania, ocean to one side, rocky mountains and green hills on the other and nothing but fresh Pacific air in between. […]

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After our Easter holiday spring-cleaning spree we’ll be in need of a well-earned European city break. Spanish boutique hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar – in architecturally arresting Valencia – appeals to our newfound neat freak with spotless monochrome minimalism… Style Minimalist modern palace Setting Edge of the old town Why this week? Book by 20 April to get […]

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Postcard from Devon: unwinding at Weeke Barton

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Set on pony-roamed Dartmoor, Weeke Barton is an historic 500-year-old West Country guesthouse – the ideal country retreat for a romantic weekend. Seeking stately homes and scenic rambles, Keith Oswin (from Smith’s member relations team) checked in…  Finding Weeke Barton required some Sherlock Holmes-level hotel hunting: my SatNav was 200 miles away in London, the mobile signal was kaput and the roads […]

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A stay in North Yorkshire combines country and city, with market towns, scenic hikes in the dales and a trip to York’s lively centre. We’ve teamed up with Visit York to plan the perfect spring city break, when York’s most abuzz with activity. Literary festivals, lavish operas, horse-race hobnobbing and haunted houses can all be found at its historic […]

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Tucked away on an unspoiled white sand peninsula on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Sublime Samana hotel is a stunning suites-only retreat with pro-worthy tennis courts, fine dining, a sumptuous oceanfront spa and a show-stopping swimming pool on its vast, palm fringed grounds. Yep, that all sounds pretty sublime… Style Contemporary beach casitas Setting Remote […]

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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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1888 Hotel, Sydney: hotel of the week

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Unleash your best hashtags at 1888 Hotel, a boutique bolthole that also happens to be the world’s first ‘Instagram hotel’. Decked out with visually-inspiring designs – think period windows, original Ironbark beams and bright pops of colour courtesy of works by Australian artists – and a heritage woolstore façade, this photogenic city break has no […]

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Dunton Hot Springs: hotel of the week

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Hiding out in Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains is Dunton Hot Springs resort. This clutch of kitted-out cabins in a movie-set-worthy restored ghost town is our idea of a Wild West adventure. We aren’t the only ones who think so, either – this nature-lover’s retreat just took the prize for Greatest Outdoors in our first ever […]

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This Halloween we’re seeking out high-end haunted house hotels, vampy Transylvanian stays, ghostly guesthouses and the most spooktacular events. Our boutique hotels are renowned for being out of this world, but our pick of spine-chilling stays have an added air of mystery – from southern Gothic-style New Orleans’ guesthouses close to the ‘Cities of the Dead’ graveyards, […]

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At Mr & Mrs Smith, we have a serious love affair with Italy: the history, the food, the architecture, the lifestyle, the food. Thankfully, the Italian Film Festival has hit Australian shores, with screenings at Palace Cinemas across the country. Whether you want to catch a movie in Melbourne, Canberra, Byron Bay, Brisbane or Sydney, […]

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