Smith Travel BlogTravel tales and hotel news from the boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith

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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We’re in the mood for a really good bash – copious cool drinks, non-stop dancing and a groovy poolside stay. Which is why we’re all about California dreamin’ right now and the retro-chic Viceroy Palm Springs. Let’s get this party started… Style Hollywood regency spa resort Setting Manicured Mojave desert oasis Why this week? Oh, we don’t mean […]

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Hungry? Read on. We have a classic Great British break to recommend to you this week at Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa in Wiltshire, a stately country pile that’s all gorgeous grounds, glossy fillies and gourmet delights. Bring your appetite… Style Epicurean country pile Setting Woodland, hedges and herbs  Why this week? Like everything at Lucknam, […]

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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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Establishment, Sydney: hotel of the week

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Hedonism finds its home at Establishment Hotel, an everything-under-one-roof haunt where Sydney’s bronzed and beautiful mingle over gin cocktails and sleek, loft-like rooms with gem-bright orchids offer the perfect repose for party-weary tootsies. Style Multi-tasking pleasure palace Setting Sydney’s glam CBD Why this week? Autumn in Sydney heralds the beginning of public music performances, film screenings […]

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Tides South Beach, Miami: hotel of the week

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Catch a glimpse of a glamourous bygone era (revived with modern perks) at the Tides South Beach hotel in Miami – a grand art-deco building with gleaming interiors and ocean views from every room.  Style Classic SoBe sophistication Setting Opulent Ocean Drive  Why this week? We could really go for an expertly-muddled mojito served poolside right about […]

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Where’s your lunchtime going to take you today? A great book can transport you to a faraway place (we’re talking further than that café you usually go to) and whet your appetite for new destinations. Our pick of the week? The exotic, possibility-packed country that is Morocco: it surprises and delights (and, ok, sometimes assaults) […]

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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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An award-winning writer for screen, small screen and digital, Helen Bagnall (below) is co-founder of erudite events organiser Salon London, and runs The Transmission Prize. Here, the literary leading lady takes a magical mystery tour from lofty Liverpool bolthole the Hope Street Hotel, and finds Lebanese street food, pre-party prep stations and coffee with a side of folk harp… […]

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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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