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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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Blakes hotel in London holds a special place in Smith lore: our original Mr and Mrs Smith, James and Tamara Lohan, got married in the ultra-romantic Suite 007. Where better, then, to gather some of our favourite wedding bloggers for a chat about one of our favourite topics: honeymoon hotels? If you fancy finding out […]

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Top 10 hotels to book for Easter

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Sorted out your Easter weekend plans? No? Tsk tsk. We’ve done the hard work for all you time-short, plan-lacking escape-seekers by rounding up short-break destinations for the fast approaching long weekend. We’ve still got plenty of romantic hotels with Easter availability (but probably not for long): below are 10 of our favourites. Be it country comforts, […]

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We’re all for tradition – especially when it has a dose of revamped shiny and new, too. Which is why we are scheming our return visit to the newest, old thing to hit New York City: The High Line Hotel – a grand Gothic-style estate revived as a vintage-chic stay with handmade furniture and drool-inducing bespoke […]

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The Drake, Toronto: hotel of the week

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The Toronto International Film Festival may have helped put this city’s culture on the map, but the fact is that Toronto has been trendy for a long time. Just look at the Drake hotel, a self-proclaimed ‘Hotbed for Culture’ with its hot music club downstairs, cutting-edge art throughout and the forefront of new Canadian cuisine […]

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As the summer temperatures climb, so do New Yorkers. Top floor gardens, breezy cocktail lounges and dreamy rooftop pools provide the ultimate oasis high above the steamy streets below. With that, here are five spots (and two Smith stays)  where you can rise above it all when in NYC… YOGA HIGH Arch your way into […]

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In the diary: gad about like Gatsby

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

With the Gatsby bandwagon rumbling through town like a Rolls-Royce, we’ve rounded up the coolest hotels and happenings that capture the zeitgeist without drowning you in fringed flapper frocks… JAZZ UP YOUR SUMMER This weekend, in Gatsby’s home city of New York, we’re pulling out our kitten heels and spats for the bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn […]

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Or for the Cantonese speakers out there, Gung Hay Fat Choi! Wherever you’re celebrating Chinese New Year in 2013 we wish you well, and welcome to the Year of the Snake… It is officially this Sunday 10 February but expect fireworks, feasting and family visits for at least five days kicking […]

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Festive fun in London: a Christmas to-do list

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

What’s that you say? It’s nearly Christmas? Cue cold sweats, mild panic buying and a belated urge to sling on some knitted accessories, sing a merry tune and stock up on seasonal good cheer. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a festive assortment of great London activities that will sate yuletide appetites, scent your […]

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Brisbane travel tips: art, beaches and bars

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Queensland’s capital has all the hallmarks of a classic minibreak destination, with culture, nature and cool cafés, bars and boudoirs up for grabs. Here are our top Brisbane travel tips for things to do in this seductive tropical city… ART ATTACK Brisbane’s South Bank is a one-stop art shop, with a string of major riverside […]

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