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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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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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With the Southern Hemisphere winter well and truly underway, at Smith HQ in Melbourne we’re feeling sodden, sniffly and in serious need of some sunshine. As luck would have it, our frosty months coincide with Fiji’s mild dry season – so pack a suitcase full of swimmers and make haste for Pacific paradise, Royal Davui Island […]

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Lyall Hotel, Melbourne: hotel of the week

Friday, December 28th, 2012

In Melbourne‘s fashionable South Yarra, Lyall Hotel and Spa is a classy cocktail of sleek rooms, sensual day spa and chic bistro-cum-bar. It’s the go-to destination for a swathe of stars – Gwen Stefani and Paris Hilton included – as well as savvy magazine editors, who we’re sure adore the within-walking-distance designer label boutiques. Style […]

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Esencia, Riviera Maya: hotel of the week

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Tired of non-stop political ads for the upcoming US election? Escape to the wonk-free splendour of the Riviera Maya, where you can laze by the Caribbean beach at Esencia, our hotel of the week… Style Less-is-more luxe Setting Tropical Caribbean seaside Why this week? Believe what you will about the supposed upcoming Mayan doomsday, but if you want […]

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Inspired by a shared love of the sea, our Crème de la Mer collections highlight some of the world’s most special coastal stays. This week, we’re dropping anchor at soul-stirring, secluded sunspots where you’ll feel as though you’ve got the place to yourselves… WHERE TO STAY SANTORINI Greece With arguably the most dramatic landscapes of […]

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Casa Morada, Florida: hotel of the week

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Make like a bird and fly south in search of eternal summer. We’re headed just about as far south as you can get in the United States, all the way to beachy, serene Casa Morada, our hotel of the week.  Style Minimalist bayside beauty Setting Palm-shaded strip of Islamorada Why this week? Got the back-to-work […]

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Fresh from a stay at luxury hideaway Wanakarn Beach Resort & Spa and the romance-revving Sarojin hotel, Mr & Mrs Smith give you the low-down on Phang Nga, the spectacular Andaman Sea escape.

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Swaying palms, soft white sand, sparkling waters (and champagne): if you’re a bride to be, chances are you’ve fantasised about a beach wedding in Thailand. Smith reviewer and roving travel reporter Carmen Roberts spills the beans on her dream destination wedding at Trisara, a romantic resort in Phuket… What wowed you most about Trisara as a wedding hotel? Privacy […]

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Postcard from St Lucia: Jade Mountain dreams

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Totting up your 2012 travel wishlist? Jade Mountain in St Lucia is worthy of going straight to the top… Abundant in all the Caribbean vacation clichés (sun, sea, snorkelling, secluded sands), Jade Mountain has everyone feeling like a honeymooner. It’s an architectural triumph that insists visitors to this friendly island enjoy all the tropical paradise […]

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