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It’s spring! And our top-notch hotel seekers have sprung! (…or something.) This month, we have a diverse array of first-class stays around the world to get you lining up your suitcases by the front door in a wanderlusty frenzy. We begin in Australia, with Canberra’s entirely ungoogleable Hotel Hotel, so cool they named it twice […]

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Top 10 best spa hotels at the Smith Awards

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

When we set out to find the world’s best spa hotel, we had no idea it would be such back-breaking work. No no no, don’t give us that look: scouring reef-fringed bays, pristine rainforests and, yes, Britain’s leafy countryside for splendidly tiled hammams, state-of-the-art spa suites and fairy-fingered therapists is no easy task. We weren’t […]

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Palazzina G, Venice: hotel of the week

Friday, November 29th, 2013

What do Casanova, Canaletto and Vivaldi have in common? Bold, artistic and chivalrous, they were all born in Venice, a romantic floating city of maze-like islands, glittering canals and charming footbridges. Re-tread the history of this fascinating city at boutique hotel Palazzina G. This sleek and sultry retreat is older than all three famous Venetians […]

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Villa Armena, Tuscany: hotel of the week

Friday, September 20th, 2013

This week, we’re feeling extravagant. We want silken bedsheets, fat tubes of home-made spaghetti served on silver cloches and a pool with its own shoreline – oh, and lots of Tuscan sunshine please. Thankfully, with luxury hotel Villa Armena at our service, none of the above is too much trouble. A short drive from Siena […]

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Top 10 hotels for swingers

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Ooh, you dirty little things! We don’t mean that, we mean this! Our friends over at Concrete Playground were feeling a bit ropey, so we went and wrote them a round-up of our top 10 hotels with swings. Here’s an abridged breakdown of the list below, for all you wannabe Tarzans and Janes. (There’s really no need […]

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We’ve been all over the place this month, from cities to seas. Our Euro adventures began with a trio of très belles Parisians: minimalist foodie masterpiece Hôtel de Nell, knowingly cool design hub Hôtel Paradis and, just over the river, Left Bank lovely Hôtel Verneuil in Saint-Germain. Then we packed up our macaroons and jumped […]

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You already know that Smith hotels and romantic weekends go together like moonlight and music: but what are the other ingredients of a super-stylish mini-break? We’ve rounded up this season’s perfect weekend-away travel companions – from the products that will make eyes sparkle on the Amalfi Coast to the best bedrooms to book in Barcelona… […]

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This month the Smith team got back in the saddle, hitting the dusty trail in search of the best luxury hotels around the globe. First up, we arrived in sunny Spain, where we strapped on our Marengo riding boots, crossed the Sierra Nevada and travelled back to 19th-century Andalucia at stylishly antiquated Cortijo Del Marqués, a manor […]

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We’re gleefully celebrating Spring’s arrival with a globe-spanning host of new hotels this month. We kicked off our world tour in the Windy City, where Ian Schrager’s sleek Public Chicago hotel has impressive Lake Michigan views, a glittering crowd invariably gathered in the bar, and some elegant guest rooms big enough to throw a party […]

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This month, we started our search for stylish stays by sipping whisky at The Atholl, a suite-only townhouse in Edinburgh. After all that hard work, we headed south to soak up the rays at romantic Tuscan village retreat Monteverdi and relax at Imani Country House, a rural haven in Portugal. Over in Australia, we partied […]

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