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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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Phulay Bay, Krabi: hotel of the week

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

This week, we’re feeling totally tropical (no, we don’t mean *that*). Sitting pretty by the Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve‘s lush contemporary villas showcase traditional Thai elegance and modern flair. Explore the nearby archipelagos, relax at the indulgent spa or find inner peace with a yoga session. This rejuvenating retreat can’t help but […]

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Travel gallery: El Fenn hotel in Marrakech

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

We love a Marrakech riad hotel here at Smith, and we were delighted that El Fenn recently provided the first taste of Morocco in our #smithday Instagram takeover project. Each Friday, another of our favourites somewhere on the globe gets the keys to the @smithhotels account and posts a day in the life of their […]

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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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Chewton Glen, New Forest: hotel of the week

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Chewton Glen hotel in the New Forest is the sort of Hampshire haven that makes a marvellous midwinter hideout: it’s all cosy nooks, sumptuous spa, 24-hour room service and magically appearing staff (the staff-to-guest ratio is two-to-one). Style Spa-spangled manor Setting New Forest pony-country Why this week? We’ve been excitedly awaiting the unveiling of the […]

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Top five ski stays: it’s snow time

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Longing for a luxury lodge in one of the world’s best ski destinations? If your desk-chained daydreams are filled with fresh mountain air, desperate-to-be-skied downhill runs and fireside vin chaud-fuelled fondles, allow us to whisk you away to one of our stylish slopeside stays, freshly plucked from the peaks, pistes and valley villages of the […]

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Muse St Tropez: hotel of the week

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Made the most of the British heatwave? As the crowds disperse and the temperature mellows, the summer-sass of St Tropez gives way to a more tranquil atmosphere and our hotel of the week, the Riviera-luxe boutique hideaway Muse St Tropez, provides that perfect polished pampering and blooming rural scenery to ease the tension of a well-lived […]

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We have something we’re very excited to show you… our very first handpicked hotels in Japan! Meet Beniya Mukayu in Kanazawa (bottom right), the Park Hyatt Tokyo (below) – yep, the one where Scarlett Johansson lounged around in her underwear in Lost in Translation – and, also in Tokyo, the very cool Claska hotel. Entirely different […]

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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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Travel gallery: Bali

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Looking for a reason to plan a trip to beguiling, bountiful Bali? As always, the Smiths are at your service… we dispatched our intrepid Emma Christie to explore the rivers, forests and temples, as well as some heavenly hotels; here’s a handful of her fantastic photos. Fancy following in her footsteps? Emma’s top tips for […]

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