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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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‘Barefoot luxury’ might be becoming a bit of a cliche, but we’re addicted to it nonetheless. And where better to kick of your shoes in sumptuous surroundings than in the Maldives? We’re fickle folk who fall in love anew every time we go there and find our new favourite hotel, but when the hotels in […]

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Welcome to 2014! We’re starting the new year with a hand-picked handful of boutique beauties: our first stop is Indonesia, where The Lombok Lodge wowed us with its elegant coconut-white interiors, pampering spa and charming chef (who’s rather good at cooking, too, of course). After that, our Asian adventures took us to the Park Hyatt […]

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Our global escapades this month have taken us to a host of new favourite haunts. We began in the UK, at reinvented rustic retreat Dormy House in the Cotswolds. Then, for something completely different, we jetted off to the beachfront, palm-shaded Constance le Prince Maurice in Mauritius (above). After that, we hit the US. We […]

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We’ve got something to suit every style-hungry hotel lover’s taste this month, from sleek city stays to beautiful beachy Edens. We started our travels in Morocco’s culture-rich coastal hideout, Essaouira, where we found pale and interesting riad Dar Maya and eccentric Villa de l’O in the old medina and exuberantly chic Le Jardin de Douars […]

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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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Clerkenwell may be one of the capital’s quieter enclaves, replete with cobbles, idiosyncratic 13th-century and ultra-modern architecture and industrial-chic warehouse conversions; but it’s also home to one of our favourite new London boutique hotels, the hip and historic Zetter Townhouse… The Zetter Townhouse feels like a stay with your kooky rich relative, likely because the sister […]

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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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This month, the intrepid Smith team of style-seeking hotel hunters began its global trek in canal-crossed Amsterdam, home to a trio of reinvented Dutch stunners: a modern aristocrat named Sir Albert (originally a diamond factory), the fantastical Andaz Amsterdam (formerly a library) and modernist masterpiece Conservatorium (the one-time Sweelinck Conservatory of Music). Then, we headed […]

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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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