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Looking for the best ski resorts? Itching to ski New Zealand or ski Australia? Good timing: as you read this, snowflakes are falling in flurries across the ski fields. It’s set to be one of the best snow seasons, so whether the snow gums of Falls Creek are beckoning or the Remarkables’ impressive mountain ranges near Queenstown tickle your fancy, […]

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The Cove, Cornwall: hotel of the week

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Feel as though the summer months are zipping past you? Us too. If you’re longing for a luxurious getaway that combines the independence of self-catering with the pampering of a hotel, then The Cove apart-hotel in Cornwall is for you. Style Independence stay Setting Minutes from Mouzel Why this week? Still haven’t planned your summer getaway or what […]

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Three hot Queensland holiday houses

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

With autumn kicking in down under, our top tip for a warm-weather staycation is Australia’s aptly named Sunshine State. Here, we bring you our pick of the best Queensland holiday houses… BEST FOR COASTAL COOL Alinghi, Great Barrier Reef Stay A contemporary cedar, glass and steel eco-eyrie set in 14 acres of bushland, this architect’s […]

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We’ve criss-crossed the globe this month to add to our hand-picked hotel collection. We’re thrilled to welcome the very first Smith hotels in the Bahamas and Peru, as well as some new hot stays in Cambodia, Fiji and Dorset. We’re also celebrating the debut of a stylish self-catering house in Goldfields, near Melbourne. First, we […]

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Postcard from Byron Bay

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

A cyclist in a wetsuit pedals by clutching a surfboard. An old man in wizard’s robes skateboards along the pavement. Buskers play the didgeridoo… Laid-back Aussie beach town Byron Bay, on the north coast of New South Wales, is just over an hour’s flight north of Sydney, but it might as well be a parallel […]

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With summer hotting up down under, it’s outdoor movie season – so we’ve focused on the top 10 best outdoor cinemas in Australia, with hip rooftop screenings, beachside film festivals and open-air park soirees up for grabs. Pack a picnic, take a plus one or even a pooch, and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars. […]

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For an indulgent minibreak, a Daylesford escape in Victoria’s Spa Country delivers the goods: fabulous food, stress-melting mineral springs and a host of boutique holiday houses. FEAST A brisk walk up Wombat Hill, through Daylesford’s blissful Botanic Gardens, brings you to Wombat Hill House (pictured above), the latest venture from Alla Wolf-Tasker of Lake House […]

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Our New York team hotfooted it over the opposite end of Manhattan recently in search of new hipster-favoured hideaways for our Smith & Friends collection. The arty, urban style lurking in Harlem didn’t disappoint… Harlem Residence, Harlem – Big-for-the-city apartment in historic Harlem – Designer decor with vivid artwork and artifacts – Gracious, knowledgeable owner […]

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With all the love in the air here in the UK lately, we’ve been on the hunt for some rural romance. Just as well, then, that the new recruits to our Smith & Friends collection are bucolic boltholes, perfect for isolated escapes à deux… THE HUNTING LODGE Dordogne With the Dronne river at the bottom […]

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Melbourne has a habit of hiding its light under a bushel – or rather, amid its warren of mysterious laneways. Down many a dark, graffiti-lined alley, you’ll find the city’s coolest hidden hangouts, from buzzing bars to white-hot eateries. If there’s no name on the door, or you have to ring a bell to get […]

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