Smith Travel BlogTravel tales and hotel news from the boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith

After our Easter holiday spring-cleaning spree we’ll be in need of a well-earned European city break. Spanish boutique hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar – in architecturally arresting Valencia – appeals to our newfound neat freak with spotless monochrome minimalism… Style Minimalist modern palace Setting Edge of the old town Why this week? Book by 20 April to get […]

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We’re in the mood for a really good bash – copious cool drinks, non-stop dancing and a groovy poolside stay. Which is why we’re all about California dreamin’ right now and the retro-chic Viceroy Palm Springs. Let’s get this party started… Style Hollywood regency spa resort Setting Manicured Mojave desert oasis Why this week? Oh, we don’t mean […]

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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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Never has decadence felt so healthy as at Rancho Valencia, a village-like compound of spa treatments, tennis lessons and locally sourced dining set amid the horse farms and citrus groves 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. Style Courting favour Setting Californian ranchlands Why this week? We never need a reason to go somewhere sunny, beautiful and luxurious, but it […]

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As romantic getaway specialists, we’re dab hands at getting your heart racing. So here’s a little reminder to set your pulse aflutter: there are only four days left before Valentine’s Day. Yes, that’s right, just 96 little hours before the light of your life starts to wonder when that grand gesture of love is going […]

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Viceroy Anguilla: hotel of the week

Friday, January 24th, 2014

A vision in white, the British West Indies’ Kelly Wearstler-styled Viceroy Anguilla takes Caribbean oceanfront luxury to a whole new high, with three seaside pools, a private beach and plenty of plush loungers for your basking enjoyment. Style Designer castaway Setting Leeward Island bayfront Why this week? As if the lure of gently swaying palm-trees, Caribbean Ocean-views from your […]

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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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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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This weekend, we’d like to bound out of (big, boutique) bed, polish off a stack-load of pancakes with crisp bacon, fat-yolked eggs and leg-sized sausages, wipe out our beloved on the golf course with some immaculate swings and finish off the day’s adventures with a Kiwi mud wrap accompanied by forest views and tuneful bird […]

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If it’s possible to be too romantic, too seductive and just too beautiful, then Viceroy Maldives is guilty as charged. Coax yourself away from languidly lying upon the pure white sand to submerge yourself in a realm of underwater thrills – the only thing you need worry about is what colour best shows off your tan. […]

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