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

Where’s your lunchtime going to take you today? A great book can transport you to a faraway place (we’re talking further than that café you usually go to) and whet your appetite for new destinations. Our pick of the week? The exotic, possibility-packed country that is Morocco: it surprises and delights (and, ok, sometimes assaults) […]

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Vahine Island, Tahaa: hotel of the week

Friday, January 17th, 2014

A lagoon-toting isle where barefoot luxury rules, Vahine Island is flanked by sugar-sand beaches, coconut groves and too-blue ocean views normally reserved for the sweeping open sequence of a Hollywood shipwreck-style epic. Style Castaway romance Setting Tiny private island near Tahaa Why this week? Close your eyes and envisage turquoise waters, swaying palms and a pristine […]

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Melbourne chef Shannon Bennett is the talent behind award-winning Vue de Monde. A fine-dining eyrie on the 55th floor of the skyline-scoping Rialto building, it’s arguably the city’s best restaurant. As well as glam adjacent cocktail bar Lui, Shannon’s Melbourne empire spans Bistro Vue and a clutch of informal cafés, including Café Vue Heide set […]

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Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

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Fringed by shady palm trees and graced with turquoise ocean views, Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa in Koh Samui is a boutique beachside corker. It’s time to say ‘sawadika’ to this picturesque island escape, which has a completed renovation under its belt… Style Thai tranquility Setting Bophut beachside retreat Why this week? Reopening its doors after […]

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Le Sereno, St Barths: hotel of the week

Friday, November 1st, 2013

It’s almost Caribbean season. Azure waters and sugar-sand beaches are working their way into our daydreams, and, with city-chic Le Sereno‘s announcement of their new, James Beard award-winning-chef-run restaurant, refined St Barths just might be the first stop on this year’s jaunts… Style Continental Caribbean Setting Grand Cul-de-Sac cove Why this week? Le Sereno just re-opened last […]

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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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Dylan, Dublin: hotel of the week

Friday, October 18th, 2013

From the historic streets and architecture to just enjoying the craic and a pint of the black stuff, Dublin has it covered. Dylan offers guests a stylish and comfortable base to explore Ireland’s fair city. Style Boudoir-chic Victorian townhouse Setting Foliage-rich city fringe Why this week? From October 12, the Irish Museum of Modern Art will […]

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Hotel San José, Austin: hotel of the week

Friday, October 11th, 2013

This week, we’re playing it cool. Not only is the weather pleasantly temperate after a hot desert summer, but, between its ever-innovative restaurants, career-launching music scene and iconic South by Southwest festivals, quirky and independent Austin basically defines the word. Plus, one of the original boutique hotels is there: the Hotel San José. Your street cred goes […]

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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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