During this month’s search for sparkly new Smith hotels, there were two words on our lips: Costa Rica. We played ‘I Spy’ (the sea) at Latitude 10‘s bohemian beachfront casitas on the Nicoya Peninsula, developed a design crush at Kurá‘s minimalist jungle bungalows in Uvita, played Tarzan and Jane at Lapa Rios‘ tropical treehouses on the Osa Peninsula and got coffee-drunk at Finca Rosa Blanca‘s eccentric eco-inn (above) in San José.
In Europe, we followed in the shapely footsteps of Sophia Loren and hopped into bed at Castello di Casole in scenic Tuscany, before donning swimwear for Anemi Hotel: a bright white hideaway overlooking the Aegean.
Over in Thailand, we woke up in Phulay Bay‘s grand villas and admired Krabi’s beauty. In French Polynesia, Legends Resort – a 17-acre estate with its own mini island – caught our eye (right). Finally, we fell for four new South Australian finds: hip Clarion Hotel Soho in Adelaide; bookish Thorn Park by the Vines in Clare Valley, Asia-influenced The Australasian Circa 1858 on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kingsford Homestead, a grand estate in Barossa Valley.