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Bahia, BrazilJust yesterday, we launched our October collection, and (as promised last month) beefed up our Brazilian boutique-hotel selection in the process. Not content with just three luxury city hotels in Rio, which we had previously, we dispatched the intrepid Laura and Katy to the beach-lined state of Bahia to uncover the finest in coastal comfort, shore-side chic and palm-shaded luxury. Returning with capirinha-giddy tales of jungle adventure, high-drama capoeira performances, scuba delights and private plane rides, our hotel hounds didn’t disappoint (but then, it’d be pretty hard to fail when your mission is essentially ‘go and sample the luxuries of a tropical beach paradise’). Thanks to a combination of their sophisticated tastes, their impeccable Smith sense, and some darn fine note-taking abilities, we now have five heart-stoppingly beautiful boutique resorts in our collection.Etnia Pousada hotel, Bahia

Here’s a taster:

Etnia Pousada – a cluster of jungle bungalows in trendy Trancoso, each decorated with a different geographical theme.

Kiaroa – apart from having a name reminiscent of over-sugared orange-squash, this is a luxury eco-resort on the tip of the Marau Peninsula, ideal for water babies and beach bunnies alike (it may, however, be too orangey for crows).

Tauana Hotel – nine wooden cabañas on the Corumbau beachfront, with some of the most stunning scenery in South America on the doorstep.

Fazenda da Lagoa – made for hammock-based snoozing and spa-based pampering, this bright and breezy beach resort can only be reached by boat.

Fazenda São Francisco – a terracotta-toned farm hotel on a Corambau sand bar, on the palm-lined, hikeable fringes of the Atlantic Forest.

Meanwhile, the brains behind Smith’s stateside operations, Rodrigo, was passing through Rio de Janeiro and stopped in at Casa 32, a remarkable little property with just two suites that we’re delighted to add to our already-pretty-spiffing Rio hotel collection.

A few lines of latitude further north, Mary visited the indescribably glamorous St Regis hotel in Washington DC (thus sparking many a ‘Mrs Smith Goes to Washington’ gag here in Smith HQ). Just a cigar’s throw away from the White House, this DC landmark has recently had a top-to-toe makeoThe Ragged Cot inn, Cotswoldsver and is now one of the most exclusive addresses in the nation’s capital.

Oh, and remember that we promised a brace of Costwolds country inns a month or so back? Well, whip off your wellies and snuggle down by the inglenooks at Ilse Crawford’s gorgeous Olde Bell or at cosy rural gastropub the Ragged Cot – both of which have just been launched. Alongside these, we’ve got what may be the most child-friendly hotel in the UK, Calcot Manor, as well as an utterly remarkable design den, Cotswolds88 Hotel, that has to be stayed in to be believed…

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