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As you may or may not know, one of the most important things we do at Mr & Mrs Smith is get every property in our hotel collection anonymously reviewed by a real-life couple: it’s the only way to really make sure the hotel lives up to our romantic expectations and is a tip-top together-time destination, whether it’s for a wild weekend away or picked for our list of super-romantic honeymoon hideaways.

Mr & Mrs Smith reviews are written by a panel of friends and people we admire, who we trust absolutely in terms of reporting back to us on Smith hotels. The only requirement is that our reviewers visit each hotel anonymously with a partner, and on their return, give us the kind of honest lowdown you would expect from a friend. Of course, sometimes Mr & Mrs Smith and their extended team of spies review hotels they find on their under-the-covers missions.

Infinity pool at Clos du Léthé hotel in Languedoc-Roussillon, France

We post new hotel reviews on the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection site every month, and now we’ll tip you off every time our spies are back with news. This week, we’ve reviewed Clos du Léthé, an art-filled boutique B&B just outside the mediaeval duchy of Uzès in southern France.

Here’s a little snippet to whet your appetite:

Owner Pierre beckons us over to him across the landscaped lavender garden, and apologises profusely for a near-invisible scattering of fallen leaves on the day bed outside our room. He then throws open the door of our suite to reveal a vast limestone bathtub under a vaulted ceiling. An antique stone trough, a modern polished sandstone double sink, and gold-framed mirrors glittering under a string of fairy lights complete the ‘pinch me’-perfect picture…

I spot Bulgari toiletries and ‘tea bags’ for the bath (award 10 points). The hairdryer gets bonus points for its diffuser attachment, and two fluffy hooded bathrobes bring the tally to well over 100. Twenty minutes in and we’re still finding details that merit extra brownie points: I’ve lost count of the score now, but, take my word for it, it was up there with whatever French drivers think the speed limit is…

Click here to read the full hotel review of Clos du Léthé, or our updated destination guide to Languedoc-Roussillon.

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