Smith reviews: Sicilian farmhouse stay Azienda Agricola Mandranova

While it’s a bit miserable and dark (well, it’s winter, innit), we thought we’d brighten your day with tales from a sunnier isle – Sicily.

Mandranova farmhouse in Sicily - holidays in ItalyAs you know, every time we publish a new hotel write-up from one of our panel of independent reviewers at Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ll let you know, so you can keep pace with our team of travel spies and style insiders on their global roams. Every property in our hand-picked hotel collection is reviewed by a real-life couple, so we can make sure every bed is beautiful, every breakfast delectable, and every night romantic (as well as super-stylish).

Anyhoo: here’s some feedback from our anonymous Mr & Mrs Smiths after their recent visit to gorgeous coastal countryside farmhouse Azienda Agricola Mandranova in Sicily

Smith reviews: Brazilian eco escape Hotel Fazenda da Lagoa in Bahia

Fazenda da Lagoa hotel Bahia, Brazil – On the beachThe most recent hotel to have been reviewed for our online collection, Hotel Fazenda da Lagoa is a beachy dream come true, set on the lush coast of Bahia in Brazil.

Every time we publish a new hotel write-up from one of our panel of independent reviewers at Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ll let you know here on the Smith Travel Blog, so you can keep pace with our team of travel spies and style insiders on their global roams. We visit every property in our hand-picked hotel collection in person, and we get every one anonymously reviewed to make sure they meet our sky-high expectations.

Our only brief to these intrepid boutique-hotel voyagers is to go with their real-life partner (or partner in crime), check in anonymously, have a rip-roaring, chandelier-swinging, fireside-lounging, beach-strolling, bed-testing, bathroom-assessing time and then report back to us with the candour you’d expect from your oldest friend.