The August bank holiday (sorry non-UK readers, you may look away now) creeps up on you sometimes, suddenly popping onto the horizon the week before it strikes, and reminding you that it’s the last bona fide long-weekend opportunity before Christmas. Not got a getaway arranged yet? Oh well, never mind, you’ll never find anywhere with availability now; may as well give up.
Not really. Just joshing with you there.
So far, summer 2009 has lacked sunshine in every sense. We’ve seen a generous onslaught of rain, we’ve lost the King of Pop and a perfectly coiffed Charlie’s Angel and the sound of someone sneezing on a tube is enough to send swine-flu-dreading commuters scuttling for cover. Our medicinal mood-booster? Ice-cream. Pure and simple. What can be more optimistic, especially in this umbrella-necessitating weather, than sitting down to a towering sundae, drizzled in chocolate sauce, chopped nuts and sugar crystals? Ancient Man used to perform sun dances to banish the clouds; at Smith HQ, we’ll put our faith in the gooey stuff.
Given the current storm in our collective piggy banks, we thought now might be an opportune moment to shamelessly plug politely draw attention to a few of the fantabulous boutique hotel offers that are currently glittering away enticingly on the main Smith site.
Every month Mr & Mrs Smith’s hotel guru, the lovely Peggy, puts on her wangling hat and goes head to head with a selection of the finest boutique hotels in the Smith collection, coming out of the fray with a suitcase-load of exclusive special offers, cut-price deals, free nights, and delicious extras exclusively for Smith members, potentially saving hundreds – sometimes thousands – of pounds on hotel bookings.
This month, our Pegs has worked even more miraculous miracles than she normally does, with heaps of three-nights-for-the-price-of-two bargains, some hotels offering BOGOF deals, and a swathe of heavily slashed room rates. It’s like the January sales, but without the rain, the elbows and the anger.
Here’s a soupcon sampling of some of the more eyebrow-raising, wallet-stroking hotel offers we have this month: