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Dreaming up your next far-flung adventure? From hiking in the Himalayas to safari in South Africa, you can’t beat Mr & Mrs Smith’s selection of boutique boltholes for a glamorous getaway. With over 1,000 hotels to choose from – all tested out and handpicked for their luxe credentials – guests are guaranteed five-star service and lavish lodgings spanning every corner of the globe…
Here, the travel experts reveal all about their most extraordinary hotels…
Indulge your wild side with a luxurious stopover at Chamba Camp Thiksey. Set 3,500 metres up in the Ladakh Valley in the heart of the high Himalayas, this rustic retreat – and winner in the Above & Beyond category at the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards 2018 – is the most glamorous way to explore the verdant vistas of the Dudhwa National Park, Srinagar and Ladakh. An activity-packed escape for intrepid travellers offering everything from river rafting and guided mountaintop walks to archery, cookery and croquet. After a hard day’s exploring, tumble into your giant four-poster and prepare to be surprised by the room service – remarkably luxurious for 3,500 metres above sea level – of your personalised butler.
Voted runner up in the Above & Beyond category in the 2018 Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards, this romantic refuge brings a touch of luxe to the Icelandic countryside. Once home to a drove of Icelandic sheep, now a glamourous haven, where cosy suites, stylish spas and crackling fires provide a snuggly sanctuary away from the cold. Sprawling wilderness surrounds – views of the surrounding ice-sloped mountains will leave you breathless – where guests can ice trek, heli ski, whale watch, husky ride… or simply float in the outdoor geothermal pool, the perfect place for catching (if you're lucky) the eerie glow of the Northern Lights.
As the winner of Best Smith Hotel in the 2018 Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards, you know to expect big things from Villa La Coste. An arty, modern alternative to Provence’s rustic offerings, this cool, contemporary hideout is the ultimate in luxury rural escapes. Designed in harmony with its rich, leafy surroundings, this cutting-edge stay, which showcases some of the brightest minds in art and architecture – think Tracey Emin, Louise Bourgeois and Alexander Calder – is a symphony of straight lines, towering panes of glass and walls scattered in fresh, crisp whites. Take a wine tour through the Château La Coste winery, book a romantic supper in the Louison’s tall glass building suspended over water, or relax and unwind in the giant marble bath tubs, with a glass of fizz in hand.
Book with Mr & Mrs Smith and receive this fantastic Smith Extra: A bottle of Château la Coste wine in the room; a welcome fruit plate; a visit to the vineyards (including wine tasting); an art and architecture tour of the property; $100 credit to use at the hotel spa
Limber up for lashings of chai, spa spoiling and yoga stretching in the heartland of Sri Lanka. Nestled on the banks of Lake Koggala, this eco-conscious hotel and spa favours ayurvedic principles – so from the food to the treatments, you’ll be well and truly looked after. Perched overlooking the lake, guests will be spoiled with stunning vistas of green jungle-like landscapes, with activities ranging from boat trips and bike rides to floating yoga sessions, stopping off for a dip in the infinity pool along the way.
Book with Mr & Mrs Smith and receive a Smith Extra: a free dhoni boat excursion to Cinnamon Island, for a 'cinnamon experience', where guests learn how the spice is grown, harvested and prepared.
For a touch of the tropics, the Seychelles’ soft sandy beaches never disappoint. Hole up at the Maia Luxury Resort & Spa; a tranquil hideaway on the southwest coast of Mahé, where thatched villas sit like golden dots amid a palette of rich greens and turquoise blues. The palm-fringed beaches of Anse Louis paint a beautiful backdrop for beach lounging, champagne-fuelled barbecues or underwater pursuits. Each hut comes with its own private butler, and a range of bookable private activities including spa treatments and beachside yoga is on offer.
BA will be offering a new route flying directly to the Seychelles in March 2018, which can be booked – along with airport transfers – through Mr & Mrs Smith along with your hotel
Pitched between tropical jungle and golden sandy beaches, this dreamy retreat can only be accessed by boat, so guests can indulge in ultimate seclusion. The Jungle Spa, with its open, airy treatment rooms surrounded by natural streams and birdsong, might be your first port of call, followed by a cocktail at the elevated Sunset Bar. But the real centrepiece is the architecturally striking Sen Restaurant, which looms, lotus-like, over Ninh Van Bay – resembling Vietnam’s national flower. Welcome to complete serenity.
Sheltered in South Africa's famous Kruger National Park, Lion Sands Game Reserve features four luxury lodges, each decked out with private pools and sumptuous interiors, which you can pick and choose depending on your style. Breathtaking views of the safari landscapes unfurl from each cosy hideaway, where guests can get up close and personal with the fascinating local wildlife, either by foot, game drives or from the telescopes conveniently placed in each of the lodges. For downtime, there’s a private pool and a holistic spa offering pampering facials, massages and manicures, in between game drives.
Perfectly placed for astrological – and plenty other – adventures, Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa shines as brightly as the stars that twinkle above it by night. The Atacama Desert beckons beyond, whilst two pools (Tierra Atacama was voted winner of Best Pool with a View category in the 2018 Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards), a spoiling spa dishing out volcanic-mud treatments and desert-herb facials, pared-back mid-century interiors, and a glorious food and wine selection to boot, give guests every reason to retire to their luxe lodgings after a day’s horse riding or hiking through the villages, valleys, volcanoes and dreamlike deserts.
Can you think of anything more romantic than a magical treehouse in the Nordic countryside? These stylish branch-hung dens – of which there are seven to choose from in total – each boast stylish Scandi interiors and majestic sweeping views of Sweden’s Lapland, with vast, wild stretches of tundra, mountains and lush forests. Scramble up ladders and floating walkways, devour rustic Nordic cuisine or take a husky-drawn sled ride into the depths of the forest, crossing the Arctic Circle to scan the sky for glints of the Northern Lights.
Escape to the windswept corner of New Zealand’s rough-and-ready coast, where Pigeon Bay’s remote villas offer a serene sanctuary for weary, wistful travellers. Winner of the Best Villa category, Annadale’s extravagant lodgings are accessed by helicopter for complete seclusion, and come clapboard-clad with modern interiors, sea-facing terraces, open-air firepits and indulgent heated pools. By day, go diving, kayaking, hiking and biking, and as the sun sets on the glittering Pacific, sink into your pillow-strewn deck, with a cocktail in hand, and gaze up at the glorious star-specked sky.
Mr & Mrs Smith is the travel club for hotel lovers: an award-winning boutique-hotel booking service specialising in the world’s most seductive stays. Founded in 2003, there are now more than 1,000 boutique and luxury hotels in the collection, all hand-picked and anonymously reviewed. With Smith you’ll get the best prices guaranteed, free extras on arrival and round-the-clock service from Smith24, our in-house travel specialists. The collection now also includes luxury villas, bespoke itineraries and unique experiences, too.
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