From the Sexiest Bedroom to the Most Spoiling Spa, the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards shine a spotlight on some of the most incredible travel experiences...
Here they are, this year's winners for the best of the best in all things boutique hotel.
Romance comes in many guises – and there are no hard and fast rules for creating the perfect boudoir. But some things we can all agree on: it has to delight, excite, and surprise.
Next time you need to dress to impress and casually suggest you 'know a little place', here's your list of go-tos: the world's best date-night hotel bars…
Seafood linguine overlooking the Amalfi Coast; beach barbecues in a tropical limestone grotto; sushi in Soho; your first sip of that great gutsy Rioja… holiday memories are fed by such moments.
Edgy events spaces, clubby co-working areas, expertly hung art galleries – hotels can be more than just a place to rest your head; they can fire your imagination, too
Nothing gets you hankering for a holiday faster than hotel-pool eye candy: the anticipation of weightlessness, of cool water caressing warm skin, of sun, sky and birdsong reflected across mirror-flat surfaces…
Getting the interior styling of a hotel right is paramount: niche personality can be offputting; if it's too formal, your guests can't relax; too matchy-matchy, and it'll feel corporate.
A stand-out stay will stamp its personality all over its soundtrack as well as its stylings. From glamourous playgrounds to calming crashpads, put your hands in the air for our chart-topping retreats…
Relax. Close your eyes, and breathe. Imagine you've arrived at the Most Spoiling Spa in the world. You're soothed by its comforting air, you're about to have a life-enhancing, mood-improving, radiance-boosting afternoon of bliss. Where are you?
Responsible travel requires more than the odd recycling programme – here we champion hotels that give a little something back; to the community and to the environment.
A truly family-friendly hotel or resort rolls out the red carpet for even the youngest of guests – without compromising on style, space, or quality time for grown-ups.
Among our favourite Smith stays are those made even more special by seamless service and generosity of spirit – where going the extra mile is the rule, not the exception. Is there nothing this hotel won't do?
So here it is: the big one. The hotel that stands head and shoulders above the rest – your most beloved bolthole, the stuff of your travel fantasies. The best of the best.