London-born, Melbourne-based freelance journalist Sophie grew up in Turkey, Indonesia and Iran, picking up a serious travel habit along the way. After kickstarting her career as a researcher for Japanese TV news, she swapped bento boxes for boy bands at Just Seventeen magazine. Having written for everyone from Time Out to The Telegraph, she honed her style appreciation skills at UK Elle Decoration, before becoming Smith’s first Asia-Pacific editor. In 2014, she co-founded online design blog DesignFizz, and is also the Luxe city guide editor for Melbourne. Her top tip for feeling local on arrival is hiring a bike – but leave the Lycra at home.
Sophie Davies anonymously reviewed the following hotels and travel destinations: