After a few years studying languages, I moved to the Middle East to establish a base for travelling around the Arabian Gulf, exploring the villas surrounding Salalah and the dizzying heights of the United Arab Emirates, and soaking up the Levantine buzz of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Now I’m lucky enough to curate bespoke holidays for our Smith members throughout this part of the world.
Jack'stop Mr & Mrs Smith stays
The Chedi Muscat
This soul-soothing stay is my absolute go-to. A meditative, peaceful ambience flows throughout, from its manicured gardens to the private pool overlooking the Gulf of Oman. Plus, the Friday brunch is superb.View Hotel
Cadiz Province, Spain
Casa la Siesta
The first time I visited was with a big group of family and friends; ever since, I’ve had a soft spot for this hotel. While the gorgeous neutral decor, locally-sourced food and panoramic views of the rolling Andalusian hills all add charm to this Spanish hotel, it’s the staff that make Casa La Siesta what it is.View Hotel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Soho House Tel Aviv, Jaffa
Housed in a former school, Soho House Tel Aviv has a rich local history and flawless design. Start your day with shakshuka and a mint lemonade by the courtyard pool before heading out to explore Jaffa.View Hotel
Taxi drivers are your key to a city – they drive everyone, everywhere, all the time, so try to learn a few local phrases and ask for their tips.
Oman is the Middle East’s crown jewel and my spiritual home. From its beautiful low lying skyline and flaming sunsets, to the sight of the rugged Hajar mountains and impressive hotels, an Omani getaway is a must.View Hotels
Explore India's ‘Golden Triangle’, visit Jaipur’s Pink City, stay on a farm in rural Rajasthan, or venture into the bustling centre of Delhi. Wherever you chose to go, be sure to embrace the culture of this beautiful country.View Hotels
There is something about Moroccan architecture that has always captivated me; the traditional riads, beautiful archways, soaring minarets and mazes of alleyways in dimly lit medinas. I can’t wait to explore more of our properties here, from the small and traditional to the gorgeous and grandiose.View Hotels
I wish I was...
…watching the sun set over the Arabian Gulf, with a fresh juice in hand, and the smell of frankincense lingering in the background.