Alexandra Cagney

Smith24 Manager

After stints living in Madrid and Los Angeles, I decided that a career in travel and professionally arranging holidays was for me. After graduating from university, I worked for a small travel company, then moved on to one that specialised in Latin American trips. As a result of the latter, I’ve travelled through Central and South America from top to tail; Brazil is still on my wishlist, and I’m planning a stay at Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, my beach holiday dream, when I finally go. I began working with Mr & Mrs Smith in 2015, and at last count I’ve visited well over 50 Smith hotels and been to 42 countries – I keep a running tally on my phone.

Alexandra'stop Mr & Mrs Smith stays

  • Punta del Este, Uruguay

    Estancia Vik José Ignacio

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    I spent my days riding around the open countryside, hacking over to the hotel’s beachfront sister properties, or lying by the pool. In the evenings, I’d sip local wine and dine on a hearty asados in the graffiti-decorated dining area.

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  • Hill Country, Sri Lanka

    Ceylon Tea Trails

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    Each of the restored tea-planter bungalows is unique, and everyone I met swore theirs was the best, myself included. Definitely bring your gladrags for cocktail hour, which tends to evolve into a rollicking croquet tournament with other guests.

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  • Phang Nga, Thailand

    Six Senses Yao Noi

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    Barefoot luxury at its best, with vast villas that look out to limestone islands. Even the chickens are taken care of here – they’re soothed with jazz music because it makes them lay better, and the freshly prepared breakfast eggs are especially delicious.

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Travel Tips

I always bring my Olivia von Halle silk eye-mask, which helps me sleep, especially on the first night of a trip. The same goes for This Works' lavender sleep-spray pillow-mist; I’ll admit to using this on the plane and inadvertently ‘sharing’ with my flight neighbours.

Alexandra'sdream destinations

  • Argentina

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    I love Argentina for the passion in Buenos Aires, the wine in Mendoza, the autumn colours in the lake district, the salt flats in the north, and the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls in the northeast.

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  • Ibiza

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    Partying into the wee hours is a must, but I love heading off into the northern part of the island, which is much quieter and even more beautiful, with tiny secluded beaches, crystal-clear waters and the best sunsets in the whole world.

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  • Tel Aviv

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    Hands down, it's one of the coolest cities I have visited; the food is incredible, whether it’s falafels and hummus on the street or whole roasted cauliflower at trendy Abraxas North. Further afield, there’s Jerusalem, vineyards in the Negev Desert, more ancient ruins then you’ll have time to see, and a lunar-like landscape.

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I wish I was...

Camping at Aman-i-Khás, which is seriously luxurious; let's be honest, sleeping bags lost their charm at around age 13. It’s glamorous and beautiful there, you may catch a glimpse of a tiger or two, and the hotel focuses on conservation. India is also special to me, since my grandparents met, fell in love and married there during World War II.