Anna Whitehead

Travel Specialist

My wanderlust was first sparked during a family adventure in Spain, during which my Dad competed in a hang-gliding competition. I’m not sure how he did, but as a seven-year-old, I was impressed. When I was a bit older, I began planning my own adventures and have now visited 49 countries; I have Bhutan pencilled-in for milestone number 50, and can’t wait to stay at Amankora. I’ve worked in the travel industry for more than 14 years, and specialise in planning honeymoons, family holidays, and adventurous getaways. I love relaxing in the Maldives, but I’d never pass up a chance to go hiking in the Himalayas or bungee-jumping in South Africa. In my spare time, I can be found pursuing an arts and humanities degree, wandering around London's art galleries or visiting Smith hotels – I’m up to 35 now.

Anna'stop Mr & Mrs Smith stays

  • Maldives, Maldives

    Gili Lankanfushi

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    This amazing resort is possibly the best place I have ever stayed in. Each villa has an alfresco bed on the roof, so you can fall asleep while gazing at the Milky Way, and a touch of a button makes the sea light up under the villa's glass floors, so you can watch baby sharks flit around chasing one another at night.

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  • Devon, United Kingdom

    Weeke Barton

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    As an avid rock climber and hiker, Dartmoor National Park is the perfect weekend getaway for me, and the couple who run this bed and breakfast are absolutely lovely. It’s the perfect stay for laid-back relaxation with some of England's finest countryside right on its doorstep.

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  • Barossa Valley, Australia

    Kingsford Homestead

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    This gorgeous escape from Adelaide will have foodies in fits of delight with its locally-sourced and beautifully-presented meals, including chef-presented six-course dinners. I loved my soak in the alfresco roll-top bath tub, which involved being driven by jeep into the bush and dropped off with a picnic basket and a walkie-talkie.

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Travel Tips

I always pack Avon’s Skin So Soft lotion, which was a secret on the backpacker circuit many years ago and works a treat as a mosquito deterrent. I swear the little pests hate it and I’ve never been bitten while using it.

Anna'sdream destinations

  • Thailand

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    It has such a strong pull on me: I seem to find myself going back year after year. Koh Phangan may be known for its full moon parties, but it’s so much more than that and these days you can visit in total luxury and peaceful seclusion at Anantara Rasananda.

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  • Brazil

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    The whole country is truly colourful and alive in every way, from the music to the street art, and adventure lies around every corner. I joined in a massive street party while there for the 2006 Fifa World Cup, and ate so much steak during my stay that I became a vegetarian afterwards.

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  • Australia

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    I love the mixture of laid-back beach culture and isolated outback. Byron Bay has one of the most beautiful beaches with pure white sand that squeaks when you walk on it.

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I wish I was...

Heading off in my walking boots to Dartmoor National Park for a day in the beautiful English countryside. I’d carry my rock-climbing kit in my pack, just in case I find a piece of rock that needs to be scaled. Afterwards, I’d settle in for a cosy evening at Weeke Barton, Bovey Castle, or Hotel Endsleigh.