After a stint in the fashion industry, I left my native UK and hopped across the pond to Miami, where I worked as head concierge and guest relations manager for a luxury boutique hotel in South Beach. After three years and seven months of sun, sea and surf, I packed my bags again and headed north to the Big Apple, where I helped to open two top Midtown hotels. I now work in the Mr & Mrs Smith New York office as a GoldSmith Consultant and use my carefully-collected travel knowledge – my areas of expertise include the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, the Caribbean, Italy, France, Spain, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives – to help our GoldSmith members plan and book their dream getaways. Looking for a private villa holiday? I can help you with that too.
Jasmine'stop Mr & Mrs Smith stays
One&Only Reethi Rah
Every bit of this boutique resort is barefoot luxe, from its 12 secluded white-sand beaches and over-water villas to its never-want-leave spa and clutch of restaurants. It’s also home to the first PADI National Geographic dive centre in the Maldives, and an absolute life-aquatic dream for enthusiastic scuba divers.View Hotel
Costa Rica, Costa Rica
At this boutique hideaway in the Costa Rican rainforest you can zipline, raft and hike to your heart’s content. Stay in a Linda Vista Suite and fall asleep, after adventure-filled days, to the rhythmic hum of the raging river and the intermittent chirping and howling of monkeys.View Hotel
Hacienda de San Antonio
Both former homes to the Goldsmith family on Mexico’s west coast, Hacienda de San Antonio and it sister property Cuixmala each have their own distinct character. High up in the mountains, Hacienda de San Antonio is the place for volcano hikes, horseback riding and nature-spotting; beachside Cuixmala has its own sailboat, which you can book for trips to nearby Chamera Islands nature reserve.View Hotel
I pack light to leave room for retail therapy abroad, but my Bluetooth portable speakers always make the cut because I love a good travel soundtrack. To keep little Smiths entertained on long-haul flights, bundle a fully-loaded iPad into your carry-on bag. I recommend triple-checking that your passports are valid for at least six months (I’ve nearly been caught out on that before).
It has some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkelling sites. Getting that first glimpse of its fantastical limestone pinnacles as you speed over the crystal-blue waters by boat from Phuket, is an unforgettable moment. For sweeping ocean views, stay in a Pool Villa Suite at Six Senses Yao Noi; don’t leave without taking part in a Thai cookery class too.View Hotels
I wish I was...
Kitesurfing, which feels like dancing on the water, in Playa Grande; it takes an intense few days of training to really get the hang of, so I’d stay at Amanera and make use of the free yoga and Pilates sessions to stretch out after my kitesurfing sessions, and would book in for some muscle-pounding massages in the spa too.