Maxine Headley

Travel Specialist

Before joining Mr & Mrs Smith more than three years ago, my work involved interviewing musicians, but I have always been interested in travel. I think it’s intriguing how where you holiday can shape a particular mindset, build character and influence your attitude to others; this is all part of why I love working at Mr & Mrs Smith. A complete romantic, I love crafting sexy getaways, from minimoons in the Cotswolds to blow-out Maldives honeymoons, and hopefully helping Smith members discover even more reasons to fall in love.

Maxine'stop Mr & Mrs Smith stays

  • Bangkok, Thailand

    The Siam

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    This Bangkok stay is wonderfully museum-like, thanks to the collection of art and antiques. I stayed in the spacious Siam Suite, which has beautiful dark woods and high ceilings, and I completely fangirled over the original Josephine Baker poster hanging in the Saim’s Deco Bar & Bistro.

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  • Rome, Italy

    Residenza Napoleone III

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    It’s right in the heart of Rome’s fashionable shopping district, and absolutely drenched in history. I loved the grand marble staircase, which was lined with antique busts of Roman Emperors, and the surprise of the hidden rooms concealed behind picture frames.

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  • Musandam, Oman

    Six Senses Zighy Bay

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    I engaged in some seriously indulgent behaviour in the spa, where the range of wellness offerings left me feeling like royalty. If I could have moved into my open-plan mountain-view villa, I would have.

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Travel Tips

Staying hydrated is essential for that post-plane ‘I can't believe you've been on a 10-hour flight’ look; I spritz my face with Jurlique rosewater balancing-mist throughout the flight and moisturise with MAC's Studio Cream.

Maxine'sdream destinations

  • New York City

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    I’ve visited New York nearly 20 times, and feel completely at home there; like London, it’s a melting-pot of cultures, and I love that I can get my live music fix there at the likes of SOB's, Smoke Jazz Club and the Village Underground.

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  • Dubai

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    I’m always left in awe of the way the traditional and the ultra-modern mixes in Dubai. I’m also fairly certain there’s nowhere else in the world where Lamborghini and Bugatti police cars will speed by you.

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  • Kerala

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    Sailing on the Lotus houseboat down the palm-lined backwaters, through floating hyacinths, is a uniquely soul-soothing experience, and the deeply spiced dishes of Keralan cuisine had my tastebuds jumping for joy throughout my holiday.

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I wish I was...

Lounging by the black-quartz infinity pool at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia and sipping on chocolate-infused cocktails while taking in the views of the Piton Mountains and the rainforest.