Michelle Cegarra

Travel Specialist

Born and raised in Los Angeles, I studied fashion at university before embarking on a five-year marketing career that revolved around fashion and lifestyle brands, including our beloved Olivia von Halle. I then took a year off to immerse myself in travel, visiting meerkat cafes in Seoul, sunset-gazing in Santorini and hiking in British Columbia. At the end of the year, I looped back to the California coast, where I worked in a boutique hotel before joining Mr & Mrs Smith. My favourite thing about being a Smith Travel Specialist is working directly with our members, hearing their stories and making their journeys smoother and more memorable. I also love how Mr & Mrs Smith supports the continued growth of my destination knowledge – the more I can learn about the world the better!

Michelle'stop Mr & Mrs Smith stays

  • Reykjavík, Iceland

    Sandhotel

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    This city stay is just off the main shopping street in Reykjavik. The rooms are cosy but luxe, with plump pillows, Marshall speakers and marble bathrooms. A lovely smell of freshly baked bread wafts in from the attached bakery and the included breakfast – a Continental spread with fresh smoothies, freshly baked croissants and smoked salmon – is a great perk.

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  • San Diego, United States

    Tower23

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    Steps from the sand, Tower23 has beautiful views of the ocean and pier. Hop on one of the hotel’s free-to-borrow bikes to explore the restaurants and bars dotted along the shoreline, or settle in for sessions at the spa and a cosy dinner in this boutique space.

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  • Tulum, Mexico

    La Valise Tulum

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    Romantic La Valise Tulum is right on the beach, and each of its nine rooms are spacious, with uninterrupted ocean views and a terrace draped with hammocks. Pop across the road to the hotel’s sister restaurant Nu for citrusy ceviche and craft cocktails.

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Travel Tips

Long flights are brutal on my skin, so I never travel without my Kiehl’s Avocado Eye-Cream. I also try to learn the basic phrases of the countries I travel to – I find a little effort goes a long way.

Michelle'sdream destinations

  • Boston

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    One of my favorite cities in the US, Boston has charming cobblestone streets, cosy pubs and fresh seafood. It’s lively and easy to navigate and American history enthusiasts can relish a stop at Warren Tavern; this colonial pub near Bunker Hill was a frequent meeting place of the US founding fathers.

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  • Tulum

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    A perfect mix of beach and jungle, Tulum is dotted with boutique hotels, swimmable blue cenotes and wildlife – monkeys, sea turtles and iguanas, to name a few – to watch. There’s also a focus on health and wellness in Tulum that’s reflected in its activity, food and drink options.

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  • Santorini

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    This small island, populated with a recognizable scattering of bright white buildings and blue roofs, is a holiday favorite for many reasons, not least of all the stunning sunsets, delicious seafood and chance to hike on a volcano and swim in the nearby geothermal waters. Go in shoulder season to avoid the crowds.

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I wish I was...

sipping a glass of wine at the alfresco bar of Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant after a hike along the coast of Oneroa Bay.