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January 25, 2013

CNY Travel Special – Hotel Hotspots from Mr and Mrs Smith

Hot off the press and just in time for Chinese New Year, boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith dish up a Tasting Menu of some delectably dreamy hotel hotspots.  Feast your eyes and fuel your fantasies with a few new Bangkok babes, a sparkling Sydney stunner and a sleekly seductive US ski bunny…

CNY Travel Special - Hotel Hotspots from Mr. and Mrs SmithDish of the Day: The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand
The Thai capital is having a moment, thanks partly to the arrival of art deco-inspired new Bangkok boutique hotel The Siam. Designed by US interiors whizz Bill Bensley, this heritage-modern sanctuary is right on the Chao Phraya riverside, boasting the city’s only pool villas, a muay Thai kickboxing ring, cooking classes and a Sodashi spa. The 39 beautiful boudoirs include romance-revving Riverview Suites; Thai dining is hosted in a historic Jim Thompson teak house.

Something on the Side: Hotel Muse, Bangkok, Thailand
Rooftop bars are all the rage, as seen at glam Hotel Muse in Bangkok. Euro-influenced decor rules throughout this sophisticated 174-room high-rise, known for hedonistic wining and dining. Hightail it to Prohibition-accented bar the Speakeasy on the 24th and 25th floors; the west-facing Long Bar is great for sinking sundowners, but the exotic Lawn Bar has the best skyline views. Order a vintage Negroni, then descend to basement-belle Medici for mod-rustic Italian fare.

Share Plate: Oriental Residence, Bangkok, Thailand
Holidaying with family or friends? Uptown Bangkok hotel Oriental Residence, in the tranquil embassy quarter, offers 145 rooms including chic apartment-style suites with either two or three bedrooms, a kitchen and laundry facilities. This sleek skyscraper setting may say ‘business trip’, but there’s a well-stocked play room and a kids’ pool beside the adult one. Café Claire will please all-comers with its gourmet comfort food; for elegant mod-Chinese lunch, dinner or cocktails, opt for main restaurant Mandopop.

First Bite: QT Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Sydney makes a sensational city break, seducing with its jaw-dropping harbour, iconic surf beaches, niche shopping and gourmet credentials. New QT Sydney boutique hotel is the perfect base for soaking up the scene, with kooky-but-cool touches including an in-the-know concierge app. Set in a converted theatre and department store, with witty, retro-hip design, it boasts 200 rooms (sporting DIY Martini kits), buzzy drinking and dining areas, and SpaQ, complete with a trad gents’ barber’s.

Last Order: Amangani, Jackson Hole, United States
Make the most of the northern winter with a luxe ski break at 29-suite Amangani hotel in Jackson Hole, one of the US’s best snow-blessed resorts. Book the Smith Ski Special Offer by 31 January for a minimum five-night stay before 28 February, and you’ll get ski passes and ski lodge access, breakfast and a four-course tasting dinner menu for two, plus a 60-minute spa treatment each. Or check out more Amangani deals.

For more travel inspiration or to book your next glamorous getaway, visit And whether your travels take you as far as Wan Chai or Wyoming, we wish you a fun-filled and fabulous Chinese New Year!

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