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August 24, 2012

Hotel Hotspots from Mr & Mrs Smith

It’s one of the biggest travel weeks of the year and whether you’re currently lounging poolside, touring countryside, climbing snow-capped peaks, or to one of HK’s very own rooftop oases, you’re bound to be hungry for inspiration for your next great escape.  Here to satiate your appetite for exotic destinations near and far, boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have prepared a tantalizing Travel Tasting Menu serving up three tempting delights in Phuket, some spicy new European finds and a sizzling hot offer…

Hotel Hotspots from Mr & Mrs SmithDish of the Day: Paresa, Phuket
Perched high on the cliffs of Phuket’s Millionaires’ Mile, Paresa boutique hotel has luxury down to a fine art. Contemporary pool villas flaunt expansive living areas and jaw-plummeting views of Kamala Bay and the Andaman Sea. Wining and dining here is as lofty as the hotel’s grand location, with mouth-watering Mediterranean fare at Diavolo and tempting local classics at Talung Thai Restaurant. For a romantic dinner à deux, book one of the overwater platforms suspended above the infinity pool. If the fine food inspires, join one of the twice-weekly cooking classes hosted by chef Ryan Arboleda.

Something on the Side: Indigo Pearl, Phuket
Phuket may be best known for its sun-kissed beaches and buzzing nightlife, but it made its name through tin-mining. Channeling that heritage with an industrial-glam aesthetic is Indigo Pearl resort, on Phuket’s northern shores, perfect for a seductive spa escape. Mr & Mrs Smith tips the top-tier trio of suites and villas – spa fans should plump for the new Private Pool Villas, which sport a pool, Jacuzzi and double spa room with sauna and steam bath. Butler service and in-villa dining mean there’s little reason to leave your boudoir, other than for a spot of cosseting at Coqoon Spa.

Share Plate: Villa Yin, Phuket
If you’re travelling with a troop, stylish self-catering stay Villa Yin could be just the ticket. Sleeping up to 10 guests in four Thai-style pavilions, this arty abode is filled with a gallery’s worth of Asian antiques, cutting-edge sculptures and eye-popping prints. Generous alfresco living zones, a lounger-dotted garden and an 18-metre infinity pool all encourage you to kick back and relax. There’s a team of six staff, including a top Thai chef, who’ll cater to your every whim, giving you all the comforts of a five-star hotel with the intimacy and freedom of a private home. We like.

First Bite: Villa Dubrovnik, Croatia
Rugged coastline, mouth-watering cuisine and lashings of Euro charm – could Croatia be this season’s hottest destination? We think so… that’s why we’ve searched high and low to bring you this fabulous, fresh new find. Haughtily hoisted above the Adriatic, Villa Dubrovnik boasts va-va-voom sea views, soothing neutral interiors and an ambitious Mediterranean restaurant that’d give most Michelin-starred joints a run for their money. Spend your days lolling in the pool, lazing by the rocky private beach, or strolling the ancient walled port city of Dubrovnik, a 10-minute boat ride away, which has bagged a Unesco World Heritage listing for its beauty.

Last Order: Karma Kandara, Bali
Dreaming of a blissful beach break? Make a beeline for Bali’s secluded, southern Bukit Peninsula and boutique retreat Karma Kandara. This cool cliffside resort, with spacious pool villas nestled among tropical foliage, is offering three nights for the price of two for stays from now until 15 December 2012 – simply book through Smith at least 30 days in advance. With all those savings, you can splash out at the hotel’s sexy Nammos Beach Club. Caipirinha anyone?

No matter your next destination, we hope its love at first bite…

Mr & Mrs Smith
800 905 326

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