Need some idea for a romantic getaway? The Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards have unveiled the “very best of the very best” lodgings around the world for 2018.
The judging panel consists of fashion designers Jenny Packham and Olivia von Halle, Singapore chef Willin Low and bar guru Zdenek Kastanek, who helped crown 12 boutiques ranging from World’s Sexiest Bedroom to Best Date-Night Bar.
“As a travel club, we like to do things a little differently – our awards are a chance to champion those one-of-a-kind places that have made a real impact on us,” says Mr & Mrs Smith co-founder James Lohan. “If you’ve ever asked us for travel tips, consider this our ultimate must-visit list for 2018.”
The 12 winners in their categories are:
Villa La Coste, Provence, France
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A luxury destination at the 600-acre Château La Coste organic winery in La Provence. Its crisp villa suites and Zen-ful spa facilities could be your next Valentine’s getaway. The villa received the Awards highest accolade and is an “art-filled escape”. It has been named Best Smith Hotel 2018 for its “elegant design, artistic endeavours, first-class fare and creative cache”.
James Lohan, co-founder, Mr & Mrs Smith, says: “As the only category voted for by the public, Best Smith Hotel is a serious accolade. Villa La Coste is new on the boutique-hotel circuit but has become a firm favourite. With its cutting-edge design, arresting architecture and amazing art collection, it’s a very well deserved winner.”