Emulating the Golden Globes Awards, but for hotels, the annual Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards celebrates the world’s finest stays. This year the comprehensive panel of travel-savvy judges, which includes fashion designers Jenny Packham and Olivia von Halle, chef Willin Low, and bar guru Zdenek Castanek, sift through hotels around the globe to handpick the very best of the best.
With categories ranging from ‘World’s Sexiest Bedroom’ to ‘Best Family Hotel’, the first to hone in the prestigious award of ‘Best Smith Hotel’ for 2018 is Provence’s art-packed scape Villa La Coste, extolled for its sophisticated design, artistic endeavours, first-class fare and creative cache.
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Best Smith Hotel:
Villa La Coste, Provence, France
“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 since become a firm favourite. With it’s cutting-edge design, arresting architecture and amazing art collection, it’s a very well-deserved winner – one of the most impressive boltholes on our books.”
– James Lohan (Co-founder, Mr & Mrs Smith)