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.
From the Himalayas to Icelandic backwaters and the Chilean desert, here are the ultimate must-visit destinations for 2018.
Local Hotel Hero:
Dedon Island Resort, Siargao Island, Philippines
“Not only is this place perfect for completely unwinding in paradise, they also take great care in making sure their carbon footprint is minimal by using solar power, composting, growing their own produce and reducing the use of plastic materials. Additionally, the owner of the hotel has a foundation to support local community projects, therefore everything on the hotel property is crafted by locals – how cool is that?”
– Phoebe Dahl (Founder and CEO, Faircloth + Supply)