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.
Best Smith Villa:
Annandale Scrubby Bay, Pigeon Bay, New Zealand
“Seclusion is the new opulence, so this remote villa – situated on a lake in an extinct volcano, with working farm and superb eco credentials – is truly off-the-grid. The ultimate good-for-the-soul retreat. (Plus: cashmere pyjamas!)”
– Lee Tulloch (Travel Editor, Vogue Living)