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 Pool with a View:
Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Atacama Desert, Chile
“This really is an escape from it all. The mountainous landscape looks almost lunar, and is so peaceful you could be forgiven for imagining yourself on another planet altogether. I think the natural wood and furniture design sits in harmony really beautifully with the landscape around you – it embraces it rather than trying to fight it. Fab.”
– Lauren Laverne (Broadcaster and founder of The Pool)