Edit 5+ Mr & Mrs Smith Stylish Stays
So what’s better – the planning of your holiday, or the holiday itself?
We absolutely LIVE to travel and see the world, but we relish the anticipation of an incoming vacay just as much – planning the sights to see, the all-important holiday wardrobe, whittling down our must-do food experiences …and of course, as design and interiors addicts it all starts with the hotel!
Booking a holiday is like future proofing your happiness, an insurance policy to make the daily grind a little more bearable. We’ve had the pleasure of experiencing some incredible stays over recent years, and with Kaz and I separated by a few thousand miles these days ( Kaz lives in Sydney and I live in New York ) we’ve pulled together our lust list of the top 5 stylish stays we want to explore this year thanks to our ONLY go-to booking gurus, Mr And Mrs Smith.
We’re going around the world with this Edit so pack your sense of adventure and some 50+ as were chasing the sun in the hopes of a never ending summer in 2018.
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia - Italy
This destination just missed out on our Italian getaway in 2015 and has been on our must visit list ever since. It’s so romantic, has just the amount of mystery and is kid friendly so a private villa would suit most families needs.
Borgo Egnazia is a collection of villas arranged on the coast like a traditional Italian village and unlike lots of trending European spots this hotel holds all its original charm of a well loved Italian estate, perched on the sun-swept seashore of Puglia.
It’s a modern-day castle flooded with small alcoves and break out relaxation spaces - ideal for a mid morning spot of reading - quickly followed by an unexpected nap in the filtered sunshine. The interiors are muted with white washed everything from the walls to the furnishings with textural details highlighting the original craggy tufa rock architecture. Suggested dress code is Linen and Lanvin….Ohh okay then!
Dar Ahlam, Quarzazate Morocco
This hotel is literally called ’The House Of Dreams’ and from what we have read and seen - it’s set not to disappoint. Dramatically sandwiched between the Atlas Mountains and Morocco's stretch of the Sahara desert, the Dar Ahlam hotel is a renovated 19th-century Kasbah home to just 14 rooms.
Secluded by palm groves and almond trees at the edge of the sandscape desert, this two hundred year old Kasbah is camouflaged into it’s natural surroundings, painted in our favorite hue of soft Terracotta.
Having been to Morocco once before, I have only explored the bustling streets and medina of Marrakech and in absolute contrast, this hotel prides itself on privacy and relaxation. With the vast grounds surroundings this property as well as optional dessert dune experiences you are more then welcome ( and encouraged ) to day dream about this Dar being your very own private abode.
Take lunch in the aromatic herb garden or the ancient olive grove, then dine with your loved one in a cosy corner of the kasbah lit with 100 candles. Dar Ahlam’s only wish is for you to leave with memories more beautiful than your wildest boho dreams.
Don’t let the Japanese name confuse you - this hotel is located smack bang overlooking the Ornos bay on the Greek Island on Mykonos. It’s been a decade since I’ve been to the Greek Islands & I am itching to get back in that crystal clear salty Mediterranean sea.
We are obsessed with all things blue and white along with creeping bougainvillea vines and every corner of this stay is insta-amazing and sure to give our cameras a great workout.
George Stylianoudakis – Kenshō’s acclaimed head chef is on a mission to win Greece its first Michelin star outside of Athens, so have your expectations set a little higher then a simple souvlaki. There dishes have been described as culinary masterpieces with an abundance of texture and flavor.
European summer is only a short few months away so arm yourself with a pair of sun drenched caramel-coloured Grecian-goddess sandals and slip slop slap your way to the Mediterranean.
Now this stylish stay is a little more local for me as I’m based in New York and we’re always on the hunt for great weekend getaways that ooze style, charm and character. This Cape Cod boutique Inn is owned by designer Kevin O’Shea’s and he nails New England chic keeping this space bright, white and breezy.
Salt House Inn’s wisteria-cloaked pergola makes for the perfect spot to take your breakfast outside and catch some morning sunshine. If you want to get a little active, there are push bikes you can borrow or hit the Forest Trail for a walk looping around wetlands and warbler-harbouring woods.
I have my eye on staying in the loft bedroom suite complete with free standing claw foot bath. This tub was made for long afternoon soaks with a glass of bubbly, not to be disturbed by little ones as Salt House Inn is for over 16s only so leave the kids at home.
Since my very first visit in 2011 Hong Kong has held onto a little piece of my heart and both Kaz and I always reminisce of our Eastern adventures in the city that actually never sleeps. We have earmarked the chic Tuve hotel as the setting for a girly long weekend of indulgence - think shopping, spa treatments and far to many soup dumplings.
This stay just also happens to be located in the only area we ever stay - Causeway Bay. The 66-room (boutique for Chinese hotels ) is at once inviting yet mysterious and has design enthusiasts taking notes within the first few steps. The design is purposeful, distinct and deliberately lacking of bells and whistles. This space is designed to be explored with a big focus on natural textures and smart design.
A few blocks away is a branch of the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, Tim Ho Wan, which serves the most incredible dim sum with the fast, no-eye-contact, no-frills service that HK is known for.
To cool for some, this stay is faceless, signless and is recessed from the street and clad in dark metal and glass. This tall dark and sexy hotel is at the top on our list to explore and experience this year.