Smith Hotel Awards 2014


Last week our friends over at Mr & Mrs Smith hosted the second annual Smith Hotel Awards at a swish riverside venue in London.  Sadly I couldn’t attend (I was actually sampling one of their hotels in NYC – but more on that soon), but with Sue Perkins and Anna Richardson presenting I can guarantee it was as fun-filled as it was stylish!  The Mr & Mrs Smith team are known for finding the most luxurious boutique hotels around the world, perfect for honeymoon hideaways to romantic city breaks, family fun to adventurous far-flung destinations.  As guests sipped SipSmith G&T’s the winners of this year’s awards were announced, and we’ve got the full list right here.  My suggestion? Grab a G&T of your own, and prepare to do some serious swooning!

Best-Dressed Hotel

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER El Fenn, Morocco

‘As discreet as it is decadent’ – Jodie Harrison, Mr Porter style maven

Runners-up Portrait Firenze, Florence | Saffire, Australia

Sexiest Bedroom in the World 

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER Water Villa 5 at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

‘Private pool, sunset cruise, rustic chic, no doors, ladder into the sea, paradise found!’ – Immodesty Blaize, burlesque performer

Runners-up Suite 58 at Viceroy New York | The Roccia Suite at Bellevue Syrene, Italy

Hottest Hotel Bar 

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER The NoMad Hotel, New York

‘Serious atmosphere and custom-designed cocktail carts let guests mix their own drinks tableside – what’s not to love?’ – James Lohan, Mr & Mrs Smith

Runners-up Ohla Hotel, Spain | Shoreditch Rooms, UK

Best Hotel Restaurant

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER Hartnett, Holder & Co at Lime Wood, UK

‘Lime Wood showcases England at its best, delivering refined quality on every level.’– Marcus Wareing

Runners-up Lake House, Australia | La Bastide de Moustiers, France

Best Spa Hotel

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER House Spa at Dormy House, Cotswolds

‘A relaxing, rejuvenating all round luxurious spa experience set against a beautiful Cotswolds backdrop’ – Lisa Stokes, The Spa Spy

Runners-up Como Shambhala Estate, Bali | Fusion Maia Resort, Vietnam

The Eco Award

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER Sal Salis, Australia

‘100% solar power is pretty special. It does mean no internet, but that makes this the perfect retreat for anyone after a digital detox’ – Juliet Kinsman, Mr & Mrs Smith

Runners-up Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, Italy | Cuixmala, Mexico

Best for Families 

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER Emirates Wolgan Valley, Australia

‘I love the bushcraft and survival skills – it’s ultimate luxury but very back-to-nature’ – James Lohan, Mr & Mrs Smith

Runners-up Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji | Castiglion del Bosco, Italy

Best Budget Hotel 

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER 1888 Hotel, Sydney Australia

‘A new-meets-old aesthetic and properly good value’ – Wayne Hemingway, designer

Runners-up Brody House, Hungary | Ekies All Senses Resort, Greece

Best Hotel Pool

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER Monastero Santa Rosa, Italy

‘Monastero’s infinity pool has it all – peace, beauty, excitement and intrigue.’ – Adam Brown, Orlebar Brown

Runners-up Eagles Nest, New Zealand | Cap Estel, France

Above & Beyond

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia

‘They’ve mastered the art of “relaxed yet nothing is too much trouble”’ – Juliet Kinsman, Mr & Mrs Smith

Runners-up No 131, UK | One&Only The Palm, UAE

Best Newcomer

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER Ham Yard Hotel, London

‘For its rooftop garden, basement bowling and fun attitude that attracts everyone, not just guests.’ – Henrietta Thompson, Wallpaper*

Runners-up The Pig – on the Beach, UK | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, US

Best Smith Hotel 2014

Smith Hotel Awards 2014WINNER  Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Bahia, Brazil

‘What could be more blissful than a beautiful beach hotel with stand-out personality, fantastic food, a come-to-me spa and a proper sense of place?’ – Sophie Lam, The Independent

Runners-up Qualia, Australia | Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

To find out more about the Smith Hotel Awards & meet the judges visit To book a Smith hotel or plan your perfect holiday or honeymoon visit or call the Travel Team on 0330 100 3180


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.