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


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