Exciting News For Global Travelers
In a match made in hotel heaven and one that promises to inspire wanderlust and expand your bucket list, boutique luxury hotel specialists and travel club Mr & Mrs Smith have forged an exclusive partnership with IHG Hotels & Resorts to offer IHG Rewards Members access to over 500 more stunning boutique hotels in coveted destinations all over the world.
The partnership has doubled (yep, doubled) IHG’s existing luxury and lifestyle hotel collection – IHG already brings us beloved brands like Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, and Vignette Collection – and expands their luxury boutique hotel footprint in must-visit destinations like Morocco, the Caribbean, France, and Italy. And the best bit? As an IHG Rewards Member – one of the world’s biggest hotel loyalty programs – you can use your rewards to earn points and make bookings at gorgeous Mr & Mrs Smith properties with ease and flexibility.
Whether you are a culture buff, fashion lover, foodie, or planning a romantic getaway, your bucket list just got a whole lot more rewarding and enticing. Here’s our curated round-up of just a few of the amazing destinations where Mr & Mrs Smith is ready to welcome you in style and luxury.
For Culture Buffs
Destination: Marrakech, Morocco
Ah, the sights, sounds, and smells of Marrakech. Everyone who comes to this colorful city inevitably returns – enchanted and seduced by the chaos, history, architecture, terrain, cuisine, hammams, and lavishly opulent lifestyle. Visit the medina, with its high red walls, narrow streets, exotic henna artists, belly dancers, and snake charmers. Bargain at the souk, where you can find eclectic goodies: handbags, jewelry, fragrant spices. Take in the stunning tile work, each piece hand-made and cut – be it a fountain or the mosaics at the Saadian tombs, that have been hidden for nearly 200 years. Spot, from a distance, the blue tile on the tower of Koutoubia mosque and wander through Ben Youssef Madrasa, a stunning old Islamic college.
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Book into Palais Ronsard, a Relais & Châteaux, property, featuring 28 suites, six of which are private pavilions. Designed by Gil Dez, known most for his sumptuous decor of the Villa Gallici in Aix-en-Provence, the interiors combine Art Deco, neo-Moorish, Baroque and Tuscan influences. Suites come with private terraces overlooking the gardens so you can gaze onto giant palm trees, roses of Pierre de Ronsard, century-old olive trees, fountains, and rocky waterfalls. Book a table at Michelin-star chef Alexandre Thomas’ Le Jardin D’hiver, where the culinary signature is inspired by traditional Moroccan cuisine and make time to relax in the elegant spa, complete with its own hammam.
For Fashion Lovers
Destination: Saint-Tropez, France
Since Brigitte Bardot filmed the iconic ‘And God Created Woman’ here in 1956, sun-drenched Saint-Tropez in the French Riviera – the essence of glamour and beauty – has attracted the rich-and-famous set. Today, the picturesque peninsula is a blend of exclusive beach clubs, megabucks yachts, and exquisite restaurants, framed by stunning beaches, olive groves, rugged coastline (perfect for hiking), and a cobblestoned ‘old town.’ While away the hours people-watching in Vieux Port, once a simple fishing village, where yachts are now seen next to traditional fishing boats. Sip local wine, wander the galleries, and Musée de l’Annonciade – the oldest modern art museum in France – housed in a 16th-century chapel and testament to Saint-Tropez’ artistic past when Matisse, Signac, Derain lived or visited here. A standout is, of course, the shopping. Chic doesn’t even begin to describe the endless rows of designer boutiques, antique and French chocolate stores here.
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For a stay that feels more like a private home than a hotel, check into the newly reinvented 34-room Hotel Lou Pinet by dream team Charles Zana and François Vieillecroze (architecture), Jean Mus (landscape gardens), and Riccardo Giraudi (cuisine). Unlock your door, using an actual old-time key to find a room bathed in light and warm textures (stone, wrought iron, wood), alongside your own private garden with an outdoor lounge. The artistic vibe continues into the uber-modern restaurant – Giraudi’s signature Beefbar – serving Black Angus prime, Wagyu, and Kobe beef, grilled fish, and ceviche. And extends to the tiny (just two rooms) spa, featuring organic products and treatments by the famed Tata Harper.
For a Romantic Escape
The Caribbean’s unspoiled Antigua – famous for its emerald rainforest rolling into the cerulean sea – has long been known as a honeymoon haven. The late Princess Margaret was among the first to honeymoon here in 1960, and the island’s crystal-clear waters, coconut palm trees, remnants of sugar plantations, nearly perfect weather (80s year-round), and seemingly endless beaches have continued to attract loved-up couples. Said to have 365 beaches – “one for every day of the year,” according to locals – swimming and lounging with Pina Colada in hand is a favorite pastime. Sailing is another, along with Sunday nights at Shirley Heights, an iconic lookout – perfect for sundowners. Watch the sun dip as a local steel pan orchestra serves up a riotous mix of calypso, Abba, and even a bit of Mozart.
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By law in Antigua, every beach is public. But the powdery white stretch of sand framing Hermitage Bay feels decadently and deliciously private. As does every aspect of the stay here. Set on 140 lush acres on the island’s west coast, the resort’s 30 minimalist style spacious cottages offer luxurious king-size beds with white mosquito netting, sea views, and outdoor showers. Hillside suites come with private plunge pools. The vibe is definitely couples – and specifically honeymooners – so there’s not a lot of meeting and greeting as couples wander hand-in-hand from the beach to the spa for signature Siddhartha treatments featuring a line of aphrodisiac spa products (vanilla, tonka, grapefruit aromas). Evenings do, however, draw a romantic guest ‘crowd’ who emerge for a candlelit dinner followed by calypso dancing.
If ever heaven for foodies existed, it is Italy – and specifically Tuscany. With access to both the sea and the countryside, Tuscany goes far beyond its legendary extra-virgin olive oils and fine wines. Classic Tuscan dishes include bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine-style steak, served rare with olive oil and salt), Panzanella (bread salad with tomatoes, cucumber, and onion), Pappa al Pomodoro (a thick tomato and basil soup with bread), and tagliatelle al Tartufo (truffles) – although don’t miss out on the gelato. Explore the wineries of Chianti and the medieval towers of San Gimignano before heading to Florence’s famed art galleries.
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Set in the heart of Tuscany’s rolling hills and Cypress trees, the exquisite Borgo Pignano (close to the hill towns of Volterra and San Gimignano and just an hour from the sea) is an 18th-century villa dating back to Etruscan times. The estate’s 14 rooms – some with original frescoes, stand-alone tubs, and oil paintings – overlook olive groves, vineyards, and fields. The hotel’s organic farm provides many of the ingredients used in the kitchens: olives, flour (for that amazing bread, pizza, pasta), vegetables, honey, and eggs. Spa treatments, too, are culled from flowers, herbs, and honey produced on the estate. Upon check-in, guests receive a map of walking trails; there is also horseback riding and surprisingly, aerial yoga. But the true standout is the gourmet Villa Pignano restaurant, helmed by chef Vincenzo Martella, offering three tasting courses with traditional dishes inspired by his roots in Puglia.
For Wellness Devotees
Cambodia – with roots in both Hinduism and Buddhism – has long held our spiritual fascination. Most widely known is the city of Siem Reap, gateway to the ancient temples and home to Angkor Wat. Visit the city’s many ancient – and breathtaking – temples. Or, for a more authentic experience, arrange for a tuk-tuk to take you to one of the lesser-known sanctuaries. For a true spiritual immersion, book a private sunrise Pranayama meditation session at Prasat Wat Athvea, a 12th-century Hindu temple. Or for a more modern twist, try one of the many yoga options now infiltrating this spiritual city.
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Surrounded by farmlands and local homes, Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat brings the beach to Siem Reap – via lush tropical vegetation and dreamy saltwater pools. The resort is the vision of two Italian sisters who, after falling head over heels with Cambodia and Siem Reap, opened Nayutu with a focus on retreat-style wellness. The 28 rooms, featuring private gardens and hand-carved artwork by Cambodian/Laos tribes, are set around the pools and palm trees, evoking a carefree island vibe. The wellness offerings include the usual massages and body treatments leveled up with crystal healing, Tibetan bowl sound bathing, Pranic healing, chakra balancing, reiki, traditional Chinese medicine therapies, and yoga. Meals are also health-focused and infused with organic ingredients. Rise early to the sound of traditional music playing in the distance for an intimate yoga and meditation class in the secluded yoga shala. Enjoy breakfast in the open-air restaurant amidst lush jungle greenery before heading out – in one of the resort’s own tuk-tuks – to explore the old market area and temples. Or opt for a bike ride or canoe trip through Siem Reap’s countryside and rivers before afternoon spa services.
For Nature Enthusiasts
Destination: New Mexico
For those who love ancient land, wide-open spaces, and spectacular skies of pink, orange, purple, blue, (locals call it “watermelon sky”), there is no place quite like New Mexico. Since artist Georgia O’Keeffe left the skyscrapers of New York City to live and work alone in the high desert of Abiquiú painting her dramatic desert landscapes, nature lovers and introspective travelers have journeyed here. Intrigued and inspired by the natural beauty, shapes and shadows, flowering cactus, high-desert wildflowers, and sheer vastness of the land.
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Lavender now comes to mind in connection to New Mexico as Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm has been cultivating this fragrant herb on its 25-acre organic farm since 1999. Originally designed in 1932 by New Mexico’s most prominent architect, John Gaw Meem, today the farm has been given a modern makeover while retaining its glorious history. ‘Farm’ rooms, inspired by 1930s dairy buildings, feature tin roofs, white stucco, wood-burning fireplaces, hardwood floors, original artwork, and lavender bathroom amenities (of course). While ‘Field’ rooms, as their name suggests, overlook the lavender fields and enormous cottonwood trees. Both the spa and restaurants also celebrate the lavender mantra. Treatments at Hacienda Spa, a flowy indoor-outdoor spa, incorporate botanicals (by Sorella Apothecary and EmerginC Organics) along with the spa’s signature lavender products. While Campo, the casual fine-dining restaurant, is renowned for its purely crafted ‘field to fork,’ concept based on seasonal ingredients from the resort’s farm as well as local farmers and herdsmen.
More Reasons to Join IHG Rewards Program
- Expand your global travel wish list with access to 500 luxury and boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotels available on IHG booking channels.
- IHG Rewards points can be earned and redeemed at Mr & Mrs Smith hotels when booked through IHG’s direct channels.
- The exclusive partnership means IHG’s members have more choice when it comes to global destinations – Mr & Mrs Smith properties are located in 11 countries where IHG is not yet present.
- IHG Rewards members receive complimentary Smith Extras, including room upgrades (when available).
- Elite IHG Rewards members will receive their standard tier Bonus Points on eligible room rates (100% Spire Elite, 50% Platinum Elite, 10% Gold Elite).
- InterContinental Ambassadors and Royal Ambassadors and Kimpton Inner Circle members will receive a complimentary room upgrade (when available), and a Mr & Mrs Smith GoldSmith welcome gift.