Click It to Win It | Mr. and Mrs. Smith

When hit by pangs of wanderlust (roughly, every other day), I love to pop over to Mr. and Mrs. Smith for a peek at the world's most beautiful boutique hotels. In the most enviable task on the planet, they actually visit (and love) all the places they highlight - places like the Kelari Kovilakom in Kerala, India (above). They also have compiled all their pics into travel guides. Big, thick coffee table book-type travel guides with incredible photos and travel tips. AND I'll be giving away a couple to two lucky readers

Click around on the Mr. and Mrs. Smith site and leave a comment on here about the Mr. and Mrs. Smith hotel you'd currently eat your fist to visit.  On Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. ET, I'll randomly pick two of you to receive either: European Cities or European Coast and Country. Good luck! (They're really awesome).

When Porter and I were in Istanbul a couple years back, I think we ate at five different locations of the House Cafe. That sounds insane, but they're all just ridiculously beautiful in different way with fresh food that makes your head spin. I almost fell out of my chair when I saw that the owners had opened a hotel (The House Hotel Galatasaray). Can you even believe the shower and those floors?

The Chiawa Camp in Zambia's Lower Zambezi (with tents that have clawfoot tubs!) ain't bad, either...

(Stairs at the House Hotel)

nor is the Dar Seven in Marrakesh! But this is only the tip of the iceberg. There are country castles, beach-side huts and urban retreats that will make you cry (or book plane tickets).

UPDATE! The winners are Chad Seville and Michelle of the Red Velvet Shoe! Shoot me an email at with your mailing address and I'll send out your books! Yay! Hope you enjoy!


  1. Crozier says:

    Wow this website is incredible. I loved the 101 hotel in Iceland and truly every single one they showed for France - perhaps Champagne was my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Laura says:

    I've been itching to go to St. Barth's for a long weekend, and I would die to stay at Eden Rock!

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic website and for doing a giveaway too!

  4. Ooh! The Gorah Elephant Camp in South Africa!!

  5. oh how fabulous! i'm going back and forth between the beaumont house in cape town and hotel crillon le brave in provence. the beau and i are dying to go to south africa, but i would give my right arm for a vacation in provence!

  6. mamacita says:

    The Swan Hotel in the Lake District of England. Oh, it would be incredible to pack up the kids and husband and stay there for a week in the summer.

  7. Amanyara would be amazing. Dreaming of any of those spots is a great distraction!

  8. Unknown says:

    I would have thought I would have gone for a lovely hotel in Europe. However, in the midst of this grey winter I am craving some sunshine. I think some time at Hermitage Bay In Antigua would be the spot.

  9. Tanya says:

    Having had the fortune and pleasure to stay in some very nice hotels in Cambodia and Vietnam 3 years ago, I've also been having a craving to return to Vietnam and explore more serene locations than Hanoi and Saigon, which I visited. The Six Senses in Nha Trang is gorgeous, and I think I would probably sleep in a hammock tied between two trees, just to wake up to those views every day. But I'd prefer the Six Senses hotel :)

  10. Joe says:

    The Finca Valentina in theAndean foothills looks just about right.

  11. La Mamounia, Morocco.

    Thanks for the lead to M/M Smith~fantastic site!

  12. there are so many, I just realized I spent about 20 minutes on the site and almost forgot to come back and post!!!
    Well, Portugal is on my list. AND i just added Iceland to my list.

  13. would die to see the One Royal Circus in Edinburgh, studied there and would love to go back one day, seems to be just the spot for a regal return!

  14. sms says:

    La Mamounia, Morocco.

  15. Amsterdam's Hotel Seven One Seven is everything I'd love to see in a hotel, followed by the Inn on the Lake. So gorgeous!

  16. Unknown says:

    La Mintervetta, Sorrento Italy

    Oh my goodness. Love. Style: Quirky Nautical. Setting: Neopolitan cliffhanger? Time to start saving my pennies!

    Thanks a bunch Hollister & Porter. The blog gives me a lot of materials to coopt/adopt/steal for my own devices.


  17. Anonymous says:

    Has to be the Chiawa Camp in Zambia! BTW, I appreciate all of your great research/info on HH as I check your site weekly to see what is the next visit/inspiration for NYC and beyond

  18. I love all this! Keep these travel fantasies (and hopefully realities) coming!

  19. Jennifer says:

    How to choose just one! Well, I'd have to say Perivolas in Santorini for white washed Greek heaven!

    I love Mr & Mrs Smith, such a great selection! xo

  20. Unknown says:

    Anything Dar or Singita would suffice but Chiawa Camp has my heart. thanks for taking me away this morning.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the reference to Mr and Mrs Smith. Venice always pleases...a stay at Ca Maria Adele would be heaven.

  22. JARROD says:

    Hotel St Paul in MTL. I've stayed at The Drake in TO, and it was nice... On a more international/european scale, I'd have to say Hotel Yasmin in Prague.

  23. Babington House. My wife and I are packing the jodhpurs, the riding boots, the spurs and the class accents as I write. Tally Ho!

  24. Lady K says:

    So many luxurious places offered via the site! But without a doubt, I'd eat both fists for a few poolside nights sipping South African wines at the Singita Boulders in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

  25. Unknown says:

    What a way to dream!!!
    I love the JK Place Firenze. The draped bed sold me.
    Thank you again for your hard work and enthusiasm!

  26. Unknown says:

    What a way to dream. Ilove the JK Place Firenze. The draped bed sold me!

  27. Unknown says:

    What a way to dream. I love the JK Place Firenze.
    The draped bed sold me!

  28. MED says:

    Hotel Pulitzer in Barcelona sounds and looks posh and comfy, not always an easy blend to find.

  29. Lisa says:

    My first time to your site and you have my salivating for so many fabulous things!
    But the Palazzo Barbarigo in Venice, Italy has stolen my heart! Oh, to lounge on that velvet, overlooking the Grand Canal maybe listening to some Verdi... Sigh! Be still my beating heart! Ho bisogno di andare a seguire il mio cuore!

  30. leilani.e says:

    I would go to the one in Marrakech, because my boyfriend and I spent a month bumming around morocco last Christmas and I feel as though I've yet to even scratch the surface of that city - and stay at Dar Seven would be heavenly! No more petite pensiones for us poor students!

  31. I would love to photograph the elephant camp in South Africa. To stay there would be heavenly. The African sites certainly would provice adventure but the European ones open up historical adventures. Just a minute..I will get my pith hat and backpack.

  32. Sarah B. says:

    Pick me! I love those hotels. I need to get away!

  33. Laura says:

    I've been wanting to take a trip to NYC lately. The SoHo House looks nice!

  34. Jonathon says:

    I'm headed to Marrakech later this year, and now I'm dreaming of staying at Dar Darma. Amazing!

  35. jen* says:

    Three things on The To Do List:
    1) See the Northern Lights
    2) See Bjork perform in her homeland
    3) Soak in the Blue Lagoon

    Plus, my mainly all black wardrobe with colorful coats would be put to better use in Reykjavik's Hotel 101 Hotel than in sunny Los Angeles!

    Thanks for sharing- everything!

  36. so funny i was going to say the 101 Hotel in Iceland (and I see many others agree) as the clean, modern design looks perfect for the calm of Iceland.
    but then I was looking at Indian hotels and somehow drifted to Laos and now want to go to the Luang Prabang....but then Vietnam calls and the Hoi An or Ma is looking super serene and I have long wanted to visit South East Asia.

    And then I always drift back to Europe and Denmark called out and the Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen seems the perfect home base for seeing this beautiful Scandanavian country.
    SO...I have now lost about 30 mins to Mr and Mrs Smith and their couch surfing travel adventuring and must get back to work until my next "trip".

    Fun game Hollister - thanks.

  37. Yikes! I forgot to check back if I won, and I did! Thank you! (Insert me jumping up and down in pjs :)


  38. Unknown says:

    Ditto The Red Velvet Shoe, yes indeed! Thanks so much.

  39. Anonymous says:

    It's like a palace not a hotel, I like the images but I'm quite not satisfied with the content of your blog.

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