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Winners of the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards

January 17, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

It’s time for hoteliers at the world’s most seductive boutique boltholes to take a collective breath in… the winners of the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards have been decided. And this year, Halcyon House in Cabarita Beach, Australia, comes out on top. After finishing runner-up last year, this bastion of beachfront cool has scooped Best Smith Hotel 2016, as voted for by the public (over 25,000 discerning luxury-lovers).

Our panel of globetrotting tastemaker judges – including fashion designers Charlotte Olympia Dellal and Henry Holland, Sydney design duo Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy and Melbourne-based jewellery designer Lucy Folk – have also crowned 11 boutique beauties in a range of other categories, from World’s Sexiest Bedroom to Best Date-Night Bar and Pool with a View. With winning properties in Chile, Japan and Canada, the list is a wanderlust-awakening hint at location hotspots for 2017.

‘We’ve always wanted Mr & Mrs Smith to be about the details, so this year we’ve ensured each category gives a nod to a unique part of the boutique hotel experience. We’ve introduced new categories like Hottest Hotel Soundtrack (because music can make or break an atmosphere), and Coolest Creative Hub (now that so many hotels are becoming culture hubs). We want to reward and recognise the best of the best.

‘For the first time, we’ve commissioned a photographer – Polly Brown – to document the 12 winning stays, too. She’s a unique talent; able to tell a story in just one shot, with a quirk and with irreverence. We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to work with her and set her the enviable task of heading on a round-the-world trip.’

James Lohan, Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr & Mrs Smith


Polly Brown, who has worked with the likes of Givenchy, Roksanda and Victoria Beckham, is shooting an exclusive suite of images of the 12 winning properties.

Having trained at Central Saint Martins, London, and with her personal approach, each of the 12 images will stand alone as a unique artwork, highlighting the winning element of each hotel. Watch this space for the big reveal – these images are set to raise a smile and maybe an eyebrow or two…

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