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.


Best Smith Hotel:
Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, Australia
‘As the only category voted for by the public, Best Smith Hotel is a serious accolade. Halcyon House burst on to the scene as a new opening last year, and has since become one of the most impressive boltholes on our books. With its good looks and down to earth charm, it’s a well deserved winner.’
– James Lohan, founder, Mr & Mrs Smith

Best-Dressed Hotel:
Palazzo Margherita, Basilicata, Italy
‘A beautifully-designed, updated Palazzo which still retains its character and soul.’ 
– Charlotte Olympia Dellal, designer

World’s Sexiest Bedroom:
Keemala, Phuket, Thailand
‘Nestled up in the rainforest canopy with a private pool, al fresco bath and four poster bed… heaven.’
– Olivia von Halle, designer

Best Date-Night Bar:
London Edition, London, UK
‘Each Edition property hits the nail on the head when it comes to killer food and drink combos, and since we’re suckers for classic cocktails and bygone-era bar culture, this one’s a top contender in our book.’ 
– Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, founder of Taste The Style and Celine Bossart, creator of The Staycationers

Best Gourmet Getaway:
The Old Clare, Sydney, Australia
‘My readers rave about this hotel… AND I’m biased… my pal Jason has a restaurant here!’
– Ben Pundole, A Hotel Life

Most Spoiling Spa:
Amanemu, Mie, Japan
‘Amanemu has incorporated the Japanese bathing tradition of onsen, making it a very authentic and overly Zen spa experience; the watsu pool is definitely a highlight.’ 
– Vivienne Tang, founder Destination Deluxe

Hottest Hotel Soundtrack:
Fazenda Nova, Algarve, Portugal
‘A laid-back soundtrack that is as chic, timeless and classy as the hotel itself.’ 
– Lauren Laverne, DJ and broadcaster

Pool with a View:
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
‘This property gets our vote, mainly because Lake Como is such a glorious place to visit. The afternoon light over the lake is beyond beautiful.’ 
– Tamsin and Patrick Johnson, interior designer/tailor team

Above & Beyond:
Awasi, Patagonia, Chile
‘Secluded cabins amidst Patagonian triple peaks, eco-awareness, and they’ve bothered to make their villas and bathrooms wheelchair accessible; location, privacy and inclusivity wins hands down.’ 
– Anita Kapoor, TV presenter

Best Family Hotel:
Treehotel, Sweden
‘I’m giving this first choice simply because it’s the kind of place that your children will never forget.’ 
– Yasmin Sewell, fashion director

Coolest Creative Hub:
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
‘The inspiring Todd Saunders design perched on the cliff edge is so spectacular… this has to be a front-runner.’ 
– Henry Holland, designer

Local Hotel Hero:
11 Howard, New York, US
‘This hotel engages with and gives back to its community in multiple ways, but my favourite element is the Jeff Koons-mentored mural created by local students, because supporting the arts is what I’m most passionate about. And this particular effort is very much in tune with the aesthetic-minded nature of this stylish, boutique hotel.’ 
– Rosa Park, editor Cereal