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winter sunshine - Amazon Web Services
THE LIT TLE BOOK
of
WINTER SUNSHINE
The ultimate vitamin D supplement
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WINTER , SCHMINTER …
Sunshine is good for you, you know.
Problem is, there’s going to be a lot less
of it around in the coming months. How
do you ensure you’re getting a healthy
dose of Vitamin D when the mercury
drops and the sun doesn’t even bother
to get out of bed in the morning?
Here’s your prescription. We’ve packed
this guide with palm-fringed coastal
retreats, chic beach escapes and
designer desert dwellings in those
parts of the world that are still soaked
in sun long after the Midwest has
donned its puffy coats. Don’t wait for
cabin fever to set in this year before
scrambling to plan that tropical retreat
– let us help.
At Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ve roamed
around the world to discover the most
stylish, unique and romantic stays for
our hand-picked collection of boutique
hotels. No need to price shop either,
we offer the best hotel rates available
– all without booking fees. And, every
stay is enhanced with a free Smith
extra – such as sunset boat trips or
massages for two.
So, consider this your guide of where
to go when this winter, but should you
need more inspiration, don’t hesitate to
ring 1 800 464 2040 – one of the
specialists from our on-call Travel Team
will be happy to help find your perfect
holiday hotspot.
Hello winter. Hello sunshine.
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CONTENTS
MIAMI
BAHAMAS
MEXICO
TURKS & CAICOS
JAMAICA
ST BARTHS
HONOLULU
BELIZE
NORTH
AMERICA
DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC
ANTIGUA
ST LUCIA
PANAMA
COSTA RICA
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MORE THAN A PRETTY SITE page 10
GET ME THERE ALREADY page 16
WHERE’S HOT WHEN page 25
LET’S TALK TRAVEL page 26
CENTRAL
AMERICA
page 11
CARIBBEAN
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NORTH AMERICA
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‘The heated pool is surrounded by palm
trees, just steps from the beach’
Nina Miami expert
ME TROPOLITAN
BY COMO
MIA MI BE ACH
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TRAVEL TIME
SMITH EXTRA
2hrs 35min from O’Hare;
20min transfer by car
10 per cent off spa service
and two welcome drinks
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$379
NORTH A MERIC A
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THE MODERN
HONOLULU
H AWAII
TRAVEL TIME
SMITH EXTRA
8hrs 30min from O’Hare;
15min transfer by car
Tropical fruit plate and
mineral water upon arrival
‘Book in for surfing lessons from Honolulu
firefighters at the Hawaiian Fire Surf School’
Antony Hawaii expert
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$279
NORTH A MERIC A
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HOTELITO DE SCONOCIDO
COS TA LEGRE
‘My top tip? Snag an ocean-view table
and order the Mayan ceviche’
Anthony Tulum expert
TRAVEL TIME
4hrs 5min from O’Hare;
2hrs transfer by car
NIGH TLY
R ATES FROM
SMITH EXTRA
A basket of seasonal fruit and a
candlelit in-room bubble bath
$381
L A S R ANITA S T ULUM
TRAVEL TIME
3hrs 20min from O’Hare;
1hr 30min transfer by car
NIGHTLY
R ATES FROM
SMITH EXTRA
A choice of red or white house
wine and a fruit basket
‘You’re right in the middle of a
Unesco-protected sanctuary – look out
for turtles, pelicans and migrating sea birds’
$239
V iew this hotel on smithhotels .com
Jasmine Costalegre expert
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NORTH A MERIC A
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‘I love the laid-back feel of this quirky
home-away-from-home hotel,
a stroll from the beach’
Heather Riviera Maya expert
HOTEL
LE S EMILL A
RIVIER A M AYA
V iew this hotel on smithhotels .com
TRAVEL TIME
3hrs 20min from O’Hare;
50min transfer by car
SMITH EXTRA
A bottle of wine. Silver and
GoldSmiths also get a handcrafted gift
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$110
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‘You arrive through a chandelier-lit tunnel,
cut into the rocky mountains’
Melissa Los Cabos expert
C APELL A PEDREG AL
LOS C A BOS
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TRAVEL TIME
SMITH EXTRA
4hrs 5min from O’Hare;
45min transfer by car
A hand-blown glass heart,
made by a local artist
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$575
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MORE THAN A PRE T T Y SITE
At Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ve trotted the globe in search of the most stylish, unique and
remarkable stays to add to our carefully curated collection of more than 900 hotels.
We’re a boutique hotel booking site, with a full concierge service on call, and a travel club
helping a million members worldwide find and book their perfect stays.
EXPERT ADVICE
BEST RATES
FREE EXTRAS
HAND-PICKED HOTELS
A team of travel
professionals who know
all about creating
bespoke itineraries and
the importance of having
someone to call no
matter the time or day
The best hotel
rates available,
no booking fees
and money back
with every
Smith booking
you make
Free gifts
when you stay:
bottles of
champagne, spa
treatments,
dining experiences
and more
Every hotel is
obsessively
researched, visited
by the Smith team,
reviewed anonymously
and regularly
reassessed
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CENTR AL AMERICA
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‘The infinity pool at Kurà is a romantic jaw-dropper;
at sunset, it’s a shock of neon pink sky’
Anthony Costa Rica expert
KUR A
COS TA RIC A
V iew this hotel on smithhotels .com
TRAVEL TIME
SMITH EXTRA
4hrs 55min from O’Hare;
1hr 35min transfer by plane and car
A lunch for two,
excluding drinks
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$670
CENTR A L A MERIC A
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PACUARE
LODG E
COS TA RIC A
TRAVEL TIME
SMITH EXTRA
4hrs 55min from O’Hare;
3hrs transfer by car
Romantic riverside
dinner for two
‘Keep your camera close – your jungle lodge
is the perfect wildlife-spotting vantage point’
Jasmine Costa Rica expert
V iew this hotel on smithhotels .com
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$627
including full board
CENTR A L A MERIC A
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EL OTRO L ADO
PA N A M A
SMITH EXTRA
TRAVEL TIME
5hrs 10min from O’Hare;
1hr 35min transfer by car and boat
Two passion fruit mojitos
‘Abundant art and colourful decor look
ravishing against the rainforest backdrop’
Melissa Panama expert
V iew this hotel on smithhotels .com
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$490
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‘With a grown-up, escapist vibe,
Matachica’s colourful casitas provide low-key romance’
Katie Belize expert
MATACHIC A
RE SORT & SPA
BELIZE
V iew this hotel on smithhotels .com
SMITH EXTRA
TRAVEL TIME
3hrs 50min from O’Hare;
15min transfer by seaplane
Full American breakfast daily
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$225
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GE T ME THERE ALRE ADY
Travel times from take-off to check-in
3:00
Here’s how long it’ll take
to reach the hotspot of
your choice, including
every plane, train
and automobile…
METROPOLITAN BY COMO Miami Beach
3:30
THE DUNMORE Bahamas
4:15
HOTEL LE SEMILLA Riviera Maya
4:15
MATACHICA RESORT & SPA Belize
4:45
CAPELLA PEDREGAL Los Cabos
4:45
LAS RANITAS Tulum
4:45
PARROT CAY Turks & Caicos
5:15
NORTH AMERICA
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LE SERENO St Barths
HERMITAGE BAY Antigua
5:30
GOLDENEYE RESORT & SPA Jamaica
5:45
6:00
HOTELITO DESCONOCIDO Costalegre
6:00
TRIDENT HOTEL Jamaica
6:15
6:45
KURA Costa Rica
EL OTRO LADO Panama
7:15
CASA BONITA Dominican Republic
8:00
PACUARE LODGE Costa Rica
8:45
UNDER
5 HOURS
CARIBBEAN
page 17
JADE MOUNTAIN St Lucia
6:30
UNDER
3 HOURS
CENTRAL AMERICA
page 11
UNDER
7 HOURS
OVER
7 HOURS
MODERN HONOLULU Hawaii
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CARIBBE AN
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PARROT C AY
T URKS & C AICOS
SMITH EXTRA
TRAVEL TIME
A couple’s massage at the
spa and a bottle of champagne
3hrs 50min from O’Hare;
50min transfer by car and boat
‘Like diving? One of the world’s top-10
scuba spots is a boat ride away’
Melissa Turks & Caicos expert
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$550
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‘Poolside massages, drinks delivered to you on the beach…
it’s blissful to be pampered like this’
Nina Bahamas expert
THE DUNMORE
BA H A M A S
V iew this hotel on smithhotels .com
SMITH EXTRA
TRAVEL TIME
3hrs 5min from O’Hare;
15min transfer by car and boat
Bottle of champagne
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$450
C ARIBBE A N
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C A SA BONITA
DOMINIC A N
REPUBLIC
TRAVEL TIME
SMITH EXTRA
4hrs 20min from O’Hare;
3hrs transfer by car
Hour-and-45-minute guided
canopy zipline tour for two
‘Come face to face with rainforest fauna
on an incredible zipline canopy tour for two’
Jenny Dominican Republic expert
V iew this hotel on smithhotels .com
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$211
C ARIBBE A N
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‘The speakeasy-styled supper club hosts live jazz
every night against a backdrop of moonlit ocean’
GOLDENE YE JA M AIC A
Anthony Jamaica expert
TRAVEL TIME
3hrs 55min from O’Hare;
1hr 45min transfer by car
NIGH TLY
R ATES FROM
SMITH EXTRA
A two-for-one lunch at Bizot Bar
and two 30-minute massages
$620
TRIDENT HOTEL JA M AIC A
TRAVEL TIME
4hrs from O’Hare;
2hrs transfer by car
NIGHTLY
R ATES FROM
SMITH EXTRA
Two-for-one lunch at the Bushbar
at sister-property Geejam
‘I loved kayaking to my Lagoon Cottage’s
private dock, and its al fresco bathroom’
$450
V iew this hotel on smithhotels .com
Jasmine Jamaica expert
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C ARIBBE A N
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TRAVEL TIME
LE S ERENO
S T BARTHS
4hrs 55min from O’Hare;
10min transfer by car
SMITH EXTRA
NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
Custom his and hers Havaianas, and
a bottle of champagne on arrival
‘Borrow a snorkel and head out to the coral reef
– it’s home to some eye-popping tropical fish’
Jasmine St Barths expert
V iew this hotel on smithhotels .com
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‘If your private beach isn’t enough,
borrow a kayak and search out secluded bays’
Heather Antigua expert
HERMITAG E BAY
A NTIGUA
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SMITH EXTRA
TRAVEL TIME
5hrs from O’Hare;
35min transfer by car
One hour-long spa treatment
NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$627
all inclusive
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C ARIBBE A N
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JADE MOUNTAIN
S T LUCIA
SMITH EXTRA
TRAVEL TIME
5hrs 30 min from O’Hare;
40min transfer by car
An hour spa treament each
‘Have a cocktail on the Celestial Terrace
– it has incredible 360-degree views’
Katie St Lucia expert
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NIGH TLY R ATES FROM
$1,125
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WHERE’S HOT WHEN
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
90° Costalegre
87 ° Costa Rica
Jamaica
Panama
88° St Barths
86 Costalegre
JANUARY
89° Panama
St Barths
86° Costa Rica
88 Tulum
Dominican Republic
81 Honolulu
Dominican Republic
81° Turks & Caicos
80 Belize
80
80° Los Cabos
82° Belize
Belize
80° Bahamas
77 ° Bahamas
79 ° Miami
76° Miami
Honolulu
Turks & Caicos
86° Costalegre
St Barths
82 Antigua
83° Belize
Dominican Republic
St Lucia
85° Belize
84° Los Cabos
°
83° Riviera Maya
St Barths
°
81° Antigua
°
Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya
84
82° Antigua
Honolulu
St Lucia
Turks & Caicos
85° Costalegre
°
Riviera Maya
St Lucia
89° Panama
86° Jamaica
Riviera Maya
St Barths
St Barths
82 Dominican Republic
90° Costa Rica
87 ° Jamaica
84° Costalegre
°
Riviera Maya
Turks & Caicos
°
85° Tulum
St Lucia
85° Los Cabos
Panama
APRIL
88° Tulum
84° Costalegre
83° Dominican Republic
84 Antigua
86° Tulum
Panama
85° Jamaica
Panama
°
90° Costa Rica
86° Jamaica
Tulum
85° Tulum
MARCH
90° Costa Rica
88° Costa Rica
°
87 ° Jamaica
FEBRUARY
°
Belize
Honolulu
82° Antigua
St Lucia
Turks & Caicos
83° Antigua
81° Honolulu
78° Los Cabos
79° Los Cabos
75° Bahamas
76° Bahamas
79° Miami
74° Miami
75° Miami
78° Bahamas
Los Cabos
Dominican Republic
Honolulu
Miami
Turks & Caicos
80° Bahamas
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LE T’S TALK TR AVEL
Need help? Mr & Mrs Smith’s in-house specialists can pinpoint your perfect winter-sun hotel,
share in-the-know travel advice and book your stay – at no extra cost
MELIS S A
DECOURC Y
HE ATHER
BARKHUIZEN
A NTONY
MERKEL
NIN A
GREENE
A NTHONY
GOULD
JA SMINE
ROBINS ON
K ATIE
LIS TER
JENNY
GR ACE
Email your chosen winter-holiday matchmaker, or ring 1 800 464 2040
and one of our experts will help you book your ideal break
The Smith Travel Team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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MELISSA
DECOURCY
HE ATHER
BARKHUIZEN
specializes in
specializes in
LOS C ABOS • RIVIER A MAYA • HAWAII
JAMAIC A • TURKS & C AICOS
RIVIER A MAYA • TULUM • ANTIGUA
JAMAIC A • S T LUCIA
Spanish-speaking, Texan-born, twin-passport-toting
Melissa is also an award-winner: selected as one of
Travel Agent Magazine’s top 30 Under 30, her
Caribbean coast expertise makes her Smith’s secret
weapon for blissful beach-break bookings.
Bridge-jumping in South Africa; wine-tasting in
Bordeaux; tea-tasting in the Seychelles… Heather likes
to explore the heart of a destination. A former Four
Seasons insider, she defected from hotel management
and now plots pitch perfect seaside adventures.
melissa .decourc [email protected] .com
heather.barkhuizen @smithhotels.com
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ANTONY MERKEL
NINA GREENE
specializes in
specializes in
HAWAII • BELIZE • BAHAMA S
DOMINIC AN REPUBLIC • JAMAIC A
MIAMI • BAHAMA S • S T LUCIA
TURKS & C AICOS
One-time talent manager Antony has lived in
Atlanta, Chicago, Spain, Israel and now New York,
but his hotel-loving heart beats strongest for Brazil
and the Bahamas. The way to woo him is with
hyper-local cuisine: he’ll help you uncover
a true taste of the tropics.
Chic-seeker Nina was a resortwear specialist
before sashaying over Smith’s way: a lengthy spell
of fleeing her Florida base to weekend in the
Caribbean – diving, fishing and exploring the
islands’ natural splendour – helps her match
stylish clients with exotic places to play.
[email protected] .com
nina [email protected]
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ANTHONY
GOULD
JA SMINE
ROBINSON
specializes in
specializes in
COS TA RIC A • RIVIER A MAYA • TULUM
HAWAII • DOMINIC AN REPUBLIC
S T BARTHS • ANTIGUA • COS TALEGRE
COS TA RIC A • JAMAIC A
Not quite Phileas Fogg, but close: Anthony has visited
an impressive 20 countries in the past three years.
Now settled in New York, his grade-A globetrotting
means he’s perfectly placed to serve up off-thebeaten-track adventures in exotic locales.
Smith’s resident Caribbean Queen started out
in the UK music industry, catwalked into fashion and
then defected to the US to find her feet in travel.
Whatever the season, Jasmine knows where
to seek out sunny shores.
[email protected]
jasmine.robinson @smithhotels.com
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K ATIE LIS TER
JENNY GR ACE
specializes in
specializes in
BAHAMA S • MIAMI
BELIZE • S T LUCIA
BELIZE • TULUM • MIAMI
DOMINIC AN REPUBLIC • TURKS & C AICOS
Bilingual luxe-lover Katie went from New York to
the Bahamas via a big-bucks banking stint in London
before settling into high-end brand consultancy.
A switch to Smith later and her jet-setting know-how
can point the most indecisive of travellers to their
ideal glamorous getaway.
Her degree in anthropology means native
New Yorker Jenny is officially a people person.
It’s inspired studies in the south of France,
star-spotting in LA and township touring in
South Africa and now her adventurous eye is
trained on unique retreats across the Americas.
[email protected] .com
[email protected]
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