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The Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards 2017: Winners Announced

Drum roll please… the winners of the Smith Awards 2017 have been announced, honouring the world’s most stylish stays 

More than 100 hotels battled it out this year to be crowned winner at the annual Smith Awards, hosted by Mr and Mrs Smith, London’s leading authority on luxury travel. 25,000 public votes were cast for the Best Smith Hotel, while a further 11 categories were selected by an all-star judging panel, including designers Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Henry Holland and Olivia Von Halle; broadcaster Lauren Laverne and chef Tom Aikens

Whether looking for an inspiring getaway or simply a moment of respite from January’s dull weather, read on to discover this year’s award-winning getaways. 

Best Smith Hotel: Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, Australia

‘As the only category voted for by the public (over 25,000 people this year), 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 it's 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 I'm a sucker for classic cocktails and bygone-era bar culture, this one's a top contender in my book.’ – Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, founder of Taste The Style + Celine Bossart, Creator of The Staycationers 

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 of 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

‘Water, water and more water – plus pasta – is basically my idea of heaven.’ – Paula Goldstein, founder Voyage D’etudes

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 love the freedom that each room gives, the uniqueness in design, how well the hotel integrates into the natural surroundings and the amazing amount of activities available when you stay.’ – Tom Aikens, chef 

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

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