Revealed: The Results of the 2013 Mr and Mrs Smith Awards

November 12th, 2013

COMO Shambhala Estate, Winner of Best Spa Hotel

In its inaugural year, the Mr and Mrs Smith awards showcased the best boutique hotels across the globe in 12 categories.

Members voted for favorite hotels; the top three were chosen by a panel of judges composed of Mr and Mrs Smith editors and experts.

Congratulations to all the winners in the 2013 Mr and Mrs Smith awards including:

Mr and Mrs Smith Judges’ Choice:

Best Spa Hotel: COMO Shambhala Estate

Best Newcomer: Fogo Island Inn

Best Dressed Hotel: Runner up, UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

Mr and Mrs Smith Readers’ Choice:

Sexiest Bedroom

  • #6 Cocoa Island by COMO
  • #7 Chewton Glen

Hottest Hotel Bar

  • #6 Park Hyatt Tokyo

Best Hotel Restaurant

  • #4 Metropolitan Bangkok

Best Spa Hotel

  • #7 GoldenEye
  • #10 Parrot Cay by COMO

The Greatest Outdoors

  • #2 Cliveden House

Above & Beyond

  • #1 Chewton Glen

Best Smith Hotel:

  • #4 Chewton Glen
  • #10 UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

 

For a full list of results, please click here: http://smithhotelawards.com/2013/.

nahm in bangkok: one of the world’s 50 best restaurants!

May 7th, 2012

nahm, the award-winning restaurant at the Metropolitan, Bangkok, has been cited among the world’s 50 Top Restaurants.

This latest restaurant, headed-up by the leading Australian chef David Thompson, was a new entry in the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards sponsored by San Pellegrino. The ceremony took place at Guildhall, London, Monday night (April 30), organised by the UK’s industry publication, Restaurant Magazine.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the awards are created by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 800 international industry leaders, each selected for their expert opinion of the international restaurant scene.

Accepting the award, Thompson said: “I am delighted to receive this accolade, which recognises the lengths we go to here at nahm, to deliver Thai food. This also acknowledges the very hard work of all the staff.”

nahm at the Metropolitan, Bangkok, which is part of the COMO Hotels and Resorts group, opened in September 2010. Thompson was one of the first chefs to win multiple awards for Thai cuisine in Europe at his London restaurant, nahm at The Halkin in Belgravia. On Thai soil, nahm, Bangkok was an instant hit, with Thompson’s commitment to authenticity winning him a loyal following among Thais, expats and hotel guests.

Dishes such as coconut and turmeric curry of blue swimmer crab, stir-fried frog with chilies and cumin leaves or durian steeped in scented coconut cream are complemented by an interior that combines traditional Thai design motifs with the Metropolitan’s contemporary aesthetic. Created by Japanese interior architect Koichiro Ikebuchi, the space is rich in locally-sourced, hand-crafted gold leaf, teak and Thai silks creating an intimate yet relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is open weekdays for lunch and Monday to Sunday for dinner.

giving back to the community

September 27th, 2011

COMO Hotels and Resorts is giving back to the community with your help! In 2010, COMO partnered with MasterCard for the Purchase with Purpose program which helps raise funds for local community projects. Last year, the project raised $35,580 and COMO has decided to bring the program back for 2011!

For every transaction made with a MasterCard card at a COMO property between 1 October and 31 December 2011, MasterCard will donate $30 to a community project with which the COMO property is closely affiliated. The money raised goes to educational and wellbeing initiatives as well as to local schools to improve nutrition and sanitation. In 2010, the funds helped stock the libraries of Tirta Kumara Kindergarten in Bali and the Maafushi and Guraidhoo schools in the Maldives. The program also helped deliver sanitary essentials to the nuns of Kela Goemba in Bhutan and improve sanitation and cooking facilities in the Wat Bangploeng School in Thailand.

With this program, guests have the opportunity to make a real difference in the communities they visit. As if you needed a better reason to go on vacation!

find your happy place

June 15th, 2011

Pristine beaches, friendly natives, delicious local cuisine, and beautiful weather make Bali and Thailand two of the happiest places on earth, according to author Paul Theroux. On his quest for happiness, Theroux picked both of these locales as the most joy-filled spots in the world. And we’d have to agree!

Bali is known for its enticing beaches, but Theroux urges travelers to find traditional crafts and ceremonies sure to pique cultural curiosity. At Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, guests can find their own personal Nirvana by enjoying a handcrafted cocktail at the chic Sunset on Six rooftop bar and lounge while watching a burning sun set below the Indian Ocean, or by exploring the rolling hills and local jungle by elephant or Harley-Davidson. If you’re looking for a more holistic approach to finding your bliss, COMO Shambhala Estate is a sanctuary for health and wellness where guests’ individual needs are met with a custom-tailored program of nutrition, exercise, therapies, and activities.

You’ll be all smiles in “The Land of Smiles.” With nine properties in Thailand, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas ensures that wherever you are in this beautiful country, you’ll have the chance to experience Thailand’s wonders for yourself. At Anantara Golden Triangle, the on-site elephant camp offers a rare chance to get up close and personal with these gentle giants while learning from experienced mahouts (elephant trainers) how to ride them. Explore the incredible coral reefs of the Similan Islands—some of the most renowned and best preserved in the world—on a dive excursion during your stay at Anantara Phuket. Or witness the excitement of Thailand’s bustling capital where the Metropolitan Bangkok offers guests both easy access to the hubbub of the city and a chic place to retreat.

happy songkran!

May 17th, 2011

Happy Songkran! This three-day festival (April 13-15) celebrating the traditional Thai New Year’s Day is best known for its widespread water fights. Ready to get soaked? If you find yourself in Thailand over this wild and wet holiday, we have some spots for you!

The Metropolitan Bangkok created the ultimate survival kit – it’s “Songkran Package” includes bed, breakfast, a welcome drink at the Met Bar, and a complimentary shuttle to the festivities. Guests are given their “Songkran Survival Kit” which includes a water fun and a bottle of water.

Anantara Hua Hin has a luxurious way to celebrate. Tonight, the resort will host a special monk merit ceremony and an all you can eat buffet with noodles, som tum, and kai yang, followed by the infamous “sanook” water fights. Tomorrow April 14th, aka Family Day, little ones dine for free. On April 15th, wrap up the holiday at the Sai Thong Beach Restaurant with a lavish seafood barbecue with a live band.

yahoo for yamu

January 13th, 2011

2011 has started with a bang for COMO Hotels and Resorts. The leading luxury hotel group announced the addition of a NEW member to its collection of eight five-star properties. Set to open September 2012, the new resort will be located in Phuket, Thailand on the Northeast coast of the verdant Yamu peninsula.

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

Sitting at the edge of the picturesque peninsula on the Phang Nga Bay, the new property will have 129 rooms with panoramic views of the cape, the surrounding turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, and the bay’s dramatic limestone islands.  Just 20 minutes from Phuket International Airport, the hotel will be the perfect place to rejuvenate with a short break or indulge in a long stay.  Guests will be able to take a dip in the 328 foot pool or soak up the sun on the private beach.  They will also have the use of the resort group’s signature COMO Shambhala Retreat and its yoga studio, as well as the resort’s two restaurants.

Just like its sister properties, the newest addition to the COMO collection will offer tailor-made experiences.  Guests will be able to easily explore the striking islands of Phang Nga Bay, and golf enthusiasts can take advantage of several courses around the island.  The waters are perfect for snorkeling and diving, and hikers will be able to explore the island’s lush rainforests.

The opening of the Yamu property will mark the group’s second hotel in Thailand, joining the Metropolitan Bangkok.  This expansion of COMO’s portfolio will enable the luxury resort group to showcase both sides of Thailand – the lively, vibrancy of the city, and the serene paradise of its secluded beaches.

COMO Hotels and Resorts was founded by Christina Ong and is known for its handpicked, intimate, and individually tailored properties, including The Halkin in London, two Metropolitan hotels in London and Bangkok, Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos, Cocoa Island in the Maldives, two Uma experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan, and COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali, which is managed with its sister brand in wellness.  Each property embodies COMO’s clean sense of style and spirit of wellness, while reflecting the atmosphere of its surroundings.

chic eats

October 15th, 2010

nahm

Nahm, the chic Thai restaurant at the Metropolitan Bangkok is now open. Beyond the joy of its authentic Thai fare it’s turning heads with its dramatic space that was designed by award-winning Japanese interior architect Koichiro Ikebuchi and is in perfect harmony with the hotel’s contemporary aesthetic. (Ikebuchi is also responsible for Uma Ubud and COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali.)

This is the second nahm restaurant – the flagship is in London at The Halkin and was the first Thai restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin star. Chef David Thompson’s Michelin-starred cooking skills are abundant in both locations with such innovative dishes as cured fish and pork simmered in coconut cream with prawns, and grilled catfish and red quail curry with peanuts, ginger, and holy basil. (more…)

plan your great escape

October 4th, 2010

Bhutan

There are so many wonderful travel destinations in the East – but sometimes the only thing holding you back is that inconvenient (and expensive!) airfare ticket. But now it’s time to grab your passport because now through the end of the year Etihad Airways is offering up to 40 percent off fares to popular travel hubs, including: Bangkok, Kuala Lumpar, Frankfurt, Munich and London.

Where to go? Qasr Al Sarab Resort by Anantara in the Lima Desert, Metropolitan Bangkok in Thailand or Uma Paro in Bhutan are all now much more reachable with this great offer. Plus, there’s no rush, travel is valid through March of 2011.

fear not, travel far

September 15th, 2010

Anantara Lawana Exclusive Beachside Premier Private Pool Villa

Do the recent rumblings of a double-dip recession have you fearful to plan your next big trip? We come with good news – not only is travel a great stress reliever, but Lonely Planet just released a list of their favorite cheap countries for travel… and we have some insider information that won’t cause any harm on the NYSE. (more…)

green clean

August 3rd, 2010

Had a little too much fun last weekend? Maybe some rum punch or more hotdogs than you can count? In honor of its reopening, the Metropolitan Bangkok’s Glow restaurant is sharing one of its coveted juice recipes filled with healthy, raw ingredients sure to help rectify any bad weekend habits. Get out that juicer and make yourself a drink.

Green Clean Juice (one serving)

2 apples
6-8 stalks celery
2 cups spinach
1 inch ginger
1 peeled lemon
1 green pepper
½ cucumber
1 bulb fennel
1 tbl macadamia nuts, optional
1 tbl sunflower seeds, optional
1 tsp spirulina powder

Juice the first 7 ingredients. Blend with the nuts, seeds and spirulina powder

Enjoy

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