Boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith are set to launch their highly anticipated book on properties in Australia and New Zealand this November.
New release: The Mr & Mrs Smith local edition
The book is the sixth in the worldwide must-have Mr & Mrs Smith series and includes more than 30 of the best boutique properties in Australia and New Zealand.
Each property was visited by Mr & Mrs Smith staff and then anonymously reviewed by one of a carefully selected group of “tastemakers” in distinctive Smith-style.
Drawn from the spheres of fashion, theatre, design, food and wine, the Australia/New Zealand tastemakers include the likes of actor Sigrid Thornton, chefs Christine Manfield and Andrew McConnell, television personality Deborah Hutton, Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements and events guru David Grant.
Each applied their style-spotting skills to a two-night stay with their own Mr, Mrs or Ms Smith and recount intimate and entertaining stories of their trips.
Sigrid Thornton describes her experience at Qualia: “Mr Smith reminds me of the legend of Marc Antony transporting a beach of sand to the island of Sedir off the Turkish coast so Cleopatra could meet him in an exotic location and still have Egyptian soil between her toes. This unique place evokes such fantasies.”
The collection also features original photography of almost all properties from leading Australian photographer Earl Carter, representing a unique and up-to-minute survey of the cream of Australian and New Zealand hotels.
The front cover shows the sands at exclusive safari camp Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef located in the Cape Range National Park in Western Australia.
Simon Westcott co-founded Mr & Mrs Smith Asia Pacific in May 2009 with the launch of the local version of the website www.mrandmrssmith.com and he is excited by the final compilation of new and existing Australian and New Zealand properties:
“We’ve had the tough job of finding the most interesting and stylish boutique hotels for the many Mr & Mrs Smiths all round the world and we’ve narrowed it down to a fine collection that we think will excite highly-informed locals looking for a different kind of getaway and international visitors who would like to see the very best of Australia and New Zealand… our books take the guess work out of finding a truly magnificent place to stay,” he said.
Mr & Mrs Smith Boutique Hotel Collection: Australia/ New Zealand will be available in Borders and independent book shops from November 30 for $45.