Snap and Stay
The travel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith are back with five Insta-worthy hotels guaranteed to flood your feed. Whether you’re looking for jaw-dropping views or mouth-watering breakfasts in bed, this list rounds up some of the most picture-perfect hotels around the world. So get those smartphones charged and selfie sticks ready, we’re about to kickstart a photo-frenzy…
Palazzo Margherita – Basilicata, Italy
On a nostalgic tour of the villages near his childhood home, Godfather director, Francis Ford Coppola found and fell in love with a crumbling 19th-century relic, and promptly pledged to restore it to its former glory. The result, his exquisite Palazzo Margherita, has all the elegance of the Baroque era but with all the charm of a family home – albeit a home where the rooms have pastel-shaded frescoes, chevron floor tiles, and small garden-view terraces. The best part? The staff’s intuitive service and rustic home-made cooking!
Smith extra: For guests staying one night, a bottle of local wine; guests staying two nights or more get a three-course meal for two (including a starter, first and second course, fruit and house wine) instead.
El Fenn – Marrakech, Morocco
Capturing the essence of traditional Marrakech, El Fenn is both a playground for creatives and a love nest for romantics. We love its sensually lit courtyards, marble fountains, rose-petal-filled basins and antique library, and that’s even before mentioning the day-bed-flanked pools, Berber-tented rooftop and endearing family of resident tortoises (who love posing for pictures).
Smith extra: A bottle of wine; members staying three nights or more will receive a traditional hammam for two.
Treehotel – Norrbotten County, Sweden
Adults who say they’ve outgrown treehouses are totally lying… Show them the six, stylish branch-hung dens at Sweden’s Treehotel, and they’ll scramble up the ladders and floating walkways with glee. These extraordinary floating abodes – each more photogenic than the next – are bound to bring out the inner kid in everyone. There’s much to love here: treks through lush boreal forest, husky-drawn sled rides, rustic Nordic cuisine, and a possible peek at the Northern Lights; but really, what more could you want when you’re staying in one of the world’s coolest treetop dens?
Smith extra: A free two-hour session in the tree sauna, including snacks.
Perivolas – Santorini, Greece
Once the homes, wineries and stables of Santorini’s fishermen and farmers, these remarkable 300-year-old caves have been carefully transformed into a complex of serene private houses. With its Gaudi-contoured caves, dream-lava setting and a spectacular pool overflowing the edge of the cliff (and seemingly into an Aegean horizon), this knockout splash of bright blue against black volcanic rock has graced the cover of many magazines. Claim a poolside lounger for front-row seats that have the perfect view of Oia’s famed sunsets.
Smith extra: A bottle of local Santorini white wine from one of the island’s excellent wineries.
Hotel Providence Paris – Paris, France
Previously a 19th century Haussmanian building, Hotel Providence Paris has been extravagantly renovated and is located in Paris’s coolest neighbourhood. Sitting pretty between the arty Beaubourg, shabby-chic Canal St Martin and the meandering wynds of Haut Marais, and boasting rooms clad in printed-velvet House of Hackney wallpaper, Madeleine Castaing carpets and seventies-style statement pieces, this is a must-go hotel for any aspiring Instagrammers (or snap addicts!)
Smith extra: A welcome cocktail on arrival.