The French take pride in their sense of romance, sophistication and expertise on everything from lingerie to gastronomy. And now it's our turn. Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France is the latest in the bestselling guidebook series from the world's leading boutique hotel experts.
Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection combed the country from Paris to Provence to bring you a highly curated selection of 33 stylish stays so all you have to do is pick your Monsieur or Madame Smith and pack your bags. From contemporary city getaways and cool châteaux to coastal spa escapes, these glamorous newcomers and boutique-hotel classics all win the Smith stamp of approval for their looks, location, service and, of course, ambience.
Among Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection favourites is Jardins Secrets, an unexpected Eden of lush gardens and birds hidden away in the heart of Nîmes on the border of Languedoc-Rousillon and Provence. With just 14 rooms (including seven suites), Jardins Secrets is the perfect starting point for those wishing to explore a city famed for its Roman heritage and its textiles (Nîmes is the home of one of the world's most distinctive fabrics - denim).
To the north lies Chateau de Saint Paterne, a fairytale castle with only 10 rooms dating back to the 15th century. Once the country hideaway of King Henri IV, Chateau de Saint Paterne is the perfect hideaway for lovers seeking a romantic weekend-a-deux.
In-the-know and independent:
As well as entertaining overviews of our favourite hotels and guesthouses in France - from Brittany to St Tropez and all the prettiest bits in between - you'll find concise Mr & Mrs Smith guides to 12 destinations;
Aquitaine, Brittany, Burgundy, Champagne-Ardenne, Côte d'Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Normandy, Paris Poitou-Charentes, Provence, Rhône-Alpes and St Tropez.
Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France brings you up-to-date restaurant recommendations, advice on when to visit, where to go and what to pack, as well as insider tips on everything from gourmet delis to festivals and wineries.
Mr & Mrs Smith Collection: France will ensure you don't miss the best views in Burgundy, the Côte d'Azur's best beaches, and that you don't leave Brittany without sampling the region's green-speckled seaweed butter.
Most importantly, the latest guide in the Mr & Mrs Smith Collection has handy hints guaranteed to maximise your "joie de vivre" so you can spit wine like a local, smell the cheese like a true French gourmand, and dress with the chic-sophistication of a native Parisian.
Original content and photography:
Perfectly partnered with evocative original photography, Mr & Mrs Smith's honest and style-savvy reviews bring you the kind of wisdom and wit you'd expect from a well-travelled friend - entertaining French tales courtesy of an illustrious panel of tastemakers from the worlds of design, fashion, food and travel.
To glean the nitty-gritty on the best boutique boltholes, Mr & Mrs Smith dispatched 31 super-sharp reviewers who visited all out hotels anonymously and reported back to Mr & Mrs Smith HQ. Experts on fashion (Valérie Abecassis), design (Ilse Crawford), restaurants (Mourad Mazouz, Anthony Demetre) and fragrance (Linda Pilkington) share their stories, alongside travel writers English and French, every one of them style-sussed and dedicated to footloose Francophilia.
Join Mr & Mrs Smith's travel club for free
Inside each book is an exclusive BlackSmith membership card, entitling you to life-enhancing extras at every property featured, as well as special offers at Smith's worldwide collection of more than 650 hotels and luxe self-catering stays. Members will benefit from lovely extra touches, such as a champagne breakfast or a spa treatment on the house, which gives this guidebook an added je ne sais quoi.
… Bon voyage!
Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France is the seventh book in the collection of travel guides that has become elemental to savvy hotel lovers around the world. Hotels are all personally-visited, handpicked and cannot buy their way into our collection. Previous editions of the best-selling guidebooks have signposted special stays throughout Australia and New Zealand, Europe and the UK. This unique title will also be translated into French and distributed in France from September.
Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France
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