I have known Juliet since the beginnings of our Travelwrap journey, in fact, I am pretty sure there was one of our gorgeous Poppy Travelwraps (circa 2009 design) left in the back of a NY cab a few years back …but we have somehow managed to move on from that tragic day!
Founding editor at Smith Hotels, Juliet Kinsman is instinctive about what makes a stay stylish and special. In two decades as a journalist, her travel tips and interior design articles have appeared in publications from Conde Nast Traveler to The Independent, There's nothing Juliet loves more than inspiring people to squeeze the most of time in a new destination, from the gritty to the glamorous, as her fashion and hotel recommendations in the 2014 edition of the Louis Vuitton New York City Guide attest. Thankfully Juliet is a fellow (and prolific) Tweeter and has managed to dip her toe in the whole Instagram thing as well (now submerged in fact). She loves evangelising about the inspiring places and people she meets along the way. Yup. She's one of those smartphone monkeys you see in restaurants snapping their meals in the name of @smithhotels @julietkinsman and her local West London blog ParkLifeBlog.
Original architecture and open-to-the-air spaces with private infinity pools have wowed many a celebrity. Jade Mountain delivers romance in a very unique way in this verdant corner of the Caribbean: each of the 29 suites in this hilltop-perched retreat has an extra-special ensuite bathroom with huge Jacuzzi tubs, all blessed with a grandstand view of the Piton mountains.
If solitude and sleek design are the way to your heart, this hip hideaway enhances that with the feeling there’s no-one else for miles. Here on Kangaroo Island it’s all about the great outdoors and on your doorstep Australia's answer to the Galapagos Islands awaits in terms of extraordinary wildlife, the stuff of proper once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Maybe a bit far just for 14 Feb, but one to earmark if your Valentine's goes so well there's a honeymoon one day...
JK Place Capri
A boat ride from Naples, this 22-room cutey regularly tops lists of the world’s best hotels. Set into the cliffs overlooking the port, JK Place Capri is a stylish sanctuary away from any tourist mêlée, and this high-end villa is lesson in how pristine chic can still promise a warm atmosphere. Don’t miss a whirl in the nearby Olimpo SPA Steam Bath in Via Tornabuoni.
Perhaps it’s the influence of the Far Eastern philosophy of feng shui or maybe it’s the sprawling Balinese-inspired grounds – but this luxury retreat on the edge of the Palmeraie is pure aphrodisiac. The suites scream ‘romance’: the six Desert Modernism-evoking Pool Villas even have their own heated swimming pools set on bigger cold-water ones. Le Spa Namaskar also has two couple-worthy spa suites with steamy hammams. And don’t miss a cocktail at sunset at the roof terrace No Mad Bar: toast the view of the mountains with an Atlas Old-Fashioned: Old Overhault rye, Kummel liqueur, Peychaud’s bitters.
Crosby Street Hotel
Kit Kemp splashed her special British blend colour, patterns, textures and specially commissioned art into New York’s boutique-hotel landscape, and the result was loft-inspired spaces which are witty and pretty in a way that's unique to this city. It's not just the interior design that tugs on your heart strings though: it's the Downtown views from those SoHo loft-style bedrooms.