Discover Mr &Mrs Smith Hotels For Gourmet Breaks


Hungry for a gourmet break? From fine-dining country-house hotels and restaurants with rooms to Michelin-star-spangled kitchens at the culinary cutting edge, we've truffle-hunted hotels and foraged the world to cherry-pick those Smith stays that go above and beyond when it comes to cuisine.


Whether you want a gastronomic experience par excellence or delectable farm-to-table fare, our gourmet breaks collection has a hotel to suit your foodie taste. Bon appetit!

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa Seychelles Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)





Offering all the peace and privacy of a monastic cell, but thankfully none of its spartan nature, Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, overlooking Anse Louis beach on the southwest coast of Mahé in the Seychelles, is where thatched roofs sit like dots of corn-yellow in a palette of greens and blues. It’s the ideal place to drag your knotted back and furrowed brow for a spot of proper relaxation. All the Indian Ocean clichés – palms rippling in the warm breeze, white sand abutting turquoise waters – are made reality at this all-inclusive stay, and all you have to do is roll out your rattan sun mat in the midst of them.

Whatever, whenever, wherever is the motto at Maia, so whether you find yourself feeling snackish at midnight, or you want to mark a special occasion with a private meal on the beach at sunset, you'll never go hungry here. Five chefs knock up exquisite Indian, Asian, Oriental and Creole cuisine – think stuffed baby squid with ratatouille and lobster, or porcini mushrooms with duck liver and black truffle terrine – in the open-sided Tec-Tec. Candle-lit private dinners can be arranged on the beach, in your villa, and up on the hilltop; after dark the hotel's helipad is transformed into a romantic dining area with views across to Anse Boileau and Anse Louis from one of the highest points on the peninsula. Guests staying in the Signature Villa must make use of their exclusive Maia barbecue with fresh fish and grilled meats prepped by a personal chef – all you need do is speak to your butler.
Worth getting out of bed for.

Home to a kaleidoscope of corals and tropical fish, the waters surrounding the Maia peninsula are ideal for diving. If you’re new to it, Maia’s a great place to learn; there’s a handful of dive centres nearby – your butler can arrange it all. If you prefer to stick closer to the surface, peaceful Anse Louis bay is ideal for snorkelling. Feeling like a fish supper? Ask your butler to organise a deep-sea fishing trip for tuna, marlin, swordsfish or other oceangoing game, and bring back your catch for your personal chef to prepare for you in your villa or on the beach. In the north of Mahé, Beau Vallon bay is your first port of call for windsurfing, waterskiing, parasailing and other sea-bound thrills. On land, explore the local landscape by horse or on foot, trekking through forests to waterfalls, up mountains and across beaches. Or, for an insight into Seychellois life, visit one of Mahé’s vibrant markets in the centre of town. Back at the hotel, Maia Resort’s spa has an huge range of luxurious treatments; try the ‘twenty dancing fingers’ massage or banana leaf wrap to the soporific sound of waterfalls and birdsong. The spa also runs free alfresco group classes in Hatha yoga and Qi Gong (private sessions can be arranged).Your butler can also organise tours of the other islands by boat or helicopter.


Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Blue Mountains, Australia Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)





The Blue Mountains’ Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley takes luxury lodging by the scruff of its antipodean neck and transports it to a canyon-sized Jurassic Park of sun-blessed escarpments, creature comforts and sumptuous styling. With access to over 7,000 acres of pristine wilderness, a world-class spa and private villas where in-room swimming pools come as standard, this is one special playground.

Flaunting panoramic views, the Wolgan Dining Room is an impressive affair, with cuisine showcasing seasonal, local, organic produce and a regional and international wine list as expansive as the vistas. It takes centre stage in the large, barn-like homestead, with the more relaxed Country Kitchen, a providore-style eatery with communal tables, downstairs. Decor is antipodean country club with a contemporary twist – high-backed leather banquettes, comfy barrel chairs and cleverly recycled found objects (including wrought-iron washing mangles and a lightshade formed from old Driza-Bone coats). At dinner sample daily-changing, six-course tasting menus (nine at extra cost) or order à la carte. We recommend a local protein fix – the venison from nearby Mandagery Creek is a favourite with the Smith’s team.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a universe unto itself. Unless you are here for more than three or four nights, we wouldn't recommend leaving. The resort's field guides are friendly, smart and hugely well-informed, and if you're keen to explore, be sure to take one: wildlife, Aboriginal history, colonial heritage and guided mountain bike tours are all included in the tariff. There are additional charges for certain 'signature experiences'; nocturnal wildlife spotlighting and stargazing are particularly popular, but the stand-out activity is the guided horse-riding; you're driven across the property to state-of-the-art stables to saddle up on some fine thoroughbreds. Clay target and compound bow shooting can also be organised on the property for a fee. If you do feel the need to stray further afield, golf, fly-fishing, 4WD expeditions and a regional food and wine tour are all on hand; costs apply.


Taveuni Palms Fiji Islands, Fiji Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)





We’re smitten with wow-worthy Taveuni Palms hotel in Fiji, perched on a beachfront headland on tropical Taveuni Island. Its three spacious two-bedroom villas offer total privacy, pampering and seven staff each, with delicious food, spa treats and subtly stylish Fijian design. Understated luxury doesn’t get better.

In-villa dining is a private affair at Taveuni, with your personal chef whipping up a spread to suit your desires, served by your own waiter. Expect delicious breakfast fare such as Pacific muesli, papaya pancakes, coconut banana flapjacks, spicy omelettes and mango French toast. The wahoo fish tacos, marinated in a secret sauce, with papaya lime salsa, make a lip-smacking lunch, or opt for a Fijian or Indian curry. Dinner kicks off with sunset cocktails, followed by four fabulous courses, with pretty deck lights creating a magical mood. On a practical note, the team can cater for kosher, vegetarian and gluten-free diets (just fill in the pre-arrival questionnaire), or design a menu to suit you or the kids. Picnics and snacks for sightseeing trips are yours for the asking.
Free activities at Taveuni Palms include swimming off your small private beach, kayaking around the island, great solo or guided snorkelling on the house reef and bikes for exploring. Foodies can take a cooking class with the chef to learn how to make the villa’s papaya soup, cassava chips and coconut pesto dip; nimble-fingered guests can craft flower leis (garlands) or head decorations. Too taxing? The groundsmen will climb a tree to fetch you a fresh coconut to savour by the pool.

At extra cost, spa treatments on your terrace are a must, using Pure Fiji products and a mix of island and global massage styles. Book after breakfast for daily pampering from 8am to 5pm. Taveuni Island’s waters are considered the soft-coral capital of the world, so diving here is a thrill, with rainbow-bright reef fish, and possible turtle, ray and dolphin sightings. The hotel can hook you up with a PADI-certified operator, Taveuni Ocean Sports, for dives or courses, including striking sites such as Rainbow Reef, the Great White Wall and the Yellow Grotto. Guided snorkelling tours to further flung reefs or surfing trips to ride offshore breaks are also up for grabs.

Popular excursions include horse riding from Vuna, with scenic mountain and island views, and a trip to the Waitabu Marine Park to the east, where beaches, snorkelling and bilibili river rafting await, as well as a village visit. Walks taking in beaches, rivers, rainforest and waterfalls include the spectacular Lavena Coastal Walk (which can be teamed with kayaking), the Bouma Falls Hike and the more demanding Vidawa Rainforest Walk, with transport, guides and gear included. En route you’ll spy rare tropical birds and fauna, and you can cool off in rock pools or picnic when you need a break. For more cultural experiences, check out local villages, mission churches or the International Date Line, which runs through a landmark on Taveuni.

Offshore, set sail on excursions to Taveuni’s outlying islands Qamea, Matangi and Laucala, catch your own tuna or walu on a deep-sea fishing foray or get romantic with a private picnic and snorkelling session on Nanuku Atoll, aka the Honeymoon Island (the captain will drop you off with tasty treats, so you can enjoy the island alone). Golfers can tee off at the Soqulu Golf & Country Club, a 40-minute drive away, which offers a beautiful nine-hole course strung along the coast, as well as tennis courts, lawn bowls and a clubhouse for a drink or snack afterwards. Those seeking a retail fix can visit the local black pearl farm to see how these oyster-born treasures are cultivated in their ocean nursery and bag some to take home. CIVA Pearl Farm is known for its amazing range of colours, from gold to pink, blue and cranberry, not produced anywhere else.


Cayo Espanto San Pedro, Belize Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)





Three miles out to sea from the Belizean coastal city of San Pedro, Cayo Espanto offers the kind of peace and quiet you only find in the most exclusive island hideaway – which is precisely what this hyper-luxurious boutique resort is. Seven brightly, tastefully decorated wooden villas are dotted among the tiny island’s palm trees, with private pools to plunge in, hammocks to snooze in, and a dedicated ‘houseman’ on hand to ensure that you’re treated to whatever you want, whenever you want it. From the ingredients in the kitchen to the music playing on the in-room iPod, everything is designed as you like it.

The hotel sends you a questionnaire before your arrival to get a picture of your culinary tastes, then award-laden chef Patrick Houghton constructs a bespoke daily menu of dishes, which you can savour anywhere on the island you wish.

A two-hour boat ride from San Pedro is the Blue Hole, a collapsed underwater limestone cave with an unbeatable view into its unfathomable depths. Experienced divers can drop below the rim at 40 metres to explore the eerie stalactites and gawp at Caribbean reef sharks. Snorkel or scuba dive with professionally-run Amigos del Mar.

A short hop away by boat on Belize's Ambergris Caye, award-winning chef Amy Knox runs Wild Mangoes, a popular open-air spot on the San Pedro seafront that deftly combines Mexican and Caribbean cuisine. Booking is essential (+11 501 226 2859). The Blue Water Grill at the Sunbreeze Hotel does tasty things with lobster and mixes mean mojitos (+11 501 226 3347). Colourful, laid-back Mambo at Matachica resort is the place to go for Mexican-style seafood, a short taxi ride from the town (+11 501) 220 5010), whereas Palmilla Restaurant at Victoria House serves delightful international fodder in classic colonial surroundings (+11 501 226 2067). Rojo Lounge at Azul Hotel mingles Caribbean, Mexican, Cuban and Asian influences with finesse (+11 501 226 4012).


Nay Palad Hideaway Siargao Island, Philippines Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)





Verdant forests, azure waters and a powder-soft stretch of private sands: boutique resort Nay Palad Hideaway ticks all the right boxes for a romantic getaway in the Philippines. This is no cookie-cutter barefoot idyll, but rather an intimate, cosseting retreat of just nine villas where guests can live out their tropical fantasies at the edge of the Pacific Ocean: everything here, from the sea-fresh cuisine to indulgent massages and island excursions, is included in your stay.

Chef Mark Silvestre mans the resort’s kitchen, whipping up daily-changing delicacies depending on what catches his eye in the local market. Lunch is served family-style in the laid-back pool hut, or wrapped up for a picnic on a castaway island. Dinner is a more romantic affair: head to the beach, the lantern-lit gardens or the fire pit for a three-course wine-paired feast of fusion cuisine livened up with fresh herbs and spices from Nay Palad Hideaway’s organic garden.

If you’re aching to get in the water, make the resort’s Sea Pagoda your first port of call. Accessible by boat, kayak or stand-up paddle, this imposing thatch-roofed platform sits 800 metres from the beach – a picturesque staging point for snorkelling adventures, particularly when stocked with refuelling snacks and cold drinks. A pretty little teardrop of an island, Janoyoy can also be reached on foot at low tide, as can the pristine mangroves nearby, a sanctuary for indigenous flora and elusive reptiles. The calm waters around Nay Palad Hideaway are ideal for water-skiing, wake-boarding and banana-boating. Staff can also arrange for boards and surfing instructors should you wish to test your balance on the local waves; Cloud 9’s dramatic barrel and laid-back scene are unmissable for the more experienced. There’s plenty to explore on land, too. Circumnavigating Siargao takes about half a day – a chance to explore Tob Tabon and Bito caves, the quaint fishing village of General Luna and the warm waters of Magpupungko rock pool – and hopping over to nearby Daku and Guyam islands is a another good choice for exploring the area.

Siargao offers few reasons to stray from Nay Palad Hideaway’s tantalising cuisine, but if you’re after a post-surf snack in Cloud 9, stop by Shaka Siargao for a nutrient-packed smoothie bow.

Fogo Island Inn Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)





A futuristic interpretation of local outport architecture, Fogo Island Inn hotel has set up a dramatic camp for rural retreat seekers off the northern coast of Newfoundland in a traditional fishing village. Forward-thinking as this 29 all-suites stay is – contemporary architecture, bespoke furnishings, sleek ensuites and a fine-dining menu – the inn is just as focused on preserving the island’s long-standing culture of fishermen, boat builders and local artists.

Two glassy walls of windows angle together and resemble the bow of a ship reaching out towards the churning North Atlantic waters. Blonde wood floors and crisp, whitewashed walls round out the minimalist space, without distracting from the view. The Kitchen Collective's elegant menu highlights just-caught seafood, local produce and foraged plants and berries as they change with the seasons. 

Tranquil and remote, Fogo Island is a collection of 11 communities where a life focused on fishing, boat-building and native arts has not changed much since the villages were established by Irish immigrants in the 18th century. Fogo Island Inn is located in Joe Batt’s Arm, a sleepy village where gathering with neighbours or stargazing is the extent of the nightlife. Which – after a full day spent outdoors hiking along the craggy coastline, exploring the bay in a traditional wooden skiff or on a fishing excursion – may be all the diversion you’ll need for the evening.

The inn has a host of guides for natural adventures such as multi-day intensive hikes, educational geological walks, fishery tours and contemplative island rambles. There is also a strong emphasis on the arts, and the inn offers various artist-led drawing, painting and creative small group sessions.

The island is tied to tradition, yet it’s the inventive twists on regional Newfoundland recipes that make Nicole’s Café (+1 709 658 3663) a destination for locals and visitors, alike. House specialties usually include something just netted in the nearby ocean, like chef Nicole’s updated take on salted cod with bright, fresh greens from local gardens.

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