Author Archives: Anna Smith

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 5:16 pm by .

‘Bonjour’ is not how you expect to be greeted in Auckland, New Zealand – especially when you are not French, but it’s how staff welcome us to the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (I’m presuming it’s a company-wide thing).

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Waiheke Island Guide

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 8:37 am by .

When Anna Smith arrives at Waiheke Island it is raining, but the weather doesn’t deter her as she reveals her exclusive Waiheke Island guide.

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Edinburgh Festivals anyone?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 3:36 pm by .

Heading up to any Edinburgh festivals in 2016? Anna Smith shares fresh finds and hidden gems for this years’ Edinburgh festival season.

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Burning Man Festival. Nevada

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 5:36 pm by .

As aficionados will tell you, Burning Man Festival is more than a festival: it’s a jaw-dropping cultural experiment in the Nevada desert celebrating art, sculpture and its unique ‘gifting’ culture, in which no money changes hands. It’s also one heck of a party that famously leaves no trace, packing up every structure it doesn’t burn ceremonially at the end of the event.

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Standon Calling Festival

Friday, August 21st, 2015 9:24 am by .

For years I’ve been searching for the ideal boutique UK festival, with that magical mix of location, size, facilities, bands and sideshows. Just when I find one – like The Big Chill or Wilderness – it gets a little too big for comfort. Too many queues, tents crammed in together, lost friends… So this summer, Standon Calling Festival came calling to me and my festival friends. How did it fare?

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The Glasshouse Hotel

Monday, July 20th, 2015 5:37 pm by .

The Glasshouse Hotel  is something of a Tardis: walking past the beautiful old church near Edinburgh’s iconic Calton Hill, you’d have no idea that the facade leads into a modern 77 room hotel, beautifully designed to both compliment the traditional exterior and to make the most of its scenic setting.

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