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Tamara Lohan is the founder and CTO of Mr & Mrs Smith, the global travel club offering a carefully curated collection of luxury and boutique hotels and villas with a million members in more than 100 countries.  Visit the summer holiday hub for all that is hot in travel right now.


Where did you take your last vacation?


We went to the French village of Mougins for a minibreak. It’s set on a hill just 20 minutes from the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and has gorgeous views out towards the sea, Cannes and over the Grasse valley. There are no cars in the village and it’s where Picasso spent his final years, so it attracts artists and art appreciators. We stayed in Villa l'Ancienne Poste Telegraphe , a renovated villa in the centre of town which was originally the post office. With unbelievable views and its own private pool, it’s a luxuriously kitted out hideaway, and it’s right in the heart of the village, so you feel like you’re truly immersed in French village life.


Which hotel (anywhere in the world) would you recommend above others? And why?

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Taylor River Lodge in Colorado – a fishing lodge on the bank of Taylor River. It’s close enough to the Rockies to offer extraordinary skiing in winter, but it’s activity-packed in summer, too, with fly fishing, white-water rafting, cycling, hiking, climbing and wild swimming – there’s just not enough time to enjoy it all. The lodge is beautifully decorated, with a fully-stocked games room, lovely swimming pool, open fire-pit for barbecues, a terrace overlooking the river and a pond where little ones can learn how to fish. It has a very homey feel, too.


Which hotel is top of your wishlist?

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Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, where we’re holding a retreat with Garance Doré later on this year.


What are your suitcase essentials this summer?

My favourite summer dress from Three Graces London ; I have a beautiful powder-blue maxi with a tassel-embellished belt and I love it. It’s perfect for the beach in the daytime, but works equally well as evening wear with some tie-up strappy sandals and hooped earrings. I’m also taking my towel and beach bats from the Frescobol Carioca x Mr & Mrs Smith collaboration, which we launched in May this year: an edit of beachwear and accessories using Frescobol’s signature print and our house hues.


Which book will be going in your beach bag this year?

I always have a couple of books on the go, so I’m set if I'm in the mood for a story or if I want to learn. Right now I’m reading Masters of Doom by David Kushner, the fascinating story of the guys behind the most successful video games in history.

James Harrop