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After summers of restrictions, Horses & Mules and experiential arm Studio HS help offer ‘smiley stays’ across the US along with the latest campaign from Anonymous Content starring Idris Elba Is All Smiles This Summer with Smiley Themed Stays Across America is going the extra smile this summer by kicking off the global travel leader’s Summer of ‘Yeah’ campaign with a series of ‘Smiley Stays’ across the US, perfectly timed to the 50th anniversary of The Smiley Company, the brand behind the iconic smiley symbol everyone knows and loves. With each smiley-themed vacation rental property bookable for one lucky pair of consumers, the ‘Smiley Stays’ include a luxurious Smiley Glamping Stay at Collective Retreats on New York City’s Governors Island, a Smiley Stay at Sea with Lumar Yacht Experience in the Mid-Beach district of Miami Beach, and a Beachfront Smiley Stay in Malibu perched along SoCal’s quintessential Malibu shoreline – each equipped with Smiley décor and amenities that will have guests grinning ear to ear, and brimming with Smiley vibes synonymous with summer.

According to a recent survey,* 76% of global travellers say their motivation to travel is to boost their mood. To help make this a reality for US travellers, is highlighting its breadth of property types – from unique stays like boats, beach houses and glamping experiences, to rental cars suited to every trip, and even top-notch attractions fit for a Summer of ‘Yeah.’ The epic 'Smiley Stay' experiences will be decked out in Smiley’s logo and colour palette, featuring Smiley bean bag chairs, luminaries, inflatables, bedding, neon signs and more, with locations including:

  • An Insta-worthy glamping getaway at Collective Governors Island, just an eight-minute ferry ride from New York City and surrounded by sprawling green landscapes, complete with in-tent massages, daily sunrise yoga, nightly smores on the lawn, chef’s tasting menus, and makers classes to learn either the art of bouquet making while sipping rosé or the nuances of mezcal while creating a hand-crafted copita, plus bikes for island exploration.
  • A Lumar Yacht adventure in Miami for those looking to yacht it up on the sun-soaked upper deck of a spacious boat, adorned with an eye-catching nautical Smiley aesthetic and floating atop stunning blue Florida waters, inclusive of a four-hour charter along the picturesque coastline and bikes for cruising around Miami Beach.
  • A beachy escape for shore seekers where the fresh ocean air of Malibu can be enjoyed straight from the expansive balcony of a stunning coastal reverie, Big Rock Seaside Beach House, artfully infused with Smiley-studded touches and a sun-drenched floor plan.

Every detail of the properties will exude Smiley and flair to accompany a series of fun programming in keeping with the cheerful theme. Lucky guests will be treated to a Smiley concierge for the duration of their stay, keeping everyone beaming ear-to-ear with everything from water sports and spa visits, to crave-worthy meal bookings and photo opps surrounded by Smiley faces – all sure to keep guests cheesin’ this season. The limited edition ‘Smiley Stays’ will each be available for one pair of lucky bookers for a two-night stay taking place Friday, August 12th, 2022 to Sunday, August 14th, 2022 for just $50.00, in honour of the 50th anniversary of Smiley. The weekend getaways will become bookable exclusively on on Wednesday, August 1th0, 2022 at 12 pm ET on a first come, first served basis.

In tandem with’s Smiley Stay activation, the continuation of the brand’s revived Booking.yeah ad campaign, featuring none other than award-winning actor, filmmaker and musician Idris Elba, shows just how easy it is for travellers to find and book the perfect trip. Entitled Perfect Stay: Windsurf, the new summer ad spot exemplifies’s array of accommodations, touting more than 28M listings total, including a whopping 6.5M mix of homes, apartments, and unique places to stay. While may not be classically 'sexy, flashy or lit,' as Idris so aptly puts it in the ads, over half (60%) of US travellers agree that being on vacation makes them feel sexier, which is exactly why Idris is here to make 'functional' the new 'sexy,' by way of peace of mind and plenty of summer fun.

“Now that travel is picking back up again, I’m really looking forward to getting back out there,” said Idris Elba, the star of’s Summer of ‘Yeah’ campaign. “I’ve always travelled extensively for work, but making time for a vacation for my happiness and wellbeing is a whole different experience. Even a short getaway to reset mentally and physically makes an impact, which is why I love – they make it so easy to find and book any type of stay you want. The new Smiley Stays this summer are no exception to the great vacation rental options on, and a way for travellers to have a bit of extra fun in the sun.”


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Anonymous Content, Thu, 28 Jul 2022 13:23:31 GMT