Top Picks for September Sunshine
Planning a honeymoon but not sure where to head? I’m so excited to welcome travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith to b.loved where as our newest contributors they’ll be sharing their expert knowledge, top destinations and favourite hotels with us every month! With more 950 hotels in their global collection, boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith know a thing or two about romantic travel, they’re my go-to brand when I’m looking for something a little bit special and they never disappoint! This month I asked Smith’s honeymoon specialist Ellis Fuller for her top September sunshine picks.
Emelisse Hotel, Kefalonia, Greece
Greek island hopping is a popular choice for honeymoons, and it’s easy: hopping on a ferry with stunning island views is a wonderful way to spend a morning! I love this particular property for its perfect location overlooking the water and its chic Scandinavian-inspired interiors – the restaurant is top notch too.
Monteverdi, Tuscany, Italy
Italy comes up again and again as a honeymoon hotspot – there are so many stunning areas to choose from and September is the perfect time to visit, as the scorching heat of August starts to recede. Monteverdi is a beauty – it’s in a mediaeval hamlet and rooms are a mix of rustic and contemporary.
Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, California
The ultimate road trip is California’s Highway 1: it’s an iconic drive with incredible ocean views. Big Sur is two-thirds of the way up the coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco and top of my hotel hit list would be Ventana Inn & Spa in the forest. Interiors are inspired by the location – choose the Cottage House for your ultimate honeymoon suite
Font Santa Hotel, Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca is having a moment – we’re seeing a lot of demand, and it’s definitely up there at the top of the hip-honeymoons list. Font Santa is just 20 minutes from Palma so it’s easy to reach, and rooms are styled with natural materials and a neutral palette; white and grey tones reflect the glorious sunshine. There’s a great bar too that’s perfect for cocktails at sunset..
Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Mahé, Seychelles
If you’ve got the budget for a blow-out trip then here’s where to spend it: the Seychelles are stunning in September. This property is simply incredible; you’ll have a personal butler on call 24 hours a day and it ticks all the boxes for the ultimate honeymoon hotel, without becoming cliched: palm trees rippling in the warm breeze and turquoise waters lapping white sand…