THE GROOM’S ROOM
While most of the wedding planning is often left to the bride, traditionally it’s up to the groom to surprise you with some serious honeymoon game. No pressure! Conveniently, the boutique-hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have just launched The Groom’s Room – a secret online hideout where husbands-to-be can plan a dream honeymoon. The hub offers handy hints to make sure you start married life at the best boutique hotels, with some seriously special experiences thrown in. We asked company co-founder James Lohan (the Mr Smith to fellow co-founder Tamara Lohan), for his top five destinations for a perfect honeymoon; read on for his expert opinion. And don’t forget to share the Groom’s Room with your own Mr Smith…
A stunning boutique hotel perched right on the beach edge, Turtle Inn in Belize is a white-sand paradise perfect for a post-wedding getaway. Step straight from your beachside villa into the sea, or relax in one of the tempting hammocks slung between the palm trees (cocktail in hand, of course). The hotel provides paddle boats and kayaks, so adventurers can explore the surrounding bay, and there’s also an incredible scuba scene – between April and June you can swim with whale sharks in the deep blue just off the coast. Unforgettable!
Ceylon Tea Trails in superlative Sri Lanka has a fantastic lakeside location with truly first-class service (guests get their own butler). You’ll stay in an elegant villa with inspiring rustic views, and sup on delicious organic food. Take a romantic trek through the peaceful tea plantations and stunning mountains (the hotel can pack you a great picnic)… or just lounge by the hotel’s spring-fed pools.
Aman Canal Grande is a grand Venetian bolthole that’s as romantic as they come, with opulent historic frescoes, a (rare for Venice) private garden and rich decorative finery from top to bottom: it’s no wonder the new Mr & Mrs Clooney hosted their wedding here. If you do manage to make it out of your breathtakingly beautiful room, head up to the terrace to enjoy an expertly mixed cocktail at sunset, looking out over the city’s terracotta rooftops.
For a white-sand-meets-turquoise-lagoon island retreat, look no further than Cocoa Island by Como in the Maldives, a private island with laid-back luxury in spades. Newlyweds tend to love the beautiful over-water villas, incredible diving in the warm crystal-clear waters and the amazing Como Shambhala spa. And for a romantic evening that’s hard to beat, the hotel can set up dinner for two on the beach (or on your private balcony for complete discretion).
GOURMET GLOBE TROTTERS
A boutique hideaway perched high on the clifftops above the Bay of Naples, Capo La Gala is a stone-built sanctuary with a fantastic spa that’s just the place if you fancy whiling away your newlywed days sea-gazing and being pampered. The hotel has two incredible restaurants: the not-to-be-missed Michelin-starred Maxi and the beachside Taverna del Mare Nerea, serving up fresh fish and neapolitan classics. All this, and you can hop in the hotel’s private boat for a romantic day out on the bay, or take a trip to Ischia or Capri…
Mr & Mrs Smith gives you the best prices, guaranteed, and a little something extra on arrival. Book online at mrandmrssmith.com or by calling the expert Travel Team on 0330 100 3180.