Summer is peak honeymoon season, and once Europe starts to get more sun-kissed, why hop on a long haul flight? We asked Becki Baines, travel consultant at Mr & Mrs Smith, for her top three honeymoon destinations for summer 2015. Becki will be at her computer today between 9:30am and 1pm, ready to answer all of your 2015 honeymoon or holiday questions, so please use our comment box at the end of the post and ask away!
‘I love Iconic Santorini, which opened just last year. As with many of the hotels on the island, Iconic is built into cliffside caves that were former homes. And with its deep-blue caldera views, nautical white-and-navy decor and a magical grotto spa, you could have a dream honeymoon here. Rooms are classically chic and the beds are enormous. Every room has a little terrace so you can top up your tans. Alongside excellent Grecian dishes, the hotel’s little restaurant has incredible views, and some rooms even have their own plunge pool. It’s stylish, and it has real personality.
From Santorini, Mykonos is just a short ferry ride away. The island’s another heavenly Aegean spot, and checking in to luxury stay Bill & Coo is the best way to experience it. It’s minimalist in style, with barely-there hints of colour, but it’s far from sparse: quirky artwork and pretty plants add plenty of character and the infinity pool has views to gaze over (and a great swim-up bar). The hotel is conveniently placed for the beach too. My stay was so relaxing that really didn’t want to leave! I recommend staying on both islands, so you can see the best bits of this corner of southern Europe. If you want a honeymoon you’ll talk about for years, this is the place to go.’
‘Don’t dismiss the Balearics – it’s not all sunburnt tourists and dodgy nightclubs. In fact, there are some terribly chic properties hidden in Mallorca’s hills that will make honeymooners very happy. Predi Son Jaumell, on the east coast of Mallorca, is a personal favourite. Fly into Palma and this 400-year-old finca is just over an hour’s drive away. The hotel has cool contemporary interiors, with bold local artwork to add a splash of colour to the exposed brick and whitewashed walls. A stay here is about total relaxation, so secure one of the cabanas by the infinity pool and take a well-earned rest, or follow the pretty path that leads from the hotel down to the beach.
To make the most of your trip I’d stay there for a few days, then head west to Son Brull spa resort – I have a client who loves it here so much that she goes back every year. This converted monastery, set among lush greenery in the foothills of Serra de Tramuntana, has flawless service and excellent food: smoked Dorado with red pepper chutney, John Dory with caviar and rosé wine, and tempting local desserts. It’s so tranquil that any residual wedding stress will be forgotten as soon as you check in.’
‘There are many reasons to visit Italy’s Amalfi coast, but it’s become a Smith bestseller on looks alone. With sweeping clifftop panoramas, swathes of greenery and historic cliff-clinging towns, few could deny it’s a charmer. Frankly, it’s a fail-safe honeymoon choice. We have many romance-inspiring hotels, but my pick of the collection would have to be historic Monastero Santa Rosa, which is just over an hour’s drive from Naples. This luxury hotel won Best Hotel Pool in our Smith Hotel Awards for good reason – a swim here offers views of a clear-blue sky melting into the Mediterranean. Rooms are beautiful too, nestled in flowering gardens, and the hotel has the grown-up ambience required for a stylish post-wedding love nest.
Split your holiday between the coast and Capri for an unforgettable Italian adventure. Capri Tiberio Palace is a short ferry ride from Monastero Santa Rosa, and once you’ve arrived on the island you only have to take a short stroll from the town square to reach the hotel. This quirky retro-chic stay has jellyfish-inspired art installations, bold prints and pop art-style pieces on the walls, and the service is five-star. It has everything you could need to make your honeymoon special: an excellent spa with six treatment rooms, two pools, a restaurant dishing up the best local ingredients (with a kosher menu too), and an all-day lounge bar. A stand-out stay and an iconic setting? Molto buona!’
To enquire about a honeymoon visit Mr&Mrs Smith, or you can call Becki or one of the Travel Team on 0330 100 3180.
- Travel Experts Mr & Mrs Smith