Greek Islands
Greek Islands
Mr & Mrs Smith luxury accommodation Iconic Santorini
Mallorca
Mallorca
Mr & Mrs Smith luxury accommodation Son Brull
Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast
Mr & Mrs Smith luxury accommodation Capri Tiberio Palace
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Mr & Mrs Smith on European Summer Honeymoons

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!

Greek Island-Hopping


‘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.’

Mallorca


‘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.’

Amalfi Coast


‘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.

Author: Adam Crohill

Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

39 thoughts on “Mr & Mrs Smith on European Summer Honeymoons

  1. Good morning!

    Excellent, lots of questions already!

    I’m Becki, a travel consultant at Mr & Mrs Smith, and I’ve planned quite a few honeymoons, so I’m excited to answer your queries today.

    So, let’s get going, and remember that you can always email me directly at becki.baines@smithhotels.com or call our Travel Team on 0330 100 3180.

  2. Hi,

    We are getting married on the 1st august and are looking for a European honeymoon. We have heard that Corsica is really nice and I was wondering if you had any reasonably priced recommendations. We both love the outdoors so we would ideally like somewhere were we can surf or hike for a few days if we feel like it. Thanks!

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      Congratulations, August is a great time to get married, so the weather should be lovely. We do indeed have properties in Corsica. For an active honeymoon, I’d recommend U Palazzo Serenu (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/u-palazzu-serenu) it’s set in the hills, so you get fantastic views from the pool and you’re all set for hiking. The Gulf of St Florent is close by too, so it’s well set for watersports to.

      La Signoria (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/la-signoria) is a little pricier, but it has seven acres of lush grounds to roam and it’s close to the beach.

      Hope that helps, please do give me a bell direct on 0208 626 1118 or email me at becki.baines@smithhotels.com if you need more info!

      Bon voyage!

      Becki

  3. Hi there. Great post! We are getting married in mid-Sept so are looking for a honeymoon destination in late September. We are looking at Europe but don’t know where to start to get a good mix of culture, relaxation and most importantly – nice weather! Any ideas? Thank you.

    1. Hi Lauren,

      In September Greece is balmy and beautiful, and it’s the cradle of civilization, so it’s chock full of culture too. Start in Athens, a personal favourite hotel of mine is quirkily decorated New Hotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/new-hotel), which has golden reliefs in rooms and bonkers statement furnishings that you’ll want to take home. Then go island-hopping, heading to Spetses first to stay at serene spa-blessed luxury stay Poseidonion Grand Hotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/poseidonion-grand-hotel) – well the clues in the name really…

      Next up the beutiful sandy beaches and intriguing archaeological sites of Mykonos. Pastel-hued stay Bill & Coo (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/bill-and-coo) is a favourite here, especially for it’s water’s-edge pool. And no honeymoon in Greece is complete without a stay in one of Santorini’s sugar-cube-white cliffside stays; Iconic Santorini (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/iconic-santorini) is beautifully designed, and the caldera views are breath-taking. The Greek cuisine’s pretty moreish there too…

      I hope that’s offered some food for thought! Drop me a line at becki.baines@smithhotels.com or call on 0208 626 1118 for more inspiration!

      Thanks,

      Becki

  4. Hello,

    We’re getting married on 28th August and are looking for a honeymoon (for around 2-3 weeks) perhaps in Greece. Santorini looks lovely but hoping for somewhere which isn’t too expensive but still has nice views, feels luxurious and is within short distance to a local town for wandering around in.

    Thanks,
    Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah!

      Well, congratulations! Astra Suites (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/astra-suites) in Santorini is great and a stay there won’t cripple your wallet. You’re guaranteed a private pool – heavenly – and Skaros Rock and the pretty village of Imerovigli are close by for exploring – although it’ll be hard to leave your bed, trust me!

      Two to three weeks is a long time, so maybe visit a few more of the islands. How about historic Kapsaliana Village Hotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/kapsaliana-village-hotel) in Crete? Swish Anemi Hotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/anemi-hotel) in lesser-travelled Folegandros? Or mod Emelisse Resort on Folegandros (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/emelisse-hotel)? There are so many to chose from, so if you’re head’s spinning a bit please give me a call on 0208 626 1118 or email me at becki.baines@smithhotels.com .

      Happy travels!

      Becki

  5. Morning!
    Love the idea of a European honeymoon, we are getting married on 10th October. We don’t know exactly what we want to do, but we both hate flying so long haul isn’t really what we are after. We definitely want to sit in the sun and relax, but be able to get out and explore as well. Santorini has always been high on my list, what is it like in October? Where else would you recommend for the end of Summer that will still be nice and warm?!
    Thanks,
    Charlie

    1. Hi Charlie!

      I have the perfect place! Morocco is a mere three-hour flight from the UK and it’s a delightful 28° C in October. It’s also very reasonable and the hotels there are so relaxing and colourful. I absolutely loved Les Deux Tours (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/les-deux-tours) when I stayed there. The gardens smell amazing, the pool has four-poster day-beds beside it, there’s a small hidden farm and secret gardens to explore, and the staff cannot do enough for you. However, it is in the Palmeraie, so you may want to spend a few days relaxing there, and a few days cloer to central Marrakech. El Fenn (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/el-fenn) won Best-Dressed Hotel at the Smith Hotel Awards for good reason and its roof terrace is a very romantic place to knock back a few after-dark cocktails. Speaking of, be sure to swing by La Mamounia (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/la-mamounia) for a few drinks at their eye-catching Moorish bar.

      I hope that helps. If Morocco’s not quite your cup of (minty) tea, give me a ring on 0208 626 1118 or email me at becki.baines@smithhotels.com for some stylish alternatives.

      Oh, and congrats again!

      Becki

  6. Hello, this post is great timeing! I’m currenty searching for honeymoon accommodaton.

    I’m getting married in May and have already booked flights to Marrakech for 4 nights at the end of May. Ideally we would like to stay somewhere outside the Medina, somewhere a bit quieter with a lovely big outdoor pool and sunloungers to lounge around in the day then explore the Medina and restaurants in the evening. We don’t really want to spend more than £130 per night (per room).

    Do you have any suggestions? Thanks x

    1. Hi Lindsay,

      Fabulous! Marrakech is great – I love how things can go from chaotic to serene in a second there! I’d suggest a split stay. Start at Riad Azzar (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/riad-azzar), which has a small jade pool in its inner courtyard and African antiques scattered throughout. Then, head a little way out of town for two restorative days at either Fellah Hotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/fellah-hotel), which is GREAT. It has wild and wacky art installations throughout, a huge pool, a snack stand, a pretty library, a spa and even a boxing ring if you and your spouse have any disagreements (although, you’ll be so chilled out that it’s very unlikely). Oh, and a farm with some very friendly donkeys! Or, you could stay at modern, terracotta-hued stay Palais Paysan (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/le-palais-paysan), where the pool has an Atlas-Mountain backdrop.

      Those should all fit your budget too, but if you need any more advice, my number’s 0208 626 1118 and my email’s becki.baines@smithhotels.com, so get in touch!

      Bon voyage!

      Becki

  7. Hi! Great timing for us too just trying to sort our mini – moon out just now we are planning a big epic trip next year but still want a simple get away after our wedding we will be looking at the first week in June and want a mix of relaxation, activities and culture but our budget is pretty tiny with £1000 for flights and accommodation any suggestion on where’s best to focus our hunt? I have been looking at Marrakesh but struggling to find a hotel that boasts a relaxing pool area but still has freedom to get into the centre for dinners etc! Thanks

    1. Hi Lorraine,

      Great idea! The minimoon is a popular choice these days, and it takes the pressure off organising that once-in-a-lifetime trip at the same time as that fairy-tale wedding. Have you maybe considered Mallorca? The flights there are cheap, it has a similar climate to Morocco, and most importantly, we have some rather alluring hotels there… Hotel Can Cera (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/hotel-can-cera) has rooms at a budget-conscious price and it’s set in a 17th-century palace, which is a pretty good start! You can see Palma laid out in all its glory from the rooftop terrace – sigh – and it’s set in the Old Town, the charmingly cobbled part of the city, where there are lots of hidden spots to discover and some grand landmarks too. Beaches can easily be reached from the hotel too, so you’ve got culture, a bit of sunbathing and a super romantic room.

      If you’d like to discover more about our Mallorca properties, I’m just a phone call away on 0208 626 1118, or an email away at becki.baines@smithhotels.com.

      Thanks!

      Becki

  8. Hi,

    We’re not getting married for another year, but we’re still looking at potential honeymoon destination (it’s winter, I can’t help it!). I was just wondering where in Europe would be good for both a person who dislikes the beach & can’t keep still for more than half an hour on holiday (me), and a person who does like to relax on the beach and sunbathe (my fiance!).

    I love the idea of travelling around Norway on our honeymoon, but I’m worried that my husband-to-be will end up a little tired out. He likes hot places that have things to do but also places to relax – I suggested Budapest but because I’ve been there, he’s a bit reluctant. I know I’m a bit of a tricky customer, but any help would be much appreciated!! 🙂

    1. Hi Emily,

      First things first, Budapest is actually lovely and balmy come summer, and there are loads of museums, galleries and shops to explore if you get fidgetty… However, it’s sadly lacking in beaches. If you do decide to go there, Brody House hotel is probably one of our most popular, not least for the fact that rooms are reasonably priced and look good enough for a photoshoot (which they have indeed been used for in the past). It’s terribly romantic too, so much so that our editor-in-chief is getting married in their members’ club (which you get access to as the hotel’s guest).

      On the other hand, a destination that’s cosmopolitan with gorgeous beaches is Barcelona. The street’s are lined with bold sculptures, there are buildings both classical and avant garde – including Gaudí and Mies Van der Rohe’s extraoridnary architecture – and the food will have you planning a return visit. Hotel Neri (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/hotel-neri) in the city’s Gothic district is housed in two historic buildings (from the 12th and 18th centuries). I love the crazily cool artwork and bright flashes of colour against the artfully aged exposed brickwork. I’m also a fan of Ohla Hotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/ohla-hotel), for its Smith Hotel Awards-nominated bar, and the fantastic rooftop pool! My colleague Fiona knows Europe well, so you could chat to her too if you want to get some advice (fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com).

      If you’d consider going further than Europe, Sri Lanka is a hip honeymoon spot, and it’s easy to see some cultural sights – temples, galleries, colonial forts – and squeeze in some sunbathing time. Fly in to Colombo and check in to the Wallawa (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-wallawwa), a colonial-chic hotel with gardens to relax in, then head south to clifftop resort Cape Weligama (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/cape-weligama) – close to Galle Fort – which has dramatic coastline just a few steps from your room. Talk to me on 0208 626 1118, or at becki.baines@smithhotels.com, or you could talk to my colleague Ellis (ellis.fuller@smithhotels.com) who has great insider tips for Sri Lanka.

      Bon voyage!

      Becki

      1. Thank you so much! Brody House looks absolutely beautiful. I love Eastern Europe in the summer anyway, and to be able to stay in such a beautiful location would be fab. I’ll definitely be telling my fiance to start considering Budapest again!

        1. I stayed there for a friend’s birthday recently, and we were gobsmacked from the moment we walked in. It’s the epitome of a Smith stay – individual and good-looking with tip-top service!

  9. Hi Becki,

    We are getting married at the very end of May so are looking for somewhere at the start of June. I’m not keen on flying so was wondering if you could recommend anywhere we could reach by train or ferry? We’d love somewhere relaxing, a bit spoiling and indulgent, close to the coast, and not too far from a small town for exploring and eating out. And warm too please!
    Thanks so much,
    Becca

  10. HI Becky,

    We’re getting married at the beginning of July, and are keen to go away for 4/5 days. But we’re on a shoestring budget! Where would you recommend in Europe where we could get the most for our money. We love good food/ wine, and would want to be in the sun if possible.

    Many Thanks!

    L

    1. Hi Lucy,

      I’m sure we can help with that a reasonably priced stay… How about Portugal? My choice would be a few days in Lisbon staying at Palácio Ramalhete (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/palacio-ramalhete), a tranquil, azulejo-tiled, 18th-century residence with a small pool in its courtyard.

      Then head to the Algarve. Fazenda Nova Country House (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/fazenda-nova-country-house) is cosy and welcoming, and the beach is just a saunter away.

      Of course, Portugal isn’t the only place that fits your requirements. If you want some more suggestions, let’s chat on 0208 626 1118, or at becki.baines@smithhotels.com.

      Bon voyage!

      Becki

  11. Hi Becki,

    We’re getting married on August 30th and are looking for a short break mini moon straight after the wedding (suggestions welcome- Europe please we’re spoilt for choice!!) followed by a long haul honeymoon in December. We were thinking Sri Lanka followed by the Maldives. Firstly, is this a good time of year for here and secondly we’d love your recommended areas.

    Thanks,

    Jenny

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Apologies for the delayed response and congratulations on your wedding! I love the short-haul, long-haul idea, it’s an excellent excuse to take two holidays – you can never have too many in my opinion…

      How does a cold/warm combo strike you? We have some super Scandinavian hotels; Treehotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/treehotel) is at the top of my wishlist, but if that’s a little too pricy/remote, Stockholm is great for a short hop. Miss Clara (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/miss-clara), formerly an all-girls school, has dainty original details, which have been updated with some industrial touches, in true Scandi style. The bar is very lively, it’s close to shops and restaurants and the blankets on the beds look so cosy.

      Istanbul is also a good choice. A’jia Hotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/ajia-hotel) on the banks of the Bosphorus has elegant modern rooms and a view-blessed dine-out terrace.

      Now, on to Sri Lanka… I love lakeside Ceylon Tea Trails (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/ceylon-tea-trails), which has genteel colonial interiors, tasty tea-laced cuisine, and you get your own butler? What could be better than that? If you’re lusting after some beach time, Amanwella (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/amanwella) is worth splurging out on. The stretch of shore there – all 800 metres of it – is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen.

      Speaking of splurging, our Maldives stays are also very easy to fall in love with. Huvafen Fushi (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/huvafen-fushi) is five star in every way, and there are plenty of activities alongside in-bungalow snuggling. You get a plunge pool to yourself, (another) personal butler, and some of the best views in the Indian Ocean. The underwater spa is very special too. Secluded island stay Baros is also top-notch (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/baros); the restaurant terrace overhangs the water, and the food is world-class. My colleague Kateis our in-house Maldives expert – it’s a tough life on the Smith Travel Team – so she’d be happy to offer advice and tips, reach her here on kate.barnard@smithhotels.com. I can help too, call me on 0208 626 1118, or at becki.baines@smithhotels.com.

      I hope you have an amazing time!

      Becki

  12. Hi Becca,

    Are you UK-based? If so, there are lots of great destinations you can reach by land or sea. How about Cornwall? I love Trevose Harbour House in sunny St Ives (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/trevose-harbour-house), which has coastal views from some rooms and retro furnishings which you’ll want to take with you (although we can’t really condone that kind of thing, I’m afraid).

    The Pig – on the Beach (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-pig-on-the-beach) is great too. The farm-to-table food is divine and I love their little hobbit house, which would make a great honeymoon hideaway in between sunbathing sessions, of course.

    Paris might seem like a cliché, but it is truly romantic, and the Eurostar makes it easy to zip over there. For a honeymoon stay I’d recommend surreal yet seductive Saint James Paris (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/saint-james-paris), which has madcap decor by Bambi Sloan and a – grounded – Moulin Rouge-esque hot-air-balloon in the garden to get cosy under (it was the site of the first hot-air-balloon launch).

    I hope that helps! If you’d like any more recommendations that are close to home, don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0208 626 1118, or at becki.baines@smithhotels.com.

    Have an amazing wedding!

    Becki

  13. Hello Becki
    We are getting Married in June – we wont have much money left by then so we are going for a little mini moon in Scotland. Do you have any tips for Scotland? I know there are some gorgeous beaches ( more for walking I would imagine in Scotland).

    Thank you Dan

    1. Hi Dan!

      I’m actually half Scottish and lived in Edinburgh for a year, so I absolutely love it up there. I would suggest staying in Edinburgh for a few days then heading into the Highlands. G&V Royal Mile Hotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/gandv-royal-mile-hotel), is centrally located, within walking distance from all sights and it has brilliant pop art interiors. We also rather like the staff members’ kilts too (ahem).

      Then head to Wester Ross in the north to stay by the banks of Loch Ewe at Pool House hotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/pool-house). The hotel is filled with furnishings picked up on the owners’ travels and its setting is spectacular – with mountains in the background and swathes of green. Admittedly, we can’t be sure that there’ll be enough sun for the beach, but the coastal walks will make up for lost sunbathing time.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if you need any more advice for stays north of the border! You can reach me on 0208 626 1118, or at becki.baines@smithhotels.com.

      Bon voyage!

      Becki

      1. Hello!
        I Love those hotels especially the pool house. Definitely going to give that a go for a few nights!

        Thank you very much – always up for staff in kilts too so may stop off in Edinburgh it is a beautiful city!

        Danielle

  14. Hi Becki,

    We’re getting married in April and are looking for a short getaway for 4-5 nights after our wedding at Easter. Where would you recommend for a short haul break, ideally with flights from the South West ! We like beaches, culture, adventure, food, photography, skiing….

    We are looking at a longer 3 week summer break, and cant decide on that either – California road trip inc San Fran and Yosemite, or Indonesia diving. So would want to save our pennies, mostly, for then.

    Would love your help and advice on a short haul easter break!

    Thank you

    Olivia x

    1. Hi Olivia,

      Where’s your nearest airport? That’ll help us narrow it down a bit, you can call me on 0208 626 1118, or email becki.baines@smithhotels.com to discuss further. In the meantime, I can think of a few places. Let’s tackle the food and culture first. Morocco is your best bet for sun over Easter. I like sultry stay Dar Darma (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/dar-darma), which is close to the Medina and Marrakech’s museums, galleries, and Jardin Majorelle. Kasbah Tamadot, in the Atlas Mountains has some jaw-slackeningly luxurious tented suites to stay in (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/kasbah-tamadot). Southern Spain could be a good choice too; Casa la Siesta is a charming, Andalusian countryside finca (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/casa-la-siesta).

      I love your road trip idea, I went from LA to Vegas to San Francisco a few years ago and it’s probably one of my favourite holidays. How about checking in to Cavallo Point (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/cavallo-point) a laid-back Sausalito hotel with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge? Then head south to tour Cali’s wine country. I like the quirky on-the-farm ambience of The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-carneros-inn). However, I’d also suggest a stop at Post Ranch Inn, the clifftop Big Sur hotel that was voted Best Smith Hotel 2013. It’s hard to convey just how magical its cosy cabins and on-high views are, so it’s definitely worth treating yourself to a couple of nights there. Finish in LA, staying at achingly hip Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/ace-hotel-downtown-los-angeles).

      Regarding Indonesia, you can’t go far wrong with Bali. Como Shambhala Estate (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/como-shambhala-estate) is leafy and lavish, with secluded villas and an out-of-this-world spa – I especially like the floating treatment rooms and the climbing wall.

      I hope some of those take your fancy. I’d love to offer some more suggestions, so please give me a bell on 0208 626 1118, or at becki.baines@smithhotels.com.

      Thanks!

      Becki

  15. Hi Becki
    We’re trying to plan our honeymoon in Europe for the end of August/beginning of September. I’ve looked at Greece, Italy, Balaerics, Turkey…all sorts! We’re not looking for anything out of the ordinary but my only worry is going away at the end of August, will the hotels/beaches/swimming pools still be overrun with children? Can you recommend anywhere with a more ‘grown-up’ vibe? Or is it worth delaying the honeymoon for a few weeks until the schools start again in September?
    At the moment I’m very interested in Sardinia, having seen some of the stunning beaches they have there so any recommendations here would also be much appreciated 🙂
    Thanks
    Rachael

    1. Hi Rachael,

      We actually have a collection of adults-only stays that’s worth a browse (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/grown-up-getaways). Some of my favourites are Villa Dubrovnik (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/villa-dubrovnik) in Croatia, which is close to the beach, has sparkling blue views from its clifftop perch, and it has its own private beach, which is a little rocky, but child-free! In Sardinia, we have Petra Segreta Resort & Spa (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/petra-segreta-resort-and-spa), which is surrounded by forest and feels very grown up. Olbia’s beaches are close by too; we can’t guarantee they’re free of rug-rats, but you can always retreat to the spa afterwards for some soothing.

      I’m happy to help if you need a few more suggestions, let’s chat on 0208 626 1118, or at becki.baines@smithhotels.com.

      Have a fab trip!

      Becki

  16. Hi Becki

    We’re getting married at the end of November so looking for somewhere that would be hot end Nov / Dec. We’ve had a brief look at Maldives / Mauritius but there are so many islands it’s hard to choose. any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Niamh

  17. Hi Niamh!

    So, how hot would you like your honeymoon? Weather-wise, anyway…

    In November, Oman reaches a desireable 26° C, and luxury resort Six Senses Zighy Bay (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/six-senses-zighy-bay) is a fabulous fjord-set, village-style stay in Musandam. You can arrive by speedboat or even a paraglider if you want to make an entrance too. Cambodia is also balmy, reaching about 27° C. Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/belmond-la-residence-dangkor) is an amorous stay with veil-swathed four-poster beds, bath tubs for two and a pool with some, um, interesting fertility culptures surrounding it…

    In December, Thailand hits top temperatures of about 28° C. I like the contemporary-colonial cool of Anantara Chiang Mai (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/anantara-chiang-mai). The Seychelles are also lovely at that time of year; Fregate Private Island (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/fregate-island-private) is a little pricy, but for a good reason: No less than seven beaches, elegantly dressed villas, delicious Creole cuisine and even a herd of giant tortoises (which no honeymoon is complete without). Want somewhere a wee bit cooler? Mexico is around 24° C at that time. I’m not given to picking favourites, but if I’m honest, pretty Porfirian stay Coqui Coqui Mérida (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/coqui-coqui-merida), which only has one room, is my dream honeymoon hotel. Our Thailand expert Charlie (charotte.craig@smithhhotels.com), Middle East maven Hannah (hannah.orchard@smithhotels.com) and Mexico know-all – in a good way – Sarah Jackson (sarah.jackson@smithhotels.com) will also be happy to pitch ideas!

    But, you can always come to me for advice too! My number’s 0208 626 1118, and my email’s becki.baines@smithhotels.com.

    Bon voyage!

    Becki

  18. Hello!

    I am getting married in June and looking for a nice place that will not break the bank for 2 weeks in July.

    What do you suggest?

    1. Hi Jonathan!

      If you’re saving money, I’ll recommend a few short-haul stays. And I’m just going to shout out to Brody House hotel (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/brody-house) in Budapest again, because for your money you get a super stylish room. Portugal is lovely in July, with plenty of sunshine; if you want a city stay, try Memmo Alfama (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/memmo-alfama), which is reasonably priced and has a unique scarlet pool on its roof. You could then head to equally bargainous Memmo Baleeira in the Algarve (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/memmo-baleeira), which is close to several beaches.

      I hope that helps to narrow down your choice! If you want to chinwag about delightfully cheap stays some more, give me a call on 0208 626 1118, or email me at becki.baines@smithhotels.com.

      Bon voyage!

      Becki

  19. Thank you so much for all your questions. We’re wrapping up now, but don’t forget that you can call or email myself (on 0208 626 1118, or at becki.baines@smithhotels.com) or the Smith Travel Team (on 0330 100 3180, or by emailing travel@smithhotels.com) to quiz us about which hotel has the most gasp-inducing terrace view, which hotel bar serves the meanest martini, the most attention-dancing concierges and more.

    Oh, and I hope you all have amazing weddings too!

    Bon voyage!

    Becki

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