Essaouira
Essaouira
Oman
Oman
Belize
Belize
Pin Image

Mr & Mrs Smith on Romantic Escapes 2015

Fiona Bickmore, senior travel consultant and honeymoon expert at Mr & Mrs Smith, has tested romantic getaways around the globe. We asked for her top picks for 2015, so you can book a honeymoon that’s bang-on-trend.

Fiona will be at her computer today between 9am 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! But first, here are her top choices for 2015.

Essaouira


I think Essaouira is going to be the most-wanted destination in Morocco next year. It was once a bit of a hippie hangout, but these days it’s cool and chilled-out, and it’s a surfing hotspot. Beyond the beach, the bustling medina sits within solid ramparts, spilling out onto an 18th-century harbour. I recommend starting your trip outside the city at Le Jardin des Douars, with its rosy walls and jade-hued pools. This lo-fi yet high-end hotel is owned by a wonderful French couple, and the tumbling bougainvillea and elegant landscaping make it feel like your own secret garden. From there, head to Marrakech and check in to Dar Les Cigognes in the heart of the medina. This riad was once a Moroccan merchant’s house and has a beautiful courtyard. Finish up in Fez, exploring its vibrant art scene. Palais Armani is my favourite stay here, for its luxury linens and panoramic rooftop terrace. These hotels are the perfect trio, not least because they’re offering 20 per cent off itineraries booked by the end of December 2014 – if I was planning my honeymoon, I’d be sorely tempted to go!

Oman


Not everyone can check out of work for a long, lazy honeymoon, so if you only have a week – but you want a stand-out stay – Oman is a great choice, and it’s especially lovely from October through to April. Some jaw-dropping properties have made a big impact this year: sleek and stylish luxury hotel The Chedi was refurbished in June, and it has a pristine pool and a gasp-inducing spa. And Six Senses Zighy Bay is one of the most eye-catching hotels in the world-class Six Senses portfolio. It’s the ultimate luxury hotel: cradled by craggy mountains and laid out like a traditional Omani village, its individual stone-walled dwellings house standalone villas and suites, and you can arrive in James-Bond-style, by 4×4, speedboat or paraglider… It’s easily reached from Dubai, which is just a three-hour drive away, so it’s a great stopover if you’re flying on to Australasia.

Belize


I’m a huge fan of Central America; it’s a fantastic holiday destination and has only recently become a popular honeymoon spot. There’s so much to experience there, and some truly unique hotels. We’ve added several Belize stays to our collection this year, which I’ve fast become a fan of myself! If you’re visiting on honeymoon, start in Miami, where you’ll spend five nights. The city’s fantastic fusion food and quirky, retro style make it a lot of fun. Stay at The Metropolitan by Como or The Betsy South Beach – both of which are beach-side, contemporary and surprisingly good value. When you’ve salsa-danced your feet sore and drunk your fill in neon-coloured cocktails, Belize – the perfect Miami chaser – is just a short, direct flight away. I love the treehouses at Gaia Riverlodge, which earned a Smith stamp of approval in August this year. Alternatively, ultra-luxe Cayo Espanto resort, just a 15-minute hop from the main airport, is a Caribbean private island with naughtiness-inspiring hideaway villas and scenery to gaze at hand-in-hand. Heaven!

To get a honeymoon quote, email Fiona at fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com, or submit an enquiry to Fiona or another of Mr & Mrs Smith’s honeymoon experts by answering some quick and easy questions on our Mr & Mrs Smith honeymoons page. You can also reach the well-informed Travel Team on 0330 100 3180.

And of course you can also leave your questions in our comment box below, Fiona will be at her computer answering your questions live all morning until 2:30pm

Author: Adam Crohill

Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

23 thoughts on “Mr & Mrs Smith on Romantic Escapes 2015

  1. ‘Good morning!

    I’m ready and waiting to answer all your honeymoon queries (or if you’d like to know where the hottest holidays are happening in 2015).

    I’ll be live on here until 2.30pm, but don’t forget, you can also email me on fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com or call me on 0208 338 7857.

    So, where do you want to go?’

  2. Hi, we are getting married in tuscany, near pisa next July and have only a small amount of time for a mini honeymoon while the inlaws and parents have agreed to look after our two boys. We’d be planning on going Tuesday to Friday or Saturday and I’d love some suggestions of where to go. We had been thinking of southern Italy, Greece or somewhere like that. I looked at the Forte Village but it’s a bit out of my budget. We’d be looking at spending around €500 per night.
    Thanks! X

    1. Hi Louise – sorry for the delayed response!

      That sounds great – Tuscany is such a romantic setting. Now let’s sort out your honeymoon: how about staying in Francis Ford Coppola’s beautiful residence Palazzo Margherita in Basilicata (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/palazzo-margherita). His daughter Sofia got married there, so it’s ideal for a loved-up getaway, and it has verdant gardens, lavish interiors and excellent food, of course.

      In Greece, there’s no better spot than Santorini. Kapari Natural Resort has restful white interiors and Jacuzzis that overlook the caldera (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/kapari-natural-resort). You only need check in and relax, so it’s great for a short break.

      If you’d like to discuss this more do email me at fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com, or call on 0330 100 3180.

      Bon voyage!

      Fiona

  3. Hi Fiona

    We are looking at a honeymoon next August and although we both want somewhere warm neither of us like it too hot and we are not interested in much sunbathing, more exploring but also nice restaurants etc for evening. We’ve been to Italy a few times already so would be looking for somewhere different, I like the sound of Majorca but worried it could be too hot!

    Thanks

    1. Hi Lottie,

      Mallorca’s lovely in August, with temperatures in the mid 30s, so you can sunbathe without sizzling. Font Santa has a fantastic spa to while away your day in (www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/font-santa-hotel) and sprawling green gardens, or if you want to stay near the city, Hotel Cort is bang in the centre (near the ancient olive tree in the town square). It’s cool and colourful and set in an old bank. (www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/hotel-cort).

      Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hotels in Mallorca so please contact me on fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com, or call on 0330 100 3180 to discuss more. Have a great time super-yacht-spotting and shopping in the old town!

      Fiona

  4. Hi Fiona,

    We are organising our honeymoon in September next year. We’ve had a few ideas looking at Mr and Mrs Smith, and we are looking for somewhere warm but not too humid around that time. I can handle some heat providing it’s cool at night and in the hotel!
    I have my eye on Oman as a wild card option, and another option we were considering was Six senses in Con dao (vietnam) then a flight to amanjiwo in yogyakarta. But we don’t know if we should miss out Bali!
    Was just wondering if you think there might be some other hidden gems around those areas we should check out! We’re looking for a 2-stop holiday, with some good spa time, beach and activities (hopefully not all water based!)
    Would love to hear any hints and tips!

    1. Hi Catriona,

      That sounds like a fantastic trip, I’m quite jealous…

      Oman’s going to be the go-to destination next year, so I think you should definitely play your wild card. Our newest Omani property is Alila Jabal Akhdar (www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/alila-jabal-akhdar) set high in the mountains in Al–Dakhiliyah, so it’s very dramatic and quite unique. However, you could go for blow-out luxe and book into The Chedi (www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-chedi-muscat) in Muscat, which is also close to the beach.

      Or, I’d recommend heading to Amanjiwo (www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/amanjiwo) first, then flying on to Six Senses Con Dao (www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/six-senses-con-dao) – a favourite of the Smith Travel Team, it must be said – for some beach bliss. As for Bali, it’s great and you should absolutely visit, but it’s a lot of stops to squeeze in, so choose somewhere where you can just lie back and relax for most of your stay. Como Shambhala Estate should do the trick (www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/como-shambhala-estate).

      Hope that helps, give me a bell or drop me a line for more advice (fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com, or 0330 100 3180)! And happy travels!

      Fiona

  5. Hi Fiona

    We are planning to get married in October and are not sure what to do about the honeymoon. Our daughter will be 18 months by then so if we take her with us we cant go anywhere too far/hot.. We would love to visit South East Asia or Central America but maybe we should wait until she can actually remember it.

    It’s a bit cheeky but can you please recommend some “proper” honeymoon destinations that might be suitable for a toddler AND some mini moon ideas if we were to leave her with her grandparents for a few days?

    Many thanks!

    Vickie

    1. Hi Vickie,It’s not at all cheeky!

      First of all, congratulations! Secondly, those are excellent choices; however, if you don’t want to go long-haul (which can be tricky with an 18-month-old!), I’d recommend heading to Cyprus or the Middle East. In Cyprus, Almyra is family friendly and seriously chic, with mod villas, a kids club and an adults-only spa (http://smithandfamily.co.uk/child-friendly-hotels/almyra) – heaven. In the Middle East, I’d go for Six Senses Zighy Bay (http://smithandfamily.co.uk/child-friendly-hotels/six-senses-zighy-bay) where kids can feed the resident goats, watch films on the beach and hang out in the kids club, while you relax and explore the rugged scenery. They both have a suitably balmy climate too.

      If you do decide to go to Central America, Gaia Riverlodge’s treehouses will suit big and little kids (www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/gaia-riverlodge). In Bali, Luna Studiotel is quirky and private, and it has lots of child-occupying perks too (http://smithandfamily.co.uk/child-friendly-hotels/luna2-studiotel).

      As far as minimoons go. How about Essaouira or Marrakech? They’re both a short flight away, and Essaouira is going to be a very popular destination next year. In Marrakech, check-in to Les Deux Tours (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/les-deux-tours) I stayed there myself recently and the honeymoon suite is out of this world, with its own private pool and garden – and it’s very reasonable too. In Essaouira, stay at Les Jardins des Douars, which has elegant grounds and stylish interiors (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/le-jardin-des-douars).

      Please do call me on 0330 100 3180 to discuss more family-friendly holiday options, or email me for some more honeymoon tips at fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com.

      Have a great trip!

      Fiona

  6. Hi Fiona

    We’d love to visit Cuba and have heard that now is the time to experience the country before sanctions are lifted and it is flooded with visitors from the US. Because of it’s history and current situation it’s difficult to find the stylish, interesting places to stay. Do you have any tips please?

    Rachael

    1. Hi Rachael,

      Ah, I love Cuba; however I’m saddened to say we don’t have any hotels there as of yet. But if you know a specific area you’re interested in there give me a call on 0330 100 3180 and we can discuss.

      On the other hand, Central America shares many of Cuba’s finer traits: postcard-perfect beaches, lush greenery and charming colonial-style architecture. Turtle Inn is great for hammock-lazing and tropical vistas (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/turtle-inn), and Finca Rosa Blanca (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/finca-rosa-blanca) looks like a mad scientist’s den in the jungle, but it’s homey and stylish on the inside and – being on a coffee plantation – they serve one heck of a fine cup of joe. Together, they make a fabulous trip.

      I hope that helps. Do get in touch and we can work out the perfect itinerary for you!

      Fiona

  7. I would love a suggestion for a babymoon in late February/early March. We would like to stay in the UK and are looking for a romantic and cozy spot to enjoy time together before the arrival of our first child. Possibly a cabin with a roaring fireplace? A claw foot tube? Really open to all the wonderful ideas that you might have!

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kerry,

      That’s great! Babymoons are a growing trend, and I have plenty of ideas…

      How about a treehouse? Not a few bits of wood that have been nailed to a tree, but a super-styled lofty pied-à-terre with all mod cons at Chewton Glen (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/chewton-glen). They’re very cosy. If you don’t mind staying in London, historic hideaway Hazlitt’s (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/hazlitts) has unbelievable bath tubs, where water cascades from a sculpture. Their suite has a stag statue, quirky antiques and a hidden terrace with a retractable roof.

      The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath is grand and graceful (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/royal-crescent-hotel) and it has a great spa, or you could check in to The Pig on the Beach (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-pig-on-the-beach), a runner-up in the Smith Awards this year where the food is hearty and flavourful and the beds are dreamy. Book in to the Lookout and you’ll have your own little hobbit-style house to cosy up in!

      But, there are so many fantastic places to stay, so do give me a bell on 0330 100 3180 or email me at fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com to chat about it.

      Bon voyage!

      Fiona

  8. Hi Fiona,

    We’re going on a 3 week honeymoon to Europe and what to start the honeymoon in somewhere beautiful and relaxed in Norway (or failing that anywhere in Scandinavia) Do you know anywhere that will be a good place for relaxing after the busy lead up to the wedding? We want to take advantage of the beautiful scenery as our other destinations are all cities.

    Thanks,

    Lauren

  9. Hello Lauren,

    I actually have the ideal hotel for you – possibly because it’s a personal favourite, but it really is one of a kind: architectural wonder Treehotel in Swedish Lapland (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/treehotel). Here you can take in the scenery from you very own treehouse, which might be shaped like a bird’s nest or a mirrored cube. The accommodation is lo-fi (showers are in a block outside the rooms) but you won’t find a cosier den and the friendly owners Britta and Kent can organise everything from dog-sledding to snowman building, or skijoring if you’re brave (where horses pull you along on skis – eep).

    I hope that helps, we have a few other cool Scandi stays, so give me a ring if you want to know more on 0330 100 3180, or drop me a line at fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com!

    Happy travels!

    Fiona

  10. Hi Fiona

    We will have two children when we go on honeymoon next year! I’m open to suggestions on location (would prefer a shorter flight so Europe ideally) but would like more of an all inclusive hotel with entertainment for the kids and baby-sitting facilities. We don’t really want to hire a car so somewhere with lots to do within walking distance would be ideal.

    Sarah x

    1. Hi Sarah!

      No problem – Smith and Family’s modus operandi is hotels where parents can relax in peace and kids can play. Villa Cora (http://smithandfamily.co.uk/child-friendly-hotels/villa-cora) in Florence has free childcare, is a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio and it looks like a palace from a Disney movie, with sculptures, enormous chandeliers and plenty of gilding. So, it ticks all the boxes.

      I hope that helps – we also have several family-friendly resorts, which can be reached without a hire car, so if you’d like to know more give me a ring on 0330 100 3180 and we can chat! Or drop me a line at fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com

      Bon voyage!

      Fiona

  11. Thanks for all your questions!

    Hopefully I’ve offered some inspiration, but if you’d like to ask me anything travel-related – the best surfing spots in Essaouira, the comfiest hammocks in Belize, which Omani hotel you can enter by paraglider – give me a bell on 0330 100 3180 or email me at fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com. In the meantime, here’s some more honeymoon ideas http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/honeymoons#ask-the-experts.

    I hope you all have wonderful weddings, babymoons and post-nuptial getaways!

    Fiona

  12. Hello, I’m getting married next yr October and heading to fiji for our honeymoon. We are looking for a private getaway with our own private villa/house for 4 nights any suggestions!

    1. Hi Jenelle,

      I just realised there were a few questions I’d missed!

      Fiji’s a great choice, with serene sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and the stylish secluded villas you’re looking for. Likuliku Lagoon Resort has overwater villas in a traditional rustic style, with mod interiors (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/likuliku-lagoon-resort) – and it’s impressively eco-friendly. Dolphin Island (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/dolphin-island/rooms) has just four bure suites – all stylishly turned out – 13 acres of private beaches and tropical gardens and fabulous flexible dining.

      In fact, all of our Fijian stays have private villas, so it’s hard to pick a favourite, and you could combine a your visit with a trip to Sydney for a little urban exploring. If you’d like to discuss this more, please do give me a call on 0330 100 3180 or email me at fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com.

      Congratulations, and have a wonderful holiday!

      Fiona

  13. Hi,

    I’m a teacher and limited to school holidays. We are looking for 3 weeks somewhere we can split luxury chilling with exploring. We are foodies and would like somewhere with lovely cuisine and not too many children!

    Thanks

      1. Hi Rosie,

        Sorry, for the delayed reply. Three weeks sounds like the ideal amount of time to relax and explore. In August, I’d recommend a multi-stop trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Vietnam’s Anantara Mui Ne Resort is reasonably priced and super stylish (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/anantara-mui-ne-resort-and-spa), and there are both villages rainforest and mountains to explore nearby, and day-beds to flop on. For a blow-out stay in Cambodia, I’d recommend Song Saa Private Island (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/song-saa-private-island), an eco-luxe resort where you can snorkel and kayak to your heart’s content. However, if you’re trying to stick to a budget, I’d recommend Knai Bang Chatt (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/knai-bang-chatt) a quirky stay with surprisingly romantic industrial architecture, in sleepy Kep. The food is very good at both too, with fragrant and fresh dishe, and there are local delicacies aplenty in nearby markets.

        You could even add an extra stop in Thailand; a spot of Dumbo-watching at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort (http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/anantara-golden-triangle-elephant-camp-and-resort) could be the perfect palate cleanser before heading to Cambodia.

        If you;d rather discuss other foodie destinations (this might help to inspire you – http://mrandmrssmith.com/travelling-with-taste) please give me a call on 0330 100 3180 or email me at fiona.bickmore@smithhotels.com.

        Bon voyage!

        Fiona

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

{VISIT OUR AMAZING SPONSORS}