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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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