Ask The Experts – Honeymoons By Mr & Mrs Smith

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Mr & Mrs Smith began as a boutique hotel guidebook publisher in 2003 and is now an online booking service with an eye for hip honeymoons and a curated collection of more than 900 romantic hotels around the world. I found my most favourite hotel in the whole of the universe via Mr & Mrs Smith, Chateau Les Merles in the Dordogne and have always found their service and communication better than anyone else I have ever used in terms of booking getaway accommodation.

Many of you will no doubt be considering your honeymoon destinations right about now (or perhaps just a lovely relaxing break away at some point soon – I know I am!) and to help you with your decision making process we’ve got Mr and Mrs Smith Travel consultant Susannah Garcia who has three years of expertise, to share her top three itineraries for newlyweds.

Susannah will be on-line this morning and over lunchtime to answer any questions you may have regarding planning your trip of a lifetime, and that’s any questions folks, so make the most of the opportunity and get asking the expert!

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Susannah Garcia : Italy is my favourite holiday spot, with fabulous food, scenery set for envy-inducing holiday snaps and famed art and culture; I’m even planning a romantic trip there with my husband soon – if we can decide on a hotel! I recommend kicking off your trip at the Amalfi Coast for breathtaking scenery. Split a four- or five-night stay between two hotels: I love cliffside Capo La Gala, by the Bay of Naples, which has mod-style rooms and enticing views of Capri; I was itching to jump in the ferry and visit. Be sure to book into Maison la Minervetta – when I stayed there I found it spellbinding; its rooms are unique hideaways for loved-up couples.

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Next stop, Tuscany, to stay at my favourite hotel, Castello di Casole; its outdoor pool overlooks rolling vineyards, and wine is made on site. My husband and I spent an afternoon in nearby Siena’s square, eating gelato while watching the sunset; it was perfect.

Finish with two nights in Florence: stay beside the River Arno – for easy access to the city centre – at the Gallery Hotel Art, which has a belissima rooftop terrace, or for old-school opulence check-in to Il Salviatino.

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Long Haul

For a long-haul honeymoon, head to Sri Lanka – it’s sun-kissed and adventure-filled all-year round. From The Wallawwa you can explore the sights in Colombo, then chill out in the peaceful gardens.

Why not stop off in the Maldives, too? If money’s no object, book Anantara Kihavah Villas for kick-your-shoes-off relaxation. It’s pricy, but worth it for palm-dotted sands, secluded villas and even a personal butler. Gili Lankanfushi‘s refined-rustic, stilted villas are also heavenly.

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California Dreamin’

I’m also a fan of the Californian coastal drive; we took a month to travel up to San Francisco and back down to Mexico, but you can see the highlights in just two weeks. Spend two nights in LA before heading to Santa Barbara; stay at romantic El Encanto, which has fairylight-illuminated arbors in its grounds.

In Big Sur splash out on the cliff-set Post Ranch Inn – voted Best Smith Hotel at the Smith Awards – for sweeping Pacific views. Once you reach San Francisco, make a beeline for the Napa Valley wine region. Tin-roofed barns, decked porches and fabulous food and wine (of course) await you at The Carneros Inn.

For your free insider guide to planning the perfect honeymoon, sign up for your copy of Mr & Mrs Smith’s Little White Book of Honeymoons and find out how to bag exclusive VIP benefits (including free upgrades and extras at every hotel). Can’t wait? Give one of Smith’s honeymoon experts a call on 0845 034 0700 to arrange your ideal trip.

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87 thoughts on “Ask The Experts – Honeymoons By Mr & Mrs Smith

  1. Hi!

    I’m ready and waiting to answer all your honeymoon queries.

    We have some exciting itineraries with a selection of the best Mr & Mrs Smith hotels, so just tell me where you’d like to go…

    Susannah

        1. Hi Olivia,

          I’m afraid this thread’s now closed, but my colleague Becky Baines will be live on Rock My Wedding this Friday (from 9.30am onwards) to answer any questions.

          In the meantime, you can speak to our Travel Team on 0330 100 3180 for some suggestions.

          Thanks!

          Susannah

  2. I’m so incredibly excited that you have detailed my exact Italian honeymoon. I’m staying at Maison La Minervetta for 6 nights as part of our Italy tour so it makes me very excited that it comes so highly recommended. I wondered if you could give me some tips of what to do in both Sorrento and Tuscany as we are trying to put out itinerary together ready for our honeymoon in August x

    1. Hi Holly,

      I can definitely recommend jumping on the hydrofoil and taking a day trip to Capri or Ischia. Capri is very chic and has some stunning scenery – the Blue Grotto is beautiful. Ischia has some fantastic restaurants, I love Da Ciccio’s for seafood.

      It’s also worth driving to Pompeii to take a tour around the ruins; it’s a tragic story, but the town is surprisingly well preserved.

      Have a great time!

      Susannah

  3. Hi! My and my fiancé are thinking of spending three weeks in Thailand for our honeymoon but aren’t really sure where to start with planning where to go and what to do! We are hoping for culture and sightseeing, a bit of crazy partying and also a bit of laid back luxury! Any suggestions on how to plan the trip?

    Thanks! Sarah and Matt!

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Thailand’s such a fantastic country for a multi-stop honeymoon, with hillside retreats, bustling cities and the most beautiful islands. It’s so easy to get around too, whether you’re hopping on a speedboat or want to experience the sights (and snacks!) of the local trains. Start in the north in Chiang Mai (you can get connecting flights from Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong), where you can visit Burmese-style temples, beautiful teak houses and remote hill tribes. There are plenty of cool boutiques and designer galleries to browse, and the regional cuisine is fantastic – you have to try the crispy noodles! 137 Pillars House (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/137-pillars-house) is wonderful, with seductive roll-top baths, outdoor showers and sleek modern design housed in traditional buildings. Next, head to Bangkok – the city really knows how to party. Right in the city centre, the Metropolitan by Como (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/metropolitan-by-como-bangkok) is within a hop and a skip from Bangkok’s best shops and restaurants, and also houses David Thompson’s excellent restaurant Nahm. When you’re ready for some R ‘n’ R, make your way to Six Senses Yao Noi for a few nights (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/six-senses-yao-noi, you can get a flight to Phuket and then a speedboat transfer on the most gorgeous still waters). The villas are so romantic: they’re all weathered teak, thatched roofs and draped mosquito nets, with your very own plunge pool. The Hideaway Villas are perfect if you want some privacy; can climb to the hilltop Retreat for breathtaking views over the limestone cliffs of Phang Nga bay.

      Have a wonderful honeymoon, Sarah and Matt!

  4. Hi, we’re looking at Sorrento for our honeymoon in July 2015. Can you recommend some gorgeous hotels close to the centre so we can explore on foot? Thanks x

  5. Hello, my fiancé and I are needing a little bit of advice. We’re potentially after a 3 week honeymoon, combining adventure/culture/beach for relaxing and snorkelling.

    Our current ideas are safari/beach, a multi centre holiday in Bali/Lombok or our true favourite, Italy. We had thought Sri Lanka but I’ve got mixed reports on the internet regarding weather.

    Any help or advice on how to do any of those holidays on more of a budget would be most welcome. Safaris come up so expensive but my partner went on one a few years ago as part of his I:2:I project which cost HUNDREDS less. We also are unsure which beach area would be best to go to from Tuscany for relaxing and snorkelling etc.

    Any help much much appreciated
    Fiona and Chris

    1. Hi Fiona,

      Thanks for your question. Sri Lanka is best to visit in late December to early March (and I love The Wallawwa near Colombo http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-wallawwa); however, you really can’t beat Bali for a mix of culture, beach and adventure. Bali’s best from July to September, and there are some very chic hotels, which are also excellent value for money. I love Anantara Seminyak ( http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/anantara-seminyak ), The Shaba ( http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-shaba ), Alila Ubud ( http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/alila-ubud ) and Alila Manggis ( http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/alila-manggis ).

      For a low-cost safari, have you considered Thailand? Kirimaya ( http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/kirimaya ) sits on Khao Yai National Park, where bears, gibbons, macaques and the occasional tiger roam. Costa Rica has extraordinary biodiversity too (and some very cute sloths); Finca Rosa Blanca ( http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/finca-rosa-blanca ) is beautiful and has a quirkily decked out spa to relax in.

      When it comes to Tuscany, L’Andana ( http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/landana ) won’t break the budget too much and it’s close to the coast.

      Hope that helps. If any of those appeal, or if you have any other queries, have a chat with our Travel Team on 0845 034 0700.

      Thanks,

      Susannah

  6. Hi!
    My hubby to be and I are planning an american honeymoon experience! We are hoping to visit san Diego, san Francisco, LA, las vegas and others in between over 2-3 weeks. Can you recommend some hotels for us to stay in at these destinations giving us a mix-up between relaxing hotels by the beach/with a pool and hotels in a town/city centre so we are close to local amenities please?
    Thanks xx

    1. Hi Kylie!

      We LOVE Californian honeymoons. Road tripping up the coast is spectacular, and gives you exactly that mix of beachy and city hotels that you’re after: you can start in San Diego – Tower23 hotel’s right on the beach – then head up through Los Angeles (Chateau Marmont, perhaps? Or Petit Ermitage, with its top-notch views across the whole of the city from it rooftop pool?) Keep going on to San Francisco (Cavallo Point is my favourite hotel there) and then cap it off with the spectacular honeymoon-hotel-to-end-all-honeymoon hotels: the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.

  7. Hi,

    We are considering a twin centred break starting with a safari and then heading somewhere lux with gorgeous sandy beaches for some relaxing chill out time.

    Any advice on combinations of safari/beach locations that work well together would be great fully received along with the best time of year to go. We’re getting married in May but are thinking a mini-moon in Europe straight after the wedding and heading off to the real deal in the autumn.

    Thanks x

    1. Hi Leanne,

      South Africa is the go-to destination for a sublime safari and beach trip. I’d suggest combining a stay in Kruger National Park (Royal Malewane – http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/royal-malewane – is ultra-luxe and makes the most of its spectacular surroundings), with a trip to Cape Town for beaches with a Table Mountain backdrop. Rodwell House (www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/rodwell-house) , sits just beyond the most crowded sandy spots, and it has a 15,000-strong wine cellar if that makes it any more appealing!

      While you’re over there, why not push the boat out and stay in a treehouse in the gorgeous Garden Route & Winelands region? I absolutely love Tsala Treetops Lodge (www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/tsala-treetop-lodge). Alternatively you could squeeze in a visit to Azura in Mozambique https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/azura – it’s a very exclusive island paradise.

      If I’ve inspired you why not have a chat with our Travel Team 0845 034 0700.

      Thanks!

      Susannah

  8. Hi, we are thinking of a winter honeymoon Skiing…though our plans haven’t got any further than that! Can you recommend anywhere amazing to go/stay? Either in Europe or further afield?

    1. Hi Julia,
      If you want peace and tranquility, the Vigilius Mountain Resort in Italy (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/vigilius-mountain-resort) is perfect: it’s tucked away in the Dolomite mountains in South Tyrol, and you can only get there by cable car. The spa’s wonderful too: soak in a hay bath of cleansing Tyrolean herbs, stretch in the Watsu pool or simply curl up by one of the heated pools, which has its own fireplace. If you want to make it a long-haul trip, Colarado’s Dunton Hot Springs hotel (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/dunton-hot-springs) is really special. It won the award for the greatest outdoors in our Smith Hotel Awards last year, and it’s easy to see why: each cabin is kitted out with heated slate floors, unique bath tubs and hand-picked antiques, and you can try fly-fishing, horse riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering, rafting, heli-skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, ice-climbing, ice-skating… Phew!
      I can’t think of anything more romantic than coming in all rosy-cheeked from the wilderness and cosying up together in a private hot spring. Enjoy.

  9. Hi Susannah

    I’m a huge fan of Mr & Mrs Smith and am constantly recommending your website and phenomenally curated hotels.

    Just last year we booked 2 of your finds and they were 2 of the most sensational holidays we’ve ever had! The first was the Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento which I can thoroughly recommend to the commenter above who is looking for a chic hotel in Sorrento. We stayed there for our honeymoon and couldn’t have been more thrilled with it.

    The second is Chateau Bagnols in France which was part of our French road trip last summer. Simply spectacular. Probably the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in… and I’m not exaggerating. Everything from the location to the service to the rooms to the ambience to the tiniest details were just spot on. Thank you for that find!

    I would like to get in touch with, and send an email to, your founder, Tamara Heber-Percy. Can you tell me the best way to contact her?

    Thank you again for your fabulous service.

    Karen

    1. Hi Karen
      Thank you for your lovely comments. We share a love for Chateau Bagnols – what a place! feel free to email me direct and thanks for booking through us.
      Tamara

  10. Hi,

    I was wondering could you recommend hotels in Dubai and the Maldives as I have flights booked to these destinations for the end of March for our honeymoon but have yet to book accommodation! Thanks in advance for you help

    Zara

  11. Hi Kate,

    Great post!

    We are getting married in September and want to go on a mini-moon to somewhere in Europe for a week or two then do a long-haul honeymoon abroad next year – possibly Cambodia.

    Can you recommend anywhere in Europe for our mini-moon? We love the possibility of a Greek island.

    1. Why, yes!

      I love Santorini, and in September the weather will be ideal – not too hot, but still warm enough to slip into the Jacuzzi on your private terrace…

      Speaking of, Kapari Natural Resort (https://bit.ly/1bRb7EI) is a very good-looking hotel with typical white-sugar-cube Cycladic architecture and dramatic volcano-filled views.

      Cliffside Homeric Poems (https://bit.ly/1nSHiU3) is also very romantic. It’s more contemporary in style, with black-and-white furnishings and the odd splash of colour on the bright-white walls, and each suite has a plunge pool – perfection!

      If you’re thinking ahead to Cambodia, I can recommend Knai Bang Chatt (https://bit.ly/1bs8JUv) in Kep; it’s a unique combination of industrial chic and cosy couples’ retreat, with stunning sea views.

      Hope that helps, don’t hesitate to give us a bell if you have any more questions or if Santorini sounds like your cup of tea! Our number’s 0845 034 0700.

      Thanks!

      Susannah

  12. Hi Susannah,

    My fiancé and I are planning a honeymoon in sept/October or later in winter.
    The main determining factor is that Omer want to take our little boy with us as can’t bear the idea of leaving him for more than a few days. He will be 18 months when we marry in September.
    Do you have any recommendations for family-friendly honeymoons?? With babysitting etc so we can have at least one romantic meal…
    We have thought about Tuscany or Greek islands to minimise flight times but would also love to safari or go back to Thailand.

    Any suggestion would be hugely appreciated!!

    Thanks
    Fionnuala

    1. No problem Fionnuala…as it so happens, we’re a dab hand with family holidays too.

      In the Greek Islands I’d recommend Domes of Elounda (https://bit.ly/1jjF3ZR): clear turquoise waters, pergola-shaded terraces with swinging sofas and a seriously soothing spa; it’s heaven for loved-up parents. However, there’s also watersports, tennis courts and monuments to explore for mini Smiths, and babysitting with just 24 hours notice.

      In Tuscany, Castiglion Del Bosco (https://bit.ly/1mhaq8H), set in verdant Val D’Orcia, is palatial, with more than 4,000 acres for kids to run around in. Thailand has some very reasonable hotels, and it’s has some great animal-sighting spots; Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa (https://bit.ly/Mg7FqR) offers elephant treks and the Had Chao Mai National Park – where dugongs like to hang out – is close by.

      I hope that helps!

      Remember we’re always on hand for a chat if you have any more queries on 0845 034 0700.

      Thanks,

      Susannah

  13. Hi Susannah,
    My fiancé and I are getting married late November 2015 and are currently considering our honeymoon options…It seems we will have to go long haul to get the sun we are searching for but don’t have a huge budget. Is there anywhere you could recommend for two weeks of relaxing newlywed bliss?
    Thanks,
    Emily.

    1. Hi Emily,

      How about Marrakech? It’s sunny in November, flights there are fairly inexpensive and we have some wonderful hotels to hideaway in there. Palais Paysan (https://bit.ly/1jUwXK3) is set a little south of the city centre, so it’s peaceful with beautiful bucolic surrounds, and it’s easy to reach the Atlas Mountains from there. The hotel has a unique cubist-style design and there’s a pool set in the meadows and a small farm.

      Les Jardin des Douars (https://bit.ly/1d9rUhc) is great too, it has flower-filled gardens and a restful pool and spa.

      Hope that helps, please call us if you need more info (0845 034 0700).

      Thanks,

      Susannah

  14. Hi Susannah! This is fantastic timing as my fiance and I are just about to book a mini-moon for June and we love Mr & Mrs Smith hotels!

    We are torn between Tuscany and Corsica, as we love both destinations. We’ve seen lots of suggestions for Tuscany but are stuck for ideas when it comes to Corsica. We’ve stayed in Calvi before but would like to see a bit more of the island and don’t really know where to start. Do you have any suggestions for beautiful places to stay? Thanks in advance for your help!

    Laura and David

    1. Congratulations!

      Minimoons are very popular at the moment (we recommend taking several, of course!). La Signoria (https://bit.ly/1cx9WIo) is further inland from Calvi, and it has tropical gardens and antique-filled rooms with plenty of character. It’s not far from the beach either, and it’s budget friendly too!

      Tuscany’s an excellent choice – there are so many tempting hotels in the region… Castello di Casole (https://bit.ly/1jUxXxS) is more traditional, replete with exposed oak beams and vintage rustic furnishings you’ll want to take home. Grand Hotel Villa Cora is close to Florence’s city centre; the hotel is extraordinarily opulent, with plenty of cherubs and chandeliers, but you’ll feel like the lord and lady (or baron and baroness, if we’re being historically accurate!) of the manor.

      Hope that helps, we’re available on 0845 034 0700 if you have any more queries.

      Thanks,

      Susannah

  15. Hi Susannah!
    This is great timing as we are currently entering honeymoon hell! It should be a lovely decision to make but this is getting stressful now as the date is drawing closer and we are still undecided! We’re getting married at the start of August this year and we are looking for luxury and relaxation after a stressful couple of years. We would like something beautiful and a little bit special but we’re quite open to where to go. Because of the time of year, it rules out half the world because of the hurricane, rainy, cold season and some of the world is a little too far away too as we only want to be away for about 10 nights as we are leaving children at home.So I think we’ve narrowed it down to the Med, Seychelles or USA but now feel really stuck and would love some real advice!
    Hope you have some ideas???
    Thanks
    Katie

    1. Gosh, that is close – but don’t worry, we’re on hand to help!

      The Mediterranean is blissful in August, the sizzling summer heat is starting to die down, but you can still enjoy a gelato and wear some floaty summer clothing. Masseria Torre Maizza (https://bit.ly/1bRmdcM) in Puglia, serves moreish Italian cuisine, has a spa and beach club on site and feels very intimate – it’s a great honeymoon hotel.

      In the US, California is sun-kissed all-year round, and the scenery at Big Sur is jaw-dropping no matter when you see it. You really can’t do better than the winner of Smith’s Best Hotel at the Smith Awards, the Post Ranch Inn (https://bit.ly/1dX0MWM): the clifftop setting, the giant redwood-flanked cabins and the modernist design are the stuff dream holidays are made of.

      The Seychelles are at their best between May and October. I recommend Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, where there are white-sand beaches, a spoiling La Prairie spa and even a butler to provide five-star service.

      Hope that helps, have a fantastic honeymoon, and give us a call if you want to chat more 0845 034 0700.

      Thanks,

      Susannah

  16. Hi

    We are hoping to travel around Italy for our three week honeymoon. We’re planning on starting at Lake Garda, travelling to Florence, then on to Rome and finally to Sorrento. What is travelling by train like? Are the trains reliable?

    Thank you

  17. Hi Susannah

    We are getting married in March 2015 and are interested in going to Italy for a week or two, however we have heard mixed reviews about the weather at this time of year. Could you recommend any areas or some destinations around the Mediterranean?. Our main focus is somewhere that’s relatively rural but still with easy access to amazing restaurants and culture with food being the key attraction!

    Many thanks,
    Kathleen and James

    1. Hi Kathleen,

      Have you considered Sicily? The little ball that Italy’s boot is kicking is a fabulous honeymoon destination, with very temperate weather in March (it’s also quieter at that time of year too!). Food in Sicily – especially the seafood – is simple yet sumptuous and you’re close to the beach. Le Lumie (https://bit.ly/1hBhJJF) is close to historic Modica and, my personal favourite, Monaci delle Terre Nere, is a design-led, dusky-pink villa at the foothills of Mount Etna where all food is locally sourced and home-cooked, Nonna-style.

      Rome is also worth visiting in March, so you could combine the two stops and spend a few days exploring the city’s gastronomy, galleries and grandiose architecture. If you want a very high-end stay, regal Residenza Napoleone III (https://bit.ly/1fmvSHn) will deliver.

      Hope that leads to a splendid honeymoon! Please give us a call if we’ve whetted your appetite 0845 034 0700.

      Thanks,

      Susannah

  18. Hi.

    I love looking at all these amazing hotels and getting some inspiration from you.
    We are hoping to go to Greece for a week in September or somewhere in Europe. Can you recommend anywhere? We both just fancy a relaxing time!
    Thank you x

    1. Hi Andria,

      I’m a huge fan of the pure white decor and the starlit pool at Bill & Coo (https://bit.ly/1jQ7puy) in Mykonos, I can guarantee you’ll both be almost somnambulantly relaxed by the end of your stay!

      The south of France is very eye-catching in late Autumn, and September sees the grape harvest and a crop of highly sippable new wines. L’Oustau de Baumanière (https://bit.ly/PQnp4z) has typically brilliant Provençal cuisine and a view from the window that you could happily frame and take home as a souvenir.

      I hope those help…we’re just a phone call away if you have any more questions (0845 034 0700).

      Thanks,

      Susannah

    2. Hi Andria! totally butting in here, We stayed at Bill & Coo for our mini-moon and it was lush, we had a private balcony/decked area with a hot tub and the breakfasts were out of this world – my husband still goes on about them now!

      Mykonos was great too, so many lovely restaurants to visit and the cobbled streets are super pretty.

      Charlotte xxx

  19. Hi,

    We are due to marry on the 20th December this year.
    We are in a quandary over the honeymoon..
    Do we just have a mini moon? Do we go away for Xmas or wait until January?!?

    Any ideas will be very much appreciated!!
    Thank you
    Gina

    1. Hi Gina,

      Can you do both? Quite often I help brides book a few nights in their own city or nearby right after the wedding, and then a bigger trip sometimes during the next year when they have more time to get away or the weather’s better at their favourite destination.

      Let me know if you need any help narrowing it down!

      Susannah

  20. Hello Susannah,

    We’re getting married in May, having a mini-moon at The Scarlet Spa in Cornwall straight after then want to head off on an Asian adventure for about 4 weeks in December, heading home first week of January 2015.
    We have a list of places we’d like to go, but no idea what order to go in or where to start…
    The places on our ‘must go to’ list are:
    Dubai (visit some friends on the way out)
    Vietnam
    Cambodia (Angkor Wat is a definite must for me!!)
    Loas
    Singapore
    Hong Kong
    Kuala Lumpar

    We’ve also considered adding in Bali, more of Malaysia and possibly the Phillipines.
    We have already been to Thailand and absolutely fell in love with it but would like to go explore some places we’ve not been to.

    We want lush hotels, some places we’d like relaxtion/beach and others we’re up for a bit of adventure!!
    We also don’t know where to be over Christmas and where to see in the New Year??
    HELP!!!

    Thank you!!

    xxx

    1. Hi Jess,
      That sounds like a fantastic combo – we love the Scarlet, particularly that amazing reef-cleaned pool!

      December to January is the perfect time to go exploring in Asia: the weather is dry and (relatively) cooler, perfect for exploring all those exciting cities and ancient ruins. My advice? Don’t try to pack too much in: south-east Asia is so rich and diverse, you’ll want to take things at a leisurely pace, so you can come home feeling rested, not frazzled!

      Stick to two or three destinations: one glamorous city, some beautiful countryside and, of course, a relaxing beach. Since you’re flying in from Dubai, you’ll be spoilt for choice for flights; Kuala Lumpur and Singapore make great hubs for jetting around the region on budget airlines (and are fantastic foodie destinations in their own right).

      A tour of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia is a real classic, and makes an exciting road trip for the adventurous – think endless paddy fields, mysterious temples and scrumptious cuisine. You’ll need at least three days in Siem Reap just to take in Angkor’s jungle-clad temples . The Heritage Suites Hotel (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/heritage-suites-hotel) has fantastic bungalow suites in the city’s quieter pagoda district. From there, you can get direct flights to Hoi An in Vietnam – Fusion Maia Resort’s villas are gorgeous (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/fusion-maia-resort), and all spa treatments are included in the rates. Or head to Luang Prabang’s historic streets in northern Laos: Satri House (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/satri-house) has just 25 rooms set in a turn-of-the-century royal residence.

      Alternatively, fly in to Kuala Lumpur and make your way down to Singapore, taking in Penang, Langkawi or the Highlands along the way. KL’s Villa Samadhi (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/villa-samadhi) has a breathtaking pool. In Singapore, stay at the Fullerton (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-fullerton-bay-hotel) on New Year’s eve for front-row seats to the completely over-the-top fireworks display at Marina Bay. Then fly to Bali for some pure indulgence at Alila Villas Soori (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/alila-villas-soori), near the jaw-dropping Tanah Lot temple, or to Gayana Eco Resort’s overwater villas in Sabah (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/gayana-eco-resort), set on a peaceful lagoon and with its own marine conservation centre.

      Bon Voyage!

      Susannah

    1. Hi Jo,

      Ah, the Maldives is holiday valhalla, but no amount of postcard-perfect beaches and designer over-water villas can sugar coat the fact that staying there can be pricy. The most inexpensive hotels in our collection start at £650 a night (https://bit.ly/1fmxm4p), but to keep costs down I’d recommend combining a trip to Sri Lanka with a couple of very special nights in the Maldives. I’m a huge fan of The Wallawwa (https://bit.ly/1d9L2eU) near Colombo, and colonial-chic Ceylon Tea Trails (https://bit.ly/1cxkN5l).

      Give us a call if we can help with anything on 0845 034 0700, and happy travels!

      Susannah

  21. Hi susannah,

    me and my husband to be really want to go on a safari/beach relaxing holiday to experience something new together (we love travelling!) but also have the benefit of spending some quality chilled out time together after the wedding.

    My questions are:

    what is the best time of year to do this sort of trip in relation to the best weather and animal viewing opportunities?
    What are the best locations for this type of trip? E.g. recommended safari camls (we want to stay on the ranges amongst the animals) and best beach areas around here.
    Also what is the best amount of time to give to safari without not seeing enough or having too much time on camp? We were thinking maybe 4/5 days?

    Look forward to your resoonse 🙂

    Laura

    1. Hi Laura,

      Safari and beach are a great combination! I recommend South Africa; visit from May to September when the weather is warm and dry, and there’s a good chance of spotting the big five. Singita Sweni is a safari lodge with cutting-edge style in six view-laden suites (https://bit.ly/MHZuEp), and there’s a large pride of lions in this part of the park. I recommend a four-night stay, but you may not want to leave…

      For the beach part of your trip, head down to Cape Town, Kensington Palace (https://bit.ly/1fF9426) is one of the city’s original boutique hotels with Table Mountain posing ruggedly behind it and some very cosy rooms.

      I hope that helps! Give us a ring if you need any more help and bon voyage!

      Susannah

  22. Hi!

    We went on a road trip this summer, during our trip we spent a day in Switzerland and an afternoon in Venice and fell in love with both! We have decided we want to go to one of them for our honeymoon but can’t decide which! Where would you recommend staying and what do you think is good to do at both of these destinations?
    Thanks x

    1. Hi Lucy,

      For a honeymoon in Venice, you can’t beat Ca Maria Adele (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/ca-maria-adele): its decadent baroque bedrooms were runners-up in the Sexiest Bedroom in the World category in our Smith Hotel Awards last year. Yes, it’s over the top Venetian, but also laid-back and very, very romantic. It’s such a pleasant city to explore on foot, or by gondola (you can hop on to the ‘Traghetti’ shuttles for a couple of euros). It’s packed full of churches, museums and galleries (we love the avant-garde Fondazione Emilio e Annabianco Vedova, a ‘floating gallery’, where paintings aren’t hung on the walls, but suspended from the ceiling. Make your way down backstreets to bacari, where locals pop in for a glass of wine and moreish cicchetti (the Venetian version of tapas).

      Switzerland is a wonderful destination for a romantic winter honeymoon. The Cambrian (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-cambrian) has soaring Alpine views and a gorgeous spa with an outdoor heated pool. It’s the ideal place to perfect your slalom à deux or try snowboarding (there’s a handy school nearby). Who says you need a beach for a honeymoon?

      Bon voyage!

      Susannah

  23. Hi

    We are going to Singapore (3 nights), Koh Samui (6) and Bangkok (3) this July and wondering how to make the most of our time, especially in the places we have less time to explore

    Thanks
    Clare

    1. Hi Clare,

      Sounds like a perfect getaway!
      3 nights in Singapore and Bangkok is plenty of time to get a measure of those cities. Singapore is tiny and has a very efficient transport system, as well as cheap taxis. Stay in Chinatown or Little India, two neighbourhoods that have managed to retain their character in super modern Singapore (I recommend the New Majestic Hotel https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/new-majestic-hotel or the very quirky Wanderlust https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/wanderlust). Don’t miss Haji Lane’s designer boutiques and its adorable cocktail den Bar Stories: there’s no menu, but the mixologist will come and have a chat before concocting something just for you.

      In Bangkok, stay right on the river at the Siam (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-siam). It has its own river pier and a speedboat that can shuttle you to and from Bangkokg’s central pier, just a hop from the Skytrain stop. It even has its own muay Thai boxing ring! Make sure you tuck in to the street food, I still get occasional cravings for banana pancakes from my last trip there.

      As for Koh Samui… just relax! The Library (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-library) is perfect if you want a beach to bliss out on and an exciting night life within easy reach.

      Susannah

  24. Hi,

    Me & h2B have already book Mauritius & Dubai for our honeymoon in June but ideas of things to do in both places would be great 🙂 xx

    1. Amazing! It’ll be the trip of a lifetime…

      In Dubai you can pick up some rather fancy souvenirs in the world’s largest mall, and then get your adrenaline pumping with horse riding and quad biking in the desert dunes. Or, if you prefer to sit by the sidelines, why not catch a camel race?

      Watersports are also well catered for in Dubai, but I’d save most of the getting your feet wet for Mauritius, where beaches are enticing and the Indian Ocean is warm and inviting. Alongside snorkelling and scuba diving, you can hop on a boat to explore the island. Port Louis’ bazaar is also fragrant and full of life.

      Have a fabulous time!

      Susannah

  25. Hi Susannah,
    I felt the pressure of having to go long haul because that is what people seem to assume for a honeymoon but actually we are rubbish in the heat, June doesn’t seem the best time to go to the places I would like to in Asia and I’m not sure I want to worry about my first long haul flight during the run up to the wedding! So we want to have an amazing, luxurious, adventurous but also relaxing honeymoon nearer to home. We have been thinking of Venice, and then Rovinj followed by Zadar – travelling by ferry in between. Do you think this will tick our boxes and do you have any tips regarding accommodation – and generally to make it honeymoon rather than holiday? Sarah x

    1. Exciting…I like that you’re thinking outside the box!

      If you want old-school Italian drama and a chandelier you can swing from, Ca Maria Adele (https://bit.ly/1my6Fz4) is a baroque bolthole, which also placed as a runner up in the Smith Awards’ Sexiest Bedroom category.

      The closest hotel we have to Rovinj and Zadar is Lesic Dimitri Palace (https://bit.ly/NsW72S) in Korcula. This island stay has luxe serviced apartments – perfect for an intimate stay.

      Hope that helps! Have an amazing trip and please call us if we can help more.

      Susannah

  26. We are heading to Santorini for our honeymoon in July staying at the Santorini Grace that I booked through Mr & Mrs Smith. Have you stayed there? It looks amazing but some reviews are mixed on Trip Advisor. Any recommendations of things to do (other than relax and admire the views) whilst we are there?

    1. We may be slightly biased, but we love the Santorini Grace’s mod-style rooms, hints of neon against white walls and their tasty cocktails in hues that match the sunset.

      The staff are also super helpful and are happy to arrange excursions and activities while you’re there. I’d recommend visiting the old fortress and ruins at Skaros Rock, taking a tour of the island by yacht or sail boat, and sampling some of the local vintages at a wine tasting; the hotel can help you to organise all these activities and more!

      Have fun, and don’t forget to call us if we can help with anything else.

      Susannah

  27. Hello!

    I’m looking to go away at the end of july for our honeymoon we want to go to Italy. We want romantic , vintage/heritage and quiet. Is there anywhere you can recommend? Also we would still like to be by the coast and we do like to explore . Be very grateful if you could help
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Suzanne,

      The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most romantic settings – who wouldn’t get starry-eyed over a clifftop setting and picturesque sea views? Bellevue Syrene (https://bit.ly/1p1EK9y) does vintage with a twist: candy-coloured baroque-style rooms, ballgown-shaped chandeliers and antique porcelain birds and dolls displayed by frou-frou furnishings make it a truly unique stay. We especially love the Rock Suite, where a four-poster bed resides in an ancient Roman grotto.

      Hope that’s given you a little honeymoon help. Ciao bella!

      Susannah

  28. Hello,
    We are honeymoon-ing in NYC. I have booked flights for 5th August 2014, but I am being very indecisive when it comes to a hotel. I feel like I have looked at them all and I just cannot choose *the pressure*! We want to be near cool bars and restaurants and the subway for getting around. We can spend up to £200/night. Any ideas on super-cool, hip things to do whilst we are there?
    Thanks, Clare 🙂

    1. Hi Claire,

      Where do we start? New York is just the best, with an ever-changing dining scene. Thankfully our NYC-based editor Kate has her finger on the city’s pulse and has put together some of-the-moment recommendations for you:

      A good option would be the Nomad (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-nomad-hotel) – it’s just beautiful and very cool and is home to some of the trendiest (and best) restaurants and bars. Plus, it’s next to the Ace (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/ace-hotel-new-york), which has a few more great bars and restaurants, and if you go south and east, toward Gramercy and Flatiron, there are some more great places (i.e. not far from Eataly, Madison Square Park, ABC Kitchen, etc). It’s worth noting that the immediate block or two right around the hotel is still up and coming, but it’s very well connected: a five-minute subway ride will have you in Soho or the East Village, and it’s barely longer in the other direction to Midtown or Central Park.

      The Gramercy Park Hotel (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/gramercy-park-hotel) is another favourite for honeymoons or wedding nights, or if you want to be somewhere lovely that’s right in the centre of Soho, Crosby Street (https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/crosby-street-hotel) is great too.

      Here are Kate’s favourite places to eat right now:
      – Margaux, at the new Marlton Hotel is super trendy right now and very in with the fashion crowd.
      – Estela, by the people behind Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
      – Gramercy Tavern isn’t new, but it’s been considered one of the best restaurants in the city since it opened and the food is always interesting and exceptional.
      – For smaller bites and a great atmosphere, check out Buvette and Wallflower.

      Kate recommends going to Brooklyn, or at the very least Williamsburg, which is basically an extension of Soho now. Her favourite restaurant there is Diner, which is still just as in with the cool crowd as it was when it opened 10 years ago – she takes out-of-towners there all the time and they love it. Roberta’s is a longtime favourite in Bushwick/East Williamsburg and Frankie’s 457 in Carroll Gardens is just the best ever. Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill is also super cute to walk around.

      If you stay at the Nomad, it’s really fun in the summer to go to Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, though anticipate a long line. Just across the street, too, there’s a little square that hosts Madison Square Eats, with lots of awesome food trucks – great atmosphere. Other fun summery, outdoor places to eat include Smorgasburg, which is on the waterfront – one in Dumbo (right under the Brooklyn bridge, usually) and one in Williamsburg, so you could walk across the Brooklyn bridge and end up there (or vice versa) or take the East River Ferry over to Williamsburg. Really fun and festive. And while we’re at it, you should definitely go to the Brooklyn Flea, which is in one of the most beautiful brownstone neighborhoods in the city (Fort Greene) – it’s basically the luxury department store of flea markets, with loads of local artisans and great vintage stuff, plus food.

      For bars, head to the Library Bar the the Nomad, the Ace lobby, the rooftop at the Wythe (especially in summer), the back garden at Lavender Lake, the beer garden at the Standard High Line, Gallow Green’s rooftop bar at the McKittrick (they also have a great music venue called the Heath with a killer dance party).

      Don’t miss the High Line and Central Park – try to get tickets for something at the Central Park Summer Stage or outdoor screenings at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Met usually does a rooftop exhibition in the summer that’s always fun…

      Want more in-the-know tips from our US editors? They keep a tumblr of their latest finds and food crushes here: https://smithhotels.tumblr.com/

      Hope that helps. Give us a call if we can help with anything on 0845 034 0700, and happy travels!

      Susannah

  29. Hello!

    We are getting married 22nd august and would love to go somewhere hot straight after with a gorgeous beach, lots of fun excursions and a hotel that has great evening entertainments for adults. Our budget is 800 really but would stretch to 1000 each if we had to. What do you think? Thank you, clare

    1. Hi Clare,

      We love Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula as an out-of-the-ordinary honeymoon destination. Sun, sea and adult entertainment – in the form of art classes, cinema screenings or jet-skiing – are all offered at Casa dell’Arte Residence (https://bit.ly/wEr80c), alongside modernist design.

      Mykonos is also great to visit in late autumn and San Giorgio Mykonos (https://bit.ly/1p1z2EH) has primped up the traditional, Grecian white decor with designer statement pieces, including hanging chairs and gauze-draped beds. Nearby, you’ll find historic sites, lively clubs and restful bays where you can sunbathe.

      Hope that helps!

      Susannah

  30. We are flying to New York for our honeymoon at the beginning of September this year & are yet to book our hotel! It’s a re spoil ourselves trip starting with upperclass flights!! So we’re looking for somewhere special!
    We’re not familiar with cool areas in New York so are desperate for expert advice!
    HELP!!
    Claire (soon to be Mrs Mitchell!!)

    1. I meant to add we have a 3yr old daughter who is staying behind (eek!) so only going for 5 nights so although can’t spend an absolute fortune we really would love to make the most of our trip!! £350 a night tops! Thank you!!

  31. Hi

    Where would you recommend for early July this year for a week in Europe. I’m going to become mrs smith and love the idea of having a mr & mrs smith honeymoon! We are splitting it and doing a week in Italy at the end if August to tie in with a friends wedding in Florence. All suggestions welcome!

    Love

    The future mrs smith 😉

    1. Ah, we like a honeymooner who’s open to suggestions…

      Casa la Siesta (https://bit.ly/1hebebf) in Cadiz Province is an artfully rustic boutique stay with patterned tile floors, antique furnishings and panoramic views – the weather is perfect at this time of year too. You could combine it with a fleeting stay at mod and Moorish hotel Hospes Palacio del Bailío (https://bit.ly/1gRjPCh) in Córdoba.

      Alternatively, Croatia is also balmy at that time of year and Villa Dubrovnik (https://bit.ly/ObsJfL) has a private beach and offers the chance for some fair-weather sailing.

      If you don’t want to venture too far from where the wedding’s being held, Puglia is a great place to stay in Italy. Borgo Egnazia (https://bit.ly/1jQGM8B) has the Adriatic on its doorstep and a pool fit for an emperor.

      I hope those help – please call us if you need anything else – and we love your new name too!

      Susannah

  32. Hi

    We’re looking for Maldives for our honeymoon may 2015. We have already visited meedhupparu and loved it. We would like the same small island feel but with a little more waw factor, please help x

  33. Hello,

    We are planning on island hopping in Hawaii. We’re sorted for the big island but Maui and Kuaui are ones we’re struggling with. Any ideas? Don’t want to blow the budget entirely but something romantic and boutique-y would be fab.

    Thanks so much

    K

  34. Hi my partner and I are getting married in mid-october this year, we’re planning on going to Montenegro, do you have any recommendations of places to stay?

    We’re ideally wanting to be near the coast and have a mixture of things to do (sights/adventure) as well as relaxing. From the research I’ve already done I think we would need to fly to Dubrovnik and travel to Montenegro from there as there are no direct flights from the UK so we were thinking of staying there for a couple of nights too. The only reservation I have about going to Montenegro/Croatia in Oct is the weather. Any advice and suggestions you may have would be very much appreciated. Jess

    1. Hi Jess,

      I haven’t explored Montenegro personally, but Dubrovnik has a really amazing hotel that I adore: Villa Dubrovnik — https://bit.ly/ObsJfL. It’s a stylish (and very grown-up: no kids allowed) hideaway on the edge of a cliff. The location’s incredible, and the hotel more than lives up to its spectacular surroundings.

      Bon voyage!

      Susannah

  35. Was looking for a afforable honeymoon spot we are getting married 5/9/2015 seems like all these suggestions are great but seem very expensive! we currently live in Boston Ma so would like to travel somewhere tropical

  36. HI Susannah!

    My fiancé and I will be honeymooning in early March 2015 for one week. We are looking for a beachy, relaxing, warm getaway. Do you have advice on a location or hotel that gives the exclusive, relaxing feeling but does keep costs in mind? We live in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

    Thanks for the advice!
    Christine

    1. Hi Christine,

      How about a staycation of sorts in sun-kissed California? Sixty Beverly Hills (https://bit.ly/1fhwxeM) is low-cost but still luxurious, with a sleek pool area and sultry suites. Petit Ermitage (https://bit.ly/MIFDoN) has a rooftop pool and interiors straight out of Alice in Wonderland.

      The Standard Miami (https://bit.ly/1bZeuUh) also offers a much-needed Vitamin D boost and some R ‘n’ R in design-led surroundings. It’s just a sarong-clad shimmy from the beach too…

      Have a fabulous honeymoon and please call us if you need a little more help!

      Susannah

  37. Hi,
    Any recommendations for luxury but family friendly hotels. We are getting married at the end of May 2015 and will be taking our daughters (6,8 years) on our honeymoon.

    We want something short haul, but still really special for all of us without breaking the bank!
    Thank you 🙂

  38. We are looking at going to either Malaysia, Borneo and Bali or Australia for 2-3 weeks. Is this do-able and what would be the pros and cons of each destination? We are mainly city breakers so concerned about the nature side of Borneo and also the high costs of Australia. We are getting married end of August so would like to go for 2-3 weeks afterwards. Any advice would be great. Thank you.

  39. Great article the Smiths! Pleased to read it! We are now planning our honeymoon to Bali and got confused with offers. We already decided with a travel company but it so complicated for us to choose a package. We’ll be travelling in November and seems like many places are the same that you’ve visited. If you’ll have a time please suggest us what package to choose if we would love to experience the real Bali as you did https://7.holiday/bali-honeymoon-packages? Thanks a lot! Peace!

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