On Santorini’s northern tip, Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites is two luxury stays in one. Just steps from Oia’s lively boutique-lined streets, the Suites are a honeymooner’s dream of postcard-perfect views, private Jacuzzis and romantic seclusion. A short stroll past the tranquil village church, the Hotel is a pared-down bolthole with pearl-white rooms, a small infinity pool and a chilled-out swim-up bar.
Mr & Mrs Smith x Fleur du Mal
The world, undressed
Like Fleur du Mal, Mr & Mrs Smith knows a thing or two about prompting romance, quickening pulses and causing clothes to drop to the floor. As the travel club for hotel lovers, we specialise in booking unforgettable stays for adventurous couples at the world’s best luxury boutique hotels.
Fleur du Mal has cherry-picked 11 of the world’s most seductive stays for the ultimate lovers’ escape. You could wake up in a Caribbean cottage, an overwater villa in the Maldives, safari suites in South Africa, or a Greek-island getaway, for example. (It’s entirely up to you how much sleep you get there.) Wherever you decide to bed down, don’t forget your favourite Fleur du Mal lingerie…
Need another nudge towards paradise? Book a stay of two nights or more at any Mr & Mrs Smith hotel and you’ll get $100 off. Just enter the promo code FLEUR100 at checkout (book by 30 November 2016).
Understandably, the Maldives are catnip for honeymooners. Como Cocoa Island delivers Maldivian magic by the bucket-(and-spade)load, thanks to its elegant overwater villas and dazzling sea-and-sky views. The 33 villas – inspired by traditional Keralan boathouses – have soothing, all-white interiors and teak floors. Spend your days scuba-diving to see technicolor coral, or unwind in the Como Shambhala spa.
The mountainside Como Uma Ubud boutique hotel in Jalan Raya Sanggingan (a five-minute drive from Ubud's city centre) is on a mission to relax and rejuvenate you. Given the incredible valley scenery, the soothing sounds of Balinese wildlife and Como’s beautiful thatched balés, it could hardly fail. Toast your romance via the the 15-strong martini menu (the jasmine tea and ginger-infused variant gets our vote).
Secrets by name, secret by nature: this hideaway has a walled garden where songbirds sing (we’re not making this up; they don’t do requests though). Spy on them – and each other – from one of the Junior Suites, which each have a canopied bed, high ceilings, large windows, a living space with antique-style sofas, and a lavish bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower. Don’t miss massages (Chinese, Japanese or ayurvedic) by the plunge pool, courtesy of the Source des Secrets spa.
Ravishingly regal La Mamounia hotel is set in royal gardens, styled with Moorish opulence, and as sensuous as a seraglio. Aware that its guests (Winston Churchill was a fan) expect the best, this den of decadence recruited luxury-lifestyle luminaries including Jacques Garcia and Olivia Giacobetti for its recent refurbishment, and world-class chefs to captain its restaurants. Bed down in the very English Churchill Suite: the prime minister’s favourite room has a Chesterfield desk and distressed leather sofa (Churchill’s hat is also a permanent feature).
Join the turtles and gem-bright tropical fish at Le Sereno’s coral reef cove and, when underwater adventures pall, retreat to this handsome hotel’s Parisian-style rooms and restaurant, set on a sparkling stretch of St Barths sand. The freshwater outdoor pool is just a belly-flop from the ocean; for additional liquid thrills, book a Grand Suite Plage for its ocean views and privacy (we heart number 26’s location: right next to the restaurant, with the beach just around the corner).
Fleur du Mal is offering Mr & Mrs Smith members 20 per cent off its saucy smalls; just head over to their website before 30 November 2016 and enter the code smith20 at checkout (excludes sale items and gift cards).
Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Jamaica was built as a colony of cottages for the rich, famous and glamorous of the 1950s. Today, not much has changed: the family-friendly resort’s shore-side pool villas, perfect spa and Ralph Lauren-designed suites make it the Caribbean hotspot of choice for wannabe JFKs and Jackie Os. The Spa at Round Hill is set in a restored 18th-century house over 10 acres by the Caribbean Sea, and offers treatments using local lemongrass, botanicals from the grounds and stones plucked from the ocean.
Housed in a cluster of white-washed stone buildings overlooking the Aegean Sea, San Giorgio Mykonos is a pared-down retreat for island hedonists. Flop in a hammock by the pool, explore the rocky shores of the private beach, then dance the night away under the starry skies – crashing in San Giorgio’s sleek boho rooms will feel like coming home. We’d point lovers towards the Famosa Suite, which has a dreamy sea-view verandah, with a cosy cocoon of a hammock for languorous lounging.
This luxury safari lodge in the Kruger National Park is a place of silence and solitude, surrounded by vast plains and magnificent wildlife. Singita Ebony's suites are decorated in sober and stylish colonial tones with splashes of crimson and saffron. Each room has a private pool, open fireplace, indoor/outdoor shower and game-viewing deck; the suites further away from the main lodge and restaurant offer maximum seclusion.
Five years ago, no one would have looked to the Bowery for Manhattan’s hottest boutique hotel, but the one-time skid row is now an irrepressible hipster hangout. The Bowery Hotel's light, bright bedrooms capture the classic style of New York apartments (complete with moodily lit tiled corridors), and its art-deco-inspired Lobby bar is a homey, wood-panelled haven from the unsleeping city. Expect Tuscan flavours at Gemma restaurant (there’s even a naughty Nutella calzone).
Sprawling down a hillside above Big Sur’s dramatic ocean cliffs, Ventana Inn & Spa hotel feels like your own Shangri-La – if that hidden paradise were on California’s Central Coast and was also home to a decadent spa, two pools, a farm-fresh restaurant and expansive rustic-chic cabins. For honeymoon-suite-style privacy and the sounds of the woods as a soundtrack, opt for the Cottage House, with its cosy leather armchairs and oversized deck looking out over the hills towards ocean.
We’re so inspired by Fleur du Mal's picks that we’re sharing a special offer to help you hit the road: use promo code FLEUR100 for $100 off a minimum two night stay at any hotel in our collection, valid through 30 November, 2016.