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Honeymoons with Mr & Mrs Smith
When it comes to romantic getaways, no one knows better than we do the value of an inviting king-size bed, a bath tub big enough for two, and a private rooftop terrace with unobstructed sunset views. We’ve spent the last decade checking in to the world’s most stylish and inspiring boutique hotels, and helping couples plan jaunts all around the world.
With more than 10 years of romantic-travel expertise under our belts, we can help you organise the tailor-made itinerary of your most decadent dreams. With more than 65 countries in our repertoir, we know all the right spots for a Californian road trip, Greek island-hopping adventure, Caribbean tropical hideaway, Tuscan rustic-chic vineyard retreat and so much more
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This calls for champagne
You want your honeymoon to be one of those unforgettable experiences that you’ll be talking about for the rest of your married lives, right? That’s why we’ve created our Just Married Pass, a whole package designed just for discerning honeymooners like you.
You don’t need to have the Just Married Pass to plan your honeymoon with us, but it sure helps. Upgrades at every hotel? Check. Around-the-clock concierge service to help you discover under-the-radar destinations and excursions? Of course. And five per cent back on every Smith booking? Well, who wants a toaster, anyway?
So what’s on your dream itinerary? A Fijian lagoon surrounded by fruit-laden mango trees where you can float undisturbed on aquamarine waters? Or dinner at a secret Parisian restaurant, hidden away down a cobblestone alley, where the chef will cook just for you two?
It’s a recurring fantasy: you and your love strolling hand-in-hand through a Mediterranean market sampling just-pressed olive oil or leisurely sipping Chianti at a café as stylish locals parade past. You somehow wind up at a secluded villa in the vineyard-dotted countryside, where you’re clinking glasses yet again, this time toasting the Titian-tinged sun as it sets on another perfect day. This, as the Italians say, is la dolce vita, and, with a little guidance from the experts at Mr & Mrs Smith, this vision of the sweet life can easily become your honeymoon reality.
It’s one of the world’s most romantic cities – a love affair of culture, commerce and good living – and a swoon-worthy starting point for a honeymoon. Your choice will be confirmed the moment you arrive at the sleek Continentale Hotel, a high-fashion, Ferragamo-designed retreat overlooking the ancient Arno River and medieval streets below. It won’t be easy, but do tear yourself away from your sumptuous suite to wander the fairy-tale squares, tour centuries-old churches, and peruse astonishing stashes of artwork or fine leather markets with exclusive Mr & Mrs Smith-arranged outings. Take an insider-shopping trip to the Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo, a labyrinth of produce vendors, butchers and specialty olive oil, wine and spice stalls. Or, skip the snaking queues at world-famous museums with an intimate guided tour of Michelangelo’s masterpieces and breath-taking works by Botticelli. Consider it your backstage pass to this stunning city. What’s not to love?
Loaded up with luxury souvenirs, escape for your country retreat – specifically, the enchanting Borgo Santo Pietro, a lovingly restored 13th century villa with a sensuous spa. Honeymooners will love the lavish Santo Pietro Suite with antique furnishings, vast private balcony and a Roman steam bath and shower. Don’t let Tuscany’s popularity with tourists fool you into thinking you can’t get away from it all here. Sip your way through ‘Chiantishire,’ between Siena and Florence, on an exclusive tour to uncover your favourite bottles of Italy’s legendary wine. Or, saddle up and explore vineyards, olive groves and medieval villages with local guides on horseback. Unwind post ride at a family-owned farm with pecorino, prosciutto, salami, bruschetta, and, of course, some of the world’s finest Chiantis. Tuscany’s allure – mediaeval hilltop villages, ancient vineyard and sun-bathing in a poolside lounger for two – can be enjoyed at every pace.
The Amalfi Coast
Wind your way along the serpentine Amalfi Coast, one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world. It’s a route made for summer drives, cliff-top hikes, hidden-beach picnics and limoncello sipping at the terraced bars of Positano or Praiano. It’s also where you’ll find Bellevue Syrene, a boutique hotel built upon the ruins of a Roman villa. Survey the Gulf of Naples from a Superior Sea View room styled in soft sherbet-y hues of violet, rose and turquoise and accented with sparkling chandeliers and cool marble. For a day trip, cast off from the Sorrentine Peninsula for Capri and have your Smith concierge arrange for a not-to-be-missed romantic boat tour of the impossibly turquoise blue coves. We promise that you’re not dreaming, but, rather, living your dream honeymoon.
Language of love
No one does romance better than the French. Whether that’s sipping espresso à deux at a sidewalk café overlooking the Seine while an accordion’s tune floats down the cobbled streets, or throwing open the bedroom windows of your Provençal farmhouse to the scents of lavender and olive groves. Or even wandering hand-in-hand along the beach as the azure waters of the Riviera lap at your feet. With a little guidance from the experts at Mr & Mrs Smith, this vision of la vie en rose can easily become your honeymoon reality.
First stop… Paris
Where better to start your honeymoon than the City of Love? An intimate ville of boulevards, boutiques and brasseries, Paris is the ultimate in style and cuisine. Get your first taste at Philippe Starck’s surprisingly restrained Le Royal Monceau, a sophisticated, art-inspired Haussmannian hôtel at one of the city’s prime addresses. Meander down the street and find the Arc de Triomphe towering over you, or head the other direction and get lost among the elegant stone buildings, neighbourhood cafés and tempting boulangeries and pâtisseries. Skip the queues to see the world’s greatest art at the Louvre, and dine at the table of honour at such landmarks as Benoit on exclusive Mr & Mrs Smith-arranged outings. Get private appointments at the trendy designer boutiques of the Marais, learn the secrets to baking a true Parisian baguette at an artisan boulanger and channel Hemingway with a wander through the Latin Quarter.
Stocked up on designer finds and stuffed full of steak tartare, ditch the city in favour of the verdant olive groves and limestone villages of the southern French countryside. Wind your way along Rhône, through the fruit orchards and fields of lavender, to Alain Ducasse’s romantic hillside hideaway, La Bastide de Moustiers. Make like Cézanne and hike up the nearby cliffs for dramatic views, then return home to nap in a hammock in the garden before a pastis aperitif on the patio and dinner at Ducasse’s restaurant. Spend your days on private food tours of the region and learning to press its famous olive oil. Visit artisan pottery and textile workshops, and join winemakers on private tasting tours of local vineyards. It won’t take long to slip into the relaxed Provençal lifestyle.
Wrap up in… The French Riviera
Jump into a vintage convertible – don’t forget your sunglasses and scarf – and motor on down the winding roads to the brilliant blue waters of the legendary Côte d’Azur. On the coast that defined seaside glamour, make your first stop the majestic Cap Estel, a Mediterranean mansion with glitz and elegance worthy of Grace Kelly. We won’t tell if you just want to soak up some sun poolside, where the infinity pool seems to melt into the sea. Hop back into your car, though, and you’ll find yourself with top table reservations at Michelin-starred restaurants like the Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or; on private, historian-guided tours of the area’s many Roman ruins; and with off-hours access to Nice’s Matisse, Chagall and Picasso museums, the first of which was the painter’s home. Or, ditch the car completely and make for the ocean for a day out yachting and diving. After all, the Riviera’s all about indulging your whims.
Do you envision your honeymoon as a tropical idyll of sugary sand beaches, palm-fringed shore-lines and rum-tinged happy-hours set to a Reggae soundtrack? Head to Jamaica and you don't even have to leave the Western Hemisphere for this vision of relaxation. On this characterful Caribbean island, you can expect warmth in more ways than one – spicy jerk chicken, sea and sand stroked by sunrays, sizzling soca bars and belly-burning rum. Luckily, Jamaica also excels at cooling down and chilling out. If the heat gets too much, dip into the turquoise waters, request Bob Marley on the HiFi, sip an ice-cold Red Stripe and turn your lights down low.
Start at the top, literally: the sky-skimming Kanopi House. Set deep in the rainforest and curtained in tropical greenery, this group of eco-chic tree houses boasts hand-carved four-poster beds, outdoor showers and wraparound verandahs,. And the hotel’s philosophy is equally green – all the wood is sustainable, and local craftsmen and artists contributed to the design. You may never leave your jungle lovenest but, if you do, your Mr & Mrs Smith concierge has loads of suggestions for exploring the natural surroundings. Set off on a dragon-hunting excursion to the bottomless Blue Lagoon, which local legend says is home to a mythical winged critter. Perhaps a lazy float down the Rio Grande, with a boatman steering your passage as you relax back in your two-person settee, is more your speed. Whatever you decide, you’ll be sure to create memorable experiences that will last a lifetime.
Swing down from your tree-top perch and explore Jamaican beach life at the tranquil Goldeneye Hotel & Resort. This idyllic cluster of whitewashed cottages and suites is indeed named after the Brosnan Bond vehicle, but this is no gimmick: Ian Fleming penned all 14 of his James Bond novels in his villa, now the hotel’s centrepiece. The particularly private Lagoon Suite 8 – with a sumptuous king-size bed, balcony that juts out over the lagoon and secluded garden with private outdoor shower – seems made for honeymooners, and we'll warn you now that you may never want to leave. But, your Mr & Mrs Smith planner could help to arrange a day spent on horseback galloping through the waves at nearby Chukka Cove, or a trip with local fishermen to haul in the day’s catch (which hotel chefs will cook for you). Or simply stay put and stage your own action-adventure in the resort’s watersports area. Later, reward your physical stunts at the swim-up hillside spa (where you can book a full day of treatments) and cue the romantic scenes in the treetop restaurant. To quote the resort’s namesake film…Enjoy it while it lasts.
Honeymoons should be about getting away from it all, and few places are more far-flung and romantic than the post-colonial destinations of Southeast Asia. Together, you can wander through ancient ruins in an overgrown jungle, listen to the warm breeze ruffle the white gauzy drapes that frame your four-post bed and watch the sun set over the water from a traditional wooden boat. With a little guidance from the experts at Mr & Mrs Smith, this vision can easily become your honeymoon reality.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Lying between mist-shrouded mountains on the palm-lined banks of the Mekong, languid Luang Prabang is every bit the land of the lotus eaters and an ideal starting point for a far-flung honeymoon. Get the royal treatment from the moment your driver drops you off at the elegant and serene Satri House, a sprawling colonial Indochine compound that would still impress the Laotian prince it was built for at the turn of the last century. Hike up the central Mount Phousi for views over the whole valley, explore hidden caves filled with Buddha statues, take a private boat tour on the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and let a historian lead you around temples like Wat Xieng Thong and the former royal residence. Get lost in the winding alleys of the city’s well-preserved historic downtown, nibble croissants at French-style cafés and stock up on silks and sumptuous textiles at the Night Market. Just be sure to be back at the hotel in time for a gin and tonic on the veranda or at your prime dinner reservation at such iconic restaurants as Tamarind.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Leave your languid lifestyle for Siem Reap, a once-sleepy Khmer village whose neighbouring ruins have made it a bustling destination for adventurous travellers for over a century. Settle in behind your own colonial era façade at the Heritage Suites Hotel, a collection of chic and intimate bungalows set amid a lush tropical garden, before heading out for a cocktail at the legendary, art deco Foreign Correspondents Club bar and dinner of nouveau Khmer cuisine at AHA. Don’t stay out too late, though, because you’ll need to be up bright and early to hop into the hotel’s vintage car for your ride over to Angkor Wat and the surrounding temple complexes. After a Khmer historian takes you around and you’ve had enough of the dust and the heat, return home to indulge in body- and mind-restoring treatments at the hotel’s superlative spa. If you can tear yourself away from the pool, explore some of the town’s local restaurants, take a cooking class and, of course, load up on Khmer art with private gallery visits.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Ready to chill out and cool off? Then get your swimsuit out in postcard-perfect Nha Trang, Vietnam’s top beach destination. Make like a chic castaway as you arrive at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, located on the tip of a private jungle-clad peninsula, on the resort’s speedboat, the jagged peaks that back the main town receding behind you. In your secluded over-water villa, soak up the sun, go swimming straight in the sea below you or dip your toes in your private plunge pool. You’ll have to leave at least long enough to dine on fresh seafood with expansive views on the bay stretching out before you, or perhaps for your private sunset cruise on a traditional wooden boat. Hike through the jungle to hidden waterfalls, island hop by boat to try your hand at local fishing and go scuba diving among diverse and colourful sea life. Take a cooking class to learn some traditional Vietnamese dishes and let the eco-friendly spa soothe your body. We wouldn’t be surprised if you want to be castaways here forever.
Wild and wonderful Oz
As a symbolic start to your newly pronounced life together, think big; as big as Australia, a place so vast that it’s not only a country, but also an entire continent. From a cutting-edge city to secluded coastlines rich with exotic wildlife to up-and-coming wineries amid rolling hills, a honeymoon here will be anything but limiting. Think outside any box you've ever imagined before, because a Mr & Mrs Smith travel concierge can help you tailor a one-of-a-kind Australian experience for your trip of a lifetime.
Known for its sporting passion, cultural edge and cool take on music, fashion and food, Victoria’s capital is Australia’s most liveable city. And, The Prince Hotel, in the bohemian St Kilda district, is a flattering reflection of its locale – particularly Room 413, featuring an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, a Philippe Starck tub and private balcony. The cityscape is a quirky clash of elegant Victorian houses, skyscrapers and gardens, along with hidden laneways brimming with hip bars, graffiti-strewn galleries and high fashion stores. Tap into Melbourne’s creative underground with private tours of speciality boutiques and local designers, or follow a bespoke map to of-the-moment restaurants and cellars, one quaff at a time. Both strolls offer a must-see peek of this cool, cosmopolitan city.
Move on to…Freycinet Peninsula
Leave the cultured crowds behind for the native wildlife of the Freycinet Peninsula (pronounced Fray-sin-aye), which rises from Tasmania's low east-coast hills like the arching spine of a whale. This is the go-to destination for pristine shores, crowd-free trekking and seafood to savour. Make camp at Saffire, a jaw-dropping, stingray-shaped sanctuary that embraces the landscape and encourages you to chill out in style. The spacious suites make the most of the cobalt blue sea views, and just try to resist the seductive spa. It will be tough to pull yourself away from your private balcony, but do wander this rich landscape on Mr & Mrs Smith-arranged explorations. Discover deserted islands (have your camera ready for fur seal, albatross, penguin, dolphin and whale sightings), wild brush lands and secluded beaches on a signature Schouten Island experience. Venture out on a nocturnal wildlife safari in the woods followed by star-spotting as you cosy up by the campfire. If only all days could end that way…
Ease into the end of your ideal holiday in the rolling Barossa Valley, a patchwork of hillsides with more than 80 vineyards, producing mostly robust reds. A distinct local foodie culture has also evolved with cool cafés and sexy restaurants extolling regional fare. Settle in on a vine-lined hillside at The Louise, an exquisite, contemporary boutique hotel featuring 15 architecturally inspired suites in seductive mod tones, each with superb ensuites with spa tubs, an outdoor shower for star-lit shampooing and a private terrace. The facilities are state-of-the-art and the restaurant is truly outstanding. But, you’ve got reds to sample, and your Mr & Mrs Smith planner will help organize only top-flight private tours, tastings and meet-ups with influential winemakers at wineries like Charles Melton and Two Hands. Cheers to that…