The slowed-down pace, jaw-dropping sea views and bucolic landscapes make the Mediterranean an ideal destination for newlyweds who’re ready for relaxation after the excitement of their big day. So, from coastal Spain and southern France to Santorini and Capri, travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have compiled a list of villas, casitas – even a former clifftop fort – to help you find that unforgettable sun-kissed honeymoon.
CAPRI PALACE HOTEL & SPA – Capri, Italy
Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, whose vaulted ceilings and columns are the backdrop for sumptuous artworks and giant furnishings, is home to both elegant L’Olivio, the only restaurant in Capri with two Michelin stars, and Il Riccio, a Michelin-starred poolside bistro just metres from the famous Blue Grotto. The hotel’s celebrated cuisine is well worth your time, but we love simply lazing by the pool overlooking the Isle of Ischia and nibbling on exotic-fruit skewers. We’d also recommend the highly regarded medical spa, Capri Beauty Farm, which specialises in leg treatments to relieve the tensions from a day of exploration.
Smith Extra: A fruit plate on arrival; Smith members booking Star Junior Suites or higher room types also get a bottle of champagne, 50-minute massage a person and a three-course meal for two at L'Olivo on arrival; GoldSmiths receive a €75 voucher for L'Olivo
CHROMATA – Santorini, Greece
Aside from spare splashes of colour, luxury resort Chromata’s minimalist style invites the bright blues of Santorini’s sky and sea to diffuse across its walls like watercolour paint on a blank canvas. But it’s the hotel’s magnificent setting at the highest point of the caldera and the infinity pool hovering above the Aegean that makes couples coo. Stay in one of the immaculate Honeymoon Suites, where an expansive terrace with its own secluded Jacuzzi room allows you to spy on the caldera in enviable fashion.
Smith Extra: A bottle of champagne on arrival. GoldSmiths get an additional room upgrade, early check-in and late check-out (all subject to availability)
CAP ROCAT – Mallorca, Spain
Make love not war at Cap Rocat’s former military fort, hidden on a cliff in a peaceful pocket of Palma bay. More heritage site than hotel, the fort’s defensive paraphernalia (drawbridge, bunkers, trenches) provide a dramatic setting for pared-down boutique bedrooms, a dazzling infinity pool and two tempting restaurants. Cap Rocat suites are former shooting pads, each with their own private patio and terrace. And rest assured, no artillery fire will interrupt this retreat; Cap Rocat is a place of utter peace and tranquillity.
Smith Extra: A bottle of cava in your room on arrival
MONACI DELLE TERRE NERE – Sicily, Italy
Elegant and eco-friendly, Monaci delle Terre Nere hotel is a dusky pink, 19th-century villa, spectacularly situated on a 40-acre farm between the Mediterranean coast and Mount Etna. The decor – reclaimed wood furnishings, an antique palmento wine press and Phillipe Starck chairs set against black lava walls – echoes the dramatic surroundings; and local-knowledge gurus, Guido and Ada, make you feel right at home. For honeymooners, choose Suite Amabile – it’s gloriously spacious, with exposed brickwork, sloping beams, a fireplace, freestanding Jacuzzi by the bed, and shuttered windows from which to admire Etna’s peak.
Smith Extra: A glass of local Etna wine on arrival.
CAP D’ANTIBES BEACH HOTEL – Côte d’Azur, France
Top of the class for architecture and design, Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel has as much glitter as the surrounding sea, with its polished glass and concrete planes. Inside, things are equally dazzling, with the renowned Les Pêcheurs restaurant that has gastronomic gravitas overseen by Michelin star-awarded chef Nicolas Rondelli, and bold bedrooms, decked out with a modishly marine theme. The black mosaic-tiled 'vitality' pool looks as though it overflows into the sea – peer at it from your loungers for hours of romantic relaxation.
Smith Extra: A flask of port and Mignardises pastries
With Mr & Mrs Smith you’ll enjoy the best-price guarantee, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call toll free at 800 905 326 or visit mrandmrssmith.com.