It’s okay to be a tiny bit selfish on your honeymoon – when else do you get to be? But as suitably spoiling as luxurious lodgings, indulgent dining, in-pairs pampering and out-of-the ordinary adventures are, sometimes it’s nice to give a little something back, too. Here, travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have handpicked some eco-conscious escapes perfect for a honeymoon with a heart.
Hotel Tugu Bali, Bali, Indonesia
A luxury pioneer on the shores of chic surf spot Canggu Beach, in southwest Bali, vibrant Hotel Tugu’s romantic mood is enhanced by the owner’s world-class collection of museum-quality Indonesian antiquities dotted throughout its seductive thatched suites. Its impact on this prized peninsula is kept to a minimum by recycling avidly, reusing waste water and spearheading regular beach clean-ups – the hotel even runs English classes for the local community.
Smith extra: A one-hour massage for two; or for three-night stays, either a one-hour signature Gemulai Penari massage or a private torch-lit dinner for two on the beach
The Scarlet, Cornwall, United Kingdom
This comely Cornish retreat, set high on the cliffs above Mawgan Porth, champions a ‘cherish the world’ ethos. Specifically the world of Cornwall, with local car-pooling staff, a guest gifting scheme to Surfers Against Sewage (among others) and sea-fresh catches leaping onto the restaurant’s plates each evening. Coastal chills are kept at bay thanks to careful heat-management processes. The Scarlet also manages to retain its eco credentials without scrimping on pampering: there are log-fired hot tubs, the rock-studded outdoor pool is reed-filtered and chemical-free, and therapies take place in lantern-lit, tented rooms. As for its clifftop setting, plenty of glass is used to maximise the seductive surf-breaks-and-sand views. A luxurious British seaside stay with a soul.
Smith extra: A jar of Red Stuff & Wild preserve and a bag of homemade ricciarelle biscuits
Gayana Eco Resort, Sabah, Malaysia
Ecology is at the heart of this romantic South China Sea-meets-jungle resort a short hop from Singapore and Hong Kong. This green-minded getaway features a scattering of stilted villas – made from indigenous belian hardwood – set on a peaceful lagoon, and even has its own marine research centre which has pioneered giant clam conservation programmes. You’ve got direct access to the sea from these overwater bungalows, so a variety of water-and land-based activities await, including some soothing spa sessions and a PADI dive centre to go undersea exploring from.
Smith extra: BlackSmith members get a romantic dinner table set-up on the day of arrival; SilverSmiths get an hour's guided kayaking, snorkelling or jungle trekking tour; GoldSmiths get a 45-minute spa session for two on the day of arrival
Vivere Suites And Rooms, Lake Garda, Italy
Vivere Suites cuts a curious figure – a cluster of mod 21st-century villas around a day-bed strewn pool deck – but its chic concrete- and glass-walled cells work in harmony with the lush countryside and look all the more striking set against majestic mountains and vine-filled valleys. Given its fertile surroundings, food served on site is sourced from local vendors or home-grown on the farm and nearby vineyards. Hot water and under-floor heating are solar powered and cool stone floors provide natural air conditioning. The hotel’s carbon footprint is offset and electricity is purchased from renewable sources. Recline by the lantern-lit pool at night and you’ll be hard pushed to think of a more romantic – or responsible – retreat.
Smith extra: A jar of honey from the onsite apiary or a bottle of extra-virgin olive oil from the family's olive groves, depending on the season
Paresa, Phuket, Thailand
Named after the 'heaven of heavens' in Sanskrit, Paresa perches high on the cliffs of Kamala Bay, with sandy beaches within easy reach and god-given views of Andaman Sea sunsets from all of its contemporary rooms. Sensitively designed around existing trees to make the most of its 30-acre coastal setting – with a natural palette of stone, timber and green slate roofs so it blends in with the bush – this restful resort does romance to the max. Opt for the 'Infinity dining' option, and staff will set up a day-bed for two suspended over the LED-lit infinity pool, where waiters will wade out to serve you supper beneath the stars.
Smith extra: A Thai set lunch with a glass of house wine for two at Talung Thai Restaurant