When choosing a hotel for your fantasy honeymoon, some newly-wedded couples might gun for a unique location or stylish interiors. But once you've found your perfect romantic getaway, why not go the extra mile and pick the a bedroom with the most opulent decor and sensuous touches for your nights in? Here, luxury hotel curator Mr & Mrs Smith selects five of the sexiest bedrooms in the world.
Corfu Suite, Blakes Hotel, London, United Kingdom
Each room at Anouska Hempel's South Kensington boutique hotel is individually designed, and all are inspired by various far-off lands: Russia, India, Turkey, and so on. Winner of the sexiest bedroom in the world at the Smith Hotel Awards 2013, the Corfu Suite is stylish and romantic, with a come-hither confection of fluffy pillows and opulent fabrics that you’ll want to dive into and never leave. Located at a discreet South Kensington address; the hotel has a star-studded guestbook. Visit the seductively lit, boudoir-chic restaurant at Blakes – offering modern European dining with Eastern influences – to try pan-fried oysters with sesame seeds and sweet soy, wok-fried salt-and-pepper soft-shell crabs, Dover sole or beef teriyaki.
Smith Extra: Blakes truffles and free Continental breakfast throughout your stay.
Sansovino Stanza, Aman Canal Grande, Venice, Italy
If you feel like being a film star for a couple of nights, the Aman Canal Grande offers you a hidden jetty for your water-taxi from the airport, as well as a bedroom once graced by George Clooney. Famously the wedding venue for gorgeous George and his wife Amal Amalluddin, the hotel has a rich interior laden with historic frescoes, as well as a rare private garden. Do things properly and check-in to the Sansovino Stanza Suite with its wood-panelling, painted friezes and fireplace crafted by the famed 16th-century architect Jacopo D’Antonio Sansovino. It has canal views and a bed big enough to accommodate a small town. Good luck trying to drag yourself away to see a bit of Venice.
Smith Extra: A bottle of champagne on arrival.
Water Villa No. 5, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam
In need of a little refuge from the world? Isolated in a crescent-shaped bay accessible only by boat, the rustic yet undeniably luxurious Six Senses Ninh Van Bay boutique retreat near Nha Trang offers the weary a total reality break. Coming out on top in the Sexiest Bedroom category at the Smith awards last year, Water Villa No. 5 is the place to check-in and check out. With a ladder from the villa straight into the sea, and a location sat on a paparazzi-proof private bay in the South China Sea, privacy and discretion is provided. The villa also has its own generously-proportioned plunge pool.
Smith Extra: A 30-minute foot massage or body scrub for two people.
Suite 57, Viceroy New York, United States
Buttoned-up Midtown Manhattan gets a much needed dose of downtown cool at the Roman and Williams-designed Viceroy New York hotel. A favourite for visitors and locals alike, the hotel boasts distinct design, a central location, and a year-round rooftop bar. Book in to the hotel’s Kingside restaurant - it blends classic Parisian bistro (think leather banquettes and mirrored walls) with an American-style diner by way of glossy subway tiles and checkerboard floors. Pick Suite 57 for its floor-to-ceiling views of Central Park and a dash of old-era elegance.
Smith Extra: A Neil George travel kit.
Ocean Pool Villa, Alila Villas Soori, Bali, Indonesia
On the unspoilt shores of southwest Bali, Alila Villas Soori delivers architecturally accomplished and zen-like minimalist villas paired with the peerless beauty of the Indian Ocean. You won’t go far wrong for romance here – every villa boasts a private pool, and each is tailor made for tranquility. But for the ultimate romantic retreat, choose an Ocean Pool Villa for direct access to the beach and indoor and outdoor rain showers. If you can drag yourself away, Bali’s undeveloped west coast awaits, with its untouched beaches and cultural attractions – don’t miss the 16th-century Tanah Lot temple.
Smith Extra: Early check-in and 3pm late check-out (subject to availability), plus a 90-minute Balinese massage for each guest.
This story was contributed by Mr & Mrs Smith, the curated edit of the best boutique boltholes, with a collection of 1,000 hotels around the world.