Ever dreamt of tying the knot on a private tropical island? Or being washed up on a sandy, sea-circled idyl for your honeymoon? Travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have compiled some of the world’s most spectacular private-island hotels, where gasp-worthy panoramas, blissful activities and world-beating service are as standard. Dive in…
DOLPHIN ISLAND – Fiji Islands, Fiji
With just four thatch-roofed bedrooms, or bures, set on lush lawns surrounded by palms, this 13-acre island north of Viti Levu (Fiji’s main island), makes for an idyllic wedding destination. Guests arrive in style by boat to a long, curving jetty that leads to the central pavilion and pool of this mini-paradise. Interiors nod to simple, Pacific living – shell-fringed mirrors; a sky-blue-and-white palette – and couples can retire to the hilltop sleep-out bure for a night under the stars.
Smith extra: A Fijian cultural evening of song and dance with a traditional feast on your last day
SIX SENSES ZIL PASYON – Seychelles
Newlyweds beware: you set the bar extremely high for future holidays together if you honeymoon at Six Senses Zil Pasyon. Set on pristine private island Félicité, this little-known hideaway features three beaches set against a backdrop of turquoise sea, tropical vegetation and soaring rocky outcrops. Dip into your private pool, snorkel in the island’s crystal-clear waters, and have your shoulder knots worked loose in the beachside Six Senses Spa. In the evening, sip from a jar of house-made rum and watch as the sun melts into the horizon.
Smith extra: One 30-minute foot massage or body scrub for two
MILAIDHOO ISLAND – Maldives
Whether set in your overwater villa-on-stilts or beachside, sand-set lodge (each toting its own infinity pool), the key to stays on Milaidhoo Island is that you’ll feel like you’re miles from everyone else – even though you’ll find three restaurants, a sandy-floored bar, a main pool (with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views), a yoga pavilion and a dive centre on your doorstep. It all amounts to a blissfully secluded retreat in the reef-flanked, Unesco-protected Baa Atoll – just perfect for couples in need of a well-earned, post-wedding relax.
Smith extra: A 90-minute Maldivian cooking class for two at the Shoreline Grill, followed by lunch
CAYO ESPANTO – San Pedro, Belize
You won’t mind catching island fever at this exclusive island resort, made up of just seven luxurious wooden villas dotted amid the palms. Cayo Espanto is three miles off the coast of Belize, reached by an hour-long boat journey – but more than worth the effort. Your personal ‘houseman’ is on call 24 hours a day, and will bring you what you want, when you want – be it a picnic on a secluded beach or a blue-hued Espanto Wave cocktail in the ocean – your food and drink schedule is entirely in your hands. As anyone who’s been here for an unforgettable wedding or honeymoon will tell you: this is next-level luxury you can rely on.
Smith extra: A massage each
AMANPULO – Pamalican Island, Philippines
Swim out to the floating Kawayan pontoon bar for liquid refreshments at this boutique bolthole on a reef-fringed island in the Philippines. Besides sugar-soft sand and crystal clear waters, Amanpulo delivers a knockout spa, sunset and starlight cruises, and airy casitas with spacious, sea-facing decks. Our honeymoon highlight? Ask staff to arrange a private picnic for you both on the beach against a backdrop of some of the finest views of neighbouring islands in all of Asia.
Smith extra: A one-hour Amanpulo massage for two
With Mr & Mrs Smith you’ll enjoy our 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.