What makes a memorable honeymoon? Petals on the bed and sculpted towels have had their day. For a perfect post-wedding getaway, opt for secluded suites and hotels with jaw-dropping island or countryside views: here are five of the best from Mr & Mrs Smith’s hand-picked collection.
Grace Mykonos, Mykonos, Greece
Perched above Agios Stefanos’ sweep of sandy coast, Grace Mykonos is a bright and breezy retreat with bags of laid-back charm. Dressed with crisp linens and contemporary flair, most rooms are turned towards the Aegean and have enormous day-beds, spacious bathrooms and sea-facing balconies. At the top of the complex, the Honeymoon Suite has startling sea views from its private terrace, and an indulgent wet bar just within reach of the Jacuzzi.
Smith Extra: Bottle of champagne on arrival. Two-for-one dinner in Grace restaurant for all VIP Suite bookings
Villa Mahal, Antalya Province, Turkey
Overlooking the glittering Bay of Kalkan, this boutique resort on the Lycian coast rests on a fragrant hillside studded with lime, fig and frangipani trees. The Beach Club may not have powder-white sands, but here each guest gets a sunlounger-topped, cliff-clinging platform to themselves. We love the Cliff House, an utterly secluded villa mere steps from the coast with its own private infinity pool that appears to melt into the sea.
Smith Extra: A bottle of Kavaklidere Inci Damlasi, a Turkish sparkling wine
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Staking a stylish claim on Bali’s rugged Bukit Peninsula, Alila Villas Uluwatu is a cool, contemporary cliff-hanger of a resort, promising dramatic, eco-friendly design in a jaw-dropping setting. Panoramic views over the Indian Ocean complement architecturally striking pool villas, each with serene, minimalist interiors, seductive outdoor living spaces and personal butlers on tap. Stir in a top spa, fine dining and legendary surfing for an unforgettable holiday cocktail.
Smith extra: A 90-minute spa treatment for each guest
Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany, Italy
Set in a restored 13th-century period property, this boutique bolthole has classic Tuscan good looks: expect frescoed walls, hand-carved beds and ornate chandeliers. Take your time exploring the gorgeous grounds and sampling the prandial wonders of the Michelin-starred restaurant. Idyllic views of the Serena valley are best savoured from the pool, a freeform freshwater affair that blends in with the graceful contours of the landscaped gardens.
Smith Extra: One 40-minute massage per room
The Pavilions, Phuket, Thailand
On a verdant hilltop overlooking Layan Beach, this elegant, child-free resort ticks all the right boxes for a romantic escapade. Luxurious and seductive, the cosseting pool villas have their own walled entrance so you can eat, sleep and skinny dip in total privacy. Pack a pair of binoculars to take in the panoramic views from the bar; they’ll come in handy for spotting wildlife in nearby Sirinat National Park.
Smith Extra: A one-hour Pavilions oil massage for two