Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa, Mui Ne, Vietnam
Life is a beach – at least at Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa, which sprawls across three sandy, wave-lapped hectares in off-the-radar Mui Ne. Villas are styled with Vietnamese va-va voom: expect private pools, four-poster beds, and al fresco bathrooms. Spend some time getting lost in the hotel’s lush tropical gardens, but make sure you find the infinity pool at their centre, with the beach beckoning just beyond. After notching up a few laps, you’ll be ready for dinner at one of the hotel’s excellent restaurants: lemongrass mojitos and king prawns with vanilla at laid-back L’Anmien, or oysters, lobster, and champagne at fancy Thung.
Smith Extra: A bottle of wine on arrival
Putahracsa, Hua Hin, Thailand
Get your marriage off to a seductive start at Putahracsa in Hua Hin, where all that glitters isn’t gold – it’s calming white and beige. This stylish reinvention of Sixties motel architecture features romantic rooms and villas clustered around a rectangular infinity pool, bordered by wooden walkways and parasol-shaded day beds. The restaurant serves up delicious fusion food; nab a coveted table with two seats facing the sea (unless you’d rather stare into each other's eyes lovingly). You can also request yoga sessions or unwind entirely with snooze-inducing spa treatments.
Smith Extra: A bottle of wine, welcome massage for two and tropical drink on arrival, plus daily fresh fruit and free internet access
The Shaba, Bali, Indonesia
Disclaimer: you can’t take your private butler home with you following a stay at the Shaba, but you’re certainly allowed to make the most of him while you’re there. Indonesian indulgence doesn’t get much better than this, thanks to the hotel’s trio of ravishing rooms, delicious global cuisine, and gorgeous colonial architecture. You’ll be torn between admiring each other and the hotel's gorgeous details: weathered teak patina flooring, Indian tiles, pillared courtyard and hanging lanterns. Other highlights include the 18-metre lap pool and the Henna Spa (try the three-hour Traditional Royal Ritual treatment for maximum relaxation).
Smith Extra: A 30-minute massage each, plus a bottle of Tunjung Balinese sparkling wine for stays of two or more nights.
Jungle Beach Resort, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Nobody could blame you for wanting to be beach castaways after the stress of organising a wedding. At Jungle Beach Resort, you can pretend to be a pair of stranded Robinson Crusoes – amidst luxury. The resort is deliciously remote (near the rural village Kuchchaveli), the grounds are wondrously wild, and the mangrove-cloaked sleeping-quarters are blissfully private. It’s very likely that you’ll have the near-deserted beach all to yourselves; but if you get lonely, head to the bar and restaurant for tasty coconut and rum cocktails and charred cuttlefish. But don’t spend the whole time on dry land: the hotel’s house reef is an underwater wonderland of neon reef fish.
Smith Extra: A 30-minute jet-lag massage for two
Heure Bleue, Essaouira, Morocco
Minimooners who are hippies at heart will love laid-back, countercultural Essaouira: the favoured hangout of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. Heure Bleue’s bohemia comes with a generous dash of luxury: picture heavy carvings, sumptuous fabrics, glittering lamps, wooden-shuttered windows, and ravishing rooms. There’s a restaurant serving Moroccan and Mediterranean dishes, plus a billiards room and a gorgeous hammam with a cushion-decked relaxation room. Just say ‘I do’.
Smith Extra: Traditional hammam body scrub for two in the Zen Rituals space
Mr & Mrs Smith gets you the best rates guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call 800 905 326 toll-free or visit mrandmrssmith.com.