Postcard-worthy sunsets and candlelit dinners are all very well, but honeymoons without a dose of adventure can be a downer. Travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith are no strangers to getting your pulse racing with some action and excitement: they’ve hand-picked five romantic getaways that are perfect for thrill-seeking newlyweds.
One&Only Hayman Island – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Blessed with warm azure waters and two spectacular swimming pools, this laid-back resort is all about the aquatic life. A stay here means bagging front-row seats to the Great Barrier Reef – a mighty stretch of beauteous beaches and out-of-this-world marine life along Queensland’s coastline. Divers are well catered for here, but there’s also plenty for the more timorous too, with seaplane tours, fishing adventures, and hiking tours on offer.
Smith extra: An 'Island Escapade' snorkelling trip for two to Blue Pearl Bay or Langford Island
Six Senses Yao Noi – Phang Nga, Thailand
It can be quite a struggle to tear yourself away from this hotel’s private pool villas and jaw-dropping views. But trust us, it'll be well worth it. Tucked away on an unspoilt island facing Phang Nga Bay’s picturesque limestone pinnacles, the resort has access to some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkelling sites, as well as sea-kayaking and sailing equipment. Can't find your sea legs? Hop on a boat to nearby Krabi or Phuket for elephant trekking, mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing.
Smith extra: A Smith-tailored 30-minute foot massage or back, neck and shoulder massage for two people.
Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa – Bahia, Brazil
A collection of stylish casas just off Trancoso’s historic square, this boutique retreat wouldn’t look out of place in the pages of a trend-spotting magazine. Days here could easily be spent swinging in a hammock or strolling the powder-soft white sand beaches, but there’s more to savour in this remote coastal village. Take a horseback ride through the Unesco-protected town, bike through mangroves forests or visit the hotel’s studio for a lesson in Capoeira: a soul-stirring mix of Brazilian music, dance and martial arts.
Smith extra: A bottle of champagne in your room on arrival. Members staying five nights or more will receive a special Smith cocktail each, and a free candlelit meal for two on the Quadrado.
Baros – Maldives
Surrounded by a crystal clear coral lagoon, this eco-friendly hotel ticks all the right boxes for a fantasy island experience: expect thatched overwater villas, a fibre-optic-lit pool, and a tranquil spa. This idyllic hideaway has its own diving centre, but if you’d rather stay above the waves, the water sports centre can arrange everything from wake boarding to glass-bottom kayaking. Don’t miss out on an chartered excursion on a traditional wooden sailing dhoni to explore the atoll.
Smith extra: A couple's sunset cruise with champagne and canapés.
Ventana Inn & Spa – Big Sur, United States
A hidden paradise on California’s central coast, this sprawling hillside resort has a decadent spa, two pools, and a farm-to-table restaurant. Adventure-seekers will feel right at home amongst the rustic-chic cabins: there are 243 acres of land to explore, with state parks within easy reach and hiking routes leading to the region’s wild beaches. It’s worth packing your boots for the trek: whales pass through here on their migration route in April and December.
Smith extra: $75 resort credit for spa and restaurant.
Mr & Mrs Smith gets you the best rates, guaranteed, 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.