Here are some enchanting vacations to swoon over with your lover.
The boutique hotel hunters at Mr & Mrs Smith have made romance their business (literally), so you can trust them when it comes to romantic recommendations. All loved up with nowhere to go? Take a peek at these five kiss-causing stays in some of the world’s most amorous destinations: Amalfi, Paris, Sri Lanka, Mykonos and Mauritius. If you’re not in love when you check in, you will be when you check out.
Casa Angelina? Casa Cupid, more like. From the rooftop terrace of Casa Angelina, the ocean view spreads out before you like an azure blanket, disturbed only by the island bumps of Capri and Li Galli and the rocky toe of Italy stretching into the horizon. Every fixture, fitting and furnishing gleams brilliant white, solely offset by the wild and whimsical colours of the Murano glass sculptures dotted around the communal areas. Although we love the views of Praiano from the Grand Deluxe Suite, Junior Suite 401 has to be the most reach-for-the-camera impressive, with a vast private terrace offering 180º views of Positano and Capri from the comfort of a luxurious lounger and a unique Duravit Starck bath tub.
Smith Extra: Champagne and fresh fruit on arrival, a romantic bath on the first night, and a Casa Angelina gift on departure
Exotically styled by Tarfa Salam, Hôtel Daniel‘s lavish decor mixes beautiful Toile de Jouy, hand-painted wallpapers and Chinese carpets with a sea-green palette to create a whimsical and elegant concoction of Chinoiserie. Opening each door is like flicking through the pages of a traveller’s diary. The exquisite interiors will have you dreaming of faraway places – but a quick glance outside brings you back to modern Paris, where the chic boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants of the Champs-Elysées await. Bed down in one of the Deluxe rooms on the sixth floor; 602 has a large bathroom with a spectacular view of the Parisian rooftops.
Smith Extra: Mariage Frères tea served with house-made cookies
Living Heritage Koslanda sits in an area called God’s Forest; spend five minutes amid its cinnamon-scented serenity and you’ll soon see why. Romantic, rustic rooms, a dazzling hilltop infinity pool and a brilliant chef keep things heavenly. Instead of visiting angels, elephants stomp by during the drier months. For maximum privacy, opt for the Garden Villa, set away from the main building and tucked in the undergrowth, close to the hotel’s jaw-drop hilltop infinity pool, which surveys the valley below. Staff will also point you in the direction of a secluded waterfall and river that you can swim in (depending on the season), close to the hotel.
Smith Extra: A bottle of wine
Cloistered in a coconut grove, adults-only boutique resort 20 Degres Sud has 36 colonial-style rooms and suites by a quiet beach, with some just steps from the water’s edge. The hotel’s informal and intimate style, with bookshelf-lined lounges and there-when-you-need-them staff, lets you daydream that you’re in your own island home. One-off dining experiences, such as eating grilled lobster (there’s a six-course menu dedicated to the marine crustacean) on a private island or dining on a vintage catamaran, add a special flourish. Rooms are mod-colonial in style, with dark wood and leather against white walls and linens, gauze-veiled four-poster beds and designer Belgian furnishings.
Smith Extra: A bottle of champagne and 25 per cent off spa treatments
This beachside boutique hotel in Mykonos Town offers sea-view serenity and contemporary coastal cool. Achingly hip and refreshingly chilled, Bill & Coo is the designer destination of choice for jet-set romantics. A classy combination of glass and wood-panel flooring surrounds the infinity pool, where you can unwind on banquettes or sun loungers and admire the view (and your fellow guests); the poolside lounge bar is a picture of glassy elegance, made for mojitos and midnight seduction. The spacious white-and-baby-blue suites all have private terraces with sun loungers, but for that genuine master-of-all-you-survey feeling, opt for a Deluxe Suite so you can admire the Aegean from your hot tub.
Smith Extra: A bottle of fine wine in your suite
Mr & Mrs Smith gets you the best rates, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call the Smith24 team toll-free on 800 905 326, or visit mrandmrssmith.com.