Romance-laden boudoirs, bars manned by master mixologists and exotic spas… Winners at this year’s Smith Hotels Awards hailed the must-go honeymoon destinations for 2016. So, here are my top three award-winning hotels for a seductive honeymoon stay…
Bellevue Syrene, Sorrento, Italy – Winner of the ‘Sexiest Bedroom in the World’ Award
The Bay of Naples glitters below this clifftop perch, ensuring many romantic evenings spent on the sunbathing deck. However, it’s the Roccia Suite of the Bellevue Syrene that will set your heart a’flutter. A rugged Roman grotto with sea views and a veiled four-poster bed steps from a hydrotherapy pool. There’s also a guest lift to the shore, a hammam and decadent dining, if you can stir from your suite.
Doubles from £210.89 per room, per night, including breakfast*.
The Zetter Townhouse, London, England – Winner of the ‘Hottest Hotel Bar’ Award
Tony Conigliaro, a mad scientist of molecular mixology, adds quirky ingredients (plum shrub, bee pollen) and homemade bitters and tinctures to The Zetter Townhouse bar’s remarkable cocktails. The hotel’s idiosyncratic decor – upcycled-tea-chest furnishings, hand-painted wallpaper, taxidermy, and a portrait of invented patron, Aunt Wilhelmina – feels homey, and close to its hidden away setting lies Farringdon’s five-star eateries.
Doubles from £165 per room, per night*.
The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam – Winner of the ‘Best Spa Hotel’ Award
The Nam Hai luxury resort’s villas are steps from iconic China Beach, close to Hoi An. Its cutting-edge design is coolly romantic, with net-canopied platform beds, soft lighting and bathtubs for two. The spa is unashamedly luxurious. Pavilions decked out like gold-and-black lacquer boxes float atop a koi-filled lagoon, each with twin beds for couples to indulge in therapeutic and rejuvenating treatments, including a Romantic Bathing Ceremony – a headily scented soak à deux.
Doubles from £356.20 per room, per night*.
*Prices correct November 2015.
Guest post by Claire Wilson of Mr & Mrs Smith
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