From twin-centre trips to destinations made for driving, Mr & Mrs Smith explores five unique honeymoon ideas
After the hustle and bustle of your big day, flopping down on a beach within easy reach of a swim-up bar can certainly sound very appealing. But your first trip away as Mr and Mrs can also set the tone for the rest of your life together. The best honeymoons are a heady mix of adventure, back-to-nature romance and, yes, gorgeous white sands to stretch out on. Madevi Dailly from boutique hotel expert Mr & Mrs Smith has lined up five once-in-a-lifetime trips to get your heart racing…
Pair a jaunt in glitzy, hedonistic Miami with an idyllic getaway on Mexico's Riviera
Maya, where white-sand beaches, Mayan ruins and snorkelling hotspots await you. Art deco glamour puss Tides South Beach has water-view rooms at the heart of Miami's Ocean Drive. Just north of Playa del Carmen, adults-only escape Viceroy Riviera Maya beckons with beautiful beachfront villas and a Mayan-inspired spa.
A 10-night trip costs from £2,700 p/p incl flights and private transfers.
This beach-fringed paradise is a land of natural wonders, where scuba diving, birdwatching and hammock-lazing are always on the agenda. Start at El Silencio Lodge & Spa, a hideaway of just 16 cabanas tucked away in the jungle. Perched above the Pacific, Kurà is a hip retreat on the south-western Osa Peninsula, with green credentials and a jaw-dropping infinity pool. Get away from it all at Lapa Rios' tropical tree houses before a romantic stay at Finca Rosa Blanca in Santa Barbara - the perfect pick-me-up before heading home.
An 11-night trip costs from £3,396p/p B&B, incl flights and transfers.
Enjoy a senses-stimulating spell in Sri Lanka, a country of wildlife-rich jungles, Buddhist temples and palaces. In Colombo, the 200 year-old manor house known as The Wallawwa is set in lovingly-tended tropical gardens. Head north to The Kandy House in the heart of Hill Country, before exploring the peaceful plantation of the Ceylon Tea Trails. The Maldives is a short flight away: the floating villas of Cocoa Island by Como (pictured) deliver the ultimate beach fix.
A 12-night trip costs from £3,299p/p B&B, incl flights and transfers.
A Californian road trip is a real classic: start at LA's legendary Hollywood haunt Chateau Marmont, then make your way to the Big Sur's dramatic cliffhanger Post Ranch Inn, voted Best Hotel in last year's Smith Hotel Awards. Stay in old officers' quarters at Cavallo Point before retreating to the Napa Valley and The Carneros Inn's hot tubs and chaises longues.
An 11-night trip costs from £2,928p/p, incl flights and car hire.
You may be far from the north's national parks, but this coastal route's whale watching, wondrous winelands and sheltered bays will leave a lasting memory. In the foothills of the 1,085m Table Mountain, Kensington Place is the elegant kick-off point for your driving tour. There's a hint of Versailles in La Residence, an elegant Winelands estate where you can live in the lap of luxury. Perched above the Indian Ocean, Birkenhead House makes for an intimate retreat. End your journey at Tsala Treetop Lodge with a dash of imperial glamour in a secluded suite on stilts.
A 10-night trip costs from £2,499p/p B&B, incl flights and car hire.
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