Madevi Dailly from boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith lines up 9 of the world’s most romantic bedrooms, from laid-back Australian islands to the wilds of the Zambia…
We all have a vision of the perfect honeymoon. White sands, crystalline waters, gently swaying palm-trees. Not your thing? Try a bustling city, with a maze of cobbled streets and film-worthy sunsets to make your heart skip a beat. Wherever you're headed, one thing's for certain, reckons Mr & Mrs Smith's Madevi: after a long day of sunning golden limbs or hitting the pavement together, you'll need a drop-dead-gorgeous boudoir to retreat to…
New Majestic Hotel, Singapore
A long-haul pitstop in spick and span Singapore doesn't have to be purely functional: the city's new crop of quirky design dens make for a memorable stay. Housed in a traditional Chinatown shophouse, New Majestic Hotel has been styled by some of the city's most creative names, with murals, double baths, eccentric artworks and vibrant colours galore. Suspended from the ceiling, the naughty-but-nice bed in the'I am upside down because of you' room is all about cheeky seduction (and mystical mirror effects).
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia (pictured)
Angkor Wat's jungle-clad temples may get all the attention, but Cambodia's unspoilt coast is equally magical, boasting powder-soft sands and bioluminescent waters for night-time swims. Song Saa Private Island's beyond-dreamy overwater villas are made for castaway canoodlers, with a sunken bath, glass floor panel and a private outdoor deck with serene sea views.
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, Paris
Paris packs a heady dose of romantic punch for time-strapped honeymoooners. Hide away at Hôtel Particulier an unexpected bubble of tranquillity in one of the city's most thrill-a-minute districts. The owners recruited five contemporary artists to imbue each suite with their signature styles. The walls of Martine Aballéa's 'Végétale' Junior Suite are papered to resemble a light-dappled forest canopy - it's like sleeping in a Monet.
Dar Seven, Marrakech, Morocco
On the edge of the bustling medina, Dar Seven, looks fit for a photo-shoot, with a pretty open-air courtyard and plenty of nooks and cubbies for amorous tête-à-têtes. The largest in the Dar, the White Room is a vision of seductive serenity, with Arabian-nights arched windows, exotic mother-of-pearl furnishings and a striking white-draped four-poster bed.
Coqui Coqui Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Surrounded by jungle and sea, Coqui Coqui Tulum basks on Mexico's beach-blessed Riviera Maya, just a hop from coast-clinging Mayan temple Tulum. There are seven breezy bedrooms, soothing spaces with tactile concrete floors, white-linen draped four-poster beds and vast, hand-moulded sunken tubs for soakingà deux. They're all lovely, but the ocean-facing Master Terrace Suites have private terraces with divine day-beds from which to watch waves crash onto the white-sand beach.
Areias do Seixo, Torres Vedras, Portugal
A five-minute walk from a stretch of wild, pristine sand, Areias do Seixo gives nature a starring role, with dune-facing rooms housed in concrete and glass eco-structures. Inside the Nha Cretcheu room, the futuristic grey stone walls and floors create an austere space, yet the more natural touches - an elevated four-poster bed with a frame hung from slender wooden boughs, a neatly stacked log pile next to the cosy fireplace, a collection of floor cushions, a private Jacuzzi and an astonishing view of the ocean - all result in a surprisingly relaxing environment.
Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany, Italy
In the heart of Tuscany, Borgo Santo Pietro's restored 13th-century villa is all flagstone floors, huge stone fireplaces and ornate chandeliers; beds are draped in tasselled silks and brocade, and light bounces from gilded baroque mirrors in marble-enhanced bathrooms. All 15 rooms are pretty darn sexy, but we're especially smitten with theMaggiorana Garden Suiteand its 'super super king-size' four-poster bed, exposed beams, freestanding copper tub and private garden. It's the perfect couples' retreat.
Perivolas, Santorini, Greece
Set in 300-year-old caves, Perivolas was once the homes, wineries and stables of local fishermen and farmers. These days, the smoothly curved whitewashed walls hold a welcoming romantic retreat. With magnificent views of the Aegean, and a smooth all-white interior that evokes notions of sleeping inside a cloud, thePerivolas Suiteinvites you into bed at every turn. Spend your days relaxing in the steam bath, hydrotherapy massage pool and private-cave swimming pool, and end with cocktails on the grand terrace, watching the sun set over the caldera.
Chiawa Camp, Zambia
On the banks of the Zambezi river, animals wander freely around Chiawa Camp's luxurious tented suites. This is the stuff of Out of Africa fantasies: after a day of tracking elephants, hippos and big game through the savannah, retreat to your tree-shaded observation deck, where a king-size bed swathed in mosquito nets and an and open-air bathroom beckon. The secluded Honeymoon Tent's double roll-top bath is perfect for luxuriating with monkeys, baboons and antelope for company.
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