From excursions that take you across the Atacama Desert to beachside spa retreats in the Maldives, these mind-blowing honeymoon escapes shared by Mr & Mrs Smith, a boutique hotel accommodation and booking service provider, can kick-start your marriage in unforgettable style.
1. Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, Chile
Tranquil and remote, boutique hotel Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa blends seamlessly with the surrounding terracotta-coloured Salt Mountains and makes for a perfectly peaceful getaway.
Wander the gardens together, float in your pick of six pools or have those wedding tensions eased away in Puri Spa.
Adventurous types will love the guided excursions through lunar-like landscapes and nearby ruins.
After locally inspired evening meals, take advantage of clear skies and the on-site observatory, and spend the night stargazing.
Alternatively, simply unwind with a pisco sour by the nightly bonfire.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You’ll each enjoy a complimentary hour-long massage at Puri Spa. GoldSmith members will also be welcomed with two glasses of champagne and a cheese platter.
2. Chablé Resort & Spa, Mexico
Hedonistic hacienda Chablé Resort & Spa is an essential escape for newly-weds looking to rejuvenate their senses.
Hidden in the Yucatan jungle, this 19th-century estate offers ancient Mayan therapies and Ayurvedic yoga to help heal both mind and body, and has fairy-tale-like firefly-lit lawns where you can meditate.
Cosy up to your significant other in the personal pool, jacuzzi or alfresco shower in the casita, or while admiring the surrounding jungle through floor-to-ceiling windows.
As you undergo various spa treatments, the gentle trickle of water – the resort is centred around a cenote – further lulls you into a relaxed state.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You’ll get US$50 dining credit, to be used in the resort’s restaurant.
3. Cayo Espanto, San Pedro, Belize
Hyper-luxurious boutique resort Cayo Espanto offers you the kind of peace and quiet you’ll only find at the most exclusive island hideaway.
All seven wooden villas have private docks and verandas affording beautiful views of the island’s palm trees and the surrounding turquoise Caribbean Sea.
Laze around in the private plunge pools while sipping a cocktail, or gawk at sea life as you go snorkelling and diving in the clear waters.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You’ll each enjoy a complimentary massage.
4. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Seychelles
The scenery at Maia Luxury Resort & Spa is postcard-like: lush foliage; gently swaying palm trees; soft, white sand; azure waters.
The exotic wooden villas have exquisite outdoor baths with room for two, as well as spacious gazebos with thatched roofs from where you can admire the sparkling blue ocean and lush green surrounds.
Choose from a range of Omorovicza spa treatments, attend free morning qi gong sessions, or explore the reef as you snorkel among colourful sea life normally found in aquariums.
If you wish, you can even request a candlelit dinner on the beach.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You’ll each enjoy a complimentary 60-minute Gentle Soul Massage.
5. Dedon Island Resort, Siargao Island, Philippines
Immerse yourself in the local culture at Dedon Island Resort, where everything, from hanging daybeds to sculptural headboards, is handcrafted from local materials.
Couples looking to be pampered will love the range of indulgent massages offered – such as a traditional hilot massage – in serene, intimate rooms.
The more adventurous can explore the nearby islands and mangroves, or take part in water sports such as waterskiing, wakeboarding and banana boating.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: Each guest will be gifted a piece of Dedon-fibre jewellery made by the Compostela Project.
6. Milaidhoo Island, Maldives
Surrounded by the UNESCO-protected, reef-fringed Baa Atoll, Milaidhoo Island resort offers privacy for couples who wish to enjoy their honeymoon in blissful seclusion; it’s so secluded, in fact, that some of its villas have open outdoor showers.
Private infinity pools and sun-dappled terraces – either by the beach or perched on stilts above the water – are also part of the package, as is a couples’ spa retreat comprising a coconut scrub, a bubble bath, an hour-long massage and a 30-minute facial.
There’s also a five-star PADI dive centre on the premises that offers diving programmes for guests who wish to spy on the island’s resident manta rays and tropical fish, or admire the beautiful coral reef.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You’ll enjoy a complimentary 90-minute Maldivian cooking class for two, followed by lunch at the Shoreline Grill.
7. Aman Sveti Stefan, Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Want to experience medieval living? You can at Aman Sveti Stefan hotel, which occupies a converted 15th-century village.
Perched on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, the estate includes restaurants, modernised red-tiled cottages and suites facing the sea that give guests a true taste of the local Montenegrin lifestyle.
Soak up the sun on the unique pink-sand beach, or explore the nearby centuries-old, walled towns of Budva and Kotor, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
For pampering treats, head to the minimalist, wood-accented spa.
The treatments here use local herbs alongside soul-soothing infusions to create the best experience for couples.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You’ll be welcomed with a complimentary bottle of champagne in your room on arrival.
This story was first published on Silverkris.