Feb 12, 2018
Like relationships, the most romantic getaways come in many shapes and sizes. Mr & Mrs Smith, a boutique hotel accommodation booking service provider, shares a selection of exquisite retreats for Valentine’s Day – from an Italian love nest in Lake Como to one of Morocco’s most ravishing riads.
Dolphin Island, Fiji
Dolphin Island is perched on a petite isle just north of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, and is surrounded by gorgeous turquoise ocean. This exclusive-hire boutique hotel on its own pristine private isle boasts only four elegant rooms – a true getaway from civilisation if there ever was one. Retreat to your seductive and stylish guest bure suite with its high, palm-thatched roofs and wooden shutters. Every single detail is designed for the ultimate luxurious experience, from the outdoor bathrooms and the white-shell chandelier to the dreamy dressing rooms and wall-to-wall glass doors. For a truly special experience, spend a romantic night à deux ‘glamping’ in the Hilltop Sleep-out Bure, a short stroll away on the other side of the island. Partly open-air, but with enveloping mosquito nets, this lantern-lit, thatched boudoir comes with a floaty four-poster, cushion-strewn sofa and lounge chairs, and a shower. Is there a better way to wake up to ocean views?
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You can enjoy a Fijian cultural evening of song and dance with a traditional feast on your last day.
Riad Farnatchi, Marrakech, Morocco
You might expect a bakery or a small workshop to lie behind the unassuming door of Riad Farnatchi, hidden down a rabbit warren of dusty alleys in Marrakech’s maze-like Benahid quarter. In fact, you’ll find one of Marrakech’s most refined riads, where mosaics, ornate fountains and an emerald courtyard pool are lit by Moroccan lanterns come evening. Book into a suite, slip into your djellaba and order room service, available 24 hours a day and serving fresh fare from the medina. Or feel the tension in your muscles unknot in the eucalyptus-scented hammam or with an aromatic massage, performed with local Ila organic oils.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You’ll enjoy a one-way transfer from Marrakech Menara airport to the hotel.
Il Sereno, Lake Como, Italy
There’s no doubt what takes centrestage at Lake Como’s iconic Il Sereno: its minimalist suites, bronze-accented lobby, and pristine infinity pool all face the electric blue of Lake Como. But the lake is given a run for its money by the hotel’s Darsena Suite, named after the stone docks nearby. These immaculate private quarters have direct access to the water for those who enjoy a morning dip. Explore the lake by boat in a vintage wooden vessel, then retreat to chef Andrea Berton’s restaurant for an alfresco Valentine’s Day dinner of lake-caught fish and other bounty of the region.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You will receive a bottle of Ferrari wine. For guests staying in the Darsena suite and Penthouse suite, you will also enjoy a one-hour boat ride on one of the hotel’s vaporines.