Paul Noble’s ‘Villa Joe’ (Front View) 2005–6; courtesy the Gagosian Gallery
Ready to go to the moon? Or rather, on your honeymoon, we should say. This month we’re celebrating out-of-this-world trips with Moon Mondays: weekly features on post-nuptial travel. Read on for the first edition…
Sure, you’ll always remember the wedding, but the honeymoon is what you’re actually looking forward to. Whether you want to spend your first days of wedded bliss in a remote paradise, or on a glitzy city getaway, we have you covered with the honeymoon suites that will make your jaws (and knickers) drop.
The Iconic Suite at Iconic Santorini, Greece
With it’s impossibly blue oceanscapes and dreamy whitewashed architecture, you might think Santorini couldn’t get any more romantic, but you’ll want to reserve that judgement until you see Iconic Santorini’s Iconic Suite. Carved into an ancient cave, the over-the-top abode boasts a private terrace with pergola seating overlooking the cobalt waters of the Aegean Sea, a rain shower, and an indoor grotto pool (yes, it has jets – did you have to ask?).
An Upper Branch Tree House at Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, Kaikoura, New Zealand
For the adventurous couple looking to get away from it all (and if you’re honeymooning in New Zealand, chances are that’s you), the charming Upper Branch Tree House suite is ideal. Perched ten metres above a grove of miniature manuka trees, you’ll live out all those childhood tree house fantasies with a private tree-top deck, custom wooden bed, and cosy fireplace. Plus, there’s a couple’s spa bath – so you can live out all those adult fantasies, too.
A Berber Tent at Kasbah Tamadot, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Rolling mountains? Check. Spa hammam treatments? Check. Winding gardens and pristine courtyard? Double check. Live like a king (and queen) in one of Kasbah Tamadot’s Berber Tents, nestled in Morocco’s picturesque Atlas Mountains. Spend the day dipping into your private plunge pool, nosh on five-star African cuisine, or imbibe at the hotel restaurant’s fireside bar.
The Royal Monceau Suite at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, France
Inspired by Paris in the 1920s – through a distinctly modern Philippe Starck lens – Le Royal Monceau captures all the magic of the City of Light. When you’ve had your fill of champagne (poured generously at the raised Le Long Bar), spa treatments (the hotel’s Clarins spa is home to the biggest pool in the city), and confections (Pierre Hermé, world’s best pastry chef, works in residence at Le Royal Monceau), retire to the Royal Monceau Suite, where a curated library of art books, a claw-foot tub, and original artwork create a den of cosmopolitan cool. C’est chic.
A Waterfall View Suite at Gaia Riverlodge, Belize
Hidden in Belize’s lush rainforest (don’t be surprised if you hear a jaguar or two), Gaia Riverlodge has the perfect marriage of resort amenities and adventurous spirit. After a day of biking, hiking, and diving into swimming holes, a two-story Waterfall View Suite is the perfect retreat for couples who want to relax in a king-size bed and fall asleep to the sound of rushing water (which is also great for drowning out the sounds of… whatever other physical pursuits you might be engaging in).
The Prague Suite at Blakes Hotel, London, UK
If you want your honeymoon to feel like a true getaway, book the Blakes’ stunning Prague Suite. Hidden under the (secret) first floor, the Prague is draped in the most sumptuous velvets and silks luxuriating around a four-poster bed. A moody grey colour scheme, accented with stone and mirrors, evokes the kind of need-to-wear-sunglasses indoor glamour you deserve.
The Empire Suite at The Standard, High Line, New York, New York
As an exhibitionist’s paradise (yes, guests have been known to give High Line pedestrians a peek), the Standard, High Line is the perfect place for a sexy city stay. The 875-square-foot Empire Suite is the king of them all, with a super-sized shower, top-of-the-line bedding, and a fully stocked wet bar to help rid you of those pesky inhibitions.
An Ocean View Pool Villa at The Pavilions, Phuket, Thailand
If your honeymoon to-do list includes white sands, serene waters and spacious infinity pools, look no further than the Pavilions. The Ocean View Pool Villas are perfect for an indulgent, rejuvenating retreat for two. A lush landscape outside meets whimsical global-inspired décor indoors – you can go ahead and pinch yourself.
The Well House Cabin at Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, Colorado
Maybe you and your betrothed want something a little more rustic (assuming ‘rustic’ means a bespoke climbing wall, locally sourced gourmet food, and mountains as far as the eye can see)? The luxe cabins of Colorado’s Dunton Hot Springs offer all that and more. Book the Well House Cabin – built around a private hot spring – to see what western dreams are made of.
The Loft Suite at Hotel Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio: a city known for tiny bikinis, influential grooming habits and beach-inspired nightlife. Want to bring some of that magic into your honeymoon suite? Book the Loft Suite at Hotel Santa Teresa. With its wraparound porch, views of Rio’s finest, and tropical-chic décor, the party will last as long as you can.
Featured image is Kasbah Tamadot.