Romantic getaways aren’t always that romantic when you’re surrounded by lots of little Smiths. In these couples’ hotels, we guarantee they’ll be no screaming babies or over-energetic toddlers to spoil your style. Whether you’re craving a relaxing rural retreat or balmy beach escape, we’ve scoured the Smith collection to bring you the best boutique boltholes, just for grown-ups.
In these couples’ hotels, we guarantee they’ll be no screaming babies or over-energetic toddlers to spoil your style. Whether you’re craving a relaxing rural retreat or balmy beach escape, we’ve scoured the Smith collection to bring you the best boutique boltholes, just for grown-ups.
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The Balé: Bali, Indonesia
Zen and sensibility
Zen-inspired buildings of light brick and unobtrusive glass soothe the senses at The Balé hotel, a serene Balinese sanctuary that feels more Japanese than Indonesian. With clean-lined, simple interiors, high levels of service and a no-children policy, this is the ultimate resort for luxury-loving lovers looking for a little peace and quiet.
The Australasian Circa 1858: Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia
Heritage bones, mod-Asian heart
A symphony of light-filled spaces and Asian-inspired decor greets the guest at The Australasian Circa 1858 boutique hotel in the Fleurieu Peninsula, a restored sandstone pub in the seaside town of Goolwa. There are no more beers on tap here though, just five individually styled rooms and a chic restaurant where chef and co-owner Juliet Michell prepares a nightly Asian-inspired menu.
Ponta Dos Ganjos: Santa Catarina, Brazil
Jet-set jungle bungalows
Hiding amongst the tropical thickets and oyster farms of Santa Catarina, Ponta dos Ganchos hotel is a relaxed rainforest retreat of shimmering sunsets and secluded beaches. Should you tire of sipping caipirinhas by the infinity pool or lounging on your private deck, this exclusive paradise has plenty of play left with its games room, cinema, and a restorative spa, too.
Hotel Icon: Hong Kong, China
Home-grown Hong Kong
At Hotel Icon in vibrant Kowloon, you can split your time between admiring the stash of contemporary Chinese art, the food served in the trio of restaurants, and the sweeping views of Victoria Harbour. The hotel is owned by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, used as a research facility and staffed by bright young things: expect a stay that’s edifying and enjoyable in equal measures.
Ksar Char-Bagh: Marrakech, Morocco
More guest palace than guesthouse, Ksar Char-Bagh hotel in Marrakech’s post-Palmeraie neighbourhood is an Alhambra-like retreat surrounded by nearly 10 acres of grounds. Far too big on first glance to contain just 13 rooms, this ode to calm Moorish style makes use of a neutral colour palette that is a peaceful contrast to nearby souks. Attention to detail reigns here: engraved silver keys, house-made toiletries and fragrant candles all up a delight for the senses.
Can Simoneta: Mallorca, Spain
Clinging to a clifftop near Capdepera in Mallorca, the historic Can Simoneta hotel strikes the perfect balance between traditional Mediterranean hospitality and contemporary island getaway. In addition to close proximity to both the island’s beaches and golf courses, this secluded farmhouse offers massages under pine trees and a Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean below.
Sir Albert: Amsterdam, Netherlands
The host of Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam might be fictitious, but you’ll definitely feel his thoughtful presence during your stay at this discreet former diamond factory. His genteel touch is everywhere, from the refined Japanese food in Izakaya to the atmospheric interiors and the impressive selection of books in the study.
Headland House: Cornwall, United Kingdom
Beaches and cream
This homey Headland House B&B hotel sits in the lovely seaside town of St Ives in Cornwall. The spectacular views of Carbis Bay are certainly the draw, but the bright, cosy rooms, the well-tended garden with hammock and home-made cake and sherry make a stay here all the more inviting.
Kurà: Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Minimalist jungle bungalows
High above Uvita, Kurà hotel has bird’s-eye views of the Pacific Ocean and dense tropical jungles. The contemporary open-plan suites feel like they’re tucked into the hillside, and the saltwater infinity pool really does look like it continues forever into the Costa Rican horizon.
Milliken Creek Inn & Spa: California Wine Country, United States
Classic country casual
A charming clapboard home in Napa Valley, set on a picture-perfect plot right on the lush banks of the Napa River, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa hotel is an idyllic base from which to explore the vineyard-ridden Silverado Trail. That said, with its organic spa, giant hydrotherapy tubs and regular visits from local winemakers offering tastes and selling their wares, you might not feel the need to leave the property at all.