The PEACE­FUL ES­CAPES

by Ta­mara He­ber-Percy, co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith

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ARC­TIC TREE­HOUSE HO­TEL Ro­vaniemi,Fin­land

This Arc­tic Cir­cle ho­tel has 55 stilted cab­ins and five glasshouse­s hid­den among the trees. Each cabin has a win­dow wall and, while June’s mid­night sun is a must-see, there’s noth­ing cosier than watch­ing the North­ern Lights dance across the sky (Novem­ber to March), and there’s a good chance you’ll catch them. Plus, there’s a for­est Jacuzzi, rein­deer sa­faris and icy lakes to float in. Dou­bles from £582; mrandmrs­smith.com/lux­ury-ho­tels/arc­tic-tree­house-ho­tel

MONTEVERDI Tus­cany,Italy

Tus­cany’s a no-brainer for a ro­man­tic get­away: ex­cel­lent food, wine on tap, dra­matic scenery – it’s no won­der cou­ples flock there. The shut­ters in Monteverdi’s Val d’Or­cia suite open onto rolling hills, which you can see from the bed­room’s black bath­tub. Rus­tic beams, mod­ern fur­nish­ings and lo­cal art­work give it a dif­fer­ent look to your typ­i­cal coun­try stay. The ho­tel, with 18 rooms and three self-cater­ing vil­las, is a for­mer me­dieval vil­lage by olive groves – and there’s a laven­der-fringed in­fin­ity pool. It’s an im­mensely peace­ful hide­away for a just-the-two-of-us break. Dou­bles from £547; mrandmrs­smith.com/ lux­ury-ho­tels/monteverdi

RIAD DE TARABEL Mar­rakech, Morocco

Riad de Tarabel is one of the most serene spots: small (just 1O rooms) and in­cred­i­bly well-hid­den. Sump­tu­ous suites are scented with jas­mine and rose, and be­decked with an­tique French fur­ni­ture and claw­foot bath­tubs. Plus, there’s nowhere bet­ter to spend an evening than un­der the starry sky on the can­dlelit rooftop. Dou­bles from £197, B&B in­clud­ing air­port trans­fers; mrandmrs­smith.com/lux­ury-ho­tels/riad-de-tarabel

COQUI COQUI MÉRIDA RES­I­DENCE & SPA Mexico

This gor­geous bolt­hole has one of the sex­i­est rooms I’ve stayed in. The ho­tel has a vin­tage-style per­fume­ria, so it’s filled with heav­enly scents. With only two suites, it’s very in­ti­mate and you prac­ti­cally have the pool to your­self. The L’Epicerie Suite is the hon­ey­moon hotspot, with twin baths and a four-poster bed sur­rounded by mir­rors and mar­ble. It couldn’t be any more ro­man­tic. Dou­bles from £296, B&B; mrandmrs­smith.com/ lux­ury-ho­tels/coqui-coqui-merida-res­i­dence-and-spa

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