National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Honeymoon spots, lovers’ retreats and palatial boudoirs for two — these romantic retreats are enough to sweep even the most discerning travellers off their feet
BÃI SAN HÔ, VIETNAM
Set between rice fields, rolling hills and a kilometre of coral reef, in an unspoilt corner of the country, Bãi San Hô is the stuff that honeymoons are made of. If you’re familiar with Namibia’s rock-hewn Sonop retreat, or Cambodia’s village-style Phum Baitang, you’ll have been anticipating this latest outpost from Zannier Hotels, the Gallic group that runs a white-gloved finger over every place it opens. Here, villas borrow the Vietnamese vernacular: all thatched roofs and woven bamboo walls, crowned by muslindraped beds and come-hither bathtubs. Snorkel trips to secluded bays set the tone for the activities and Làng Chài is the restaurant, set right on the gossamer-fine sands. Most decadent of all is the Yin and Yang treatment at the spa, with a ginger-and-brandy bath for two and a herbal, energy-balancing massage. If you’re looking for a romantic escape, this place is hard to beat. From VND9.5m (£298), B&B. zannierhotels.com
KALESMA, MYKONOS, GREECE
This Cycladic hideaway is as goodlooking as a Greek god: set on a five-acre site in the Aegean, a string of whitewashed buildings trail like a bridal veil towards the sea. Appropriate, given there’s a chapel where you can make things official. From €1,200 (£1,025), B&B. kalesmamykonos.com
THE JOHRI, JAIPUR
There are just five suites in this former haveli (mansion), with beds set between carved arches and stone columns, swing chairs, hand-embroidered textiles and lattice windows. The Moti Pearl suite also has its own romantic rooftop terrace — and then there’s the fresco-adorned bar and restaurant, plus the sandalwoodscented ayurvedic spa. From 22,000 rupees (£213), B&B.