Certain hotels have the power to transport you to another world, a world where deadlines and to-do lists fade away and romance is alive and well. Amenities like in-room soaking tubs and private plunge pools with ocean views make it all too easy to cocoon yourself — and your loved one — from the world, while small property sizes ensure every couple gets VIP treatment.
The carefully curated properties in the Mr & Mrs Smith portfolio, a travel club that specializes in finding truly exceptional hotels, offer all that and more. In addition to privacy, romance-inducing amenities, and five-star attention, these romantic hotels are set in some of the most beautiful corners of the globe, from the beaches of Zanzibar to the hilltops of Santorini. And, the Mr & Mrs Smith partnership with IHG Hotels & Resorts makes travel even more rewarding. Guests can earn and redeem IHG One Rewards points at Mr & Mrs Smith properties around the globe.
Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden — Palma, Spain
Can Bordoy has a distinctly intimate feel, with just 24 suites and a luscious courtyard garden with orange trees and a pool. Upstairs on the rooftop, couples can take in views of the city or catch the sunset. And while the common spaces are what have long made this restored mansion standout, the rooms are made for romance: Thick velvet curtains provide privacy, while freestanding soaking tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows almost inevitably lead to lazy mornings in.
Little Good Harbour — Shermans, Barbados
The island of Barbados screams romance, but a trip to Little Good Harbour, which is situated on the remote northwestern coast is not your typical beach vacation. The property is quiet and intimate, especially if you happen to nab the three-bedroom Fort Suite, which is set on the beachfront and lets in the calming sounds of the sea. For a night out, don’t miss a romantic evening at the Fish Pot, which sits directly at the edge of the ocean and has some of the best seafood on the island.
Thyme — Southrop, UK
If you and your loved one are foodies, Thyme is the place to be. The 17th-century boutique hotel is set on a 150-acre farm in the English countryside and has a renowned cooking school. As you might imagine, almost everything you’ll eat is grown or farmed on site and afternoon tea is the norm. The property is distinctly adult-focused, with no children under the age of 12 allowed in the hotel. For an extra dose of pampering follow a lazy day of yard games with a visit to the Meadows Spa.
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa — Zanzibar, Tanzania
With only 11 villas, privacy and an attentive level of service is guaranteed at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa. Each villa is surrounded by sugary white sand and the one-bedroom beachfront villas, which are ideal for couples, have large sundecks, private plunge pools, and an outdoor bathtub, and shower. From your private rooftop you can enjoy the endless sea views or bask in the sun. When you finally venture out of your romantic home away from home, make sure to hit the open-air spa and the rooftop Champagne bar.
Santorini Sky — Santorini, Greece
You won’t have to battle the crowds at Santorini Sky, which is situated on the highest point in Santorini. To take the peace and quiet to the next level, book the Lodge at Diapla, which is set away from the other villas and has a rooftop terrace aptly named the “Sky Bedroom.” The entire property is designed as a getaway, with each villa outfitted with its own kitchen or kitchenette and a private pool or plunge pool (or both!).