by Thea Daricotte
THE ultimate locations for newlyweds
HOTEL DU CAP EDEN ROC
There are few places more romantic than the French Riviera and if this is where you are heading to, the jewel in the crown is the Hotel Du Cap Eden-Roc. This iconic hotel was brought into the Oetker Collection after a fortuitous boating trip led Mr and Mrs Oetker to pass by and the story goes that it was love at first sight. They had to wait for five years before they could buy it and since then it has grown into a glamorous and elegant retreat with more than a touch of magic. Make sure you book one of the cabanas for more privacy and a wonderful view of the craggy coastline and sun spangled sea.
COCO ISLAND, MALDIVES
If you want a good old fashioned Robinson Crusoe hideaway look no further than Coco Island. Yoga, diving and snorkelling are amongst many diversions to keep you occupied but when you reach your own overwater suite or villa it’s hard to imagine wanting to be anywhere else. From your terrace you can watch the baby reef sharks drift through pariba-blue waters whilst the sun falls behind the vast expanse of horizon. B.L.I.S.S!
BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL
The Pink Palace (as it’s affectionately known by the great and the good) has been there since the very beginning of Hollywood. Its iconic banana leaf wallpaper has been admired by Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe. Elizabeth Taylor’s father had an art gallery on the hotel’s lower shopping level and she clearly grew up in adoration of it - she had six of her eight honeymoons here. Lounge by the pool and admire the scene before retreating to your own Bungalow to sip cocktails by your outside fireplace in perfect privacy.
AMANYARA, TURKS AND CAICOS
This is discreet luxury at its best. Hidden within a vast wilderness of protected parkland and set on the western shore of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos, you’ll find models and movie stars at the Circular Bar or choose to hide away for a romantic dinner in a secluded cove and watch the sun set over the sea whilst dining on fresh fish and sipping at perfectly chilled champagne.