Vera Wang’s fancy wedding frocks have set many a bride’s heart a flutter. But the recently betrothed can now go one step further, by staying in a honeymoon hideaway created by the American designer. She’s done gowns for the marriages of Uma Thurman, J-Lo and Mariah Carey, and has now designed this 200-square-metre sweet suite in the South Pacific. One for style-conscious couples.
Few hideaways do rural escape with as much grandeur as Ardanaiseig, in Scotland’s rugged west. Overlooking the clear waters of the aptly named Loch Awe, with the jagged charms of the Ben Cruachan mountain nearby, this grand hotel was built as the country home of a Colonel Archibald Campbell in 1834. The Scots Baronial architecture of the exterior has changed very little since, and the glorious surrounding countryside offers plenty of opportunities for romantic strolls.
“Now hang on,” you may be thinking, “that’s clearly a picture of Venice, in Italy.” Such is the magic of Las Vegas. This is, of course, a faux-Venice, replete with fabulously over-the-top mock Italian architecture and 24-hour malls and casinos. This is honeymooning with an extra dollop of kitsch.
If Paris is the world’s most renowned city of romance, then the most romantic hotel in that city might well be this, the Crillon, on the Place de la Concorde, right in the heart of the action. This 18th-century palace was seized from the Count of Crillon in the French Revolution, but since 1907 has been hosting well-heeled visitors as a high-end hotel. The finer suites come in at around 200 square metres, with terraces overlooking the Eiffel Tower, if you tire of looking lovingly into each other’s eyes.