Five of the Best: Honeymoon Hotels

From a water palace to a Johnny Depp hideaway - which would you pick ?

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Posted by Kasia Hastings

 

Water Palace, Palais Namaskar, Marrakech

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You're spoilt for choice for amazing hotels in Marrakech  but  for sheer romantic solitude and wow-factor, Palais Namaskar takes some beating. With its lavish gardens,  pool villas, ornamental lakes laced with narrow walkways, hammocks hidden away in the shrubbery,  and outstanding food (organic, Thai local or French – take your pick), it's a dream hideaway.

The pool villas are pretty spectacular-but if money is no object,  go for the sublime, four-bedroom Water Palace with its paparazzi- proof walled gardens, massive private pool-and butler service.

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Route de Bab Atlas, No.88/69, Province Syba, Marrakech, Morocco, 212 5242-99800, palaisnamaskar.com. Pool villas from £937 inc B&B and  aiport transfers,  £6200 including breakfast, airport transfers and a 24 hour butler service.

JD Suite, Palazzina G, Venice

Claudio-Sabatino

Designed by Philippe Starck, and right on the Grand Canal Palazzina Grassi has been a celeb favourite with the more discerning celebs since it opened four years ago. 

While the lobby is dark and romantic, Starck has gone for bright white interiors in the bedrooms. All the suites have brilliant transparent glass wardrobes, specially designed by Starck for the Palazzina.

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If you’re in the mood for a serious splurge, check into Room 401 - known to everyone as the ‘JD suite’, since Johnny Depp holed up here in 2010.  Hidden away in the attic, the suite is smaller than the other suites, but cosier, with truly spectacular views of the Grand Canal.

Palazzina G San Marco 3247, 30124 Venice, +39 041 5284644, palazzinag.com. Doubles from £188.96, JD suitefrom £783.95 (Both B&B).

The Royal Suite, Hotel Imperial, Vienna

A former royal palace, this historic landmark is classic, happy- ever -after fantasy fodder, and over the centuries, its  huge, lavish,suites have welcomed everyone from Mozart to Madonna.

A recent refurb has brought the hotel bang up- to -date, and loved-up foodies will adore OPUS (try the elegantly executed Porcini Mushrooms and beautifully pink, melt-in-the mouth Sirloin of Austrian Dry Aged Beef).

If we’d just married to George, we’d bag the Royal Suite, a favourite with both the Queen and Mick Jagger for its huge crystal chandeliers, silk-upholstered walls and intricate parquet floors. With160 sq metres all to yourself, and butler service, there really is no need to leave the room. Now that’s what we call romance…

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Hotel Imperial, Kärntner Ring 16, 1015 Vienna; 008000 325 45454; luxurycollection.com.  Doubles rooms from £342, room only. Royal Suite from £2362.99 (including butler service).

Apartment L'Hotel, Paris

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Amy Murrell

The beautifully decadent L’Hotel has 20 opulent rooms, its own hammam (which you can book for private sessions), the cachet of being where Oscar Wilde breathed his last after a legendary drinking bout, and is rumoured to be another Johnny Depp hideout when he’s in town.

If all that’s not reason enough to book, wait till you see the Apartment, the hotel’s largest suite, which has its own secluded terrace for romantic sunsets and some of the prettiest views in Paris.

L'Hotel, 13 Rue des Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris, France, 33 1 44 41 99 00, l-hotel.com. Double rooms from £243 (B&B), Apartment from £821.67 (room only).

Me Madrid, Madrid

James Tye

Don’t be fooled by the hotel’s 1919 façade, ME Madrid is a cool choice for hip honeymooners. It’s perfectly positioned in the city’s buzzy Plaza de Santa Ana, so days can be spent checking out the shops on your doorstep, afternoons in the hotel’s Metropolitan Spa and evenings at its rooftop bar, the Penthouse. It has spectacular views across the old town, ridiculously romantic by moonlight.

The ME Suite is the one to pick for a floor-to-ceiling cityscape,  private terrace and a personalised in-room bar stocked with your favourite tipples. You even get your  own event planner,  plus an Aura team ( aka dedicated concierges) who’ll do everything from unpacking to securing the best tables in town – not that  ‘table for two for Clooney’ is a hard ask. 

Plaza de Santa Ana, 14, Madrid, Spain, 34 917 016020, melia.com, Double rooms from £148.20, ME Suite from £1,802.67 (B&B).

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