Time For Two
Discover our curated edit of grown-up hideaways and places to spend doing exactly what you love, with you who love.
As the nights draw in and temperatures drop, drift off on thoughts of eagerly sneaking off to warmer climes. Wave goodbye to the maddening crowds and say hello to unabridged time spent just the two of you, in lands that stir the senses and make the ‘real world’ feel like nothing but a distant memory.
Couples craving an autumnal short haul jaunt can find the veil of summer lingering on across Europe, making this a favourable time to discover its timeless charm, spectacular shorelines, and archaeological treasures. Venture a little further afield for a healthy dose of winter sun to palm-fringed beaches and off the beaten track adventures that create the perfect balance of relaxation and exploration.
Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection
Time out à deux comes easily at this adult-only Cretan hideaway. You’ll be wooed by its laid-back super-chic vibe where lavender scented walkways lead the way down to the huge beds and beanbags on the beach. Check out the sublime sunset views at the Raw Bar with a signature Aegean Spritz in hand, and the snooze-inducing Soma Spa with its divine menu of ELEMIS treatments (the couples top-to-toe rejuvenation is highly recommended). If you can drag yourself away, head to Chania’s nearby old town for vibrant night vibes.
Not to be missed: A safari (yes, in Crete!) takes you to the places and people few have the privilege of encountering; chauffeured by a knowledgeable local guide embark on a vineyard tour and wine tasting, before enjoying a traditional Cretan lunch with locals up in the mountains.
Domes Miramare, A Luxury Collection Resort
It’s adults all the way at this former summer waterfront playground of the Onassis family. Much loved by foodie couples, gastronomic adventures include tailor-made vineyard and brewery tours, organic farm tours and Greek cookery classes, while food and drink savoured on-site includes Greek and Venetian-influenced dishes devised by a Michelin-starred chef. Operating something of a hotel-within-a-hotel concept, the Haute Living Selection of super-luxurious residences benefit from access to an elite lounge, with extra privileges and an exclusive pool with expansive sun deck.
Not to be missed: Get a true sense of Corfu’s history with a visit to the Dafnis Family’s multi award-winning olive grove. Learn all about the production of the premium rich textured Governor Oil, renowned worldwide for its healthy antioxidants.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Removing itself from the more-glitzy European beach haunts that call this island home, this adults-only refuge leans more into the aesthetics of its neighbouring continent of Africa, creating a décor style that is unique and an atmosphere that is far from the party scene. You can’t go wrong with any villa here, but some are a cut above the rest. The most novel, however, are the aptly named River Villas, with private plunge pools that flow into a fern-flanked lazy-river-replica.
Not to be missed: Gastronomes slip on their Sunday best to dine at Restaurant Jardin at its sister hotel, Royal Garden Villas. An experience, fine-dining dishes are served on a seasonally dressed backdrop of elaborate florals and atmospheric lighting.
Hotel Monte Mulini
A place to cast any cares aside and focus on the pleasures of the here and now, this soon-to-be-adults only pocket of calm is popular among those in the know looking for a quality undisturbed time. Unwind around one of four swimming pools or at the stylish Gooshter Beach Club, while those looking to loosen limbs can step outside its walls for an amble to Rovinj or feel humbled by the enduring sensibility of nature on a bike ride through centuries old protected Zlatni forest.
Not to be missed: While it’s no surprise that the spa treatments here go beyond the average. Leaning on its wild surroundings – the Wine Vault Full Body Rejuvenation - named after the hotel’s restaurant and its 320 wines is a must!
The Datai Langkawi
Bursting with natural wonders begging exploration, the magical isle of Langkawi swathed in legends of romance and mystery is a truly remarkable ecological gem. Overlooking the shimmering Andaman Sea is one of Asia’s premier resorts where nemophilists can see all manner of wildlife living and thriving on the doorstep in its surrounding 100-million-year-old virgin rainforest. Perfection is all around the elevated Beach Villa Collection with private pool, full butler service and direct access leading to one of National Geographic’s most desirable hideaways, Datai Bay.
Not to be missed: For off the beaten track encounters join Malaysia’s answer to David Attenborough- Irshad Mobarak, renowned resident naturalist, as you tread the footpaths of the dense forest, kayak through mysterious mangroves and cool off in freshwater jungle pools.
Close your eyes, dream of paradise, and even the most fertile imagination won’t conjure up somewhere so stunning as this ultra-luxurious tented camp situated between rainforest, rice paddies and the sacred Wos River in the artist village of Keliki. Inspired by the spirit and adventure of early European settlers, lavishly appointed one-bedroom retreats with private pools are all adorned with antique art and unspoilt jungle views as well as the personalised service of a Capella Culturist.
Not to be missed: Gather around the campfire with pulled hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows listening to fascinating tales from a local storyteller followed by a silent black and white movie screening Bali life of yesteryear.
Big Sur, California
Post Ranch Inn
With no televisions in the guest rooms, some of the most awe-inspiring views in California and a whole host of rejuvenating experiences on offer, couples are given the opportunity to truly connect at this secluded eco style ranch. Leisurely days can be spent in the Jade and Meditation infinity spa pools overlooking the ocean, indulging in energising yoga classes and sampling edible delights on the Chef’s Garden Tour. Revealing the natural beauty of Big Sur, join a guided nature walk discovering its protected flora, fauna, and butterfly species.
Not to be missed: Spend a night under the stars glimpsing close-up constellations, nebulas and even the rings of Saturn that are completely invisible to the naked eye. The ranch’s celestial telescope is one of the largest and most powerful hotel telescopes in North America.
Receiving our nod of approval for couples who wish to tune out the outside world, it takes little more than ten minutes to complete a circuit of this coral reef fringed island. Its picture-perfect setting is home to nothing more than luscious lazy days, captivating cuisine and speciality pampering treatments in the spa. Dine anywhere and anyhow, with the iconic Lighthouse Restaurant being the place for feasting overwater on degustation menus and savouring fine wines from the glass panelled cellar.
Not to be missed: Sail through dolphin-blue waters aboard Baros’ elegantly handcrafted traditional dhoni, Nooma. Meaning ‘Blue Flower,’ its sarong-clad crew of four provide the perfect vessel for reef snorkelling adventures, sunset sailing, and romantic champagne dinner cruises.
Viceroy Riviera Maya
A Mayan blessing on arrival from the in-house shaman sets the mood for this adults-only, all villa retreat. Eco-focused luxury is the order of the day – each of the 41 thatched cottages is crafted from organic materials, blends effortlessly with the Mayan rainforest and is filled with all the requisite luxuries including private patios, plunge pools and outdoor showers. The service is impeccable, yet unintrusive (each villa comes with a butler), with every detail thought of, including a soap concierge and chic straw hats to borrow by the pool.
Not to be missed: Paired with the most delicious flavoursome ceviche’s, spirit fans can learn the secrets behind Mexico’s most famous distilled liquor with an indulgent afternoon of sipping some of the finest tequilas curated by the resort’s own Tequila Maestro.