Check out Mr & Mrs Smith’s hotlist of exclusive offshore hideaways.
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Cool-hunting castaways would do well to wash up on one of the beachy retreats on Mr & Mrs Smith’s hotlist of exclusive offshore hideaways. Forget packing your desert-island survival kit: At these isolated hotels, every last comfort is covered for newlyweds. Prepare to find paradise.
Note: Hotel rates reflect the lowest available at press time and are subject to change.
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The Racha, Phuket, Thailand
There’s something rather James Bond about traveling to The Racha; a thrilling 35-minute speedboat ride is the definition of a dramatic arrival. Luminescent water and blissful beaches make up the backdrop to this eco-chic modern oasis, built in low-rise harmony with its environment. If adventure’s in your middle names, you’d better add The Racha to your dream-destinations list: cycle, sail, hike, windsurf, or take an ATV tour of this fantasy island. Each of the 70 villas (from $250) is serene and clutter-free, with whitewashed walls, dark shutters, and streamlined teak furniture.
Room to Book: Suites 101 or 102 are more secluded and have the most spectacular sea views, along with their own plunge pools. Or splurge on the Lighthouse, a five-story, two-bedroom villa with 360-degree island views.
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Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos, Caribbean
It was once a wild, uninhabited island, but Parrot Cay is now the colorful Caribbean feather in the Como hotel group’s cap, with a mile of unspoilt beach, 1,000 tropical acres to explore, an award-winning spa, and two gourmet restaurants making it the destination du jour for the honeymooning A-list. Parrot Cay treads the fine line between luxury and minimalism, and gets it right every time. Rooms (from $550) with whitewashed walls, terra-cotta tiles, soft white cottons, and a selection of Indonesian furniture create a warm, contemporary-colonial style. With shimmering blue sea in almost every direction, this is a retreat for fans of sun-soaked, pure-sand paradise.
Room to Book: If waking up with your head on Bruce Willis’s or Christie Brinkley’s pillow appeals, rent one of the celebrity-owned, butler-equipped Parrot Cay Estates.
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Huvafen Fushi, North Malé Atoll, Maldives
At just 328 feet long, Huvafen Fushi is a tiny dot of gorgeousness, but anyone heading to the Maldives to max out on postcard-perfect surroundings won’t be disappointed here. After checking into your room (from $1,080), dip your toes in the warm, clear lagoon, snorkel in one of the archipelago’s finest reefs, or just stretch out on your own patch of powdery sand. Think it can’t get better? Seek out the world’s first underwater spa.
Room to Book: Opt for a Deluxe Beach Bungalow—they back right onto white sands and are popular for their spacious private outdoor areas (they’re also the closest to the spa, if you need to do as little as possible post-pampering).
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Amanwana, Moyo Island, Indonesia
The only resort on this pristine wilderness off the east coast of Bali, Amanwana is a set of 20 swish tents (from $900), perfectly placed for beach-basking and diving and snorkeling in the Flores Sea. The island is a nature and marine reserve: soaring jungle, pure shores, and endless ocean make up the landscape, where sea eagles, deer, and monkeys have already checked in for an extended stay.
Room to Book: Pick between Jungle Tents, hidden under the lush tropical canopy, and Ocean Tents, which have sparkling sea views. Interiors are spacious and soothing, with hardwood floors, net-draped king-size beds, Indonesian artworks, and canvas ceilings.
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Ponta dos Ganchos, Santa Catarina, Brazil
This relaxed rainforest retreat on its own private peninsula is fringed by tropical trees, choppy shores, and oyster farms. Lie idle on a beach if you please, or potter in the games room, cinema, or the only Christian Dior spa in South America. There’s a stuff-of-dreams tiny islet set away from the beach, ready for an offshore dinner à deux by starlight. Each of the bungalows (from $1,950) has a king-size bed, walk-in wardrobe, and hammock on the veranda.
Room to Book: Spa fans will love the Super Luxo Bungalows, where there’s a sauna inside and a wooden deck offering bubbles and bay views from the bubbly comfort of a Jacuzzi.
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Cayo Espanto, San Pedro, Belize
Three miles adrift from the coastal city of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, this exclusive island escape promises peace and quiet on another level. Dotted among the tiny island’s palm trees, the seven colorful villas (from $1,595) each have its own plunge pool, hammock, and dedicated houseman—ready to hunt down anything you desire—at the end of a phone. Breakfast is delivered when you want it; the lunch and dinner menus are based on a daily chat with the chef.
Room to Book: We recommend the split-level two-bedroom Casa Estrella, a glamorous treehouse-type retreat with open-plan living areas, cream wicker furniture, turquoise shutters, and a far-reaching ocean view.
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Azura, Benguerra Island, Mozambique
These island digs nine miles off mainland Mozambique are a Crusoe-esque fantasy. As well as more than a fair share of white sand and sunshine, guests are treated to an all-natural escape where there’s not a car in sight. The thatched villas (from $1,590) were made using traditional building techniques, and they blend harmoniously with their sublime surroundings: forest and freshwater lakes, sand dunes, and savanna. After dark, stargazing takes over from sunbathing, and the constellations in this part of the world come in high definition.
Room to Book: For the most secluded setting, go for villa 4 or 7—they’re the furthest from the hotel’s communal areas.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji Islands, Fiji
The Cousteau family moniker (yes, that Cousteau) means you’ll truly experience the life aquatic. Jean-Michel, son of scuba pioneer Jacques Cousteau, directs the dive shop, so prepare for unparalleled underwater adventure. Cruise the walls and canyons of Shark Alley, gasp at the coral heads of Namena, or join the team to explore new, as yet unnamed, sites. Back on land, dine on char-grilled wahoo and prawn salad in the resort’s restaurant before retiring to a thatched-roof bure (from $1,116).
Room to Book: The Oceanfront Bures and Suites have particularly stunning views of Savusavu Bay. Or, treat yourself to the luxe Villa, which has its own walled garden with spa tub and waterfall.
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Song Saa Private Island, Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia
For anyone who knows the disappointment of sweeping parking-lot views, rest assured. You simply can’t go wrong at Song Saa Private Island. Here, the 27 rooms (from $1,378) are all suites, they all have ocean views, and each one has its own plunge pool. There’s also a host of chilled-out activities, like snorkeling through coral reefs and kayaking among tropical mangroves.
Room to Book: The two-bedroom Jungle Villa ups the luxe factor with square footage to spare, a kitchen, a living area, and so much privacy that cheeky dips in the outdoor bathtub are a must.
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Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
From the time you arrive via boat (or chopper, if that’s more your style), you won’t be able to peel your eyes away from the cerulean lagoon that surrounds Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa (rooms from $591). The pool, restaurant, and bar all boast lagoon views. When you’re ready to get up close and personal with all that blue, take your pick of swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, or windsurfing, which are all on offer free of charge.
Room to Book: The Overwater Bungalows have glass-bottomed coffee tables so you can ogle the aquatic world below while you toast with a glass of bubbly.