Spring Fever

Every Honeymoon Pinterest board out there would have us believe that the white sand beach post-wedding getaway (replete with hammock naps, acai bowls, and outdoor tubs filled with rose petals) is the only way to chill out after you say “I do” — but what about other options for those of us who don’t love lying around on a towel getting tan? We reached out to Tamara Lohan, Founder of Mr & Mrs Smith, a British-based travel company that curates amazing experiences for those-of-us-smote-with-wanderlust, on the where’s and how’s of taking a honeymoon conspicuously absent of all things hot and steamy. Tips below.

Belize. “It’s warm, dry and sunny in Spring. Perfect for sampling its crystalline coasts, exploring its Mayan ruins and toucan-spotting in its jungles. Plus, April and May are the best months to swim with magnificent whale sharks. We’ve just put together a ‘reef and rainforest’ experience which is honeymoon-perfect: just over $5,000 for seven spring nights full board (with flights, transfers and a whole lot more). Matachica is the seductive beachside stay with divine diving, and Gaia Riverlodge is pure secluded jungle laid-back luxury. Cayo Espanto is an elegant essay in hyper-luxurious private-island living: all-day sunshine, diveable waters, outstanding food and what-you-want-when-you-want-it service.”

Paris. “Post fashion week madness — and before the summer crowds arrive — is the perfect time for hand-in-hand city strolls through City Of Lights. Hotel Panache has rooms for less than $100 a night which is an incredible steal for such a stylish, cheerful hotel with a great little restaurant and bar downstairs. The rooms are unexpectedly spacious for a Parisian hotel, too. Pair a couple nights here with a few nights at Chateau de Saint Paterne in Normandy where rooms are under $150 and you get a lovely two-centre French honeymoon on a shoestring. The Saint James is truly one of the most fantastically opulent and stylish stays in Europe: rich fabrics, gorgeously designed furniture, brilliantly sourced art. It’s an unforgettable hotel and one to maybe squeeze into the budget even if it’s just for a night or two."

St Kitts & Nevis. “They’re two of the best islands in the Caribbean to truly get away from the mega-resorts, sceney hotspots and crowds of spring breakers. Even by Caribbean standards, it’s super chill. Golden Rock Inn on Nevis is a jungle-framed cluster of brightly painted cottages and transformed sugar mills with rooms starting around $300 per night."

Sri Lanka. “It’s a great place to balance ultimate relaxation with adventure. You can flit between first class surf breaks, beautiful beaches, wildlife-spotting, ancient temples and cities rich in Colonial grandeur. Plus, in April, Sri Lankans celebrate their new year with all kinds of colourful and captivating ceremonies. Return flights start around $600 from New York in the spring – once you’re there, try pairing Jungle Beach House with  Taylor’s Hill and Paradise Road Tintagel for an affordable three-stop honeymoon.”

Sweden. “With Norwegian’s direct flights to Stockholm you can get to Sweden on a dime (almost). Miss Clara in Stockholm is a great city stay, Hotel Stelor in Gotland gives great countryside and the utterly unique Treehotel is hidden away in a remote forest (it might be a bit of a splurge but it’s totally worth it.” 

Morocco. “It’s a reliable source of spring sunshine (which is much more bearable than the 104 degree-plus summer heat) and is the perfect choice for a city/country honeymoon. Sample the souks in bustling Marrakech then head up into the Atlas mountains for peace, pampering and panoramic views to die for. Morocco done the right way is the perfect exotic destination for a couple on a budget. The flights there might make a dent but, once in Marrakech, you can find unpretentious (and affordable) colonial elegance at Riad de Tarabel, then take a couple of nights to head up to the Atlas Mountains and stay at Kasbah Toubkal where rooms start at just under $200. The elegant El Fenn’s balance of heritage and modernity reflects the true soul of Marrakech. Pair it with a stay at Richard Branson’s Atlas Mountains hideaway, Kasbah Tamadot, for an iconic and indulgent Moroccan experience."