The Luxury Channel brings you the top hot spots for two.
JW Marriott Hotel, Mumbai
Positioned on one of the city’s busiest streets, Juhu Tara Road, the JW Marriott (affectionately known by many locals as the J-Dub) makes a tranquil respite from the chaos that is Mumbai. Once through the high level security (a must for all the high profile guests and Bollywood stars that visit), check out the superior rooms, which overlook the impressive swimming pool and Juhu. Be spoilt for choice at every meal with a diverse selection of world cuisines from the hotel’s restaurants: Lotus Café (a freshly prepared buffet spread serving breakfast, lunch and high tea), Saffron (Asian-fusion), Spices (Indian) and Mezzo Mezzo (Italian). Newlyweds will find it hard to resist the three-hour long ‘Couples Wedding Ritual’ set in a private room for two at the award-winning Quan Spa. The ritual includes a Rose & Ashwaganda Milk Bath with fresh rose petals, foot Ritual with Himalayan bath salt soak, scrub and massage, followed by a Body Polish with either coconut and fresh cardamom, sandalwood, jasmine or energising and uplifting spices. The treatment ends with an Aroma Fusion Massage. For a magical experience during your stay, just as the sun sets and the torch flames are lit, enjoy a late night swim and time out at the poolside cabana or monsoon deck, followed by a dreamy dinner at Saffron and flirty cocktails at the Reflections Bar. If you’re both in the mood to party, the hotel also houses Mumbai’s trendy nightclub called Enigma, playing an eclectic mix of Bollywood disco and western chart tracks into the early hours of the morning.
Tel: 0091 226 693 3000
From Paris With Love
You will go weak at the knees when you arrive at the newly-opened hotel in the city of light and love! Built in 1896 as the home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, the hotel has been restored to sophistication by prominent architect Richard Martinet and interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. Together, they have managed to capture the historic culture and grand opulence of French architecture with a tasteful hint of the orient. Natural light floods the lobby with warmth, and playfully leads you up the elegant winding marble staircase to the residential rooms. Decadently dressed just like Napoleon’s private quarters on display at The Louvre museum, the signature Imperial Suite is in fact known to be the private wing of the castle. Amongst other features in the staggering 2,960 square foot room, couples will adore the gilt décor, soft draping and spacious walk-in wardrobe. After a customised fresh cucumber martini and an old-fashioned bourbon aperitif at Le Bar by the incredibly skilled bartender, dine at La Bauhinia – the hotel’s proud (and clever) marriage of French and Asian flavours. Guests can also try out restaurants L’Abeille and Shang Palace – the first ever-Cantonese restaurant soon to open in Paris. The next morning, couples in need of a pamper should enjoy the heated marble floors, rainfall shower, free standing bath tub with BVLGARI White Tea bath products and a flat screen TV integrated into a large mirror in the bathroom. Then have an exquisite breakfast laid out on the terrace with an absolutely unrivalled and breath-taking view of the Eiffel Tower and River Seine.
Tel: (331) 53 67 19 98
Le Bristol, Paris
It will come as no surprise that this five star family-owned palace aptly won an award last year for Best Luxury Romantic Hotel. A well-respected establishment for international dignitaries and local politicians, it also sets flames alight for fashionistas and the design cognoscenti. Recent residential renovations invited us to a refined junior suite with all the expected trimmings. You’ll also be sure to experience the crème de la crème of fine dining here, as the main Restaurant Gastronomique has a glittering 3 Michelin stars under head Chef Eric Frechon. Alternatively, enjoy a candle-lit dinner at 114 Faubourg, the new luxury brasserie, with a naturally aphrodisiacal menu that includes artichoke soup, asparagus stems and an easy drinking Bordeaux wine carefully selected by the sommelier. After such formal surrounds, find total relaxation in the hotel’s heated rooftop swimming pool with lounge chairs, private terrace and solarium, or book in at the Anne Semonin Spa. It has a couple’s room with two treatment beds, so you can unwind during your ‘made to measure’ therapeutic massage or facial together. On a lazy Sunday summer afternoon, we recommend booking a table for brunch or tea outside in the enchanting French-style garden – a sought-after rendezvous in Paris, where a live harpist fills the grounds with sweet music. Meanwhile, those that venture outside the hotel grounds will find an abundance of couture boutiques, art galleries and exclusive shops, down to the infamous parade, the Champs-Elysees. We can’t wait for the extension of the hotel’s spa this summer and two new signature suites including The Honeymoon, which will occupy the entire top floor of the hotel with a panoramic view over the city.
Tel: (331) 53 43 43 00
English Country Escape
Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire
The scenic drive through the heart of the New Forest just to reach this brilliant bolthole is enough to get couples in the mood for love. Upon arrival, be charmed by the welcoming team who will settle you in and then take a long relaxing soak in the free-standing bath tub – equipped with Eucalyptus Bath Oils by Bamford Body Organics to melt away surface tension. Then from one indulgence to another – fall straight into the hotel’s Herb House Spa. Here you will find an outdoor hot pool, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam chamber and a holistic menu of therapies to choose from. The Mud House – a sensual Arabian body treatment for two – with bowls filled with exfoliation salts and coloured muds are left for you to apply on each other’s bodies, followed by a hot steam and shower. Couples will relish in the serenity of the living herb rooftop, panoramic forest views, the scent of aromatic herbs and a freshly squeezed juice or cocktail.
Tel: 023 8028 7177
Desert Island Romance
Soneva Gili Six Senses – Maldives
If it is intimacy, peace and escapism that you need then a desert island experience is what the mind beckons. Couples going through changes in their personal circumstances – whether it is getting engaged, married or simply needing some alone time – will take pleasure in this exquisite, serene destination. One of the best is Soneva Gili Six Senses located on the largest lagoon in the Maldives, with oversized villas and views of the crystal clear ocean from every room. Great care has been made to make the 44 stilted villas work with their natural surroundings – so expect sustainable woods, traditional fabrics and open plan living. There are flashy TVs for those that must but there are better things to do with your time here including: candle-lit dinners, snorkelling, diving and sunset champagne cruises. Other magic touches include open-air bathrooms and chess and backgammon tables. The By The Sea Restaurant is fusion Peruvian-Japanese cuisine and sits amongst the treetops on the sunrise side of the island. Here also lies an underground wine cellar with artisanal cheese and a gourmet chocolate cave. Combine this with impeccable service from gracious and kind staff and you have found a little taste of heaven.