The Best Places to Mini-Moon

Perhaps a long-haul honeymoon doesn't line up with your schedule or budget, but trust us, following a whirlwind celebration with friends and family you'll be craving time alone. To this point, the boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have shared 10 romantic escapes from exotic isles to luxe-rustic retreats which, while just a quick flight or scenic road trip away, are far from ordinary.

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On this characterful Caribbean island, the spicy jerk chicken, sizzling soca bars and belly-burning rum heat you up… and then the turquoise waters, ice-cold Red Stripes and shaded hammocks help you cool down and chill out.

Where to Book: Goldeneye Hotel & Resort
This idyllic cluster of whitewashed cottages and suites on Oracabessa Bay is where Ian Fleming authored all 14 James Bond novels. Between the swim-up hillside spa, treetop restaurant and breeze-whispering banyan trees, this place is luxury fit for royalty.

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Once the summer getaway of choice for the 19th-century Northeast's well heeled, this coastal New England beacon now effortlessly combines art-house cred, haute heritage and cable-knitted cool. Gilded Age mansions are just part of the story, though; you'll also enjoy miles of sandy shoreline, clapboard house-lined streets and swathes of sailboat-ready water.

Where to Book: Forty 1º North
A marina-side location with a private, ocean-view veranda immediately puts you in the Newport mood, and the luxe wood-and-leather accents in the library help you feel like you're at home in your own private mansion. After a day on the water, dress to see and be seen for cocktails in the pavilion.
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With the Riviera Maya's white-sand beaches lining its coast and the dense tropical jungles for outdoor adventure, the Yucatán Peninsula is a perfect exotic getaway. The Mayan ruins provide your dose of ancient history and the picturesque colonial cities will give you your fill of culture and cuisine.

Where to Book: Coqui Coqui Merida
A dream of marble floors and gilded mirrors in the city of Mérida's historic centre, this one-suite boutique hotel is a romantic, Belle Epoque-esque hideaway. Best of all, all the delights of the entire peninsula are within day-trip reach.
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A picture-perfect patchwork of myriad wineries, award-winning restaurants and majestic mountains makes Sonoma and Napa counties - an easy jaunt from San Francisco - the perfect destination for wine connoisseurs. Bicycle between tastings, feast on farm-fresh cuisine and wind down watching the sunset over the hills.

Where to Book: Farmhouse Inn
Between its Michelin-starred dining, spa, and modern-farmhouse-styled rooms, this romantic inn just south of Healdsburg, Sonoma, is the great for a few days in wine country. Enjoy your evening glass with Valrhona chocolate s'mores by the fire pit.
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Baja California stretches south between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California. At its very tip sits this rugged beach paradise, a sport-fishing capital that boasts exceptional surfing, diving, fresh seafood and local tequila.

Where to Book: Capella Pedregal
For the ultimate in dramatic ocean views and luxurious suites you can't do much better than this beachside boutique resort. You can swim with dolphins and enjoy zip-line tours, but we wouldn't blame you for spending most of your time beside your private plunge pool enjoying an endless stream of fresh margaritas…
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Not quite ready for the party to end? Keep the good times rolling in soulful, sultry NOLA. In each of the city's unique and historic districts, epicures will revel in the elevated Cajun and Creole dining and night owls will fall in step with the spontaneous second line parades that regularly take to the streets.

Where to Book: Soniat House
Flush with nostalgic Southern charm, Soniat House is a traditional townhouse tucked away on a chilled-out section of Chartres Street, just a stroll from the buzzy French Quarter. Splurge on the Grand Suite, tastefully accented with French antiques and a private balcony that's perfect for enjoying an afternoon libation.
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A true natural beauty, Costa Rica is ideal if you want to swap the urban jungle for a biodiverse tropical rainforest. Less than three hours from New York, Costa Rica's lush landscape of protected forests dotted dramatically with volcanoes and rivers is more than ready for its National Geographic close-up.

Where to Book: El Silencio Lodge & Spa
If it's back-to-nature you want, this place is your eco-friendly Eden. Take in pristine panoramas from your private suite in the clouds, bubble together in your outdoor hot tub, greet the sunrise from the yoga deck and feast on organic food. It's what nature intended, only better.
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Spectacularly beautiful, riddled with waterfalls and populated with mighty pines, the Smoky Mountains on the southern tip of the Appalachians are a pastoral paradise. In addition to the lush flora, diverse fauna and jaw-dropping spectacle of the scenery, you'll also find a rich tradition of open-armed hospitality, bluegrass music and fine Southern cuisine.

Where to Book: Blackberry Farm
With its gorgeous views of picket-fenced fields in the sylvan countryside, this farm has all the ingredients for a rustic retreat. A James Beard award-winning chef in the kitchen, contemporary decor, a sleek spa and bend-over-backwards staff makes it back to nature with added bliss.

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