Get set to impress the most discerning of dates with this list of sexiest bedrooms, hand-picked by travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith. From the middle of the South African wilderness to Midtown Manhattan, these five sultry hotels pull out all the stops to get you in the mood, with no stinting on quality, lighting that’s just-so and some otherworldly views.
Sansovino Stanza, Aman Venice, Venice, Italy
If you feel like being a film-star for a couple of nights, the Aman Canal Grande offers you a hidden jetty for your water-taxi from the airport and a bedroom deemed the ‘Marcello Mastroianni of hotel rooms’. Famously the wedding venue for gorgeous George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin, the hotel’s rich interiors are laden with historic frescoes and there’s a rare-for-Venice private garden. Do things properly and check-in to the Sansovino Stanza Suite with its wood-panelling, painted friezes and fireplace crafted by the famed 16th-century architect Jacopo D’Antonio Sansovino. It has canal views and a bed big enough to accommodate a small town. Good luck trying to drag yourself away for some sightseeing.
Smith Extra A bottle of champagne on arrival
Water Villa No. 5, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Isolated in a crescent-shaped bay accessible only by boat, the rustic yet undeniably luxurious Six Senses Ninh Van Bay boutique retreat near Nha Trang offers the weary a total reality break. A previous winner of the Sexiest Bedroom category at the Smith awards, water villa number five is the place to check in and check out. With a ladder from the villa straight into the sea, and sitting on a paparazzi-proof private bay in the South China Sea, privacy and discretion is provided in spades. There’s also a generously proportioned plunge pool if the sea doesn’t quite cut it.
Smith Extra A 30-minute foot massage or body scrub for two people
Suite 57, Viceroy New York, New York, US
Buttoned-up Midtown Manhattan gets a much needed dose of downtown cool at the Roman and Williams-designed Viceroy. A favourite for visitors and locals alike, the hotel boasts distinct design, central location, and a year-round rooftop bar. Book into the hotel’s Kingside restaurant – it blends classic Parisian bistro (think leather banquettes and mirrored walls) with an American-style diner by way of glossy subway tiles and checkerboard floors. Pick Suite 57 for its floor-to-ceiling views of Central Park and a dash of old-time elegance.
Smith Extra A Neil George travel kit
Affresco Suite, Il Salviatino, Florence, Italy
A ravishingly updated 15th-century villa high in the hills over Florence – this place has a museum’s stash of 19th-century frescoes, antique bathtubs and valuable artworks. Beautiful boudoirs are grand and opulent, graced with oak floors, restored ceiling details, imposing fireplaces, silver candelabra and fresh orchids. There are two restaurants, a bar and a spa set in the lush green corner of the hotel’s grounds to explore for those who manage to leave the bedroom.
Smith Extra A can of Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil by Fattoria I Veroni
Bush Suite, Singita Boulders, South Africa
Set in the magnificent Kruger National Park, next to the Sand River, Singita Boulders safari lodge is the epitome of unperturbed African refinement. Each of its contemporary suites is decorated in serene style with private game-viewing decks, indoor and outdoor showers, open fireplaces and private pools. The lush Bush Suites are divine, overlooking a well-visited watering hole and the untouched wilderness.
Smith Extra A South African wine tasting experience for guests staying three nights or more
Mr & Mrs Smith gets you the best rates, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call the Smith24 team toll-free on 800 905 326, or visit mrandmrssmith.com.