Last year, I had a dream trip to Thailand with Mr & Mrs Smith (recap here, here and here). Today we’re bringing Mr and Mrs Smith back to talk about European honeymoon destinations and answer any questions you may have about your own honeymoon plans in the old continent. One of their senior travel experts, Francesca Cocuzza, will be answering questions about Europe honeymoons in the comments section today, so ask away!
About Mr & Mrs Smith
It was 10 years ago now when Mr & Mrs Smith co-founders James Lohan and Tamara Heber-Percy planned a romantic weekend away only to arrive at a hotel that was far less inspiring than anticipated. With that, they decided to launch a guidebook for other like-minded travelers looking for chic stays without the chintz. Smith has since grown to into an online booking service with a curated collection of more than 900 hand-picked and personally visited boutique hotels– and a top-notch team of travel experts dedicated to creating tailor-made honeymoons.
Meet Mr & Mrs Smith‘s travel concierge, Francesca Cocuzza, a senior travel consultant and honeymoon expert. An Italophile since her first gelato, Francesca traded in her Dante anthology after college for a ticket to Cremona, Italy. Even though she’s back stateside now – and jaunting around the US and Southeast Asia – her heart is still in Europe. When she’s not helping Mr & Mrs Smith members plan the Italy and Vietnam honeymoons of their dreams, she continues on her never-ending search for the most authentic bowl of ragu in New York City.
Even if short on time to plan, there’s no reason to leave your trip-of-a-lifetime to chance. You can still take your dream European honeymoon – especially to some of Francesca’s favorite under-the-radar destinations. We will leave you with Francesca:
Athens & Folegandros, Greece
Make your way to center of the ancient world, Athens, which is every bit as glorious and atmospheric as you’d imagine. Ease into your holiday with a couple of nights at New Hotel, a centrally located modern design den with Acropolis views. Over Santorini? Cast off for its sister island, the quiet and less touristy Folegandros, a sun-baked isle with local tavernas and secluded sandy beaches. Here, check in (and check out) at Anemi Hotel a stylish and spoiling stay perched overlooking the sea.
Leave Tuscany to the crowds, as you explore the Italy’s enticing east coast in Puglia. Happily post up at the 16th-century seaside estate Masseria Torre Maizza, and indulge in the areas bounty of fresh fish, melons, figs, olive oils, handmade pastas and wines. Then, cruise south to Basilicata for a few nights at Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic Palazzo Margherita. It’s set in a 15th-century town that rivals Rome in terms of culture and charm, and it comes without the torrent of tourists. Tucked high up on the beautiful boot’s instep, it’s flanked by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and home to some of the country’s most impressive national parks.
Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, is another culture-rich destination, and the dramatic Hotel Teatro, will have you well-placed in the fashionable theater district. Along the Douro River, tree-lined boulevards shadow grand houses, and, to the south, Vila de Gaia is where to head with a hearty appetite for port, the city’s namesake drink, proudly produced here for centuries. For a nature fix, move out into the less-traveled Douro Valley and retreat to Vidago Palace, an opulent country manor and spa. This north-western patch of Portugal is golden by nature, with sepia-tinged hills and a sun-kissed mountainscape: it’s little wonder these wild winelands have been awarded Unesco World Heritage status.
It’s FREE to join their Blacksmith travel club. Their list of perks and best rate guarantee don’t even scratch the surface of the benefits of booking through them. In addition to their travel club, they offer a Just Married pass where for a fee you get exclusive discounts, room upgrades, honeymoon registry and credit towards your anniversary stay – the fee upfront more than pays for itself within a year!
Have Travel Questions for Francesca? Ask below!
Feeling the travel bug itch? Go ahead and use our comments box below to ask Francesca any questions about a European escape. She’ll be around all day offering honeymoon help in the comments section. You can also give Smith‘s honeymoon experts a call at 1 800 464 2040.