10 Under-the-Radar Hotels Perfect for a Minimoon

Sebastian Schoellgen, founder of Eighty Four Rooms, has his ear to the ground when it comes to the world's most unique and exclusive boutique hotels and houses. Which is just the kind of intel you need if you're planning your minimoon. Here's his top 10 of romantic hideaways for loved-up couples looking for some intimate R&R.

10 secret boltholes for mini-mooning couples

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Casa Privata

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Located in Praiano, a little town between Amalfi and Positano on one of the most beautiful coasts in the world, Casa Privata is a stunning private retreat offering fabulous views of the Mediterranean Sea. Ca' Pa' is a carefully restored old fisherman's ruin descending to a private rocky beach, ideal for couples looking to escape the world.

Address

Via Rezzola 41, 84010, Praiano SA, Italy

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Ca'Maria Adele

Venice, Italy

With just 12 rooms, Ca Maria Adele is the most romantic hotel in Venice. Located in Dorsoduro, the modern art district and right next to the beautiful Basilica della Madonna della Salute, it's just one vaporetto stop from Piazza San Marco.

Address

Sestiere Dorsoduro, 111, 30123, Venice

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Seven Rooms Villadorata

Sicily, Italy

With Noto being hailed as the new hot destination of the year, now is the perfect time to visit Seven Rooms Villadorata. Situated in the historic centre of the city, the exclusive guesthouse occupying part of a 17th-century palazzo offers its guest a taste of Sicilian aristocracy.

Address

Via Nazionale 3, 98050 Malfa, Salina ME

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Jardins Secrets

Nîmes, France

Hidden in the heart of Old Nîmes, this secluded former 18th-century coach house has been transformed into a boutique hotel with magical offerings, from its garden full of bougainvillea, palms and orange trees to its Roman-style spa offering Ayurvedic treatments.

Address

3 Rue Gaston Maruejols, Nîmes, 30000

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Hotel Endsleigh

Devon, United Kingdom

This hidden gem in Devon, only three or so hours from central London, is a Grade-I historic house set in a 100 acres of fairy-tale woodland, follies and grottos. Hidden on the edge of Dartmoor, the hotel has magnificent views of the gardens, the River Tamar and beyond into Cornwall.

Address

Hotel Endsleigh Milton, Abbot Tavistock, PL19 0PQ, UK

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Finca La Donaira

Serranía de Ronda Andalucia, Spain

Finca La Donaira is a luxurious and discreet eco-retreat, organic farm and equestrian centre located on the top of the Andalusian Serranía de Ronda in southern Spain. With just nine individually designed rooms, state-of-the-art facilities and tailor-made activities, it's the perfect getaway for the captive couple looking for intimate R&R.

Address

Calle La Fuente 49, 11687, El Gastor, Spain

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Jnane Tamsna

Marrakech, Morocco

Ideal for newlyweds in search of winter sun, Jnane Tamsna adopts a minimalist approach to Oriental splendour. Set in a nine-acre private estate, there are 24 bedrooms spread over three properties, with five pools and a tennis court. Only a 15-minute drive to the centre of Marrakech, it feels like a desert oasis in the middle of the Palmeraie.

Address

Douar Abiad, Palmeraie, Marrakesh 40000

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Sonop

Nambia, South Africa

Sonop is a luxurious tented camp pitched at the southern extremity of the Namib desert in the Hardap region. Furnished with antiques made of fine materials, colourful carpets and precious wood, this out-of-the ordinary lodge offers the most perfect minimoon in a stunning panoramic desert landscape.

Address

Sonop Farm Road, D707, Hardap Region, Namibia

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Residenza Napoleone III

Rome, Italy

Often referred to as the most unique place to stay in the Eternal City, Residenza Napoleone III is located within the 16th-century Palazzo Ruspoli on Rome's legendary Via Condotti. Available for private hire, the residence consists of two apartments: the Napoleone Suite and the Roof Garden Suite.

Address

Via Fontanella Borghese 56, 00186, Rome, Italy

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