With the aide of style aficionados Hardy Amies, looking the part at a wedding will be effortless; as Sir Hardy once said, “A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.”
At Black Tomato we believe that picking your perfect honeymoon (or wedding) destination should also be effortless – that picking the place that’s right for you is akin to finding the perfect suit – it just works. So to help guide you to finding the right romantic escape, we’ve hand-picked our ultimate places to honeymoon, from a chic city escape to Marrakech to a desert island getaway to the Galapagos…
The City: Marrackech
Why go: You want to discover a different culture in one of the world’s most intriguing cities.
When to go: March to June & September to November
Where to stay: Riad Farnatchi
Essential style staple: Grenson x Hardy Amies Black Grained Leather Brogues
Souks, private palaces and vibrant craft markets are just some of the sights that Marrakech will greet you with. Both traditional and cultural this Arabic city with its fragrant aromas and lively atmosphere is the unsung hero of romantic escapes. Explore the maze-like streets and peruse the stalls lined with beautifully designed carpets as you take in the sounds and fast paced way of life synonymous with Marrakech.
Leave the hustle and bustle behind as you step into the tranquil Riad Farnatchi, your boutique and ornately decorated home from home. Sip on sweet Moroccan peppermint tea as you decide which market to visit next and sleep soundly after your adventures.
The City: Venice
Why go: You seek a classic yet romantic European city break, with all the trimmings: history, culture and world class cuisine.
When to go: May to October
Where to stay: Ca Maria Adele
Essential style staple: Chalk Pima Cotton Single Breasted Churchill Jacket, Hardy Amies
It’s one of the chicest cities in Europe, bursting with incredible architecture, world-class food and intriguing history – this is Italy’s city of romance. Water-based cities are hard to come by and one as beautiful as this is definitely not an everyday find. Sit back and watch the world go by from the comfort of your gondola as you wind your way through the canals.
Savour the relaxed European vibe as you wander the streets and marvel at the beauty of St Mark’s Square. You’ll be staying in the elegant and opulently decorated Ca Maria Adele while you discover the secrets of one of the most romantic cities in the world.
Whether you’re attending a wedding in London, Venice or Marrakech this year, Hardy Amies have collected their essential items for looking the part at a city wedding this year. From a pair of black leather brogues to a stylish checked suit, be sure to check out their style guide here.
The Countryside: The Galápagos Islands
Why go: You want to discover some of the world’s most remote, untouched islands & their abundant wildlife – all on a private yacht.
When to go: All year round
Where to stay: M/Y Grand Odyssey, private yacht
Essential style staple: Black embossed leather weekend duffle bag, Hardy Amies
Often considered one of the last truly untouched, far flung corners of the globe, the incredible wild landscapes and pristine beaches of the 20 islands that make up the Galápagos archipelago make for a secluded get away in the heart of nature. Spend your nights aboard a luxury private yacht and spend your days hopping from island to island, where you’ll be enthralled by the beautiful, whimsical volcanic island scenery. Discovering the array of secluded coves and abundant wildlife, from giant tortoises to indigenous birds to the friendly local sea lions – jump in the crystal waters and snorkel with these amazing creatures.
But with the islands becoming increasingly more accessible to tourists, we suggest you pay this wildlife haven a visit before they start to become busier.
The Countryside: Canada
Why go: You want to immerse yourself in astounding surroundings right in the heart of nature.
When to go: March to October
Where to stay: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Vancouver Island
Essential style staple: Pistachio cotton long sleeved Tahoe knit, Hardy Amies
From the rugged rockies to impossibly blue lakes Canada is a natural goldmine. Whether you’re wandering through amber forests in fall or hiking under the beating sun Canada is always a good idea. You’ll reach new heights as you fly over to your secluded riverside retreat, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort where you’ll be surrounded by endless natural beauty.
Wake up to the lyrical bird calls and head off in search of soothing hot springs before cosying up by the fire back at your wonderfully remote camp. Traditional prospector style tents are where you’ll be resting your head topping off this truly unique rural hideaway.
From a stylish wool overcoat to blue hues and the essential silk handkerchief, Hardy Amies have collected their ultimate style guide to looking the part at a country wedding this year. Shop the look here.
The Beach: Mozambique
Why go: You want desert island bliss but with a touch of luxury. And no crowds.
When to go: April to January
Where to stay: Vamizi Island Lodges, Vamizi Island
Essential style staple: Warwick Grey Tort Signature Eyewear, Hardy Amies
The beaches of Mozambique are some of the most astounding in Africa, with pristine white sand and turquoise water – think Maldives, but with a more rustic, untouched vibe and an African twist. What better place to relax in style than in your very own wooden lodge overlooking the crashing waves? A private island is the perfect spot to revel in marital bliss and Mozambique offers the finest in authentic African island experiences.
It’ll be just the two of you as you escape from the daily grind spending your mornings with long walks on the soft sandy beaches and exploring the underwater world teeming with colourful marine life. End your day with a romantic dinner on the shore with a special kind of candlelight; the stars.
The Beach: Greek Islands
Why go: You want a Mediterranean island escape and a taste of how Greece used to be 20 years ago.
When to go: May to October
Where to stay: Anemi Hotel, Folegandros
Essential style staple: Light Blue cotton long sleeved Regent shirt, Hardy Amies
The iconic Greek Isles are the ultimate place for a sun-drenched, romantic escape topped up with the addictive Mediterranean way of life. After unwinding in Oia, the postcard perfect village in Santorini (and one of our top places to watch the sunset), head to the lesser known Folegandros – famed for its unspoiled surroundings – to escape Greece’s summer crowds and experience the secluded side of the Cyclades.
Head to our two favourite beaches, Ambeli and Katergo (only accessed by boat) before retreating to the romantic sleepy Karavostasi port for a taste of how Greece used to be.