Fashion plate and TV personality Louise Roe shares the must-stops from her picturesque Italian honeymoon with husband Mackenzie Hunkin.
Mackenzie and I met on the set of Plain Jane, an MTV makeover show that set up blind dates. He was the director, I was the host, and after working together for five years, we ended up being the ones on a date.
He proposed at the beginning of 2016 in the middle of a snowstorm in Colorado, and we decided to get married in my native England, where most of our family and friends live.
Following our October wedding in the English countryside, we took advantage of being in Europe and headed to the famous Le Sirenuse (sirenuse.it) in Positano, Italy, for a few days. The hotel was unbeatable for breakfast with a panoramic view. Lunch at Da Adolfo (daadolfo.com) on the beach (just a boat ride away) and sundowners at Franco’s Bar (francosbar.com) topped our list of things to do. Visiting in the fall meant the weather was cooler, still sunny, and the crowds had died down—perfect.
We then migrated down the coast to the little town of Amalfi, checking in just minutes away to Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa (monasterosantarosa.com) in Conca dei Marini, an awe-inspiring former 17th-century monastery built into the cliffside—the views are spectacular. Watching the sunset from the hotel’s infinity pool, Aperol Spritzes in hand, was one of our best memories.
We got up early and took the first ferry to Capri. At the famous La Fontelina beach club and restaurant (fontelina-capri.com), we ate our body weights in seafood pasta, drank the local rosé and then strolled around town. Gelato, men’s leather shoes and linens are the best things to buy here; search the side streets rather than the main drag.
The entire coastline is postcard-worthy, from the brightly colored houses to the fruit stalls, gelato stores, and ancient churches with chiming bells. It’s a real living version of La Dolce Vita. What a way to kick off wedded bliss.
Edited by Jenny Murray.