Rachel Ruiz, 31, an advertising manager, and her TV producer husband, Federico, 32, decided to blow their budget, and turn their honeymoon into a super-luxurious maxi-moon. Here's the lowdown (we're not envious at all)…

THE ULTIMATE HONEYMOON GUIDE

"Sporting the celebrated 90210 postcode, this bolshy hotel shouts LA extravagance all the way from its ultra-glam rooftop pool to its imposing entrance. Staff go out of their way to make you feel special, only adding to the celebrity sensation of staying just moments from the city's high-end shopping Mecca, Rodeo Drive. Our suite - which had the biggest hotel bathroom we'd ever seen - was as lavish as any Hollywood set. Many of the suites have floor-to-ceiling windows, ideal for stunning star-gazing in both senses of the word. The hotel's spa offers everything from Caviar Facials to a Balancing Stone Massage, using hot and cold stones to penetrate deep into muscles. Breakfast is a heady experience in the Montage's rooftop restaurant alongside poolside cabañas in the Californian sunshine - the views over the Hollywood Hills are something else. Fancy an excursion? Take the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour, a 40-minute narrated circuit of the area's art, architecture and historical districts - and a bargain at $5. Or grab a 15-minute cab up to the remarkable Greystone Park and Mansion, a sprawling 18-acre site and the largest home ever built in Beverly Hills, which offers a maze of winding paths, sweeping lawns and panoramic vistas. The perfect once-in-a-lifetime experience to end our sensational around-the-world adventure."

SMART STEALS: HONEYMOON ON A BUDGET

WOW FACTOR Get to your treatments an hour early. The spa has a soothing mineral pool that is so inviting, we wished we'd discovered it earlier and had longer to wallow.

GO A double room costs from £412 www.montagebeverlyhills.com

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