Imagine strolling hand in hand at sunset, along soft white sands with warm turquoise water lapping at your feet in your own tropical paradise. A honeymoon in Tahiti, the Maldives, Thailand or Bali can provide you with the perfect fusion of luxury and nature, where you can do as little or as much as you like. Spend your time relaxing at the resort pampering yourselves or out exploring the local area and culture. Perhaps you’re more into water sports and island activities. One thing you can be assured of is the perfect romantic getaway where seclusion and tranquility abound.
Exotic retreats offering spectacular views, nestled amidst lush, tropical gardens. Resorts generally provide the facilities and amenities of a hotel with more privacy, intimacy and uniqueness. They can offer an ‘all inclusive’ meal plan, activities and sporting equipment such as snorkels/fins and bikes.BOUTIQUE
Intimate, small and stylish with impeccable amenities, boutique hotels offer a personalised and unique experience. Often reflecting the location’s heritage and affording guests the opportunity to enjoy the local feel. In-room canapés, pre-dinner cocktails and other little touches are common.VILLA
Offering idyllic beachfront locations, villas are the perfect place to idle away the hours on your honeymoon. Secluded and private, often with their own pool, lounge area and equipped kitchen, each villa provides an immaculate escape from the world with views to die for, far from the madding crowds.OVERWATER BUNGALOW
Follow wooden walkways to your own overwater bungalow. Often containing state of the art entertainment systems and private indoor and outdoor lounge areas with in-room spa treatments, they are about as remote and romantic as one could possibly hope for. Pricing inclusive of all meals and drinks is common.ALL INCLUSIVE
The Maldives has dozens of resorts that are fully all-inclusive or at least offer an all-inclusive room rate, and this list show the finest of them based on guest reviews and value.
Some also offer full-board or half-board options, which might be even better value for those who don’t drink. Virtually all Maldives resorts include all non-motorized activities in the room rate, so if you are a light eater and drinker you might get a better deal paying as you go.
Visit Paris, the City of Love, where you can stroll along gorgeous tree lined boulevards, explore museums or shops and indulge in gourmet delights in one of many sidewalk cafes. In Italy, wander around Rome – the Eternal City, relax in a Tuscan villa enjoying the local gastronomy and stunning scenery or take a romantic gondola ride down the canals of Venice. Romance abounds on the stunning islands of Greece. On offer here is a heady mix of ancient history, colourful local culture, food and drink to lust after and a cosmopolitan nightlife. Europe offers the perfect combination of relaxation and romance coupled with amazing sightseeing
From small, family run hotels to luxurious big-name chains, there is a hotel option available for all tastes and budgets. Choose to be located in the heart of the city or get a taste for the local life in the suburbs. The inclusion of Continental breakfast is the norm. Better hotels offer gyms, restaurant, bar and daily maid service.
Intimate, unique, quaint and cosy. B&B’s are a warm and personalised option that often exemplify the region through the décor and feel of the property. Some of the best B&Bs have built their reputation around the hosts, who will go an extra mile to ensure their guests are spoiled with home-baked treats, flowers and personal touches.
Why not consider living like a local and renting an apartment? Often located in the centre of town, offering the unique chance to immerse yourself in the area without the expense of room service at a hotel. A couple can head to the local shops or market for fresh goods and concoct a culinary feast in their own kitchen.
A villa in the stunning Italian or French countryside is a blissful extravagance. With home¬away-from-home amenities, often with a pool, they offer the chance for couples to cook their own food with freshly sourced provisions, or head out to a restaurant! To get the most out of your stay in the local area combine with a set of wheels.
Always dreamt of seeing lions, zebras and hippos up close? With awe-inspiring overland safari experiences and adventures through desert and savannah and across delta and mountains, a honeymoon in Africa offers spectacular scenery, breathtaking wildlife encounters and a fascinating mélange of local culture. Take a romantic sunrise balloon ride over the Serengeti, relax in a luxurious lodge in the middle of a game reserve or spend some quiet time on a beach in Zanzibar. What could be more romantic than a candlelit dinner for two under a million brightly lit stars, listening to the call of the wild?
Africa offers the option of mobile safaris with full service camping where staff set up camp in advance. Or there are semi permanent bush camps with additions such as tented dining and break-out areas. All meals are included and camaraderie is high where everyone comes together to chat about another day.
Hotels are the accommodation of choice outside of the game parks. Properties in locations such as Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls are some of the best in Continental Africa and cater to a wide variety of tastes and budget. The inclusion of breakfast is usual, along with other touches dependent upon standard.
Traditionally built of local materials, lodges vary from charming and rustic to indulgent and luxurious. Often located in private game reserves and commonly family owned. Meals are often included and local wildlife is within amazing proximity, so it’s no surprise to find an elephant chewing on the acadia trees!
LUXURY TENTED CAMPS
Boasting modern en-suite facilities, proper comfortable beds and designer furniture, a stay at a permanent tented camp is one of the true joys of an African experience. It offers the chance to experience the ambiance of being at one with nature, whilst pampered in luxury. Gastronomy is invariably top-notch (and included).
Where crystal blue waters, powdery white beaches and warm balmy nights are in abundance. If lying on the beach or sipping cocktails at a swim-up bar is your idea of the perfect honeymoon, the South Pacific is for you. With little more to do than relax, recharge, be pampered and indulge in mouth-watering tropical fruits, it really is the idyllic destination. If you’re feeling active, Cook Islands offer lush green rain-forests and underground swimming caverns while Vanuatu boasts fiery volcanoes and gushing waterfalls. In Fiji, visit a local village and partake in a traditional kava ceremony. Snorkel, dive, kayak, swim, explore or relax in this unspoilt paradise.
Sitting on breathtaking white sand beaches or in the jungle amidst picturesque gardens you’ll find a multitude of hotels and resorts ranging from low-cost to luxury, small and intimate to large-scale properties. The inclusion of breakfast is common, along with other bonuses such as petal-strewn beds.
Offering the warmth and hospitality that the Pacific Islanders are known for, boutique hotels will bestow a warm glow on couples revelling in the intimacy and personalised and non-obtrusive service on offer. Breakfast is usually included, and most properties offer a great restaurant, bar/ lounge and spa facility.
If you value privacy with the comforts of home, this is the ideal accommodation option where you can enjoy peace and solitude as well as the undivided attention of staff as required. Features such as stunning designer interiors and a butler on stand-by are common, as is the inclusion of breakfast and meal packages.
With million-dollar views where the warm waters of the Pacific are one step away, overwater bungalows are the perfect place to indulge. Often lavishly appointed with separate living and sleeping areas, couples can eat on their own deck, or stroll to the resort restaurant. Breakfast is often included, and all-inclusive packages may be arranged.
The USA offers an abundance of loved up delights. LA offers thrill-seeking rides, endless
beaches, the glamour and notoriety of Hollywood and shopping aplenty. Continue further up the coast to San Francisco, Napa Valley’s picturesque wine region and the spectacular Yosemite National Park. In New York - the city that never sleeps - by day cruise around Manhattan Island or the Statue of Liberty, explore museums, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park or shop. At night there’s a multitude of restaurants, Broadway shows, jazz bars and nightclubs. And, then there’s Las Vegas. World-class shows, casinos that never close, neon nightlife, spectacular canyons and beyond fabulous shopping!
America offers everything from eco lodges to golf resorts, cosy resorts to warehouses, where even the most discerning traveller will be catered for. Breakfast isn’t ordinarily included, but the majority offer anything from coffee and donuts to a sumptuous feast. Bars, pools and guest rooms are common for properties of 4 star plus.
The USA offers many unique accommodation experiences. Live like a local in a beautiful home while the owner is away. Stay in a winery, in a theme park or at a casino. You’ll be talking endlessly about your honeymoon at Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo – where guests need SCUBA training, and staff divers will deliver well-wrapped room service pizzas!
Offering centrally located properties with personalised service that provide an intimate retreat. Try locations such as the Napa Valley, the Hamptons or the Adirondacks in New York State or head south to one of the southern belles in Georgia or Tennessee. Rooms are beautifully appointed and the food and drink is usually reflective of the region.
Live like a local. Popular locations include New York, San Francisco, Boston and Miami affording the chance to sightsee like a visitor and engage like a local in the neighbourhood. A quick stop at a little delicatessen and hey presto – a cosy TV dinner of Champagne and chacuturie for two. And, then with proximity to local nightlife, don those dancing shoes.
Our backyard is vast and full of variety. Ecologically diverse, honeymooners can enjoy a city stay with abundant shopping and nightlife, relaxation on a secluded, postcard-perfect beach and exploring seemingly untouched and vast natural beauty – all in the one holiday. Hayman and Hamilton Islands offer the perfect beach escape while Tasmania combines pristine and breathtaking scenery with history and gastronomic delights. Perhaps a few nights in Sydney followed by some downtime in Byron Bay. There is so much on offer on our own doorstep. Put away your passport, you don’t even need to leave Australia’s shores.
With an exceptional array of hotels that competes with anything on offer overseas, there’s something for everyone. Options are city stays, beach and island retreats and time out in the countryside, bush or desert. Included breakfast is usually standard, and at better hotels, small touches such as canapés are great additions.
Enjoy the easygoing warmth and hospitality of a local. ‘Where’s the best place for a spot of surf and turf’? A local will always know where the chilliest drinks, the best shopping and finest picnic spots are located. The inclusion of breakfast and other extras are something B&Bs pride themselves upon.
Whether it’s nestled in amongst a rainforest, on a golden-sanded beachfront or overlooking a majestic lake or mountain, Australia has many unique villa options, where a bottle of bubbly can be enjoyed. Breakfast is often included, along with other unique touches such as flowers and canapés.
World-class, unadulterated luxury from pavilions in perfect harmony with the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to remote lodges where the bush and beach blend perfectly. Every detail is meticulously considered to spoil the senses. The inclusion of all meals and activities is common, and some luxe properties include drinks.