From the lap of luxury to a fantastic fly-drive, make sure your honeymoon is one to remember.
You’ve just tied the knot and are about to embark on a lifetime of marital bliss, so you will want to start in style. You can opt for all-out luxury, excitement and adventure, or the ultimate secluded getaway. Whether it’s strolling along sandy beaches and swimming in glistening waters or skiing down snowy slopes and sightseeing, your honeymoon is your time to do whatever you want and go wherever you want to go.
It doesn’t get much more idyllic than the honeymoon favourite – the Maldives. This little haven deep in the Indian Ocean is still one of the most popular places to begin married life. Couples retreat to the tropical beauty for the ultimate relaxation break. From the moment you arrive on the island, via seaplane transfer offering breathtaking views, you will be in heaven. The 26 little islands that make up the Maldives provide honeymooners with white sandy beaches and private coral islands surrounded by stunning turquoise lagoons. The surroundings are so picturesque they barely look real.
Couples can spend the day lazing on a secluded beach, soaking up the sun and sipping cocktails. After snorkelling in the pure waters or enjoying a massage on the beach, couples can then retire to their private villa or bungalow and enjoy being waited on hand and foot. Nearly all the accommodation in the Maldives is five-star, so luxury is guaranteed.
-Loved-up couples who want this five-star treatment can expect to pay from £3,000 for seven nights in a beach villa.
-You are surrounded by beautiful glistening waters and golden sands – your own slice of paradise.
-You have to come back to reality – rainy, grey British days.
Start as you mean to go on – kick-start married life with an extra large portion of all-out luxury. One of the wealthiest and most luxurious countries in the world can offer you a honeymoon fit for a prince.
Dubai, known as a playground for the rich and famous, is the ultimate destination for glamorous newlyweds. From the lavish shopping malls to the famous glittering gold souk, you are surrounded by extravagance and opulence. Dubai is also the home of the the Burj Al Arab – voted the world’s most luxurious hotel. Loved-up couples can relax in style in one of the two 780 square-metre Royal Suites, each with two bedrooms, a private elevator and cinema, a four-poster rotating canopy bed and dedicated butler service. The hotel also boasts rain showers and Jacuzzis in each suite, six award-winning restaurants, and even its very own fleet of Rolls-Royces.
-Luxury comes at a price, with honeymoon packages in the Royal Suite starting from £1,500 per night.
-You get to start your married life surrounded by glitz and glamour.
-You also get to start your married life with a rather large credit card bill.
The streets are lined with exquisite French restaurants, patisseries and street cafes, with intimate and cosy boutique hotels nestled in the side streets. The city is filled with world-class monuments, and if you can tear yourselves away from your honeymoon suite, a spot of sight- seeing is a must. Take in the culture of Paris and share a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower, swoon under the Arc de Triomphe and stroll down the Champs Elysees hand in hand.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay that screams “honeymoon,” the Coco Chanel Suite at The Ritz in Paris exudes romance. With sumptuous décor and grand furniture, baroque mirrors and chandeliers, the suite has been summed up in one word as “Intimate” – the perfect place to spend a honeymoon.
-The price tag for Chanel-style romance starts at £2,700 per night.
-You get to live like a fashion icon.
-One night in the Coco Chanel Suite costs the same as one of her dresses.
Jet off to the USA, and then whizz from state to state at your leisure, taking in the beautiful landscapes, sights and sounds.
There are lots of different tours you can choose from, including cruising along the East Coast, venturing into the Deep South, taking in the breathtaking scenery of Canada and enjoying hot spots like San Francisco and Las Vegas while taking in all the film landscapes on a West Coast tour. There are lots of companies that will sort out all the details and make your trip hassle-free and a pleasure to plan. They can sort out everything, from maps to accommodation.
Once you’re stateside, you can enjoy the freedom of the open road with an itinerary crafted especially for you. It is the perfect way to see America in your own way, at your own pace.
-A seven night fly-drive can start from £450.
-You get to hit the open road and feel the wind in your hair.
-Be careful you don’t get a flat tyre.
Nestled between mountainous beauty and weaved between scenic lakes, the Lake District is the ideal location for a quiet and cosy honeymoon. Boasting natural beauty and stunning views, the Lake District offers honeymooners the great outdoors right at your feet. Be at one with nature and take long walks and romantic boats rides. There are so many places to visit, including Windermere, home to England’s biggest lake, along with Ullswater, Keswick, and Kendal.
There are a wealth of boutique hotels and country manor houses to make your stay extra special, and the beautiful lakes and mountains will be right on your doorstep. If you want a little more privacy, then there are also many beautiful cottages that you can rent out and escape everything.
-For a weekend stay in one of the Lake District’s finest luxury hotels, prices start from £850.
-You get to stroll round lakes and take in the breathtaking views.
-You’re unlikely to return from your honeymoon with a glowing tan.
If you want a hassle-free honeymoon, then a cruise is the ideal solution. You get to hop from island to island and enjoy all the finery and glamour of the cruise ship experience. Your every need will be catered for, and you will barely have to lift a finger (except for when sipping champagne on the main deck).
A Mediterranean cruise is a sightseer’s paradise, stopping off at delights such as Rome, Athens and Barcelona. Take in the breathtaking views as you sail around the waters and discover all the Mediterranean treasures whilst combining beaches, history and scenery.
If you want to go a bit more tropical, then a Caribbean cruise might be more your style. Visit white sandy beaches and sail in crystal clear blue waters, and stop off at tropical destinations like Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, Barbados and St. Lucia. Immerse yourself in the different culture, foods and architecture, and visit vibrant cities and small towns.
-A cruise around the Med starts from £499 per person.
-You get to island hop and take in all the sights and atmosphere of different cultures.
-It might take a while to get rid of your “sea legs” once on dry land.
7 Skiing in Chamonix
If you fancy swooping and swishing down snowy slopes, then a skiing honeymoon in Chamonix is the place for you. Internationally renowned as one of the most cosmopolitan skiing resorts, Chamonix is a skier’s paradise. Situated at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the French Alps, it offers the best skiing and scenery in the world. There are six skiing areas in the valley offering some of the most challenging pistes that will test even the most competent of skiers.
Not only does Chamonix offer some of the best slopes, it also has some of the best après-ski around. The resort is surrounded by a heaven of shops, bars and restaurants, and the hotels and chalets offer honeymooners luxurious and spectacular accommodation. Chamonix also has three nature reserves and 4,000 hectares of mountain territory to explore.
-To have the slopes on your doorstep, it will cost from £450 for a weekend break.
-You get to swish your way down the slopes.
-Be careful not to start married bliss with broken bones.
8 Tropical Treat
The Seychelles is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations, and it’s easy to see why. There certainly is something about rolling sandy beaches and crystal blue waters that gets honeymooners swooning.
The Seychelles is the third-largest island in the Indian Ocean archipelago, and has some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife of them all. The islands cluster around the main island of Mahé, which houses the airport and the capital, Victoria.
Guests can stroll along the warm, golden sands, or adventure in the glistening waters of the marine national park – the home to turtles and colourful corals.
Enjoy diving, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun, and then retreat to your luxurious beach villa, where you can relax as you gaze into the twinkling night’s sky.
-To soak up the tropical life in a five-star location, prices start around £3,500.
-Kick-start married life with the ultimate relaxation break.
-You will eventually have return to the daily grind.
Africa’s pristine wilderness regions and golden sands make the perfect combination for a breathtaking break.
You’ll need to head to South Africa’s national parks to get up close and personal with the “Big Five” – lion, leopard, black rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. Probably the best known of all is the Kruger National Park; covering an area of two million hectares, it contains a huge array of wildlife, including 147 species of mammals, 500 types of bird and 33 types of amphibian.
Couples can then retreat to their safari lodge and enjoy a candlelit dinner under the stars. Turn your honeymoon into the trip of a lifetime.
-A “Big Five” safari package can cost around £4,500 per person for eight days.
-You get to go out into the wild and see these animals in their natural habitat.
-You won’t be able to take that cute lion cub home with you.
10 Total Seclusion
Nestled away just off the coast of Fiji sits a small slice of paradise. Surrounded by blue waters, white sandy beaches and not much else, Turtle Island is the ultimate destination for a romantic secluded honeymoon.
This private island offers guests their own taste of exotic living with the exclusive use of one of 14 breathtaking private beaches. The five-star luxury resort only takes up to 28 guests at a time, so don’t be surprised if you can stroll around the resort and barely see a soul.
Described as hyper-romantic, the resort is perfect for champagne picnic lunches on the beach, soaking up the sun while lazing on a hammock, or taking a dip in the crystal blue waters. Guests can enjoy being waited on hand and foot by their very own “Bure Mama,” who looks after everything from the moment you arrive on the island, and activities such as deep sea fishing, diving, horse riding and sunset cruises are available at any time.
-A seven night all-inclusive stay would set you back about £11,500.
-For that whopping price tag you get your very own private beach.
-Stranded in paradise, you might find out each other’s annoying habits sooner than you had hoped.