Whether you want to bask on the beach, soak up an ancient culture or swish down the slopes, here are ten fabulous options to help you choose the perfect honeymoon.
On the Beach
Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia: Set on the mountainous and lush Caribbean island of St Lucia, Windjammer is the perfect place for a honeymoon on the golden sands. Designed like a Mediterranean village, there are whitewashed walls and red tiled roofs; a simple backdrop to the beautiful blue waves. Pick one of the lower villas and you’re just a few short steps from the water or one higher up the hillside for spectacular views. Wherever you sleep, with complimentary snorkelling and windsurfing on tap, you’ll find it hard to stay out of the crystal clear water.
Have an Adventure
Colorado fly drive: If wide-open landscapes, towering mountains and tiny romantic towns appeal, head to the American state of Colorado for a fly drive holiday. Explore the highest sand dunes in North America, take to the saddle in one of the hundreds of ranches and, after a truly scenic drive, end your honeymoon in a beautiful spot with plenty of A list fans; Telluride, a gorgeous historic town nestled in the mountains, is home to Tom Cruise, Christie Brinkley and Ralph Lauren. The Peaks resort and spa is the ideal place to stay there.
A Taste of Culture
The Nam Hai, Vietnam: Fast becoming the hottest country in South East Asia, Vietnam is booming with luxury boutique hotels and resorts. A honeymoon here is about so much more than five star beaches and spas. Stay at the truly gorgeous Nam Hai, where a bottle of champagne and honeymoon cake awaits all new arrivals, and you’re perfectly placed to explore Central Vietnam’s unique culture and rich heritage with three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Hoi An, My Son Valley and Hue) within easy reach.
Steeped in Romance
George V, Paris: Nothing says old fashioned romance like a trip to Paris, and at the Four Seasons Hotel George V you’re steeped in it at every turn. Stroll down the Champs-Elysées – just a few steps from the polished marble lobby – or sit on one of the private terraces that command views across Paris. Take a couples’ treatment at the best spa in the city and eat in the two Michelin starred Le Cinq restaurant.
Royal Caribbean: If you love the idea of falling asleep in one amazing location and waking up in another, cruising could be the ideal choice – think of it as staying in a luxury hotel that moves with you! Royal Caribbean has over 261 romantic destinations in 72 countries to choose from. Pick a European cruise and enjoy the fjords of Norway or the waterways of Venice, or head to Asia for the bustle of Hong Kong or beauty of Singapore. There are the sparkling, tropical seas of the Caribbean or try something different with an Alaskan cruise, visiting the Hubbard, one of the most active glaciers in the world.
Style in Ireland
The G Hotel: Based in the centre of Galway (known, unofficially, as the ‘arts capital of Ireland’), along the beautiful Galway Bay coastline, the g Hotel marries modern, stylish decor with traditional Irish charm. Designed by Phillip Treacy – the famous milliner responsible for the hat Princess Beatrice wore to the Royal Wedding – this five star destination offers luxurious bedrooms with cutting-edge in-room entertainment, a soothing ESPA spa, a decadent cocktail bar and fine dining at the Matz restaurant where executive chef, Stefan Matz, is inspired by local produce. Ireland is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples who want the ultimate stylish retreat, just an hour’s flight away from home, or accessible via ferry in the car.
Around the World
Travelbag: If you can afford a little extra time away, try a round-the-world trip, or ‘maxi-moon’. Travelbag tailor-make holidays and can advise on the best routes according to the time of year and places you want to visit. An extravagant trip taking in London, New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Fiji, Sydney, Bali, Hong Kong and London is around £2,500 per person. Couples planning their wedding can also set up a honeymoon fund with Travelbag; they’ll get a reference number to pass on to any wedding guests who wish to contribute.
Get Set to Ski
Italian Journeys: The swish of the snow and the rush of adrenaline – skiing is a fantastic option for couples who love the slopes. But now you can combine the excitement of skiing with some red-blooded romance. Italian Journeys has a package offering seven nights in the stunning scenery of Trentino Alto Adige, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, followed by three nights in Venice. From a moonlight journey on a ‘snow cat’ to a private gondola tour, it promises to be an unforgettable trip.
One for the Family
Centerparcs: A wonderful honeymoon doesn’t only have to include the two of you; if you don’t want to leave your little ones at home, Centerparcs has a brilliant solution. The resort now offers a truly luxurious accommodation option; Treehouses with four bedrooms, each with en suite and balcony, an outdoor hot tub and spacious open-plan lounge. Set in the beauty of Sherwood Forrest, newlyweds and their brood are guaranteed the time of their lives.
Wild Card: The world is filled with unusual and unique locations.If you fancy a ‘wild card’ honeymoon, consider Japan, a country of exotic geisha, delicious sushi and ancient temples. Or, for historic culture on a different continent, head to Jordan where luxury travel is now booming. You can trace Indiana Jones’ footsteps in Petra, and float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. For something totally different, try Mickey Mouse’s Californian home at Disneyland; take a step back to childhood together with cartoon adventures and nostalgic parades. It’s also the perfect location if you’re having a Disney-themed wedding!