We often say that the perfect holiday is not determined by the amount of money we spend, or how many stars our hotel has. However, honeymoons are essentially the holiday of a lifetime and if there was ever a time in your life to indulge, it is now! You’ve already been swept off your feet, but there is no reason why your honeymoon destination cannot do the same. Nobody on planet earth has ever regretted their bank balance after a honeymoon so now is the chance to fly to lands you have only ever dreamt of.
The world is a rich tapestry of awe-inspiring destinations and, chances are, you and your spouse-to-be have had a few contrasting opinions on where your first holiday as newlyweds should be. We have decided to take the pressure off and make things a little easier. Let us transport you to the azure blue coastline of Ko Samui before you dine with the artistic masters in France…
007 Super Yacht Charter Through Asia
The bedazzling Ocean Emerald is a contemporary floating magnum opus imagined by renowned architect, Norman Foster, in 2009. That same year master Italian shipyard, Rodriquez Yachts, painstakingly built the 41-meter super yacht that cruises the waters of Asia today. Foster wanted the world to be graced with a floating vessel that combined the latest yachting technology with superior living and, unquestionably, he delivered.
Ocean Emerald can sleep up to 12 guests, but why not have the ship to yourself and live your James Bond and Bond girl fantasies? A nine-strong crew, from captains to chefs, are able to make your honeymoon the experience of a lifetime as you depart from the Gulf of Thailand. Newlyweds will be able to tailor their route to their own desires, taking in the coastlines of culturally rich countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam. You are welcome to disembark the vessel at any of the Asian ports en route to discover the wonders on dry land.
However, if you don’t wish to leave your marine bubble, hospitality abroad Ocean Emerald is highly personalised. Expert chefs can create unique menus and if the breath-taking views, luxurious interiors, home cinema, and jacuzzi weren’t enough, you can take to the water with snorkelling equipment, kayaks, and jet skis.
Ocean Emerald is an enchanting opportunity for those preparing honeymoon plans. It presents a chance to create a bespoke plan for just you and you loved one.
Breaking Waves with Horses in Jamaica
The Half Moon resort in Jamaica is a jewel of the Caribbean. Its history spans back 60 years and it has undeniably earnt is status as one of the world’s most admired resorts. With royalty and dignitaries regularly calling one of the many white-washed beach villas home, it is no surprise that Half Moon is a honeymooner’s paradise.
The exquisite dining, opulent spa, and luxury facilities undoubtedly make Half Moon a second to none honeymoon resort. However, Half Moon also has its own riding facility, managed by international equestrienne, Trina DeLisser. The 28 well-loved horses are available for couples to indulge in polo or hacking but, when the sun sets, there is no better experience than riding your horse in the warm Caribbean waters. Guests can take in the vermillion skies whilst leaving a trail of horseshoe prints in the white sands behind them before entering the surf on horseback and relaxing in the tranquil waters.
Those considering a honeymoon in Jamaica may also like to be made aware that the Half Moon resort also offer intimate and grand weddings. There are coastline venues to magnificent halls where couples can say their vows and, entire bespoke packages can be created for the perfect wedding and honeymoon experience.
Your Own Private Maldivian Island
The Maldives are home to numerous luxury resorts, but few come close to W Retreat & Spa on Fesdhoo Island. The island lies in the mesmerising waters of the Indian Ocean and is only accessible via seaplane. Fesdhoo is home to 78 private suites and retreats, with contemporary living and unbelievable views, jutting out into the ocean via wooden walkways on stilts.
Each apartment boasts a private pool or jacuzzi but you need only dip a toe off of your private walkway to meet the ocean. Honeymooner’s visiting the W Retreat can pick from a multitude of different villas but the Extreme Wow Ocean Haven is championed as the most luxurious pad. The two-bedroomed ocean villa curves its way around a private lagoon and everything can be viewed through the floor-to-ceiling windows and doors.
There are three fantastic restaurants and six bars at W retreat, offering a wide range of culinary experiences. However, the private dining option is ideal for newlyweds. Couples can simply choose their favourite spot on the island and the dedicated team will take care of the rest. Dining on the soft white sands as the Indian Ocean gently laps the shore; that is our idea of a blissful honeymoon.
Dine with Botticelli and Michelangelo in Florence
Aside from Venice, Italy tends not to be at the top of many honeymoon planner’s lists. However, a stay in Florence in the incredible Hotel Savoy (part of the Rocco Forte Collection) will have you questioning why you never considered the Tuscan capital before. If you want to taste the finest Italian cuisine surrounded by the works of the great Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, there is no better place.
The Uffizi Gallery, adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria, is where you can dine with the masters. Guests of the Hotel Savoy have exceptional access to the celebrated museum, with dinner served under the watch of some of the most famous paintings in the world. Couples also have the opportunity to walk the Vasari Corridor which connects the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti. Secret tunnels that are also closed off to the public, such as clandestine passageway between the Uffizi and the Palazzo Pitti can also be explored.
The Hotel Savoy itself sits on the Piazza de la Republica, in the heart of Florence. The concierge at the hotel is championed as one of the most attentive in the world, making the getaway limitless for honeymooner’s. With the landmark Duomo, River Arno, and Ponte Vecchio on your doorstep, Florence is the perfect couples escape for those wanting to be enveloped in a cornucopia of culture.
Find the Aquatic City in Dubai
The overwhelming Atlantis complex sits at the tip of the man-made Palm Island in Dubai. Granted, Dubai is not where you honeymoon if you want peace and tranquillity, but it is an exciting cosmopolitan explosion! The Atlantis complex plaza is vast, comprising of 1539 rooms, 23 restaurants, a spa, an aquarium, a water park, and a plethora of other activities and excursions.
Atlantis is unlike any other destination for honeymooners. The hotel has two luxury suites; nautically named Poseidon and Neptune. Both the apartments, more lavish than most of our homes, have all the facilities a couple could dream of, and butler service. The master bedrooms of each apartment are submerged in the Ambassador Lagoon – the 11 million litre capacity aquarium which is home to 65,00 marine animals, including sharks! Honeymooners can gaze from their bed or bath as if living under the sea and take in the exotic fish and mammals that call the vast aquarium home.
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