Honeymoons are about celebrating: love, the future, the wedding being over… You may like the serenity of sea-gazing and sun-bathing, a little wilderness adventure or city exploring. Whatever your heart calls for, here are 10 of our favorite places to commemorate and relish your new life together.
1. From Naples with love - Bellevue Syrene 1820, Italy
Where: In a picturesque corner of the small coastal town of Sorrento, the Bellevue Syrene is a charming small hotel in south-western Italy, built on the foundations of a Roman villa that dates back to the 2nd century B.C.
Sure to bring you closer: The villa balconies open out to views of the beautiful Gulf of Naples, with its jagged coast and deep-blue sea, and the Vesuvius rising in the background. Meaning you don’t need to leave your bed to experience the magic of the region... Keep the magic alive with spa massages and hammam sessions and take in the sights hand-in-hand - from the remains of ancient Rome, visiting caves beneath the property, to archaeological sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum. Nothing quite compares to that clink of cocktail glasses at the end of a day and two lovers on a terrace at sunset.
2. Seaside serenity - Avaton Luxury Villas Resort, Greece
Where: The villas of the Avaton Luxury Villas Resort overlook the Aegean Sea from their setting above Komitsa Bay in the Athos Peninsula.
Sure to bring you closer: Celebrate love in a place of tranquillity, privacy and relaxation, over champagne in your private pool, a candlelight beach dinner, or in the open-air restaurant, savouring freshly caught seafood with wild herbs from the garden. Join your loved one for a massage for two, a sunset cruise on a yacht or a night on a private pool bed under the stars. Explore the beaches of the Athos Peninsula and local isles, dive the clear waters and reconnect over yoga on the beach or meditation in the garden.
3. Love on the French Riviera - Monte-Carlo Beach, France
Where: Monte-Carlo Beach sits on the Cap Martin coastline, amid umbrella pines on a rocky outcrop in the French village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin towards the Monaco border.
Sure to bring you closer: Wedded bliss begins in the intimate celebration of la dolce vita at the Monte-Carlo Beach – while lazing on the beach, enjoying meals in the 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant Elsa, or toasting with champagne and caviar at La Vigie, with one of the Riviera’s finest sea vistas. Cool off in the Olympic-sized pool and release all tension at the hands of the spa therapists.
4. An Indian Ocean Neverland - Blue Margouillat Seaview Hotel, Reunion
Where: Blue Margouillat Seaview Hotel sits high up on a hill in the coastal town of Saint-Leu, in Reunion Island, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Sure to bring you closer: Arriving to the Blue Margouillat feels like stepping into a faraway world, where no outside forces can intrude. Where delicious dishes composed of local spices and flavour, small inland fish and garden herbs are created with mastery and served under the spell of starry nights on the terrace, fine wines and special attention by the waiters and team. It is a place that calls for languid sunbathing by the pool and long soaks in the spa tubs in the luminous suites. For a spot of adventure, explore the island on foot or book a helicopter flight over the island’s unique landscape and volcano.
5. The Caribbean of your dreams - Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel, Grenada
Where: In the south of the island of Grenada, in the Caribbean, Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel rests in the shelter of the palms of L’Anse aux Epines.
Sure to bring you closer: Feel the glow of romance on a private beach dinner – just the two of you, the glimmer of tiki torches and starlight, marina views and the sounds of softly playing music. The cuisine enchants with fresh island fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices for a Grenadian flavour, chocolate from an organic cocoa estate and fresh fish and lobster from local fishermen. Ease into your days together on a beach stroll at sunrise or breakfast on your private suite patio. Get your heart going on paddle boarding, snorkelling and diving trips in the big blue, and ease back into the serenity of evening with sensual spa treatments.
6. The tropical treatment - Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka
Where: Cape Weligama’s residences and villas sit on a clifftop, on a southern Sri Lankan headland, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Sure to bring you closer: Picture the scene: walking out of your room, onto a private garden with palm trees swaying in the breeze and an ocean sparkling brightly. Unwind after your big day celebrations, soaking in the infinity pool and in-villa treatments using local spices and essential-oils. Go on slow ambles to secluded coves where turtles play in the crystal-clear shallows. Get lost in the moment looking for whales and dolphins, or body boarding, surfing, paddle boarding and snorkelling in the bay of Cape Weligama, with tropical fish, multi-coloured coral and, if the stars align, turtles.
7. Would a private island do the trick? - Dolphin Island, Fiji
Where: Situated 20 minutes by boat from shore, on the tip of Viti Levu, Fiji, Dolphin Island is surrounded by the clear waters of the South Pacific and covers 14-acres of beautiful exclusive-use palm tree paradise for only eight guests.
Sure to bring you closer: As with love, there are no rules when it comes to this private Pacific island experience. No schedules but those you create. Follow your heart from your romantic suite to massages on the beach, candlelit dinners for two in the Hilltop Sleep-out Bure, midnight swims in the infinity pool and cocktails on the floating pontoon. This is the land of fresh seafood, world-class snorkelling and diving, soft Fijian coral and brightly coloured fish. A place to fall in love with the earth as much as you already have with each other.
Where: El Colibri is a colonial-style ranch in the countryside of the Cordoba Mountains, in the heart of Argentina.
Sure to bring you closer: Form life-long memories in a land of wide open spaces, plains, forests and rivers, with your partner - while horse-riding, enjoying polo lessons, picnicking in the garden, swimming outdoors, and tasting fine wines and culinary delights sourced from the farm. Commune with nature, and each other, as you help milk the cows, collect fresh eggs and pick fruit and vegetables for the chef to prepare and serve for you.
9. For the adventurous romantic - Nayara Springs, Costa Rica
Where: Located in Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano National Park, home to one of the world’s highest concentrations of tropical plants and wildlife, Nayara Springs’ villas are set against the backdrop of the Arenal Volcano.
Sure to bring you closer: Sitting on a hill overlooking the rainforest and its toucans, each villa has a private plunge pool fed by natural mineral thermal waters, as well as private terraces and butler service. Share a special moment or two in the garden Jacuzzis, in the spa’s open-air treatment rooms, during yoga classes, over delicious meals or while on an adventure of your choosing: mountain biking, hiking, climbing, white-water rafting, fishing, zip-lining, bird-watching or nature safaris.
10. A sanctuary of peace and harmony - Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, Tanzania
Where: Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is tucked away on a stretch of white sand beachfront in Paje, on the east coast of the archipelago of Zanzibar.
Sure to bring you closer: Each of the large villas are protected from the other by lush tropical vegetation, bright greens and pinks. They feature a private garden and pool, your own kitchen and lounge, to give you all the privacy you need. Romantic meals in the restaurant or around the pool combine local fish, produce from the vegetable garden and the spices of Zanzibar – which you’ll also find in hypnotising treatments in the oasis-like spa. Relax on the beach under the kiss of the sun, go diving or kitesurfing in the Indian Ocean and at night sip cocktails on the rooftop bar, watching the stars through a telescope.