Five star stays or beach paradise? With budget and the world at your feet, where do you choose to go for your perfect honeymoon?
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Mauritius is an ideal destination for a honeymoon. Spend great days sunbathing on a white sandy beach, and end up with a sunset stroll as the waves claping on the shore and the sun slowly descends to the horizon. If this stuff is a little too romantic cliché for you, go diving with whale sharks! A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Beachcomber Royal Palm is the ultimate residence of luxury and refinement. With its starred French chef, a unique site on the sunniest coast of Mauritius and a beautiful lagoon, protected from the winds and bordered by a superb beach, this confirms the Royal Palm as “the most prestigious address on the ocean Indian”.
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The volcanic Greek island of Santorini seems to be out of another world, with its colourful cliffs clinging hundreds of meters above an extinct volcano. This is typically the kind of island where romanticism flourishes. Its characteristic cubic architecture, often surmounted by perfect domes, remains true to the Greek colors, blue and white. The best hotels play this style, including the Grace Santorini and its pure white decor. Most rooms have a private terrace and a pool for two. One even has its own steam room. Enjoy champagne breakfasts and moon-lit dinners overlooking the Aegean Sea.
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If you love Italy and want luxury, the island of Capri is for you. Fly to Naples and take the hydrofoil or ferry on the Amalfi Coast, or — even better — rent a private boat. Honeymoons on the island are mostly composed of long lunches in the city of Capri or Anacapri, swimming in secluded coves and mysterious caves, and pampering in your five-star hotel. At the top of the list are the Hotel Capri and J.K Place Capri, both with wonderfully dramatic locations and old-school glamour.
4. New York
From the top of the Empire State Building to the depths of the subway, New York ensures. It’s no wonder that this city has inspired so many music and films. Whether you stick to traditional sights like Fifth Avenue, Central Park and the Guggenheim, or explore fashionable neighborhoods like the Meatpacking District and Williamsburg in Brooklyn, the Big Apple has a big heart. The choice in luxury hotels is hallucinating. Stay old school at the Plaza, directly on Central Park, where people like Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles have stayed, or go see one of the places that opened recently like Viceroy New York. And if you want a honeymoon in two cities, Bermuda and the Caribbean are not far away.
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5. Turks and Caicos Islands
The Caribbean is teeming with luxurious places, from Barbados to Saint Lucia. But if you step off the beaten track, you will find the Turks and Caicos Islands, a pristine archipelago south of the Bahamas. Grace Bay Beach is an idyllic strip of 20 kilometers of white sand and turquoise sea, while one can find run more typical Caribbean landscape can be found on the islands of North Caicos and Salt Cay. You can go scuba diving and whale watching, while Turks and Caicos Islands are also home to two of the world’s finest hotels, the private island of Parrot Cay and Amanyara, both with incredible private villas, exceptional service and a world-class spa.
6. South Africa
A honeymoon in South Africa offers a multi-faceted experience. Fly to the lively Cape Town, Table Mountain, and the beautiful beaches of Camps Bay surrounded by the powerful 12 Apostles. Stay in Cape Grace on the waterfront or at the historic Mount Nelson Hotel, before taking a tour of the wine route, where you can stay in beautiful chalets. A honeymoon here wouldn’t be complete without a safari. There are many high-end camps, including Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Private Reserve. South Africa easily combines with a beach destination in the Indian Ocean, such as Mauritius or the coast of Mozambique.
One of the flagship destinations right now, Brazil is an amazing honeymoon destination, especially if you have a good budget. From warm tropical nights in Rio in a luxury hotel like the Fasano and its rooftop infinity pool, to a trip to Iguaçu Falls, on the border with Argentina and Paraguay, Brazil will always have a “wow!” effect. Venture into the Amazon Forest, stay in a private chalet on stilts in the jungle, before relaxing on the trendy Bahain coast.
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The Maldives is the dream destination for a honeymoon: islands accessible only by seaplane, villas on stilts, underwater restaurants and some of the best spas in the world. Hotels like Soneva Fushi, on a private tropical island like Robinson Crusoe, Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll, are as far from real life as possible. Even the lowest category is equipped with a private pool and a sumptuous wooden terrace. Spend a night aboard a luxury yacht or traditional dhoni and don’t forget to take a treatment at the underwater spa. And of course, if you dive, you’ll be in heaven.
Choosed by Prince William and Kate Middleton for their honeymoon, the Seychelles remains one of the most exclusive destinations on the planet. With their unique rock formations and Bounty Bar beaches, they stretch over hundreds of coral and granite islands, of which only a few are inhabited. Choose a private resort like Fregate Island or North Island and expect the villas to cut you off the breath. Don’t miss a visit to Praslin, which is home to the Jardin d’Eden (that’s what they say) and the charming island of La Digue where cycling is the main mode of transport.
10. New Zealand
For newlyweds who want a touch of adventure in their romance, a trip to the other end of the world is worth exploring New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery. Get helicopter on vast glaciers, ride horseback through the bush, swim in hot springs and explore the Milford Sound. Choose an independent tour to be free on the road, but make the most of New Zealand’s stunning chalets, such as Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses in Kaikoura on the South Island, and Huka Lodge in Taupo on the North Island.
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