The honeymoon is most likely the most significant holiday a couple will take. After the stress of planning the wedding itself, the honeymoon is the time for the couple to relax and utterly ‘chill’. The wedding team at Thomas Prior Hall have put together a list of their dream destinations:
Why go? There is nothing more romantic than a gondola ride down the grand canal in Italy as the gondolier sings sweet melodies on ‘Amore’.
Where to stay? Belmond Hotel Cipriani is the iconic 5-star hotel located on the Giudecca island of Venice, an island off the main hustle and bustle. There is a private launch that accesses the hotel, which is directly opposite the incredible San Marco square. This stunning hotel has all the old-world charm of Venetian living with stunning Murano glass chandeliers, parquet floors, silk wall coverings.
What to do? Eat like the locals in Cannaregio the quieter part of town, away from the throngs of tour groups milling around San Marco.
Myanmar & Thailand
Why go? Southeast Asia’s undiscovered jewel is only recently been open to tourists Myanmar (Burma), as with most Southeast Asian countries, the currency conversion rates are favourable for the euro- meaning that an ultra-luxurious honeymoon isn’t too much of a cost. (Other than the flight). With Myanmar’s close proximity to Thailand, take in both spots, relax on the crystal-clear beaches of Thailand and explore the undiscovered heritage of Myanmar all at once.
Where to stay? Six Senses Yao Noi Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay offers true resort luxury, with all the delights of a spa destination retreat.
What to do? Take a hot-air-balloons over Bagan the beautiful pagodas that are an iconic must see sight. Enjoy a spa treatment and Thai massage in the Six Sense Yai Noi Spa and wellness center.
Why go? The ultra-luxury of the Emirates is a sight to behold, the oil rich country has spared no expense in its extravagant architecture and vanity projects, all of which make Dubai the place to be seen to be seen at the moment. The safety of the Middle East is always a concern, but with most expats believing Dubai is like another European city only located in a hotter climate, there are few concerns over this- obviously, all precautions that you would consider while travelling should be adhered to and it is important to respect local traditions and preferences.
Where to stay? Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah built in the style of a royal summer residence, rooms feature private balconies, luxurious bathrooms, rain showers and lounge areas. The Arabian resort of Dubai features, 2 kilometres of private beach, three hotels, 29 Arabian Summer Residences and 7 Private Villas, where all the rich and famous of the world choose to stay when they visit Dubai.
What to do? Relax on the private beach, take in the sights of the historic Gold Souk and take an overnight safari into the desert. Visit the exclusive Souk Madinat Jumeirah and take a tour along the canals of the souk, 3 kilometers of waterways that connect the hotel and landscaped gardens.
Why go? Utter unaltered luxury – the secluded island paradise with golden beaches and crystal-clear water makes this an ideal relaxing honeymoon destination.
Where to stay? Jumeirah Vittaveli is the ideal romantic destination with 89 villas and suites, private beaches and private ocean front estate, with private pools, spa and overwater bar.
What to do? Enjoy a four-course candle lit meal on the beach with a bottle of champagne, an hour-long couples massage and a romantic bath in the onsite wellness centre Talise Spa
Why go? Escape the humdrum of every day to the exotic safari destination of Kenya, see the Laikipia plains to Mount Kenya, and feel at one with nature.
Where to stay? Loisaba Tented Camp in Laikipia, Kenya is set on a 56,000-acre private retreat, with 8 luxury tents. The exclusive tented camp offers all the luxury of safari with the feeling of begun at one with nature. En-suites and private verandas
What to do? Take a horseback ride or an exciting camel trek through the Kenyan wilderness, relax on your private veranda as you watch the sunset.