If we could click our heels three times and be whisked anywhere for our honeymoon, these digs would top our take-me-there list.
You've spent months (sometimes even years) pouring over seating charts, picking table centrepieces, wielding a hot-glue gun for those handmade invitations and making everything was just so for your wedding day. Phew. And now it's time for the honeymoon, so you deserve an indulgent break where you and your hubby can do as much or as little as you like. Whether it be sipping cocktails in your overwater bungalow, strolling hand-in-hand along blonde-sand beaches or rubbing shoulders with the glitterati, we've shortlisted 12 dreamy honeymoon destinations sure to have you reaching for your passport
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Put simply, it’s a good thing these luxury digs have submerged sun beds in the pool – the sleek 25m infinity pool that is – because it would be mighty hard to get tired of that view. The hotel is perched on the shores of south-west Bali and comes complete with lush gardens, reflective ponds, sleek villas and a fully-kitted out spa.
Anantara Phuket Villas
You’ll find Anantara Phuket Villas beside Phuket’s longest beach. Here, loved-up newlyweds can canoodle in the walled surrounds of a lush pool villa, which come decked out with an outdoor shower, a bathtub with room for two and a sun-blessed deck. If you never even end up seeing the beach? That’s fine too.
Post Ranch Inn
With wood-burning fires and gorgeous views to keep you company – and your new husband, obviously – you might find it hard to leave your recycled-redwood room at Post Ranch Inn. When you do, expect cottages and cabins dotted along this Californian cliff, as well as a restaurant that serves belt-busting fare and three heated infinity pools.
If you have a honeymoon check-list that reads something like: gated mansion, private beach, terraced gardens, a primo perch that has long-lured a sling of A-listers (hint: it’s the French Riviera) then Cap Estel is for you. For your jaunt here, don’t forget your nautical-printed cossie and oversized sunglasses.
Chateau de Bagnols
A French chateau that sits smack-bang in wine country where you can play pretend at being a 17th century aristocrat? Sounds good, doesn’t it. This luxury pile is near Lyon and is a destination where you can leave bodycon dresses at home: expect cookery courses, wine tasting and gourmet goods from the hotel’s restaurant.
If you’re easily seduced by the thought of an award-winning hotel and spa, a staff-to-guest ratio of two-to-one and a country club-esque vibe, you’ll find it hard to ever leave Chewton Glen. With a ‘Best Hotel in the British Isles’ gong tucked up its crisp linens and the sea only a 15-minute stroll away, this Hampshire hotel will deliver a honeymoon definitely worth bragging about.
Gorah Elephant Camp
You’ve never had neighbours like the ones you’ll have at Gorah Elephant Camp. The luxury safari bolthole is backdropped by South Africa’s Addo National Park, which means you’ll have a front row seat to observe the cast of The Lion King, without ever having to leave your tented lodge. If you do want to unleash your inner David Attenborough, there are walking trails, game drives and horse riding excursions.
It’s only a ten-minute drive into the hills from Florence for you to arrive at Il Salviatino, a grand 15th-century villa with an art collection to rival the city’s famed museums. To live like aristocracy, make for the plush confines of the Ojetti Suite, which has a private roof terrace, a Jacuzzi and a floor that doubles as the glass ceiling of the hotel’s main staircase. Prepare to live la dolce vita.
As if you needed more convincing – have you looked at the photo? – here’s what you need to know about this honeymooner heaven: it sits on an atoll, just west of Malé in the Maldives; the sky is as blue as the water; each villa has its own plunge pool and days are spent perfecting that forehand on the tennis court, topping up your tan on a sunlounger or swimming with brightly coloured fish. Or you could do nothing at all.
When we say Selman has all the trappings, we mean all the trappings. The palace-come-hotel sits just outside of Marrakech and is decked out with a Henri Chenot spa, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a library, landscaped gardens and stables home to 16 purebred Arabian horses. Five riads come with private swimming pools, a garden and personal butler.
Pristine tropical island meets green-minded luxury at Song Saa, where thatch and stone villas are strung through the jungle canopy or perched above the sea. The resort is located in the Gulf of Thailand, close to Cambodia’s Sihanoukville, and has an impressive eco-friendly reputation: it’s situated in a self-made marine reserve and even has a team of marine biologists.
There are only 10 casas here, so plenty of alone time is guaranteed. Even though the hotel is a favourite of Brazil’s elite (it's the only boutique digs in Bahia) you can leave your designer duds in your wardrobe: laid-back luxury rules here, so your what-to-pack list shouldn’t be more complicated than sundresses, thongs and shorts.
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