So, what makes the perfect honeymoon? Whether you want a private tropical island to yourselves, an adventure into the unknown, or a secret bolthole in one of Europe’s most enchanting cities, here are our all-time favourite honeymoon destinations in the world, and where to stay when you get there. From romantic hotels to idyllic island havens, these are the perfect start to married life and the most unforgettable, indulgent holiday of your lives.
For those seeking a more unique and adventurous honeymoon experience, look no further than Amantaka, Luang Prabang. Situated in the north of Laos, this beautiful landlocked country is often overlooked by its more popular South East Asian neighbours. However, step back in time and escape the mainstream tourists, in this romantic, UNESCO listed city. Formerly a hospital, Amantaka exudes old world French colonialism with a modern touch. Featuring high ceilings, four-poster beds, suites with private pools, and a stunning wood panelled library, Amantaka is a luxurious home away from home. For those seeking pure relaxation, lay by the main pool surrounded by mango trees, or take advantage of their onsite wellness plan and luxurious spa. However, if you are looking for some adventure and culture, cycle to nearby temples, using the property’s complimentary bicycles, trek through the neighbouring rainforest and stumble across stunning, natural waterfalls, or book a private sunset tour on the Amantaka riverboat and cruise down the Mekong River in style.
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE, SRI LANKA
On the fringes of Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, the Wild Coast Tented Lodge completes the trio of Resplendent Ceylon hotels on the island. Animal enthusiasts will love the back to nature excitement of this luxurious safari camp whose tented cocoon suites offer panoramic jungle views. There are four secluded suites that face the white-sand beach, while a further 16 rooms overlook waterholes and act as front row seats to watch the visiting wildlife. In the restaurant a daily-changing menu showcases the best of Sri Lankan cuisine.private sunset tour on the Amantaka riverboat and cruise down the Mekong River in style.
SONEVA KIRI, THAILAND
Just an 80-minute flight from Bangkok in Soneva’s private plane, you are transported to the stunning turquoise waters of Koh Kood. This idyllic paradise is located on one of Thailand’s largest islands, yet it is one of the least developed, making it the perfect honeymoon escape. Soneva Kiri’s laid-back ambience and beautifully designed pool villas, exude Robinson Crusoe luxe. Take advantage of daily yoga and Pilates classes, the heavenly Six Senses Spa, plenty of water sports to keep you entertained and the romantic al fresco cinema. Those looking for something special will love the hotel’s Thai restaurant. This stunning lantern lit restaurant is set on stilts and reached only by speedboat, providing delectable Thai dishes and a truly breath-taking atmosphere.
KENSHO BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SUITES, MYKONOS
Overlooking the beautiful Ornos Bay in the south of the island, Kensho is an equisite new hotel. Dreamy interior design incorporates muted tones to create a soothing oasis, where you can indulge in sublime cuisine that fuses traditional Greek flavours and modern cooking techniques, as well as world-class spa treatments. The 35 bedrooms have Hermès products, a sleek iPad control and most have plunge pools or Jacuzzis, but if you do want to leave and explore, there is an on-demand private transfer to Mykonos Old Town.
BISATE LODGE, RWANDA
The six private villas at Wilderness Safaris’ new Rwandan camp Bisate Lodge may look like alien dwellings from the outside, but inside sophisticated interiors are warmed by a central fireplace beside which you will enjoy your complimentary welcome massage. Situated within the cone of an extinct volcano, the magnificent pods are surrounded by lush forest with sweeping views on the awe-inspiring landscape. You will be given the chance to join morning treks in search of mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and a diverse range of bird-life, and to give back to the environment with tree planting at a nearby nursery.
ANANTARA AL JABAL AL AKHDAR, OMAN
On a promontory of Oman’s Jabal Akhdar reserve, once visited by Prince Charles and Princess Diana, this Anantara outpost brings a new level of luxury to the region. The best rooms are the Cliff Pool Villas, strung along the edge of the canyon, each with views over a private plunge pool out to the rocky, green tinged expanse. The retreat, which is set 2000 metres above sea level, can already lay claim to being the highest five-star hotel in the Middle East, and you can enjoy these heights by abseiling along the via ferrata drilled into the cliff-face.
Built upon the archetypal white sands and turquoise waters of the Maldives, Milaidhoo offers you the chance to delve deeper into the archipelago’s traditions with cooking classes and dhoni boat-building workshops. Despite the property’s cosy boutique air, the 50 open-sided villas are huge and have their own freshwater infinity pools, guaranteeing total privacy and mesmerising views across the Indian Ocean, including the chance to spot dolphins from the villa deck. Throughout, the design concept is also rooted in indigenous culture, including the characterful main restaurant Ba’theli, which takes its name from a traditional form of wooden boat, where it feels like you are dining at sea.