As wedding season approaches, we suss out the honeymoon destinations that are gloriously secluded and luxurious in equal parts.
After the best day of your life, it only seems natural that the best holiday of your life should follow. In our minds, that means a getaway in a beautiful destination staying in a luxury resort. But what makes it even more special as you enjoy your first holiday as husband and wife, is enjoying it in privacy. Which is why we’ve hand-selected resorts that offer a sense of seclusion, beauty and relaxation.
Velaa Private Islands
What is more secluded than a private island? And what’s more luxurious than a getaway to the Maldives? As if the island encircled with pristine blue seas and warm white sands wouldn’t be enough to activate your sense of zen, your incredibly beautiful and secluded villa ought to do it. Each villa is well equipt as well as incredible exclusive and beautifully designed – take the Deluxe Sunrise Pool Villa which includes picture-perfect ocean views and sunset views, an outdoor dining area and a pool and sun deck that includes steps leading into the ocean. Beautiful as that is, it’s romantic pool residences that makes the perfect temporary home for newlyweds. Accessible only by boat, the ultra-private one bedroom villa sits above the lagoon. While the entire resort has a keen health and wellness element, when it comes to honeymooning we’re mainly interested in the stunning holistic spa.
See more at velaaprivateisland.com.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
Another private island to welcome you into married life, this time located within the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Meaning the sheer location of this Hilton location – the island of Motu To’opua to be precise – will leave you feeling like the only two people in the world. As you stroll down the long stretch of private beach, you’ll be treated with the view of Mount Otemanu to one side of you, and the view of the mesmerizing lagoon to the other. Active types will enjoy the amazing hiking spots and have the swimming with sharks by day while chill-seekings can unwind in the hilltop spa, and fine diners can work their way across the six restaurants by night.
See more at conradhotels3.hilton.com.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, The Maldives
There’s a reason why many of the most luxurious resorts in the world are located within the Maldives. When you visit Cheval Blanc Randhelt, you’ll first have to board their seaplane – where you’ll be greeted with a drink and a gift on the nine-seater aircraft – to get to the resort. Once there, you can enjoy the gorgeous landscape and the Guerlain Spa with couples treatments such as Extended Sensorial Experience – an indulgent ritual in the exclusive Orchidée Villa. As for accommodation, there are 46 stunning villas to chose between, including a Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island villa. An utterly private villa just three minutes away from the main island, with all the services of the Maison. As well as a large living space, there’s a cinema room, a private spa, pool, pristine beaches, exotic gardens and a private boat, all with a dedicated 24-hour team.
Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum
The city is located on the southwest coast of Turkey, offering up stunning natural landscapes as well as historical marvels such as a medieval fortress, Bodrum Castle. But if you didn’t care to wander outside of the resort walls, you’d still be equally satisfied. As well as the five-star service we’ve come to rely on the world-famous hotel for, newlyweds can sign up for holiday bundles that offer couples some added privacy. Book on the Romantic Getaway package and enjoy a stunning room, limousine airport transfers, daily breakfast, an 80-minute couple’s massage (using olive oil, sage and lavender from the resort’s own gardens) a romantic four-course dinner including a surprise gift and even a private sunset cruise along the Aegean Sea. By day, couples can also book private cabanas on the beach, too.
See more at mandarinoriental.com/bodrum.
Atmantan Wellness Resort, Mulshi
If you want to wake up facing the Sahyadri mountains and overlooking the pristine Mulshi Lake, then the stunning and secluded Atmantan resort near Pune in India is the honeymoon location for you. While it’s a wellness resort, for those who simply want to relax and unwind, they can book onto the Spa Life retreat. This will include a restorative collection of regal treatments including daily massages, body polishes, and holistic therapies as well as a nutrient-packed plant-based menu to match. The resort itself is built unique crystal hill, spanning 42 acres of lush green valley, and the service is both warm and professional. The perfect holistic getaway.