3 May, 2013
Travel

Top 3 dream honeymoon destinations

3 May, 2013
So you’re engaged – congratulations! This will be the happiest and possibly busiest time of your life… and somewhere in-between the wedding planning, dress fitting and 12-week boot camp sessions, you’ll need to find time to book your dream honeymoon. But don’t stress, because we have some great ideas to get you excited for this once-in-a-lifetime getaway; check out our top three dream honeymoon destinations and get inspired!

SIX SENSES YAO NOI

Running out of annual leave or don’t fancy a long haul flight? My pick is Thailand – but not your standard Phuket holiday package, because you deserve something way more special than that!

Located on the picturesque Phang Nga Bay, Six Senses Yao Noi provides a truly luxurious holiday experience whilst still maintaining the brand’s sustainable living ethos. The resort is easily accessible from Phuket and Krabi by car and boat transfers – or if you want to splurge, you can opt for private helicopter transfers where you can admire the amazing emerald coast from the skies whilst sipping on champagne!

There are different villa categories that offer your own private pool and separate bedroom and living areas, plus a personal butler service and plenty of privacy.

The Hilltop Restaurant offers the extraordinary views for which the resort is renowned, whilst The Dining Room presents organic European cuisine including the Chef’s Table – a very personal dining experience for just eight guests. Meanwhile, The Living Room presents world cuisine, with an emphasis on Thai food, plus tandoori and pizza ovens, and an open grill.

Honeymooners also get additional offers such as romantic candlelit in-villa dinner, massages, special gifts, a bottle of sparkling wine and more! So if you don’t want to go too far from home but still have the ultimate honeymoon experience, Six Senses Yao Noi is perfect for you.

FOUR SEASONS SEYCHELLES

Happy to fly long haul? Why not go all out and visit the Maldives or Seychelles! These destinations are pure honeymoon fantasy, offering more than just an exclusive holiday but an experience in itself.

Thinking pristine beaches, cliff-top yoga and nature? The Four Seasons Seychelles should be at the top of your list. This exclusive retreat is nestled on the side of a cliff face and undoubtedly has the most spectacular location and beach on the main island.

Their spacious villas are sprawled across the side of the cliff, whilst a butler is a mere dial away from collecting you in a buggy and taking you to the beach, Petite Anse. As you stroll across the powder sands, taking in the rich scent from the cinnamon trees, you’ll feel miles away from the rest of the world.

You can do as much or as little as you like once you’re here. Some of the great activities on offer include bird watching, yoga, paddle boarding, wind surfing, diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. You should also make time to try out their world famous spa; located at the top of the cliff, it boasts unparalleled views of the bay, emphasising the resort’s sense of tranquillity and seclusion.

Four Seasons Seychelles offers a “L’Amour Creole” package for honeymooners, which includes BMW airport transfers, a couples’ spa treatment, romantic dinner, and a champagne breakfast to be enjoyed in-villa. It truly is a “haven for romantics”, so why not indulge yourself?

 

COCOA ISLAND BY COMO

And finally we come to the Maldives! Turquoise waters, white sand beaches and private island isolation – just thinking of this stunning destination conjures up images of honeymoon perfection. But with so many options, how do you choose your ideal honeymoon paradise?

Our pick is the ultra exclusive Cocoa Island by COMO, which is situated 45 minutes by boat from Male Island.

Their accommodation, inspired by dhonis (traditional Maldivian fishing boats), is unique. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to substantial decks, blurring the line between inside and out, whilst the blue and white décor brings the sea, sand and sky into the heart of every room.

Don’t forget to experience the spa treatments at the famous COMO Shambala retreat. Here, you can completely unwind – they can even tailor make wellness packages (including dining) during your stay. This holistic approach is coupled with expert yoga tuition that preaches the balance of mind, body and spirit and inspiration of the soul.

Also, a bit of inside information for you: COMO will be opening a new property in the Maldives this October called Maalifushi by COMO. From the sneak preview I have seen, this location is every bit as luxurious as Cocoa Island and the dive sites are beyond fantastic… so why not consider a multi stay? There will be seaplane flights between both islands so that you can experience everything COMO has to offer.

For assistance on your travels, visit www.flightcentre.com.hk or call 2830 2866. Flight Centre’s team of travel consultants can help you book everything travel-related, as well as make excellent recommendations.

For honeymoon ideas, Laura Watson is the go-to person at Flight Centre Hong Kong. She knows exactly what makes a romantic getaway – from luxurious resorts and private islands, to the best spas in any given region. She just came back from her own honeymoon in the island of Seychelles.

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