Honeymoon with a Difference…
If island-dwelling in Mauritius isn’t your cup of tea, here are four fab alternatives for a honeymoon to remember!
Adventure Time: Tasmania, Australia
Australia’s smallest island state, this heart-shaped (very appropriate) region is simply breathtaking, and boasts the world’s cleanest air. It’s the last stop before Antarctica (another one of the world’s up and coming places to visit), this certainly fits the bill for adventurous couples looking to travel to the world’s end.
Where to stay: The Saffire Freycinet is the ultimate luxury escape – amazing rooms with every comfort imaginable, breathtaking views and great food.
Don’t miss: A hike in Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park. You can hike to the visitor’s platform for a great view over wineglass bay, or tackle the harder (but better views) hike to the top of Mt. Amos. Whilst you are in the Park, make sure to see The Hazards. Golden Hour (the hour before sunset) is absolutely magical but really any time here is unforgettable.
When to go: December-February are Australia’s summer months, perfect for couples with winter weddings.
The Great Outdoors: The Serengeti, Tanzania
With two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves within the park, this is the place to come if you want to see a vast array of wildlife in a mesmerising landscape.
Where to stay: For those who want to be in the heart of the action, camping is a must – The Serengeti Tortilis Camp offers glamping and great service and the ability to enjoy tour breakfast with a group of admiring elephants! The Serengeti Migration Camp is another option with amazing hardwood floors and dreamy bedrooms.
Don’t miss: You’ll be hard pressed to have a better safari experience anywhere in Africa, so allow at least four days to explore on game drives. Whilst out on a drive, try to see the Moru Kopjes, weathered gigantic rock formations that rise out of the central Serengeti plains – a little like Pride Rock in the Lion King! They are a great place to spot sunbathing lions too!
When to go: June-September is perfect for general wildlife viewing with wildebeest crossing of the Grumeti River June-July.
Out of this World: Lapland, Finland
When we look skyward to take in the majesty and incomprehensible beauty and greatness of nature, it can’t help but send shivers down the spine. An Arctic circle break is perfect for those pinch-me experiences, alongside cosy evenings by the fire, a healthy dose of hygge and romantic moonlit views.
Where to stay: The Arctic Light Hotel combines Lappish traditions with contemporary comfort – making for a cosy and comfortable stay. The Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, Rovaniemi is also very luxurious.
Don’t miss: Obviously you’re in the home of Father Christmas, so if you go in December, you ought to visit and give him your Christmas list! Many will visit to see the aurora borealis but make sure you also take in other sights like Lainio Snow Village with its ice hotel and visit the ultimate sauna at Yllas’ sauna gondola – with its panoramic views of snow-topped mountains.
When to go: If you want to see the Northern Lights, head to Lapland between January and April.
City Sights: Lisbon, Portugal
Couples often have different ideas about what makes for a the ‘perfect’ honeymoon. But, Lisbon just happens to be one of the few compromise-free honeymoon spots that you’ll both enjoy—a balance of relaxing and action-packed.
Where to stay: For old-school excellence, The Valverde Hotel
is superb – they know that the little touches count. If you want something a little more modern try the Myriad by SANA Hotels.
Don’t miss: For a more modern snapshot of Lisbon, head to the waterside Parque das Nações, where you can take a cable-car ride over the entire park along the Tagus River, then end the day with an evening at the Casino Lisboa. Other must-see spots include the Belém district, where you’ll find historical sites like the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the Belém Palace (now the home of Portugal’s president) as well as museums housing works by artists including Picasso and Dalí.
When to go: Portugal is fairly temperate all year, but the best weather is April-October.