First and foremost, congratulations on your upcoming wedding and honeymoon! Travel specialists understand that you want your honeymoon to be as special as the memories of your wedding day. This isn’t just any holiday—it is the holiday—one that you and your partner will reminisce about for years to come. But an incredible honeymoon requires thoughtful execution. So here is a list of top 5 honeymoon ideas, chosen by travel specialists to get those honeymoon dreams floating into your head!
1. Sleep out under the stars on Safari
It’s hard to beat the exhilaration of an African safari, be it in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya or Tanzania . . . but just imagine returning from a thrilling game drive and preparing yourself for a night under the stars in the African bush. Many camps and lodges offer the chance for families and couples alike to spend an unforgettable moonlit night in a specially designed bush ‘sleep-out’, which can take a variety of forms from a unique treehouse to an elevated platform reached by a few wooden stairs. A hot bucket shower will hang from a tree and paraffin lamps will be set out beside your net-draped bed.
You’ll drift off to sleep to the sound of elephants trumpeting, lions calling and hyenas howling . . . and nothing quite compares with waking to an African dawn and watching the sun slowly rise over the wilderness. After your night under the stars, you can return to your safari haven (usually never more than a few kilometres away) and plan your next game drive or perhaps an indulgent spa treatment. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences surely don’t get much more memorable than this!
Makanyane in South Africa is perfect for honeymooners. Makanyane Safari Lodge, in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve (a short flight from Johannesburg) offers romantic couples the chance for a night under Africa’s stars at its unique overnight ‘hide’ which overlooks a waterhole deep in the bush. A bed draped with a mosquito net will be set up on the upper deck and staff will make sure you are fully prepared with wine, nibbles, a torch and an all-important two-way radio!
2. Arrive in Bora Bora by private yacht
It doesn’t get much better than French Polynesian Island Hopping Heaven for your dream Tahiti Honeymoon. The islands of Tahiti are the original home of the infamous overwater bungalow, and frequently named the most romantic destination on earth. Honeymoon specialists can arrange extra special touches, such as arriving by Private yacht to Bora Bora – imagine arranging that as a surprised for your new Mr or Mrs!
3. Meet giant tortoises while island hopping in the Seychelles
Just one of the reasons to visit the beautiful Seychelles is the giant tortoises which roam the islands, but another draw for the OK! readers out there might be the idea of honeymooning like royalty!
It has previously been the chosen holiday island for Brad and Angelina, Leonardo Dicaprio, the Beckhams, and even our very own Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their honeymoon. North Island is the place to go if you’re after utter seclusion, understated luxury, faultless service, and an unforgettable experience.
4. Be pampered and enjoy extreme relaxation in The Maldives
The Maldives is the ultimate, iconic Indian Ocean holiday destination. This is one of the few places in the world where the reality will outlive your expectations. No picture can do justice to the colour of the sea and no words can describe the all-consuming sense of peace and solitude that the islands inspire. Its fame and popularity aren’t surprising, but how little people know about the country is.
To paint a picture for you, the Maldives is made up of a string of islands stretching over 750km from North to South through the Indian Ocean.You will completely relax in the Maldives, in the water, on the beach or in the spa but a honeymoon to the Maldives with can be as active or relaxed as you wish, many of the resorts have a wide selection of activities on offer from underwater world discovery to tennis and aqua gyms. And if you wish to combine barefoot luxury with adventure and culture, we recommend combining your Maldives holiday with a week in Sri Lanka
Top Tip – Don’t forget to ask about upgrades – it can cost much less than you think to upgrade to an exquisite overwater villa or a beach villa with plunge pool.
5. Swing with the orangutans on an adventure honeymoon in Malaysia
For couples looking for a real sense of adventure, a honeymoon to Malaysia ticks all the boxes. This undisturbed island, divided between Malaysia and Indonesia, is home to some of the most impressive rainforests in the world. Abundant with native flora and tropical birds as well as wild orang-utans, clouded leopards, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and other rare and endangered species, Borneo is an animal lovers haven.
For the most authentic Borneo experience, a stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge in a contemporary chalet with a private hot tube is a must. Set beside the Danum River on the edge of a stunning reserve, this understated eco-lodge is the perfect spot to enjoy the myriad of native wildlife that flourishes here.
Talk to the Specialists to create your dream honeymoon: Turquoise Holiday Specialists are trained to ask and listen as it is only then that we can truly find your paradise. Please don’t worry or think about what any of your friends are doing or have done as we can assure you that your perfect honeymoon will be different – and so it should be.
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