101 Honeymoons

Click on the images to discover 101 great honeymoon ideas selected by Jane Anderson, the UK's leading honeymoon expert.

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  • Costa Rica honeymoon packages

    Go wild in Costa Rica

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    I greeted the millennium sunrise in Costa Rica and have fond memories of lush rainforest canopies, awesome surf beaches, volcanic craters with vivid green lakes and rustic hideaways. These days the accommodation is more sophisticated with boutique hotels and stunning eco lodges. With such diversity, a multi-centre trip is the best way to experience Costa Rica.

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  • Honeymoon packages Maldives

    Maldives on a budget

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    Meeru Island Resort is textbook Maldives: powder white sand and turquoise lagoon. Except here you get 4-star quality at 3-star prices. Bag the all-inclusive option and look out for complimentary room upgrades. Newlyweds should aim for the Jacuzzi Water Villas or the Honeymoon Suites, a short dhoni boat ride away.

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  • Honeymoon at Niyama Maldives

    Cutting edge Maldives

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    The Maldives may be awash with romantic resorts, but I genuinely feel that NIYAMA, which opened in March 2012, stands out from the rest. Along with secluded beach and water studios and pavilions, spend a night in a traditional, but utterly chic Dhoni, dine in a floating restaurant, dance the night away in the world’s first underwater club and pamper yourselves round the clock in the 24-hour LIME Spa.

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  • The Residence, Zanzibar

    Exotic Zanzibar

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    The mere mention of Zanzibar sends a tingle up my spine. This castaway island, where Arabia meets Africa, is one of the world’s truly exotic destinations. The new Residence Zanzibar offers five-star honeymooners pool villas and an exquisite spa – plus a 25% discount and other goodies such as champagne sundowners on the jetty.

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  • Villas in Alonissos

    Villas in Alonissos

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    Feel that wedding stress drift away on the Greek island of Alonissos, with its pine forests, olive groves, Tiffany blue sea and easy way of life. With secluded coves for secret picnics, deep-sea caves for snorkelling, pretty villages and rustic beach hideaways like Sea Horse Cottage, you’ll fall in love all over again.

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  • Mozambique packages

    Mozambique

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    Mozambique is a honeymoon hotspot well worth getting married for! Africa’s Indian Ocean is at its most exotic here, with hideaway hotels, traditional sailing dhows, sand dune camping, exquisite seafood and all within reach of a full-on safari. In my mind, Mozambique satisfies that yearning for a new frontier with a generous helping of feet-in-the-sand chic.

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  • Eco retreat in Spain

    Eco retreat in Spain

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    With an exotic romance you’d expect to have to fly long-haul to find, DDG Retreat is a short hop to the hills of southern Spain. Stay in one of six intimate casas, each individually styled – some have a plunge pool, hot tub or alfresco bed for sleeping under the stars. Venture out to explore Andalucía and the Costa del Sol and pamper yourselves in the spa.

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  • Anguilla

    Anguilla

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    The tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla is one of those eye-poppingly beautiful places that you can’t quite believe exists. Just a short hop from Antigua, it is encircled by platinum-white beaches with an exclusive yet laidback feel. It’s perfect for honeymooners who crave lazy days on the beach, barefoot gourmet dining in waterfront restaurants and cool, contemporary hotels.

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  • Khao Lak, Thailand

    Khao Lak, Thailand

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    You just know there’s an exceptional honeymoon resort out there with your (married) names on, but you just can’t seem to find it. Sarojin is it! Set on Thailand’s castaway Andaman Coast, it’s one of those resorts that’s pushed a little further in terms of design, service and romance with dinner next to a jungle waterfall or a private cruise on a sexy speedboat.

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  • Hide away in Turkey

    Hide away in Turkey

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    Turkey is a honeymoon no-brainer. It’s a four-hour flight with a fabulous climate, stunning coast and a heritage to rival any destination. The stylish adult-only Mandarin Boutique Hotel has just eight rooms with king-sized beds and Jacuzzis for two. With delicious organic cuisine on the menu, it’s both gorgeous and affordable.

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  • Peru adventure

    Peru adventure

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    Peru is famed for its lost Inca cities – including magical Machu Picchu – but who knew it also had stunning Pacific surf beaches? Take a luxury private tour of this vast fascinating country, from snowy peaks to lush Amazonian rainforest, staying in smart lodges. Go trekking together or simply sit back and soak up those views. Truly a trip of a lifetime.

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  • California and Bora Bora

    California and Bora Bora

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    There are two-centre honeymoons and then there are Black Tomato two-centre honeymoons! Combining all the excitement of a California road trip, roof down in a Jack Kerouac style convertible, with the sheer escapism of Bora Bora is inspired. And there’s no honeymoon come down on the way home, with a blast of Hollywood style indulgence in the City of Angels. Mega!

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  • South Pacific paradise

    South Pacific paradise

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    It may be one of the most far-flung archipelagos, but Fiji is a South Pacific honeymoon idyll like no other with genuinely castaway beaches, overwater bungalows set on turquoise lagoons and guitar playing fellas with flowers in their hair serenading your love. Combine it with a sophisticated urban stopover in Hong Kong or Los Angeles, and honeymoon heaven is sorted.

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  • Borneo

    Borneo

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    Borneo is one of the world’s most stunning oases of rare wildlife – home to orang-utans, clouded leopards, fish eagles and pygmy elephants. Whether you experience a night safari or help with tree planting, it’s a thrilling destination, not forgetting the boutique hideaways of Malaysia’s Tioman Island for some beachfront R ‘n’ R.

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  • Cyprus honeymoon

    Cyprus in style

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    Two hotels in Cyprus offer the very best for weddings and honeymoons. Big sister Anassa is your classic five-star grand dame with one of the best spas in the world and a pretty wedding chapel. Almyra is her funky, more contemporary little sister where honeymooners can live it up in a Kyma suite with private rooftop dinners à deux.

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  • Cycling in Italy

    Cycling in Italy

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    Couples that play together, stay together. If you share a love of cycling, Headwater has come up with inspiring routes, some off-road. Romantic itineraries include gastronomic routes in Piedmont and Chianti. And the best thing is, your bags are taken from hotel to hotel for you. They’ll even get the wine orders in.

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  • Luxury USA road trips

    Luxury USA road trips

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    There’s a powerful romance about American road journeys from Jack Kerouac’s On The Road to legendary tales of driving California’s Big Sur. For honeymooners who crave the freedom of the road, a fly-drive is the perfect bonding adventure. Exsus ups the ante with a convertible Mustang, America’s best boutique hotels and insider tips on top restaurants and activities.

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  • Lake Malawi and Zambia

    Lake Malawi and Zambia

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    Robin Pope is one of the most respected names in African safaris. Their experts have put together an adventurous, indulgent and downright sexy lake and bush honeymoon in Zambia and Malawi, selecting the most romantic lodges, private game drives, bush walks and boat cruises, intimate breakfasts on board a dhow in Lake Malawi, candlelit dinners and snorkelling.

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  • Bhutan

    Heavenly Bhutan

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    The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is a honeymoon for adventurers. With snow tipped ranges and blue pine-clad valleys, it’s remote, rugged and utterly riveting. Uma Paro is one of the world’s most incredible hotels, melding the work of Bhutanese artisans with clean-lined modernism. Relax by your own traditional Bukhari woodburning stove and private spa treatment area.

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  • Caribbean hideaways

    Caribbean hideaways

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    I’d like to let you in on a secret! There’s a hidden side to the Caribbean, a world away from the glossy travel brochures. Ironically it’s a side that many honeymooners hanker after – an authentic Caribbean found in the small hotels, b&bs and lodges that are often family-run and overflowing with local bonhomie. Essence of the Caribbean has the inside track.

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  • Cambodia honeymoon packages

    Cambodia

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    Cambodia is exotic, authentic and primed for adventure. You’ll be wowed by the jungle-clad temples of Angkor Wat and charmed by the grace and friendliness of the people. Cruise the mighty Mekong, walk with elephants, stay on floating river lodges and immerse yourselves in the café society of Phnom Penh.

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  • Japan honeymoon

    Japan

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    In amongst the excitement of Tokyo and Kyoto, riding the Silver Bullet train and exploring the tropical islands of Okinawa, honeymooners owe it to themselves to experience Japan’s hot springs. Slip into a yukata robe and split-toe tabi socks for an array of traditional treatments, and let that wedding stress drift away.

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  • Cote d’Azur

    Cote d’Azur

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    Whether you’re the recluse or the playboy (and girl) type couple, there’s a world of honeymoon glamour right on your doorstep and it’s called the Cote d’Azur. Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo just can’t help themselves when it comes to old school cool. Drink pink champagne at Le Club 55 on the beach in St Tropez or hide away in the stunning medieval village of Eze.

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  • Mauritius

    Mauritius

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    I think Mauritius is one of the most romantic places on earth. It has lush, mountainous interiors giving way to white beaches and coral-fringed lagoons. Add in a choice of impressive resorts and spas to suit all budgets, attractions and activities, plus a lively foodie scene melding Chinese, Indian, African and French influences, and you have a honeymoon to remember.

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  • Round the world honeymoon

    Go round the world

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    If you haven’t heard, the maximoon is the latest honeymoon trend. This is your chance to escape for a month or more on that round-the-world tour you’ve always promised yourselves. Austravel are the experts and they have a cool Honeymoon List Service allowing friends and family to help fund your trip. So no unwanted toasters. Hurrah!

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  • Romantic country cottages

    Romantic country cottages

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    From nautical hideaways on the water at Fowey in Cornwall to a dinky cottage in the Cotswolds or Yorkshire Dales, there’s something so civilised about a self-catering hideaway in the UK, not least the privacy and affordability. Stock up on your favourite treats, and throw another log on the fire.

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  • Tall ships cruise

    Tall ships cruise

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    It’s all aboard Star Clippers’ handsome vessels for a ship-shape honeymoon evoking the era of Captain Cook. Whether you want to laze on deck under fluttering white sails or help with the rigging, you’ll feel like you’re discovering new worlds as you stop at intimate ports of call which the big cruise liners simply can’t reach.

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  • Honeymoon in Scotland

    Romantic Scotland

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    Hand on my heart, I think Scotland is just about the most romantic honeymoon destination in the world. With happening yet historic Edinburgh packed with sexy hotels to lochs and the wide-open beauty of the Highlands and Islands, you’ll return every anniversary. And why not do it in style from behind the wheel of a classic car.

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  • Laluna Grenada

    Laluna

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    Laluna is one of my favourite honeymoon retreats. Even its singsongy name makes me feel happy. Created by an Italian couple from a fashion industry background, this place is infused with the romance of the Spice Island of Grenada, the glamour of Italy and the gentle soul of Bali. Laluna is like Kate Moss – effortlessly chic and a little bit edgy.

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  • Honeymoon Corsica

    Corsica

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    Corsica has a delicious sophistication and old world charm that only the French could achieve slap bang in the Med. For powder white sand without the long-haul flight, this is the island for you, with beaches like Palombaggia. Throw in dramatic mountains, historic towns and fabulous cuisine, and Napoleon’s birthplace makes perfect sense.

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  • Capri honeymoon

    Romantic Capri

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    Capri is a white isle in a sapphire sea, where movie stars come for legendary spa treatments (Gwyneth Paltrow favours the Leg School at Capri Palace), millionaires retire to their clifftop retreats and couples whisper sweet nothings in the Blue Grotto. My personal pick of the hotels is the Capri Palace Hotel, an Italian gem with indulgence written all over it.

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  • Namibia

    Namibia

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    Namibia’s stark beauty will seduce you – vast dunes, endless deserts, the shipwreck-strewn Skeleton Coast and velvety night skies. Sleep under the stars or in dreamy lodges, while in the game parks you can track rhino, leopard and cheetah. The dry season and best game viewing months coincide with the UK’s popular summer wedding season, and there’s no jetlag either.

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  • South Africa and Mauritius

    South Africa and Mauritius

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    What an incredible way to start married life. The buzz of Cape Town with its iconic Table Mountain and nearby winelands contrasts wonderfully with the adventure of spotting the Big Five on safari. And what better place to unwind than Mauritius, renowned for its pampering hospitality. An odyssey that’s bound to cement your vows.

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  • Luxury spa in the Himalayas

    Luxury spa in the Himalayas

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    For a union of mind, body and soul, a spa honeymoon at Ananda is great value with many treatments and activities included. Book a private pool villa or save a little and stay in a valley view room to soak up views of the Ganges from your bed and bath. Visit Rishikesh at nightfall for Ganga Aarati (lighting of lamps and chanting).

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  • Koh Samui

    Koh Samui

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    Koh Samui on the Gulf of Siam is an island of tropical jungle, dreamy beaches and turquoise coves. Famed for its Ang Thong National Marine Park, honeymooners will find peace and harmony here. Stay at a luxury hotel such as the Napasai or Four Seasons and enjoy intimate beachfront dinners, Thai massages for two and private infinity pools.

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  • Madeira Quintas

    Madeira Quintas

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    Madeira has cast off its fuddy-duddy image and offers everything from extreme sports to extreme natural beauty. Quintas are Madeiran manor houses converted into boutique hotels in a garden setting. Expect spa treatments, horse riding, golf, levada walks and whale watching. A great short-haul option with year-round sunshine.

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  • Australia honeymoon ideas

    The Whitsundays

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    A few years ago I wrote a book called ‘A Place to Wed’ featuring just 25 places worldwide to tie the knot. Hayman Island was high on my list. Located in Australia’s castaway Whitsunday Islands, you’ll fall in love all over again in your sumptous beach villa with private pool and 24-hour concierge, spa pampering and the Great Barrier Reef all around.

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  • The Cook Islands

    The Cook Islands

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    Robinson Crusoe couples are in for a treat. With just 15 islands over two million square km of Pacific Ocean, The Cook Islands are exquisitely cast away. Head to Rarotonga for a lush island experience; take a scenic flight to the incredible Aitutaki, and write a postcard home from One Foot Island. Combine with New Zealand if you have time.

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  • Amalfi Coast honeymoon

    Amalfi coast hideaways

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    Bag yourselves a beautiful apartment for two on the Amalfi coast and you’ll never look back. La Trasita is set in a 14th century Saracen tower overlooking Positano from its circular roof terrace. Play Italian Mr & Mrs in your own private love nest and explore Sorrento, the island of Capri, the ruins of Pompeii and the mighty Vesuvius.

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  • Canopy and Stars

    Cosy love shacks

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    For a honeymoon that’s all about getting back to nature without a hint of roughing it, Canopy & Stars offers glamping (glamorous camping) with bells on. Whether you fancy a roll top bath for two in a woodland glade, an ecopod, a romany caravan or a yurt with a grand Georgian twist, there’s a love nest to suit every newlywed from Inverness to Penzance.

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  • Ulusaba

    Ulusaba

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    All your safari dreams come true at Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve in South Africa. Honeymoon packages include champagne, massages and a private dinner. Spectacular weddings are held under an Amarula tree surrounded by flaming torches. Book the exclusive Cliff Lodge which includes a private spa room.

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  • Tuscany honeymoon hotels

    Indulge in Tuscany

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    How could the birthplace of the Renaissance be anything other than magical? Explore the vineyards of Chianti Classico or Brunello di Montalcino, dine on Tuscan delights like porcini mushrooms and truffle dishes, treat yourselves to jewellery from the shops along Florence’s Ponte Vecchio or the glazed pottery of Siena.

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  • Caribbean villas for two

    Caribbean villas for two

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    Swanning around a gorgeous Caribbean villa is the kind of thing you imagine Hollywood stars doing. And yet it’s surprisingly easy to find these private pads with Oliver’s Travels. Although pricey in high season (December to February), if you go off-season there are bargains to be had. You’ll also discover ultra romantic smaller islands such as French St Barths and idyllic Bequia.

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  • Luxury Seychelles honeymoons

    Luxury Seychelles

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    Known for its provocative coco de mer or love nut and as the original site of the Garden of Eden, you don’t get much more seductive than the Seychelles. Push the boat out and stay at one of the luxury hotels on the main island of Mahé or perhaps Praslin Island, then head out to one of the smaller coral islands for some serious barefoot luxury.

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  • Pentre Mawr Country House

    Go wild in Wales

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    As Welsh hideaways go, this place is pretty special and it comes with a twist. Graham and Bre Carrington-Sykes have added safari-style canvas lodges with giant leather beds, roll top baths and outdoor hot tubs. Wow factor romance plus outstanding natural beauty on your doorstep. If you can’t afford a flash safari, here’s the solution. Out of Africa into Wales.

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  • Venice honeymoon packages

    Magical Venice

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    How could I not include Venice – one of the all time classic honeymoons with iconic hotels such as the Cipriani. Everyone from Lord Byron to George Clooney has been beguiled by this floating city. Take a gondola ride, sigh over the Bridge of Sighs, tour the Doges Palace, appreciate art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, explore the glass works of Murano and sunbathe at The Lido.

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  • Adults-only Barbados

    Adults-only Barbados

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    There are plenty of family-friendly all-inclusives in swanky Barbados, but only one for couples-only. The new Sandals Barbados on the iridescent white sands of Dover Beach in the lively south of the island is the ultimate all-inclusive with everything from gourmet dining to scuba diving and golf. You can even tie the knot for free.

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  • Madagascar

    Madagascar

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    If you crave Indian Ocean island but want something more adventurous, Madagascar is the perfect choice. It’s the fourth largest island in the world and 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on earth. Combine golden beaches, teeming rainforest and traditional Malagasy villages with tranquil lodges and romantic beach resorts for one memorable honeymoon.

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  • Honeymoons in Italy

    Rome, Florence and Siena

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    Just a two-hour flight away, it’s easy to forget just how outrageously romantic the classic Italian cities are. Take in the glory of Rome, the sheer romance of Florence and wander the streets of Siena. Whether you’re culture vultures, followers of fashion or simply hopeless romantics, this Italian trilogy delivers.

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  • Lucknam Park

    Lucknam Park

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    This country house hotel just outside Bath rocks. A Relais & Chateaux 1720 Palladian mansion may sound stuffy, yet Lucknam Park is anything but, with a stunning spa set in a walled garden, a gorgeous pool where you can swim at night next to an open fire, Michelin-starred food, horseriding and magnificent four-poster suites.

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  • All-inclusive Maldives

    All-inclusive Maldives

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    If there is one honeymoon destination where all-inclusive resorts make sense, it is the Maldives. On your own private island there is no option to dine around. But many all-inclusives are not only great value, they are also genuinely classy hotels with romantic overwater villas, luxury spas, watersports and a choice of restaurants.

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  • Morocco honeymoon packages

    Morocco deserts and souks

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    Morocco is a 3-hour flight away, yet it offers a thoroughly exotic honeymoon. Let all your senses be stimulated in the souks of Marrakech and Fes, before retreating to a palatial riad. Romantics will fall in love with the Atlas mountains and coastal gems like Essaouira, not to mention camel trekking and hot air balloon rides for two.

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  • Get wed in the Med

    Get wed in the Med

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    Combining a Mediterranean wedding and honeymoon is a breeze with The Discovery Collection. With incredible venues from Gozo to Jordan, this way exceeds a bog standard beach wedding in the sun. Think historic locations, fabulous resorts and experts on hand from florists to musicians. Party on with your guests for a few days, or slip away to another magical destination.

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  • Luxury train journeys

    Luxury train journeys

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    No I’m not talking about packed commuter trains and tasteless sandwiches from the buffet car. I’m talking epic journeys to move the heart and soul on board classic trains like the Orient Express. Just you and your new spouse experiencing the best of India on the Maharajahs’ Express or Africa with Rovos Rail from your luxurious ‘hotel on wheels’.

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  • Seductive Paris

    Seductive Paris

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    From An American in Paris to Amélie, the sultry French capital is where romance blossoms. Kirker gives you the inside track on avoiding tourist clichés and crowds with fast track entrances to less obvious museums and galleries, top reservations for dinner and carefully selected luxury hotels with flowers, petits fours and champagne waiting for you. C’est formidable!

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  • Huvafen Fushi

    Huvafen Fushi

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    Fantasy Maldives honeymoon here you come. Huvafen Fushi is as far removed from real life as it gets. Even the lowest room category comes with a private plunge pool and sumptuous deck. Spend a night on board a designer yacht or a Maldivian dhoni and don’t miss a treatment in the underwater spa – barefoot luxury incarnate.

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  • Andalucia honeymoon

    Cities of Andalucia

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    Practically on the doorstep and boasting some seriously stylish hotels, southern Spain best suits an early or late summer honeymoon to catch the best climate and avoid the crowds. Seville is a spectacular starting point with its gold-encrusted Alcazar Palace. Add Cordoba and Granada, and you have three sumptuous honeymoon cities for the price of one.

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  • Egypt honeymoon

    The Nile with style

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    Egypt is so very easy to get to, yet so very foreign, making it all the more alluring for couples who have never visited. Cairo is a crazy sprawl of a city with breathtaking delights, from the Sphinx to Mena House, a landmark hotel. Take a romantic cruise down the Nile on a super-stylish boat and soak up the sights and sites.

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  • Sri Lanka and Maldives

    Sri Lanka and Maldives

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    One of you loves culture, the other wants to fly ‘n’ flop. Or perhaps you just want two bites of the honeymoon cherry. Either way, Sri Lanka and the Maldives is a winning combination. And if you’re thinking of marrying overseas, Sri Lanka has everything in place for memorable weddings, with the Maldives the perfect honeymoon escape.

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  • Kenya safari

    Kenya safari

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    A safari honeymoon is one of the most romantic ways to start married life. Being whisked out of your everyday life to a remote Kenyan camp with thrilling bush drives or even balloon safaris by day and dinner under the African stars by night. Bring out your inner Karen Blixen and add on a dreamy Indian Ocean beach retreat at the end for good measure.

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  • Bali honeymoon ideas

    Beautiful Bali

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    Bali offers both a spiritual and hedonistic honeymoon. You can’t help falling in love with a place where there’s a temple or rice paddy at every turn, where cutting edge architecture rises from lush river valleys and honeymooners are treated like royalty. You’ll be safe in the hands of the i-escape team – they have sought out the best hideaways to suit every taste and budget.

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  • Zanzibar and Tanzania

    Zanzibar and Tanzania

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    This exotic honeymoon combines the high-octane thrills of a safari in Tanzania from game spotting to luxury camps and sundowners on the boot of your 4WD, with the spicy romance of Zanzibar where you can explore the labyrinthine streets of Stone Town and relax on blinding beaches. Two honeymoons for the price of one.

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  • Sri Lanka honeymoon packages

    Barefoot Sri Lanka

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    For a small island, Sri Lanka delivers a staggering range of experiences. Add to that some stylish hotels – including amazing creations by local architect Geoffrey Bawa, Amanwella in the 17th century Dutch town of Galle and Amangalla on the sandy shore of Tangalle. If you fancy tying the knot here, you can even do it on elephant back.

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  • Trou Aux Biches, Mauritius

    Trou Aux Biches, Mauritius

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    You’ll be among the first to experience this tropical village style resort after its £60m rebuild. Trou Aux Biches was one of the original hotels in Mauritius, and sits on the island’s finest beach. Go for a Beach Front Suite with private pool and views of burning sunsets. Couples can tie the knot in a chapel in the branches of a Banyan tree.

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  • Luxury Algarve

    Luxury Algarve

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    Southern Portugal is enjoying something of a renaissance. It’s shaking off its mass-market image with the opening of luxury resorts and designer boltholes tucked away along one of Europe’s most spectacular coastlines. It’s perfect for honeymooners who want to combine beach with interesting culture, gourmet cuisine, golf and spa.

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  • Abama hotel Tenerife

    Cool Canaries

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    Far from its lairy image, Tenerife has elegant beaches, authentic cuisine, quaint villages, volcanic moonscapes and a cutting edge capital, Santa Cruz. Add to that the slick yet laidback sophistication of The Ritz-Carlton, Abama for a top honeymoon, whether you want to fly ‘n’ flop or explore.

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  • Guatemala and Belize

    Guatemala and Belize

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    Central America combines true adventure with pockets of luxury to knock you off your feet. Feel the thread count at the Posada del Angel in Guatemala’s colonial Antigua; visit lakes and volcanoes; enjoy a jungle experience from Francis Ford Coppola’s La Lancha Lodge. From diving the Blue Hole to scaling Mayan ruins, this is a magical honeymoon.

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  • Iceland

    Iceland

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    From walking on glaciers to basking in the midnight sun, a summer honeymoon in Iceland is magical. Or go in winter for the Northern Lights. Stop over in hip Reykjavik before heading to the Hotel Ranga, not only home to great food and natural spring hot tubs but also one of Iceland’s best spots for a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis.

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  • Necker Island

    Necker Island

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    Sir Richard Branson famously bought Necker Island for a song and built it up to be one of the world’s most exclusive private islands. Hire the entire island with friends and family or book a room just for the two of you during a ‘Celebration Week’. Adrenaline junkies will find all the toys from kite surfing to racing around the island on mini catamarans.

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  • Beach, spa and tequila

    Beach, spa and tequila

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    Even when Carrie Bradshaw was jilted at the altar and had to honeymoon in Mexico with the girls, she still managed to enjoy herself. The Secrets Resorts & Spas are five-star luxury all-inclusive resorts for adults only, and they won’t break the bank. Book a luxurious ocean front room with breathtaking views of the Caribbean ocean and let married life begin!

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  • Sardinia honeymoon packages

    Sizzling Sardinia

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    Closer to Africa than Italy, Sardinia is a tried and tested honeymoon hotspot, especially in late spring and early autumn. Honeymoon boltholes range from the all-singing all-dancing Forte Village with its choice of eight hotels and some of the best sports and spa facilities in the Med to contemporary boutique hideaways such as Coluccia Hotel and Beach Club.

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  • Dominican Republic

    Dominican Republic

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    One of the most under-rated Caribbean islands, the Dominican Republic is bursting with rainforest, culture and beautiful beaches. The introduction of British Airways flights to Punta Cana in the east, with its impressive new array of sophisticated resorts, is a sign of the high quality you can expect. Check out these gold standard resorts at silver prices.

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  • Turks & Caicos Islands

    Turks & Caicos Islands

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    The 40 islands and cays of the Turks & Caicos are amongst my favourite in the Caribbean. Although a relatively unknown destination, it is home to the world’s third-largest barrier reef, great diving and whale watching, stunning powder-white beaches and some of the most sought-after private island resorts including Parrot Cay.

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  • India honeymoon tours

    Authentic India

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    ‘It’s who you know’ couldn’t be more apt than when honeymooning with Enchanting-India – a company with the inside track on delivering the most original of romantic tours whether it’s a look at Mumbai’s booming modern art scene or exploring the Rajput glories of Udaipur. And with people on the ground, any last minute tweak to heighten the romance is as good as done.

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  • Carpe Diem Santorini

    Santorini and the Cyclades

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    Don’t be fooled by the twee sugar cube dwellings that adorn Santorini. This is the most sought after of the Cyclades Islands. Behind the cobbled streets and blue domes lies a world of Greek chic. You’ll find short-haul island-hopping honeymoon heaven, too, on lesser-known islands such as Folegandros, Naxos or Andros – and Mykonos of course.

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  • Sheepskin cottages Wales

    Rustic chic

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    Logs for the fire, iPod docking stations and fluffy bathrobes. This isn’t a blow-the-budget honeymoon hotel, it’s one of Sheepskin’s beguiling, self-catering hideaways set in the UK’s most awe-inspiring countryside. Newlyweds enjoy a concierge style service to find everything from gastro pubs to white-water rafting. We love!

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  • Honeymoon packages India

    Private tour of India

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    Northern India and Rajasthan have all the ingredients for an uber-romantic honeymoon. Enjoy an insider’s view of Old and New Delhi, discover the jaw-dropping Pink City of Jaipur and marvel at the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love – then unwind with some beach time in Kerala or Goa. If India doesn’t work its magic, nothing will.

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  • Small ship honeymoon cruises

    Boutique cruises

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    For honeymooners who seek adventure with a large dollop of luxury, Sanctuary Retreats offer boutique-style expedition cruises. Imagine boarding your chic eight-cabin vessel for a Galapagos cruise with shore excursions, sea-kayaking and snorkelling all pre-arranged. Or discover the wonders of the mysterious Nile, the mighty Yangtze or intoxicating Myanmar, new for 2014/15.

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  • Boutique Mallorca

    Boutique Mallorca

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    Writers and artists have long adored Mallorca as the Balearic Island with a unique sensibility and the power to inspire and make you feel special. With its new-found cool from the beach clubs and gastronomy of capital Palma, to hip hideaway resorts in pretty towns like Soller, this Spanish island is the perfect short haul honeymoon.

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    Arctic honeymoons

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    The snowy landscapes of the Arctic have an ethereal quality that lends itself to romance. The White Circle arranges wintery honeymoons in surreal and deeply romantic hideaways. Stay in a glass igloo and marvel at the Northern Lights above or chill out in a luxury tepee with private hot tub after a day’s husky sledding or ice fishing.

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  • Luxury retreat in the Lakes

    Luxury retreat in the Lakes

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    When it comes romance in the Lake District, the new Gilpin Lake House blows everything else out of the water – or should that be lake? This stunning outpost of Gilpin Hotel has six luxury suites, massages a deux in the Jetty spa and Champagne in the open-air Japanese Ofura Tub. It is also licenced for exclusive weddings. Wordsworth would be proud!

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  • Paradise in Puglia

    Paradise in Puglia

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    Italy is a top spot for romance, but its southwesterly region of Puglia goes largely under the radar. Explore the Baroque splendour of Lecce, Alberobello’s fairytale streets and unspoilt Adriatic beaches. Honeymoon hearts will skip a beat on arrival at the five-star Borgo Egnazia, with its sexy pool villas, gourmet dining and top spa.

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  • Magical Kerala

    Magical Kerala

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    Honeymoon in Kerala, India’s sublime southern state, and a tingle will run up your spine every time you reminisce. Wildlife reserves, ancient temples and spice plantations will fascinate, there are beaches for down time and you can enjoy a voyage on your very own houseboat for two around the exotic backwaters. You’ll quickly understand what all the fuss is about.

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    Villas for two in Mallorca

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    There’s a new cool about Mallorca. Its capital Palma couldn’t get more hip if it tried. Add to that the idyllic beaches, stunning mountains, fabulous local cuisine and some of the best villas in the Med for the ultimate in privacy. We love the beautifully restored farmhouses with private pools in charming spots like Sencelles and Selva.

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  • Brazil in style

    Brazil in style

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    Havaiana flip-flops at the ready, it’s time to pull out all the stops with an intoxicating Brazilian honeymoon. Follow the jet-set and combine Ipanema beach life with partying in Rio, change pace with an Amazonian riverboat adventure then kick back in trendy Trancoso on the Bahia coast or an exclusive retreat on the Emerald Coast.

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  • Kasbah Tamadot

    Kasbah Tamadot

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    A member of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition collection, Kasbah Tamadot is a magical oasis just outside Marrakech in the clear air of the Atlas Mountains. Book a luxury Berber tent with private pool, enjoy intimate dinners set up specially for two, try the Hammam spa and explore the area by foot, mountain bike, 4X4 or mule.

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  • Cuba honeymoon

    Cuba

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    Mojitos and fat Cohiba cigars at the ready when you honeymoon in Cuba, the Caribbean’s most colourful and vibrant country. From the delights of Old Havana with its jazz clubs and historic hotels where the likes of Hemingway checked in, to the colonial town of Trinidad, now a Unesco World Heritage Site, Cuba boasts great beach retreats and eco lodges.

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  • The Cary Arms, Devon

    The Cary Arms, Devon

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    Artfully masquerading as ‘The Inn on the Beach’, this is one of the most sophisticated hotels in Devon and the latest project from Peter de Savary and his wife Lana. Teetering over Babbacombe Bay, rooms are the best of British seaside chic, there’s a bijou spa room and a space-age pod for wedding vows with breathtaking sea views.

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  • Vietnam honeymoon ideas

    Tour of Vietnam

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    From buzzing Hanoi to a lazy Mekong river cruise, Vietnam is an inspired choice for a honeymoon. There’s culture, nightlife, cookery classes in street food, gourmet dining, colonial hotels and jaw-dropping romantic gems like Six Senses Con Dau. A Chinese junk cruise of Halong Bay is one of my do-before-you-die experiences.

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  • Stylish Croatia

    Stylish Croatia

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    I’m in no doubt that Croatia should be on everyone’s honeymoon hot list. It’s one of those ‘under the radar’ destinations that’s got it all, and is fast becoming an affordable rival to St Tropez. Completely Croatia has the inside track whether you want to discover historic cities such as Dubrovnik, hide away on a tiny traffic-free island or explore the countryside by Ferrari.

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  • New Zealand honeymoon

    New Zealand

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    Adventurous couples looking for a wow factor honeymoon will find their nirvana in the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand. Heli-hike vast glaciers, horse-ride across the bush, swim in hot springs and cruise the Milford Sound. Choose a self-drive tour for the freedom of the road, staying either in motels or boutique B&Bs en route.

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  • Luxury Argentina

    Luxury Argentina

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    Calling all wannabee gauchos! Argentina is one of the hottest honeymoon spots around and great value for money to boot. Bright lights and adventure are assured when one moment you can be partying in Buenos Aires, the next standing hand in hand atop a Patagonian glacier. With meandering vineyards, breathtaking lakes and cutting-edge hotels, what’s not to like?

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  • Cornwall - Gwel an Mor

    Five-star Cornwall

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    There’s a new wave of cool in Cornwall from surfing to local cuisine that’s making it a top choice for UK honeymoons. Gwel an Mor is top of my list for its VIP Scandinavian-style wooden lodges with private hot tubs, spa, and ocean view restaurant. If you’re taking kids on honeymoon, this is a great choice, otherwise you might want to avoid peak school holiday times.

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  • Botswana honeymoon safari

    Botswana

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    Botswana is the Rolls Royce of safaris, home to the Okavango Delta and some of Africa’s most gorgeous camps. I defy anyone not to fall in love all over again at Sanctuary Baines’ Camp where newlyweds bathe together on their private viewing deck before retiring to their ‘sky bed’ under the stars. Combine the Delta with Chobe National Park for a safari honeymoon of a lifetime.

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  • St Lucia

    St Lucia

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    Anse Chastanet is a legendary hotel that’s beguiled honeymooners for years with its unique setting and green philosophy – before anyone had heard of ecotourism. Think Caribbean breezes rather than air-con; no TV, just the whisper of sweet nothings. Trade up to ‘big sister’, Jade Mountain, for private pools and no fourth wall.

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  • Be adventurous!

    Be adventurous!

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    For adventurous couples, a white beach and rum punch doesn’t really cut it. Book with Explore and you could climb Mount Kilimanjaro to see the sunrise, take in the glaciers of Patagonia, cruise on a junk boat or see the Cambodian temples of Angkor. Along with your weddings rings, these are the kind of experiences that bond you forever.

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  • Boutique Caribbean hotels

    Boutique Caribbean hotels

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    The Essential Hotel Collection is like discovering a cherry picked box of romantic one-off hotels all owned and run by folk who know and love the Caribbean and who really care about your honeymoon. The London-based team will recommend the perfect hideaway for you both, be it a glamorous hillside retreat in Jamaica or a private island hotel in the Grenadines.

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  • Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali

    Bali spa heaven

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    A star of the novel and now film, Eat Pray Love, the spiritual island of Bali is synonymous with rejuvenation and well-being, not to mention romance. Honeymoon at the relatively new adults-only Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali and you’ll begin married life with a Discovery Path to ‘balance’, ‘creativity’ or ‘vigour’. All very useful for your new lives together as Mr & Mrs.

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  • Villa Mahal

    Boutique hotels in Turkey

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    Turkey’s Lycian coast combines life-affirming coastal beauty with spectacular archaeological sites such as the ruins of Ephesus. You’ll find plenty of uber-chic boutique hotels where you don’t have to lift a finger. Top ‘n’ tail with a city stopover in intoxicating Istanbul or an exclusive gulet cruise for some extra Turkish delight.

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  • All-inclusive Grenada

    All-inclusive Grenada

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    Pink Gin Beach on the Spice Island of Grenada! How could newlyweds resist this exotic combination? Be amongst the first honeymooners to stay the newly opened Sandals LaSource right on this outstanding beach. Bag yourselves a room with a tranquility soaking tub or a Skypool Suite with butler service at this couples-only all-inclusive.

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  • Jamaica Inn

    Stylish Jamaica

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    It’s no fluke that Modern Bride magazine named Jamaica Inn the number one place to say ‘I do’. This classy hideaway has retained all the glamour of Jamaica in the ‘50s when the likes of Noel Coward frequented. All 47 suites overlook the Caribbean, dining is alfresco and the indigenous spa is perched on a cliff.

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