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    10 of the Best Honeymoon Suites

    By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

    In my experience of staying in hotels, there’s often a significant difference between the best room in the house and the worst. And it may be that some rooms may not be the most expensive, but they have some feature that really appeals to you such as a roll top bath by the bed, a view of the sea or particular décor.

    In some hotels such as Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, every room is completely individual ranging from lavender themed Victoriana to sexy Oriental. For your honeymoon it’s worth taking the time to investigate exactly what details your room has and if having a private pool, or minimalist décor, or a fridge full of booze is important to you, then make sure you have it.

    It’s also worth checking what is included in the suite in terms of fruit, water, a bottle of wine; a rose petal bath perhaps as different grades of rooms come with different extras. You should also check out my guide to the best honeymoon hotels with private pool.

    Where: Kalkan Regency, Turkey
    Top suite: Pool suite

    Kalkan Regency PS 1

    Every suite is named after the constellation under which it resides (Draco, Ophiuchus, Virgo, Corona Boralis, Coma Berenices, Leo, Lynx and Lyra) and all are kitted out with a powerful telescope to explore the unpolluted night skies for romantic stargazing.

    Book it: Anatolian Sky Holidays offers seven nights at the Kalkan Regency from £1,769 per person, based on two sharing a pool suite on bed and breakfast basis, including return flights from London Gatwick to Dalaman, and transfers.

    Where: &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge, Zanzibar, Tanzania
    Top suite: Banda Suite

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    For barefoot island luxury, &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge gets it just right for honeymooners. Ensconced on a private island just off the Zanzibar coast, this is the perfect place to get away from it all: the expansive Banda Suites are beautifully appointed with natural wood interiors, thatched roofs and large king-sized beds, giving you total privacy. Open-air living areas amidst the casuarina pine forest and an exclusive stretch of sugar-white sand right outside your banda are what make this suite truly special, and with no more than 20 guests staying at one time on the island, this is the ultimate Robinson Crusoe-style honeymoon.

    Book it: Exsus offers seven nights full board with return flights and private speedboat transfers plus diving, kayaking, fly-fishing, stand-up paddle boarding and a sundowner dhow cruise from £4,995 per person.

    Where: Anse Chastanet, St Lucia
    Top suite: Casuarina Piton Pool Suite

    Casaurina Pool Suite 04

    Anse Chastanet is something of a legend on St Lucia with its quirky local art and incredible ‘no fourth wall’ suites. The idea behind this bold design was to make the most of the incredible view of the island’s dramatic Pitons. Stay in the Casuarina Piton Pool suite nestled in lush hillside foliage and the Pitons and Caribbean Sea are your immediate neighbours. This suite has a brand new private pool and His and Hers couples shower, also with Piton views!

    ITC Luxury Travel offers seven nights with breakfast from £3,519 per person including flights and private transfers.

    Where: The Yeatman, Porto
    Top suite: The Bacchus Suite

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    The easy, short-haul destination of Porto in northern Portugal is perfect for honeymooners seeking a sophisticated, low key, European town. The Yeatman is the best hotel in town. Named after the Roman god of wine, its Bacchus Suite has a vaulted ceiling, a conservatory with fireplaces and private exterior terrace with fountains and deck beds to relax on a summer’s evening and gaze over the panoramic views of Porto and the River Douro.

    The hotel itself has a fine collection of Portuguese wines, perfect for toasting one another, and the hotel can arrange visits to leading vineyards in the Douro Valley.

    Book it: Kirker Holidays offers three nights bed and breakfast from £1,749 per person including flights and private transfers.

    Where: Laluna Beach Resort & Villas, Grenada
    Top suite: Laluna Cottage Deluxe

    laluna romantic couples resort

    Laluna is a chichi hideaway on the Spice Island of Grenada with a touch of Italian designer charm and Balinese soul. Its deluxe suites are in fact pretty detached cottages with oodles of privacy and character with four-poster Balinese king size beds, private plunge pools and a veranda.

    Book it: A seven-night honeymoon package costs from £3,286 per couple and includes daily yoga/meditation sessions, a Balinese couples massage, one other pampering spa treatment per person, a spiritual walk/hike in the rain forest with a swim at the waterfall, delicious meals in the Italian restaurant and daily American breakfast, a bottle of Prosecco and a gift. Flights not included.

    Where: Ponta dos Ganchos, Florianopolis, Brazil
    Top suite: Villa Esmeralda

    Ponta dos ganchos

    This is one of Brazil’s most exclusive and romantic resorts but still maintains a relaxed feel. Ponta dos Ganchos is situated near the small town of Governador Celso Ramos on the beautiful Santa Catarina coastline, an hour’s drive from Florianopolis airport. The hotel has a divine setting, overlooking the island of Avoredo, whose waters are a biological marine reserve and a divers’ paradise. The Vila Esmeralda bungalows are massive and have a completely private veranda with infinity plunge pool overlooking the ocean. The natural stone bathrooms have his and hers showers, a Jacuzzi and sauna overlooking the ocean.

    Book it: Journey Latin America offers seven nights with breakfast from £4,725 per person with flights and airport transfers.

    Where: Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp, Lombok
    Top suite: Beruga 10

    Jeeva Beloam 2

    Lombok has long been the relatively undeveloped cousin of neighbouring Bali. It’s a real castaway gem for honeymooners and Jeeva Beloan Beach Camp is little more than a handful of spacious beach houses on the island’s remote east coast – perfect for couples wanting to truly unplug. All of the ‘Beruga Pantai’ boast fantastic uninterrupted ocean and beach views, but for maximum privacy and the best sunrise views go for Beruga 10. There’s a fantastic beachside restaurant for the fresh catch of the day along with beach bbqs, picnics, campfires and rustic spa.

    Book it: Selective Asia offers villas from £234 per night including all meals.

    Where: Trou Aux Biches Resort & Spa, Mauritius
    Top suite: Beachfront Pool Suite

    Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa

    Trou Aux Biches was one of the first five-star hotels on Mauritius and has been refurbished to maintain its position as one of the best on the island where standards are high. It has the added advantage of sitting on one of the best stretches of beach. Beachfront pool suites have their own private plunge pools just metres from the stunning beach and shimmering lagoon beyond.

    Book it: Beachcomber Tours offers seven nights from £1,865 per person half board with free honeymoon lunches, flights and private transfers.

    Where: Ellerman House, Cape Town
    Top suite: Ellerman House, Villa One

    Ellerman House_Villa_View from Lilac to Aqua room1

    This is one of the finest boutique hotels in Cape Town with 13 adult-only bedrooms and two villas. Once the stately home of Sir John and Lady Ellerman, this elegant Cape Edwardian mansion is renowned for having some of the most spectacular ocean views in South Africa. It is a hidden hideaway in close distance to the city and offers delicious farm-to-table dining and a selection of over 7,500 wines in its wine library too.

    For something really lavish, book Villa One with its private pool with ocean views and staff.

    Book it: Villa One starts from £2,411 with breakfast.

    Where: Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley, Borneo
    Top suite: Premium Villa

    Borneo Rainforest Lodge

    The wow factor of this lodge comes from its setting. There aren’t many resorts that can boast their own rainforest canopy walk and the chance to spot a wild orangutan during your stay. Honeymooners can enjoy jungle walks, bird watching, night walks and safari drives. Book one of the new Premium Villas with super slick minimalist design. River fronting villas have rainforest views from the bed and a private infinity pool.

    Book it: Selective Asia offers villas from £525 per night including all meals.

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