Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Best Honeymoon Destinations On Earth

It’s supposed to be the biggest holiday of your life, your first as husband and wife, and there’s a lot of pressure to get it right. It can be a quick city break or an extravagant journey.

Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort, St Lucia
If you want natural beauty, then the Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort is the most scenic setting among all the wonders of the Caribbean. The resort is 59 villas scattered across the slopes between the twin Piton Peaks, centred on a golden beach. UNESCO has recognised and protected this extraordinary landscape, which can be enjoyed with the perfect blend of nature’s splendour and manmade decadence. Perfect.

 Subsix, NIAYAMA
The Indian Ocean islands of the Maldives are opening up to tourists more and more. NIAYAMA has a wonderful white beach on a deep turquoise lagoon, but it has something more, a unique underwater nightclub called Subsix. If you want something unique to remember for the rest of your life, then try dancing six metres down while the sharks patrol outside the giant windows.

Loisaba, Kenya
The best African holidays provide a mix of safari thrills by day and relaxed luxury by nigh. Loisaba, on a rocky ridge with 60,000 acres of private land around it, is the perfect place to enjoy that blend. The hotel is a splendour of four-poster beds and wooden decks. In the distance you can see Mount Kenya rising from the plains, and there’s even a ‘star bed’ where you can watch the slowly revolving Milky Way from the open air. The wildlife is spectacular, of course, and you can enjoy a champagne bath for two out in the open – the ultimate honeymoon luxury.

Taj Lake Palace, India
Water has a special, romantic magic, and the Taj Lake Palace looks like its floating on the waters of Lake Pichola. Palace is no understatement when it comes to this 25—year-old white marble wonder – it has turrets and domes outside and antiques and murals inside. The cuisine is some of the best in India and you can eat floating on the water too. The city of Udaipur is a wonderful experience, but when the heat and the noise gets too much for you, you have the perfect retreat. You may have seen this extravagant palace in the James Bond classic Octopussy.

Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil
Want breakfast in the middle of the afternoon? No problem. Ponta dos Ganchos is all about relaxation and doing just what you please – that’s what honeymoons are for, right? Relax in South America’s only Christian Dior Spa, looking out over the ocean, before you return to one of the 25 enormous bungalows, each with a private pool. Oh, and there’s a private island. The staff are said to be among the best in the entire world hotel business.

Shangri-la Hotel, Paris
If you were to choose a romantic city then Paris would still be at the top of the list. The big attraction of the Shangri-la is its proximity to the city’s iconic sight, the Eiffel Tower. With a private terrace room you can enjoy unrivalled views of the tower. The hotel’s restaurant is the first Cantonese restaurant in Europe to win a Michelin star.

Remember, you can design your own ideal trip or go let the agent take the strain and book with American Express travel services for a perfect package. To get you thinking, here are five of the most luxurious destinations on the planet that you might like to consider.

Jacob O Grady has worked for a number of travel agents and would really love to go to either of these places on honeymoon. He has seen a lot of the world, but like most people would love to see more.

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