Top summer honeymoon destinations

Dreaming of a summer honeymoon? Here are six destinations we love.

Published 05 May 2014 in Travel Articles

SHILLIM ESTATE RETREAT & SPA - INDIA

Shillim Estate Resort and Spa

Honeymooners that want to reconnect with nature may find this place  in the awesome landscape of the Western Ghats, idyllic. It's true to the word retreat as it is a little out the way. And it is scenic if a l little bumpy at the outset but that soon gives over to smoother roads that twist their way upwards passing the magnificent Lake Pawna. It's 3500 acres of forested setting is overlooked by the beautiful Sahyadri mountains, perfect for instilling some inner peace.

Getting around is by golf cart and the rooms are spacious and have their own veranda and outdoor shower. But you won't want to stay their too long because the couple spa may beckon - the spa is a hefty 70 acres with more than 150 treatments - and you may find your calling in the meditation cave.

Cuisine is varied across seven restaurants and bar venues including the Mountain pool bar where you can sip your tipple and enjoy the views.

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CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND
- MALDIVES

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Honeymooners love the Maldives for the small island romance, lush landscape that's trimmed with sand and sea. There's not much to do except water sports, become centred and fall in love. The villas are beautiful, some beachside, some over the water, all with lovely views.

There are beach BBQ's and bars, but the centrepiece must be Ithaa restaurant. It is located 16ft (five metres) beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean amid the area's coral gardens. Pehaps surprisingly, seafood in the form of yellow tail king fish and Maldivian lobster.

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BORA BORA
& MO'OREA - FRENCH POLYNESIA

It's just a 30 minute ferry ride from the port of Tahiti to the island of Mo'orea. This is a strip of land made up of stunning landscape and a mountainous backdrop that  floats within crystal blue water. On arrival, you'll be given a cocktail and taken to an over-water bungalow or a garden villa with a plunge pool.

Mo'orea

Happy hour in the bar is timed with the sunset, so you can celebrate your love as the light dims. Later, feed the nursing sharks by the pancake stand or simply relax in the main restaurant to live music, or dine under the night sky on the terrace or beach.

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Twin this with Bora Bora which some say is the most beautiful island in the world. Its a short 30 minute flight and a boat ride. The Hilton Bora Bora is set on its own private Motu (island) so you could not be more resclusive.

Bora Bora

At both these resorts snorkelling and paddle boarding is available or hire a catamaran and sail out into the ocean and just float under the sun.

Incidentally, French Polynesia is famous for its Black pearls and these are avaiable all over the island.

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ROME CAVALIERI
- ITALY

Rome Cavalieri

This 370 roomed hotel has a sensational location amid a 15-acre private park on the highest hill in Rome – the Monte Mario - just above the Vatican. This means you get stunning views over the Eternal City and St Peter's Dome.

Accommodation is plush and spacious with marble baths and private balconies and the hotel is flush with tapestries, statues and artworks including three Tiepolo masterpieces in the lobby.

This hotel has the accolade of being the only resrot in Rome. There's an onsite spa and gym and four swimming pools, one being the largest in the city but the centrepiece must be the hotel's three Michelin-starred panoramic restaurant, La Pergola on its rooftop.

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TRIANON PALACE VERSAILLES
- FRANCE

Trianon Palace - Versailles

The Treaty of Versailles, perhaps the most famous treaty of the last century, may have been signed in the Palace Versailles but it was drawn up in the Salon Clemenceau room of the Trianon Palace Versailles.

So perhaps luxury woodland retreat just on the edge of the peaceful Royal Domain may service as a fine place to celebrate your union. It's contemporary, think Philip Stark chairs and neutral colours in the bedrooms yet the marble columns are traditionalism all over.

There's lashings of romance oozing from the palatial surroundings and gardens. Their spa offers a hamman, steam rooms and heated indoor swimming pools. This may feel indulgent but so too is their Michelin-starred restaurant headed by the Gordon Ramsay. Other restaurants include the Veranda with its French doors and full length windows that open up to the delightful view of the Versailles Park.

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HILTON VILAMOURA
- PORTUGAL

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If you love golf and your other half doesn't, it won't matter at the Vilamoura. This hotel has two golf course and a huge luxury spa all surrounded by five acres of lovely gardens.

There is an easy-to-get to private beach concession at Falesia Beach. Families come here too, but there are six pools comprising a separate pool for families with young children and smaller quieter pools for adults looking for poolside peace.

Nearby is the Vilamoura Marina where bars and restaurants jostle for attention. From there hop onto a boat and sail around the stunning Algarve coast and you may spot a dolphin or two. Or grab your walking shoes and explore 20,000 acres of Ria Formosa Natural Park.

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Which of these hotels would be your top destination? Leave a comment.

Comments

Columbia Hillen, @HillenColumbia

Why not #Taormina in #Sicily? #romantic #travel and activities like visiting #Etna. Former convent, fantastic views over the sea, set above the sea level, charming rooms, great wine, small town walks.

7 May, 2014


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