Top-ten honeymoon hideaways
Tropical island sunsets or sipping cocktails in a sophisticated city setting – whatever your idea of a perfect honeymoon, here are some suggestions on how to start your new life together in style
Casa Colonial Beach & Spa’s Dominican Republic honeymoon package includes a torch-lit three-course dinner served on the beach
Enjoy a sky-high cocktail beside the pool at the Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York as part of the Mr + Mrs G romantic package
The pool and restaurant at the Viceroy Bali
Roll your wedding and honeymoon into one big adventure at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi. With the three-night “Underwater Romance” package, trade your wedding dress for a wetsuit and exchange vows below the teal blue waters of the Andaman Sea. After all, there aren’t many places in the world where you can say “I scuba do” – complete with an underwater bouquet and clownfish in attendance. You can have your wedding cake and eat it, too, at a Thai beach barbecue that night.
This offer includes accommodation in the seafront Beach Villa and an upgrade on the evening of the ceremony to the Royal Beach Villa, with private gardens and an infinity pool. You’ll also receive a couples’ ESPA spa treatment, daily breakfast, and return transfers from Krabi airport. Through 2014, the cost is from THB 35,000 (approximately €826) per couple per night. Tel: +66 (0)7 562 8111, ritzcarltonreserve.com.
How can you hope to top the high of your wedding day? How about a jungle perch above central Bali’s Valley of the Kings? With just 25 villas, each with its own pool, the Viceroy Bali entices newlyweds with a three-night honeymoon package that includes a red rose and Champagne welcome, two-hour spa treatment, six-course candlelight dinner, butler service, wifi, daily breakfast, return airport transfers, and shuttle service into Ubud, a hotspot for Balinese artists. Valid until December 19th, 2013 and from January 14th to December 19th, 2014. From $1,716 (€1,271) per couple. Tel: +62 361 971 777, viceroybali.com.
For fairytale romance, it’s hard to beat the ambiance of a French château. The 18th century Château des Briottières, located near Angers, two-and-a-half hours from Paris, presides over 50 hectares of gardens in the Loire Valley. Ten bedrooms in the main house are furnished with antiques, while the Fruitier lodge features details like exposed wooden beams and stone walls. For a right regal stay, book the two-night Sjour Royal au Château, which includes a personal greeting by Mr and Mrs De Valbray, whose family has owned the property for six generations, a welcome drink, candlelit dinners each evening, daily breakfast, and a visit for two to a listed château. From €229 per person per night (excluding Saturdays). Tel: +33 (0)2 4142 0002, briottieres.com.
After your march down the aisle, you can walk in the footsteps of celebrity lovebirds such as Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer and David and Victoria Beckham at the Hotel Hassler Roma. Situated atop Rome’s Spanish Steps, the hotel offers a Romantic Roma two-night package with a guided insider tour of Rome, Segway tour of Villa Borghese’s Renaissance gardens, in-room couples’ massage, welcome Champagne and strawberries, daily buffet breakfast, and dinner for two at the rooftop, Michelin-starred Imago restaurant. Available until March 31st, 2014, then July 16th-September 7th, and November 1st-December 20th, 2014; from €2,255 per couple. Tel: +39 06 699340, hotelhasslerroma.com