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
Play castaway at Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa in the coastal fishing village of Trancoso. Uxua is comprised of 10 cottages crafted by local artisans using reclaimed materials, all on the village green. The five-star hotel is the brainchild of Wilbert Das, former creative director for the Italian fashion label Diesel, so expect a rustically chic retreat, with a swimming pool lined with aventurine crystals, a spa, and a nearby beach with a bar made from old fishing boats. Amenities include open-sky bathrooms, kitchens, wifi, and satellite TV. Some casas boast private plunge pools and Jacuzzis.
The Ultimate Seven-Day Uxua Experience offers seven nights accommodation and highlights like private dance, fitness and cooking classes, a beach picnic, horseback riding, massage, kayak trip, and return transfers from Porto Seguro airport. From R$11,000 (€3,670) per couple. Tel: +55 73 3668-2277, uxua.com
If you’re considering South Africa, the number one conundrum is whether to wing to buzzy Cape Town or beat around the bush on safari. The Ellerman House/Singita Package provides the best of both worlds, with four nights each at Cape Town’s Bantry Bay and Kruger National Park, for the price of six nights.
Indulge in sophisticated luxury at Ellerman House, which offers a whisky bar, spa, chauffeured rides around town, and panoramic ocean views from the pool and terrace. While at Kruger, you’ll be awed by daily photographic game drives, accompanied by moveable feasts and cocktails, when you stay at either Singita Lebombo or Singita Sweni. Both lodges feature elegant bungalows and a swimming pool, with a shared spa.
Ellerman (per couple per night) from R8600 (€644) until November 30th, 2013; from R9500 (€711) from December 1st to April 30th, 2014. Singita (per person per night) from R13225 (€990) until December 31st, 2013; from R14600 (€1,093) throughout 2014. Quote EHSL when booking. Tel: +27 (0) 21 430 3200, ellerman.co.za; Tel: +27 (0) 21 683 3424, singita.com.