Choosing the destination for your post-nuptials holiday can be an exciting prospect. After all, this is the trip that will start your married lives in style and hopefully give you plenty of memories to begin your relationship under this new commitment.
With that in mind, you want to choose a place that is extra special. Somewhere that will be ‘once in a lifetime’ and offer you all the indulgences that make you and your partner happiest.
So if you’re saying ‘I do’ in 2016, we thought you might enjoy a little inspiration of the honeymoon destinations we think are hot for next year!
A favourite with honeymooners from the USA, French Polynesia is a paradise for couples with its unspoilt islands, clear blue waters, luxurious resorts and colourful culture.
If you’re heading over from the UK then a stop-off in the States en route will break up the journey nicely and give you a diverse combination of city break and island escape.
Having recently played host to newlyweds Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Four Seasons Bora Bora needs no introduction. With its five-star restaurants, picture-postcard views, decadent over-water villas and signature Four Seasons service, it’s an award-winning choice for your honeymoon.
Nearby, on the private island of Tetiaroa, is the recently opened The Brando. If ‘deserted island’ is what you seek, then look no further! Combining incredible luxury with an eco-friendly ethos, this is one of the most talked about resorts of 2015 and looks set to be a first-class choice for honeymoons next year.
There has been a serious surge of honeymoons to the United States in the past few years, and who can blame the hoards of Brits who head across the Atlantic for their post-nuptial travels?!
Most of the itineraries we create enjoy a ‘twin centre’, i.e. a dual destination holiday, such as New York and Florida or Las Vegas and LA; meaning you get the best of both worlds in the form of city and beach breaks. Iconic hotels which will add real wow to your romantic trip include: Beverley Wilshire (A Four Seasons Hotel) where the Pretty Woman package will see you and your partner experiencing some of the best scenes from the movie classic, or how about exploring Central Park like Harry and Sally with a stay at the Big Apple’s The St. Regis Hotel?
The Caribbean island of St Lucia has long been a favourite with our clients yearning for love-laden sandy shores, and 2016 shows no sign of this trend ending. For indulgent details, candlelit dinners and couples spa treatments, choose Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, or for couples only, all-inclusive beach-side luxury how about Rendezvous? A discerning choice.
You don’t have to rack up the air miles to have a honeymoon with style and sunshine. The Greek island of Crete is a destination ‘closer to home’ which our luxury travellers adore for a honeymoon or minimoon. Rack up the romance with a stay at Elounda Gulf Villas new Massage Suite with Private Pool with its chic décor, floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views, a private massage room and your very own sea water infinity pool.
If you and your partner’s idea of honeymoon heaven consists of the height of luxury on white sand beaches, with clear blue waters, first-class dining, relaxing spa treatments and lazy days spent sipping cocktails, then look no further than the holiday destination of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives. Or a favourite with ITC honeymooners is ‘dream island’ PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi, where a private dining experience and couples spa treatments are excellent indulgences to add to your wedding gift list.
Intrepid honeymooners will love the diversity of a post-nuptials holiday to the Rainbow Nation. There’s so very much to do here that you’ll return home with wonderful memories and photo albums full of your first adventure together as a married couple.
Head to Cape Town for slick dining, surf lessons and a poignant visit to Robben Island; all of which can be enjoyed while staying in the superlative surrounds of One&Only Cape Town. For something a little different, you could head next to Plettenberg Bay, and the incredible Tsala Treetops. Finally complete your South African honeymoon with a safari at the chic luxury game reserve of Madikwe Hills.
Few places conjure up an image of romance like Venice; the wedding location choice of Amal and George Clooney last year. Make like the famous power couple with a stay at the Belmond Cipriani with its outstanding location and feeling of exclusivity at every turn. Add some real wow factor to your honeymoon – or perhaps return to the city for your anniversary – on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express which oozes old Hollywood glamour and refined decadence.
When Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan wed this summer they took their honeymoon in the Maldives, followed by a return stop at their favourite resort; Atlantis in Dubai. They cranked up the wow factor with accommodation in one of the resort’s ‘underwater suites’, where floor to ceiling windows into the vast aquarium mean you can sit in bed with your morning coffee and watch the marine life swim by! We reckon this is a perfect ‘once in a lifetime’ experience for newly married couples.
Arriba! Mexico is hotting up as a luxury honeymoon choice thanks to the first-class offering of outstanding resorts, including the recently refurbished and reopened One&Only Palmilla. A honeymoon package to this particular resort on the Baja Peninsula includes a bottle of Champagne, dinner on the beach, a private spa villa experience, a full day’s private cove experience and private round-trip luxury transfers.
British Virgin Islands
And finally to complete our top ten inspirational honeymoon destinations for 2016 it just has to be the British Virgin Islands!
For serious high-end holidaying, ask your ITC Travel Specialist about the Celebration Weeks at Necker Island; which offer the exclusive bounds of Sir Richard Branson’s private isle for a select number of guests…ensuring the island retains its private, intimate feel.
To book your luxury honeymoon with an expert Travel Specialist call 01244 355 600.