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Whether seeking blazing winter sun, an elephant-packed safari or a paradise island made for two, find an unforgettable honeymoon destination to fit your groove
No pressure, but you’re planning what will probably be the biggest holiday of your life so far. You’ve spent weeks, months, possibly even years, steeped in the thrills (and pitfalls) of ‘wedmin’, building up to the perfect big day, which is, we hope, everything you’ve ever dreamt of and more. It’s also totally exhausting, so the promise of the trip of a lifetime in the pipeline will make all that wedmin bearable, and those first weeks with your new husband or wife even more blissful. The Abercrombie & Kent honeymoon travel experts have rounded up their top recommendations for honeymoons being booked this year and next - read on to get inspired.
Safari Honeymoons in Botswana
In our book, getting married and going on your first safari are equally unforgettable experiences. The former, you’ll only (we hope!) do once; the latter will immerse you in the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Chobe National Park, in wild and wonderful Botswana, is home to some of the best safari opportunities in Africa, with gorgeous technicoloured sunsets, large concentrations of elephants – around 50,000 roam there – and a startling range of birds. Stay at the Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, perfectly placed to overlook the hippo-filled waterway, the teeming flood plains and the endless wilderness beyond. An epic vista to start your romantic adventure.
Best time to go: June, July, August. Split your honeymoon between Botswana and Zambia; Plan your bespoke safari honeymoon with the help of A&K’s experienced specialists.
Total Relaxation Honeymoons in Indonesia
Find out why the island of Komodo in Indonesia deserves its UNESCO World Heritage Site status; this grassy inlet is home to thousands of Komodo dragon, whilst sea eagle soar overhead, swimming turtle pop up for air and manta ray glide above coral-covered pinnacles. Cosy up aboard Lamima; this opulent yacht features seven elegant cabins, hosts two Balinese masseuses and comes complete with a PADI dive centre. Dive or snorkel the reefs with your loved one, underwater camera in hand, before relaxing with a chilled cocktail and barbecue on the beach, gazing up at the starry night’s sky.
Best time to go: March, April, May. Plan your bespoke Indonesia honeymoon with the help of A&K’s experienced specialists.
Mini-Moon in Sweden
Stockholm is one of the coolest capital cities in Europe, with an impressive selection of restaurants, galleries and museums, plus fabulous nightlife. Venture to the tranquil archipelago off the West Coast of Gothenburg to explore the chain of tiny islands along the beautiful Bohuslän coastline, which is dotted with pretty fishing villages, inlets and idyllic sailing resorts. Continue your very own Scandinavian fairy-tale romance by bedding down at the unique Ice Hotel in the charming village of Jukkasjärvi – it’s made entirely from snow and ice, and rebuilt each winter. An excellent reason to snuggle up closer and stay inside!
Best time to go: December, January, February. Plan your bespoke Sweden honeymoon with the help of A&K’s experienced specialists.
One for the Bucket List: an Arctic Cruise Honeymoon
Immerse yourself in some of the wildest and most culturally rich regions of Norway, Greenland and Iceland with this once-in-a-lifetime Arctic cruise holiday, accompanied by a seasoned team ranging from research scientists to field naturalists. Track polar bear across the ice and trek through immense glaciers. Unforgettable highlights of this epic voyage include the pristine Svalbard archipelago, Scoresby Sound and the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve at the very edge of the Arctic Circle. Travel on board the sleek, and comfortable, Le Boreal - every cabin has its own balcony, and there's even a spa, outdoor heated pool and theatre. When you're out in the Zodiacs, you'll visit towering glaciers, find the best whale-watching hotspots and marvel at other intriguing phenomena.
Best time to go: July-August; Plan your bespoke Arctic honeymoon with the help of A&K’s experienced specialists.
Adventure Honeymoons in Ecuador & Galapagos
Experience extraordinary biodiversity and fascinating local traditions on this tailor-made Amazon holiday. The expert guides will take you and your new husband or wife on a cruise through the Amazon Basin, exploring the luscious jungle, vibrant colours and myriad species of wildlife. From land to sea; you'll then embark on a Galápagos cruise, visiting each island by small boat to snorkel with marine life, found nowhere else in the world. Start and end in Quito, the second highest capital in the world. When you're in Coca on a three-night cruise, into the depths of the jungle, teeming with one of the most spectacular displays of biodiversity on earth, stay on board the state of the art MV Anakonda.
Rainforest, Amazon & Galapagos itinerary, 13 nights, from £7,610pp; Plan your bespoke Ecuador and Galapagos honeymoon with the help of A&K’s experienced specialists.
Cultural Honeymoons in Japan
Be warned – you’re going to take a lot of photos, especially if you visit Japan during the breathtakingly beautiful cherry blossom season (springtime). Begin your epic honeymoon in Tokyo: cross Shibuya, the world’s most famous intersection; explore the quirky cafés of Akihabara, themed on everything from cats to anime; then dine in style in some of the world’s finest restaurants. For a room with a view, stay at the remarkable Palace Hotel, Tokyo. When you tire of the bright city lights, retire to the mountain town of Hakone just two hours away, where Mount Fuji looms above the lake and hot springs are sprinkled amongst the hills. Bed down in a traditional ryokan, a small, traditional home that’s perfect for honeymooners, complete with comfy futons and spectacular views.
Best time to go: March, April, May. Plan your bespoke Japan honeymoon with the help of A&K’s experienced specialists.
Ultra-Luxury Honeymoons in Seychelles
If you’re looking for five-star, super-luxe beachside romance, Seychelles is the one for you. Expect postcard-perfect icing-sugar sand, gem-like waters and cloudless skies, plus blissful beaches, show-stopping hotels and impeccable credentials – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George and Amal Clooney and even the Beckhams have chosen it for a loved-up time out. The natural beauty of the archipelago is striking, with low-lying coral atolls, pristine reef islands and a vibrant creole culture. For the ultimate in castaway luxury, Villa 11 on North Island is a sumptuous retreat that is only available to couples. A sunrise hike is a must; watch the sun ascend over the glittering waters, knowing you have a whole day of lazing on white sands together, followed by top-notch dining or spa treatments. The spectacular view is well worth the early start.
Best time to go: all year around. Plan your bespoke Seychelles honeymoon with the help of A&K’s experienced specialists.
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