Huvafen Fushi is that iconic dreamy resort you see on posters, screensavers and calendars - a horse shoe of thatched stilted villas sitting out in the middle of an aqua marine blue ocean. If you want a traditional Maldivian beach honeymoon with nothing but flour fine sand, wavering palms and luxurious accommodation, then this is the place for you.
This exclusive hideaway situated on Cocoa Island in the South Malé Atoll provides well-appointed beach bungalows, lagoon bungalows, pavilions and the much sought after ocean bungalows. Imagine waking up to the sound of the ocean lapping all around you, then stepping out onto your own private three tired deck, complete with fresh water infinity pool and luxurious day bed. Inside is chic and minimalistic, with tones in earth and cream and a state-of-the-art entertainment system, glass floors, an oversized hot tub and private massage room.
And if you crave more relaxation then, indulge in the world’s first underwater spa, LIME, where you can watch tropical fish surround you as you relax to the slow rhythmic sound of the waves above.
Honeymooners could choose the resort’s Signature package to enhance their experience. The Signature includes return speed boat transfers, a three hour spa experience, a private luxury cruise aboard a Dhoni with lunch at your own deserted island, a coral adoption experience with a marine biologist, private dining, and a wine degustation evening. You can always check with the resort at the time of booking to see if they have any other honeymoon specials.
Beyond the bedroom
Here you’re in the middle of the Indian Ocean, so you don’t have to go far from your bungalow to appreciate the world beneath the waves. The resort offers a whole wealth of water based activities for you to try and explore, including reef and coral garden snorkelling, sunset cruises, dolphin cruises, fishing, scuba diving, private yacht hire, marine biologist guided tours and scenic flights.
In Cambodia’s pristine Koh Rong archipelago, sit two untouched islands side by side, these are known as the ‘sweethearts’ – Song Saa and Khmer. Set on the shores of stunning Song Saa, sits Cambodia’s first private island resort. It’s exclusive and luxurious, seductive and chic, surrounded by natural beauty. Views of shimmering blue green seas and lush forest swathed islands abound, fringed by bright coral reefs.
Tucked away in the small village of Playa Xcalacoco near Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, The Viceroy Riviera Maya sits on the edge of tropical jungle and soft beach paradise. Sleek and modern, yet eco conscious and natural, the resort provides romantic seclusion for a perfect honeymoon.
Luxurious secluded thatched suites sit hidden in the lush Sabi Sands National Park in South Africa, overlooking a sparkling river. The Singita Ebony Lodge is the very essence of true elegance and comfort with colonial charm.
Perched on the south west coast of the sparkling Caribbean island of Anguilla, overlooking the lush mountains and sapphire sea, Cap Juluca embodies the very essence of a romantic honeymoon in paradise.
Close your eyes and picture a haven of serene sugar sand beaches protected by luscious coves and a sea as clear as glass - this is Lizard Island. Consistently rated as one of the top ten hotels of the world, Australia’s northern most island resort is located right on the Great Barrier Reef and 240km off the coast of Cairns.
Situated near Hoi An, one of the most charming towns in Vietnam, the Nam Hai is one of Vietnam’s best and most luxurious hotels. Inspired by the opulent designs of the nearby Tu Doc royal tombs of Hue, the resort offers a touch of feng shui tranquillity.
The elegant Chedi Muscat sits where the deep blue swathes of the Gulf of Oman meet the splendid ochre Al Hajar Mountains. It’s a place of true Middle Eastern luxury and style, where authentic white suites sit in a lush oasis of landscaped gardens and pools.
This elegant country house hotel and spa transports you to another time and place, where afternoon tea is served in the conservatory overlooking the Cloister Garden, flames crackle in the grates of magnificent fireplaces and suites are filled with fine antiques.
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