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Honeymoon of a lifetime
|Q||We've just started planning our honeymoon, what advice can you share to help the process?|
|A||Amisha Patel says: Your honeymoon is your time to kick back and focus on the two of you, while thoughts of seating charts, wedding favours and centrepieces become a distant memory.
With a world of dreamy destinations to choose from, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. At Tailored Retreats, we find that it helps to consider some fundamental questions, starting with those centred around you as a couple. What do you enjoy doing together and are there destinations or experiences you both have on your bucket lists? Weddings often reflect the happy couple and the perfect honeymoon should follow!
Next, think about whether you have set travel dates and departure points or if you have flexibility. Many hotels offer honeymoon benefits for couples travelling within a year of their wedding and flexibility can mean cost savings, as well as a greater choice of destinations, hotels and flights. Finally, agree on your budget. Without an idea of what you want to spend, planning a honeymoon can be tricky.
From the answers to these initial questions, a good travel agent will be able to narrow down destinations before working with you to design a tailor-made itinerary for your dream honeymoon.
Amisha Patel, Tailored Retreats
Bring me sunshine
|Q||We're planning our honeymoon and need some inspiration – which far-flung island destinations are looking popular for this year and next?|
|A||Jackie Leather says: There's something wonderfully romantic about palm-fringed islands and untouched beaches. The magical images conjured at the thought of escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, that invigorating sense of remoteness, of being anchored away from the mainland – these feelings alone are enough to inspire our honeymooning couples to go in search of their very own desert island. Popular destinations for newlyweds include the Maldives, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Seychelles, The Islands of Tahiti and the Greek islands.
Turquoise Holidays can offer first-hand advice and a friendly helping hand when planning your perfect island honeymoon in 2023 and 2024.
Jackie Leather, Turquoise Holiday Company
Wish you were here!
|Q||We're planning our honeymoon for late 2022 and want to go somewhere far-flung with a tropical climate. We'd like a relaxing holiday with a few activities to choose from so where do you suggest?|
|A||James Bell says: Congratulations! You've picked a perfect time to go on your honeymoon. The Maldives delivers tropical isolation in abundance with its pillow-soft white beaches but there are also fun activities in the form of snorkelling, diving and plenty of other water sports. Romantic experiences are aplenty too, with everything from sandbank picnics to sunset cruises. If you fancy a little bit more adventure in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is blessed with gorgeous beaches but its jungle-covered interiors mean you can also go hiking or mountain biking.
If you're looking to travel in December, the Caribbean is a great option and Saint Lucia, in particular, has a good mix of relaxation and adventure with its dreamy stretches of sand and wild emerald interior.
Want to push the boat out with your budget? Then we can't recommend The Islands of Tahiti highly enough. The sand there is like talcum powder, its mountains are covered in forest and the sky is the colour of forget-me-nots. Bora Bora is a magnet for honeymooners and rightly so – Captain Cook didn't call it the 'Pearl of the Pacific' for nothing!
James Bell, Turquoise Holiday Company
|Q||We want to book an adventure of a lifetime for our honeymoon but don't know where to start and don't have time to research it alongside planning a wedding. Can you help?|
|A||Emma Holden says: I can offer a bespoke personal concierge service to build your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon, and to create your special memories.
I remove the stress from the planning, especially during these current times with the various restrictions in place due to Covid, and am ABTA protected so that you can book with confidence.
I have years of experience and knowledge of the travel industry and can secure very competitive prices, offer quality advice and personal support from start to finish.
Emma Holden, Travel Concierge Club