With the average wedding costs in the UK at around £16,000 and in the USA around £22,000, we think couples should put some considerable thought into a truly amazing honeymoon to follow. Here are our favourite top notch destinations for a little luxury and romance.
Burgh Island, England
This tiny island tidal island off the south coast of Devon, England is a completely romantic and exclusive getaway. The island is only accessible by foot at low tide and by helicopter or sea tractor at high tide. The shining star of this little haven is the Art Deco hotel named after the island. Restored since 2006 to its 1930’s elegance, this hotel has been a favourite of Noel Coward, Edward and Mrs Simpson, the Beatles and most famously Agatha Christie.
There are no television sets in the rooms and no mobile reception so you really can escape ordinary life. The 25 rooms are beautifully decorated and where a connection can be proved named after a famous guest. Every evening the hotel serves a wonderfully elegant black tie dinner with live music to dance to twice a week. The hotel has a treatment room and sauna as well as the seawater Mermaid Pool enclosed by rocks, and has recently renovated the 1930’s billiard room. The Burgh Island Hotel has won countless awards for its hospitality and beauty and can be enjoyed as a complete honeymoon, or paired with some time on the mainland exploring the beautiful West Country of England.
- Accommodation: from £310 per room, per night including dinner, breakfast, mainland parking, transfers to and from the island and VAT.
- Spa Treatments: from £30
- Website: burghisland.com
Orient Express to Venice
Vanity Fair called it “The train against which all other luxury trains are measured”, The Venice Simplon Orient Express, is a wonderful addition to your honeymoon. You can book anything from brunch to 3 nights on board in July, with the 3 nights being separated by nights in hotels at various locations such as London, Paris, Venice, Dresden and Krakow. The classic trip is from London or Paris across to Venice. The cabins have been perfectly restored to their art deco magnificence and transform from lounge to sleeping compartment with the help of stewards, while you enjoy your gourmet dinner. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served in the cabins by your personal steward while dinner is a sumptuous affair in the dining car, prepared by skilled French chefs.
- Reserved Day Car Seat for lunch and afternoon tea from £560 per person
- Double Cabin for overnight journey from £1,920 per person
- Cabin Suite for overnight journey from £3,030 per person
- All prices include all meals on board
- Website: orient-express.com
Turks and Caicos Islands
For powder white sands, turquoise blue seas, exclusive hotels or villas and some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world, Turks and Caicos is for you. This series of 40 islands and sand cays between south-east of the Bahamas and north of the Dominican Republic has an average of 350 days a year sunshine. The most well-known and visited Island is Providenciales, where most international flights land with its own sweeping white sand bays and turquoise seas, with reefs and walls that are a divers paradise. To have a really exclusive experience you can visit Parrot Cay, a tiny island with a luxury Resort and Spa, classed as one of the worlds most exclusive resorts. With all rooms in the main resort featuring white draped four-poster beds and ceramic baths in spacious bathrooms, private beach villas opening on to the beach and spectacular private estates for rent, this is a truly luxurious destination. The Spa offers a huge range of treatments along with Yoga and Pilates programmes to fully relax and rejuvinate you after the stress of months of wedding planning. There are also packages including various activities such as beach barbecues on deserted beaches and snorkelling the beautiful reefs nearby. Wherever you stay make sure you take a private boat charter and let one of the locals show you the most beautiful secret hideaways of the islands.
- Where: Parrot Cay is 35 minutes by boat from Providenciales
- Cost: Rooms in July start at $475 per night with private beach houses ‘s starting at $2010.
- Website: parrotcay.com
- Visit turksandcaicostourism.com for more information on the islands
For a wonderful Safari experience in July the landlocked country of Botswana to the north of South Africa will be perfect with hot balmy day and cool evenings as their winter begins. Botswana is trouble free compared to many African countries and rising in awareness and popularity with tourists, thanks in no small part to Alexander McCall Smiths series of gentle No1 Ladies Detective Agency novels. Though 80 percent of Botswana is occupied by the Kalahri Desert, it is also home to the Chobe National Park, with the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. and the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. The Park and Delta are also home to lion, giraffe, rhino, hippo, water buffalo and other mammals as well as teeming with bird life. Sanctuary Retreats offer a luxury lodges and safari experiences suitable for a fabulous honeymoon.