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5 Adventurous and Romantic Honeymoon Destinations
Had enough of the usual beach holidays and unimaginative Europe tours and want to do something adventurous for a holiday or honeymoon? Here are five destinations even the hubby would be excited to organise.
Start celebrating the new phase of your life with bespoke activities at these notable destinations around the world. From an adventurous private island paradise with sailing lessons for the adrenaline-driven couple, to a romantic setting with a dedicated concierge service to help the nervous groom-to-be pop THE question, to a quiet getaway where moms-and-dads-to-be can celebrate the joys of impending parenthood, we have shortlisted five distinctive getaways that offer a little something more to go with the quintessential romantic ambience.
1. For Couples Seeking Adventure
Set on an 1800-acre private island, Peter Island Resort & Spa in the British Virgin Islands caters to couples who seek adventure in an intimate setting with its Learn-To-Sail program. In addition to five nights revelling in their luxury Ocean View accommodations, couples can bond while learning to sail the high seas during a three-day sailing course, complete with two hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of one-on-one sailing time. The romance of sailing won’t stop in the Caribbean, as guests also receive a one-year membership to the U.S. Sailing Association. Learn-To-Sail Package rate starts from US$4,700 per couple (with Ocean View Room).
2. For Couples Looking to Commit
Located on a private 1,500-acre former sugar planation, Cap Maison Resort & Spa on Gros Islet, Saint Lucia is an intimate setting for a magical proposal. Hoping to help alleviate any stress from the blissful engagement process, the resort offers a “Proposal Concierge” to help hopeful grooms-to-be achieve the magical “yes”, with amenities such as:
- Four nights in a signature Ocean View Villa Suite with private pool
- Scenic helicopter transfer from the airport to Cap Maison, offering aerial views of the island and Piton mountains
- Romantic sunset cruise on board Cap Maison’s private 46-foot luxury yacht
- Private dinner on Rock Maison during sunset on the proposal evening, complete with roses and ring delivered via the Champagne Zip Line
- Complimentary welcome bottle of Champagne
- Breakfast and dinner daily at the acclaimed Cliff at Cap
- One-hour couples massage at the resorts Spa Maison or en suite in the room
- $75 beverage credit per night for use at the resorts restaurant or bars
- Return ground transfer to airport upon departure
Room Rates start from from US$3,400 (April to mid December 2015)
3. For Foodie Couples Looking to Get “Lei’d”
At Makena Beach & Golf Resort in Maui, couples can experience the gastronomic wonders of regional Hawaiian cuisine while overlooking the awe-inspiring view of sunsets and the picturesque shoreline. Whether opting for an ocean side, multi-course wine-paired dining experience or opting to pick up one of the resort’s wicker picnic basket selections and head off to explore other areas, the romance of the islands and authentic local cuisine will drive couples’ inhibitions during their stay at this world-class retreat. Room rates start from US$299 per night. Add on US$100 (excluding tax and other applicable fees) per person for a 3-course ocean-side dinner; or US$34 to US$52 for a picnic basket of your selection.
4. For Couples Looking for an Exotic Honeymoon
Newlyweds can experience the legendary Chao Praya River and explore the heart of Bangkok’s palatial and historical district during a post-nuptial stay at The Siam, a picturesque art-deco inspired 38-room luxury abode which offers Thai hospitality at its finest. Here, unique exciting activities include sailings on The Siam’s Sunset Cruise, which offers stunning views of the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Chinatown and the Bangkok skyline, and shuttle boat service to the Night Flower Market, where a stroll through the myriad stalls is a feast for the senses.
For a more personalised experience, butlers from The Siam can conduct bespoke community walking tours of the surrounding neighbourhood to the theme of the couple’s choice for a small fee of US$30. Room rates start from US$367 per night in the Siam Suite. Additional tariffs for the Sunset Cruise apply.
5. For Couples Preparing for the Next Life Stage
Before baby makes three, glowing mothers-to-be can relax during a Babymoon at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, which is renowned for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. The resort’s “Bliss Before Baby” package includes two nights in Garden View accommodations, which feature a custom-made ergonomically designed king bed, a blissful couple’s massage, daily buffet breakfast, and one dinner for two. Bliss Before Baby Package starts from US$397 per couple.
Guests who stay at these hotels can add more benefits to their romantic getaways by enrolling in the iPrefer guest loyalty programme, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet to members upon every stay at more than 500 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide.
Credits: Featured image courtesy of The Siam.
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