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12 Luxurious Hotels and Resorts for Your Honeymoon
Pamper yourselves with a romantic honeymoon in some of the world’s most luxurious, award-winning hotels and resorts, where 5-star service completes your romantic island paradise or skiing vacation.
Whisk your newlywed selves away to an exotic location for your honeymoon, and indulge in a stay at one of the nominees for the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015. These amazing hotels and private island resorts will put you in the mood for romance with their stunningly unique architecture and luxurious views. From sophisticated French chalets perched atop ice-capped mountains, to a private island resort in Doha, to a game preserve in South Africa, your honeymoon adventure beckons.
1. Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara – Qatar
Your Arabian nights in Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara will definitely be a story to tell—one that’s full of romantic private beaches, helicopter arrivals, and luxurious villas over sparkling waters. The resort is located on a private island off the shores of vibrant Doha, with 141 rooms, suites, private pool villas and over-water villas designed with a fusion of sophisticated Arabian architecture and Anantara’s signature luxury amenities. Live the dream of an exclusive island paradise as you bask in the romance of incredible sea views, savour sumptuous international flavours, dive into a marine adventure, or indulge in holistic water spa treatments together.
2. Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island – Maldives
For the ultimate luxurious honeymoon, Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Island is a private island in the Maldives designed for the discerning few. This incredibly exclusive resort features stunning architecture with expanses of glass to let you enjoy the spectacular beauty of your private, pristine white sand beaches and the world’s most beautiful waters. Lounge in the romance of the enormous master split-level villa, where every light and sound setting can be adjusted from your iPad, and feast on whatever you can imagine with a brilliant personal chef who will take any request. Indulge in pampering spa services, go water skiing or wind surfing, or simply soak in the uninterrupted sights and sounds of nature in your idyllic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The stunning island also houses five other villas if you choose to holiday with more loved ones. With the discreet butler services of your own personal host, you will be enjoying luxurious living at its finest.
3. Gondwana Game Reserve – South Africa
Adventure seekers, why not honeymoon in a private luxury safari with free-roaming African lions, elephants, leopards, rhinoceros, and herds of wildlife such as giraffes and antelopes. Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of majestic mountains as you luxuriate in the Kwena Lodge, a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling, with suites that are nestled into the incredible surrounds with panoramic views, clay pot fireplaces, and sky lights for star gazing. Located in the heart of South Africa’s popular Garden Route, Gondwana Game Reserve also provides expert game rangers to show you Africa’s magnificent wildlife and landscapes in an unforgettable safari experience.
4. Grandes Alpes – France
Snow-capped peaks and fairytale frost await you in Grandes Alpes Private Hotel, an upscale historical boutique hotel on the magnificent French Alps with direct access to the best of Europe ski resorts. A winter wonderland renowned for virtually queue-free skiing and pristine slopes, the ski resort of Courchevel offers you a luxurious experience of action and adventure amidst sheer natural beauty. After a glamorous day of skiing down glittering slopes, warm up together with a gastronomic feast prepared by a private Cordon Bleu chef in your elegant suite featuring natural woods and plush furnishings. You’ll be truly pampered with the hotel’s exclusive 24/7 personal service team, who are dedicated to meeting any request a guest can imagine.
5. Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina – Italy
Set in the picturesque village of San Cassiano, 1,537 metres above sea level in the majestic Italian Dolomites, the Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina offers a spectacularly charming retreat to honeymooners. Your unforgettable alpine vacation begins in a chalet in the mountains with contemporary indulgences such as an outdoor Jacuzzi, or in the beautiful suites furnished with local antiques in a mountain style overlooking grand scenic views of the green valleys and majestic Dolomites. Explore the pure beauty of nature during summer’s outdoor hiking, mountain biking, or climbing activities, or ski down some of Europe’s best ski destinations during winter.
6. Hôtel Le Meurice Paris – France
The exquisite Le Meurice features stunning architecture that combines 18th century French opulence with contemporary chic to create a French palace hotel. Be treated like royalty on your honeymoon in the beautiful suites, each designed in the style of Louis XVI and boasting Italian marble bathrooms. Dine in the world’s most beautiful dining rooms, helmed by Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse, while you admire the ceiling mural or the views of the Tuileries Garden. Discover the finest art that Paris has to offer as you stroll to the Louvre or Place de la Concorde, then unwind in utter European luxury in the incredible suites.
7. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa Tsogo Sun – Seychelles
Tucked away on a private peninsula of the island of Mahé in Seychelles, Maia Luxury Resort and Spa offers you an indulgent honeymoon experience in a selection of secluded villas. The breathtaking views of the hills, bursting with over 300 species of exotic flora and fauna, combine with stunning panoramic seascapes to refresh your senses. Rejuvenate with spa treatments, taste the finest cuisines inspired by Creole, French, Asian and Mediterranean influences, or take advantage of additional luxury services such as a private chef or personal butler.
8. Mannabay Boutique Hotel – South Africa
Gateway to the landmark Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town, Mannabay Boutique Hotel offers you dazzling views of the vibrant city to the blue horizons of the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Opt between a private balcony facing mountain views, or a private garden and plunge pool, and a range of beautiful suite décor themes for your luxurious stay. Take romantic strolls into the city of Cape Town for stunning sunsets, or go on a Great White Shark cage diving adventure together.
9. Museum Hotel – Turkey
This unique luxury cave hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey, is steeped in thousands of years of history. The museum concept translates to beautifully preserved cave rooms built out of historical ruins and the land, and traditional rooms decorated with priceless antiques from the Ottoman, Siljuk, Roman, and Hittite periods. Each of the 30 rooms in this boutique hotel gives you an inimitable living museum experience, and offers unrivalled views of the mountains and valleys in the region.
10. Pepper Convent – Australia
In romantic Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Peppers Convent is a grand European-style manor that offers the charm and indulgence of a stately home amidst the romance of Australian vineyards. Enjoy views of the surrounding wine country from the grand comforts of your room, taste the fruits of the Pepper Tree winery, take a short stroll to the renowned Circa 1876 restaurant, or pick up a game of boules or tennis with your partner.
11. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris – France
Former home to Napolean Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, immediately captures the heart with its elegant façade and the old-world grandeur of its exquisite interiors. In the heart of the city of light, your beautiful room opens out to unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. Designed with European Empire and Asian aesthetics to create a refined sense of luxury and comfort, the rooms and suites feature ornate touches like textured wall panels, custom furnishings, and marble bathrooms with heated floors and integrated flatscreen televisions. Let your honeymoon story unfold along the romantic streets of Paris as you explore surrounding art and culture.
Contact number: (33 1) 5367 1998
12. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort – French Polynesia
Fanning out like palm fronds on the crystal clear waters of a lagoon and onto white beaches, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort’s bungalow villas invite honeymooners into an island paradise. Step right into the ocean from your floating villa, or enjoy incredible views of the surrounding mountains and impossibly white coves from the privacy of your luxurious garden villa. Explore the sparkling lagoon and its rich coral reefs, catch a round of golf, or feel the rush of an ATV adventure on the beautiful island.
Contact number: (+689)40551212
Credits: Images courtesy of World Luxury Hotel Awards. Feature image of Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island, cropped from original.