The World’s Finest Honeymoons

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Lust after the finest honeymoon destinations...

Going on honeymoon must rank as one of the most exciting and enjoyable experiences two people can have together. Months and months of careful planning and saving culminate in your wedding day, usually followed by a wonderful holiday somewhere amazing, where the memories and the romance can last forever.

Our theory is that the earlier you book your honeymoon, the better value it will be for you because you’ll have longer to anticipate, plan and choose all the extras that help make the experience perfect. So, whether you’re planning your own honeymoon, or helping others with theirs, we think our selection – of paradise beaches, luxury hide-aways and elegant hotels will leave you breathless with excitement. Who knows, you might even persuade the man in your life to do it all again together somewhere new and wonderful.

By the way, if you were wondering where the word ‘honeymoon’ comes from, we’ve been doing some research. Hugh Grant said to Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral that it was so called because “Honey because it’s sweet as honey, and “moon” because it’s the first time a husband got to see his wife’s bottom.”

That’s partially correct, but the bit about bottoms isn’t. The word is believed to have originated in the mid 16th century, referring to the period of time following a wedding. A ‘moon’ was another way of expressing a month, with the post-marriage sweetness waning like the moon.

Well, we don’t intend letting any affection wane, and this lovely line-up of honeymoon destinations will all work as top choices, rather than bottom!

South African Safari

Earth Lodge Private Game Reserve, situated in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa, is the ultimate destination for a luxury safari. Considered the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa, it is home to 13 opulent and individually designed suites. This exclusive and romantic lodge is sculptured into the earth, making it almost invisible in the landscape. Intricately handmade twig chandeliers with gilded copper, bronze and silver branches twinkle softly, mirroring the night stars and adding that magical touch. Complimentary honeymoon services include a romantic turndown, a private dinner and Champagne on the last evening. The location for the private dinner can be chosen from a choice of locations including the outdoor boma with walls sculpted from tree roots, the dining area on the edge of a watering hole, the atmospheric underground wine cellar home to more than 6,000 rare bottles of wine and liqueurs, or in your suite accompanied by flickering candlelight. To relax and unwind, the Amani Spa at Earth Lodge features a double treatment suite where couples can be pampered together for an extra honeymoon treat ensuring it is a time that will never be forgotten.

Jacada Travel (jacadatravel.com) offers a three night luxury safari at Sabi Sabi Private Reserve from £3,100 per person based on two sharing. This includes return flights from London to Johannesburg, shuttle flights with Federal Air and accommodation at Earth Lodge, full board and activities. This includes daily open safaris by day and at night to see Africa’s big game accompanied by qualified rangers and Shangaan trackers, environmental awareness walking safaris, full breakfast, lunch and dinners, sundowner drinks, selected beverages, South African house wines and local taxes. Complimentary honeymoon services also include a romantic turndown service, one private dinner in the venue of the couple’s choice, and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine.

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