No vacation you will ever book is more important than your honeymoon. Here are honeymoon planners from The Turquoise Holiday Company share some holiday suggestions that you will remember as much as the big day itself.
The phrase “journey of life” is used all too often these days. Scroll through the average vacation brochure or flick through a regular website and you will think a fortnight in the Algarve was going to be somehow a transformative experience.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with taking a trip like this, but when it comes to your honeymoon, you really want to have the trip of a lifetime – and there’s only one surefire way to ensure your trip fits the bill: speak to the expert.
This is where companies like Turquoise Holidays come into play. It is a specialized tour operator that lives and breathes romantic travel. He really knows how to help you make decisions that make a great vacation out of a great vacation – and the little details that, in turn, make it possible to turn a great honeymoon into a memorable one. The goal is simple: to help you book a trip, for half a century you will remember sitting on the porch next to your now silver haired loved one and remembering the amazing adventure you shared.
Turquoise Holidays offers dozens of different honeymoon options. The team of experts will help you to easily find the one for you and your future bride or husband. To give you ideas and inspiration, they have shared some of their favorite destinations, with great specials on each one, as well as exclusive extras that they have to offer to create those amazing memories.
Thailand: Anantara Rasananda, Koh Phangan
You’ll have to take a boat to reach Koh Phangan Island, a few miles north of Koh Samui, but it’s well worth the effort. Backpackers have long traveled here to attend the famous full moon parties on the southern peninsula, but the remote northeast coast of Thailand’s fifth largest island is great for couples looking for romance and rejuvenation after the ups and downs of a wedding are finally over.
A 40-minute speedboat from Koh Samui will take you to the Anantara Rasananda, a beautiful boutique hotel whose stylish villas are right on the beach and where cocktails, spa treatments and relaxed sophistication are the order of the day. Turquoise’s offering for honeymooners includes a ‘Dine by Design’ night where a table for two is set up for the couple either on the beach or in some other remote location in the resort.
Turquoise’s Special Honeymoon Offer at Anantara Rasananda is for 7 nights with breakfast in a Pool Suite from £ 1,385 per person (saving £ 845 per couple), including international flights on British Airways and private airport transfers. Valid for travel April 20 to July 15, 2020. For more information, please visit www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk.
Maldives: Gili Lankanfushi
The almost absurdly perfect spots on the map that make up the Maldives have long drawn honeymooners wanting to take a trip without shoes and with no news – and that’s exactly what Gili Lankanfushi is all about. This beautiful 45 villa resort has everything you need to get the most of it without the tricky underwater restaurants etc that have sprung up elsewhere in the Maldives. It is a place with a green conscience: the resort is made of sustainable materials with minimal use of plastic on the island.
After reaching Gili Lankanfushi by speedboat from Male, you will arrive at a villa on the water where your own butler – a “Mr Friday” as they call it – is available for your every need.
Honeymooners receive special attention. In addition to a free upgrade to half board, you will also receive a wedding cake, a special evening menu on one evening, an experience under the starry sky on one evening and a selection of wellness treatments: either a jet lag massage for two within one day of arrival or a massage for couples plus a romantic bath with champagne and strawberries.
Turquoise’s Honeymoon Offer for a week in Gili Lankanfushi is £ 3,299 per person through June 30, 2020, saving £ 3,500 per couple. The price includes international flights with Etihad, speedboat transfers and accommodation in a villa suite as well as a free upgrade to half board. The exclusive honeymoon offer via Turquoise Holidays includes the free wedding cake, the ‘Shoreline Dinner’ in the main restaurant (Honeymoon Set Menu), including 1 bottle of house wine (white, red or rose), a “Sleep under the Stars” experience with a romantic bed, Honeymoon welcome and honeymoon departure gifts, a 60-minute couples massage and a “Sunset Sailing Cruise” on a traditional dhoni including a glass of champagne and canapés. More details can be found here.
St. Lucia: Calabash Bay
If you’re after a honeymoon where you can soak up the local culture and completely relax after the excitement of the wedding, Calabash Cove is ideal. It’s just a 10-minute drive from Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, where you can learn about the history, culture, and cuisine of a Caribbean island that changed hands a dozen times in the 17th and 18th centuries Has.
Calabash Cove itself is a true oasis: an adults-only resort whose villas are sensitively tucked away in a lush hill above a delightful sandy bay with a spa and upscale restaurant. This isn’t a sprawling resort either: there are only 26 open plan suites and cottages, all of which are beautifully decorated in a traditional Caribbean style with dark woods, white linens, and flashes of paint.
Honeymooners receive a free upgrade from B&B to All Inclusive in Calabash Cove when booking through Turquoise. A weekly stay costs £ 2,649 per person (a saving of £ 3,000 per couple). Price is based on a Sunset Ocean View Junior Suite, including international flights and private airport transfers. Valid from March 11th to December 20th, 2020. For more information, please visit the Türkis website.
Kenya: Ol Seki Hemingway’s Mara Camp
The mix of beach relaxation and safari is a popular choice for honeymooners, and the Turquoise team has a favorite perennial camp in the Masai Mara: Ol Seki Mara. It’s tiny: a cluster of half a dozen tents are in the Naboisho Conservancy, a private reserve bordering the Masai Mara that has the same density of wildlife, but with far fewer vehicles than the main reserve. There are game drives twice a day. You can also go on walking safaris and night drives with staff who bend backwards to make your stay a memorable one.
The itinerary recommended by Turquoise for nine nights also includes time before and after relaxing and unwinding. Two nights in Nairobi and four nights in Watamu where you can dive, play golf, or just sit back on the white sand beach. Perfection.
Turquoise Holidays exclusive nine-night Kenyan winter sun and safari adventure is an incredible 9-day vacation that combines three iconic properties in Kenya. It includes two nights in a Deluxe Room at Hemingways Nairobi with Bed & Breakfast, three nights at Hemingways Ol Seki Mara Camp on an all-inclusive basis (with two daily game drives) and four nights in a Deluxe Room with Sea View in Hemingways Watamu on half board. The price also includes all transfers, domestic flights and international return flights with BA from Heathrow to Nairobi in Economy Class as well as an exclusive romantic bush dinner for 2 people. More information is available at www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk.
Tahiti: Conrad Bora Bora Nui and Hilton Moorea
Nothing says more than escaping visiting the other side of the world, and this truly sublime place, accessible via a 20-minute boat ride from Bora Bora, is as far from the UK as you can imagine. This Polynesian-inspired villa resort offers a mix of horizon view villas and glass-floored overwater bungalows – a good balance, and it’s good to see Turquoise’s itineraries can split your nights between the two options.
The spectacular mountains give real visual drama to the islands around Bora Bora and the views from the Hina Spa on top of the hill are unforgettable. But the Conrad Bora Bora Nui has another trump card: its own private island Motu Tapu, which the honeymoon couple can visit exclusively. Excursions can be either daytime picnics, where you opt for a Robinson Crusoe-style marooned tour, or evening excursions, where you’ll be accompanied by a chef and butler who will serve a champagne and caviar dinner on the beach. Incredible.