Finding Your Perfect Honeymoon Destination
Too often for couples, honeymoons are an afterthought to wedding planning. Renee Duane of Unforgettable Honeymoons says approaching your getaway in this manner is a mistake. “A honeymoon is an investment in memories for the rest of your life,” she says. “Don’t take chances with it.” Instead, she recommends starting with a conversation. “Sit down and talk about the level of luxury and privacy you want, what you want to do every day, and the type of nightlife you desire,” says Duane. But don’t despair if you reach an impasse. We’ve put together several profiles to help you find the perfect escape to fit your personality.
Those partial to surf and turf need to get on the same wave length when choosing where to share a beach blanket. Social creatures who thrive on team sports might prefer the communal atmosphere of an all inclusive beach resort. There you can mingle with other newlyweds over a sand castle building contest, get competitive with a game of beach volleyball or forge new friendships while swimming with dolphins. Those who prefer their own place in the sun should head to an island retreat with private white sandy beaches. You can unwind to the soft sound of lapping waves, arrange a romantic picnic on a remote beach or get certified in scuba diving and explore tropical coral reefs with your sweetheart.
Survivors, Honeymoon Style
If khaki is the predominant colour in your wardrobe, if you considered forgoing the veil for a pith helmet at your wedding, or if the words “Me, Tarzan, you, Jane” sound like sweet nothings to your ears, a honeymoon on the wild side might be in order. If the rumble of the jungle makes you roar, choose an eco-adventure in the wilds of a rainforest to bring out the animal in you. Canoe down the Amazon and spot toucans, lemurs, and spider monkeys in the trees. Get down and dirty on an archaeological dig in Egypt (don’t forget to explore the pyramids and the Sphinx). Or search out wildebeest on a Serengeti safari, and share a kiss overlooking Africa’s Victoria Falls.
Fast Lane Fanatics
If you must start the day with your favourite coffee and newspaper, if you live on the cutting edge and don’t want to miss a beat or if you thirst for the knowledge found within museums, enjoy live theatre, and prefer dining at five star restaurants, a honeymoon in a city should fit the bill. Cities teeming with culture can be found close to home or further afield. Bone up on a city’s history by staying in accommodations such as a castle or a popular historical spot. Savour the city’s architecture and landscape, discover local artists, check out the latest fashion trends with some upscale shopping, scout out intimate boutiques and linger over a renowned chef’s cuisine accompanied by wine from a nearby vineyard. Nightlife in a bustling metropolis is also not to be missed. Whether you prefer a techno funk club or a trip to the opera, the city awaits you.
Fit to Be Pampered
If pleasurable pursuits are close to your heart and you think a pedicure followed by a paraffin wax should be a national mandate; if you’re health conscious and like working out the kinks with an intense fitness class followed by a Shirodhara massage; or if you’d like to work off those last lingering kilo’s before returning to civilisation, a spa honeymoon should be on your menu. Begin your days hiking through local mountains and getting focused in a yoga class. Wind down by being pummelled into putty and dining on fresh organic cuisine. Starting a new health regime as you embark on your life together is a recommended prescription for even the most incurable romantics.
Admirers of explorers Burke and Wills don’t need a map to find a good time. If you like diversity in your day and immersing yourself in new territories, explore Australia or another destination by road or by rail. A honeymoon by train can give you romance aplenty in a luxurious suite with a moving view. Stops are scheduled along the way so you can get out and stretch your legs in one of the most amazing landscapes on earth. The Indian Pacific travels from Perth to Sydney crossing the Nullarbor Desert and the Blue Mountains, along the worlds longest straight stretch of railway track (478 kilometres). Alternatively pitch a tent or bunk at a bed and breakfast, accommodations are secondary to savouring local flavour. When it comes to honeymooning on the road, love knows no direction. (Go to gsr.com.au for further information on train journeys).
If crashing waves, the wind in your hair and salt in the air appeal to your free spirits, setting sail on a cruise ship and exploring new worlds might be your ticket to paradise. Cruises are no longer just floating buffets with some gambling and Vegas style entertainment thrown in. Of course, there’s plenty of time to lounge on the lido deck and sip pina coladas, but it’s hard not to be enticed by what cruises have to offer. These mobile luxury hotel and spas can transport you to such exotic locations as Noumea, Bangkok and Bali. As with ports of call, onboard activities are boundless. Partake in workouts from yoga to tai chi. The more adventurous can challenge rock climbing walls, parasail or kayak. If your inner adventurer still isn’t satisfied, consider stowing your gear on a clipper ship that allows guests to take on crew duties.
A mere ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign just doesn’t cut it, and getting snowbound in a mountain cabin with no phone, fax machine, or television sounds like bliss. For you finding tranquility means privacy, particularly since you feel the need to get re-acquainted after the chaos of planning a wedding. Escape the madding crowds and spend some quality time in romantic seclusion. Whether it’s a trip to Margaret River in Western Australia, a beach house in Noosa, Queensland or a stack of videos with popcorn and champagne in your own home, your favourite kind of getaway is laid back and low key. After all, as they say, home is where the heart is.