From Dubai to the Maldives (popular all time favourites) to Istanbul, Mallorca and London – we’ve rounded up the top five locations to relax in post-wedded bliss!
As incredible and magical as the wedding day is, the second you start your honeymoon is just as special. Now, all that’s left to do is revel in the excitement of being husband and wife. And what better way to do that than in an exotic location? Whether you’re after a by-the- beach-all- day kind of vibe, or looking for an exciting city break, we’ve got a hotel for you.
Best for total relaxation: Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives
When you think of a honeymoon, chances are you picture yourself beachside, with a book in hand, staring out at an endless blue sea with the sun shining overhead. One place you’re guaranteed to find yourself in such a setting is the Maldives. You’ll start your Jumeirah Vittaveli experience with a 20-minute catamaran ride from Male before arriving at the white sand and palm tree-fringed property. There are a total of 89 villas and suites on offer (each with their own pool and direct beach access, we might add), offering you your own slice of paradise. Our pick? The free-standing Ocean
Suites which are nestled away just off the main island and accessible via boat – eat your heart out James Bond. Spend your days soaking up the sun or exploring the resort’s house reef, overflowing with brightly coloured marine life, via snorkelling or a scuba dive, and by night, indulge in the freshest seafood and Indian-inspired cuisine at one of the island’s four restaurants. Book yourself in for a couple’s spa package at Talise Spa – an experience not to be missed – and enjoy a blissful treatment (or two!) at the hands of one of our highly skilled therapists. Trust us when we say you won’t want to check out.
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Best for VVVIP Luxury: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai
The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah comes with a pretty unique selling point that’s impossible to beat: it’s the world’s most luxurious hotel So if you’re looking to spend your honeymoon in the ultimate lap of luxury, this is the place for you. Located on its own man-made island 280 metres off shore, the Burj Al Arab is home to 202 luxury suites, each of which offers uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf. Having recently undergone a multi-million dirham extension, the Burj Al Arab now also boasts The Terrace, an ultra- modern area that has an Instagram-worthy infinity pool, private beach and chic, butler-serviced cabanas. You’ll have nine restaurants to choose from during your stay – we suggest Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara for a truly unforgettable experience thanks to its aquarium setting – as well as complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark™ .With unparalleled levels of service and luxury extras, like a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce and helicopter tours from the iconic helipad, the Burj Al Arab is the ultimate destination for a VIP honeymoon experience.
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Best for haute history buffs: Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, Istanbul
Finding its home in the spectacular Beyoglu district in Istanbul, the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah artfully combines the elegance of eras past with contemporary amenities. The 115 rooms and suites have been designed in a 19 th century style, largely influenced by the legendary guests that have stayed within its four walls. Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemmingway and Alfred Hitchcock are amongst the famous names that have checked in since it was opened in 1892. Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah was also given “museum-hotel” status after it converted Room 101 into the Ataturk Museum to honour the founder of modern day Turkey. This is a destination for those with a love and appreciation of history – all within a luxury setting, of course. Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah has a dedicated spa, complete with a Turkish Hammam, plus one restaurant, a bar, on-site patisserie and a tea lounge famed within the area for its afternoon tea. The hotel is also within walking distance from some of the top attractions such as the Bosphorous, Galata Tower and the famous shopping street of Istiklal – what better time than your honeymoon to #treatyourself?
Best for a chic city break: Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah, London
Located on the exclusive Park Lane (childhood Monopoly lovers, rejoice!), the Grosvenor House Suites are an incredibly chic way to stay in the British capital. Combining the comfort of a serviced apartment with the luxury of a Jumeirah experience in the heart of Mayfair, the Suites feel like a haute home base. The Suites boast gorgeously green views of Hyde Park, iconic department stores like Harrods and Selfridge’s are mere minutes from its front door and it’s walking distance to some of the best sights in London. Within the contemporary complex of Grosvenor House Suites, you’ll find a spa and fitness facilities, plus an exclusive atrium that is flooded with daylight thanks to its seven-storey high glass roof, making it the perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing and shopping. And though not strictly a hotel, at Grosvenor House Suites you’ll also have access to a 24/7 concierge, daily housekeeping and guest services to ensure a truly memorable stay.
Best for stylish seclusion: Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, Mallorca
Now it’s possible you read Mallorca and had images of wild parties and tourists come to mind, but we’re here to assure you that Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa is a beacon of bliss (and championing the new, more subdued side of the renowned island). Perched upon a cliff overlooking the Balearic Sea, the hotel is surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range, offering the essence of nature in a luxurious setting. Check in to one of Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa‘s 121 rooms and suites, which come with either sea or mountain views, and feel the relaxation wash over you. Avail the beautiful climate and dine al fresco – remembering to look up at the stars and take them in now that you’re away from city lights – enjoying mouth-watering dishes made from fresh, regional ingredients – the seafood is a must-try. When you’re not exploring the surrounding village, pull up a bed by one of the hotel’s two pools – the infinity pool offers jaw dropping views – and then check yourselves in to the spa for some well- deserved downtime. This is a postcard perfect newlywed haven.