By guest blogger and editor of Wedded Wonderland, Heather Anschau
Some destinations are all about adventure and exploration, whereas others are just made for relaxation and romance. We’ve traipsed the globe to find the most swoon-worthy, secluded and utterly relaxing destinations so that you and your new hubby can continue the post-wedding passion well into the honeymoon.
9 of the world’s most relaxing honeymoon hotspots
1. Denarau Island
Fiji’s Denarau Island has all the elements a honeymooner needs to relax – sun, sand and spas. The Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa combines colourful Fijian culture with all the luxury mod cons of an international resort. Pack your bikini and be prepared to sip cocktails by the pool. For the super savvy brides, check out Scoopon for amazing deals.
Over the past fifteen years, Johannesburg has been reborn into a modern metropolis filled with culture, great food and incredible history. The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff specialises in honeymoons, offering in-room candlelit dinners, couples’ massages and daily champagne breakfast in bed.
If you want magic, look no further than Iceland for your honeymoon. Between October and April, Iceland is home to the spectacular aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights. The best viewpoint is from the new ION Luxury Adventure Hotel. Don’t let the name fool you, adventure is totally optional. The ION spa is the perfect place the get a massage as the sun sets.
4. The Maldives
If you’re after privacy, a trip to Club Med’s Finolhu Villas in The Maldives is a must. With only 52 villas on the entire island, your own private plunge pool and ocean access, honeymooners can spend days without seeing a soul.
If your idea of a perfect honeymoon involves hot chocolate, opera and fine dining, look no further than Vienna. For the contemporary couple, the Altstadt Vienna is the perfect spot to stay. Think: walls decked out in Andy Warhol art, open fireplaces and organic juices.
Marrakech combines all the exoticism of North Africa with a hint of French romance. From the snake charmers and belly dancers to the tajines and cous cous, Morocco will ignite passion. The Ksar Char Bagh, Marrakech is a palace fit for royalty and with suites that offer private gardens and their own swimming pool, there’s no need to leave the privacy of your own room.
7. Hayman Island
No need to update your passport to have a wold-class honeymoon. One&Only Hayman Island boasts some of the best views over the Whitsundays. A visit to this luxury resort is not complete without experiencing the Ngaro Massage – two hours of total bliss.
Those who visit Tasmania refer to it as Australia’s hidden gem and it’s not hard to see why this southern island is on our list. Saffire overlooks the Great Oyster Bay, a thoroughfare for dolphins and whales and is situated at the foot of Hazard’s Mountains. Saffire Freycinet is our pick for accommodation with the architecturally-built resort taking advantage of the rolling hills, deep blue water and incredible mountain range.
This Argentinian city is home to hundreds of vineyards, but the real drawcard is luxury resort Entre Cielos. Entre Cielos is home to the only hamman of its type in Argentina, as well as a steam room, solarium, oriental baths and beauty parlour.
MUST-VISIT: Held on October 1 at Dockside Darling Harbour, The Bridal Bazaar will bring the most recognised Australian bridal couturiers, celebrities and suppliers together for one never-before-seen event. Brides will be pampered, inspired and educated by the likes of Kate Waterhouse, Steven Khalil, Catriona Rowntree, Donny Galella and the Bobbi Brown makeup team, while sipping champagne, watching the designer runway and indulging in canapés and desserts. For more details, visit here.