The wedding planning is over, it’s time to relax, unwind and enjoy a romantic getaway in an exotic location. If you want to experience beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, luxurious resorts and breathtaking panoramic views, I have put together a list of ultra-luxurious resorts and hotels, perfect for a stress-free getaway.
A desert island hideaway, located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi offers boutique villas and luxurious private residences nestled amongst dense vegetation. The resorts indoor-outdoor style comes complete with chic dining spaces, spa suites, games rooms and cosy sunken seating areas. My personal favourite, The Crusoe Villa (pictured below) secluded by the trees boasting rustic, driftwood furniture, a private upstairs terrace and outdoor bathroom, perfect for relaxed island life. However, if you want to step up your castaway experience, The Sunset Retreat is nestled amongst the tropical foliage with its own raised dining pavilion, steam room, gym and wine cellar!
Soneva Fushi has a wide range of activities available, snorkel with Manta Rays, enjoy a desert island picnic cooked by your own personal chef, or take in the Maldivian sunset on a dolphin cruise. Of course, after your busy day of adventuring, you can unwind at the award-winning Six Senes Spa. Indulge in a rejuvenating facial, soothing signature massage or even experience a reviving jet lag recovery treatment, for those needing a pick-me-up. When it comes to cuisine, Soneva Fushi has dining options suitable for all tastes, including sushi counters, live cooking stations and home-grown organic dishes. The resorts buffet restaurant, Mihiree Mithaa serves a breakfast fit for a king, with tropical fruits, eggs every way and freshly baked delights. For those staying all inclusive, you can choose from wood-fired pizzas, organic salads and fresh fish. Oh, and the best part, more than 60 homemade ice creams and sorbets are available for those with a sweet tooth!
Soneva Fushi is the ideal luxury resort to experience secluded untouched beauty, crystal clear waters and powder-white sands.
Bambu Indah, located in the picturesque hillside of Ubud, Bali, is an eco-chic retreat that offers a truly unique experience. Overlooking the luscious green valley, Bambu Indah has the perfect combination, mixing luxurious surroundings with antique architecture, whilst remaining a sustainable and eco-friendly resort. Choose from one of the 13 traditional Javanese houses, nestled amongst the rice and wildflower fields, each individual with its own style and decor. The Udang House (pictured) is situated over an original shrimp pond with views over the Sayan valley. Boasting a tempered glass floor with authentic decor, the quaint Udang house also has a glass tiled roof, allowing you to take in the Bali moonlight during the evenings. These quirky little homes were built over 100 years ago, serving as bridal houses for the Javanese nobleman’s new brides, proving a popular resort for newlyweds. Honeymooners can also arrange a Balinese blessing for those looking to continue their wedding journey.
Experience local cuisine at the Dapoer restaurant, the majority of the vegetables and herbs are grown on site along with homemade bread, jam, granola and tea. Swim in the resorts natural green river-pool, filtered organically using lava stones and vegetation, or take advantage of the resorts yoga and meditation space, Minang House for a truly zen experience. Other activities include village hikes through the rice paddies, bamboo building workshops or venture into Ubud and visit some of the beautiful temples and museums. Unwind by visiting the retreats massage house and indulge in a traditional Balinese treatment.
This peaceful sanctuary offers a much more rustic experience, allowing you immerse yourself into traditional Balinese lifestyle.
Retro-chic style, crescent-shaped beaches and gourmet dining, the Lux Grand Gaube re-opened in December 2017, having undergone a major refurbishment. Located on the north coast of Mauritius, this tranquil island resort offers relaxed luxury, chic white villas and accommodation set in a private peninsula. Contemporary junior suites with sea views feature chic decor, outdoor bathtubs situated on a private terrace and four-poster beds. If you want to take things stay up a notch, choose from one of three private LUX ocean villas, each with their own private beach area, as well as a private garden and pool. Each of these three unique villas have been specially designed by the interior mastermind Kelly Hoppen, offering the highest level of privacy.
Replenish and recharge at the Lux Me Spa and hydrotherapy pool, treat yourself to a mani-pedi at the Essie Nail Bar or take advantage of the ‘Mind, Body and Soul’ coaching. Dine in the Palm Court and experience live cooking stations and Mediterranean taps as well as Turkish, Argentinian or Peruvian cuisine available at the other restaurants located on the resort. In the evening you can drink gin and tonics at the G&T 100 Club. or recline at the oceanfront Beach Rouge bar, listening to chilled music whilst sipping on delicious cocktails.
With sensational ocean views and set in a tranquil location close to Grand Bay, LUX Grand Gaube’s timeless elegance is perfect for the modern couple looking for style, character and ultimate relaxation.
For those looking for a regal experience, the Taj Lake Palace is a world-famous hotel perched in the middle of Lake Pichola. White marble architecture, fine-dining and views of the Aravalli mountains, this grand hotel is full of royal charm.
Sumptuous decor features throughout the hotel including the magnificent rooms. Plush suites, elegantly designed with hand-painted murals, intricately carved furnishings and opulent silk bolsters. The Shambu Prakash Suite (pictured) exudes palatial elegance, boasting high curved arches, vibrant colours and impressive furnishings, as well as panoramic lake and city views. Take advantage of the in-room services such as a pillow and quilt menu, complimentary chocolate and fruit baskets and even 24-hour personalised butler service!
The Taj Lake Palace has a variety of exclusive restaurants offering both Europen and signature Indian dishes. The romantic Bhairo restaurant combines contemporary European cuisine with Asian infusion. Located on the roof of the hotel you can enjoy the sunset drinks in a spectacular setting. Visit the Jiva Spa and treat yourself to a soothing Indian head massage or soak in a jacuzzi on the floating Jiva Spa Boat. Considered to be one of the most romantic hotels in the world, Taj Lake Palace will immerse you into a world of decadence, exclusivity and unparalleled luxury.
The award-winning Zighy Bay Resort is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula, surrounded by majestic mountains and spectacular beaches. Arrive in style over the steep mountain in a 4×4, channel your inner movie star with a speedboat entrance or impress with a dramatic descent by paragliding off of the mountaintop.
The open-plan, natural stone villas feature cobblestone walls and flagstone floors, each with their own plunge pool. The Pool Villa Beachfront (pictured) is an Omani enclave with cool, colourful interiors, outdoor showers and a cosy living area. The resort also offers speciality villas, The Retreat is a spacious villa mixing traditional Omani surroundings with modern amenities. With its own spa suite, infinity-edge swimming pool and gym it also has direct beach access, making it the perfect secluded honeymoon spot.
Guests can choose from a selection of dining options, light lunches in the Summer House, Arabian delicacies in the Spice Market or contemporary cuisine at Sense On The Edge. Zighy Bay also has a fantastic Wine Cellar with an extensive range of wines, the hotel’s sommelier can also host wine tastings. Like the Soneva Fushi, the resort also has a Six Senses Spa with a variety of indulgent treatments such as Moroccan Hammam, a state of the art fitness suite and yoga programs. Be tempted from your sun lounger by a wide range of nearby adventures and activities such as sunset cruises, snorkelling, scuba diving and mountain biking.
Village style accommodation paired with rustic-chic style, Zighy Bay is the ideal barefoot luxury getaway set in an idyllic, remote location.
Immerse yourself in the African wild, Thornybush Game Reserve is located adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Situated within untouched wilderness and home to an array of wildlife (including the Big Five), Thornybush is ideal for those who want a once in a lifetime safari experience.
A variety of luxury lodges and tents are available on the reserve, each with tranquil surroundings, charming decor and offering the highest level of comfort. The Simbambili Lodge is ideal for honeymooners with Moroccan inspired decor each suite has it’s own private plunge pool. Secluded amongst the trees, the location has the highest concentration of leopard in the world, making it the perfect African escape. For those looking for a more authentic Savannah experience, the Nkelenga Tented Camps have self-catering facilities. where you can enjoy the unspoilt nature in deluxe tent accommodation.
Take advantage of the game activities such as hot-air-balloon safaris, daily game drives and white water rafting. Visit the Amani African Spa and indulge in a holistic spa ritual, surrounded by bird life in the heart of the wild. A variety of restaurants are located close to the reserve offering traditional African and European cuisine.
Thornybush allows you to combine nature with luxury, ideal for those looking for adventure and of course to appreciate the worlds natural beauty and animal kingdom.
Located in Providenciales, set within acres of protected vegetation and nestled on a private white-sand beach, the Amanyara radiates luxury. Ultra-chic decor, high ceilings and stylish Aman inspired interiors, the Amanyara is in a complete class of its own.
Amanyara has a selection of impressive pavilions, charmingly decorated with glass walls, taupe and cream interiors and cloud-like king-size beds. These stylish villas overlook the ponds and pristine waters of the Northwest Point Marine Reserve and feature private pools and sun decks. One of their more exclusive pavilions, The Amanyara Villa is elevated above the waterline offering breathtaking ocean panorama and spectacular sunsets.
Experience al fresco dining, traditional French fare and lunches at the Beach Club, sampling the catch the day. Sip rum cocktails at sunset in The Circular Bar, or enjoy a romantic dinner for two in a secluded cove under the stars. Renowned for it’s beautiful and enchanting coral reefs, Turks and Caicos is ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts. Visit the Nature Discovery Centre and learn more about the Adopt-A-Coral programme as well as the Sea Turtle Initiative.
Amanyara is one of the most exclusive hotels in the Caribbean, offering impeccable service and secluded accommodation, allowing you to escape to a serene island paradise.