Not only do you have a wedding to plan, you also have the momentous task of deciding where to have your holiday of a lifetime. Do you use it as a major excuse for adventure on a backpacking expedition through Outer Mongolia, flex your skills trying to impress your husband while white water rafting through Canada or simply relaxing in pure decadence in each others company? Today I’m in the ‘relaxing with your beloved in a private villa-kinda-mood’ after seeing some of the most jaw dropping locations to cocoon yourself away from the world. Just you two. Here’s my top 5 around the world.
M E X I C O
Hotel Esencia. Riviera Maya (top).
A stunning, modernist hotel bordering the softest Caribbean beaches, The Esencia is a boutique hotel experience with organic spa, Meso-American cuisine and luxurious first class service. From £450 per night.
Papaya Playa. Tulum. Nestled on a secluded stretch of this trendy area, The Papaya Playa is a rustic chic paradise with an eco-conscience. It’s pool-less but the warm and safe ocean is just steps from your cabana. From £110 per night.
F I J I
Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Fiji. (top)
Rare overwater bungalows (well rare in Fiji) make this a must for a honeymoon in Fabulous Fiji. Only 45 rooms, it’s a snorkelling fanatics dream. Heavenly food and stylish design just add to the luxe adults-only vibe. From £500 per night.
Dolphin Island. Fiji. Talk about luxury! This private is available just to yourself, with 4 rooms designed by interior goddess Virginia Fisher. For the ultimate seductive hideaway, there’s a hilltop sleep-out Bure; it’s ‘glamping’ with a dreamy four poster bed, partly in the open air and with ocean views to die for. Is there anything more perfect than this… From £1500 per night.
G R E E C E
Perivolas. Santorini. A stunning Gaudi-style curved caves overlooking the beautiful Caldera. Cool, calm rooms in whites and blues with dashes of hot pink to make the boys wink. The infinity pool has you at hello, while the 19 rooms ooze history (the restored caves are 300 years old). It’s a no-brainer for a mediterranean honeymoon. From £330 per night.
B A L I
Alila Villas Soori. West Coast. “A sea-kissed sanctuary”, the Alila Villas Soori are positioned on a stunning stretch of coastline but back on to lush rice paddies, making it the ultimate fantasy escape if you want a lovely mix of cultural highlights couples with private pool style accommodation. From £480 per night.
Como Shambhala. Ubud. A little slice of heaven nestled deep in the river valley of bohemian Ubud. Located in Begawan village, 15 minutes from Ubud, the Como is the ultimate “getting away from it all” boutique retreat. Low key yet uber luxurious, the Como holds the key to seductive seclusion. From £600 per night.
M A L D I V E S
Cocoa Island by Como. Maldives. Another of the Como collection, this resort doesn’t need any words from me. Paradise in it’s dreamiest form, the beach lagoon houses low key luxe bungalows to make you feel right at home. Wile away hours snorkelling, snoozing or smooching on your private deck. It doesn’t get much better…From £850 per night.