One of the most important details to plan when getting married is of course, your honeymoon. As it’s the first trip you’ll take together as husband and wife, you no doubt want it to be more than extra-special. Like every couple, you want it to be the trip of a lifetime, something memories are made of and cherished forever and a holiday that completely immerses yourself in one another. After all, as soon as that honeymoon is over, it is unfortunately back to reality!
With that in mind, if you are wading through holiday brochures or spending hours pouring over online travel agents or flicking through countless Instagram pictures, you might like our help! At the Caledonia Design Co. we’re all about wedding-planning so we’ve picked out four really fabulous and unusual honeymoon destinations for you to consider. Let us know where you decide on and why – we’re sure our online community would love to hear your ideas too.
1. The Rosewood Beijing, China
China – an oriental adventure steeped in history, with its rich, colourful and opulent traditions, post-war communism and today’s enormous wealth from its export industries, there’s lots to see and do. If you fancy an exciting trip of a lifetime, travel to the capital city of China to revel in all of its mystery and its fast-paced 21st century lifestyle. Sound too busy for you? Well, don’t let that put you off. The uber sensational Rosewood hotel in Beijing gives you all the peace and tranquillity you need, while in a buzzing, vibrant and interesting city.
Featuring a simply incredible courtyard with a sumptuous swimming pool and unbelievably extravagant décor wherever you roam, it is beyond exquisite. The restaurants and lounges are fit for royalty and the service is second to none. Elegant yet contemporary, the rooms are to die for! Try a spa suite complete with an oversized bathtub (plenty of room for two) and its very own massage table – booking a his’n’hers massage is a must-do, especially after a day of sightseeing.
Nothing is too much trouble at the Rosewood in Beijing where they will treat you like a King and Queen, bending over backwards to make your trip something that will stay front of mind for years to come. Of course, honeymooners often want alone time and while the room service menu is extensive and delicious, promising Michelin level dining, you’d be crazy not to sample some of the hotel’s restaurants, select from French, Chinese, Cantonese and delicious light-bite tapas. There’s even a full speciality tea-time service available at their Bistro B Lounge Bar, perfect for after a shopping spree when you want to relax, kick back and enjoy a glass of champers with petits fours, macarons and pastries.
2. Casa San Agustin Hotel, Colombia South America
Don’t want to travel to the Far East? Fancy something a little more carnival and festive? Try Colombia in South America. This very “hot right now” destination is ideal for honeymooners who want to sample a different culture, enjoy some alone-time but also visit some interesting areas and see something completely different. The Latin American destination is sexy, sassy and fun! So if you’re a couple who love to dance and stay up all night, you’ll really adore Colombia, especially Cartagena, a treasure trove of pastel coloured buildings that bring the roads to life.
Built between the 14th and 19th centuries, and positioned on a bay adjacent to the Caribbean Sea, the area has a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its rainbow coloured Old Town, a must-see with lots of artisan products to buy and local produce to sample. There’s also plenty of tapas to enjoy and it’s the right place to enjoy freshly cooked fish. Of course, you’ll want somewhere fabulous to rest your head at night so why not try Casa San Agustin, small but perfectly formed, this Boutique hotel gives you the privacy you long for in a rustic yet contemporary setting featuring a delightfully comfortable and highly decorative poolside with beautiful, Cuban-style bedrooms. It also has its own private beach on soft, white sand with a clear, azure-blue sea.
3. Dolphin Island, Fiji
Yes, we know, some of you like to explore so if that sounds like you then you will feel right at home in Dolphin Island, Fiji, Polynesia.
If you have the cash to splash and you want to really push the boat out but you long for extreme privacy then why not hire your very own hotel? The Dolphin Island boutique hotel resides on its very own tiny island, to the North of Vit Levu (Fiji’s main island). It is completely interior designed and only has four bedrooms (known as “bures”) so you probably won’t even notice anyone else staying there. Each bure features a palm-thatched roof and wooden shutters. They’re island-style with shells and tropical décor but still equipped with everything you need for modern-day life (so no wifi-skimping). Bures are decorated in blue and white with a sunny outlook and also feature (private) outdoor showers and generously sized freestanding baths big enough for two. They also have their own fabulous dressing rooms for you to pamper yourselves in. Explore over 13 acres of stunning outdoors including immaculately kept tropical gardens and white, fine sandy beaches.
As well as that much-needed R&R post-wedding, you can indulge yourselves in some fantastic water-sports at the hotel, such as snorkelling, diving, sailing and more.
4. Old Railway Station, Petworth, West Sussex, United Kingdom
If you’ve over-spent on the wedding or perhaps you just don’t have time for an exotic honeymoon in a far-flung place – then we’ve got a great idea for you which will give you plenty of privacy and something entirely different! The award-winning Old Railway Station in West Sussex means there’s no need to factor in air-travel or buy a whole new honeymoon wardrobe. It’s here in Old Blighty and gives you a few nights away in the privacy of a very smartly colonial decorated Pullman train.
Built in 1892, the train’s carriages are perfectly restored with their days-of-old décor but with plenty of modern necessities like fully-equipped bathrooms and even Wifi connection. All stays include bed and a sumptuous breakfast too. Hop back on when you want to relax or go out and explore the South Downs local area (an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), it’s also home to Goodwood for racing, Midhurst for polo and there’s theatre in Chichester so you can book up your days with plenty of fun things to do. Don’t miss out on the afternoon tea served in the main station house of the Old Railway Station itself. One thing’s for sure, it’s a destination like no other and for little touches, just let them know it’s your honeymoon and they will organise flowers, chocolates or champagne (or all three) in your room.
We hope you like our suggestions for unusual honeymoon destinations, if you have any of your own that you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you!
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