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Top 10 honeymoon destinations

By Sophie Demetriades on 19th August 2016

Your honeymoon should be the stuff that dreams are made of – and most certainly provide memories that will last a lifetime. Here are our top 10 picks for the most romantic, spell-binding honeymoon destinations in the world.

Velaa Private Island, Maldives

Relax and unwind on the white sands of Velaa Private Island resort.
Relax and unwind on the white sands of Velaa Private Island.

If you’re looking for luxury and glamour it doesn’t get much better than this. In an area already renowned for its beauty– Velaa Private Island takes the idea of a once in a lifetime getaway to an entirely new level. Amidst its unquestionable beauty, it is also quintessentially private, making this perfect paradise an ideal location for a honeymoon. Accessible only by boat, The Romantic Pool Residence is an ultra-private one-bedroom villa suspended above the lagoon with uninterrupted views of the ocean. Offering the utmost privacy and romance, this super private villa also comes with a private chef and butler. All rooms open onto the terraces, where the Jacuzzi, pool, sundeck and sunken bath offer stunning views of an unending horizon – the perfect spot to plan the rest of your lives together. Rates in a Beach Pool Villa start from £1,800.
www.velaaprivateisland.com

Kata Rocks in Phuket, Thailand

Luxury bedrooms with views of a spectacular sunset at Kata Rocks resort.
Luxury bedrooms with views of a spectacular sunset at Kata Rocks.

For truly glamorous surroundings in which to spend your honeymoon – look no further than Kata Rocks. Recently named one of the most instagram-worthy destinations in the world – Kata Rocks is quickly climbing the world’s list of top honeymoon destinations. Here, bride and grooms will discover the best beaches, stunning views of the most beautiful blue seas and a level of luxury to be savoured and hash tagged. The ultra-private residence- Sky Villas- is sleek and chic, offering a minimalist vibe in each of its 34 one, two, three and four-bedroom villas which are situated along Phuket’s hillside. Big, bright and beautiful, the villas come with fully-fitted kitchens, living and dining areas, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors opening onto private 7+ metre long infinity pools. Private chefs will prepare fine dining, a deux in the privacy of your villa. The spa area also provides his and her couples’ treatments, while the television set comes down from the ceiling over the bed encouraging late night cuddles. Not to mention a killer view from the large, big enough for two bathtub. Their ‘Rock Stars’ are concierges who will ensure that each and every honeymooners’ needs are met at all times. Ocean Front Sky Villas start from £540 per night, including B&B.
www.katarocks.com

Murat Reis Ayvalik, Turkey

Murat Reis Ayvalik resort's Deluxe bedrooms.
Murat Reis Ayvalik resort’s Deluxe bedrooms.

Murat Reis Ayvalik in Turkey is a stunning spot for a honeymoon, effortlessly blending romance, relaxation and adventure. Set against the deep blue water of the Aegean Sea, Murat Reis Ayvalik is perched along a lovely stretch of white sand beach, facing one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. On the edge of a sleepy seaside town, Murat Reis Ayvalik is a new hotel in an area which is only recently been being discovered by the outside world. Rooms are stylish and chic and so close to the sea that the waves will lull you and your partner to sleep. Early check in and late check out is available for honeymooners as well as rose petals, wine and a selection of fresh fruit as a welcome amenity on arrival. Prices start from £100 B&B basis with a 2 hour guided local island tour, couples aromatherapy massage and an exclusive complementary room upgrade. Or from £160 per night, the hotel will also offer love birds a private 1 hour boat tour around the surrounding islands.
www.muratreisayvalik.com

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, Thailand

Relax on the white sand beach at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort.
Relax on the white sand beach at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort.

Set on a tropical island, across a vast expanse of lush gardens, including 70 acres of swaying coconut palms and an 800 metre private beachfront, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is ideal for honeymooners seeking luxury in some seriously serene surroundings. With the recent completion of the luxurious and exclusive private villas, along with a glimmering 25 metre beachfront infinity pool, the picturesque resort is a gorgeous place to begin married life. Prices for Phi Phi Island resort start at £130 a night for the Deluxe Bungalows. www.phiphiislandvillage.com

Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, Greece

Enjoy Miraggio's warm thermal spa.
Enjoy Miraggio’s warm thermal spa.

Sprawled across the golden sands of the Mediterranean, secluded within a sheltered bay, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort is a brand new and completely captivating honeymoon spot. Resting at the southernmost part of the Kassandra peninsula in Halkidiki, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort is surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Aegean, resting on a long stretch of sandy beach. Sure to become a magnet for luxury spa-lovers and honeymooners, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort is Greece’s largest Thermae Resort and the only one in the world set directly on the beach. The thermal waters are enormous and extraordinary, running across two floors with a large thalassotherapy pool fed in directly from the Mediterranean (which warms up to a heavenly thirty degrees). Soothing and serene, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort is the ideal destination for a wellness based honeymoon that is sure to be savoured for a lifetime. A Junior Suite with a Sea View is £150 per night per person on a B&B basis.
www.miraggio.gr

Manathai Surin Phuket, Thailand

Luxurious bedrooms at Manathai Surin Phuket.
Luxurious bedrooms at Manathai Surin Phuket.

Manathai Surin Phuket is a stylish and chic 66-room boutique resort on the shoreline of Phuket’s alluring west coast. Newly opened, it feels like a sanctuary of romance and calm the moment you walk through its doors. With its aromatic lotus ponds, a delicate floral fragrance wafts inside and out. Open areas are enclosed by 3 metre high hedges, creating a calm and naturally cloistered atmosphere that ensures absolute privacy and a peaceful retreat-like ambiance. Colourful handicrafts and plush silk fabrics contrast against smooth dark wood throughout and a decadently indulgent spa ensures that this is an utterly paradisal honeymoon destination. Here is affordable luxury without the A-list eye-watering price tags – currently offering rates which start from £85 in a Deluxe Lamai Suite which includes accommodation in a deluxe room, breakfast for two, transfers and a 20 % discount on food and beverage.
www.manathai.com

Domes of Elounda in Crete, Greece

The picturesque views along the Grecian coastline at Domes of Elounda resort.
The picturesque views along the Grecian coastline at Domes of Elounda resort.

Domes of Elounda is a fashionable retreat offering stunning luxury, incredible privacy and panoramic views of a glittering blue ocean; ideal for a luxury honeymoon retreat. Crete’s loveliest and exclusive hotel offers the privacy of your own villa and pool in one of the most romantic settings in the world. Soak up the sun on their sandy beach or in the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean for memories to be savoured for a lifetime. With a Deluxe Honeymoon Package, your room will be decorated with fresh flowers and rose petals, along with a chilled bottle of champagne, complemented with caviar or smoked salmon canapés. This also includes a candlelit rose petal bath in your suite during an evening of your choice; a romantic candlelit dinner for two matched with a bottle of Domes Collection wine at their 1910 Pier fine dining restaurant; a return speedboat transfer to a nearby private beach along with a gourmet picnic; and lastly, breakfast served to you in the comfort of your suite. Villa prices begin at £270 per night.
www.domesofelounda.com

Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa, Thailand

Enjoy a romantic stroll along Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa's beach.
Enjoy a romantic stroll along Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa’s beach.

Perched elegantly on the stunning champagne sands of Mae Nam Beach, ceding to a private half-moon bay offering a gentle surf and warm, lapping waves, Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa is Koh Samui’s leading luxury resort. Following a recent £14 million pound renovation, set amongst 23 acres of beautiful lush tropical gardens, Santiburi is a stunning, exceptional destination for honeymooners seeking bespoke luxury and romance. Located on Samui’s stunning and serene North shore, Santiburi is a world apart from the vivid whirl of Chaweng and other hotspots on the island. It offers a new state-of-the-art spa for those looking to relax in villas that are lavish, modern and spacious, with a stylish home-from-home atmosphere which invites peace and romance. Private Villas begin at £300 per night.
www.santiburisamui.com

D-Resort Šibenik, Croatia

D-resort and the stunning marina.
D-Resort Šibenik and the stunning marina.

A charming Old Town, café-lined promenade, breath-taking waterfalls and dreamy blue seascapes are all part of the stunning Croatian town of Šibenik. Modernist without being chilly, with interiors of pure white concrete, glass and wood, D-Resort Šibenik makes a stylish statement on the crystal blue Dalmatian coast. The 63 rooms, 6 suites and 3 Exclusive Villas are smart and elegantly dressed with extraordinary attention to detail – with nearly all offering utterly stunning sea views of a super yacht dotted marina. Honeymooners will love the Exclusive Villas which are incredibly spacious at over 1600 square feet, decorated with minimalist Italian furnishings, two spacious en suite bedrooms, living and dining room, private terrace with dining table, and sunbeds. They are also sound proofed for love birds that prefer their evenings uninhibited. Two bedrooms, two bath villas start at £500 including breakfast and taxes.
www.dresortsibenik.com

The Nai Harn, Thailand

Spectacular views from the Nai Harn hotel.
Spectacular views from the Nai Harn hotel.

This beach-side beauty has been host to a bevy of big names and it’s not difficult to see why upon arrival. Located on what TripAdvisor recently named Thailand’s Best Beach, The Nai Harn beach lies on a stunning, unspoiled stretch of pristine white sand. Interiors are full of sugar-white walls and a Mediterranean elegance; including eye-catching contemporary art, voluptuous furnishings and bursts of brightly coloured bougainvillea. Opulence is the operative word here – open-plan bathrooms with oversized tubs, giant televisions, wireless sounds systems and large balconies with four-poster day beds offering breath-taking sea views. There’s even a press for champagne button on the balcony! Double rooms start from 7,300 Thai Baht (£141) in low season; rising to 14,000 Thai Baht (£280) in high. Breakfast is included along with free Wi-Fi.
www.thenaiharn.com