You’ve spent months planning every detail of your dream wedding. You’ve stressed over seating charts. Lost sleep over place settings. And now the Big Day has come and gone, the vows have been exchanged, the wedding rings slipped perfectly into place, and, finally, your chance to relax has arrived: It’s honeymoon time! Whether your idea of a romantic interlude involves lying together in the lap of beach front luxury, diving hand-in-hand into an action-filled adventure or soaking in some of history’s most extraordinary moments, we’ve highlighted 2013’s most romantic honeymoon destinations.
The Maldives are quite possibly the most romantic archipelago on earth, with perfectly placed, palm tree-cloaked islands, pearly white beaches — surrounded by crystal-clear, warm turquoise waters, no less — along with private, overwater bungalows strung over the sea. Many of the Maldives tiny islands have been converted into luxury resorts, where your every whim is met, and where romance seems to blaze out from each tiki torch that lines the beach.
While it’s difficult to find a resort in the Maldives that isn’t exceptional, seek out an adults-only accommodation, such as Komandoo Maldives Island Resort, and thank us later when your daily swims aren’t interrupted by screaming, splashing children. Upon arriving on the island via float plane, you’ll be greeted by the entire staff singing a traditional welcome song, and given a delightful cup of coconut ice cream as you wait for your paperwork and room key to be assigned. Be sure to ditch your shoes — you’ll never wear them — grab a bikini, and head for your own private bungalow, set behind your private strip of beach (unless of course, you’ve chosen one of the overwater bungalows), then dip into the ocean straight from your private porch.
For the ultimate romantic evening in the Maldives, plan a private, beachside, candlelit dinner, designing the menu with the resort’s executive chef. Then relax as you sip cocktails with your spouse while looking upon a blazing pink and orange sunset in barefooted bliss, recalling the extraordinary snorkeling trip you took together earlier that afternoon.
Newlyweds seeking romance and adventure will have their fantasies fulfilled on a honeymoon trip to Maui. The island’s magnificent natural setting — complete with rainforests, one of Hawaii’s grandest volcanoes and picturesque, palm-fringed beaches — inspire both. Drive the famed Road to Hana, stopping to admire crashing waterfalls and enjoying a secluded picnic lunch alongside a stunning seascape of crashing waves. Or take a horseback ride along the spine of Haleakala Volcano, enjoying the sweeping vistas of jungles, waterfalls and mist-covered mountainsides. Be sure to explore the island’s secluded, “secret” beaches, where you can share an amorous moment, possibly even alone on the sand: Secret Cove (between Makena Beach and Ahihi Bay) and Paia’s Secret Beach both fit the bill.
Plan a honeymoon stay at one of the island’s most luxe accommodations, the Grand Wailea. This sprawling Waldorf Astoria resort features a 45,000-square-foot adults-only pool, private poolside massage cabanas, a swim-up grotto bar and a 50,000-square-foot spa. Book the “Romance Me Maui” package, which includes 4 nights stay, 2 120-minute spa-pampering treatments, turndown service with rose petals on the bed and in the bathroom tub, and a 4-course meal with wine pairing at the resort’s signature, overwater restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.
With 322 pristine islands, Fiji offers as much (or as little) to do as you desire. Enjoy an afternoon of scuba diving or snorkeling; get your adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting or windsurfing, or simply hike along rugged cliffs or explore a native village and watch a traditional fire-walking ceremony.
At night, check into of the Fiji’s premier resorts — trust us, you can hardly go wrong at any of the islands’ luxurious resorts, and will be delighted to discover a true paradise on earth near bursting with sun-soaked silken sands, surrounded by sapphire and cerulean waters, and covered with lush palm trees, plus the occasional set of jagged cliffs to lend to the postcard-worthy setting. Among the must-stay places is the Royal Davui Island Resort, an adults-only island resort with a mission of making your romantic dreams come true. The resort offers the utmost in privacy; a mere 16 villas dot the 10-acre island tucked into Beqa Lagoon.
Enjoy intimate moments in your villa’s private outdoor plunge pools, or seek solace in an in-room couples’ spa massage. The resort offers a series of honeymoon packages, including the “Romance Honeymoon,” complete with his and hers sarongs, private beach picnics and a 1-hour couples’ massage; the “Adventure Honeymoon,” featuring a scuba course, zip-line adventure and private beach picnic; and the “Indulgence Honeymoon,” where each day you’re treated to an indulgence such as a 60-minute massage, 30-minute facial or body scrub.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
The Caribbean is often a convenient destination for US-based couples. Wander farther afield from the oft-crowded US Virgin Islands and seek solace on the shores of one of the British Virgin Islands, such as Virgin Gorda. A mere 8.5 square miles, the island makes for an intimate destination in the midst of stunning environs: unspoiled and secluded beaches, like Savannah Bay, Devil’s Bay and Maho Bay, as well as national parks including The Baths, a wondrous spot where granite boulders create mysterious grottos, caves and saltwater pools, perfect for exploring and snorkeling. The island, which happens to be the third largest of the BVIs, also offers diverse cultural attractions, such as the Spanish ruins at Little Fort National Park.
Lay your newly married heads down at one of the island’s luxe resorts, like Rosewood Little Dix Bay, set amid a picturesque, crescent-shaped stretch of sand and featuring a selection of high-end rooms, suites, beach houses and villa accommodations. While its own beach is a delight, the hotel also lies in proximity to a number of other spectacular beaches accessible only by sea; the hotel’s “Beach Drops” program shuttles guests by boat to these various shores. Honeymooners can book the resort’s “Romance 7-Night Package for 2,” which includes full breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, welcome champagne, a torch-lit beach dinner for 2, a day trip to a secluded beach with picnic, and a selection of spa treatments.
Few places in the world blend history and culture with romance like Italy. Couples may find themselves meandering the streets of Rome and tossing coins over their shoulders into the Trevi Fountain, being serenaded on a gondola ride along Venice’s canals, snapping photos overlooking Florence’s Arno River, or simply taking pause to tuck into a sweet gelato and sipping a steaming espresso. History and arts lovers will want to explore the ruins of Rome’s ancient Forum and Colosseum, ogle some of the world’s finest art and sculpture in the halls of Florence’s extraordinary museums or discover wonders of the ancient world so perfectly preserved by volcanic eruption at Pompeii. And for honeymooners seeking the chance to unwind by the sea, the sunny shores of the Amalfi Coast provide respite from these larger, bustling cities.
Whether you stay in cities, villages or along the coast, you both will suffer no shortage of romantic accommodations in bella Italia. You’ll feel every bit like Audrey Hepburn on Roman holiday at the Inn at the Spanish Steps, located in Rome’s city center at — you guessed it — the Spanish Steps. Guests can stay in rooms with views of the famed stairs, and will be steps away from one of Rome’s most luxe shopping streets, Via del Babuino. Head to the rooftop terrace to enjoy an apertivo at sunset, and embrace the City of Love. Or if you’re in Florence, book a stay at the ultra-mod Hotel Continentale. The hotel offers guests a honeymoon special that includes 2 nights’ accommodations, a cocktail at the Sky Lounge Bar overlooking the Ponte Vecchio and Arno River, a 3-course dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants, and a massage treatment at the hotel’s new White Iris Spa.
In recognition of its services to South Asia’s tourism and hospitality industry, SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, received a special “Award of Appreciation” at the World Travel Awards 2013 Indian Ocean ceremony, held at the Paradise Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives, recently.
Dubbed as the “The Oscars of the Travel Industry,” the World Travel Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence in product and service.
(From L-R: Dave Falcon of World Travel Awards, President of the Maldives Mohammed Waheed Hassan and SriLankan Airlines, Regional Manager- Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Saminda Perera with the award)
SriLankan Airlines, one of the most prominent carriers in South Asia with a global route map of 64 destinations in 34 countries, flies to Maldives 36 times a week, facilitating both business and leisure travel sectors.
SriLankan Airlines, Regional Manager- Sri Lanka and Maldives, Saminda Perera said, “We consider it a great privilege to be recognized as a pioneer in South Asia’s Travel and Hospitality industry. As an Airline it is our duty to provide our passengers with convenient connections across the globe and an award of this nature is evidence that we have surpassed expectations and made a significant contribution to tourism in the Maldives. This will certainly serve as an inspiration to expand our connectivity and role in time to come.”
Graham E Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards said: “The Indian Ocean continues to serve as an example of a responsible eco-tourism region whilst offering the most unique hospitality products and services. It strives to set the highest possible bar to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism and it has been an honour to hold the first ever Indian Ocean World Travel Awards here.”
Currently SriLankan Airlines flies to seven Indian destinations, operating 28 flights a week to Chennai, double daily flights to Trichy and Cochi and daily flights to Trivandrum, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. It also operates seven flights a week to Karachi and codeshares with its sister airline, Mihin Lanka to facilitate the passengers bound to Bodh Gaya, Varanasi and Dhaka. SriLankan Airlines was nominated for the award by the Ministry of Tourism of the Maldives and The Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation.
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Catering for the certified dive market and snorkellers, Pro Dive Cairns have 3 fully equipped, purpose built multi-million dollar dive vessels – ScubaPro, ScubaPro II and the newly launched Scubapro III. This is certainly one of the very best outer reef liveaboard experiences out of Cairns.
The 3 day dive adventure visits up to four easterly Outer Great Barrier Reef locations. The various sites were selected for their extravagance of marine life and excellent visibility and are rarely visited by other vessels. The trip is suited to all levels of diver training, from novice – experienced divers and gives passengers the opportunity to view magnificent hard & soft corals, giant clams, turtles, stingrays and the largest variety of tropical fish both large & small.
A small difference that sets Pro Dive apart from other outer reef liveaboard vessels is that their vessels are not permanently moored on the reef and they do not use day vessels to transfer different people on and off each day.
As Egypt braces itself for more possible clashes in the wake of this week’s military coup, it’s business as usual in the country’s most popular holiday resorts.
While some tour operators have cancelled flights to Luxor and Cairo and rerouted cruises following Foreign Office (FCO) advice against all but essential travel to most of the country, travel to resorts on the Red Sea, including Sharm el-Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba, Dahab and Marsa Alam remains unaffected.
Approximately 20,000 British holidaymakers are currently in the country, around 90% of whom will be staying in Red Sea resorts, according to theAssociation of British Travel Agents (Abta).
Britain’s two biggest tour operators, Thomson and First Choice, currently have 9,000 clients in Egypt, 8,500 of whom are in Sharm el-Sheikh and “continuing to enjoy their holidays as normal”… Read Full Story at Source of the News
Best Scuba Diving Holiday Locations: Scuba Dive in the Maldives!!!
Long regarded as the leading innovators of underwater tourism, Maldives is to undertake the biggest project yet. The Water Discus Hotel, a luxury multi-million dollar resort featuring moveable rooms found in the heart of the spectacular coral reefs of the Maldives has been given the green light the Ministry of Tourism Development. Planned to be built on the tropical island of Kuredhivaru in the Maldives, this luxury hotel is sure to open new doors to the beautiful underwater world of the Maldives.
Designer Pawel Podwojewski in an interview with CNN remarked that “there are many people who will never have the courage to dive to these beautiful reefs but here you will have the chance to explore an underwater world from the comfort of your bedroom” Rightly so, with this amazing architectural wonder, families and people who do not have the ability to view the colorful world famous underwater world of the Maldives will have a new platform to experience this… Click Here to Read The Full Story
Renowned international hotel chain COMO is set to unveil the unspoiled beauties of Thaa Atoll for visitors, with their resort ‘Maalifushi by COMO’ to be opened in October 2013. The first luxury resort island to be opened in the atoll known as ‘Kolhumadulu’ by locals, ‘Maalifushi’ will offer a sumptuous array of overwater villas and garden suites within the private island designed by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi.
COMO presents the island resort as a tranquil family retreat, where all accommodation including the 33 overwater villas, 33 garden villas, suites and rooms reflect nature and cultural authenticity, and are spread amid the exuberant foliage of the tropical island. Children can be left to safely wander the unique beauty of the 8 hectare ‘Maalifushi’, and the resort offers the finest childcare and amenities as desired by families. ‘Maalifushi’ resort also offers family-friendly excursions such as beachside picnics and snorkeling, made more delightful with the abundance of nearby uninhabited islands and the presence of sealife such as manta-rays and dolphins in surrounding waters… Read Full Story on MaldivesTraveller
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The Most Beatiful in The World. MALDIVES
When the talk is about Maldives, the first thing that strikes the mind is undoubtedly the beautiful beaches in Maldives. Located on the equator towards the south of Sri Lanka, Maldives is blessed with beaches rich in coconuts and tropical fruits. It is owing to the Maldives beaches that the country is considered to be one of the hottest tourist destinations of the world.
The beaches of Maldives give you an opportunity to savor the beauty of nature and rejuvenate yourself. The whole atmosphere on the beaches is very tranquil and peaceful. You can stay at any of the resort islands and enjoy the charm of beaches. Adventurous people can indulge in water sports like wind surfing, parasailing, diving and snorkeling.
Out of all the beaches of Maldives, the most stunning beach is Nalaguraidhoo in the South Ari Atoll. The beaches of Maldives are worth capturing in camera. As you walk along the shores, cool breeze will pamper you. If you want to bask, then simply lie down on the soft sand bordering the beaches. The serenity of the beaches situated in Banyan Tree Island, Nika and Cocoa Island will make you fall in love with them.