Best for Beach, Spa & Well-Being, Antigua: Carlisle Bay
Begin your happily-ever-after on the tropical shores on Antigua on a beach spa honeymoon designed for rejuvenation and restoration. Looking out to the private beach, retreat to the couples room in the award-winning Blue Spa to indulge with spa therapies from reflexology to full body massages. Offering the perfect balance for active couples, explore with rainforest hikes and water sports from sailing to paddle boarding. End your day with a candlelit dinner for two on the jetty, followed by a film in the luxury cinema room.
Best for surf and yoga: Florblanca
Leave the daily commute well behind you as you learn to ride a different kind of tube on a surfing and yoga honeymoon in exotic Costa Rica. From this palm fringed beach retreat, take to the tropical waters during private surfing lessons with expert surf school instructors. Back on dry land, stretch out tired muscles during Vinyasa Flow yoga lessons in the open-air studio and revive with a coconut scrub at Spa Bambu. Retreat to the treetops in your own private honeymoon house and embrace your romantic surroundings.
Best for Yogic Detox & Rejuvenation: Ananda
Retreat to the quiet stillness of the Himalayas where the wellness staff at Ananda will pamper you in time honoured style. Having played host to some of India’s most renowned heads of state during the Maharaja’s reign, the Viceregal Palace features a resplendent façade worthy of this luxury spa destination. With specialised areas dedicated to traditional Indian Ayurveda, Oriental, and contemporary Western spa therapies, the spa offers an eclectic menu of over 80 body and beauty treatments. Try out the Kneipp hydrotherapy foot bath, refresh in the chill plunge pool or work out any knots in the heated lap pool. With a comprehensive wellness programme including stress and weight management, yogic detox, rejuvenation, active and anti-ageing, you will soon feel returned to your best self on this healthy holiday.
Best for scuba and surf: Maalifushi by COMO
The ultimate destination for a luxury wellness holiday; spoil yourself on the lush tropical island of Thaa Atoll in the Maldives. Wake up in style at Maalifushi by Como as you watch the sunrise from your elegant beachside private villa. A popular choice for a water sports holiday, explore the ocean on a PADI certified scuba diving course or try out a new water sport as you learn to surf. Take advantage of group fitness classes in the open air pavilion and indulge with spa treatments in one of eight luxurious treatment rooms overlooking the water.
Best for culture and adventure: Morocco Discover Recover™
In the land of snake charmers and maze-like souks, Morocco offers an exotic alternative just south of Europe for avid culture vultures. Adventurous honeymooners can explore the charm of this beautiful country with a wide selection of tours and excursions, from hiking the Atlas Mountains to exploring the souks and palaces of Marrakech. Join a traditional Moroccan cookery class and experience rope-sliding across cliffs, before recovering at a luxury wellness retreat with beach front yoga, surfing and holistic spa treatments.
Best for Scenery & Outdoor Activities, New Zealand: Aro Ha Wellness Retreat
For newlyweds who can’t get enough of the great outdoors, reconnect with nature during an adventurous honeymoon in New Zealand. Embrace this stunning setting as you embark on breath-taking sub-alpine hikes to world heritage sites, practice yoga overlooking the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and support each other during TRX strength training in incredible eco-friendly studios. Take the time to unwind during daily meditation sessions and therapeutic massages before enjoying nutritious and delicious organic cuisine, harvested from the onsite gardens.
Best for Adventure & Paragliding, Oman: Zighy Bay
Unwind in the lap of luxury at Zighy Bay in Oman, for an exciting spa and sport getaway. A sanctuary of natural therapies and tailored treatments, the Six Senses spa promises to please with hot stone massages, cocoons, body polish and acupressure. Experience true Arabian relaxation in the two traditional Hammams or raise your heart rate with a choice of fitness classes, whether hatha yoga or aqua fitness in the saltwater pool. Combining innovative and ancient holistic treatments with cleansing diets, expert in-house and visiting wellness consultants will set you on the right path towards a healthier and happier lifestyle. Explore beneath the ocean’s surface with the resort’s own dive centre, or sail across the water at sunset on a traditional dhow cruise.
Best for golf and tennis: Penha Longa
Dating back to the 14th century, this enchanting historical retreat on the Estoril coastline of Portugal offers a romantic setting for a golf and tennis loving honeymooners. Polish your golfing skills on one of three spectacular championship courses (including a 27-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr) or ace your game with private tennis lessons and group tennis clinics. Reconnect during complimentary group classes from yoga to meditation and harmonised your bodies and minds during holistic spa therapies.
Best for all-inclusive health and fitness: The BodyHoliday
Set on the stunning paradise island of St Lucia, couples can keep active after their big day surrounded by tropical rainforests and natural waterfalls at this all-inclusive health and fitness retreat. From jungle mountain biking to ocean kayaking, this resort has an all-encompassing wellness approach.
Best for sport and fitness training: Thanyapura
If you’re an active duo, banish the boredom of too many lazy beach days for a sports and fitness honeymoon on the idyllic Thai island of Phuket. With world-class aquatic, tennis and triathlon facilities, you and your loved one can train like athletes. Boasting some of the world’s top sports and fitness coaches, reach your health and fitness goals together with expert sports performance training. Keep active with cardio tennis and TRX suspension training before reviving with an expert sports massage or a dip in the 50m Olympic swimming pool.
Best for a blissful spa escape: Soneva Kiri
Retreat to the secluded Thai island of Koh Kood where luxury spa resort Soneva Kiri takes indulgence to a new level. Taking inspiration from local Asian practices, the Six Senses spa offers a range of sensual treatments from Thai herbal baths, to mud massages and silk facials. Unwind with Ayurvedic treatments, an ancient Indian life science, before taking a dip beneath the palm trees in the refreshing infinity pool. With a range of holistic therapies designed to balance your psychological, emotional, and physical well-being, wellness programmes even include the popular Sleep Well and De-Stress option. Reach new heights with Treepod dining; a culinary experience of the utmost luxury. Suspended in the forest canopy, take in breath-taking coastline views whilst your waiter delivers gourmet delights via zip line.
Best for personalised wellness: Kamalaya
Following months of wedding planning stress, rejuvenate together in paradise with a personalised approach to wellness at the stunning retreat of Kamalaya. Nestled in a valley overlooking the southern coast of Koh Samui, this award-winning wellness retreat offers a stimulating environment for personal growth and long term healthy transformations. With wellness programmes tailored to support individual aspirations, revive with Ayurvedic spa treatments and wellness activities at this spiritual retreat, built around a cave temple Buddhist monks used to use as a place of meditation.
Best for Hiking & Fitness in the Mountains, Utah: Red Mountain Resort
Strap on your hiking boots and spend your honeymoon discovering the blazing scenery of the Red Mountains of Utah. Welcoming each morning with daily guided walks and hikes, explore further afield with horseback riding and mountain biking. Take in your stunning mountainous surroundings during group classes including yoga, kickboxing and Tai Chi. After an active morning mountain hiking, treat sore feet to a healing reflexology massage or awaken your senses as you indulge in a Canyon warm stone massage.
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