Honeymoons should be unforgettable, and there is no better time to explore a new destination and treat yourself to a luxury holiday at the same time. While the type of honeymoon you choose should depend on your personal preferences, there are some destinations that top the Turquoise Holidays list of top places to visit in 2014.
1. Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is home to innumerable resorts and destinations that are ideal for a warm, cultural and scenic honeymoon. One of the best options in the country, however, is the island of Phuket. Whether you want to relax by a gorgeous pool with a cocktail in hand, embark on a deep-sea fishing expedition or try something new and exciting like scuba diving, Phuket has it all. The island also boasts variety of amazing accommodation options such as Sri Panwa. This boutique establishment overlooks the Andaman Sea, and many of the rooms, suites and villas even have their own ocean views. Luxury pool villas even provide guests with their own private swimming areas. Phuket can be the perfect place to unwind and soak up the beauty of paradise while surrounded by pure luxury.
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2. British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands, a chain made up of more than 60 islands in the Caribbean, is an exotic, warm and exciting destination for couples on a honeymoon. The weather is relatively stable throughout the year, and low humidity means that getting active outdoors is always a possibility. Whether for scuba diving, fishing, sailing or just unwinding among picturesque scenery, the BVIs are truly magical. Take your holiday from ordinary to extraordinary by staying at a resort like the Rosewood Little Dix Bay, which boasts suites that open up right onto the beach, upscale amenities and incomparable staff attention.
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The perfect vision of a South Pacific paradise, Tahiti is the perfect destination for couples on their honeymoon. The island of Bora Bora is Tahiti’s crowning jewel; lush green palm fronds at every turn, and perfectly clear azure water and pristine white sandy beaches – few places in the world can rival its stunning beauty. The St Regis Bora Bora offers couples a honeymoon location that you will never forget – spread over 44 acres of beach and lagoon, with villas and over-water thatched villas, the St Regis is indulgent and luxurious, the perfect honeymoon resort.
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Whatever time of year you are planning to take your honeymoon, the island chain of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean will almost certainly be warm and sunny. Rainfall comes in short bursts during the summer, but that just gives you a chance to nap in a bungalow, recline in a palm tree hammock or sip a cocktail in a luxury hotel lobby. Resorts like the Gili Lankanfushi are beyond opulent, and it offers a secluded, exclusive island escape that combines luxury accommodation with a secluded environment.
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5. South Africa & Mauritius
South Africa and Mauritius are both incredible destinations for a honeymoon in their own right, but for 2014 why go to one when you can do both? Splitting your time between the two countries allows you to make the very most of the luxury on offer, going on an sensational safari, followed by the barefoot luxuriousness of Mauritius. The Makanyane Safari Lodge is set in the lush green forests of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Home to a plethora of wildlife – including the big five – this luxuious safari lodge will make you never want to leave. A short flight to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius will add a whole new dimension to your honeymoon. Staying at The Residence Mauritius, you cannot help but fall in love with this stunning island. The hotel’s colonial, yet contemporary, style allows you to enjoy the golden white sandy beaches as well as the opulent suites, stunning gardens and delicious dining opportunities – perhaps even celebrating your new nuptials with a candlelit dinner on the beach.