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10 of the most romantic honeymoon experiences

Romance comes in a variety of forms. It could be the devishly good oysters or the delicious sound of waves lapping the shore, but if you’re craving an intimate getaway, we have you covered. Our Travel Experts have spanned the continents to find the most secluded beaches, luxurious tents and stunning panoramic views. Whether it’s cycling around the temples of Angkor in golden hour or sleeping out under a starry African sky, here are some of our favourite experiences designed to make your heart sing…

1. Sleep-out under the stars – Kenya

Loisaba Star Beds, Kenya

While sleeping out in the bush might sound extreme for some, this is glamping taken to another level. Think four-poster beds elevated on a kopje with panoramic views across a wildlife-scattered valley. After exploring a conservancy famed for big cats and wild dog, slumber under a canopy of twinkling stars.

2. A bubble bath in the bush – South Africa

Bush Bath, Garonga, South Africa

Scour for lion and rhino in the 22,000-hectare Makalali Game Reserve and then slip into an outdoor bubble bath big enough for two. It’s almost mandatory if you’re a honeymooner – basking in the sky’s evening hues, lit by a score of candles, and tuning into the sounds of wildlife until your fingers go crinkly.

3. A floating candlelit dinner – Botswana

Xugana Island Lodge, Botswana

This private dining experience in the watery wonderland of the Okavango Delta takes place on a floating lantern-lit barge for two. Surrounded by calm lagoon waters bathed in the early-evening light, there’s no one else in sight other than a dedicated waiter, as you dine to the orchestra of surrounding wildlife.

4. Romance on the railway – South Africa

The Blue Train, South Africa

The legendary Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria takes the scenic route to new heights. With 24-hour butler service, gold-tinted picture windows and fine dining fit for royalty, a two-night sojourn will carry you nearly a thousand miles across the country’s breathtaking savannah in utter refinery.

5. A helicopter ride over Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

For ultimate views of The Smoke that Thunders, take a helicopter flight over its thundering chasms and rising plumes of mist – a savvy way of avoiding the crowds. Choose a short but impactful 12-minute circuit while 25-minute trips include possible game viewing over the Zambezi National Park and perhaps for some, even more time to propose again.

6. Island hopping – Philippines

El Nido Island Hopping

El Nido, Philippines

Castaway to El Nido, an area of sensational beauty characterised by blinding white sand and impossibly blue sea. An island hopping boat adventure in the nearby Bacuit archipelago will allow you to explore hidden beaches, snorkel with sea turtles and kayak in secret lagoons. Round off by padding down a creamy sandbar hand-in-hand.

7. Soak in a Japanese onsen – Japan

Susukinohara Ichinoyu, Hakone, Japan

Japan is known for its onsens (natural hot springs) but some of the most romantic are at Susukinohara Ichinoyu, a traditional ryokan inn in the mountain town of Hakone. Choose the Annex rooms with private open-air baths that open up to forest views, particularly beautiful in Autumn’s fiery colours when you can soak to your heart’s desire.

8. Angkor by bicycle – Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The temples of Angkor are some of the most beguiling (and the most visited). After marvelling at sites such as jungle-encroached Ta Prohm, featured in Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider film, steer away from the masses on a cycling tour to quietly explore some of the complex’s remoter temples. Arrive just in time to see the crumbling brick glowing in the evening light.

9. Swim underneath a waterfall – Laos

Kuang Si Falls, Laos

To reach the Kuang Si falls you need to hike for about an hour, although the local villages, emerald rice paddies and mountainous jungle are worth the trek on their own. Reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the series of striking blue pools fed by tumbling long streams of cascading water. A sure thing for your Instagram page.

10. A junk cruise in Lan Ha – Vietnam

Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

Take a two-night cruise around Lan Ha Bay, the quieter but no less beautiful neighbour of Halong Bay. Your ride is an elegant vessel with an open-air jacuzzi, pampering spa and restaurant known for seafood feasts. When you’re not hiking in the mountains or visiting floating villages, take in great limestone karsts and the blue-green water from the sunbed.

To find the perfect soul-stirring experience for your romantic break or honeymoon, contact one of our experts or arrange a phone or video appointment.

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