After a year of delayed wedding and travel plans, imagine how it will feel to finally dust off your suitcase and jet off on your long-awaited honeymoon. As there’s been more time to plan and save, we’re seeing a trend in couples adding unexpected upgrades to their newlywed adventures. Here are our top tips on how you can level-up your honeymoon.

1. Travel in style

Flying business class may not be something you do every day, but neither is going on your honeymoon. The VIP treatment starts from the moment you breeze through check-in and sink into a comfy chair in the exclusive lounge where you can clink glasses of Champagne and help yourself to some tasty treats before your flight. Once you’re onboard, relax in your own bubble of space- and watch the latest movies on your huge personal screen while you’re wined and dined. If you can bring yourself to sleep, you can stretch out on a fully flat bed, complete with your own fluffy pillow and duvet, and wake up refreshed and ready for paradise.

Qatar Airways' Qsuite

2. Take to the skies

Honeymoons are obviously all about the romance, and including some sky-high adventures will certainly make your heart race. In Kenya, Governors’ award-winning hot air balloon safari is an experience that is not to be missed. Rise early to float high over the vast plains to search for the Big Five, before landing for an intimate Champagne breakfast in the bush. If you’re more tempted by the Maldives, a seaplane ride to your resort is almost as exciting as being there. Flying over the tiny jewelled atolls and sparkling ocean below really is a ‘pinch me’ moment. For an adrenaline rush like no other, skydiving over the iconic Palm Jumeirah is not to be missed while in Dubai. Or for an alternative way to escape to the sky, book a night in a beach bubble on Finolhu for the best star gazing.  

Balloon safari

3. Indulge at the spa

With the pressures of planning and possibly delaying your 2020 wedding, you really deserve to factor in some spa-time on your honeymoon. Jetwing Vil Uyana in Sri Lanka has a tranquil island spa set on a lake dotted with lotus blooms. After a strenuous climb up Sigiriya Rock, a deep tissue massage while listening to birdsong and trickling water is just heaven.  If you can’t get enough of muscle-melting treatments, the Floating Resort by Scuba Spa is a 5* live-aboard yacht in the Maldives, and the four-day itinerary pairs well with an island stay. You can choose a spa or scuba package that is right for you- either 9 scuba dives, 4 spa treatments, or a combination of both. We love the warm bamboo massage after a day of snorkelling among rainbow coloured fish, and watching sunset from the top-deck Jacuzzi is the perfect way to end your day at sea. 

Floating Resort by Scuba Spa

4. A room with a view

Always dreamed of waking up to the sound of the ocean, or opening your terrace doors to a private pool? Now with more time to save, there may be space in your budget to add the wow factor to your room choice. Treat yourself to an epic pool villa with sweeping sea views at Tongsai Bay on Koh Samui, where you can lounge in a bath brimming with rose petals, or take in the jaw dropping valley views from your outdoor heated infinity pool at Viceroy Bali.

Viceroy Bali

5. Add an unforgettable experience

Honeymoons are all about the once in a lifetime moments; and we’ve handpicked some of our favourites in our honeymoon lookbook. On Kandolhu, one of our exclusive Maldivian islands, you can have the jetty to yourselves and enjoy a private cinema screening under the stars, with cocktails flowing. Feast on the freshest seafood during a secluded dinner on the rocks with incredible ocean views at Constance Lemuria, or for the ultimate castaway experience, be whisked away on your very own yacht to a remote sand isle for a magical dining experience at the Sarojin.

The Olive Press, Crete

Inspired?


We are the honeymoon experts and can help you include extra special touches to make your honeymoon even more memorable. If you’re inspired and want to find out more, speak to one of our Personal Travel Experts.

This feature was republished on 14 September 2020. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. 

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