Plan your honeymoon twin-centre to perfection
Twin-centre honeymoons that deliver a bolt of metropolitan drama before a tranquil beach break. Combine the best of both worlds...
Remote, regal and oozing adventure , this Malaysian hideaway not only benefits from a humongous private beach, but there’s actually an Orang-utan sanctuary located within its tropical grounds. Nature-lovers can watch the cheeky primates at play during feeding time, and learn all about the endangered species and how conservation makes a difference. Then there are the rest of Borneo’s assets to admire: stunning scenery, dramatic waterfalls and serene empty beaches to boot. Canopy walks, bird-watching and guided rainforest treks can all be arranged via the hotel – that is, if you can tear yourself away from your new ginger friends.
On the way to Borneo, stop off in the New York of the East: Hong Kong for its century-old markets, steaming dim sum and up-all-night clubs.
This South-East Asian beauty has virtues aplenty. Number one, it’s nestled on its own private island. Two, it’s surrounded by virgin rainforest, and three, it has a jaw-dropping beach. Oh, and did we mention the award-winning spa? It’s one of the best in Malaysia. Seamlessly blending stylish digs with unspoilt nature, Pangkor Laut really is spectacular. Island-hopping, fishing, yoga, tai chi and jungle trekking are a few of the activities on offer, but for honeymooners, dinner at adults-only Fisherman’s Cove is a must. Our tip? Book one of the villas on stilts for ultimate privacy.
Kuoni travel secret: Honeymooners at Pangkor Laut receive room upgrades, 30% off all couples treatments at the Spa Village & a bottle of house wine.
Twin this trip with a city break in colourful Kuala Lumpur and visit the tallest twin buildings in the world!
Sunsets don't come much more glorious than those at Kata Thani. This pretty tropical resort on Phuket’s southern tip represents the island at its most alluring. Located on a 1.5km-long strip of sand fringed by palm trees and tropical almond trees (much needed during the hottest hours of the day), the setting is idyllic. Townies will appreciate the hotel’s close proximity to Kata, which is rammed full of souvenir shops, chilledout bars and a mix of cheerful open-air restaurants and more upmarket modern establishments. Although with six restaurants and a variety of cuisine including Thai and Italian, you won’t be short on choices.
Kuoni local tip: Does your other half fancy themselves as a bit of a pro-surfer? From May to October Kata’s waves really ramp up, bringing surfer dudes flocking.
Combine this relaxed beach trip with 48 hours in the cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi, where glittering skyscrapers give out to vast echoing deserts.
With an inviting fisherman's village within walking distance of the gates of the hotel, Bandara Resort & Spa on the northern shore of Koh Samui is a great choice for couples who want to soak up the warm Thai hospitality the country is known for. We love how welcoming the staff are and how laid-back the atmosphere is throughout the resort, and it’s the little touches such as fresh pancakes sprinkled with tropical fruit at breakfast, that make it really special. Rooms are understated (nit-pickers need not apply) but the hotel’s immaculate grounds are hard to beat and the pool is one of the largest on the island. Best of all, this is one of Thailand’s more affordable honeymoon choices.
Local tip: Make sure you’re in Bangkok on Sat or Sun to explore the famous Chatuchak weekend market which has over 8000 stores.
Thanks to all-round cheaper air travel and high-frequency flights from the USA, the splendid shores of the South Pacific are now more accessible than ever, and Fiji is fast becoming a buzzword for honeymoon planners. Tokoriki Island, located just over an hour by motorboat from the main island is an eyewateringly attractive adults-only hideaway located in the Mamanuca island archipelago. Twenty-six cozy thatched villas (or bures as they are known locally) and eight generous villas are scattered across the island, all of which exude an unpolished, homespun feel. Of course, the surroundings are every escapist’s fantasy: quivering lush foliage, cresting turquoise waves and an abundance of sweet-smelling tropical flowers.
Break up this epic cross-continental journey with a few days in the celebrity capital of the world, Los Angeles.
This elegant resort, one of the newest on Mauritius, makes the rest of the resorts on the island pale in comparison. Located within a nature reserve in the unspoilt south, the St Regis benefits from a dramatic backdrop of Le Morne, a vertiginous 550m emerald-green mountain. Accommodation comes in the form of chic thatched cottages arranged in clusters or ‘villages’ around central courtyards, each served by teams of butlers. A plantation-style manor house with a Victorian colonnade peppered with rattan armchairs forms the centerpiece of the hotel, and a vast pool and swathes of sand make up the rest. Despite its relative isolation, the hotel has a sociable, buzzy feel, and the spa is one of the glossiest we’ve seen in the Indian Ocean. Full points.
Kuoni travel secret: Honeymooners receive a bottle of champagne, a romantic dinner (excluding beverages) and a one hour couple’s massage in Mauritius.
Start your honeymoon with a whirlwind tour of Dubai and pick up some dazzling outfits in its marbled malls for an even more sophisticated beach odyssey.