Recently got engaged or married and looking for some inspiration for your luxury long haul honeymoon, then look no further as Blue Eye Travel has picked the top destinations for your amazing honeymoon that aren’t the Maldives!
Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean located off the South East coast of Africa. As well as pristine white sandy beaches, the Island also boasts lush rainforests where you can explore the local fauna and rare animals. On land as well as in the sea Mauritius is surrounded by one of the largest unbroken barrier reefs in the world making it a haven for snorkelling and scuba diving. Culturally the island is a blend of various cultures which have all had an influence on the island from its language to food, including the market in the capital of Port Louis.
If you’re looking for pure luxury than look no further than the Royal Palm Mauritius, which is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the hotel boasts some of the finest suites facing the sea as well as top class dining and facilities. Protected from the trade winds, the sea is fringed by a pure white sandy beach, meaning you can head to the sea any time you want.
An alternative hotel is the Dinarobin, an all-suite hotel which is known as one of the most elegant and comfortable resorts in Mauritius. As well as suites the hotel also offers 4 bedroom villas with private pools offering total privacy. For the golfers among you the hotel has access to 4 courses on the island.
Mauritius makes for an excellent ‘bush and beach’ honeymoon combination with South Africa.
For the longest long-haul destination on our list Bora Bora is the ultimate luxury long haul destination for you honeymoon, making the numerous flights worth it! After a scenic propeller plane flight over the water from Tahiti, you’ll be stepping foot onto one of the most romantic places on Earth.
Made up of a group of islands, the main island is surrounded by a lagoon and barrier reef. As well as beautiful beaches, Bora Bora also offers lush greenery and volcanic peaks. Whether you’re a water baby where you can take advantage of the excellent snorkelling opportunities and other water sports or whether you’re a land lover, you can explore the volcanic crater on a 4×4 sunset expedition or chase waterfalls across the island.
The ultimate luxury hotel is the Four Seasons Bora Bora. Boasting overwater bungalows with plunge pools, overwater bungalow suites and beachfront villas, there is an accommodation type to suit everyone. It also offers couples the opportunity for romance for example by boarding a canoe to a private white-sand motu, where you’ll be greeted with Champagne followed by a personalized dinner for two as the sun sets into the water. If you want something relaxing then why not book in for a spa treatment for two for the ultimate in relaxation.
The Seychelles is an archipelago made up of dazzling white shorelines and coral reefs, it is a picture-perfect collection of tiny islands that are home to some of the most beautiful beaches and exclusive hotels in the world. As it is an archipelago it allows you to do some island hopping whether for a day trip or to take in multiple islands on a trip it is a great way to explore more of this part of the world.
If you’re looking for luxury then look no further than the Six Senses Zil Pasyon located on the private island of Félicité, offering 30 pool villas with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the spa or enjoy the hotels stunning water’s edge
An alternative option if you’re looking to truly get away from it all on the private island of Denis Island, known for it’s organic produce, diving centre and off the grid approach with no televisions or mobile signal, you really can escape it all.
Mexico is a great option, for those seeking a slightly shorter flight with many excellent hotels and excursion options, it is a lovely alternative. If you’re looking for glitzy resorts but on a more exclusive level then the Pacific Coast is a good option for a relaxed alternative to the Yucatan peninsula. For ease Cancun, with its international airport, is a great option with the nearby resorts located on the Riviera Maya and Akumal. If you want to combine white sandy beaches with beautiful hotels and buzzing nightlife then choose a hotel in Cancun such as Secrets The Vine Cancun which is an adults only all inclusive set on a white sandy beach it offers spectacular ocean view rooms alongside in house dining at 8 restaurants.
If you want somewhere quieter away from the buzzing nightlife of Cancun then head down the coast to Akumal just a short drive from Cancun, there are numerous options for luxury from Secrets Akumal to the Bahia Principle all offering excellent accommodation and food options as well as numerous sea and land activities.
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a former coconut plantation turned idyllic beach resort located on a secluded stretch of the Riviera Maya, on the Yucatán peninsula. As well as a private sandy beach, the resort’s facilities include three swimming pools, two tennis courts (with a resident pro) and a rooftop yoga pavilion with 360-degree views of the jungle and sea.
All the resorts located in Cancun and Akumal provide access to Mexico’s historical past such as the Mayan sites at Chichen Itza, which can be reached via a tour, which I would recommend as the journey can be quite long and also once at the site there are no information boards so it is best to have a local guide.
Bali, with a flight time from the UK of 17-19 hours, is a fantastic option for a luxury honeymoon. Fly into Denpasar and head down to the south of the country and spend a few days at Nusa Dua Beach area known for its incredible collection of world-class, international-chain hotels facing a pristine beachfront. Dreamy beachfront settings overlooking clean white sand beaches make Nusa Dua an idyllic place for honeymooners. From Nusa Dua you can visit the Uluwatu Temple which is a Balinese Hindu sea temple.
After Nusa Dua, you can head to another beach area in Seminyak which is Bali’s most stylish and upscale beach resort area. You can also find some of Bali’s top dining spots where international chefs cook up world-class cuisine. After sunset a livelier nightlife scene takes over. From here you can visit the Petitenget Temple and Nyaman Gallery.
If you want to add some nature to your honeymoon then I would recommend heading to Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart. There is plenty to see ranging from ancient temples and majestic age-old royal palaces, to wonderful panoramas of green hillsides and rice terraces. You can hire bikes and ride through the rice padi fields to secluded villages or head to the Ubud Monkey Forest, Tegenungan Waterfall or the Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’.