Honeymoon Secrets: How to start planning your honeymoon

Honeymoon Secrets: How to start planning your honeymoon

Gemma Wilson from Western & Oriental shares some top tips on how to plan your honeymoon

Secret 1: Think beyond traditional luxury

Shh… There are romantic alternatives to a shiny room with air-con and mini-bar. Some of the most romantic places to stay include beachfront villas and jungle cabanas, and more rustic island retreats often bring you closer to the noises of the forest and the sounds of the sea.

Tell me more… While camping may not be the first option that springs to mind when considering a romantic retreat there are some options that may change your mind. After all, there's something magical about waking up to the noise of the surrounding jungle and monks chanting in the local monastery.

Secret 2: Feast your senses

Shh… Romantic dining doesn't have to be a rose-petal strewn table for two in a statement restaurant. Search out the local food wherever you decide to go. The Far East, for example, offers great fresh and aromatic food on every corner and you're guaranteed some of the best street food and freshest seafood you've ever tasted. For something fun, cheap and memorable in Thailand head on to the street for a lively dinner at one of Bangkok's street food stalls for the best Phad Thai or sticky mango rice you'll ever taste.

Tell me more… For that extra special memorable meal you can't beat a private breakfast at Angkor Wat, Cambodia as the sun rises over the temples; feet in the sand at sunset at one of the seafood restaurants on Jimbaran Bay, Bali; or a romantic dinner-a-deux, surrounded by Ubud's paddy fields, lit by candles and fireflies.  

Secret 3: Combine romance with adventure

Shh… There are plenty of fun and memorable experiences you can enjoy during your honeymoon, but bear in mind that your honeymoon is a (hopefully) once in a lifetime holiday and, as such, the perfect for excuse for maximum indulgence!

Tell me more… Take the opportunity to do something completely different. Treat yourselves with a night in a legendary hotel like Raffles Hotel in Singapore, take an early morning private balloon ride or helicopter flight over Angkor Wat, or try taking home a skill. Many places offer cooking classes, but for something a bit sexier, take a Couples Massage lesson where you can pick up simple spa techniques to recreate when you return home.

 

More about the experts:

Gemma Wilson is Product Manager for the Far East and also a honeymoon specialist at luxury tour operator Western & Oriental. She makes up a team who put together bespoke honeymoon itineraries. Western & Oriental's unique honeymoon services include Honeymoons by Appointment to make an occasion out of planning your romantic trip-of-a-lifetime. And to prove gift lists don't need to be for toasters and towels, Western & Oriental also offer Honeymiles - a service where family and friends can either contribute to the overall cost of the honeymoon or book specific treats for the couple. For Western & Oriental honeymoon bookings go to http://www.wandotravel.com or call 020 7666 1234.

 

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