Honeymoon Hideaways from the masters of travel couture – Quintessentially Travel.
For the Francophile, here is the chance to indulge in the most chic of cities, Paris, before heading into the stunningly beautiful and calming countryside of Beaujolais and the Chateau de Bagnols.
We suggest Paris first with 3 nights spent at the luxury Le Meurice, set opposite and with wonderful views of the Tuillerie Gardens, and between the Place de la Concord, Musee de Louvre and the Rur Saint-Honore. Le Meurice is the perfect place to start your romantic honeymoon, a fabulous setting, fine dining, and superb location! For those that wish to venture out in the evening, there are the traditional venues such as the Crazy Horse and the Lido, or simply take a stroll along the Seine to soak up this cosmopolitan atmosphere, stopping along the way as the Parisians do for a coffee or liquor.
Then it’s on to the second part of your journey. Set amidst vineyards, forests and the lush green countryside of Beaujolais, is the Chateau de Bagnols. Entrance to the Chateau is across a drawbridge where you will be greeted by impressive towers, honey-coloured stone and your home for the next few days. Why not spend 4 days here? Enjoy strolls in the beautiful gardens, eat dinner on the terrace under 100 year old lime trees, or venture into nearby Lyon, Perouge or Oingt and maybe find a little souvenir of your stay at one of the many artisan or antique shops.
Anguilla is a little slice of the paradise in the eastern Caribbean, wrapped by white sand beaches and turquoise blue seas. Here the Caribbean pace sets in! This island offers a blend of high style and low key elegance, and nowhere more so than the Viceroy, a blend of top guestrooms or one of the thirty-one private villas.
The Viceroy is a place to relax. You may do that on beaches, just add a good book! Or maybe in the two-storey spa set in its own villa. Dine on fresh local produce in any of the resort’s five restaurants and lounges, choose a table overlooking the bay, or a snack from your lounger on the beach. For the ultimate in island entertaining, a private chef can be arranged upon request to prepare world-class cuisine in the Villa kitchen or create a tropical barbecue on your terrace.
Away from the hotel, choose to play a round of golf, take a catamaran out for a day, visit a local gallery and view the island’s art, or of course, explore the underwater paradise of the Caribbean Sea. Don’t worry, if you don’t dive, we can always arrange for you to learn! Request a deluxe Anguilla travel day at sea – complete with scuba and fishing instruction. You could also choose to hop over to any of the islands cays, where you can forget about the outside world and concentrate on just the two of you!
Miami & The Caribbean
Miami, gateway to the Caribbean and full of excitement, music and night life. This is where you start your honeymoon. After the build-up and excitement of your wedding, now is the time to let your hair down and relax. Miami is just the place for that!
Starting at the beautiful Setai Hotel in South Beach for 3 nights, this intimate and serene hotel sits right on the famous Miami Beach. Comprising of an Art Deco building and the new glass edifice of the Tower, this suite property gives you, the guest, the opportunity of experiencing either, but with the same dedication to service you would expect. Dining is at a choice of four venues, starting with the more relaxed grill area and the creative cuisine of the Restaurant. Stroll out in the evening along the recently developed boardwalk, or to Lincoln Road where you will find every type of restaurant you could wish for. By day, venture into the Everglades National Park to feed the alligators, and skim the swamps on an airboat ride complete with ranger. Miami has so much to offer!
After Miami, we will take you to Parrot Cay; a private island where getting away from it all is the name of the game. 1000 unspoilt acres, including a mile-long powdered beach with understated style, cosseting service and smiling staff waiting for your arrival.
For 7 nights, enjoy the award-winning holistic spa, health-giving cuisine and beach houses with private pools. At Parrot Cay, the soul is unique with space to rediscover those forgotten rhythms of long days and easy nights. Choose from a Garden View Room or the Sanctuary; in fact, many of the properties in Parrot Cay Escapes belong to private owners, the Sanctuary being just one of them, and belonging to American designer Donna Karan. This is a private paradise, and as such is not teaming with activities; however, the diving is exceptional. You can go bone fishing, windsurfing or catamaran sailing. There are yoga retreats, beach drop-offs, private cruises, or exploration trails by bike or kayak. The resort offers a choice of dining options – Asian Fusion in the Lotus, Mediterranean in the Terrace and of course, in-room dining.
Be swept away by all that Morocco has to offer. From the moment you arrive, your senses will be assaulted by the sounds of Africa and Islam. From the calls to prayer by the Muezzin at the top of the many minarets, to the lively sounds of bartering in the Souks, and the meandering cool alleys of the Medinas. This will be a honeymoon never forgotten, in a place full of reminders of an ancient time.
First stop is at the intricately detailed Royal Mansour, built within the old city walls of Marrakech, around the idea of a traditional Medina with Riads (traditional houses with courtyards and gardens at the centre), with restaurants and spa areas. This is a city within a city, a haven of luxury to relax in as the world toils away. La Grande Table Marocaine serves local cuisine while La Grande Table Française is probably already the best French restaurant in Africa. There is also a lobby dining area, La Table, open all day for hotel guests. There is a salon de thé in the Spa, a cocktail lounge, Le Bar, and a Piano Bar overlooking the gardens. Explore the city’s main attractions such as the Jemma El Fna Square and Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret to name but a few.
After 3 wonderful nights in Marrakech, head out of the city with a private car transfer, to the secluded resort of Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains, a perfect place for you and your partner to enjoy a relaxing and intimate escape. For this romantic destination, we have included a private dinner for you in one of the secluded and romantic locations within the resort; however, breakfast and dinner are included every day of your stay. Four days stay here will help to melt away all your stresses and strains. Stay in a suite or maybe a tented Berber suite, situated a little further away from the main building. The Atlas Mountains are a rugged area to explore if you wish, and the Kasbah will be more than happy to arrange jeep tours, or for the experienced, horse treks.
South Africa Explorer
For many, there can be nothing more romantic than an African safari, and what better way of starting your holiday than with a stay in Cape Town following your nuptials?
Ellerman House is a discreet getaway with a dramatic mountainside setting and panoramic ocean views. There are nine luxurious rooms and two spacious suites with adjoining lounges, while Ellerman Villa offers a self-contained home of exceptional exclusivity and unrivalled privacy. Ellerman House rests on the sun-soaked shores of cosmopolitan Cape Town and is in close proximity to pristine beaches with the V&A Waterfront, an area of a bustling location of bars and restaurants, and with the cosmopolitan city itself only a short distance away. Cape Town is an ideal gateway to the uniquely rare adventures of South Africa such as wildlife safaris, wine country excursions and endless water play along pristine beaches.
Singita Sabi Sand offers rare solitude and the ultimate in safari luxury on prime game viewing land, recognised globally for its diversity and formidable concentration of big game and frequent leopard sightings. Guests can choose between three unfenced lodges, infused with the glamour and elegance of Singita. Boulders Lodge has a contemporary air of tranquillity that honours Africa in an authentic way. Inspiring the name Boulders was an enormous boulder that sat right in the middle of the place where the wine cellar was to be built. A simple decision was made to build the cellar around the boulder! Guests can enjoy wrap-around views from most parts of the natural stone lodge, and the lookout deck offers the perfect spot from which to observe wildlife drawn to the Sand River.
From the delights of the bush to the elegant surroundings of the Delaire Graff Estate in the wine regions, your honeymoon is entering into its final stage. Situated on the highest crest of the magnificent Helshoogte Mountain Pass linking the Cape’s two leading wine districts – Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – the Delaire Graff Estate has one of the leading restaurants and boutique hotels in this illustrious vineyard region, if not in South Africa itself. This is a spectacular setting from which to partake in award-winning wines from the estates vineyards, enjoyed with some of the finest cuisine in the area. Total relaxation before your journey ends.
Amanpulo is a private island (known as Pamalican). Tourism has scarcely touched the islands in this area so paradise is truly at your fingertips. Amanpulo (meaning peaceful island) is surrounded by white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and seven kilometres of coral reef. Beyond are sandbanks and a channel where whales, dolphins and sea cows have been glimpsed. The coral island’s attraction lies in the pristine beauty of its environment and its complete exclusivity. Guests are greeted in Manila and flown by a 19-seat twin-engine plane, landing on the island’s private airstrip. With views of the ocean and surrounding islands, there is nothing on Pamalican but the resort of Amanpulo, its 40 casitas and 11 villas.
Here it is as it was meant to be seen – natural, wild and beautiful. Stargaze, dive with dolphins, and admire the local flora and fauna. There are nature walks and water sports but throughout, the tranquillity will disarm you and total relaxation will set in.
There are choices in dining, from pizza to private in-suite dining. All designed to temp and entice. This is a truly magical location, just perfect after your truly magical day.
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