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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Heavenly Honeymoon

Mark Evans explores his top nine romantic destinations.

Published 01/05/2014 | 14:35

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Secrets Riviera, Cancun
Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay, Bali
Taj Mahal in sunrise light, Agra, India
Taj Mahal in sunrise light, Agra, India

Mark Evans explores his top honeymoon destinations.

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For those who want to see things as well as relax, here’s a luxury train experience, four nights in a wine region and two free nights in bustling Cape Town.

You’ll fly with Emirates from Dublin to Johannesburg, returning from Cape Town, spend a night at the four-star Court Classique Hotel, Pretoria including a private transfer from Johannesburg airport and breakfasts.

You’ll spend two days on The Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town, which includes overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Suite, one brunch, high tea, dinner and breakfast and all drinks on board (excluding champagne).

Spend two free nights at either The Taj Cape Town or The Westin Cape Town including breakfast, plus five days car hire with Avis South Africa, as well as four nights at the four star-plus star Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards, Franschhoek, including daily breakfast. From €1,959 per person, based on specific departure on June 14.

 

Singapore a Bali-moon

For the ulimate in a high end honeymoon, combine a stay in the world famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore with two top-class hotels in Bali. The luxury 15-night trip costs from €4,259pp, and includes flights with KLM, eight nights at the five star-plus Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, including a private transfer, daily breakfast and free upgrade to an Ocean View One Bedroom Villa (with a private plunge pool).

There’s also a private transfer to Ubud, with four nights at the five star-plus Four Seasons at Sayan in a One Bedroom Duplex Suite, daily breakfast and set lunch at the Riverside Cafe for two.

Then there’s a private transfer back to Denpasar airport, flight to Singapore and three nights at Raffles in a Courtyard Suite,

For more info on either of the above, call Trailfinders Tailormade Holidays in Dublin on 01-677 7888 or see www.trailfinders.ie

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Even more Bali-hoo

Set on south coast of Bali the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel offers guests a stunning beach location. Laze by the pool, or stuff yourself silly at each of the five a la carte restaurants. And if you want to live the high life, upgrade to a Palace Club Room, complete with your own butler.

Nine nights’ B&B at the five-star Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is from €1,740 in a deluxe room, with the upgrade and butler from €315pp.

Travel is between August 1 and 31. For more info, email justin.blackwood@bowetravel.ie or check out www.bowetravel.ie

 

To get away from it all

The Maldives sound exotic – and they are. And the four-star Medhufushi Island Resort is straight out of a tropical paradise postcard.

Transfer to the resort by seaplane, pick up your complimentary fruit basket and bottle of wine on arrival, and just chill in a beach villa.

Seven nights half board this summer is from €1569pp, with upgrades, including accommodation in a dreamy water villa, for €165pp or full board accommodation from €265pp.

www.classicresorts.ie

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Something completely different

Sri Lanka’s not just about beaches – it’s got the wildlife, bustling street life and history of a continent all contained on a single island. This trip includes a fortnight touring the island, including the capital

Colombo, world heritage sites, Trincomalee Beaches, a jeep safari in two national parks and a selection of meals.

The price, from €1,820pp, doesn’t include international flights but features internal flights and safari.

www.Gohop.ie/01-2412389.

 

Two cities one cruise

Head to Vegas, spend three nights at the four-star Luxor Resort & Casino, then two nights at the three-star Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, followed by five nights on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of The Seas.

Prices from €1035pp, including return flights ex Dublin, internal flights from Las Vegas to Orlando, accommodation, taxes and charges.

Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, internal flights from New York to Mexico, 8 nights accommodation, taxes and charges. Based on 2 sharing. Flight connections also available ex Belfast, Shannon & Cork.

Travel: May 2014

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American Holidays is fully licensed and bonded by Commission for Aviation Regulation (TO 029).Call American Holidays on 01 673 3804/www.americanholidays.com.

 

Sensational Seyechelles

Another tropical paradise – with a hotel set across two sunning beaches. Stay eight nights in the five-star Constance Ephelia Resort from €1889pp, with return flights ex Dublin, half-board hotel, return airport transfers, taxes and charges. Visit www.travelmood.ie, or call 01 4331063.

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Vegas and Mexico

Yup, Sin City’s a big hit with honeymooners – and it’s one of the offers from Sunway which has launched its very own Couples Retreats and Honeymoon brochure.

Spend four nights in the five-star Caesars Palace followed by a week in the five-star Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun– on 71 acres of beachfront and tropical paraside – from €2249pp. All brochures can be downloaded at www.sunway.ie/downloads.asp.

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THE Taj Mahal is the world’s ultimate shrine

Try a little adventure – but in ultimate luxury – on an escorted tour of India.

Insight Vacations’ seven-day Essence of India tour takes you around the Golden Triangle, visiting the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, which are filled with ancient imposing forts, sumptuous palaces and gleaming marble temples, including the Taj Mahal.

You’ll ride the Shatabdi Express train from Delhi to Agra in air-conditioned chair class, enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk market and explore Samode Palace and enjoy the folk dances of Rajasthan.

Tours include selected meals and stay in top-class hotels.

Prices from €1924 including flights ex Ireland (without flights €1249 per person), based on October 5 departure.

If you want to see thw top of the world, combine Classical India with Nepal on a 13-day tour. Prices from €3419 including flights (without flights €2749).

It includes all the above plus trip to Kathmandu and the splendours of the Himalayas.

Contact your local travel agent, visit www.insightvacations.com, or call 01 775 3803.

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