4 to try: Hot honeymoons for 2016
Dance with romance
You’ve had your perfect day; now find the perfect honeymoon with inspired holidays to rev the romance!
If it's good enough for Mr and Mrs Clooney, it's good enough for us. Book a Hollywood-style mini-moon without the splurge at the boutique NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci, a four-star former palace on the Canal Grande. Located near St Mark's Square, its high ceilings, marble floors and romantic garden ooze elegance (grab a water taxi to make a movie star entrance). Rooms from €161.50 per night.
Get there: nh-hotels.com
South Africa safari
Discover why South Africa truly is a "world in one country" with an eight-night, no-expense-spared wildlife adventure. Ditch the crowds and seek out the Big Five in exclusive private game reserves, where visitor numbers are strictly limited, and enjoy ultra-luxurious amenities like private transfers, plunge pools and sumptuous glass-fronted lodges. From white lions at Sabi Sands and Timbavati private reserves to champagne picnics with elephants, this is nature on a grand scale with creature comforts to match. Flights included.
Get there: tropicalsky.ie; from €5,949pp
Nepal & Oman
Why pick a typical honeymoon?
Go off the beaten track with a couple's adventure in Nepal followed by beach bliss in Oman. Hit the spa in Kathmandu before feeling on top of the world with a private guided trek in the Annapurna mountain range. Have your marriage blessed in a traditional Hindu or Buddhist ceremony, before spending your final days on the luxuriant sands of Oman, where gourmet dining, desert adventures or nothing but blissful R&R awaits. Prices from €3,585pp for 13 nights based on UK departures.
Get there: scottdunn.com.
Sensational Sri Lanka
Honeymooners flock to the Indian Ocean, and those who like their paradise with a side of culture are heading to the beaches of Sri Lanka. With GoHop's Culture and Northern Beaches Honeymoon, you can frolic in ancient temples and markets by day, and sleep like royalty at night at a string of luxury hotels. Throw in traditional villages, wildlife encounters and white sands, and you've got the recipe for one sweet honeymoon.
Get there: gohop.ie; from €2,260pp for 12 nights ex. flights
PS. Thailand - Recipe for happiness
Add spice to your honeymoon with a five-star break in Thailand’s Indigo Pearl resort featuring cooking lessons. Seven nights from €1,049pp.
Book the best hotel deals for these destinations on Independent Hotels.
NB: All prices subject to availability/change.