The World’s Best Island Honeymoon Destinations
We are perhaps conditioned as much by the media as our own inherent aspirations, but it is undeniable that when we are asked to think about luxury honeymoons the first thing that we dream up is some secluded island paradise. Is it any wonder really why the world’s most exotic island retreats are so widely appreciated, the soft golden sands, cloudless and eternal skies, swaying palms and clear turquoise waters; in fact in anybody’s book this sounds like a recipe for success.
So here is my own personal guide to some of the best and most exclusive island destinations in the world that will make your honeymoon a truly unforgettable experience.
Barbados- An island synonymous with far flung luxury and stunning natural beauty, Barbados has almost become a cliche but there is still so much magic and mystery that surrounds this place. The eastern most member of the lesser Antilles islands, Barbados enjoys a moderate tropical climate with a wet season from June to November and a drier period throughout December to May (the high season). Over a quarter of the island’s population is concentrated in the capital of Bridge Town, a bustling and vibrant modern metropolis, situated in the south west of Barbados. Some of the Caribbean’s finest luxury holiday properties have been established around the island particularly the family owned and boutique hotels such as Cobbler’s Cove and the Sandpiper, Coral Reef Club and Little Good Harbour. Enjoying an incredible colonial history, beautiful beaches including the world famous Crane beach and a warm and welcoming people, Barbados is a true Caribbean paradise
Langkawi- Perhaps not quite as well known as Barbados but equally as spectacular the Langkawi archipelago is situated just off the coast of Malaysia in the Andaman Sea. Of the 99 islands only two are constantly habited, with Palau by far the largest. The main township on Pulau, Kuah is a busy and expansive community with an abundance of boutiques, shops, restaurants, malls and cafes and the island as a whole has excellent infrastructure with a busy ferry service from Kuala Perlis and an international airport with regular flights from Kuala Lumpur. Pulau is particularly renowned for its natural beauty and diving opportunities at Pulau Payar. An especially romantic acitivity is to take the cable car to the summit of Mat Cincang, the island’s second largest peak. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views across the surrounding rainforest including the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls. A bridge has been erected between Mat Cincang and another nearby mountain and for those who don’t mind heights incredible views are afforded from a stroll across the walkway.
Bali- Often regarded as Indonesia’s most commercial island Bali is regardless of this reputation an incredible place to honeymoon. Although in one day’s continuous drive you can entirely circumnavigate the island Bali withholds an eclecticism and diversity completely contradictory to its tiny stature. Populated by a peaceful and cultured people who excel in crafts and the arts, an air of serenity pervades the island that instils itself into all aspects of Balinese society. Explore the wonderful beaches and the grand Buddhist temples before returning to your luxury accommodation for some traditional holistic spa treatments. The beauty of Bali is that it offers something for everyone, whether the deserted coasts of the north or the bustling street life of Seminyak, the artistry of Ubud or the natural beauty of the Ayung River Valley
Mauritius- Continually acknowledge as one of the world’s leading island destinations what more can be said about Mauritius, how many superlatives need to be lavished upon this place to convey its wonder? Mauritius is an island paradise in every sense of the word. Nestled in the turquoise waters of the calm Indian Ocean the only thing that challenges the picturesque scenery of its landscape is the attentive service of its many premier resorts and hotels. The Mauritian tourism industry prides itself on being a world leader in luxurious and secluded vacation properties from establishments such as Le Telfair, The Oberoi and The Residence to Four Seasons and One & Only; indeed few places in the world can match the artillery of unbeatably opulent hotels that Mauritius can boast.