For Wild Luxury
Como Uma Paro, Bhutan
Nestled in the magical Paro Valley, Como Uma Paro is an intimate haven with an exclusive edge unmatched anywhere else in Bhutan. Oozing comfort and style, this 29-room resort is an ideal base for exploring the cultural treasure trove that is this region. Combining local artisanship with Como’s famed contemporary feel, it offers a wide range of activities, from yoga to Himalayan camping adventures – meaning newlyweds can choose to do as much or as little as they like. The award-winning Bukhari restaurant is a royal favourite and its namesake reflects the traditional Bhutanese fireplace that forms a dramatic centrepiece to its circular, pavilion-style design. The fare is always distinctly seasonal, using only the freshest, local produce sourced personally by executive chef, Arsa Made. The clever culinary mix of Bhutanese and international dishes pack a punch on flavour whilst exuding the utmost finesse. For a dreamy spa experience Como’s Shambhala Retreat is the only place to relax, indulging in its holistic, Asian-inspired treatments. The hotel’s nine villa suites come complete with their own private therapy rooms, ensuring absolute privacy. The resort also boasts two hot stone bathhouses, steam rooms for both male and female guests and a gym and yoga studio complete with captivating Paro Valley views. The large indoor pool with alfresco sundeck is the perfect spot to enjoy a blissful sundowner à deux and bathe in the beauty of an unbeatable Bhutanese sunset.
From Dhs2,556 a night; www.comohotels.com
For Beach Bliss
Phulay Bay, Thailand
This Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi is simply magnificent, with its white sandy beaches stretching to the Andaman Sea framing one of the most captivating luxury beach resorts in Asia. From the moment guests arrive, they are transported to a place where time is in abundance and the power of nature revitalises mind, body and soul. It truly is the ideal destination to make your first memories as husband and wife.
From Dhs1,861 a night; www.ritzcarlton.com
White Sand Spa
White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, Tanzania
This boutique bolthole sits on the east coast of the paradisiacal island of Zanzibar where the picture-perfect Paje beach is lapped by the azure waves of the Indian Ocean. With just 11 villas, guests are drawn here for a blissful barefoot experience. Starting from around 500 square metres, villas are spacious and come with their own private pool and deck. Relaxation is taken to the next level at the hotel’s spa which offers a wide range of indulging treatments including a sauna and hammam. Guests can add
a splash of adventure to their stay with kitesurfing, wrapped up with sunset mocktails on the rooftop bar.
From Dhs5,070 a night, www.whitesandvillas.com
Ariara Island, The Philippines
Ariara is the epitome of a tropical escape with a bit of Robinson Crusoe privacy thrown in there, too. It is an unspoiled paradise island with just four beach cottages boasting captivating, uninterrupted sea views. Romantic, stylish and with service that is par excellence, each residence – designed and built by Filipino architect Jorge Yulo – is taken care of by the exceptionally attentive staff. With an eco focus, the resort was sensitively created in homage to the lush surrounding flora and fauna. A sanctuary for an enormous diversity of wildlife both on land and at sea, guests are promised enchanting encounters and adventures. The island’s motto is ‘take life at your own pace’, promising couples the chance to really kickback and experience marital bliss.
From Dhs2,626 a night; www.ariaraisland.com
For City Chic
Ellerman House, South Africa
This historical, noble mansion has been transformed into a beautiful boutique hotel. Perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head in Cape Town’s prestigious Bantry Bay, it was once the home of shipping magnates Sir John and Lady Ellerman. The Ellerman House consists of 13 bedrooms and two three-bedroom villas, with each space having its own highly-styled design, whilst offering all of the luxuries of five-star accommodation in the most personal setting. What sets it apart from its peers – other than having the best sunset views in the city – is its art collection dating back to the 1800s, with guided tours whenever you desire. The hotel’s snug spa means relaxation can also be on the agenda with its small team of highly-trained therapists and a carefully curated menu of top-to-toe treatments.
From Dhs2,352 a night; www.ellerman.co.za
Baccarat Hotel, United States
A trip to this incredible five star hotel is what art-lover holidays are made of. Situated adjacent to MoMa and Manhattan’s Museum Mile, you’ll find yourself engulfed in cultural Arcadia. The French-inspired hotel consists of 112 rooms, each adorned in custom-made Mascioni jacquard bedding, while the US$60 million penthouse sits proudly at its peak. With grandeur and a love of detail at every turn, this true city chic.
From Dhs3,965 a night; www.grandluxuryhotels.com
Le Meurice, France
Opened in 1835, Le Meurice is considered one of the Paris’ most prestigious abodes. Nuzzled between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, the hotel’s location makes for a honeymoon heaven. With its two Michelin-star restaurant, overseen by acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse, and the opulent Dining Room the embodiment of 18th-century Versailles opulence with a hint of contemporary chic, a truly regal and gastronomic experience awaits.
From Dhs4,085 a night; www.dorchestercollection.com
Brown’s Hotel, England
Founded 175 years ago by Lord Byron’s butler, Brown’s is a guidepost of historical significance. Sat proudly in the heart of Mayfair, it was London’s first hotel and remains one of the most illustrious in the capital to this day. A truly inspiring address, it’s where Rudyard Kipling completed The Jungle Book and Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever phone call. Stay here for a classic slice of London life and step out of your suite into the splendour of the city.
From Dhs2,695 a night; www.roccofortehotels.com
For Winter Wonders
Khyber Resort, India
If your perfect idea of a honeymoon is to jet off to a winter wonderland, close the hotel room door, and cosy up by a fireplace, then this destination in Srinagar is for you. Set within a ski resort, with a wonderful spa and indoor pool on your doorstep, there is plenty to do should you decide to leave the sanctuary of your suite. With personalised trekking trips and other winter-themed activities, you will be spoiled for choice. A king-sized property with bountiful gardens, the 85 rooms will be filled with like minded-guests seeking the perfect respite of romance and adventure.
From Dhs835 a night; www.khyberhotels.com
Four Seasons Bali at Sayan, Indonesia
If it’s zen you’re seeking, then make a bee-line to this lush, riverside resort tucked away in a tropical hideout just minutes away from the capital of cool: Ubud. Guests can enjoy complimentary yoga and meditation classes to nourish the senses in this luxury environment with a bohemian vibe. For something more high-octane, check out the resort’s many adventure experiences, such as river rafting or try an authentic Balinese experience by visiting a local farm for the day. Book a suite or a villa overlooking the river and surrounding forest for the ultimate romantic escape.
From Dhs2,083 a night; www.fourseasons.com
For Nature Lovers
Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka
The world’s first tea bungalow resort on the famous Ceylon Tea trails, this special getaway on ‘Miracle Island’ sits 1,250 metres above ground level. While away the days sipping on the world-famous tea and take in the breathtaking views of mountains and endless fields. Comprising of five restored colonial-era tea planter residences, you can enjoy a 24-hour personal butler service to cater to their every desire. Each bungalow is unique and offers an alternative to a mainstream hotel experience in this beautiful house setting.
From Dhs1,652 a night; www.resplendentceylon.com
For Time Travel
Raj Mahal, India
Be transported back in time with a stay at this remarkable Jaipur retreat. A former palace, it exudes opulence and regality at every turn. No room is the same and the attention to detail throughout is simply mesmerising. The palace is perfectly situated to explore the ‘Pink City’ with its historic forts and colour-drenched sites. Originally built by a Maharajah for his beloved, the palace is swathed in romance. Could there be a more fitting honeymoon destination?
From Dhs2,325 a night; www.sujanluxury.com