Stay home and start planning your dream honeymoon, use this time to plan the perfect escape. What better way to spend lock down than plotting your dream honeymoon.
From the romance of an 18th-century, antique-filled chateau in a sleepy French village to the sunrise spectacle of galloping wild horses at the surf’s edge on a forgotten Indonesian island, let’s inspire you to plan the most beautiful honeymoon.
It’s likely that you’ve heard of Amangiri in Utah. If you haven’t, we are certain you will have seen it all over Instagram. One of the most recognisable escapes, it’s in the heart of the canyon-filled Painted Desert and its clever polished concrete buildings seem as if they have been carved directly into the rugged landscape. The position doesn’t get more remote, but for couples seeking a real back-to-nature experience, new for 2020 is the soon-to-open Camp Sarika. A tented retreat a short drive or hike away from the main property with pit-fire cuisine, cosy campfire nights, and all the usual Aman trimmings, like the brand’s outstanding spa treatments. The focus here is on horse riding, trekking and outside adventures. For a truly magical honeymoon experience, book a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the glowing Navajo Mountains.
Swap the Amalfi for the Adriatic and fly down to Montenegro’s sparkling coastline. Be one of the first to stay in One & Only’s first European outpost in the slick resort of Portonovi on the shores of the beautiful Boka Bay. Due to open in October 2020, this uber luxurious hotel will have its own private sandy beach, a state-of-the-art wellness retreat, speedboats on hand for guests, plus Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli will be at the helm of the hotel’s healthy Italian restaurant Sabia. End on a high at Aman’s exceptionally romantic Sveti Stefan, a converted 15th-century fishing village on an island linked to the mainline by a narrow stone path. It doesn’t get much better.
Fancy something a little closer to home? We can not think of a better location than the converted 18th-century Château du Grand-Lucé. Originally owned by Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay, an old friend of King Louis XV, and set in 80 acres of manicured gardens – with a heated pool – the fine art and antiques found throughout the house and its opulent guest rooms are worthy of the V&A. Bedrooms are wonderfully grand with honeymoon-appropriate four-poster beds. Ask the friendly staff to whip up a picnic and head off to explore the grounds. For rainy days, there’s a spa and of course a generous supply of fine wine.
Gorilla trekking at Singita’s luxury eco-lodge will be the ultimate bonding experience for you and your new plus one for life. Sustainability is at the heart of everything the brand does, so buckle up for a guilt-free, low-impact wildlife experience to remember. When you’re not busy observing the endangered mountain gorillas, or hiking around the Volcanoes National Park, head to the spa or unwind in one of the lodge’s eight suites. All make the most of the prime location with floor-to-ceiling windows, plunge pools and roaring fireplaces. Singita has a passion for conservation and is the top ecotourism brand in Africa with long term plans to look after the continent’s wildlife. A honeymoon with a heart, if ever we heard it.