By Catherine MaGuire
Your honeymoon should be the most magical holiday of your life, giving you time to unwind and enjoy each other’s company after all the excitement of your wedding day.
And just as your choice of venue for your wedding day reflects your own personalities, you’ll want a honeymoon destination that suits you both. Remember – there is no obligation to lie on a beach for two weeks!
‘A quiet, relaxing time together – anywhere would do’
If all you want is time together and the stress of long-haul flights isn’t your scene, then a beautiful cottage in Tuscany may serve you just as well as an all-inclusive Far Eastern beach holiday.
‘A little bit of luxury and privacy’
If you want something glam and gorgeous, then saving on travel in favour of a top-class location may be the best bet. You could fly to France, but then stay in a succession of luxurious chateaux and hotels.
‘A taste of adventure’
Perhaps you’ve both always wanted to do something a little bit different and adventurous. Whether it’s an African safari, white-water rafting, snorkelling and diving or trekking, make sure, that you both have the same idea of what you’re letting yourself in for. Your Honeymoon is not the time to try somewhere unusual that you’re not going to like.
‘To see the sights’
Perhaps you can think of nothing more romantic than sitting together in a cafe in St. Mark’s Square, Venice or wandering through the ancient temples of Luxor. Make sure you do your research – there’s nothing worse than getting home and finding that the museum/gallery you’ve always meant to visit was literally just around the corner from your hotel!
‘Sun, sea and sand’
Walking hand-in-hand through the surf on a white sandy beach is surely the definitive honeymoon scene. Just be sure – especially if you are active types – that you really do want to be lazing around for all that time. You might consider combining the tropical beach with a week of…
An activity element – perhaps walking, skiing or cycling – can be perfect if you both love the activity involved. After all the stress of the wedding – and all that food and drink – some exercise can be invigorating and restorative. But avoid forcing your favourite activity on your less-than-enthusiastic new spouse.
‘Best of both worlds’
Honeymoons are supposed to be romantic – but even the most intense lovebirds need a break! The most popular choice nowadays is a ‘dual centre’ break, combining a week of beach-based relaxation with a more active or city-based week.
For more information and advice please contact: Catherine Maguire