Leading travel network Virtuoso have put together their top recommendations for the most luxurious honeymoons for couples looking to de-stress after their wedding at some of the most over-the-top destinations around the world.
Staying on a private island can be the ultimate romantic escape and they’ve selected four of the best from their portfolio of the most upscale properties around the world, all detailed below and available to book through the Virtuoso site with added bonuses not available to anybody else.
Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands is reopening after damage sustained by last year’s hurricanes. The exclusive retreat provides plenty of options for active honeymooners over its 30 hectares. Couples can water-ski, wakeboard, sail, paddleboard, kayak and even kitesurf. Travellers who book through a Virtuoso travel advisor receive two complimentary one-hour massages among other benefits. Rates for the entire island start at £48,166 a night.
Musha Cay in the Bahamas, owned by magician David Copperfield, offers honeymooners almost 300 hectares of lush island beauty to explore on their own. Lie on the white-sand beaches, take a dip in the turquoise waters, relax in the Jacuzzis, or take the WaveRunner to explore 11 nearby private islands. A staff of more than 30 tend to guests’ every need. Rates start at £32,367 a night.
Royal Belize is a three-villa hideaway spread over three hectares, where the couple can experience undersea adventures, culinary delights and beachside lounging. Virtuoso guests receive either a complimentary private sunset cruise to a nearby exclusive island, or a private island snorkel as well as other perks. Rates start at £4,632 a night.
At Dolphin Island, Fiji, newlyweds enjoy 5.7 hectares as their personal playground. Take a dip in the infinity pool, explore coral reefs or enjoy water sports. Fresh fish and tropical fruit are readily available. Virtuoso guests enjoy a complimentary traditional feast accompanied by Fijian musicians in addition to other advantages. Rates start at £2,318 a night for two.
Ultraluxe honeymooners are seeking privacy and exclusivity in their accommodations, so having an island or villa all to themselves is highly desirable. Privileged access to locations and experiences that only a rare few can enjoy is a key element of honeymooning like a royal. Couples want exotic, off-the-beaten-path locales, so they can be the first in their group of friends to discover a new destination. Accommodations and settings must be breathtaking, so they’re perfect for sharing via Instagram. Newlyweds today don’t just want to fly and flop; they cherish their beach time but also crave fun activities and unbelievable food and drink. Another element to an ultraluxe honeymoon is over-the-top service, where anything the couple could want or need is handled before they even think of it.
Karen Goldberg, Managing Director, Hotels & Resorts, Virtuoso.