The Boutique Hotel Awards has just awarded six boutique hotels, for excelling in romantic honeymoon travel.
With literally hundreds of thousands of dreamy retreats existing all around the world, these gorgeous abodes must be doing something special to stand out from the crowds. But what is it?
Take a look at this golden list of the six best hotels who topped it in the Honeymoon Hideaway category and you’ll see why.
And brides, if you’re in the midst of honeymoon planning, I think you’ll agree, each and every one makes you want to book a romantic escape, doesn’t it?
But which one’s your favourite? Leave a comment and let me know. The Pondoro Game Lodge definitely does it for me…
The Americas’ Best Honeymoon Hideaway – The Hacienda Xcanatun, The Yucatan, Mexico.
This hotel – a former 18th century sisal hacienda nestled in the lush and less commercialised corner of The Yucatan peninsula – promises to deliver a far-flung Mexican experience. Think lazy hammocks, saltwater pools and 18 individual suites filled with beamed ceilings, arched stone walls and wonderful antiques. Couples are attracted by the promise of absolute privacy, ancient Mayan spa therapies and gorgeous colonial style guest rooms. With no TVs, it’s also ideal for couples to get their ‘digital detox’ and fully recharge. A perfect set-up for honeymoon bliss.
Asia’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway – The Hezen Cave Hotel, Ortahisar, Turkey
An old house of natural ‘cave’ walls, the Hezen Cave Hotel lies within steep soft rock slopes and natural stone structures (known as ‘fairy chimneys) giving the landscape a bizarre ‘lunar’ appearance. Once inhabited by the ancient civilization of the Hittites Empire, the hotel is a stone’s throw from historic monasteries and churches and offers incredible views over the Ortahisar Fairy Chimney Castle. Besides the quirky factor, sunset cocktail hour and rather surreal setting, honeymoon couples will get personalised help with planning excursions. They’ll also get a truly enchanting (and romantic) setting to explore.
Australasia’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway – The Remote Resort, Rainbow Reef, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Couples in search of a far-flung desert island to celebrate their love will absolutely get it at Vanua Levu, Fiji. You have to sail across the world famous Rainbow Reef to get to reach it- a 64-acre jungle-clad island where you’ll find incredible diving, coconut trees and understated luxury. With romantic beach bonfires, stargazing and an incredible natural beauty, this is a dreamy and secluded spot where oved-up honeymooners can bliss out Robinson-Crusoe style.
Europe’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway – The Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Selfoss, Iceland
A former abandoned inn, this now unique boutique hotel is perched on stilts and carries a sleek and sustainable feel. With the dramatic Mount Hengill and Iceland’s volcanic rural landscape as your backdrop, it’s the perfect place to hike by day, then sink into the comfort of Scandi-chic interiors by night. Want to turn the romantic levels up a notch? Sink into steaming outdoor pools, cuddle up on sheepskin rugs and marvel at The Northern Lights. You can nod off knowing you won’t miss this spectacular natural phenomenon, as staff can provide wake-up calls if the aurora borealis appear in the middle of the night.
Southeast Asia’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway – Villa Moonshadow, Koh Samui, Thailand
Honeymoon couples in search of a room with a view, will be in their element at this achingly chic boutique hotel. Surrounded by a carpet of trees, this series of ‘armadillo’ shaped hotel blocks present infinity pools and open decks that provide panoramic views right out over the ocean and Koh Samui Coral Cove. Wherever you are in this hotel – whether it’s the luxurious bathtub, infinity pool or king sized bed, romance seekers will have instagram-worthy paradise snaps right in view.
Africa’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway – Pondoro Game Lodge, Greater Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit, South Africa
Located by the Olifants river, this beautiful lodge offers super personalised service (there are just five luxurious suites) within the private Balule reserve. Think post safari glasses of sherry, home-made snacks and evening drive G&Ts. And if the elegant cave-like rooms aren’t enough to switch on the romance, the candlelit wine cellar dinners, Jacuzzis overlooking the river and stunning treehouse hideaway (which you can book for the night) certainly will. This is how you see The Big Five in (romantic) style.
Until next time x
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