10 Honeymoon Destinations That Are Ideal For A Romantic Retreat

Now that you have said your 'I do's', it is time to transition into your honeymoon phase. With the stress and prep of the wedding behind you, its time to unwind together: sometimes in seclusion and sometimes with adventure. 

When looking for the perfect honeymoon destination, there are a few things to consider—do you or your partner prefer art and culture over adventure or are you history buffs? Keeping in mind your distinct, individual selves and varied interests, we bring to you a list of exciting and alluring honeymoon destinations that should be on your radar. 

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, Tuscany, Italy

Situated on the border of Florence and Pisa and in the heart of Tuscany lies the Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, surrounded by 75 hectares of vineyards and groves of olive trees that lend the property a scenic view. An estate once owned by the Medici family and with 800 years of history behind it, the resort is surrounded by lush greenery and a quaint charm—a perfect getaway far from the hustle and bustle of city life. From wine tastings at the cellar to dining which incorporates organic produce, a move that works in sync with the zero food mile concept, prepare to indulge in an unforgettable Tuscan experience at La Rocca di Castelfalfi, La Via del Sale or 1L Rosamarino, the in-house restaurants. If you wish to spend time outdoors, take part in one of the many activities on offer—bike riding, yoga lessons, tennis classes or golf training at the biggest golf course in Tuscany, or hone your culinary skills in a pizza and pasta making class with your partner, all along taking in the picturesque views at this Preferred Hotel & Resorts property. 

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Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, Champagne, France

Paris, with its rich culture and modern offerings, is a must-visit, but Champagne, from where the bubbly derives its name, makes for a more off-beat destination for honeymoon goers. Overlooking the vineyards and an idyllic location to stay at, the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, with its luxe decor and comfortable indoors is an inviting option for you to consider. Opt for a bicycle ride in the vineyards if you want to spend the day in the great outdoors; view renowned UNESCO World Heritage sites on a boat tour on the Marne River; take a hot air balloon ride for a 360-degree aerial view or sip on some sparkling Champagne on a sommelier-led visit to the cellar. Equal parts serene and adventurous, it's the ideal destination for the couple who wants the best of both worlds.

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Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa

Natural surroundings and incredible vistas welcome you in the famed Garden Route in South Africa, all the more reason for you to experience an authentic Safari at the Gondwana Private Game Reserve, a member of Preferred Hotel & Resorts. Post a four-hour drive from Cape Town to the destination, prepare to witness glorious views of the Outeniqua mountain range along with sightings of lions, leopards, elands, giraffes, hippos, zebras and an abundance of wildlife that thrives in the area. On the accommodation front, the traditional Khoi-San dwelling in the Kwena Lodge offers 14 open-plan suites with an infinity pool and open fireplaces while the 12 Fynbos and  Bush Villas come equipped with expansive decks to admire the views. Spend your nights stargazing with the skylights on the property, while during the day, you may wish to visit attractions such as Mossel Bay and Knysna which help you delve into the local culture. 

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Sofitel Frankfurt Opera, Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt, more often than not, may be cited as the financial hub of Germany, but with noteworthy historical sights such as the Römerberg, numerous cathedrals with gothic architecture and various exhibits and museums to explore, the city is the ideal destination for history and art enthusiasts. Book a stay at the Sofitel Frankfurt Opera, which, located in the centre and a brief walk away from several prominent landmarks, guarantees a luxurious stay, complete with an array of services. When it comes to the truly unmissable experiences, a culinary tour of the city comes highly recommended. Over a span of 2.5 hours, a guided walk will take you through the sights as well as the gastronomic delights. Expect the Gruene Sosse—cited to be invented by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s mother and his favourite, along with Frankfurter sausages, a local delicacy; the Ebbelwei (a traditional wine) and much more. 

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Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia, Carribean Islands

Looking forward to a holiday with your partner that doubles up as a detox retreat? We suggest booking a stay at Jade Mountain in Saint Lucia, an eco-friendly estate that gives TVs and all forms of technology a miss. Located on the Caribbean’s southern-western coastline, the well-designed architecture stands out, and coming together with the lush, green outdoors makes for an unforgettable experience. Take in the views of the Piti and Gros Piton mountains floating upon the Caribbean Sea; spend a lazy day outdoors on the beach or in the infinity pool at the property or opt for a relaxing spa. Other activities on offer are visits to the art gallery, birdwatching, an array of excursions and scuba diving, among other water-based sports. For a truly arresting view, don’t forget to view the mesmerising Caribbean sunset!

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Myconian Villa Collection, Mykonos, Greece

Experience Mykonos like never before with your stay at the Myconian Villa Collection, a luxury resort that promises unforgettable views of the bay of Elia and the Aegean sea. The pristine white interiors of the rooms and villas on offer come with customised furniture and immense attention to detail—handcrafted rugs, stone floors and wood accents give the place a modern feel. Dedicate a day to the beach which is a stone’s throw away, or observe the spectacular views from the property’s sundeck that comes accompanied by an infinity pool. On the food front, delectable local flavours come alive in the palettes which comprise freshly sourced produce; led by chef Thodoris Kyriakidis, the aperitivos and cocktails are a culinary delight. With spa treatments to unwind and a famed local nightlife to see, there is much that you can experience with your partner at the Greek island town. 

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The Capra, Sass-Fee, Switzerland

If the snow-capped Swiss Alps have been on your radar, we suggest zeroing in on Switzerland as your honeymoon destination. Book at a stay at The Capra, a luxury boutique hotel that derives its name from the Latin word for the mountain goat unique to the locality, and boasts of a view of the maximum number of 4,000-metre peaks visible at a single glance. When not spending time indoors in the cosy lounge or in-house library, patrons can partake in winter sports that guarantee sweeping views of the valleys and the mountain peaks. A number of suites, complete with plush interiors are up for the taking, as are the wellness experiences tailored to help you unwind. Following a ‘farm to table’ philosophy, this Preferred Hotel & Resorts property promises the freshest ingredients, along with the local wines from Valais, the country’s leading wine-growing region. 

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Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

How would you like to stay in an estate once visited by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie and Greta Garbo? At Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, history comes alive at the property located in the Beyoğlu area, surrounded by popular haunts you might wish to explore. The seven-storey building, with its renovated interiors, bent arches and domes, features extraordinary architectural details which go way back in time. Kubbeli Lounge, the highlight of the property, packs an additional punch. Visit the great bazaars of the city that is as European as it is Asian, exploring the iconic monuments such as the Hagia Sophia, a popular landmark of the Byzantine empire.  All in all, the Turkish getaway is a fabulous option for couples who wish to undertake an immersive cultural experience on their honeymoon. 

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Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, Maldives

Fancy a trip to the exotic Maldives for your honeymoon? Take a look at the Komandoo Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives Islands, a relaxed getaway destination that is ideal for your honeymoon. The azure waters of the Indian Ocean are visible throughout the property, whether you choose to stay at an Ocean Jacuzzi Water Villa built on stilts or a Beach Villa with a laidback appeal. Explore the vast underwater territories as you go snorkelling or diving, or simply unwind in your better half’s company. The adults-only retreat offers its guests a number of fine dining options, complete with the choicest cocktails and the unique opportunity to dine in the company of marine life at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, the world’s largest all-glass dining destination.

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Four Seasons Hotel, New York

A trip to the Big Apple calls for a stay that matches the experience. While you go around sampling the diverse lifestyle that only New York can provide, make your stay hassle-free by checking in to the Four Seasons Hotel located in Manhattan. With suites that give you a view of the bustling city—the New York skyline and a number of skyscrapers to boot—the resort offers you the ideal five-star experience. Designed by I.M. Pei, the new-age building is a popular landmark, complete with spa and sauna facilities, fitness centres, meeting rooms and much more to round off the experience perfectly. 

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