Globe-Trotter's Top Five Honeymoon Destinations For 2018

13 Feb 18


Globe-Trotter's Top Five Honeymoon Destinations For 2018 - GLOBE-TROTTER

Ramp up the romance at this year's honeymoon hotspots.

If you're looking for the perfect mini-moon…

Seville is having something of a moment right now. Voted one of Lonely Planet's must-see cities for 2018, Seville oozes sultry romance. Like a lovechild between Catholic grandeur and Moorish glamour, the city is full to the brim with countless cobbled streets winding their way to distinctly Spanish architectural treasures.

The Alfonso XIII hotel channels that unique Andalusian opulence in a lesson in luxury. As well as being just moments from the imposing cathedral and beautiful Royal Alcazar, this 1920s hotel also houses one of Seville's few swimming pools – perfect for when the temperatures start soaring.

If you're looking for a sense of adventure…

When it comes to biodiversity, Ecuador is one of the richest places on the planet, making it perfect if you're looking for a little adventure. For a walk on the wild side, head straight to Ecuador's atmospheric cloud forest for a stay at Mashpi Lodge – a slickly-designed eco-hotel set in its own private reserve.

Creature comforts are still on offer thanks to locally-sourced fine dining and a spa overlooking the treetops, but the wildlife is the main draw. Days start with bird-watching on the hotel's panoramic rooftop, followed by a private guided trek across the forest floor passing wildlife and waterfalls (where you can stop for a romantic dip). Don't miss a ride on the new Dragonfly – a 200m high, mile-long jungle gondola, which glides through the wildlife-rich Mashpi canopy.

If you're looking for unadulterated romance…

Forget Mauritius or the Maldives. For a path less trodden by the newly-wed brigade, head to the equally idyllic but undeniably less mainstream Song Saa in Cambodia. Known locally as 'The Sweethearts', this private island hotel was practically made for honeymooners.

Song Saa's 27 stylish, sustainable villas either nestle in the jungle or perch on stilts over the sea for complete privacy – perfect for sampling the hotel's menu of upscale Khmer classics on your own private terrace as you watch the sun set over the water. Afterwards, try the hotel's 'night spa', which lets you relax under the Cambodian stars or take a 'bioluminescence swim' where a speedboat whisks you away for a private dip in the ocean's moonlit waters.

If you're looking for bucket-list material…

Want a once-in-a-lifetime safari? Try Ampersand's two-week extravaganza following the coastline from Namibia around to South Africa's Garden Route. Staying in sumptuous lodges and romantic tented camps, the route through Namibia starts at the dunes in Sossusvlei where days are spent having romantic champagne picnics in the sand and nights are for stargazing at the desert sky.

Afterwards, it's onto the Skeleton Coast to spot some elusive desert elephants, followed by a bush-chic stay in the game-rich Etosha National Park. Leaving Namibia, follow South Africa's scenic Garden Route, starting off at Cape Town's elegant Ellerman House and finishing at The Plettenburg where you'll spot wales and dolphins frolicking in the picturesque bay.

If you're looking for a taste of decadence…

Reachable only by boat, you'll be grateful for The Capri Palace's remote location when you see the vista across the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains – best admired from your suite's private plunge pool, of course. But aside from the panoramic views, the hotel's highlight is its restaurants, making it perfect for a gastronomic getaway.

Chef Andrea Migliaccio's elegant L'Olivo is the only restaurant in Capri with two Michelin stars, while the poolside Il Riccio is a beach club with a difference, serving the finest one-Michelin-starred seafood. A word of warning – the hotel's hotly-anticipated reopening is happening in April, so make sure you get your reservation in early.

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