By ULTIMATE WEDDING MAGAZINE
Spend some time with your loved one beside the sea. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite destinations where you can stay, just a few steps away from the beach!
Above image: Heritage Le Telfair
Aleenta Hua Hin Resort and Spa, Thailand
The award-winning Aleenta Hua Hin Resort and Spa is the perfect destination for a romantic honeymoon. Situated on the pristine golden sand stretch of Pak Nampran Bay, the stunning sea views and intimate setting of the resort creates a magical location for newlyweds to celebrate.
If you’re wishing to choose an idyllic hideaway for your honeymoon, you will adore the private location of Aleenta Hua Hin Resort and Spa, and the luxurious residences available to reside in. You may choose the main resort, located on the beachfront, which features white-washed buildings with thatched roofs amid swaying palm trees, or the heavenly villas, steps away from the seashore and complete with private plunge pools.
In between exploring the tranquil beaches and lush surrounding countryside, you and your partner can fully unwind in the Ayurah Spa. Be spoilt for choice with a variety of treatments, including a soothing facial or massage, or indulge in a romantic hot tub filled with rose petals.
Also available, and an unforgettable experience is private beach dining taking place under the starry sky. Tasting the delectable fresh cuisine whilst listening to the lapping waves on the shore is certain to be the greatest finishing touch to your honeymoon!
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Uluwatu means ‘the rock at the land’s end’ and to this day Uluwatu remains a beautifully unspoilt corner of Bali overlooking the Indian Ocean. Wonderfully private, this is a place for couples to lose themselves in blissful tranquillity.
From its cliff-top position, the eco-friendly retreat commands spectacular views and enjoys golden sunsets. Each of the 56 villas have been styled in a contemporary way with brilliant use of traditional Balinese materials and comes with a private pool and butler. There are special morning yoga sessions, a 164ft cliff-hanging infinity pool and couples’ treatments in the Alila Spa.
Whilst enjoying your honeymoon you can indulge all your senses in the culinary delights of the signature fine-dining and traditional warung-style restaurants and the spectacular clifftop pool and bar. For something extra special, dine at the cabana by the cliff edge which offers breathtaking views.
Domes Noruz Chania, Greece
Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection, is a stylish 83-room and suite beachfront boutique and adult-only hotel – located in the extraordinary destination of Chania, Crete.
The spacious rooms feature spectacular pool and sea views of the lapis Cretan Sea as well as private outdoor baths or plunge pools. Its adult-only status will appeal to anyone seeking privacy, intimacy and exclusivity – and certainly the merits of the nearby attractions.
The hotel combines Greek heritage with modern design – with its enchanting Venetian harbour, captivating streets and hidden treasures, you can enjoy the combined benefits of a beach holiday and a cultural city experience. A seamless blend of Ottoman, Venetian, and Greek architecture, the old town is just a 10-minute drive from the hotel. The waterfront and promenade come alive at night with bars, clubs and restaurants – complete with flowing champagne and stylish pool parties.
Located on the northwest coast of Crete, Chania is one of the Mediterranean’s hottest new destinations for UK travellers. For those seeking culture, Chania is also steeped in history housing Polyrinia, one of the most fortified towns in ancient Greece, as well as being home to a historic market and impressive Archaeological Museum.
Galley Bay Resort and Spa, Antigua
Nestled in beautiful tropical gardens, Galley Bay Resort and Spa, Antigua is an intimate hideaway made with romance in mind. The boutique property provides a range of exquisite accommodation options, including the pretty Gauguin cottages which are a perfect hideaway. The cottages are settled close to the peaceful lagoon in a sanctuary of beautiful birds and wildlife. The cottages also come with outdoor space to unwind and relax and a plunge pool.
The hotel boasts three alfresco restaurants, Sea Grape, Gaugin and Ismay’s. For something extra special, a private dinner on the beach can be arranged with your very own waiter.
Galley Bay Resort and Spa offers exclusive honeymoon packages to enhance your stay. From a romantic champagne picnic on a secluded beach to soothing Aromatherapy massages, these will no doubt help you relax after the hustle and bustle of your big day!
Ozen at Maadhoo, Maldives
Unbridled opulence is how many describe Ozen. White beaches and azure waters can be accessed directly from the Earth Villas that are scattered along the shore, but if you don’t fancy a dip in the crystalline sea, you can always slide into the infinity pool or al fresco bathtub.
The tranquil resort offers an abundance of breathtaking activities; from canoeing in the Indian Ocean, indigenous Ayurveda experiences in the Elena spa whilst overlooking the Lagoon, Underwater dining in the M7 restaurant or exploring the reefs with the PADI certified Dive school.
Legally binding marriages do not take place at resorts in the Maldives, but the hotel can also offer unforgettable ceremonies. There are a number of packages to choose from that combine the ceremony with a variety of dining options and photoshoots, along with other additional services.
Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada
Set along the golden sands of the world-famous Grand Anse Beach in Grenada, Spice Island Beach Resort exudes luxury and sophistication. A place where you can exhilarate your senses with exotic spices and tropical flowers as the backdrop to your new life with your partner, this resort truly is a Caribbean paradise.
Spice Island Beach Resort is a boutique hideaway and the ultimate romantic place to relax and unwind. You can be pampered at the spectacular Janissa’s Spa, bask in the sun along the stunning Grand Anse Beach and indulge in the delicious cuisine served at the resort’s two open-air dining establishments; the Sea and Surf Terrace & Bar and Oliver’s Restaurant.
There are also options if you’re feeling active; you can make the most of the complimentary water sports including Hobie-cats, snorkelling, kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding. PADI-certified diving is also available for beginners and experienced underwater enthusiasts at an additional cost. You can explore the local tropical surroundings by embarking on an array of adventures including visits to the local rainforest and cycle rides through the lush vegetation and along the crystal clear coastlines.
The Landings Resort and Spa, St Lucia
Set just steps from one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean are the Beachfront Villa Suites at the 5-star all-suite Landings Resort and Spa in St Lucia.
The suites offer luxury accommodation with spacious living and dining areas, a designer kitchen, a bedroom with a king-size bed and marble bathroom and a private terrace overlooking the beach, Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island National Park. Choose a 2 or 3-bedroom suite and you can even have a private outdoor hot tub, a personal butler to take care of your every need as well as a chef to cook and serve a private dinner in your suite.
The white sand beach is great for relaxing or trying out some of the complimentary water sports on offer. Chill out at the Turquoise Beach Bar or enjoy delicious lunches and snacks at the Callaloo restaurant.
The resort has two other restaurants and a bar as well as a superb spa offering couples treatments, a fitness centre, a tennis court, three swimming pools, two hot tubs and a private marina – the perfect hopping-off point for a romantic sunset cruise.
Heritage Le Telfair, Mauritius
Heritage Le Telfair is a 5-star hotel on the Domaine de Bel Ombre South of Mauritius. This exclusive resort is stylish, elegant and full of colonial architecture, fine restaurants, bars and lush tropical gardens. Hugging the coastline makes it a perfect destination for beach lovers!
For those wanting to be right on the beach, beachfront accommodation is very popular. These suites are located just a few steps from the crystal clear sea. All suites are luxuriously appointed with the very best amenities.
There is an abundance of places to eat dinner and grab a drink. In the evening you have a choice of 10 restaurants to dine in, all offering a wide range of cuisines to delight your tastebuds. During the day, eating lunch on the beach is a must!
For the ultimate in relaxation, visit the Seven Colours Spa. The spa boasts 9 treatment rooms, a vitality pool, a sauna, and a steam room.