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Thursday
Sep202018

The Best Luxury Honeymoons For Destination Weddings

 

The best way to kick off a dream honeymoon might be to hold the wedding itself in a beautiful farflung locale. For couples who love to explore the globe, this is a great chance combine two or more of your top bucket list travel destinations at once. Bringing along your wedding guests for the first part of your amazing getaway could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate your wedding with a bang and also have the best luxury travel experiences with all of the people you love most.  

If you’re planning a Caribbean destination wedding on a balmy tropical island, consider switching gears and heading north into the Arctic for your honeymoon, giving you the chance to experience two different types of climate in one trip. In Iceland, explore the nightlife of Reykjavik, soak in thermal pools in the wilderness, and prepare to be amazed as the northern lights dance across the sky. Another one of the best destinations to witness the magic of the aurora borealis is in the northern reaches of Canada where you can also see incredible wildlife like polar bears, including mothers and babies emerging from their dens in springtime, as well as narwhal, whales, elk, arctic fox, walrus, seals, and more.

If you’re holding a wedding in Europe you’ll already be geographically closer to southern or eastern Africa for a Big Five luxury safari. Jet off to Tanzania’s stunning and ancient Ngorongoro Crater, South Africa’s famous Kruger Park, Kenya’s culturally rich Maasai Mara, or Botswana’s wildlife-dense Okavango Delta to get up close to Africa’s most iconic wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, wild dog, pangolin, among others.

If you want the ultimate barefoot luxury experience for both wedding and honeymoon there are plenty of ways to combine some of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world with deserted beaches, secluded resorts, and aquatic adventures like scuba diving or snorkeling with exotic marine animals. Where should you go and what is there to do in an Indian Ocean paradise? Go for a romantic sunset cruise on a traditional wooden dhow in Zanzibar, take in the mountain top views and stick your toes in the powdery white sand of the Seychelles, or relax in one of those postcard-perfect overwater villas in the Maldives. All of these island destinations have some of the best luxury resorts on the planet.

Choosing the right destination for your honeymoon is important, and so is ensuring the day goes smoothly by using one of best wedding planning experts in the business. Websites like The Knot or Martha Stewart Weddings can help you streamline your wedding planning process, and the right beautiful bridal salon like Bridal Reflections can help you find the perfect dress. Top notch event designer Guerdy Abraira of Ocean Flowers and Events will make sure all the magic comes together on your big day, and Spinners is an awesome wedding entertainment company that will put together your band, DJ, or whatever else you need to make sure everyone has the time of their lives! In fact, they’re known as “Facilitators of Ingenuity.”

Start planning your Epic Road honeymoon, whether it’s a luxury safari, an Indian Ocean beach escape, or an Arctic adventure.

Wednesday
Jun222016

The Best Honeymoon Safaris - Top 5 Honeymoon Safari Destinations According to Travel Experts at Epic Road

This list of our top 5 honeymoon safaris are each the perfect blend of romance and spectacular wildlife sightings. Africa is home to epic landscapes, natural wonders, incredible cultures, iconic wildlife and remote romance. It really is the perfect destination for newlyweds looking for an extraordinary romantic getaway. After all, a honeymoon is meant to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and an African safari vacation is exactly that. The best honeymoon safari destinations according to us are Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia and the Seychelles. We recommend Benguerra Island and Tofo Beach for Mozambique, Zanzibar for Tanzania, the Cape Winelands & Kruger National Park for South Africa, Hardap for Namibia and both North Island and Fregate Island for the Seychelles.

Best Honeymoon Safari #1 - Benguerra Island & Tofo Beach, Mozambique

Mozambique is the perfect destination for incredible underwater safaris and an all-around 5-star luxury experience, as we wouldn't suggest anything less for your honeymoon. The warm current contributes to the never-ending buildup of the pristine sandy coastline, over which coutless palm trees dangle - creating an idyllic tropical island stretch of beach.

An exquisite piece of paradise surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean where the pace of life slows and the scent of fresh grilled lobster fills the air. Relax on intimate beaches and only get up for a dip in the crystal clear, bathtub-like waters.

Situated on the second largest island in the sunny Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, is &Beyond Benguerra. Set in a protected marine conservation area boasting unspoiled coral reefs teeming with marine life. Looking out onto a sandy beach and set on a deep lagoon unaffected by the tides, this exclusive beach getaway is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Surrounded by premier diving sites, the lodge provides access to an underwater wonderland with a rich variety of tropical fish species complemented by Africa’s only population of the rare dugong. The deep Mozambique Channel, which runs alongside the island, is renowned for its game fish and Benguerra Island offers some of the world’s best catch-and-release deep sea fishing and fly fishing opportunities. While the island is fringed with golden, sandy beaches, its interior is a lush patchwork of forests, wetlands & fresh water lakes. Horse riding trips and island expeditions cross both the coastline and the interior of the island, uncovering traditional culture at the local village and climbing soaring sand dunes.

As for Tofo Beach, it just so happens to be the world's premier destination for swimming with whale sharks and manta rays.

Best Honeymoon Safari #2 - Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is a gorgeous white-sand archipelago located off the coast of Tanzania and home to historic Stone Town, one of East Africa's last remaining ancient cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can wander the town's narrow cobblestone streets and bustling marketplaces, swim in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and come face-to-face with the exceptional aquatic life that Zanzibar has to offer. One of our favorite properties here is the Mnemba Island Lodge. The lodge occupies a previously uninhabited island just 5 km from the eastern coast of Zanzibar and at its center lies a tropical forest, home to spaniel-size suni antelope and brilliantly colored butterflies. The lodge itself boasts ten private bandas perfectly nestled in between lush forest and white beach.

Best Honeymoon Safari #3 - Cape Winelands & Kruger National Park, South Africa

A trip incorporating both the Cape Winelands and South Africa's Kruger National Park is the perfect romantic getaway. The Winelands' breathtaking bucolic hills, award-winning vineyards, restaurants and 5-star luxury properties paired with Kruger's 2 million hectares of land and over 147 species of mammals is simply guaranteed to be incredible - and that's exactly what you want for your honeymoon.

The Winelands has the quintessential charm and activities such as biking through the vineyards with a romantic picnic at sunset and Kruger has the adventure, the adrenaline-filled safari and the experience of a lifetime that will surely make the best of memories - and both have the luxury. Our selection of properties in the Winelands are mostly private estates boasting suites with verandahs and pools overlooking the vineyards and our selection of properties in Kruger are built on the very grounds that the animals call home, so you can often see them grazing or galloping by as you relax from your private jacuzzi as the big African sun sets, champagne in hand.

Best Honeymoon Safari #4 - Sossusvlei & Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Namibia is beginning to make an appearance on travellers' radars, especially those looking for an epic getaway that is romantic, luxurious and adventurous all at the same time. Namibia gets its name from the Namib Desert, a 10 million acre expanse of mountainous terrain, broken up by endless streaks of red and golden dunes and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. It's both rugged and peaceful in the sense that the surrounding wildlife and wilderness have adapted to harsh surroundings in an incredible way. The coastline is scattered with sunken shipwrecks and massive seal colonies, meanwhile lion, antelope, elephant, rhino and more roam the dunes. And you get to observe all of this from light aircraft or hot air balloon above and quad bike or 4x4 on ground. You can also trek up the dunes and roll down!

As for the properties, they're mind-blowing. The challenge of eco-tourism in Namibia has led way to incredibly innovative and luxurious desert lodges - ones that reflect and respect the natural surroundings yet provide every comfort imaginable. Among our favorites are Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Little Kulala and Serra Cafema.

Namibia is considered one of the top stargazing destinations in the world. Skies are often cloudless, there is little to no artificial light or pollution contamination and the overhead views of the southern constellations are truly unmatched. Some of our favorite lodges, as mentioned above, feature private rooftop sky beds built above open-aired luxury suites so that you can literally sleep under the stars.

In Namibia, everything is uncapped - the romance, the luxury, the nature, the wildlife and the adventure.

Best Honeymoon Safari #5 - North Island & Fregate Island, Seychelles

Saving the best for last may apply here. The Seychelles is a drop dead gorgeous archipelago of 115 pristine islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Kenya. We always say that the best part about the Seychelles are the sweeping vertical views, because when you're relaxing from your private pool or swinging lounge chair for 2, the panoramic view looks out over spectacular mountain tops, crystal clear waters, crescent shaped white powder beaches and some of the msot massive granite rock formations on the planet. Warm weather year-round, amazing luxury properties, award-winning beaches such as Anse Source D'Argent and spectacular diving make the Seychelles the ultimate destination for an exclusive luxury honeymoon.

North Island and Fregate are both private islands, exclusively accesible by helicopter or small boat. As North Island features only 11 villas, each at 5,000 square feet and with your own private butler on call 24/7, the property guarantees a truly luxurious experience. Rates include just about everything from scuba diving, private yacht rentals, hiking and kayaking but the price certainly reflects the abundance of services and amenities. Fregate Island similarly boasts 16 intimate villas, each one nestled into the coastal line, with a private pool and sunken jacuzzi and a sumptuous daybed overlooking the lush jungle behind and the deep blue seas beyond. Fregate Island is also home to 7 beaches, one frequently voted 'most beautiful beach in the world'. And we haven't even covered the spas...

Now onto the safari part. The Seychelles is consistently rated one of the best diving destinations in the world. Sea turtles, sting rays, whale sharks and a plethora of tropical fish decorate the healthy coral reefs and granite alcoves. And keep in mind that all of the resorts we recommend feature house reefs, which means that what will easily be the best diving or snorkelling experience you've ever had, is just steps from your daybed. The Seychelles is also home to 660 pound giant tortoises. The Aldabra Tortoise is native only to the Seychelles, they roam freely on the islands and will happily eat a handful of leaves right out of your palm. To learn more about our signature honeymoon in the Seychelles, click here.