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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.

Thursday
Jul202017

Top Tips for Your Honeymoon in New Zealand


If you’re planning a honeymoon to New Zealand, you’ve chosen one of the most pristine, otherworldly places on earth for your once-in-a-lifetime trip. With daring adventure travel to test your nerves, gorgeous, cliff-clinging luxury lodgings to calm your body and mind, and gourmet meals with local wines, produce and meat to tease your senses, New Zealand is a top choice for honeymooners. We’ve compiled a list below of just a few of the most romantic, memorable experiences in the land of the Kiwis. 

Stay

On the North Island, The Lodge at Kinloch, Taupo, is a modern version of a dramatic Scottish castle, where guests take in views of the gorgeous lake or play golf on their renowned par-72 course. For those wanting proximity to Auckland but a taste of country life, the Boatshed at Waiheke Island is a short ferry ride away, set amidst gardens, olive oil farms and vineyards. 

On the South Island romance, seclusion and outdoor adventures abound. At mountainous alpine lodge Blanket Bay, Glenorchy, honeymooners hike on trails past waterfalls and wildflowers, then unwind with soul-soothing spa treatments and cozy nights in front of the fireplace. Annandale, an elegant working farm on a peninsula near Christchurch, offers guests the luxury of a private chef in an off-the-grid location surrounded by fields full of roaming sheep. 

Taste

New Zealand has a culinary scene with top notch restaurants like the award-winning Sidart in Auckland, or the plethora of fine dining options in Wellington, the country’s culinary capital. Food is of the highest quality everywhere, with many luxury properties sourcing fruit and vegetables from the gardens on their own property, and sheep and cow meat is all free range. Freshly caught seafood in the form of mussels from local farms or Tuatua, a type of indigenous New Zealand shellfish that isn’t found anywhere else in the world, are readily available. For a truly authentic experience try Hangi, a Maori specialty comprised of some combination of fish, chicken, sweet potato, pumpkin, cabbage and root vegetables, cooked in a hole dug in the ground and best experienced on a visit to a Maori village. For wine enthusiasts visiting Marlborough, New Zealand’s most famous wine region, is a must. 

Experience

For adrenaline junkies, the best thrill ride of your life might be a bungy jump with your new spouse over the Nevis River in the Nevis Swing, which can hold two people. In Abel Tasman National Park, beautiful Cleopatra’s Pool is a good spot for a romantic dip, or ride down a waterslide that has been formed naturally by moss covered rocks. During the summer months (January - March) the beaches at Herne Bay are a luxe locale to see and be seen near surf and sun, while swimming with dolphins off Kaikoura and Lake Taupo fly fishing round out the outdoorsy activities for the more adventurous. During winter, heli-skiing in Queenstown is a surprisingly affordable, and unforgettable, treat, as is snuggling up at a prime spot on Stewart Island or Dunedin to watch the fantastical Aurora Australis, the Antarctic Circle’s answer to the northern lights. 

Contact us at hello@epicroad.com to start planning your perfect New Zealand honeymoon, and check out our main New Zealand page for more general information.