04 May #PetriePRlifestyle- Lightfoot Travel Presents Top Ten Honeymoon Trends in 2018
As wedding season starts, bespoke tour operator Lightfoot Travel shares its top ten trending honeymoon ideas to inspire couples looking for a celebratory holiday with a spin.
Stay with a local family in Mongolia, hide away in a luxury treehouse in the tropical rainforest, pitch up in a pop-up pod on the salt flats of Bolivia, or explore the museums and monasteries in Ethiopia.
However you choose to begin married life, the experts at Lightfoot Travel can craft a unique experience complete with memories that will last a lifetime.
After all the fuss and attention of a wedding, honeymoon destinations that are fun yet also come with a bigger focus where couples can give back will be more important than ever.
Surrounding yourself with a new culture and cause is the perfect way to return to the real world post-wedding. During a stay at Sol y Luna in Peru, couples will not only get to enjoy luxury in the Sacred Valley, but also witness exactly how their stay positively impacts the lives of local children, their families, and future generations.
One hundred percent of the hotel’s profits goes toward the Sol y Luna Foundation which is dedicated to improving the lives of those within the region.
A safari is already a popular choice for honeymooners yet this year’s version is about more than just ticking off Big Five sightings.
Safaris come with exciting schedules that combine wildlife, adventure, conservation cultural activities – and romance – in one. The Selinda Spillway of Botswana takes couples trekking, kayaking and spotting buffalo and elephants in the bush.
Helicopters and fly camps are also thrown in for good measure. Combine it with a visit to Cape Town afterwards for some great food and superb wine from local vineyards.
Back to Nature
Escaping to a treehouse combines today’s growing awareness of nature’s holistic healing properties with society’s increasing global need for calm and serenity.
Situated deep in Costa Rica’s abundant rainforest, the Canopy Honeymoon Suite at Pacuare Lodge is the ultimate tropical hideaway for those seeking luxury, privacy, and a serious love-high.
The property overlooks a 30ft waterfall, includes a fabulous plunge pool, and is only accessible via a private suspension bridge.
Harking back to a bygone era, the romance of luxury train travel is making a comeback. Whether you’re speeding through the rolling countryside, UNESCO World Heritage sites or mountainous terrain, a carriage for every type of new couple awaits.
Take in New Zealand’s stunning rivers and alps and aboard the TranzAlpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth, or discover Sri Lanka’s plantations and jungle forest as you speed through the Hill Country.
Tailored “Pop-Up” Tented Accommodation
In line with the recent trends of pop-up bars, shops and offices – the introduction of a pop-up honeymoon was only a natural progression. Couples simply choose the destination, and then choose a property which comes in the form of a super-stylish state-of-the-art tent with all amenities.
From the salt flats of Bolivia to the Thai jungle, a team will set-up for couples and even follow them around with their pop-up pod should they wish to pitch-up in a few different locations.
Traditional Meets Culture
While traditional beach destinations are still popular, they have to work harder. Combining fail-safe options with new cool and captivating go-to’s means double the culture and double the fun.
Fuse the landscapes, museums and monasteries of Ethiopia with snorkelling, eating and relaxing in the Seychelles, or mix the ancient magic and magnificent architecture of Iran with an ultimate escape and essential couple-time in Oman.
Back To Basics
Minimalism has been making its mark for a while, and there’s no better time to embrace the less-is-more mantra than in 2018. After the stress of a wedding, setting off for some simple pleasures is one of the hottest new ways to honeymoon.
The Gobi Nomad Lodge offers deluxe gers that come with cute traditional stylings, comfy beds, en-suite bathrooms, showers, air-conditioning and heaters. The more adventurous and curious can intermix their accommodation by staying with an authentic nomadic tribe for a few nights.
For a honeymoon that everyone will want to hear about, opt for a destination with a difference and high share-ability factor. Consider the arid-red landscapes of Chile or opt for Antarctica’s White Desert.
Experience hiking and photography in the Atacama Desert with a stay at Awasi, a superb Relais & Chateaux property where each room comes with a private guide; next up, embark on an Antarctica Cruise across the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands; lastly, complete your trip on the shores of the Antarctic Peninsula watching whales, seals and penguins.
Roll the top down, turn the volume up, and relish that feeling of freedom as you drive along winding roads, coastal pathways and pretty villages. No flashiness or over-revving here; the new way to ride is slowly and in vintage-style.
On Italy’s Amalfi coast in an Alfa Romeo, couples can revel in the panoramic ocean views, stop for picnics, and call Belmond Hotel Caruso home for a few days. Perched on the highest point of the hill town of Ravello, this magnificent former palace dates back to 1800, oozes romance, and will add to the sophistication of your trip.
Classic Beach Break
When it comes to honeymoons, a one-stop classic beach break may seem retro and yet it never goes out of fashion. And no wonder – after the organisation that comes with a wedding, an easy escape where you don’t have to think about anything will be blissful!
The Maldives is always a great choice, and it doesn’t get much better than Como Cocoa Island. For barefoot luxury, the pristine sands, snorkeling and diving are some of the world’s best. Couples can also go all out and switch your Wi-Fi connection off entirely for a real honeymoon to remember!
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