Choosing an Indian Ocean honeymoon
It’s a well-known fact that planning a wedding is one of life’s most stressful activities. However, planning a honeymoon can be just as difficult – particularly if the bride and groom disagree over the destination. Most couples prioritise rest and relaxation over adventurous pursuits when settling on a honeymoon location in order to recover from the hustle and bustle of the wedding period. And while the Caribbean remains a popular choice with many newly-weds in the UK, those willing to travel a little further will find the perfect locations for such blissful isolation in the Indian Ocean.
Mauritius, for example, offers a truly luxurious honeymoon experience. Travellers alight in Port Louis, its capital, and are immediately confronted with the country’s lively atmosphere and friendly people. Though resorts like Grand Baie are popular with tourists, five-star hotels often have their own stretches of private beach and secluded areas of beauty are not hard to find. What’s more, honeymooners are not resigned to spending their holiday solely on the beach, with activities like deep-sea fishing, coral reef diving and submarine trips all on offer.
If even Mauritius seems too busy for the ideal island honeymoon, neighbouring Seychelles may appeal instead. With a population of just 80,000 people (compared to Mauritius’ 1.2 million), this island nation is composed of over 100 islands scattered to the north-east of Madagascar. The array of luxury hotels in the Seychelles mean that honeymooners need never leave the confines of their suite. However, the outside world holds wondrous sights, including giant tortoises, tropical birds and lush greenery, all of which combine to offer a fantasy-like honeymoon setting.
But of all the Indian Ocean’s island treasures, the Maldives is perhaps the most beautiful, offering newly-weds the most intense honeymoon experience. Indeed, the country has been routinely voted as one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations by travel industry experts. Flights to Male the Maldives’ capital, initially present travellers with a bustle of activity. But this crowded, densely populated city is just one of over 1000 coral islands in a vast archipelago that lies to the south-west of India and Sri Lanka. From the airport, travel is usually provided by pre-booked private water taxis which take holiday-makers straight to their hotel.
Since each stunning island in the Maldives is isolated from its neighbours, holidaymakers overwhelmingly opt for all-inclusive packages. Honeymooning couples may be offered exclusive facilities: for example, a secluded honeymoon bungalow, romantic beach dining locations and exclusive privileges at the hotel spa. Indeed, most travellers in the Maldives need never leave their hotel – or its private beach – to satisfy any of their desires. As a result, it could be the ideal place for newly-weds who want to enjoy some secluded post-wedding serenity to plan an unforgettable honeymoon.
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