The Newlyweds guide to South Asia
The options to honeymoon in India are vast; this massive country has something for everyone. However, we think we have found a stand out winner: Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri, Coorg, and stand out it does, at an altitude of 4000 feet and set in 180 acres of lush rainforest. Couples staying in the Luxury Bliss Villas will experience the seclusion, glamour, and matchlessness associated with a honeymoon in India. Each villa has its own private indoor pool with retractable sun-roof. With a living space, and separate sleeping area there really is no need to leave this completely decked out and romantic villa, but if you do gather the energy there is more than enough to keep you occupied. Enjoy a couple’s massage at the Jiva Grande Spa, with the rainforest views always in sight. Indulge in activities like tours to local sites or perhaps take note from the film “ghost” and have a romantic pottery session. Finally how about a once in a lifetime dining experience of 7-courses at the outdoor amphitheatre: the stunning rainforest views and 101 candles setting the scene.
There are plenty of newlyweds who dream of a destination honeymoon in Maldives. The range of luxury resorts is astonishing, each with its own island, and some boasting luxuries like underwater spas and discos. However for the loved-up couple who want true serenity, privacy and isolation: Banyan Tree, Madivaru, is the place to go. The whole island only has 6 villas on, each one consisting of three tents: one for sleeping, one for living, and one for bathing, plus your own private pool. You can feel totally washed up in your own island paradise at this resort, seeing no other company, apart from the super attentive staff, throughout your stay here. If you want to get out, how about spending some time spotting wild dolphins or diving with other aquatic friends.
Away from beaches and jungles, we think the perfect Sri Lanka honeymoon is somewhere a little bit more unique: amongst the tea plantations. Ceylon Tea Trails offers the perfect luxury honeymoon for those infatuated with culture as well as each other. The four bungalows are spread over 30 km land of classic tea plantations and a beautiful lake. Each bungalow is uniquely decorated with thematic touches, “Tientsin” with colonial notes compared with the more modern “Norwood” for example. Each house comes with its own manager, chef, butler and houseboys and you can choose to move between the houses while exploring the landscape or just laze around one. It is worth mention that each bungalow consists of several suites which can be rented individually, however for the perfect, secluded experience the honeymooners can rent the entire building.
A honeymoon is a time of luxury but it is also a time of bonding, tightening a union that will last a lifetime, and our Nepal honeymoon suggestion will certainly do that. Different from our other suggestions this is not a single location it’s a 10-20 day trek on the Annapurna Circuit. Of course you can throw in luxury accommodation by starting at Dwarika’s hotel in Kathmandu and finishing at Shangri-La Village Resort in Pokhara, but the real draw here is the stunning mountains and simple tea-houses you will encounter on your journey. The trek is certainly challenging, mainly due to altitude, but doable by any reasonably fit individuals, and if necessary there are plenty of options for porters and guides. The Annapurna Circuit has steadily seen the development of its transport network since the 80s so that only 25% of the journey is without any road at all, however, the charm still remains with many supplementary routes for those wanting to get off the main trail. This honeymoon in Nepal is perfect for those wanting to share a beautiful experience together, become bonded by the challenges they face, and see some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world.
There are plenty of options in South Asia for couples who have just tied the knot. Whether they indulge in the jungle luxury of a honeymoon in India or they sip freshly picked tea in the plantations of Sri Lanka. Perhaps they want the once-in-a-lifetime experience suggested in our Nepal honeymoon or conceivably they would rather laze on their own idyllic island in the Maldives.