A leap year proposal is a momentous occasion. The long held custom of women turning the tables on their better halves on one special day, every four years, may date back to the fifth century, but a leap of faith such as this continues to maintain a place in the hearts of many women. Whether you have been secretly plotting your surprise for the past four years, or were overcome with spontaneity this February 29th, if your beloved replied ‘yes’ you have already, no doubt, begun to put some thought into your upcoming nuptials. With a slightly unconventional start to your union, we think a more unique honeymoon is in order to suit. Allow us to suggest some of our more distinctive ideas to inspire you....
Camp Jabulani, South Africa
What makes it so unique? Be lulled into a safari encounter with a difference, as the beautifully gentle Camp Jabulani elephants allow you to perch upon their mighty shoulders, and guide you on a harmonious trek through the wonders of the South African bushveld.
The Experience Just six luxurious suites welcome no more than twelve privileged guests at any one time, ensuring a truly one-of-a-kind safari experience. Located in the private Kapama Game Reserve in Hoedspruit, South Africa, this family owned retreat is just as dedicated to providing a safe haven for orphaned and vulnerable wildlife as it is to offering guests pampering comfort and dedicated service. Perfect for animal lovers, here you can take an extraordinary night safari via elephant back to make your honeymoon memories last forever, as you amble under the stars amidst the twilight calls of the bush wildlife, before retiring to your cosy private suite, charmingly nestled along the flank of the river bed.
What makes it so unique? Five distinct lodges offer a sublime, personally tailored spiritual journey, where adventurous honeymooners will discover the secrets of ancient monasteries, majestic mountains and a fascinating culture, all with the assistance of an expert private guide.
The Experience Set high up in the peaks of the Himalayas, a honeymoon here promises to transport you to a whole new world. A stay at Amankora ensures every detail is taken care of, allowing you and your life partner to take your love to new heights, as you ascend the cliff side to the revered Tiger’s Nest monastery, explore spectacular scenery embellished with colourful prayer flags and gaze in awe before vertiginous views of the stunning landscape. With five lodges spread across these breathtaking valleys, each with their own unique spa and luxuriously chic interiors, Amankora offers a unique, multi-base itinerary, where new love can grow amidst the tranquillity of the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan.
La Reserve Ramatuelle Hotel, Spa & Villas, Côte d’Azur
What makes it so unique? With the style stakes so high in the south of France, roaming around your own spacious villa in the hills of Provence is an experience, unrivalled. With subtlety and elegance combined, a honeymoon here offers a sense of privacy and discretion for even the most discerning of newlyweds.
The Experience Nestled in a hidden paradise amongst immaculately manicured Mediterranean gardens, an exclusive collection of eleven villas are ideal for honeymooners seeking a hideaway with all the pampering of a five star hotel. In a country known for romance and its stakes in the beauty world, it’s no surprise that the spa is simply exceptional, with treatments enhanced by the world renowned Crème de la Mer beauty products, while Michelin-starred cuisine on the serene, white sail-draped terrace is nothing short of a gastronomic dream. And, if you feel like taking a drive out, the town of Grasse, also known as the world’s capital of perfume where rose and jasmine is picked annually for bottles of Chanel No.5, adds a perfect dash of Provencal amour.
Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel, Cyprus
What makes it so unique? Cyprus is said to be the home to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Take a visit to her bathing place, where it is said she would meet her lover Adonis, or visit Aphrodite’s Rock, where she was supposedly born, to pay your tribute to the lady of love.
The Experience Asimina Suites is a fabulous, boutique style hotel designed for adults only. Set on its own sun-kissed beach with three spacious swimming pools and a sumptuous spa, honeymooners here are sure to feel as though they have been blessed by Aphrodite herself! If you like the idea of marrying in the location of the goddess of love, the hotel is also an outstanding spot for a wedding ceremony, with a beautiful gazebo facing out over the sparkling azure ocean, making for a picture perfect marriage.
If you are feeling suitably inspired to plan your luxury honeymoon with a less-than-conventional twist, or would like to talk to us about your own ideas, please call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 512.