Maldives Much has been said about the beauty of the Maldives and its true that by air, the islands offer a truly dramatic sight, so if you can, choose a seaplane transfer to get the most impressive views. An underwater camera is also recommended as you really shouldnt pass up the chance to go snorkelling and discover the coral and marine life indigenous to these islands. Finally, remember that diverse shopping and fast paced nightlife is not really what youll find in the Maldives. And it will help if you are partial to seafood. Seychelles Praslin and Mahe house the bulk of the luxury hotels in the Seychelles, but if you are after even more exclusivity, you could choose a one hotel island like North, Denis, Desroches or Fregate. Photographers will love the slightly more diverse scenery they will find here, with more greenery than in the Maldives, and therefore a larger presence of land based wildlife like tropical birds. Of all of the Indian Ocean islands, Seychelles is possibly the most expensive so it could be worth negotiating a rate for a half board stay to get the best value on your honeymoon. Dubai Id principally recommend Dubai as an ideal twin centre honeymoon destination. Its a great doing city where diversity is the key, such is the scope of attractions on offer. You could look to stay between 3 -4 nights and combine a stay here with a longer stay at one of the Indian Ocean islands or head even further afield to Thailand or Malaysia. Take in large scale shopping malls and traditional souks between hotel based spa treatments or relaxing on Jumeirah Beach or the Palm. Remember city attractions like Ski Dubai or head out to the desert and ride on the dunes in a 4×4 vehicle. St Lucia The Caribbean has to take pride of place in any top 5 honeymoon locations, so Ive gone with St Lucia, but I could have easily chosen many of the islands here. The beautiful Piton Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for romance. Its important to note that some hotels on St Lucia feature open guest rooms or bathrooms these are wonderful if you are seeking authentic luxury but not so great if you cant stand insects. So this is worth bearing in mind when choosing your hotel. South Africa My final entry is something of a wild card. Cape Town (the home of Table Mountain and Camps Bay) needs to be on your itinerary for a few days at least, but after that is where your options really do become a challenge. Find the accessible Winelands where you can enjoy tours and tasting, or witness the thrill of the chase with lions and elephants on safari at Sabi Sands or Kruger. Bring binoculars! If travelling between May and December you might catch a glimpse of the Southern Right whale migrating from the Antarctic to the Cape Coast in Hermanus, whilst trekking and brown trout fishing are popular near the Drakensberg Mountains. Carole Booth is Commercial Director at Destinology. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.
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