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Top 3 dreamy honeymoon island escapes

Planning a wedding is an exciting experience, but it’s no secret that it can be relatively stressful too! For some, deciding upon the perfect honeymoon destination can be just as tricky… let us eliminate the pressure for you and let you in on our favourite romantic retreats. If you are after a taste of paradise and fancy reflecting on your celebrations with some guaranteed sun and sea, then look no further than our round up of top three dreamy island escapes where you can continue the romance: Bawah Reserve Lying 150 miles away from Singapore, and only reachable by seaplane, the journey to Bawah Reserve is an adventure in itself. The epitome of an idyllic remote island, this eco-luxe resort is well worth the voyage. Bawah Reserve Floating amongst Indonesia’s Anambas Islands Regency, this private hotel lies in a prime position and offers a real dose of island life. This tropical hideaway is home to beautifully designed bamboo suites and lagoon bungalows that speak for themselves with their endless views over the blue sea. Begin your day with a spot of sunrise yoga at the hotel’s tranquil Aura Spa. Alternatively, embrace Bawah’s warm waters as soon as you wake up by snorkelling among its colourful marine life, diving between its lagoons, or simply exploring the island aboard a paddleboard or kayak. If you’re after a slower pace, take your favourite book to the infinity pool or sink into a beanbag while listening to the waves lapping the shore. Bawah Reserve even has its own love story – the property supports local life with its impressive foundation and was created in order to protect the island from dynamite fishing – so it’s impossible not to feel the love in the air here! Wa Ale Island Resort Consistently topping the list of hottest hotel openings over the past year, Wa Ale Island Resort well and truly lives up to the hype. This island lies in the protected Mergui archipelago and makes for the ideal romantic retreat if you are after a tropical escape. We Ale Island Resort Surrounded by sprawling beaches, crystal-clear sea and untouched wilderness, Wa Ale suits both those looking to fly and flop (on the aptly named ‘Honeymoon Beach’) and those who are seeking an adventurous getaway. We love that this eco-hotel strikes just the right balance between rustic and luxurious: thatched architecture houses modern comforts and rugged jungle meets pristine seashore. The diving and snorkelling experiences to be had here are among some of the best on the planet, as the Andaman Sea brims with vibrant coral reefs and teems with marine life. We highly recommend making the most of the local cuisine served here, as well as dining al fresco under the stars with the sand between your toes – cliché but unbeatable! For deeper relaxation, there’s nothing better than indulging in a massage treatment in comfort of your own villa while gazing out to the shimmering sea beyond. Nihi Sumba Still regarded by many as the ultimate honeymoon getaway, Nihi Sumba (formerly Nikiwatu) is a special place indeed. Offering complete luxury in an idyllic setting, this exclusive hotel overlooks a magnificent beach where chalk-white sand meets gin-clear water. Nihi Sumba Recline on the soft shore under the dappled shade of the swaying palm trees before diving into the inviting turquoise sea to cool off and discover the underwater world: bliss. Or, if you are a keen surfer, why not become the envy of your friends by riding one of the world’s most renowned waves, ‘God’s Left’ (or ‘Occy’s Left’)? If you would prefer to stay on dry land, do not miss out on riding Nihi Sumba’s beautiful horses – trust us, galloping across the beach while the sun glows over the sea is simply unforgettable. The spa is also out of this world – a golden bathtub (which is far more tasteful than it sounds!) sits on the outdoor deck, encircled by striking views as far as the eye can see, which makes for an unparalleled setting for an Indonesian treatment. We can assure you that you and your loved one will have a heavenly stay here. James Jayasundera is Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Travel. Ampersand Travel create bespoke and luxurious travel experiences to Asia, the British Isles and Southern Africa. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

James Jayasundera

James Jayasundera is Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Travel in London. Ampersand Travel is an award-winning tour operator specialising in tailor-made holidays to Asia and Africa. James was raised in Rome by a Sri Lankan diplomat father and British mother, and from an early age he was travelling throughout the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Although he loves comfort, he is not blinded by five-star luxuries – the Ampersand motto is “luxury is in the experience” and it is that indefinable quality that makes something special which James is always on the look-out for. James founded Ampersand Travel in 2003, and since then the company has developed an excellent reputation for in-depth knowledge of its destinations, candid and impartial opinions on hotels and locations and a formidable network of contacts within the industry and its destinations.

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  1. Does it get any more romantic than doing the final leg of your journey to your honeymoon than arriving by seaplane? I just can’t imagine it getting any more romantic than Bawah Reserve. Just so idyllic.

  2. Can life get any harder? First you have to decide which man to marry. And then you have to decide which of these fabulous dreamy honeymoons to go on. #difficultchoices.

  3. There is one problem with Wa Ale Island Resort. When you’ve experienced such beautiful perfection, stayed at a Garden of Eden Paradise, where do you go next? I suppose that the only logical answer is to go back and stay there again …

  4. My Geography is terrible. I’ve got to admit that I had to do a Google search to find out where on Earth the Mergui Archipelago is.

    What did we do for ‘O’ Level Geography all those years ago? And people say that GCSEs are dumbed down.

    Though in the school’s defence I think we were expected to have a long weekend in Brighton or Bognor. Back in the day no one ever thought of jetting off to a chain of North Malaysian Islands just south of Thailand washed by the warm waves of the Andaman Sea.

  5. Where is Nihi Sumba? You mention Indonesian treatments, a hint that it could be Indonesia, but many spa treatments go global nowadays, so it could be anywhere really.

    If it is in Indonesia whereabouts is it and how easy is it to travel too?

    1. Hi Lorraine

      Sumba Island is in eastern Indonesia. It is vast and very wild. Staying at Nihi, you feel as though you are on the edge of the earth!

      You can easily fly from Bali (Denpasar) or to charter a boat and it drops you off. Do feel free to contact us if you need any more help!

      Best wishes

  6. We just couldn’t afford a proper honeymoon when we got married. I’ll forward this to my husband suggesting that maybe it’s time for us to finally have a luxurious honeymoon. I’m very open-minded I don’t care which of these three we do.

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