Choosing a honeymoon destination can be almost as difficult as deciding on a wedding venue (more on that, here.) With so many spectacular places around the world to choose from, it may feel nearly impossible to narrow down your list to just one over-the-top destination. Let Savoir Flair help you choose by reading through our descriptive picks of the most unforgettable, off-the-beaten path honeymoon spots in the world, from those seeking barefoot luxury to wildlife adventure.
Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco
Owned by the King of Morocco, Royal Mansour Marrakech is a beautiful haven of exclusivity located in the heart of Marrakech’s Old Medina, which is certain to make any new bride feel like a fairytale princess. With just 53 riads set amongst an oasis of lemon trees, olive groves, and fragrant frangipani, the hotel guarantees absolute privacy and discretion with its network of underground tunnels from which staff discreetly appear.
The more active will no doubt be tempted by a visit to the majestic Atlas Mountains or a private tour of the nearby Jardin Majorelle. For those looking to unwind after the furor of their nuptials has died down, the Royal Mansour Spa is a true paradise, which promises to stimulate the senses, encourage relaxation, and offer a unique spa experience for individuals and newlyweds alike. The cuisine on offer at the hotel, meanwhile, is spellbinding, with a tantalizing array of restaurants and bars on offer under the supervision of Yannick Alléno, the famous Michelin-starred Parisian chef.
Flight time from Dubai: 9 hours to Casablanca
Velaa Private Island, Maldives
The owners of Velaa Private Island, Czech billionaire Jiri Smejc and his wife Radka, are passionate about the Maldives and have made it their personal mission to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway, making it a once-in-a-lifetime must-visit destination.
Located in the pristine Noonu Atoll, Velaa Private Island has been designed and curated with privacy and comfort as the guiding principles, and each villa is its own beautiful secluded retreat. The Romantic Pool Residence, however, is the ultimate honeymooner’s experience — floating in the midst of the aquamarine lagoon it is accessible only by boat, serviced by its own butler and construed with newlyweds specifically in mind. For those tempted away from this incredible idyll, reef-diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters surrounding the property or a romantic picnic lunch on a private island are just some of the experiences on offer. The over-water My Blends by Clarins Spa is also a haven for honeymooners, while the choice of sporting activities on Velaa are endless and unique for such a remote private island, from golf and tennis to seabobs and a submarine. The food is also a highlight with Executive Chef Gaushan de Silva creating exceptional menus and flavor combinations at their restaurants Aragu, Athiri and Tavaru.
Flight time from Dubai: 4 hours plus scenic seaplane flight of 40 minutes
The Safari Collection tour, Kenya
Life together is an adventure, and where better to start than on safari with The Safari Collection? Boasting four luxury boutique properties in the finest locations across Kenya — Giraffe Manor, Sasaab, Solio Lodge and Sala’s Camp — The Safari Collection offers a unique way of exploring this vast and beautiful country that continues to captivate. Horse riding, heli safaris, camel trekking and visiting local villages to learn about native traditions are just some of the activities that can be arranged, while newlyweds can also enjoy a candlelit dinner in the middle of the bush, a romantic hot-air balloon ride at sunrise, or a spafari for the soul.
In addition to providing a lifetime of memories, The Safari Collection has an individually designed ‘Sustainability’ program whereby they support the local community for education, conservation, and healthcare. A honeymoon with a conscience.
Flight time from Dubai: 5 hours to Nairobi
Maya Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Maya (meaning ‘Illusion’ or ‘Dream’ in Sanskrit) is a beautiful private bolthole located on Sri Lanka’s lush southern coast. Set within a rich landscape of tropical gardens and coconut trees and surrounded by paddy fields, it provides a true sanctuary for newlyweds looking to experience the best of Sri Lanka’s heritage, culture, and cuisine. The property itself has been brought up to date by its interior designer owner, Nikki Fairchild, who has transformed the 100-year-old plantation into a stylish boutique hideaway.
On Maya’s doorstep, guests can enjoy bike rides to the beach or the village of Aranwella and its temple. Come nightfall, safaris to Rakewa Beach can be organized to observe the endangered marine turtles nesting, and by day the southern coast beyond Dondra is considered one of the best locations in the world for spotting Blue Whales, Sperm Whales, and Spinner Dolphins. Magical memories begin here.
Flight time from Dubai: 4 hours to Colombo.
Soneva Kiri, Thailand
Set on the lush tropical island of Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri offers the ultimate honeymoon in relaxed barefoot luxury, with unparalleled levels of service and cutting-edge eco-concepts, making it the most exclusive resort in Asia.
From the moment your private plane touches down in a remote clearing opposite the resort, Soneva Kiri feels like a tropical, hidden retreat, blending into its surroundings. Soneva Kiri’s 29 oversized pool villas are set along the white sand beachfront or hillside with stunning views out to sea.
Dining at Soneva Kiri is an integral ingredient in the whole experience of your honeymoon stay at this beautiful property and includes menus created by a three-star Michelin chef and authentic Thai cuisine. Whether it’s a romantic meal for two, an unforgettable treetop dining experience, or a private cooking class with a master chef, newlyweds can be sure that the settings will be as memorable and exceptional as the food itself.
Nature excursions exploring the forest canopy, water activities, star gazing in the state-of-the-art observatory, and watching classic movies at the open-air Cinema Paradiso are just some of the unique experiences honeymooners can enjoy in this tropical paradise.
Flight time from Dubai: 4 hours to Bangkok and 1 hour flight by private plane to Soneva Kiri.