Romance in luxury

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FROM FAR FLUNG EXOTIC LOCALES LIKE SRI LANKA, MALDIVES, AND PARIS TO BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, YOU CAN INDULGE YOURSELF IN A WORTHY SETTING

If romance is high on your agenda and you are looking for places to go for a beautiful beginning, here are some of the most amazing, idyllic honeymoon destinations. From far flung exotic locales like Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Paris to beautiful beaches, you can indulge yourself in a worthy setting. The luxury sea view suites are a place to indulge and pamper yourself. Honeymoon in Mauritius with myriad romantic getaways for a perfect beginning to your new life. Go on your honeymoon to a destination of your choice.

These resorts offer a wide range of dining options from inspired cuisine to refreshing cocktails. You find a relaxed atmosphere during the day and have dinner by candlelight at night, with delectable cuisine to carry back fond memories of your stay. Whether you are newlywed or just looking to revive the old spark holidaying in a serene, a quiet and romantic destination is what the couple needs. The list of tourist destinations details facilities available and how to reach the destination of your choice.

AMARI HAVODDA MALDIVES
Located at one of the most preserved atolls in the archipelago and enveloped by pristine beaches, Amari Havodda Maldives is the ideal island hideaway. Offering stunning views of the Indian Ocean that merge seamlessly with the never-ending skies, the resort provides a paradise for visitors to relax, explore and indulge in the magic of the Maldives.

For stay, guests can choose between the two principal villas – Beach Villas (60) and Overwater Villas (60), each featuring subtle hints of traditional Maldivian art and architecture, surrounding the theme of ‘natural simplicity’. Amari Havodda Maldives offers an array of dining options including Amaya Food Gallery, an all-day dining restaurant, Ember Robatayaki Grill, Pizza Kaage, Thari Bar and Iru Bar.

The resort offers a Water Sports Centre, featuring a large variety of equipment for fun overwater activities. The Breeze Spa promises a full day of relaxation and rejuvenation with fun and easy treatments. The Voyager lounge offers a cool escape from the sun, serving as a quiet place to hang out with friends and family.

Getting there
Upon arrival at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, an Amari Havodda representative will assist guests checking in for their 55-minute flight to Kaadedhdhoo Domestic Airport on a fixed-wing plane. At Kaadedhdoo Domestic Airport, guests will be met by another Amari Havodda representative, who will lead the way to a speedboat for a 10-minute sea transfer to the resort. The domestic transfers will be arranged by the hotel for guests, once the reservation has been made, and the cost is automatically added as part of the reservation when booking on the Amari website.

BELMOND LA SAMANNA, ST MARTIN
Set beside St. Martin’s finest beach lapped by the Caribbean Sea, Belmond La Samanna hotel is the ultimate luxury resort. Belmond La Samanna, St Martin offers deluxe ocean view rooms, suites, three bedroom cottages, specialty suites and villas. The Baie Royale is Belmond La Samanna’s dedicated honeymoon suite and offers views of pristine sands and azure waters. The suite has a luxurious bedroom and a private terrace from which to enjoy views of the Baie Longue, as well as three balconies with a covered sitting area and plunge pool.

From inspired cuisine to refreshing cocktails, Belmond La Samanna offers some of the best restaurants in St. Martin. Trellis Restaurant offers the ultimate in island fine dining with traditional French cuisine, Interlude is open for breakfast and drinks throughout the day, La Cave is the perfect place for private celebrations.

The resort has two swimming pools where you can treat yourself to a refreshing cocktail as you lounge by the shimmering pools. It provides a stunning fitness center, and La Samanna Spa.

Getting there
Nearby Princess Juliana International Airport makes St. Martin easily accessible by air, with daily direct flights from the US, France and the Netherlands. Additionally, there are a number of daily flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico on Jet Blue and Insel Air.

AMARI PHUKET
Situated on a secluded private beach, Amari Phuket is a polished beachfront resort that provides a unique location with panoramic views over Patong Bay making it the perfect island getaway.

It offers the guests a choice of three wings including superior and deluxe wing, with 197 Superior and Deluxe rooms, a comfortable haven brimming with personality. Ocean Wing offers the pinnacle of coastal living with views over the bay tucked in a tropical forest perched atop a hillside above the ocean. The Clubhouse @ the Ocean Wing has access to the exclusive Clubhouse, a haven of sophistication with awe inspiring views.

Amari Phuket offers a wide range of dining options. Featuring contemporary Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list, La Gritta, Rim Talay that offers an extensive international à la carte menu, Samutr Bar, The Jetty which offers a relaxed over water setting for tapas and cocktails.

Guests can splash away the afternoon in one of the resort’s three stunning swimming pools or burn some calories in the fully-equipped FIT Centre. For a day of utter relaxation, Amari has its own Breeze Spa that offers a range of body massages and facial treatments in the open-air salas on the hillside. The resort has a full service Kid’s Club, so the parents can rest easy knowing their little ones are well taken care of. For business arrangements, the resort offers the Idea Room, a boardroom for small meetings or events.


Getting there
From Bangkok and Pattaya, there are 17 flights daily to Phuket. Airlines like Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, and Malaysian Airlines offer flights to the island. Tourists travelling from India can also reach the beautiful island by air. There are several direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and other cities of India to Phuket. It generally takes around 7 hours to reach Phuket by air. Tourists can also take a direct flight to Bangkok, Singapore and Pattaya from where Phuket is easily accessible by road. Bangkok is located at a distance of about 860 km from Phuket, which can be covered by bus or by car.

PENINSULA PARIS
Perfectly situated on Avenue Kléber, The Peninsula resides in the heart of Paris within walking distance of the city’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts. Located in a late 19th century Haussmanian building, the hotel has been meticulously restored and discreetly modernized enabling guests to experience the ultimate in 21st century style and convenience.

The Lobby is at the heart of every Peninsula hotel and at The Peninsula Paris, the Avenue Kléber entrance leads to the traditional grand Peninsula Lobby with its meticulously restored soaring curved ceilings, magnificent drapery, marble floors and contemporary furnishings.

Rising six storeys above Avenue Kléber, The Peninsula houses 200 luxurious rooms, including 34 sumptuous suites, with five featuring their own private rooftop gardens with spectacular views over Paris.

The Peninsula Paris offers 34 luxuriously appointed suites, including three uniquely designed theme suites – The Historic Suite, resplendent with period decoration, and the ultimate in grand accommodation, The Katara Suite and The Peninsula Suite.

The Peninsula Paris boasts of a collection of six dining venues offering a combination of the very best of France and The Peninsula – The Lobby, LiLi Chinese restaurant, La TerrasseKléber, L’Oiseau Blanc rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace, Le Bar and Le Lounge Kléber – a bar and a cigar lounge respectively – together with a range of meeting rooms, unique theme and terrace venues and a ballroom.

The Peninsula Paris has the luxurious Peninsula Spa, which occupies 1,800 sq m. and offers six private treatment rooms and two VIP couples’ suites with BiologiqueRecherche and ESPA products and treatments, a stunning indoor heated 20 m swimming pool with underwater mood LED lighting and a separate whirlpool, together with a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre and other facilities.

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT BY ANANTARA
Escape to Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara and uncover a heritage of rich local culture, and reminisce over ancient splendour. Launched in October 2009, the Resort is located just 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi, set within the famed Liwa Desert – an area steeped with tradition and bursting with legacy. Step back into traditional Arabia and journey into the fabled desert from this magnificent 206-room resort. Designed to absorb the region’s distinctive custom, guest room interiors are inspired by the simple grandeur of an old desert fortress and boast of locally hand-crafted furnishings, rich carpets and embroidered fabrics.

For the ultimate in lavish experiences, guests are invited to retreat to one of three Villas, each featuring three bedrooms and reflecting a splendid regal retreat. The Resort also offers 29 one bedroom Villas, 10 two bedroom Villas and a range of comfortable rooms all exuding sensual Arabian touches.

Unveiling a series of gastronomic adventures, the resort offers a variety of enticing dining choices. Suhail Qasr Al Sarab – Rooftop Bar and Grill, where guests can feast on the finest grills and seafood while taking in sweeping views of the starlit dunes in the distance. Or indulge at Al Waha Qasr Al Sarab restaurant, where the finest Middle Eastern and international delights await. Ghadeer Qasr Al Sarab is a poolside restaurant where guests can enjoy two different ambiances – a relaxed atmosphere during the day, and dinner by candlelight at night, with delectable cuisine hailing from the local area, complemented by flavours of the Mediterranean. For light bites or treats at anytime Al Liwan Qasr Al Sarab lobby lounge is an idyllic rendezvous spot for friends and family.

The resort offers a beautiful and supremely intimate Anantara Spa which is a perfect oasis of privacy and serenity. Relax in one of five spacious desert view treatment rooms, from which to enjoy a wide range of divine indulgences. The highlight of the spa is an exclusive Moroccan-style Hammam with the calming sound of running water echoing from ornately tiled walls. Other than the health spa, it also offers a conference centre, outdoor pool, children’s playground and adventure excursions.

For those with lots of energy to burn, the fitness centre offers a variety of different classes held outdoors, in the main pool and aerobics studio.

LEELA PALACE, UDAIPUR
The Leela Palace Udaipur, a stunning modern day palace inspired by the magic and grandeur of Udaipur’s past, is located on the banks of Lake Pichola and offers a spectacular view of the tranquil lake, the historic City Palace and the majestic Aravali Mountains.

The elegant and contemporary interiors of each of the 72 spacious rooms and 8 lavish suites are embellished with traditional art and artisan crafts inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. Each of the rooms and suites overlooks the serene waters of the lake and are finely appointed with specially commissioned art and traditional artisan crafts of Rajasthan.

A haven for the gourmand, The Leela Palace Udaipur offers a variety of delectable dining options. Dining Room, an all-day dining restaurant, brings together a variety of Indian and international cuisines and flavors. Sheesh Mahal, a roof top restaurant on the lake side, offers fine dining under the stars with cuisine from the royal kitchens of India. The Library Bar is an intimate lounge for guests to enjoy their favourite selection of wines and single malts.

The Leela Palace Udaipur presents the perfect setting for indulgent relaxation and rejuvenation amidst serene surroundings. It is India’s only tented luxury spa, is majestically located in the courtyard gardens with views over the lake and provide holistic and deeply therapeutic treatments with products developed from the finest, organic plant extracts and oils from around the world.

The Leela Palace Udaipur has a spectacular pool, the largest pool in Udaipur, which provides an unsurpassed view of the Lake Pichola and the natural beauty of the Aravali ranges.

For those looking to celebrate an event in grandeur or a private meeting with inspirational surroundings, the palace offers several meeting rooms, a board room, a business center, banquet halls and event spaces. The Leela Palace Udaipur has a state-of-the-art fitness studio with equipment from Technogym.

HOTEL WAILEA, HAWAII
The first and only Relais & Châteaux property in the state of Hawaii, Hotel Wailea offers travelers a European-inspired elegance infused with relaxed island luxury. The independently owned and operated, all-suite hotel finished a $15 million renovation in January 2015, reimagined as an intimate adults-only escape with 72 oversized suites, new resort pool with residential style cabanas and an apothecary style pool bar.

Hotel Wailea, Hawaii offers 72 one-bedroom suites, each with 720 square feet of space, separate bedroom and living areas (Ocean View Suites, Partial Ocean View Suite, Garden View Suite).

Menus at Hotel Wailea, Hawaii are inspired and created around what is readily available from the island’s own farms and fisherman ensuring that each dish is prepared using only the finest local, seasonal and artisanal products; including those grown in the hotel’s own garden and farming operation. Capische , is a classic Italian and French restaurant and The Cabanas, a casual poolside eating space.
This luxury boutique resort offers a new fitness studio with 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and the most cutting edge fitness equipment available on the market.


Getting there
A private enclave set within the most exclusive resort community on Maui, Hotel Wailea boasts 180-degree, unobstructed ocean views of three Hawaiian Islands, breathtaking mountain scenery, and 15 acres of Zen-inspired landscaped grounds comprised of tropical gardens, cascading waterfalls and winding pathways. Nestled within a lush tropical hillside perched 300 feet above the sea, the property is a peaceful, romantic retreat with convenient access to island adventures by day – from beaches, water sports and golf to restaurants and shopping – and luxurious tranquility by night.

HERITAGE LE TELFAIR, MAURITIUS
Named after famous naturalist, Charles Telfair, who lived in the area in the 19th century, this elegant and refined resort immerses its guests in a very special atmosphere, embodying charm and romanticism.

Heritage Le Telfair is located on 2500 hectares Domaine. The Domaine de Bel Ombre in the unspoilt South of Mauritius is the ultimate combination of beach, nature, relaxation and adventure. Stretching from the hills to a turquoise lagoon, the “Domaine of Experiences” offers truly authentic Mauritian moments for all.

The resort has 158 spacious rooms and suites divided into Deluxe rooms, Deluxe ocean view rooms, Deluxe beach front rooms, Senior suites, Private Villa. The room décor is inspired by the French colonial period.

Heritage Resorts invites you to discover different styles of cuisine from around the world in 12 restaurants with tantalizing menus and 8 bars which offer guests moments of pure relaxation and fun. Annabella’s is the main restaurant of the Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort, The Cavendish Bar and Lounge, Gin’ja, an elegant sea-facing restaurant with its spicy and colorful pan-Asian cooking, Le Palmier, an outdoor restaurant and bar set alongside the pool bordering the white-sanded beach, Le Château de Bel Ombre looks like time has stopped in this elegant 19th century mansion, former home of Charles Telfair, The Club House at Heritage Golf Club, a chic and relaxed Mauritian veranda of the Club House serves a simple and savory of Mauritian dishes throughout the day.
The Seven Colors Millesime collection underpins their highest Spa integrating exceptional and refined facilities, spa experiences, treatments, and wellness oriented services with a natural environment surrounding them.

An array of land and sea based sports like beach games, aerobic sessions are available. It also offers a children’s and teens’ club so that parents can relish quiet time alone while their children partake varied range of fun activities.

ANANTARA PEACE HAVEN RESORT, SRI LANKA
Sheltered by a crescent of golden sand and fringed by coconut palms, Anantara Peace Haven Resort is an unexplored paradise located in Tangalle on Sri Lanka’s southernmost shore and the first and only luxury international resort in Sri Lanka offering travelers a new chapter in unmatched amenities and hospitality. The resort is set amidst a 21-acre coconut plantation that opens onto a golden sweep of beach and the warm Indian Ocean.

Each of the 120 Premier and Deluxe guest rooms and 32 spacious one and two bedroom Villas are reached by rickshaw or tuk-tuk and the luxury interiors boast hand woven custom made Sri Lankan furnishings and contemporary amenities, al fresco spaces to relax with stunning views of paradise, interconnecting options for families, and accommodation for differently abled guests.

Six restaurants, bar and lounge venues showcase vibrant island cuisine. The all-day dining restaurant, Journeys, serves world classics and Sri Lankan, Middle Eastern, Thai and international specialties in refined a la carte or lavish buffet style. Il Mare, is a specialty Italian restaurant, The beachside Verele restaurant, the intimate cellar El Vino offers a private dining venue on request. By day The Poolside Bar serves refreshing beverages, light bites and sundowner cocktails, and for a charming retreat, the Lobby Lounge offers High Tea with a Sri Lankan twist.

More tranquil seclusion can be found at the double level outdoor swimming pool or at yoga, meditation and tai chi classes. The guests can access the 24-hour gym and bicycles are available for guests to explore the resort and Tangalle village. As the only resort to offer a children’s and teens’ club, parents can relish quiet time alone while youngsters enjoy in the club.

At a resort where indulgence blends authentic indigenous elements and international flair, the soothing sanctuary of Anantara Spa offers a concessionaire beauty salon and wellness treatments that are rooted in the healing traditions of the regions rich culture, highlighted by specialist Ayurveda treatments, as well as advanced western spa wisdom.

Getting there
Cinnamon Air offers a daily 40-minute sea-plane flight from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport to Mawella Lagoon in Dickwella, which is a mere 10-minute drive from the resort. Other transport options include chartering a private flight, helicopter transfers or making use of the resort’s luxury Hybrid SUV transfer service which is approximately a three-and-a-half hour drive.

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