There is a lot of wedding and honeymoon talk about at the moment (if you’ve been otherwise occupied, George Clooney has recently tied the knot). You only need to look at a couple of photos of the Seychelles paradise that hosted the happy couple to see why they, and (reputedly) William and Kate before them, chose it for a honeymoon: picture-perfect white sand and palm-fringed beaches, secluded infinity pools, no menus but instead a ‘what do you fancy eating tonight, sir?’ approach – plus some hot privacy laws. It sounds utter bliss but each night would set you back thousands, so if you don’t want to deplete the marital bank account from the off, cast your eye around some of the other amazingly romantic and memorable places the globe has to offer.
Italian glamour: The Italians do love and romance so well. You will feel like a starry couple from Hollywood’s golden age as you drive along the Amalfi coast with the top down. When you’re not holding your breath in wonder at the dazzling Tyrrhenian Sea, or in terror on the cliff-hugging hairpin bends, you’ll be peering through the bougainvillea and citrus trees, speculating on what glitzy world lies beyond. For a real treat, book yourself into the spectacular Monastero Santa Rosa, a 17th-century monastery recently transformed into a stunning and luxurious boutique hotel.
Yorkshire Gothic: There’s nothing more effective at bursting the ‘we’re the only couple in the world’ bubble than jostling for position at the airport baggage carousel. Extend that exclusive feeling and honeymoon in the UK, hunkering down in a remote beauty spot. Restored by the Landmark Trust, The Ruin at Hackfall in Grewelthorpe is an exquisite and intimate pavilion, dramatically perched above a steep wooden gorge with magnificent views of miles and miles of rolling Yorkshire countryside.
Baltic bliss: Germany isn’t the most obvious of honeymoon destinations but you don’t need to hear much about Hiddensee Island before realising it could be the perfect choice. Known as the Söte Länneken (‘sweet little isle’) by its inhabitants, this pristine place is a land of beauty and contrasts – and all to be explored by horse and wagon, bicycle or on foot as there is no motorised transport. And when you are tired of exploring, curl up together in a wicker beach-basket for two and gaze dreamily out to sea.
Thai adventure: By contrast, Thailand has long been at the top of the honeymoon popularity chart, boasting sunshine, gorgeous beaches, and a rich offering of culture, cuisine and wildlife. To sample all this but away from the crowds, take your new spouse to the Khao Sok National Park and stay at the Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp, Thailand’s first floating hotel, surrounded by enchanting wildlife. What better way to start your day by rolling out of your ‘room’ – a luxury tent secured to a pontoon – and into the glorious waters of Cheow Larn Lake.