2017’s hottest honeymoon destinations

Looking for honeymoon inspiration that will get your heart beating in more ways than one? The experts at Flight Centre point us toward the region’s most
adventurous getaways. By Kate Springer
Began, Myanmar
Located in central Myanmar, Bagan might be tricky to get to without any direct flights, but the historic region rewards travelers handsomely once they arrive. It’s impossible not to fall in love all over again as the sun rises above thousands of Buddhist temples dotting the Bagan countryside. The best way to appreciate the view? From a hot air balloon, glass of champagne in hand.
“Bagan is the perfect mix of tranquil escape and ancient history in one place.
You can relax around the infinity pool by the river, go get massages, or
grab a balloon ride over some of the most amazing sights Myanmar has
to offer,” says Shane Davis, a Flight Centre consultant. “An early morning
balloon trip will blow your mind with an unimpeded view of the rising sun
bathing 10,000 Buddhist temples in an array of changing colours.”
After a long day of adventures, the Aureum Palace Hotel offers a peaceful respite. The hotel boasts a beautiful setting in the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, plus 27 acres of gardens, a luxurious spa and posh villas.
Tasmania, Australia
You’ve probably heard about the aurora borealis, but what about the “aurora australis”? Nature-loving couples will treasure a Southern Lights experience in
Tasmania, where the sky lights up with cosmic colors throughout the winter months. And even if you miss the natural light show, the country is still full of amazing adventures. Off the coast of Melbourne, Tasmania’s wild frontier features rainforests, waterfalls, vineyards and mountains.
“Tasmania is an extremely private part of the world, so newlyweds can truly enjoy each other’s company as well as the stunning scenery that calms the soul,” says Fabienne Lang, a Flight Centre consultant. “What’s more, the flavours of every meal in Tasmania are truly amazing due to the quality local fresh produce – from wine and oysters, to grass fed cows and fresh dairy products, there is something to suit every palate.”
“For honeymooners who love the outdoors, I would recommend glamping right by the beach at the Bay of Fires Bush Retreat . You get back to nature, sleep under the stars and truly experience the best Tasmania has to offer.”
Build your own adventure in Africa, where the vast landscapes and diverse destinations make for endless possibilities. The enormous continent has long been a go-to for wildlife enthusiasts and it’s not hard to see why, given
the lions, elephants and giraffes that inhabit the terrain. A dream itinerary
might begin in Kenya, with a visit to rugged Tsavo National Park. From
there, a gorilla trek in Rwanda and a visit to Victoria Falls by helicopter
should fuel your wanderlust for years to come. Finish off the experience
in South Africa’s Kruger Park, where the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos and elephants) roam free.
“From natural beauty and wildlife to culture, cities and beaches there’s really something for everyone,” say Katie Hempill, a Flight Centre Consultant. “Whether it’s a gorilla trek in Rwanda or spotting the Big Five in South Africa,
seeing animals in their natural habitats is a great thrill.”
“For an extra special touch, consider visiting the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya where the giraffes get up close and personal by poking
their heads through the window to join you for breakfast. It’s something
animal lovers will never forget.” Learn more about honeymoon
destination deals at Flight Centre,
Love at first flight 
A few more itineraries to swoon over.
MONGOLIA: Feel like you’re seeing stars? You must be in Mongolia. The wild grasslands of this vast country is known for its cinematic skies, best viewed from a luxury ger (tent). A horseback ride to the tundras of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park just can’t beat.
CAMBODIA:You may have already seen Siem Reap, but chances
are you haven’t yet explored the southern coastline, dotted with lush islands and prime snorkelling territory. Check out Song Saa Private Island for a
secluded stay in the Koh Rong Archipel
OMAN: A short flight from the gleaming skyscrapers of Dubai, Oman feels miles away thanks to its sparkling white architecture and raw mountain
territory. After spending a few days on the beach in Muscat, explore Oman’s wild side atop the Green Mountain where the new Anantara Al Jabal Al
Akhdar Resort just opened last year.

Honeymoon and travel news for June

Whether you’re dreaming up a destination wedding or an epic honeymoon, these awesome packages will make wedding planning a breeze.
 By Kate Springer
Over in Macau, The Banyan Tree is turning up the charm with an “Ultimate Bridal Shower” package that takes place – where else, but the Presidential Suite. This 888-square-metre retreat stretches across two floors, featuring beautiful views, a spa treatment room, relaxation pool, several lounge areas and a full-service kitchen. With room for up to 20 friends and family
members, the bride-to-be will be showered with free- flow wines and soft drinks, five bottles of champagne, and canapes. To keep the party going, four guests get to stay overnight in the suite with breakfast included.
Banyan Tree Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus,
Cotai, Macau, China, +853-8883-8833,
More and more couples are taking their pre-wedding photos or engagement photos in far-away land. For the ultimate pre-wedding photoshoot, it’s hard to
beat Claridge’s in London. The hotel’s new “Pre- Wedding Experience” offers a picturesque itinerary through London’s most romantic corners and historical
landmarks, complete with a photoshoot coordinator and an afternoon with wedding photographer Xander Casey. Ladies will also appreciate the pampering perks – expect makeup, hair and personal styling ahead of
the shoot to ensure you’re looking glam for the cam.
From $56,000, including two-night stay, transfers,
styling services, and three-hour shoot. Claridge’s,
Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, United
Kingdom, +44-20-7629-8860, www.claridges.co.uk.
Phuket is a popular destination wedding for a reason – it’s relatively convenient, affordable, and beautiful, depending where you stay. That’s where The Slate comes in. A contemporary resort on Phuket’s northern shore,
The Slate is sandwiched between a rainforest and Nai Yang beach, with 13 venues and lots of photogenic spots. The wedding services here are bespoke, with an in-house planner who manages the itineraries, menus, decor, florists, and photographers so you can focus on the all-too fleeting moments. Need a test drive? The Slate is currently offering a complimentary stay and food tasting, with optional pre-wedding shoots, for couples who book the resort.
The Slate, Nai Yang Beach, 116 Moo 1,
Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket 83110,
Thailand, +66-76-327-006,
If you’re heading down under for your nuptials, check out
Ovolo Woolloomooloo’s wedding packages. Just like the hotel, the wedding celebrations here are creative and unique, with a hard-to-beat location on the
Sydney Harbour. The planning team will help each couple identify their signature style and bring the event to life in the venue of their choice, from the intimate Kitchen Table to the urban Piper Rooms. From there, the hotel manages a la carte catering, room hire, table settings, service and day-of details. Couples can also elect to say their vows on the 100-year-old Woollomooloo wharf, surrounded by the Sydney Skyline. Yes, we do!
Ovolo Woolloomooloo, 6 Cowper Wharf, Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia, +61-2-9331-9000, www.ovolohotels.com.au