Talcum-powder beaches lapped by topaz waters, lush hills, a sublime laid-back tempo; these dreams of a tropical paradise become reality in the Seychelles. The Seychelles is a group of 115 mystical islands just off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. The islands offer a perfect romantic and secluded escape, as well as some of the best beaches in the world.
The beaches are undeniably the biggest attraction, with lovely ribbons of pearlescent sand touched by topaz waters and backed by lush hills and big boulders. With hardly anyone in site, the beaches of Seychelles make the islands the perfect, romantic retreat.
The island of Mahé is one of the most popular islands, and is known for its lush forests, mountainous peaks and more than 60 beaches. You may also explore the island’s spectacular granite rock formations, or attend its international carnival or Festival Kreol which celebrates the flavors, sounds and smells of the Creole world at the largest and most important event in the Seychelles.
Where to Stay– Four Seasons Seychelles
Unwind in exclusive tree-house villas nestled within the lush hillside sanctuary of the luxurious Four Seasons Seychelles resort. Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences and dramatic Indian Ocean views from your discreet hilltop retreat, along with the sincere, sophisticated service of Four Seasons staff, everywhere from your private infinity pool to the picture-perfect beach.
Experience solitude and serenity in one of the 67 Seychelles luxury resort villas, perched on stilts on the jungle hillside or nestled amid greenery close to the beach and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Relax in expansive indoor and outdoor spaces built in traditional Creole style or cool off in an infinity-edge plunge pool surrounded by a natural hardwood deck.
Where to Eat– La Grande Maison
Believed to be one of the best fine-dining restaurants in the country, La Grande Maison is definitely not to be missed, especially for the discerning food lover. Their menu is reviewed and refreshed on a regular basis, ensuring that you have an unforgettable culinary experience every time!
A traditional-style Creole 'Gran Kaz' whose history dates back to 1792, La Grande Maison Restaurant is the brainchild of Christelle Verheyden, Chef and owner of the restaurant. Along with her team, she continues to create and amaze with her delectable dishes, inspired by local ingredients and Creole flavors.
Favorites include freshly cut palm heart salad with truffles and curry leaves; red snapper fillet with green mousseline, basil and combats and tuna and foie gras, all complemented by a selection of fine rums and choice imported wines such as the rare red Alicante Suori Mondo “Z’acco” from Tuscany. The dining experience in this charming old plantation house overlooking gardens of exceptional character will be a memory not soon forgotten.
Things to Do– Underwater Wonders
Diving and snorkeling are the most popular activities in the Seychelles, and rightly so. Healthy reefs, canyon-like terrain, shallow shelves, exciting shipwrecks, impressive granite outcrops and splendid coral gardens give divers and snorkelers almost instant access to a variety of environments.
Known for their rich marine life and nature reserves, the Seychelles are home to more than 2,000 species of plants, more than 1,000 species of fish and the largest population of Aldabra giant tortoises in the world.
The water is warm and clear, and teeming with life from the tiniest juvenile tropical to the largest pelagic creature, including whale sharks. Whether you're an experienced diver or slapping on fins for the first time, there are sites for all levels.
Santorini is considered one of the most sought after, luxurious destinations in Greece. It may very well be the most popular island in the world. The island has a growing reputation as being the ultimate romantic getaway for couples and destination weddings. There are few travel destinations that combine beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, ancient cities, amazing restaurants, some of the world's best wine, and an active volcano.
Santorini is lined with unique, volcanic-sand beachesin exotic colors of black, red, and white. With its reputation for dazzling panoramas, romantic sunsets and volcanic-sand beaches, it’s hardly surprising the island has made it to the top of so many travelers’ bucket list. Kisses beneath Santorini’s famous sunset is the ultimate romantic experience! There’s no denying the uniqueness of this destination or its huge allure to over 1.5 million tourists annually.
Where to Stay – Katikies Hotel
Inspiring deep emotions of enchantment and fascination, Katikies Hotel in Oia Santorini is renowned for its unparalleled services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment, inviting its guests to experience moments of pure luxury.
Awe inspiring views, sublime Santorini sunsets and perfectly manicured pink bougainvilleas provide the magnificent backdrop for this perennially gleaming, glistening white luxury hotel that spills down the cliffs of the magical Caldera.
Each room is truly one of a kind, original and Cycladic in form, complemented by innovative new design, both everlasting and romantic in stature, endeavoring to provide an experience that refer to the most sublime and perfect aspects of Santorini.
Where To Eat - Remvi
Cuisine in Santorini boasts extraordinary ingredientsthanks to nutrient-rich volcanic soil. Amongst the island’s specialties are its world famous sun-dried cherry tomatoes, fava beans (split peas), capers, and white eggplant.
Remvi restaurant located in Santorini in Firostefani, combines spectacular views of the volcano and the Caldera, with tasty meals from Mediterranean and international cuisine.
Guests can enjoy fresh fish, lobster and other items for the beautiful Aegean Sea near the restaurant. A variety of cuisines, including Greek and Mediterranean, Seafood, vegan and gluten free, are offered to meet the diverse palates of all guests.
Where to Go-The Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum
No romantic trip to Santorini is complete without a visit to some of the oldest vineyards in Europe. The Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum has everything a visitor would want to know about winemaking in one of the most unique places on earth.
This one of a kind museum happens to be nestled in a cave and because of its unique position this natural labyrinth is eight meters below ground and 300 meters long. It took twenty-one years of hard work, patience, and perseverance to complete the wine museum in this remarkable location, but it visitors think it was all worth it.
Guests will see the stages of the winemaking process including ploughing in the vineyards, and the harvesting, stomping, and weighing of the grapes. At the end of the tour, guests are invited to try four of the best wines made at the winery and savor each flavor in the specially made wine-tasting area with an ambiance to enhance the experience. Book this amazing adventure now through Lynell Carr of LC's Great Escape!
A BALINESE ADVENTURE
Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. Many travelers have never been to this Indonesian island. Yet, the word "Bali" conjures daydreams of the most fantastical landscape: towering volcanoes wrapped in a deep green canopy, sandy shores that fade into turquoise waters and curving coastlines crowned with staggered pagodas. And believe it or not, Bali rarely disappoints.
The island is home to an ancient culture that’s known for its warm hospitality, and exotic temples and palaces set against stunning, natural backdrops. Those who seek adventure might want to explore the scenic central highlands of Ubud, with its flowing rice fields, valleys and forested rivers. Ubud also offers picturesque mountain jogging tracks, a sacred monkey forest, elephant safari rides, and other endless sightseeing opportunities.
Where to stay- Plataran Menjangan Resort and Spa
A tranquil hideaway located within the protected sanctuary of West Bali National Park, Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa offers an escape to nature at its most beautifully raw and untouched.
Experience the epitome of luxury, privacy and comfort in the traditional Joglo villas of this unique eco retreat, at one with nature in the midst of the forest or right by the ocean. Dine along the oceanfront on a world of fresh flavors crafted from the treasures of the garden and sea. Listen to the song of the exotic Bali Starling while exploring the beauty of the wild, trekking through the jungle, kayaking through the mangrove canal, diving in crystal clear waters, or enjoying the romance of a sunset cruise.
For couples, families, nature and adventure lovers alike, Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa offers a truly rare and enchanting experience beyond anything imaginable, with Bali’s untamed wilderness as the most incredible host.
Where to eat- The Sayan House
The Sayan House in Ubud is fast becoming one of the must-dos in Ubud. It boasts a superb location overlooking the lush green Ayung River valley on the Sayan ridge. Enjoy the breathtaking view, and delicious fusion of Japanese - Latin cuisines crafted by Japanese Executive Chef Yuki Tagami. The overall ambiance of The Sayan House is cozy and casual, yet its design, layout and attention to detail give it a sophisticated feel.
What to do- Paon Bali Cooking Class
Enjoy authentic cooking in a traditional Balinese Village. Embark on a culinary adventure unlocking the secretes of authentic Balinese cooking, utilizing traditional ingredients and preparation methods, in a fully equipped community kitchen. Start your day in the Ubud markets where you select fresh herbs & spices, crisp vegetables and choice cuts of meat. Upon your return you will be warmly welcomed and expertly guided by your host who will help you discover how to create your very own delicious Balinese dishes. Bon appetite!!
Nestled at the heart of one of the largest, deepest natural atolls in the world, situated on a private island just north of the equator, is where you will find Park Hyatt Maldive Hadahaa. A barefoot resort providing guests with a private and secluded island resort experience. Hadahaa is an untouched, authentic location that offers its guests a pure Maldivian experience, the perfect place to rest, relax, and recharge.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa features a total of 50 land and water villas, each minimalist-styled villa is designed with the utmost level of comfort in mind. Whether nestled within the island's tropical foliage or elevated above the water, guests are only steps away from the cool ocean waters and idyllic beach. All villas feature floor to ceiling windows and doors that lead out to a private deck, some villas are even fitted with a a personal plunge pool and direct access to the beach.
There is a wide range of options for dining from the all-day venue, The Dining Room, to romantic beachside eatery, The Island Grill. All aspects of the dining experience offers luxurious and healthy dishes prepared by a team of culinary experts with a specializing in international flavors to traditional Maldivian cuisine, enriching the private island experience. For those with culinary flair, cooking classes and chef's table experiences can also be arranged upon request. meanwhile, the contemporary poolside bar and the unique Dhoni are great places to sit back, unwind and enjoy a refreshing drink.
A range of aqua-centric activities allow guests to make the most of the natural surroundings and the experienced team of Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa's 5-star PADI Dive and Activity Center, Blue Journeys, can create tailored experiences to suit any swimming ability. The resort is home to the healthiest house reef in the Maldives and is pure paradise for snorkeling and diving, with seemingly limitless varieties of marine life and exquisite coral formations. Local island visits, dolphins spotting, sunset cruises and the one-of-a-kind Cross the Equator trip makes for everlasting memories.
The Vidhun Spa , inspired by traditions and native remedies of the Maldives, offers individual and couples' treatments and features five private villas, an 80-foot tranquility pool and Jacuzzi. Guests can experience the power and history of Maldivian holistic wellness with the healing techniques of Dhivehibey, the islands' indigenous curative heritage. To ensure the good health truly shines both inside and out, private or shared yoga sessions with the resort instructor complete the spa's wellness techniques.
Bled is one of the most recognizable iconic places in Slovenia. In the 19thcentury, it was visited by hydropathy enthusiasts following the methods of the Swiss physician Arnold Rikli. At the beginning of the 20th century, Lake Bled was considered to be the most beautiful health resort in Austria-Hungary. After World War II, this was the location of one of the most important state protocol residences. Villa Bled has retained this function to the present day.
Traditional wooden boats – pletnas – have been taking visitors to the island in the middle of the lake for centuries. These boats are operated by standing rowers known as pletnars. After landing, guests climb 99 stone steps to reach the Assumption of Mary Church.
On this island, which is the subject of legendary tales, listen to the church bell and ring it yourself. Legend has it that this will make your wishes come true. As you return to the lake shore, view the island on the lake from the castle or from the walking and horse-carriage trails that lead you around the lake. Take a ride with Bled coachmen, known as fijakers!
Bled is one of the most recognisable iconic places in Slovenia. In the 19thcentury, it was visited by hydropathy enthusiasts following the methods of the Swiss physician Arnold Rikli. At the beginning of the 20th century, Lake Bled was considered to be the most beautiful health resort in Austria-Hungary. After World War II, this was the location of one of the most important state protocol residences. Villa Bled has retained this function to the present day.
THINGS TO DO: Not far from Lake Bled there is a gorge which, because of its exceptional beauty, was attracting tourists as early as in the 19th century. Wooden bridges and viewing galleries lead you down the 1.6 km long gorge among waterfalls, pools, and cascades. A stone, single-arch, former railway bridge also towers above the gorge. Vintgar Gorge, which also shares its name with other, similar gorges around Slovenia (vintgar is the Slovenian word for gorge) also take you by surprise due to its unique flora.
ADVENTURES IN THE GREAT PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The Pacific Northwest begs for honeymoon getaways. With weather that is conducive to snuggles, warm fires, endless cups of hot cocoa or coffee and a plethora of areas to take amazing adventures with the one you love. We have set our sights on four of the best places to visit on your honeymoon to this wonderful, sometimes mystical location called the Pacific Northwest.
Mount Rainier National Park
PLACES TO GO: Mount Rainier has five developed areas: Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, and Carbon/Mowich. Although the level of development in these areas ranges from basic -little more than a campground and picnic area- to extensive -hotel, restaurant, visitor center, campgrounds and picnic areas- each can serve as a base for exploring the rest of the park. THINGS TO DO: From hiking and climbing, to wildflower viewing and ranger-led programs, there are a variety of things to do at Mount Rainier.
Olympic National Park
PLACES TO GO: Olympic National ParkAt Olympic, forest, coastal, and mountain ecosystems combine to create a spectacular wilderness park. Designated as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations, the park serves as a living laboratory for scientists and students, as well as an incredible natural playground for visitors. Millions of people visit Olympic each year to experience its beauty, diversity, and many opportunities for adventure, exploration, and recreation. Come explore, whether for a few hours or a lifetime. Your trip planning starts here! THINGS TO DO: These amazing outdoor include boating, fishing, tidepooling, camping, hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, night sky programs, and art/photography.
The Methow Valley
PLACES TO GO: Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade mountain range, the Methow Valley is the Northwest’s most popular destination recreation area. With each changing season, there are new sights to see, fun things to do and an ever-changing landscape to explore. THINGS TO DO: Explore summer and winter trails, bike and hike the Methow, bird watching, horseback riding, rent a cozy cabin, or settle into a nice lodge.
PLACES TO GO: Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range. THINGS TO DO: Biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoe, swimming, camping, and simply enjoy the wonder around you.
OPULENCE & LUXURY AWAITS AT MOLORI SAFARI
Are you an adventurous couple looking for a non-traditional honeymoon retreat? You search ends here with Molori Safari. Molori Safari offers a high level of opulence and luxury while exposing you to a once in a lifetime journey in the South African great outdoors.
The word ‘Molori’ meaning ‘to dream’ in the local language of seTswana, truly captures the essence of Molori Safari, recognized throughout the world as one of South Africa’s most luxurious game lodges. This five-suite retreat, originally built as the owner’s private family retreat, was constructed in 2007 in the heart of the 75,000-hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. In 2009, the owners decided to open the property to the public, at which point the retreat received a complete makeover transforming it into the intimate and luxuriously chic lodge it has become today. Situated northwest of Johannesburg in South Africa’s North West province, the reserve borders Botswana. The lodge offers breath-taking views of an expansive valley and the Dwarsberg Mountains, as well as an abundance of bird life and game including the Madikwe “Super Seven” which is the Big Five but includes the highly endangered wild dog and cheetah.
At Molori Safari, the well-heeled discerning traveller in search of absolute privacy, luxury and relaxation, who has experienced much and expects the very best, will find it a retreat that offers extraordinary personalized service, style and comfort. The Molori experience is about every need being anticipated from beginning to end and is continuously evolving to provide guests with a fresh perspective. The Molori experience includes basking in opulent, luxury suites with floor to ceiling glass retractable doors that allow nature in, thrilling game drives and bush walks led by award- winning guides, mouth-watering cuisine under the African sky and luxury spa treatments hemmed in by the bush - all personalised to guests' own preferences and time. The Molori Safari experience will leave everlasting memories, ones that our guests will carry with them for a lifetime. It is the perfect destination for those in search of a bespoke luxury safari experience.
Boasting an aesthetic that blends local elements with well-placed international design, the lodge’s warmth, charm and comfort reigns supreme in the five meticulous open-air suites, thoughtfully distanced from each other to offer maximum privacy. All of the suites boast spacious wooden decks, private infinity pools, fireplaces, and floor- to-ceiling glass walls which fully retract to ‘let nature in’. The interior style is local-chic and designed to soothe guests with neutral palates, streaming natural light and exceptional furniture by Fendi, Kenneth Cobonpue and Philipp Plein. Additional in-room amenities include spotting telescopes to observe wildlife, iPod docking systems, espresso machines, wifi and mini-bars. Both of the premier suites (named Ngwedi and Lesedi) measure 2500 sq. ft. each (inclusive of indoor/outdoor space) and the family premier suite (named Sephiri) measures 3300 sq. ft. (inclusive of indoor/outdoor space). All suites feature a large living area, fireplaces, bedroom and bathroom with heated flooring for the cooler months, and infinity pools. The split-level Sephiri Suite, ideal for families, has two bedrooms, each with their own private bathrooms. The decks that extend from these suites are outfitted with luxurious Dedon daybeds for ultimate relaxation.
Molori’s two presidential suites, the Metsi suite, which measures 6400 sq. ft. (inclusive of indoor/outdoor space) and the two-bedroomed Molelo Suite, measuring 6670 sq. ft. (inclusive of indoor/outdoor space) are breath-taking, both in size and opulence. While the Metsi suite contains one master bedroom and bath, the Molelo suite features two bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom. Each presidential suite also features one or two dining areas, a service kitchen, spacious lounges, fireplaces, two additional guest bathrooms, walk-in closet, rim-flow bath, an outdoor shower, private infinity pool and jacuzzi. Both suites boast their own library/study equipped with a laptop and a collection of National Geographic magazines dating back to the 1940s, as well as a flat screen television equipped with satellite TV and DVD player. All guests are encouraged to take advantage of the two infinity pools and heated jacuzzi at the main lodge, as well as the retreat’s second rim-flow heated jacuzzi, situated on the highest mountainside deck for optimal wildlife viewing. Guests can truly unwind with a cocktail, a book or a cigar on Molori’s many relaxation decks, including the prized reading and star decks which also feature Dedon daybeds. The main lodge library offers a large selection of popular books, and a well equipped humidor for guests to choose from various imported cigars (available at an extra cost). Also available in the main lodge is satellite TV and DVD player.
The Molori Spa & Fitness Centre encompasses the natural beauty of the surrounding African bush. Peaceful music, contemporary décor and indigenous incense set the relaxation stage for a full suite of massage and aromatherapy treatments. All spa services are available in either the serene indoor treatment room, outdoors on daybeds, or for a truly unrivaled experience, in our outdoor treatment deck in the bush. Alternatively, guests can enjoy private spa treatments in their own suites. The air-conditioned fitness centre is well equipped with state-of-the-art treadmill, bike and cross-trainer machines, dumbbells and weight machines, as well as Pilates and yoga equipment. A spacious steam room and Nordic sauna overlook a cold ‘chiller’ pool and are the ideal complement to any workout or treatment.
All guests are encouraged to live out their dreams at Molori Safari, seeing and experiencing the vast African and escape themselves. The Molori team is happy to suggest any number of activities and can customize each to fit every guest’s own personal schedule. Activities include game drives and bush walks, Super Seven by night, bush breakfasts, bush boma and sunsets, as well as family programs focused on intriguing and entertaining the youngest of guest.
Molori Safari also offers their Dream Honeymoon Escape for the more adventurous couple looking to have an experience that will last forever. The Dream Honeymoon Escape includes three night at Molori Safari cocooned in one of the romantic premier suites and receive the following amentities:
50% off return flights from OR to Tambo to Madikwe on Charter Africa
A bottle of champagne on arrival
A soothing massage on our spa bush deck or your venue of choice
Complimentary upgrade to our Presidential Suite subject to availability
A private vehicle subject to availability
Romantic turn downs & sundowner surprises
A romantic picnic on our star deck or in your suite
Your dream getaway awaits. There is absolutely no way you will be disappointed by what Molori Safari has to offer. Book your trip now at firstname.lastname@example.org!