Hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions Kicheche Mara,

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Kas­bah Ta­madot (above),

Morocco (www.vir­gin­lim­ited edi­tion.com/en/kas­bah-ta­madot) A glow­ing oa­sis in the spec­tac­u­lar foothills of the At­las Moun­tains. Newlyweds at Richard Bran­son’s Moroc­can home should spend a night or two in one of the ho­tel’s lux­ury Ber­ber tents, which come com­plete with a private plunge pool

Jalakara, An­daman Is­lands

(www.jalakara.info) Si­t­u­ated in the far-flung An­daman Is­lands, one of the world’s last un­touched strips of par­adise, Jalakara is a true hid­den gem. Guests are en­cour­aged to ditch their phones and make the most of the pared-back, trop­i­cal-style vil­las framed by jun­gle and ac­tiv­i­ties that in­clude stargaz­ing and

sun­set cruises

Il Pel­li­cano,

Tus­cany (www.pelli canoho­tels. com/ho­tel/ilpel­li­cano) Drip­ping in dolce vita style and with a glam­orous guest list, Il Pel­li­cano of­fers un­der­stated ac­com­mo­da­tion and panoramic views over the Tus­can ar­chi­pel­ago. Scott Dunn (020– 8682 5400; www.scottdunn.com) of­fers four nights at the ho­tel as part of its 10-night Ital­ian hon­ey­moon itin­er­ary (in­clud­ing a stay at COUN­TRY LIFE favourite J. K. Place, Florence)

La Bastide de Gordes,

Provence, France (www.bastid­ede-gordes.com) Proof that long haul isn’t al­ways best, La Bastide has just re­opened fol­low­ing a se­ries of ren­o­va­tions. Over­look­ing the Parc Na­turel Ré­gional du Lubéron and moun­tains, the ho­tel’s rooms give a nod to French Ro­coco style and the ser­vice is un­par­al­leled

Amanoi, Ninh Thuan Prov­ince,

Viet­nam (www.aman.com/ re­sorts/amanoi) The Amanoi could eas­ily be held re­spon­si­ble for Viet­nam’s resur­gence in pop­u­lar­ity. Ac­com­mo­da­tion is in­ten­tion­ally dis­creet— think curv­ing roofs, in keep­ing with Viet­namese ar­chi­tec­ture, dis­ap­pear­ing into the tree­tops— and the lo­tus-cov­ered lake­side spa em­ploys tra­di­tional in­gre­di­ents such as rice and cof­fee

Ma­sai Mara (www.kicheche.com) Just eight lux­ury tents over­look­ing the Olare Orok stream and Aca­cia Val­ley make up this in­ti­mate bush camp. The style is un­ob­tru­sive—dra­matic, wide land­scapes and abun­dant wildlife dom­i­nate here. The Ul­ti­mate Travel Com­pany (020–7386 4646; www.theul­ti­mate­trav­el­com­pany. co.uk) pro­vides tai­lor-made clas­sic Kenya bush and beach hon­ey­moons with ad­di­tional stops at the iconic Lewa Wilder­ness and Manda Bay

Rose­wood Lit­tle Dix Bay,

Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands (www.rose­wood­ho­tels.com/ Lit­tledixbay) Lit­tle Dix Bay’s much-an­tic­i­pated re­open­ing is set for De­cem­ber 2017. The sense of seclu­sion and lauded ser­vice will re­main, with greater focus on sus­tain­abil­ity and re­designed ac­com­mo­da­tion and restau­rants

The Car­lyle,

New York (www. rose­wood­ho­tels.com/en/the­car­lyle-new-york) A so­phis­ti­cated refuge from New York’s re­lent­less energy. Stay in one of the Deluxe Tower Rooms— all in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated by renowned de­signer Alexan­dra Cham­pal­i­maud—and en­joy un­in­ter­rupted views of the Man­hat­tan sky­line

Ponta dos Gan­chos,

Brazil (www.pon­ta­dos­gan­chos.com. br/en/) Ponta dos Gan­chos’s 25 charm­ing bun­ga­lows perched on a pri­vately owned penin­sula are only open to adults and, al­though its eco cre­den­tials are played down, the use of Ama­zo­nian wood is in­escapable. Ask the concierge to ar­range a visit to one of the nearby fish­ing vil­lages or oys­ter farms. The Ul­ti­mate Travel Com­pany (as be­fore) can tie in a stay with a thrill-seek­ing ride over the Iguazo Falls

Grace Cafay­ate, Ar­gentina

(www.grace­ho­tels.com/ cafay­ate) Part of a 1,360-acre sport­ing es­tate in north-west Ar­gentina, Grace Cafay­ate spe­cialises in vine­yard tours and eques­trian ac­tiv­i­ties and is ideal for cou­ples who are not con­tent to sim­ply laze by the pool. Tie in a visit to the Ru­ins of Quilmes, the re­mains of the coun­try’s largest pre-columbian set­tle­ment, and a full-day trek to visit the nat­u­ral pools of no less than 15 wa­ter­falls

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