Hon­ey­moon Lo­ca­tions

Where Love Meets Lux­ury

The Snobby Runway - - Contents - by Laura Hamill

St Lucia: Af­ter the stress of plan­ning your big day, un­wind and soak up the sun on the beau­ti­ful is­land of St. Lucia. Sugar Beach is the per­fect lo­ca­tion for lovebirds to es­cape from the hus­tle and bus­tle of ev­ery­day life. Book into a lux­ury beach­front ho­tel and wake up to the sight of the Caribbean sea. It’s a one of a kind way to be­gin your new lives to­gether. If you and your part­ner are in­ter­ested in wa­ter sports, then St Lucia is the place for you. Sugar Beach has its own dive cen­tre, so in­dulge in wind­surf­ing, kayak­ing or snorkelling. A trip to the beau­ti­ful is­land of St. Lucia would not be com­plete without a trek up the Pi­ton Moun­tains, the best way to see the is­land in all of its glory.

Napa Val­ley & Sonoma: The world fa­mous wine coun­try of Napa Val­ley and Sonoma is the per­fect stop for a rus­tic hon­ey­moon. Lo­cated in Cal­i­for­nia, you can al­most guar­an­tee good weather all year round. It’s no won­der Napa Val­ley is the most vis­ited at­trac­tion in the state af­ter Dis­ney­land. But, with over 400 winer­ies, you will have plenty to chose from, es­pe­cially if you are look­ing to beat the crowd for some­thing a bit more cosy and ro­man­tic. Grab a bi­cy­cle and cy­cle along the stretches of winer­ies and take in your sur­round­ings. Or re­lax by get­ting cou­ples mas­sages at one of the many spas. If you find you can­not re­lax any longer, Napa Val­ley has plenty of shops to keep you oc­cu­pied - from vin­tage bou­tiques, to one of a kind jew­ellery.

Buenos Aires: If you and your part­ner are af­ter a trip filled with cul­ture, look no fur­ther than the Ar­gen­tinian cap­i­tal of Buenos Aires. The bright city is jam packed with things to do, such as the Ce­mente­rio de la Reco­leta. A visit to a ceme­tery may seem mor­bid, but the stun­ning ar­chi­tec­ture is a must see in the city. Stroll around the Museo Na­cional de Bellas Artes, tak­ing in the out­stand­ing art that dates back to the early six­teenth cen­tury. A visit to Buenos Aires wouldn’t be com­plete without a tango ex­pe­ri­ence; if you’re not com­fort­able enough to dance your­self, you can at­tend a din­ner and a show. Be sure to test your taste­buds with some lo­cal cui­sine; try a ‘lomito’ - a slice of beef, sim­i­lar to filet min­ion, served with tomato and let­tuce on bread. And for a real treat, be sure to try the world fa­mous dulce de leche!

Once the big day is done and dusted, new­ly­weds start their new lives with a few weeks away. We’ve cho­sen five of the best des­ti­na­tions to head to for your hon­ey­moon.

San­torini: The pic­ture per­fect lit­tle city of San­torini, in Greece, is the ideal utopian par­adise to cel­e­brate your hon­ey­moon. Aside from the beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture, the Mediter­ranean cli­mate is a big rea­son why so many cou­ples de­cide to visit. If his­tory is your forte, then San­torini is the place for you and your loved one. The is­land is filled with his­tor­i­cal de­lights that date back thou­sands of years. The first place to stop is Akrotiri, a pre-his­toric city whose build­ings date back to the 17th cen­tury BC. A hik­ing trail from Fira to Oia will give you both the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty of where you are stay­ing. If you can, stay for sun­set. Bali: The In­done­sian is­land of Bali is the spot for cou­ples look­ing for some­thing out of the or­di­nary. Bali of­fers the best of both worlds; there is plenty to do if you want to see the sights, but there are also beau­ti­ful beaches to take the weight off your shoul­ders and re­lax. Em­brace the cul­ture and re­li­gion of Bali by vis­it­ing their holi­est of tem­ples, Pura Be­sakih, in east Bali. It houses a stag­ger­ing 23 sep­a­rate tem­ples, some of which date as far back as the 10th cen­tury. Tanah Lot is a must see.

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TOP: Pri­vate Hon­ey­moon Villa at Villa M in Bali.

MID­DLE: Visit the lo­cal vine­yards in Napa Val­ley and Sonoma.

BOT­TOM: En­joy the out­stand­ing ar­chi­tec­ture in Bueno Aires.

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