Cash no ob­ject? Here’s how to hon­ey­moon

To­day’s high-net-worth new­ly­weds are tak­ing post-nup­tial hol­i­days to a whole new level, says John O’Ceal­laigh

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Ad­mit­tedly, the nup­tials of Princess Eu­ge­nie of York and Jack Brooks­bank in Wind­sor this week haven’t at­tracted as much at­ten­tion as the re­cent wed­ding of the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex or Pippa Mid­dle­ton’s 2017 mar­riage to James Matthews, but one thing every­one can get be­hind is a cu­rios­ity about where and how newly mar­ried cou­ples hon­ey­moon. While Bri­tish wed­dings tend to be pre­scrip­tive ir­re­spec­tive of bud­get – white dress, big cake, bad danc­ing – hon­ey­moons are per­sonal. One of the most ex­trav­a­gant ex­pres­sions of taste and as­pi­ra­tion a cou­ple is ever likely to make, this is their heir chance to spend on what­ever con­sti­tutes on­sti­tutes their own trip of a life­time. ife­time. For the lucky few un­trou­bled by fi­nan­cial con­straints, on­straints, the sky’s the limit. .

Co-founder of tour op­er­a­tor Black k Tomato, Tom Marchant t is in­creas­ingly tasked with cre­at­ing com­plex plex itin­er­ar­ies for new­ly­weds who ho “are look­ing for or de­mand­ing ad­ven­ture, seclu­sion and per­son­al­i­sa­tion n rather than clichéd rose petals etals sprin­kled on the beds”. Their par­ents may have been con­tent with a two-week fly-and-flop at a beach re­sort, but that won’t suf­fice for high-net-worth cou­ples who have likely co­hab­ited for some time and al­ready en­joy those hol­i­days as a mat­ter of course.

It was that emerg­ing de­sire for in­trepid, be­spoke itin­er­ar­ies that pre­cip­i­tated the launch of Blink. From deserts to moun­tain­tops, pris­tine and iso­lated ter­rains pro­vide the set­tings for elab­o­rate tem­po­rary camps that are de­vel­oped to clients’ spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Hon­ey­moon­ers have lapped up the con­cept, and af­ter they’ve checked out, the same ex­pe­ri­ence is never repli­cated for an­other cus­tomer – blink and you’ll miss it. A three-night re­treat in the Mo­roc­can desert, with he­li­copter rides and spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ences, costs about £16,000 for two.

The founder and CEO of tour op­er­a­tor Red Sa­van­nah, Ge­orge Mor­gan-Grenville, has also seen hon­ey­moons change markedly over his 27 years in the lux­ury-travel in­dus­try. As with so many things, it seems the in­ex­orable rise in the use of so­cial me­dia has a lot to an­swer for. With peers hav­ing shared pic­tures of their own ex­travag ex­trav­a­gant hon­ey­moons, to­day’s newly marr mar­ried cou­ples feel un­der pres pres­sure to en­sure theirs ap ap­pear just as ad­ven ad­ven­tur­ous and amo amorous. That means a wee week in Portofino, alon along­side who­ever’s bee been dis­gorged from the cruise ship, just won won’t cut it. In­stead, say says Mor­ganGr Grenville, “it has to be som some­where far more rem re­mote, in­ter­act­ing with the indige­nous peo peo­ple or do­ing som some­thing adrenal­in­fuel fu­elled but with a luxu lux­ury touch.” For

Pack to per­fec­tion for your trip Cap­ture the mo­ment with Fu­ji­film’s new XT100 dig­i­tal SLR – in ‘cham­pagne gold’ ac­cents, of course. £619; john­ High-net-worth new­ly­weds might con­sider swap­ping the clas­sic fluffy tow­elling spa robe for this green 100 per cent silk num­ber de­signed by Olivia von

Halle: easy tiger. £750; olivia von­ BRICS has re­leased a limited-edi­tion gold ren­di­tion of its ‘Bel­la­gio Spin­ner’ – a style towed by Kate Mid­dle­ton and Amal Clooney, among oth­ers. £530; avail­able ex­clu­sively at har­ pre­vi­ous clients, that has meant hon­ey­moons dog-sled­ding to the ghost town of Pyra­mi­den in Sval­bard and cat­tle-mus­ter­ing in the Amer­i­can West. If that sounds ex­haust­ing, spare a thought for those plan­ning their hon­ey­moons in the years to come:

“[On these trips] up goes the drone and be­fore you know it the ex­pe­ri­ence has been shared with hun­dreds of friends, set­ting the bar even higher.”

Per­haps that’s why two clients of tour op­er­a­tor Blue Mar­ble Pri­vate went to ex­cep­tional ef­fort to en­sure pic­tures from their hon­ey­moon to South Africa and Zim­babwe were up to scratch: they hired an award-win­ning

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