Where did the word 'Honeymoon' come from?
The term 'honeymoon' comes from early 19th century Western culture where newlywed couples would take a 'bridal tour' to visit friends and family who were unable to attend the wedding. This has now developed into a more luxurious affair with couples travelling to countries all across the globe. The word 'honeymoon' comes from the tradition of a bride's father giving the groom all the mead he wanted - and mead is a honey beer. This lasted for around a month and so the term was coined of a 'honey month' which has now become a honeymoon.
But which destinations make for the best honeymoon destination?
A honeymoon in Sri Lanka and The Maldives is the definition of experiencing indulgence in the Indian Ocean. With the cultural aspects of Sri Lanka combined with the relaxation from The Maldives, these two dazzling destinations make for a tremendous twin centre getaway.
Sri Lanka has so much to offer, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife at the Millennium Elephant Foundation, or perhaps a bit more adventure whilst taking part in a jungle trek; the delight continues with a connecting flight from Colombo Airport to the Maldives. The white sands and crystal blue ocean of the Maldives can be seen from above with a sea plane transfer or get a welcoming sea breeze from the speed boat transfer before winding down beside the lagoons and the extensive coral reefs. The Maldives is famous for its world-class all-inclusive resorts, many of which have overwater villa accommodation, Wake to the gentle sound of the sea lapping upon the beach every morning and refresh yourself with a swim in the ocean which is right on your back doorstep.
The Seychelles is an archipelago perfect for couples who are looking for pure paradise. Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, you and your partner can immerse yourself in the sandy beaches and pristine waters whilst having plenty of opportunities to explore; whether this is snorkelling, seeing the rare Giant Aldabra Tortoises or even island hopping. The beauty of the Seychelles is that each of the islands are unique and are easily accessible with direct flights available between them all. The standout reason to visit the Seychelles is the quality of resorts. If you are seeking a lavish honeymoon experience, then the Seychelles will tick all the boxes. From the authentic decor to the gourmet cuisine, you are sure to have a very special honeymoon experience.
Escaping to Hawaii really is the American Dream. The collection of islands showcases peace and tranquillity with blissful beaches, along with many interesting places such as Pearl Harbour and the World War II memorials located in the capital city of Honolulu. In addition to the wonders of the larger islands like Oahu, each of the other islands are little gems waiting to be discovered. Kauai, Hawaii's oldest island, which is full of adventure and romance; with the opportunity to go on an exhilarating helicopter ride with a great bird's eye view of the picturesque islands making it the ultimate luxury honeymoon.
Riviera Maya is Mexico's hidden bit of treasure which is the place to be with your nearest and dearest! Feel the fine sands run through your toes and the enjoy the sounds of the sea while lazing with a cocktail in your hand. As well as having endless natural beauty, Riviera Maya also boasts Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, making for the perfect day out whilst learning about Mexico's Mayan history.
Cape Town, a city quite unlike any other in Africa. Its architecture features beautiful buildings. Its table-shaped mountain with stunning views towards the point where the two oceans meet. Visit Stellenbosch, a university town famous for its spectacular winelands. Travel to Oudtshoorn and visit the ostrich farms, before you reach the beautiful Kariega Game Reserve. Enjoy game drives, canoe trips, walks by the beach and more, surrounded by spectacular wildlife!
Now it's time to relax. Land in Mauritius and get straight into your private transfer to the Lux Belle Mare. You'll be walking along the white sandy beach enjoying the waters of the Indian Ocean in no time! Your five nights can be spent enjoying cocktails, snorkelling, horse riding and not to mention the great hospitality. Will it be an Ocean View Villa, Ocean Suite or the Lux* Suite?