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 Minneriya National Park. Here you can set out on an elephant safari. The elephants are looked after more ethically in this part of the country. It’s known to have the world’s biggest Asian elephant gathering. You can also discover the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the temples of Kandy and remote mountain monasteries. 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.
South Africa and Mauritius make for a great combination for all those loved up duos. South Africa has something for everyone, with the buzzing atmosphere in the city of Cape Town, featuring the must-see Long Street which boasts exotic restaurants and African craft markets. From here you can head on the Garden Route, where you can visit the famous Winelands where you can sample the local wines whilst enjoying the stunning views of the rolling hills and endless vineyards. End your trip with a visit to one of South Africa’s awesome game reserves, where you can experience wildlife like never before. Explore the safari parks which are home to many animals including lions, tigers, giraffes and buffalo. The adventure continues with a flight to Mauritius. Palm trees galore, Mauritius is home to glorious beaches, unique nature and is the now extinct Dodo species. Known for its beautiful boutique hotels, it’s the perfect way to round off your romantic honeymoon. One of our favourite hotels is the Angsana Balaclava, Where you can enjoy fantastic honeymoon benefits.
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.