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Honeymoon and travel ideas for Essex couples

Whether looking for long haul or UK honeymoons, An Essex Wedding has lots of ideas along with essential travel advice.

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The Hayjack is a new romantic getaway in Suffolk

Rural, rustic and romantic on the edge of a woodland with far reaching park views, Hayjack is a hidden hilltop gem. It has its own sauna and steam rooms and a private natural swimming lake with its own jetty, rowing boat and paddle board. This is perfect for couples wanting to escape from it all and be in their own little bubble.

Hayjack is part of Suffolk's Wilderness Reserve, nestled cosily into a beautiful corner of East Anglia, with glorious outdoor spaces, a rich variety of activities, and impressively luxurious accommodation. Situated on a remarkable 5,000 acres of parkland, the estate spans three valleys of restored, native woodland, lakes, and wetland.

Posted: 26 May 2022

Find mindfulness through creativity in Rutland

'Mindfulness' has become a buzzword lately – and for good reason. After the challenges of the last couple of years, lots of us have realised the importance of looking after our mental health. And while stress awareness month might be over, mindfulness can play a big part in maintaining physical and emotional wellbeing all year round and Rutland is the perfect place to put it into practice.

With a host of quality food and drink, beautiful countryside and Rutland Water, England's smallest county has a lot to offer in terms of being able to fully focus on what you are doing in the moment and forget all the 'white noise' in your head. One good way to do this is through creativity. Having a creative 'anchor' to hold onto when you first start making time for mindfulness can be really helpful.

Here we round up some of the best ways to get creative on a visit to Rutland:

Posted: 24 May 2022

Belfast’s Grand Central Hotel Awarded Five-Star Rating

Hastings Hotels is delighted to announce that the Grand Central Hotel Belfast has been awarded a five-star rating by the AA.

The hotel has been praised for its "5-star service delivered by a friendly and engaging team."

To celebrate this huge milestone for the hotel, Hastings Hotels has launched two luxury new packages for all of their guests staying at The Grand Central Hotel Belfast.

The Grand Central Hotel Belfast (www.hastingshotels.com/grand-central/; 028 9047 1066) offers rooms from £200 based on two people sharing a double room on a B&B basis.

Posted: 19 May 2022

The Gainsborough Bath Spa's Townhouse offers couples exclusive access to The Cross Bath

YTL Hotels' The Gainsborough Bath Spa in Somerset offers couples the chance to stay at The Townhouse, an elegant Georgian property that combines the space of a private home with the luxury services of the five-star hotel and its world-class team. The Townhouse experience also offers newlyweds unrivalled privacy and exclusive access to The Cross Bath, an intimate, open-air bath where they can bathe in the city's famed natural thermal waters in complete privacy.

Adjacent to The Gainsborough Bath Spa, The Townhouse offers peaceful and private accommodation spread over four floors. Loved ones can honeymoon in complete luxury, taking advantage of all facilities at The Gainsborough Bath Spa and private access to the historic Cross Bath, reserved solely for the use of Townhouse guests. Standing separately to the hotel's Spa Village, The Cross Bath is an official sacred site where Celts once revered their Goddess Sulis, in whose honour the Romans named the spa town, Aquae Sulis. Today, it offers an exclusive oval oasis where guests can enjoy natural thermal waters cascading from the spring and specially commissioned poolside fountain in complete privacy.

Posted: 17 May 2022

Rich in culture: Your perfect honeymoon in Switzerland

Opening this spring in the heart of Geneva's old town, the Ruby Claire hotel promises to care for their guests no matter what the intentions of your trip.

If you want to make the most of your travels and see everything Geneva has to offer, The Ruby Claire is in a prime position for you to do so. The hotel is located right in the city centre, you can explore your surroundings and reach all the city's major sights and attractions on foot, as well as Lake Geneva.

Posted: 16 May 2022

Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali offers a range of wellbeing programmes perfect for a relaxing getaway

Situated in the tranquil, coastal area of northeast Bali, Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali is an intimate spa resort, which provides the perfect holistic retreat to de-stress and recharge. Promising an experience that honours the healing cultures of the region and providing an individual and authentic encounter with Bali, the health and wellbeing programmes introduce guests to healthy, sustainable life practices, tools and strategies to enhance health and wellbeing long after they leave.

During the retreat, guests will have the opportunity to explore the importance of wellbeing through the integration of healthy, wholefood cuisine, rejuvenating spa treatments, movement, mindfulness, hands-on wellness workshops and natural health practices.

Posted: 12 May 2022

Honeymoon on a private island in Malaysia

Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia is a one-of-a-kind private island resort nestled comfortably into its jungle island habitat. Offering guests beautifully appointed luxury accommodation set high amidst the hills, nestled within lush gardens or resting on stilts above the tropical waters surrounding the island.

Set along the Straits of Malacca, three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia, only a fraction of the 300-acre island has been developed to house this peaceful luxury resort and its estates. Resting beneath the shade of forest giants, this island is not only home to one of the world's premier resorts but also to a variety of wildlife. Long-tailed macaques and oriental pied hornbills perch in the branches above while white-bellied sea eagles soar overhead and large monitor lizards sunbathe on the island's rocky outcrops.

Posted: 10 May 2022

Hillside Beach Club: What’s on?

Hillside Beach Club, the luxury resort in Fethiye on Turkey's turquoise coast, has officially reopened for the summer season - opening it's doors on the 9th April - with a calendar of experiences and events for every age.

Hillside Beach Club welcomes guests back with exciting events from the British Film Institute, floating classical music concerts and dedicated wellbeing weeks.

If you're travelling there this summer here's what you can look forward to. Alternatively, if something here sparks your interest - book your getaway now.

Posted: 9 May 2022

Enjoy the ultimate ski-moon at Higashiyama Niseko Village in Japan

Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, made its highly-anticipated debut in YTL Hotels' Niseko Village, Hokkaido, on 15th December, 2020, as the winter season unfolds in Japan.

The first Ritz-Carlton Reserve to grace Japan, the 50-room resort resides at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri in Niseko Village with panoramic views of Mount Yotei and the surrounding mountain ranges. This exciting new opening will offer a world-class gateway to Niseko's adventurous mountains with 2,191 acres of skiable terrain and access to extensive backcountry skiing, and gastronomy, culture and traditions through its collection of authentic experiences year-round.

Posted: 5 May 2022

Honeymoon in an ancient palace at Palazzo Ducale Venturi in Puglia

Situated in a picturesque Apulian Borgo in Salento, in the southern end of charming Puglia in Italy, Palazzo Ducale Venturi is a luxury five-star boutique hotel in a restored aristocratic palace from the 16th century. The palace has been carefully restored to offer 20 refurbished bedrooms, a restaurant, one indoor and one outdoor pool, luxury spa and Puglia's first Cryotherapy chamber, alongside a wealth of experiences to enjoy Apulian traditions and explore the local area with you loved one.

Located in the quaint village of Minervino di Lecce, Palazzo Ducale Venturi boasts two outdoor spaces, the main green garden, and a secret citrus grove; perfect for private, romantic dinners. The main garden is accessed through a rose garden, which overlooks the outdoor saltwater swimming pool, as well as the pool bar and the old armoury, recently restored to house the gym, wellbeing area and four majestic suites with floor length windows for couples to enjoy the magical Apulian sun.

Posted: 3 May 2022

A thrill-seeker’s paradise: Elivi Skiathos

Reopening for the season this May, ELIVI Skiathos invites guests to experience more with their stay with tailor-made activities for an unforgettable holiday.

From hiking through the national park and forest, to cycling or horse riding through the olive groves and pine forests, to numerous watersports including swim safaris, guided snorkelling and scuba diving – there is something for everyone to enjoy, not matter what your passion.

ELIVI invites guests to live every day to the fullest, to open their eyes to new horizons and seize every pleasure there is.

Posted: 2 May 2022

Relax in a haven of peace and tranquillity this summer at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian provides the perfect destination for making the most of the city and indulging in the total serenity of the new Waldorf Astoria Spa.

The spa has undergone a wellness overhaul. The treatments available have evolved beyond your typical R & R and now focus on sincere wellbeing.

Guests can indulge in a range of beauty and wellness treatments from the hotel's new partnerships: 111SKIN and Ground Wellbeing, each designed to offer a rejuvenating experience.

Posted: 28 April 2022

Get married at Monkey Island Estate or The Glasshouse and honeymoon for free with YTL Hotels

Couples who host their wedding celebrations at The Glasshouse in Edinburgh or Monkey Island Estate in Bray, will be treated to a complimentary honeymoon at their choice of YTL Hotels' four flagship properties in Bali and Malaysia.

Couples booking vibrant city weddings over £10k at The Glasshouse and those opting for a traditional British country wedding of over £35k at Monkey Island Estate in Bray, will receive a complimentary seven-night honeymoon. Those who tie the knot at idyllic Monkey Island Estate will also receive a generous (500 MYR) daily resort credit to be used towards their choice of gourmet dining, tranquil spa village or selected activities in their chosen destination.

Posted: 28 April 2022

Pet Friendly Villas: Invite your furry friends on your honeymoon

As more couples up and down the country are opting to bring their furry friends along with them on their honeymoon, Sicilian villa company, Villatravellers is announcing its new collection of dog-friendly properties in South Italy.

Robert Sortino, Founder and Managing Director of Villatravellers, comments, "During the pandemic, many couples added a new pet to their household. We at Villatravellers feel it is important to adapt our offering to keep up with the rise in demand and changing needs of holidaymakers. We are proud to announce our new collection of dog-friendly villas, with incredible locations featuring plenty of outdoor space, dog friendly beaches and walking paths."

Posted: 26 April 2022

Holiday like a King; Sicilian prince’s farmhouse transformed into luxury resort

Welcoming guests for its first full season, Il San Corrado di Noto is now open. A former fortified farmhouse and once the home of Prince Nicolaci, Il San Corradi Di Noto is the first boutique resort of its kind.

Situated in the enchanting Val di Noto and surrounded by stunning citrus and olive groves and breath-taking views, the resort is the perfect destination to recharge after a stressful wedding planning period and experience genuine Italian hospitality with authenticity at its heart.

Nestled in the east-Sicilian countryside just outside of the historic town of Noto, Il San Corrado di Noto has been converted into an idyllic retreat, following a three-year transformation.

Posted: 22 April 2022

Experience fun family safaris with Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness' Safaris has created a selection of impactful family safaris, with every booking contributing USD20 to its non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness' educational programmes, enriching the lives of rural children in its areas of operation.

Recognising the importance of nurturing future conservationists, Wilderness offers extraordinary adventures customised for all generations, bringing families together to reconnect with each other and nature, in some of the most pristine natural areas in the world.

Wilderness Safaris specialises in family-first experiences that are safe, educational and enriching. "We've got every family member covered, from granddad to grandchildren, with action-packed itineraries, endless options for every mood, and all-included logistics. It's the perfect first adventure for children, and the ideal way to tune in and reconnect with all generations," says chief commercial officer, Hadley Allen.

Posted: 21 April 2022

Crillon Le Brave is offering a refreshed culinary experience

Reopening for the season on 22nd April, Maisons Pariente's Hotel Crillon le Brave has introduced Tata Harper at its new spa partner, a new children's amenity partner as well as a refreshed culinary offering. Head chef Adrien Brunet will be presenting new menus with locally-sourced delicacies across two restaurants, inviting guests on a gourmet journey through Provence.

This splendid five-star hideaway invites friends and families to enjoy the best of Provence and a slower pace of life. From exquisite dining and sublime spa treatments to new hotel management and a children's amenity partner with a personalised touch.

Posted: 19 April 2022

Luxury Family Hotels announces investment in Moonfleet Manor, Dorset

Luxury Family Hotels has announced an investment for Moonfleet Manor, the group's Dorset-based hotel located on the Jurassic Coast. The multi-million-pound investment project will see the refurbishment of the guest bedrooms located within the classic Georgian manor house, offering spectacular views of Chesil Beach. All Coach Houses will also be upgraded to include three luxurious bedrooms per accommodation, each featuring a king-sized master bedroom and two twin bedrooms. The property will also unveil an updated lounge and a new, fully accessible room. Designed by award-winning interiors experts Studio Jill, the bedrooms will feature luxurious four-poster beds, new bathrooms and a colour palette inspired by the hotel's unique location on Chesil Beach.

Posted: 14 April 2022

Broadwick Soho, a 57-room townhouse hotel in the heart of London, is set to open in 2022

Keep your eyes peeled in 2022 for Broadwick Soho, a 57-room townhouse hotel in the heart of London. Home to a Sicilian-inspired restaurant and terrace, rooftop lounge, intimate dining room and speakeasy bar, the refreshingly original property will offer impeccable personalised service in opulent yet cosy surroundings, inspired by the spirit of Soho. Conceived by a group of friends, who dreamed of creating a hideaway in London's most loved neighbourhood, the hotel will offer sanctuary and a place for fun, where all are welcome.

Posted: 12 April 2022

Luxury Family Hotels' Woolley Grange has upgraded its glamping suites for 2022

Luxury Family Hotels has announced the return of Woolley Grange's Glamping suites from 1st April, with several upgrades and new additions for 2022. This year families no longer have to leave their furry friends behind, as the site is now fully dog-friendly, meaning staycation fun for little ones and furry friends alike. The hotel's pop-up café and bar 'The Hideout' has been transformed into a woodfired pizza experience, where guests can opt to dine in or take away to enjoy on their own private terrace or even a picnic in the sun. All glamping suites have been fitted with woodburning stoves to keep guests cosy and warm on those chillier evenings.

Posted: 7 April 2022

Explore Southern Iceland with new panorama glass lodge escapes

A new travel experience has launched in the remote highlands of Southern Iceland. Visitors can soak up the stunning vistas from the comfort of a panoramic glass lodge, before being taken on a four-day private guided tour of the surroundings, located just 1.5 hours from Reykjavik. The new immersive four-day Panorama Glass Lodge Escape experience has been created by specialist travel company Off the Map Travel. This is the first time this accommodation has been included in a luxury travel itinerary, where couples can watch the Northern Lights or enjoy the stunning summertime views from the comfort of their eco-friendly lodge, before being taken on privately guided tours of nearby hotspots.

Posted: 5 April 2022

Nobu Hospitality to open first hotel and restaurant in Greece

Nobu Hospitality, the global lifestyle brand founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper, has announced its first hotel and restaurant in Greece – the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Santorini, scheduled to open in spring 2022. Situated on the island's captivating northeast coast, the boutique hotel houses a signature Nobu Restaurant, full-service spa, fitness facility, dual-level infinity pool, and five luxurious pool villas, and offers panoramic views of both the Caldera and Aegean Sea from its unique clifftop location in Imerovigli. Just a 10-minute drive to the charming coastal town of Oia and 20 minutes from Santorini (Thira) International Airport, the hotel is well-positioned along the famed Oia-Fira hiking trail that runs between Oia and Fira, Santorini's cosmopolitan capital.

Posted: 31 March 2022

Marbella Club launches bespoke wellness retreats for private groups

Blissfully surrounded by spacious sub-tropical gardens, palm-fringed golden sands, the soaring Sierra Blanca mountains and year-round sunshine, the Marbella Club is a restorative Mediterranean haven with an innovative and soul-enriching approach to wellness. The property is offering private groups of four to 10 the chance to create their very own bespoke wellness retreats, perfect for families or groups of friends looking to reconnect with their inner selves and each other, and embrace Marbella's magical outdoor way of life.

Posted: 29 March 2022

Broadrayne Farm in the Lake District has launched a chic minimoon hideaway for two

Broadrayne Farm in the Lake District has launched The Byre, a chic minimoon hideaway for two. Nestled on Broadrayne at the foot of the fells near picture-perfect Grasmere village, The Byre is a contemporary one-bedroom apartment converted from the farm's original cow byre. It has stunning views towards Helm Crag and Steel Fell and offers an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with a log burning stove to stay toasty, a plush bedroom for two, a sparkling bathroom and an enclosed, private, outdoor seating and barbecue area which makes the most of the surrounding scenery.

Posted: 24 March 2022

2022 marks the 500th anniversary of the Siege of Rhodes

2022 marks the 500th anniversary of the Siege of Rhodes, and premium seafront resort Amada Colossos is brilliantly placed for those looking to explore this history-rich island and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre the Medieval City of Rhodes. The resort boasts an impressive 140m swimming pool running parallel to its private Blue Flag beach, with dedicated adults-only zones it's perfect for honeymooners! Its swim-up suites offer luxury for all the family, while the standalone villas provide privacy as well as private pools and sea views.

Posted: 22 March 2022

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