Heavenly Honeymoons in the Indian Ocean

19 Jul 2011

Heavenly Honeymoons in the Indian Ocean

You’ve set the wedding date, chosen the venue, so now it’s time to pick your honeymoon destination, where special memories are created

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As it’s your first holiday away together as a married couple the emphasis should be on having fun and enjoying each other’s company. We take a look at some amazing destinations in the Indian Ocean, plus top advice when booking your well deserved honeymoon.

TOP 10 TRAVEL POINTS

Before choosing your destination, here are 10 points worth considering:

• Perfect timing – Book your honeymoon as early as possible to avoid disappointment especially if you’re getting married during the peak holiday season

• Weather – Not all destinations have good weather all year round so make sure you check out the temperatures in the countries you’re interested in.

• Special offers – Many companies have complimentary offers for newly-weds. These could include fruit, flowers and champagne on arrival, candlelit dinner or a room upgrade. Check with your travel agent to see what is on offer.

• Budget – Pick a honeymoon within your budget and remember you don’t have to spend a fortune to ensure your holiday is unforgettable.

• Vouchers – If you don’t want traditional wedding presents, why not ask your guests for holiday vouchers. These could be put towards the cost of flights or a room upgrade, if you wanted that extra special treat.

• Interests – Plan your honeymoon on joint interests. If you both like sunbathing then a beach holiday may be the answer, but if you’re keen mountainbikers, an activity-based honeymoon could tick all the right boxes.

• Passports – If you’re changing your passport into your married name, have all the appropriate documents. If there is a mix of maiden and married surnames it could cause you problems. Visit www.passport.gov.uk for more details.

• Travel dates – Be flexible when organising your travel arrangements. Look for dates that fit in with your plans and leaving a couple of days after the wedding date sometimes is a good idea as it gives you time to relax.

• Travel insurance – Don’t forget to take this out as it will give you peace of mind should the unfortunate happen.

• Enjoy yourself – Finally, your honeymoon should be relaxing and enjoyable!

SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka has something for everyone with mystical ancient cities, tropical jungles and long glistening palm beaches. If you are looking to mix culture and relaxation, this could be the right choice for you. Why not take an excursion to one of the countries heritage sites. The largest and most impressive is located in the ‘Cultural Triange’, where you’ll see Buddhist monks, temples and granite statues. If you enjoy the wildlife, try the Sri Lanka Wildlife Safari. For the more relaxing side of Sri Lanka, you will be spoilt for choice with the beaches that stretch for miles.

USEFUL WEBSITES

http://www.srilankatourism.org/

http://www.kuoni.co.uk/

MALDIVES

Sun, sea and sand, over 1000 beautiful coral islands and truly amazing underwater coral reefs, what more could you want. Located southwest of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is one of the worlds most popular and beautiful honeymoon destinations.

The Maldives is famed for its underwater beauty. With its fusion of colours and abundance of of sea-life it’s a great destination for snorkelling and diving. You might even sea the Spinner Dolphin or Blue Whale, as the Maldives are ranked among the top five destinations for watching dolphin and whales.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet, secluded getaway or something fun and adventurous, the Maldives has everything, including golf and more recently surfing.

USEFUL WEBSITES

http://www.visitmaldives.com/ | http://www.kuoni.co.uk/

http://www.sunresortshotels.com/

MAURITIUS

Mauritius is an island off the coast of Africa and is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs. Situated near the Tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius has the advantage of a subtropical climate, with an average temperature of 30º from November to April.

You will find plenty of excursions and activities to keep you amused, from karting and deep-sea fishing to visiting some of the islands most stunning places of interest such as the Charmarel Coloured Earth and Waterfalls, the Tamarin Falls and LeMome Brabant, an impressive mountain that stands at the tip of the Peninsula surrounded by a lagoon.

USEFUL WEBSITES

www.mauritius.net | www.kuoni.co.uk

www.sunresortshotels.com

SEYCHELLES

Another hugely popular honeymoon destination is the Seychelles, which comprises of 115 tranquil islands. With warm temperatures all year round, October to March is generally a good time to visit.

The Seychelles is a sanctuary for some of the most rarest species of flora and fauna on earth. Famous for having some of the best beaches in the world, some framed by age-old granite boulders, while others offer powder-soft sands, turquoise waters and great opportunities for swimming and snorkeling.

USEFUL WEBSITES

http://www.seyschelles.com/ | http://www.kuoni.co.uk/

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