Remote and romantic: The best secluded honeymoon spots
03 Oct 2016
If the idea of peace and quiet is exactly what you want after your wedding day, then these secluded honeymoon spots are just the ticket...
After the whirlwind of organisation, socialising and dealing with friends and family that comes with getting married, it’s natural for couples to long to be alone once they’ve had their big day. This is especially true considering the nature of our modern lives, where smartphones ensure that we are always connected, even in the moments we would prefer to focus entirely on our partner. While the chimes of mobile phones, demands of family and desire to see friends are all (often enjoyable) parts of life together, a honeymoon offers couples one of the only moments where they can be entirely unreachable.
If this is an opportunity you’d love to embrace, a remote honeymoon destination may well be perfect for you. Switching off and spending a few days with nothing to distract you from your partner in a stunning, secluded location is a brilliant way to start married life. In an increasingly busy world, isolation can often come at a premium, but whatever your budget there’s plenty of ways to truly get away from it all.
Money is no object
If you’re one of those lucky people for whom money is no object, there are high-end companies who specialise in whisking people away to hidden places. The luxury villas and chalets of exclusive members' club, The Hideaways Club, are in secluded locations all over the world, whether they’re concealed deep in the Italian countryside, or in tropical isolation in Mauritius. Comprehensive facilities, pools, and a concierge service ensure you don’t even have to leave the property if you don’t want to, beginning married life with a complete focus on enjoying each other's company.
You can’t get much more remote than an island in the vast Pacific Ocean. For this (and many other reasons), Bora Bora is an internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination, if a very exclusive one. The Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort utilises its remote location to create an air of a private idyll, where you can wake up to breakfast in your room and lie all day on white sand beaches. Here, you don’t even have to worry about sharing a restaurant with anyone outside of your little community of two at dinner, with meals served for you both on the beach.
People looking for solitude have always retreated into the mountains, and if you and your partner are of a more adventurous frame of mind then Bhutan could be the destination for you. Here you may not have the advantage of 24-hour service and picture perfect beaches, but as the country is unusually dedicated to environmental and cultural preservation, the landscape and history is endlessly fascinating. A trip to Bhutan requires a Minimum Daily Package to enforce their 'Low Impact, High Value' tourism but this includes accommodation, tour guides, internal travel and much more.
Another far-flung location with a reputation for adventure is Peru. One particularly remote location is Isla Suasi, the only private island in Lake Titicaca. The resort here has a private beach and 24-hour butler, but no cars, electricity or TV. Extraordinary sunsets and starry skies free from light pollution create a romantic hideaway secluded from the world. From here you can hike, kayak or simply reconnect with your partner in the calm and quiet that’s hard to find elsewhere.
A little more realistic
Putting the sea between yourself and the mainland is one way to ensure you can get a little bit more time to yourself and without a permanent population, the Hebridean island, Taransay, in Scotland is particularly tucked away. Here you can stay at the Borve Lodge Estate, where buildings inspired by the iron age ruins scattered across the Scottish coast combine rustic romanticism with modern comfort. Snuggling inside in wild Scottish weather, enjoying the clear sea on sunny days and wandering over machair meadows make this island an enchanting haven where you can forget about everything at home.
If you prefer a firmer guarantee of good weather when booking your holidays, then beautiful Bozcaada in Turkey has somehow avoided being discovered by hordes of tourists despite being only an hour from Istanbul. Here you can enjoy a luxuriantly slow pace of life and the time-machine quality of cobbled streets and whitewashed townhouses. A little less warm but no less attractive is the Estonian island Saaremaa, which was off-limits during the Soviet rule and therefore refreshingly underdeveloped, with a fairytale atmosphere.
Counting the pennies
If your idea of heaven is the secluded simplicity of a forest and woodsman’s cabin then this eco-lodge in the Dordogne - that includes a honeymoon package if you are so inclined, although this does cost extra - will be perfect for you. Overlooking a lake and in cycling distance of sleepy little villages, the lodge has a wood burner, campfire barbeque and hammocks to help you laze around under the canopy of leaves. With the lowest population density in England and Wales the Brecon Beacons is another green escape, with mountains, moorland, waterfalls and extensive history to explore across this National Park. It’s also very accessible if you are working with a tight budget, with a wide range of accommodation from B&Bs, bunkhouses and country hotels to choose from.