10 best all-inclusive honeymoons - by Amanda Statham, Travel Writer

Amanda Statham Travel editor of Cosmopolitan UK, Celebrity Editor of Family Traveller magazine and freelance travel writer for many national papers including The Telegraph and The Guardian.

 

 

10 Best All-Inclusive Honeymoons

Put your purse away and concentrate on romance at these dreamy resorts where meals, drinks and more are included ...

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

If you thought all-inclusives weren't available in exciting destinations, think again. New resorts like Constance Tsarabanjina in Madagascar are leading the way in luxury travel without the hidden sting of a costly bill at the end of your stay. The Ace in the pack here is the amazing setting; a remote white sand beach backed by jungle and lapped by warm turquoise water. Palm-thatched bungalows are filled with Malagasy artwork and are just steps from the beach (and yes, you can raid the minibar as it's free!), while the sand floor restaurant specialises in seafood. Snorkelling trips to the house reef to spot turtles and sharks plus guided nature walks are included in the price.

From £254pppn, (kuoni.com).

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Ikos Olivia, Greece

Spread over 22 acres sprinkled with olive trees, pines, manicured gardens and a private white sand beach, this sprawling resort is a haven for honeymooners. The design is contemporary, sexy bedrooms have accents of blue to complement the Aegean Sea they overlook. There are four swimming pools, an Anne Semonin Spa and you'll be very glad you're all-inclusive when it comes to dining, as the choices include local Greek food at Ouzo and Italian at Fusco which is headed by a Michelin-star chef. If you want to celebrate becoming Mr & Mrs into the early hours, join in with the Ikos Olivia beach parties.

Seven nights from £779pp, incl flights and farewell gift, (sovereign.com). 


&Beyond Mnemba Island, Zanzibar

One of the most romantic private island beach escapes in the world also happens to offer an all-inclusive package, meaning you can fly, flop and forget about bills. It's all about barefoot, simple pleasures here, with just 10 thatched bandas, massages on the beach and a house reef, so you can grab a snorkel and see marine life without a boat ride. Other allures include private candle-lit dining right on the beach, dolphin- and whale shark-spotting and a PADI dive school.

Seven nights from £5530pp incl. flights and transfers, (turquoiseholidays.co.uk).


OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, Maldives

The remote Indian Ocean archipelagos is the number one honeymoon spot in the world for Brits, but it comes at a (high) price. An all-inclusive resort can take the sting out of your trip of a lifetime and brand new OBLU (it opens this month, November 2015) is a great choice. There's a posh spa, free non-motorised watersports, like kayaking and paddleboarding, beach and lagoon villas (beach suites have their own pool and deck) and dining options include a main restaurant and a la carte beach grill. FYI, honeymooners get extras like a fruit basket, honeymoon cake, romantic turn down, bottle of sparkling wine and free couples' massage.

Seven nights from £1499pp incl flights (destinology.co.uk).


Heritage Le Telfair, Mauritius

The Indian Ocean island has more than its fair share of five-star escapes, which makes it hard to choose just one. We rate Le Telfair, because it's genuinely romantic, with four-poster beds swathed in mosquito nets, French windows opening onto balconies overlooking a turquoise lagoon, a nature reserve on its doorstep and a choice of 12 restaurants, including a weekly Boma grill experience around a campfire. The Seven Colours Spa is one of the best on the island and there's a golf course too (though perhaps don't mention this if you're not as into the game as your OH).

Seven nights from £2199pp incl. flights (turquoiseholidays.co.uk).


Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Mexico

If you're keen to spend your time relaxing at a resort rather than sightseeing, then this large contemporary complex overlooking a mile of powder white sand on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is a winner. Everything is top quality; think sunset drinks on a large beach cabanas, delicious Pan-Asian cuisine at Himitsu restaurant (one of eight dining options), in-suite Jacuzzi, free mini bar, eight swimming pools, swim-up bar and even a theatre. The 24-hour concierge can sort out anything, including room service around the clock if you can't bare to leave your ocean view suite.

From £1,215pp incl flights, (virginholidays.co.uk).


Sandals Halcyon Beach, St Lucia

Sandals resorts are considered some of the best all-inclusive, couples-only resorts in the world. It's hard to pick one, but Sandals Halcyon Beach St Lucia in the Caribbean is just the sort of relaxing honeymoon destination you dream about when you're up to your neck juggling work and wedding planning. From the golden beach to the Babonneau Rainforest backdrop, the setting is 10/10. So much more is included here than simply accommodation and meals, including a free honeymoon package with bottle of bubbly, breakfast in bed one morning and a flower petal turn down service on your first night.

From £1069pp incl. flights (virginholidays.co.uk).


Amakhala Game Reserve, South Africa

Forget wristbands and nightly entertainment, this four-star lodge in the Amakhala Game Reserve is about as far as you can get from the all-inclusive stereotype. For a start there are only 11 African tribal-style suites, with lounges, plunge pools and mosquito net-draped beds. Canvas blinds open to reveal amazing views and a waterhole where you can watch elephant and zebra drink. It's fantastic value for money as everything is paid for up front, from the sparkling wine to the twice-daily game drives.

Five nights from £2270pp incl flights (kuoni.co.uk).


Lefay Resort & Spa, Italy

Unusually for an upmarket resort in Italy, Lefay, a contemporary hillside retreat close to Lake Garda, offers a full-board package, which is good news for couples looking to spend their time in one of the world's most romantic (and expensive) countries. It's incredibly elegant and romantic, from the outside infinity pool overlooking the lake (you can swim to it from an inside pool via a automatic sliding door, very 007), to the bikes you can borrow to whiz down to the lake and the rustic Grand Limonaia restaurant serving up delicious Mediterranean dishes. However, it's the spa here that's the highlight, so if you want to recharge your batteries post-wedding, don't miss the chance to bathe in a salt water cave or have a couples' massage at sunset.

Five nights from £1049pp excl flights (lefayresorts.com).


Warwick Paradise Island, Bahamas

Be one of the first couples to stay at the refurbished resort, which is reopening at the beginning of 2016. Its stunning setting, along the secluded Nassau Harbor and a private stretch of white sand beach, is fabulous. Bedrooms, with views of Paradise Island, are contemporary with large beds, floor-to-ceiling windows and splashes of sunshine yellow amid the white and wood furnishings. Dining's a delight, with more interesting options on offer alongside seated restaurants, like barbecues on the sand and a poolside pizza oven. There's some of the world's best diving on your doorstep and a nearby golf course too.

Rates TBC, (warwickhotels.com).