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Honeymoon Venue: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco

When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we bring you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

This week's honeymoon venue is the beautiful Mandarin Oriental, situated in Marrakech, Morocco. The five star luxury resort lies upon 20 hectares of gorgeous gardens and olive groves. Just minutes away from the city centre of Marrakech, Mandarin Oriental offers the ultimate Moroccan escape for an incredibly unique honeymoon.

Mandarin Oriental’s villas and suites showcase Moroccan heritage and Middle Eastern charm. The stunning villas are private retreats which provide its guests with luxury, space, style and comfort. With an array of villas and suites to chose from, there is something to suit every couples wants and desires. Should you opt for the Panoramic suite, enjoy they likes of picturesque views of the surround gardens, olive groves and the Atlas Mountains. With Moroccan designs, the interior provides a sense of luxury and authenticity combined with the best in modern technology. With a seamless indoor outdoor flow, enjoy an expansive terrace with you own private pool as well as sun loungers and a dining table for el fresco dining during the beautiful Moroccan evenings.

Dining at Mandarin Oriental is at an experience to remember. With four different dining options, there is something to suit every couple. We recommend firstly opting for Mes’Lalla, where you will find classic Moroccan cuisine with exciting modern twists. For a small bit to eat to accompany your evening cocktail, head to the resorts beautiful Chinese restaurant – Ling Ling. For breakfast or afternoon tea, Le Salon Berebere can offer you with an elegant buffet, tea lounge and champagne bar. Lastly is the Pool Garden restaurant. Here is the perfect place to relax and enjoy an el fresco Mediterranean lunch. Overlooking the expansive pool and gardens, the atmosphere is calming and tranquil.

When in Marrakech there are endless activities to do and sights to see. First and foremost, we recommend you explore Djemaa el-Fna – the main square in Marrakech. Here you will find restaurants, musicians, exhibitions and even snake charmers. Jardin Majorelle is another gorgeous attraction that was gifted to Marrakech by the iconic Yves Saint Laurent. Here you will find a gorgeous blue Moroccan villa and surrounding gardens which began cultivating in 1924. Now open to the public, the villa is now a museum which displays over 600 artefacts.

After busy days exploring the stunning streets of Morocco, return to Mandarin Oriental for a visit to their spa and wellness centre. Here you can enjoy the hamman (a traditional Moroccan ritual based body treatment), which involves different treatments until the skin glows.

Marrakech is an incredibly unique honeymoon destination for any adventurous couple. Mandarin Oriental will provide you with the ultimate in luxury service, accommodation and culture for an unforgettable experience.

Honeymoon Venue: Cheval Blanc, Isle De France, St Barthélemy

When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we bring you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

This week's honeymoon location is the beautiful Cheval Blanc in St Barthélemy. St Bart's is an island situated in the northern arc of the Caribbean where West Indies charm meets elegant French living. With an incredible turquoise ocean and the finest white sand, St Bart's has a selection of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean. The French island is a serene paradise which offers the best in luxury boutiques, restaurants and its surroundings.

Set on St Barts’ Flamand’s Beach, Cheval Blanc is known for its incredible attention to detail and faultless service. The iconic hotel provides its guests with ultimate luxury with its exclusive number of rooms, suites and villas. The rooms at Cheval Blanc provide its guests with an elegantly white washed bedroom and bathroom, filled with sunlight and a terrace which overlooks the stunning ocean views. For something slightly larger, opt for one of the hotels sumptuous beach suites. With an expansive living area, kitchen, terrace and private infinity pool with panoramic views of the crystal ocean. These laid back, yet luxury, suites provide a beautiful seaside living experience. For longer stays at Cheval Blanc, opt for one of the incredible Flamand Villas. Situated directly on the beach, expanding over 400 m2 and offering your own private cinema and fitness room, enjoy a residential experience which delivers spectacular space, luxury and exclusivity.

When staying at Cheval Blanc enjoy a range of culinary and dining options. For a romantic dinner, look no further than the hotels signature restaurant, La Case de l’Isle. Here you will find locally inspired French cuisine and a selection of over 150 French wines. The White Bar is the perfect spot for a sunset cocktail while enjoying the elegant atmosphere and surrounds. If you have a personal culinary wish, opt for the Carte Blanche service. Whether this is a private dinner from your suite or a barbeque or picnic on the beach, the Carte Blanche ambassadors can create a personalised menu and experience.

While at Cheval Blanc and St Barts, you will be provided with experience of a lifetime. Whether this is a picnic on a private island, a romantic cruise at sunset, strolling around the islands boutique shops, yoga at sunrise or snorkelling the pristine waters. Each day you can be sure you will return with incredible memories.

Cheval Blanc, St Barts, combines Caribbean and French living for the ultimate in luxury seaside living. With impeccable suites, service and surrounds, Cheval Blanc is the perfect option for a laid back yet luxury honeymoon.

Honeymoon Venue: Aman Tokyo, Japan

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When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we bring you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

This week's honeymoon location is the incredible Aman Tokyo, Japan. The hotel has been perfectly situated near Tokyo Station and the booming Nihonbashi district to allow guests to experience the best of Tokyo. Aman is tribute to Tokyo as a contemporary city, where the enthusiasm of urban life is combined with serenity and luxury.

As the rooms and suites within Aman are set high above the capital, each room offers extraordinary views of many of Tokyo’s best attractions including, The Imperial Palace Gardens, the Tokyo Skytree and on clear days, Mt Fuji. The rooms have been designed as loft style urban sanctuaries with inspiration from traditional Japanese homes. Enjoy the likes of traditional washi paper sliding doors and accents of stone combined with modern technology and luxurious facilities.

With Aman’s towering views you can be sure that its dining options will provide a picturesque experience. The Restaurants head chef, with over 17 years of experience in Venice, expertly and uniquely combines Japanese and Italian produce. The menu provides an abundance of seafood and exceptional Italian style meats. The garden bar and lounge is the perfect place for smaller bites to eat, all day dining and signature cocktails. During the afternoon, opt for Aman’s signature afternoon tea, served on beautiful bamboo stands and accompanied with delicious Japanese herbal teas.

At Aman, good health is highly important. Head to Aman Spa for an array of treatments which have been designed around the Japanese principle of nature and balance. Enjoy these on your own or as newlyweds. It is here that you can also find Japanese style spa baths, steam rooms and expansive pool with panoramic views of Tokyo’s incredible skyline.

When in Tokyo there are many incredible sights to see and amazing things to do. Take a day trip to Mt Fuji by bullet train, or stroll around the gorgeous gardens of the Imperial Palace. Shibuya Crossing is a must for many - rumoured to be one of the busiest intersections in the world and known as the Times Square of Tokyo. Head to Takeshita to discover vibrant Tokyo, expect diverse streets of food, culture and shopping. We recommend visiting the beautiful Sensō-ji temple. Built in the 7th century, it is one of Japan’s oldest and most famous temples.

With an array of prestigious awards, you can be sure that Aman Tokyo will provide you with an experience like no other. Aman reflects the soul and personality of Japan and is the perfect location for an excitement filled, luxurious and romantic honeymoon.

Honeymoon Venue: MAIA Luxury Resort and Spa, Mahé Island, Seychelles

When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we bring you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing

This week's honeymoon venue is MAIA Luxury Resort and Spa situated on Mahé Island in the incredible Seychelles. The Seychelles is an extensive group of gorgeous islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. The islands offer stunning beaches, green jungles, wildlife watching and much more – it is no wonder that this is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to honeymoon a few years ago.

MAIA is a five star experience like no other. With sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, incomparable service and extraordinary villas, MAIA is the perfect venue for your post-wedding restoration and relaxation.

Each of the resort's 30 exquisite villas have been carefully placed to ensure ultimate privacy and picturesque views. During your stay, enjoy the villa's gorgeous warm and earthy décor, lush tropical surrounds, a private infinity-edged pool and luxury amenities. The stunning villas also provide you with a butler service to use as you wish to personalise your stay and to ensure a truly attentive level of service.

When honeymooning at MAIA, a visit to the resort's spa is a must. As a couple, relax in the outdoor bath surrounded by natural rock formation or, opt for one of the spas many signature treatments, including, soothing massages, brightening facials and nourishing full body exfoliations - all while listening to the calming sounds of natural waterfalls.

Dining at MAIA will provide you with excellence, not only within taste but also the incredible surrounds. MAIA offers the best of Indian, Asian, Creole and Mediterranean cuisine, while only using the finest of locally sourced ingredients. Choose from the Tec-Tec Restaurant, Sunset Pool Bar or even candle lit private dining on the beach. MAIA also has a diverse Wine Boutique where it features more than 300 fine wines from over the world. Enjoy a guided tasting which can be personally tailored to yours and your partners knowledge and preference in wine.

If you wish to venture from the beauty that is MAIA, enjoy a range of leisure and adventure activities. Explore and stroll through the local markets, museum, the gorgeous botanical gardens or tea plantation. For something slightly more adventurous, take a nature walk through the forests to incredible waterfalls or ride by horseback down the stunning beaches.

Whether you are after adventure or relaxation, at MAIA there is something for everyone to enjoy. With incredible service and extraordinary villas overlooking the Indian Ocean, it is the perfect option for a romantic honeymoon getaway.

Honeymoon Venue: Eclipse Luxury Holiday Home, Palm Beach, Sydney

When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we bring you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

This week's honeymoon venue is the impeccable Eclipse, situated in Sydney’s gorgeous northern beaches. With its amazing position upon Palm Beach, Eclipse is the perfect option for a relaxing, sun drenched and luxury honeymoon that is a little closer to home.

Eclipse is one of Luxe Houses' many spectacular luxury holiday homes available to rent. They specialise in ensuring that your stay is nothing short of immaculate and lavish. On arrival, enjoy being greeted with a glass of champagne into your spacious abode. Eclipse offers incredibly stylish, contemporary interiors combined with expansive views of Palm Beach and the ocean beyond. Designed over three levels, enjoy open living areas, floor to ceiling windows, a gourmet kitchen, an infinity pool, a private terrace - which is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the ocean and many more luxury touches. If you wish, enjoy the use of various exclusive services including, private chefs, personal trainers, nannies and drivers.

With its incredible location and array of facilities you and your partner will never find yourselves short of something to do. Enjoy a day in your private infinity pool or head down to Palm Beach for a relaxing day in the sun and on the water. If the Sydney weather is not co-operating, take advantage of the homes surround sound home theatre room. If you find yourself wanting to unwind after a long day on Palm Beach, make use of an on call spa therapist and enjoy an array of relaxing treatments including facials and couple's massages.

If you wish to escape from your private paradise for a day or so, take a walk to the nineteenth century Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Palm Beach golf course is the perfect option for the more active newlyweds. The nine hole course offers picturesque views of the northern beaches. Palm Beach is just an hour and thirty minute drive from central Sydney where you can find all the typical tourist attractions, the likes of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Hyde Park and fabulous beaches – we recommend the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk.

With its spectacular views of Palm Beach, excellent amenities and incredibly stylish interiors, Eclipse is the perfect option for a luxury, oceanfront honeymoon destination without having to travel too far from home.