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Honeymoon Destination: Geejam Hotel, Jamaica

When considering an overseas honeymoon, the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. In this post, we've profiled a truly amazing location to inspire your wanderlust. This week’s venue is the breath-taking Geejam Hotel in Jamaica.

The Geejam Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Jamaican bush but boasts world-class views of the Caribbean.The hotel is only a 10 minute drive west from the historic town of Port Antonio, located on the northeast coast of Jamaicåa.

A honeymoon at the Geejam is like no other with its mix of native bush and tropical waters, and close location to town, so much is to be done. The perfect honeymoon suite is the Mento. The luxurious escape is surrounded by rainforest which can be seen from all windows. The deluxe cabin features an indoor-outdoor bathroom with a steam, which leads on to the patio. The patio is perfect for a late night jacuzzi looking out of the waters, or a morning relax in the hammock while reading a book. Its is its own private niche with high ceilings, hardwood floors and white linen, the atmosphere is relaxing.

A driver can drop you off at any of the white sandy beaches of Frenchman’s cove, Blue Lagoon, Pellew Island, San San Beach, Winnifred Beach, Boston Bay or Long Bay where you can swim or snorkel with the tropical fish. Rafting down the Rio Grande is another option, and a popular favorite - complimented by a home-cooked on-site river lunch of local fare, bringing you so close to nature you can almost taste the landscape.

By day, Port Antonio is bustling with local culture with gift shops and restaurants to sample local food. By night, Port Antonio prides itself on its history, culture and the natural beauty of its environment. Thanks to its off-the-beaten-path location and word-of-mouth recommendation, the town is a welcome diversion from the traditional tourist destination.

The tropical Geejam Hotel offers a relaxing, and casual stay in one of Jamaica’s most spectacular locations. Whether it be relaxing on a beach, or in a hammock overlooking the rainforest, the Geejam can only be the best choice for a Jamaican honeymoon getaway.

Honeymoon venue: The River House, Sri Lanka

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When considering an overseas honeymoon, the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. In this post, we've profiled a truly amazing location to inspire your wanderlust.

This week’s venue is a boutique hotel, The River House, which is tucked away along the banks of the Madhu Ganga, Sri Lanka. The River House’s magnificent beauty is a place that will make you treasure the scenery and indulge in the seclusion. This honeymoon location lies in between the coastline and the Randombe Lake.

The luxurious suites, each named after surrounding rivers, Menik, Gin, Kirinda, Kala and Walawe, each boast their own unique style offering a sanctuary to yourself. The beauty of this boutique stay is that each element of the accommodation, whether it be the suites, dining or the location in its entirety, nature is heightened.

Imagine having a champagne breakfast laid out by the peaceful river or a romantic dinner for two served underneath a native Kumbak tree. The River House aims to keep your stay in with the culture of Sri Lanka. The menus offer rare native vegetables and fresh seafood from the nearby coast.

An inviting element to the accommodation is its dipping pool, engulfed by cashew nut trees, the pool will whisk you away. A mid-afternoon dip coupled with cocktails can be perfect wind down from a day of adventures, and you may even be treated to the entertainment of purple-faced langur monkeys.

Dubbed one of the most romantic honeymoon locations in Sri Lanka, it’s hard to find a fault at this luxurious accommodation. The complex lies along the Madhu Ganga riverside. Its swift waterways and immaculate forest, recognised by Ramsar - wetlands of International importance, are home to many native species. Guests can take the offer of a morning boat ride to visit the nearby temple, or take the adventurous option and spend the day kayaking.

The River House is only a 15 minute drive to the ‘workaday’ town of Ambalangoda. The town is uniquely known as a place to discover the magical meaning of the ‘devil’ masks, and dances which drive out spirits causing illness. The town is also known for being overshadowed by nearby Hikkaduwa as the tourist destination. It’s the perfect location for a day trip away from the secluded oasis at the River House. Top activities include the the Sri Lanka Camo Tours. Rated the second top activities for honeymoon couples to do, the tours give tourists the inner secrets to finding the best local food, beaches and immerse in the scenery. After the tour, why not stop by the Sea Turtle Hatchery and get up close to baby turtles.

The secluded River House accommodation oozes with elegance and romantic surroundings making it an ideal getaway in a country that boasts beautiful scenery. It’s handy location offers the chance to explore more of the coastal area too.

Honeymoon Venue: Phi Phi Island Village Resort

When considering an overseas honeymoon, the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. In this post, we've profiled a truly amazing location to inspire your wanderlust.

This week's venue is Thailand’s Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and is blessed with breathtaking beauty. While it sees thousands of visitors each season, newlyweds can enjoy a honeymoon meeting new people or relax alone on the white sandy beaches.

Phi Phi Island is Thailand’s most magnificent sight, it is laid back and away from the chaos. Just a short trip from Phuket, and the International Airport, via ferry or private boat you will be taken to the most picturesque island. As part of the boat fare, you will taken to the resort, so no need to panic about directions once you're there.

The resort has 12 private hillside villas which are perfect for the secluded honeymoon getaway. These stunning villas offer a daily high tea and the option of drinks and treats in the afternoons. You can even enjoy a fresh fruit breakfast poolside looking out to the clear blue lagoon waters.

When honeymooning at the beach resort, the diving village is a must to soak in the marine life. Take the plunge with a suba-diving group and explore the stunning coral formation, mysterious caverns and brilliantly coloured tropical fish. There are many excellent dive sites only a 15 minute boat ride from the resort.

The resort is proud to support the protection of the coral reefs. On the 18th of every month, they run an excursion for guests to experience the marine life while doing their bit for the environment.

If you wish to stay in and relax with an authentic thai massage day, the resort has just that. The aromatic fragrance of Thai herbs will entice you into relaxation. The Paradise Honeymoon package offers 3 hours of privacy and tranquility in your own villa. A steam, slat scrub, facial and massage is the most amazing way to relax together.

Whether you are after adventure or relaxation, at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort there is something for everyone to enjoy. With incredible service and extraordinary villas overlooking the Andaman Sea, it is the perfect option for a romantic honeymoon getaway.

Honeymoon Venue: Westin Playa Conchal Resort and Spa

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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. In this post, we've profiled a truly amazing location to inspire your wanderlust.

This venue is Costa Rica’s Westin Playa Conchal Resort and Spa. It’s one of the island’s largest resorts based in the northern province of Guanacaste, and offers everything a newlywed couple needs - not to mention its high standard of luxury.

The resort is about 45 minutes from the Liberia International Airport, and 10 kilometres from the closest town, Tamarindo. It spans across 2,400 acres of land and features a lagoon-style pool, gardens, tennis courts and a championship golf club.

The Westin offers over 300 luxurious guest rooms, including fifty royal service suites and two presidential suites for the ultimate in luxury, all lavishly designed and decorated. A favourite for honeymooners is the Royal Beach Club suite which looks out over the beach and the resort’s gardens. After a day of exploring, let the day's adventures melt away in your private outdoor tub or with a drink on the private balcony.

Guanacaste is an easy lure for honeymooners who are wanting to relax on the beach. The tropical paradise and pristine shoreline of white sand which leads to the crystal clear waters of the Pacific making for perfect snorkelling, surfing and swimming.

The northern province is mainly known for the best beaches, but of course has an abundance of natural landscapes including tropical forests, volcanoes and national parks close by. Hire a bike from the resort and explore the natural wonders as a couple or stay at the resort for the day and be treated to a couple’s spa experience.

The Westin resort has coupled up with Swiss Travel to offer couples a variety of activities to make the most of their Central American honeymoon adventure. Choose from the 'Pure Adrenaline' day which gives the chance to swing through the forest like Tarzan and to be amongst some of the Costa Rican rainforest or explore an organic cacao bean farm and discover the sweet bean behind the delectable taste of chocolate. You’ll enjoy a rare glimpse into one of Costa Rica’s tastiest traditions in the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

For exploring Costa Rica, everything is close by. The province’s capital, Liberia is only an hours’ drive from the resort. Once known as a ‘cowboy’ town, the city is now known for maintaining it’s native atmosphere while offering tourists an experience. Liberia is known as the "White City" because of the whitewashed walls and colonial architecture seen throughout the city.

For those adventurous couples, the Westin Playa Conchal Resort and Spa is certainly a must see, whether to say your vows or to celebrate as newlyweds.

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.