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The world’s most romantic destination Paris havens Where to stay in Provence Locations on the French Riviera
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9 Honeymoon heaven in Thailand 10 Where to stay in the Land of Smiles
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Paradise in the Indian Ocean Magnificent Mauritius Mauritius with Beachcomber Sensational Seychelles Island hopping in the Seychelles World Leisure Holidays in Seychelles Magic in the Maldives
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FABULOUS FRANCE Enjoy the ultimate romantic honeymoon in this idyllic holiday location
One of Europe’s most charming, beautiful and varied destinations, France is a joy to explore, which is why it is the most visited country in the world. Home of many historic treasures, picture-perfect scenery and a wealth of cultural offerings, the country is ideal for any type of holiday, and a honeymoon here is the ultimate romantic getaway. PARIS This beautiful city is home to some of the most iconic fashion design houses, including Dior, Chanel and St Laurent, it boasts art and architecture masterpieces of note, is a gastronomic delight and a romantic’s dream. Whether you are stopping off to glimpse the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, exploring the magnificence of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre, shopping for bargains in antique markets or strolling along the wide boulevards of the Champs-Élysées, you’ll be caught up in the
city’s lingering magic. FRENCH RIVIERA Filled with long stretches of beach, the Cote D’Azur, as it is called in French, is a hive of activity in summer, especially for the jet set. The name describes the Mediterranean coastline of south-eastern France, which includes renowned glamorous beach resorts such as Nice, Saint-Tropez and Cannes as well as the independent microstate of Monaco. Ever popular with the rich and famous, the French Riviera has been an established holiday destination since the 1960s, offering every type of resort facility imaginable, as well as some stunning restaurants and places to stay. PROVENCE The south-eastern region of France is famous for its scenic beauty and sense of romance,
making it one of France’s most popular regions. With its medieval hilltop villages, purple fields of lavender and stunning cuisine, Provence is one of the country’s most seductive destinations. Here you’ll find the historic university city of Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of postImpressionist master painter Paul Cézanne. With its paved squares, meandering streets and ancient buildings, it is a charming place and great fun to explore. It is also the ideal base from which to explore all of Provence’s delights.
LANGUAGE French and English TIME GMT +1 VISA Required CURRENCY Euro WHEN TO GO Year-round, although the summer months (May to September) are the most popular
FRANCE | PARIS
FAIRY TALE ADVENTURE | THE PENINSULA PARIS This hotel opened its doors in August 2015 after a four-year renovation, and since then, it has earned a reputation for unsurpassed elegance and luxury. Housed in an historic 19th century building, the Peninsula first opened as the Hotel Majestic in 1908. The hotel offers 166 rooms and 34 suites, all equipped with every modern convenience. It also offers an excellent spa that has won numerous awards, and six bars and restaurants
that have also earned their stripes. The most renowned of these is L’Oiseau Blanc. Honeymoons: Being driven into Paris in the hotel’s green Rolls Royce Phantom is just the start of your romantic adventure. Then there’s the stunning views from your room, the excellent restaurants on offer, the spectacular spa and attentive staff… this will be a fairy tale come true. www.paris.peninsula.com
ON TREND AND IN STYLE | HOTEL PLAZA ATHÉNÉE, PARIS
PARIS LEGEND | THE RITZ HOTEL Reopening in the European summer, this iconic hotel has been restored and now offers a spectacular range of rooms and suites. There will be three restaurants and three bars, including the legendary Bar Hemingway, whose famous terrace now boasts a retractable roof. Afternoon tea will served in the famous Salon Proust. Originally opened in 1898 by César Ritz, the hotel has hosted many famous guests. Honeymoons: You can’t get much better than the most stylish hotel ever built in the most romantic city in the world. With every indulgence at your fingertips, you’re sure to enjoy an unsurpassed experience. www.ritzparis.com/en
This is one of the sexiest, sassiest hotels in Paris. Its restaurant, La Galerie des Gobelins, headed by renowned chef Alain Ducasse, is where French dowagers mingle with supermodels to sip hot chocolate or toy with a salad, and its courtyard is the only place to enjoy an alfresco lunch. The bar is very fashionable, and guests sit within the frames of famous paintings to enjoy jellied vodka shots. Honeymoons: It’s a dream come true and offers all the bells and whistles, but with a twist. Call it romantic with a very modern edge. For instance, after indulging in a dinner à deux, you can either join the revellers in the bar, or enjoy a yoga session. www.dorchestercollection.com
FRANCE | PROVENCE
AN ARTIST’S VISION | HOTEL CRILLON LE BRAVE This charming, stylish hotel nestles in the vineyards between peaceful little villages east of Avignon. To give you an idea of its history and beauty, word has it that Van Gogh painted a picture of this magnificent tranquil, setting. The hotel offers an outdoor heated pool with spectacular views and a spa in the refurbished stables with three treatment rooms offering a range of wellness, sport and beauty treatments. Guests can
also enjoy wine and cheese tastings and every possible amenity in their rooms. Honeymoons: You don’t have to leave this stunning idyll, with its five-star service and magnificent setting. Ask for Room 33, which is a huge suite on two levels offering two roll-top baths separated by a champagne table, so the couple can sip bubbly while they soak. www.crillonlebrave.com
RUSTIC ROMANCE | LA BASTIDE DE MOUSTIERS
COUNTRY CHIC | BAUMANIÈRE LES BAUX DE PROVENCE
Provençal cuisine by Alain Ducasse and spectacular scenery make this romantic hillside getaway ideal for the perfect honeymoon. The hotel showcases local craftsmen in every detail, from the teacups to the bed linen. Exploring the sublime surrounds is a dream come true. Honeymoons: With just 13 guest rooms including two suites you’re guaranteed exclusivity and privacy here. You can arrive by helicopter as there’s a private helipad. The hotel offers a stunning outside pool and you can take advantage of the hammocks near the greenhouse to relax with a good book. Rooms are exquisite… all in all, this is a magical place. www.bastide-moustiers.com
Located in a setting that was inspiration for Cezanne and Van Gogh, the hotel is famous for its Michelin-star restaurant. Located in a 17th century building, it’s a charming country hotel with modern amenities. Honeymoons: Exploring the magnificent surrounds is reason enough to come here, but then there’s the gourmet cuisine, plush rooms plus three outdoor pools, a spa, tennis, pétanque, beauty salon, fitness studio... Request a junior suite located at the front of the hotel with breathtaking views over the terrace and main swimming pool. In addition, you can enjoy cookery classes and wine tastings here. www.oustaudebaumaniere.com/en
FRANCE | CÔTE D’AZUR
THE ULTIMATE LUXURY | HÔTEL DU CAP-EDEN-ROC
HEAVENLY HIDEAWAY | MUSE ST TROPEZ In this bespoke boutique hotel, you are far enough away from the glitz and glamour, yet close enough to enjoy it when you want to. This serene, stylish sanctuary has a free shuttle service that takes you to the town centre and the resort’s stunning beaches. But you don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy a pampering getaway. Honeymoons: Enjoy in-room massages, gym, cycling or just relax in the stunning setting. The hotel offers a selection of just 14 exquisite, modern, private guest rooms. Choose from Luxe or Prestige accommodation, which include a private terrace, and one even has its own garden and plunge pool. www.muse-hotels.com
Famous as the place to stay on the French Riviera, this iconic, historic hotel offers exquisite guest rooms and a swimming pool that is carved right into the rocks overlooking the Med. It has been consistently ranked as one of the best hotels in the world and offers every possible facility and amenity to ensure that guests have a superlative experience. Honeymoons: The hotel is the perfect destination for jet set honeymooners on the Cote d’Azur. Service is personalised, guests enjoy bespoke experiences, whether a catered lunch or a customised trip in one of the hotel’s fleet of limousines. www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com
GLITTER AND GLAM | CAP D’ANTIBES BEACH HOTEL supreme, with every touch a special one. In the restaurant, gastronomic dishes are prepared by a disciple of Alain Ducasse, and the hotel also offers a wellness centre, library, private beach and infinity pool. Guest rooms have private verandahs. The hotel is part of the exclusive Relais & Châteaux association of properties. www.ca-beachhotel.com
Located halfway between Nice and Cannes, this modern retreat offers as much glitter as its surroundings and as much glamour as its guests. Chic and minimalist, contemporary and quintessentially French, it is located on a sandy beach. With just 22 luxury guest rooms and five breathtaking suites, the hotel offers every modern comfort and a level of luxury that screams supreme style. Honeymoons: Privacy and privilege reign
THAILAND | BANGKOK AND BEACH RESORTS
Magnificent beaches, stunning shopping, great food and a diverse range of activities make Thailand an ideal location for your honeymoon The Land of Smiles, as Thailand is called because of its polite, friendly people, is a great place to visit right now. It’s one of the few places where the rand will go a long way, and it offers a wide choice of exciting holiday destinations, from tropical islands (honeymooners’ first choice, of course) to exotic wildlife, dense rainforests, and a vibrant capital city (Bangkok is a great place to eat and shop). BANGKOK Thai honeymoons usually start or end with time in the country’s capital, a larger-than-life metropolis that boasts skyscrapers and stunning temples, ancient markets, holy shrines, modern hotels and shopping malls. Age-old Thai traditions are still evident everywhere, from the saffron-robed monks collecting alms to the stilt houses on the Chao Phraya River. The modern part of the city is a hive of activity; this is where many of the hotels, bars and restaurants are to be found. BEACH RESORTS The magnificent beaches and islands in the south of Thailand beckon scuba divers, water
sports enthusiasts and adventurers, not to mention hedonists and honeymoon couples. Our suggestions for an idyllic honeymoon include the popular beach locations of Koh Samui, Pattaya and Phuket. PATTAYA One of the most famous beach resorts in the whole of Southeast Asia, Pattaya has its own stretch of white sand beach, called Hat Pattaya, which curves around the Bay of Pattaya. The resort offers numerous water activities and sports, good scuba diving options (as well as diving courses) and numerous excursions to exciting nearby destinations such as the three tiny islands offshore called Koh Larn, Koh Krok and Koh Sak – they offer a secluded, tranquil retreat away from Pattaya’s bustle and, if you wish, you can also snorkel there. KOH SAMUI The entire island is a resort destination, full of stunning hotels, swaying palm trees, balmy sea, sheltered coves and beautiful beaches. Water sports abound, and the beaches,
especially the more popular ones like Hat Chaweng, offer loungers for sunbathing complete with umbrellas, all sorts of activities, beach bars and restaurants. PHUKET The most popular resort of the three, the island of Phuket is fun to explore, with areas of tropical rainforest and long stretches of sandy beaches, including the most popular in the main resort town of Patong, called Hat Patong, which offers sun loungers, umbrellas, beach bars, restaurants and myriad water sports. You can also explore the island’s pretty resort town or take a day trip to the little island of Ko Hae, meaning ‘Coral Island’, which is an unspoilt haven where you can relax on the beach or go snorkeling or scuba diving.
LANGUAGE Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. TIME GMT + 7 CURRENCY Thai Baht
THAILAND | BANGKOK AND BEACH RESORTS
CITY LUXE | THE ORIENTAL, BANGKOK
SEASIDE ROMANCE IN PHUKET | PARESA
Located on the banks of Chao Phraya River, this glorious luxe establishment boasts a variety of swimming pools, gardens, impeccable service and exquisite décor. It truly is one of the greatest places to stay. Honeymoons: The Oriental is especially famous for its pampering spa, which is considered one of the best in the world. Located on the opposite bank of the river, it is reached via a liveried launch. Once at the spa, couples can enjoy an unmatched luxurious experience with a choice of Asian beauty and health treatments. Of course, rooms are quite sumptuous and dining here is sublime. The Oriental also offers meditation and cookery courses. www.mandarinoriental.com
Located on the beach with magnificent ocean views from all its plush pool villas, the hotel is modern and stylish with a romantic edge. With a seductive day spa, excellent cooking school and exquisite infinity pool with over water daybeds on which to relax, the hotel offers every possible facility for an idyllic honeymoon. Honeymoons: The name Paresa means ‘heaven in heavens’ in Sanskrit, and this exquisite boutique hotel really has a heavenly setting, with magnificent views, exquisite sand beaches and a seductively tranquil atmosphere. The rooms are sublime – if you’d like a private plunge pool, choose the Aqua Pool Suite. Romantic dinners in the stunning restaurant are the order of every day. www.paresaresorts.com
HEDONIST’S HIDEOUT – KOH SAMU | THE LIBRARY
PRETTIEST IN PATTAYA | ROYAL CLIFF BEACH TERRACE
This private luxury resort is the most luxurious establishment on Chaweng Beach and boasts smart, minimalist design and eco-friendly architecture. It’s an elegant, modern establishment with a landmark blood red swimming pool and an alabaster white library complex that gives it its name. Honeymoons: Enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival as you settle into your luxury room with its own balcony or patio, and if you choose a suite, you can also enjoy your own Jacuzzi. The hotel boasts a gym, library, restaurant and stunning pool area. Ideal for those who like the good things in life, with a definite edge. www.thelibrary.co.th
Nestling in a lush, tropical, 64-acre estate, Royal Cliff Beach Resorts is located between Jomtien and Pattaya overlooking the Gulf of Siam. Guests enjoy a choice of four five-star hotels here, all exclusive and elegant, each offering a distinct style. Between them, they offer five swimming pools, seven floodlit tennis courts, a private beach, two squash courts, two spas, a jogging trail, gym, four-hole putting green and a private catamaran. Honeymoons: Our choice is the Royal Cliff Beach Terrace, a luxury private sanctuary ideal for couples. It’s built directly into the cliff face and nestles in tropical gardens. There are 89 rooms and suites. www.royalcliff.com
There are plenty of places worth seeing Planning your perfect honeymoon can be time-consuming, stressful and complicated. AYKA International simplifies this process for our customers: we provide consultation services and entire travel packages. So start your adventure together with us.
AYKA INTERNATIONAL 5 STAR HONEYMOON PACKAGES 2016 ROMANTIC GETAWAY St James London PACKAGE INCLUDES | Delicious breakfast for 2 served in-room or in the restaurant, Bottle of chilled champagne and chocolate and romantic turndown. COST | Deluxe Room £895.00 per night (based on minimum of 5 nights) NOTE | Rate is fully pre-paid at time of booking, is non-transferable and non-refundable. www.stjameshotelandclub.com TROPICAL PARADISE Grand Aston Resort & Spa, Bali PACKAGE INCLUDES | 7 nights in a Double Deluxe Room, American breakfast daily, Romantic turndown and complimentary fruit basket on arrival, Private return transfers and flights. COST | R39,631.00 (R19,815 per person) www.grandastonbali.com A The Business Centre, Cnr William Nicol Drive & Leslie Avenue, Nicol Grove Office Park, Design Quarter District, Fourways 2191
DESERT OASIS Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai PACKAGE INCLUDES | 7 nights in Double Guest Room, American breakfast daily, Romantic turndown & Complimentary fruit basket on arrival, Return airport transfers, Flights and UAE Tourist Visa. COST | R41,032.00 (R20,516.00 per person) www.ar.hilton.com T&C’s All of the packages listed above are subject to change without prior notice. These packages do not guarantee availability of services. All the prices listed here are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed until booking, as these prices are based on current rate of exchange, which fluctuates daily. All packages inclusive of VAT. NOTE | Extra inclusions (tours, spa treatments, etc) will be at clients’ expense. E Fatima@aykainternational.co.za | firstname.lastname@example.org T 011 513 4093 | C 079 194 5208 | F 011 513 3086
The Seychelles A romantic getaway
Escape to beautiful beaches, relax in turquoise clear waters or sip on a fresh coconut under a swaying palm. The Seychelles is the perfect getaway for a romantic proposal or honeymoon. Now flying direct from Johannesburg five times a week. Visit airseychelles.com or your nearest travel agent.
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THE IDYLLIC INDIAN OCEAN The Indian Ocean islands are ever popular honeymoon destinations with a selection of resorts so varied that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Many of the resorts and hotels on the islands in the Indian Ocean specialise in honeymoon offerings – special packages that include dreamy sunset walks on the beach, dinners à deux under the stars on the sand, couples’ spa treatments, fruit and champagne on arrival and exclusive gifts for the bride and groom. Choose an island based on what you enjoy doing. If you’re keen on golfing, there are numerous stunning resorts on the island of Mauritius with their own golf courses, or access to some of the island’s finest. If you’re keen on scuba diving or deep sea fishing, then you can take your pick, and if getting away from it all is your wish, then choose an island (like one of those in the Seychelles or Maldives) that offer the utmost privacy. This is your honeymoon, so try to visit somewhere you’ve never travelled to before.
range of resorts to choose from. Its spectacular setting makes it a destination of choice for both weddings and honeymoons. The most popular activities here include snorkelling, golf, deep sea fishing or being pampered at a wide selection of stunning spas.
MAURITIUS This tropical island paradise is located around 2,000km off Africa’s south-eastern coastline. Best known for its exquisite palm-fringed beaches and azure sea, Mauritius offers a wide
MOZAMBIQUE Situated on Africa’s south-eastern coast, bordering South Africa and Swaziland to the south, the country is one of the most popular destinations in southern Africa because of its
SEYCHELLES See information on pages 16 and 18 MALDIVES Untouched coral islands abound in the region south-west of India, all with stunning white sand beaches, pristine coral reefs and azure sea surrounding them. Unspoilt and spectacularly beautiful, the Maldives offers a heavenly honeymoon location in a choice of exotic resorts.
superb snorkelling opportunities, delectable seafood and 2,500km of coastline. This is an idyllic honeymoon destination, whether you stay on the coast or on a paradise island.
LANGUAGE English and Kiswahili TIME GMT +5 CURRENCY Rufiyaa VACCINATIONS Yellow fever
LANGUAGE English, French and Creole TIME GMT +4 – 2 hours ahead of SA time CURRENCY Mauritian rupee VACCINATIONS Not required
LANGUAGE Portuguese and English TIME GMT +2 CURRENCY Mozambican metical VACCINATIONS Yellow fever, hepatitis A, malaria, typhoid
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS | MAURITIUS
TOTAL LUXURY | LUX BELLE MARE
SIMPLY MAGICAL | CONSTANCE BELLE MARE PLAGE
This stunning resort is decorated in a contemporary style by UK interior doyenne Kelly Hoppen with exquisite neutral tones and pops of bright tropical colours. Guest accommodation is in a selection of pretty thatched villas, romantic rooms or family suites all surrounded by lush gardens. There is a choice of excellent restaurants to suit every taste, including an Indian curry house, Chinese gourmet restaurant and a microbrewery. Facilities include a superb spa and the largest swimming pool on the island. Dreams are made of this. Honeymoons: This fivestar resort is famous for turning fantasies into reality. Everything here is romantic, exciting and luxe. Sheer heaven! www.luxresorts.com
This excellent hotel has a coveted location on one of the island’s most exquisite beaches, and boasts the famous 70-hectare championship Legend Golf Course plus the Links, an 18-hole championship golf course. The hotel is located on a perfect 2km stretch of golden sand and offers five types of accommodation, from contemporary suites with ocean views to exclusive villas with their own private pool and butler service. There are also seven restaurants and five bars. Honeymoons: With an unmatched choice of facilities, including a fabulous diving centre and state-of-the-art spa, this hotel offers a pampering experience in a stunning location. www.constancehotels.com
ABSOLUTE BLISS | SHANGRILA LE TOUESSROK RESORT & SPA
THE ONLY ONE | ONE&ONLY LE SAINT GÉRAN This iconic resort has offered guests the ultimate luxury holiday for more than 40 years, and is in the process of being renovated. By late 2016, Le Saint Géran will offer an even more superlative experience with unmatched attention to detail and a level of service that is incomparable. Facilities include superb gourmet restaurants (there’s even a Michelin-starred Indian establishment), a gym, spa and fabulous wellness programmes. Honeymoons: Here, a honeymoon is just that little bit more romantic and luxe than anywhere else, a one-of-a-kind experience that includes romantic meals on the beach, spa pampering, gourmet dining and everything else you could possibly wish for. www.oneandonlyresorts.com
After an extensive refurbishment, this exceptional hotel now offers honeymooners the ultimate escape. With 200 sumptuous rooms and suites, plus three exclusive villas, all with breathtaking ocean views and every facility, this magnificent hotel is the epitome of style. Honeymoons: Le Touessrok is synonymous with romance and luxury, and the new iteration is even more exclusive and special. It boasts two private islands – Ile Aux Cerfs, home to a stunning 18-hole championship golf course, and Ilot Mangénie, for exclusive use by hotel guests. With excellent restaurants, numerous water sports and activities, this new hotel is a dream come true. www.shangri-la.com
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS | MOZAMBIQUE
HONEYMOON IN HEAVEN | BEACHCOMBER RESORTS magnificent luxury resorts – Trou aux Biches, Le Paradis and Dinarobin and the cream of the crop, the unique Royal Palm.
Beachcomber is the first choice for honeymoon couples dreaming of a romantic island holiday in Mauritius. Boasting eight exquisite resorts, they offer unforgettable experiences. Mauritius is the ideal setting for an island honeymoon. After all the stress and excitement of planning their wedding, a newly wedded couple deserves to relax and get away from it all. They crave a secluded spot where they can unwind, laze on white sand beaches and take moonlit walks at the edge of the sea. They want time alone together to plan their future, time to make memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Beachcomber is famous for spending time on all the little details that make a honeymoon a unique experience. They will assist you to choose a resort that suits your lifestyle, and will also arrange special treats and gifts to make your honeymoon an unforgettable experience.
THAT EXTRA SPECIAL TOUCH At each of Beachcomber’s stunning hotels and resorts around the island, honeymoon couples enjoy a selection of special spoils (T&Cs do apply)… • Welcome French champagne • Fresh fruit in the room on arrival • Beachcomber boutique gift • Complimentary lunch every day • Romantic candlelit dinner • 30 percent saving on hotel accommodation • 15 to 20 percent discount on spa treatments • 10 to 20 percent off selected sightseeing and excursions • 5 percent saving for repeat guests www.beachcomber.co.za | www.suretravel.co.za
ROMANTIC RETREATS Beachcomber’s Mauritian retreats include four very romantic resorts – Le Mauricia, Le Canonnier, Le Victoria and Shandrani. There are also four
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS | MOZAMBIQUE
THE GARDEN OF EDEN | SEYCHELLES ISLANDS The stunning Seychelles islands offer such a varied choice of idyllic romantic getaways that it’s difficult to choose. This magical group of 115 islands is located off the East African coast in the Indian Ocean. The islands’ capital, Victoria, is located on the main island of Mahé, a tourist mecca as well as the Seychelles cultural and administrative centre. Mahé’s 75 beaches are spectacular, offering safe swimming under the shade of palm trees. Another popular island is Praslin, home to the Coco de Mer, the double coconut seed of the female tree, which is the largest seed in the world. The islands’ national bird, the rare black parrot, also lives here. The island of Praslin has been compared to the Garden of Eden because it is so spectacular. Another island to visit is La Digue, a haven for bird lovers and habitat of two of the world’s rarest birds, the magpie robin and the black paradise flycatcher. There is also the Coralline island of Denis with fine white beaches and coral reefs offering superb diving and snorkelling. With an expanse of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters stretching over 14km, there is much privacy on Desroches Island.
HOW TO GET THERE Fly Air Seychelles Air Seychelles operates international flights to and from Johannesburg. Flights to the Seychelles depart from Johannesburg every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Domestic flights are also available from Mahé to Praslin with over 20 daily departures. In addition, charter flights can be commissioned to Praslin, Bird Island, Denis Island, Fregate Island, Desroches Island and Alphonse Island. To book your ticket, visit your travel agent, call 011 326 4440 or find out more on airseychelles.com Landing in the Seychelles Enjoy a hassle-free check-in service which includes fast-track service and porter service at an additional cost. Relax in style before you fly home Before you take your flight home from the Seychelles, let the honeymoon magic take over. If you are traveling in Business Class,
you can access the Premium Lounge, Salon Vallee de Mai at Seychelles International airport in Mahé. The lounge is both elegant and tranquil and offers excellent facilities, such as ‘rainforest’ showers with amenities. A selection of light dishes is available, while you can choose from a refreshing selection of both hot and cold drinks. If you would prefer a more exclusive service, you can book the VIP lounge where the hostesses will take care of all your customs and immigration formalities whilst you relax in one of the stylish lounges. Group rates are offered at the VIP lounge for an entire wedding party. www.airseychelles.com
LANGUAGE Creole, English and French. TIME GMT +4 CURRENCY Seychelles Rupee WHEN TO GO The weather is warm yearround.
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS | SEYCHELLES
PERFECT SERENITY | CONSTANCE EPHÉLIA RESORT
FIT FOR ROYALTY | NORTH ISLAND This exclusive retreat is the idyllic island that British Royals William and Kate escaped to on honeymoon. It’s also where the Beckhams celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. These are just some of the many celebs who have chosen North Island for the ultimate romantic holiday. Reached by private helicopter in 15 minutes from Mahé, this stunning retreat boasts a choice of just 11 villas and every possible luxury facility. Honeymoons: This is a one-of-a-kind luxury retreat, an extraordinary location that offers every possible pampering experience, including a stunning health spa and gym, library, dive centre, restaurant and bar. www.north-island.com
Located on two of Mahé’s best beaches, this spectacular retreat overlooks, a marine national park. The hotel is set in 120 hectares of luxuriant vegetation and offers exquisite, stylish and spacious villas and suites, all with breathtaking views. Honeymoons: Seclusion and pampering is the name of the game at this magnificent resort, which takes pleasure in offering a level of luxury that is hard to beat. Guests enjoy superb cuisine, and honeymooners are spoilt with private dinner on the beach. The spa is world renowned, with a wide selection of treatments. Mesmerising views, service taken to another level entirely… honeymoons are made of this. www.constancehotels.com
TROPICAL SENSATION | MAIA LUXURY RESORT AND SPA
TRANQUIL LUXURY | COCO DE MER HOTEL AND BLACK PARROT SUITES
Located on the east coast of Mahé, this paradise resort offers luxury villas set amidst the tropical gardens, providing the utmost privacy and breathtaking sea views. Fine dining is the order of the day, with a choice of Creole, Mediterranean, Asian and French fare. Honeymoons: This is the quintessential honeymoon experience in one of the most idyllic locations on earth. Service is personalised, and honeymoon couples enjoy numerous special treats, including a candlelit dinner spa experience, couple’s massages, gifts on arrival and much more. www.maia.com.sc
A secluded hideaway on Praslin island, the hotel is named after the Coco de Mer palm tree. The style is typically Creole with bright colours and handmade bamboo furniture. All rooms have been decorated to represent the sand and sea, and glass French doors open onto the beach. The Black Parrot Suites are perched on top of an imposing granite rock with magnificent ocean views. Honeymoons: Splash out and spend a day on one of the hotel’s luxurious catamarans. You’ll glimpse tranquil bays, deserted islands and unspoilt beaches. Nearby is Praslin village, where you’ll find lovely little curio shops and ancient buildings. www.cocodemer.com
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS | SEYCHELLES
ISLANDS OF LOVE | WORLD LEISURE HOLIDAYS to share your celebration with family and friends and have them present to witness your union. If you prefer total intimacy, you can say “I do” in splendid solitude – just the two of you. Whether you travel to the Seychelles for a wedding or honeymoon, make a date with destiny and set your own stage for the most romantic days of your life beneath swaying palms and alongside crystal waters fringed by silver-soft sands.
World Leisure Holidays are experts when it comes to organising an idyllic wedding or honeymoon in the sensational Seychelles. The sensual Seychelles islands have long been dubbed ‘the islands of love’. They are home to the unique Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, claimed by many to be the site of the original Garden of Eden, so it is little wonder that lovers are inspired to make this gentle and romantic atmosphere their choice of honeymoon destination. When you add to the mix the innate romantic ambience that holds sway over Seychelles’ 115 islands, the natural friendliness of the 87,000-strong population and the grand diversity of experiences that the islands offer, it is easy to see why a romantic holiday in the Seychelles is so popular. World Leisure Holidays offers a series of exciting marriage and/ or honeymoon packages to ensure a blissfully romantic and unique experience. The company ensures that the memory of those special days becomes forever inscribed in your hearts. A wedding in the Seychelles makes a lot of economic sense when compared with the costs of tying the knot at home. In addition, the Seychelles is also a country that does not require a visa, making it easy
WHERE TO GO Sip exotic tropical cocktails against the backdrop of crimson sunsets. Visit the island of La Digue where time stands still and the bicycles and oxcarts hold sway on the pathways to the dream beaches of Grand Anse and Anse Source D’Argent. Quietly stroll the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, where the legendary coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms. Dine à deux with your feet in the sand on untouched beaches or try your hand at dancing the moutia, the ancient dance of slaves, the sensuous rhythms of which beckon from the flicker of a beach fire beneath a lover’s moon. Visit the World Leisure Holidays website to find your perfect venue in the Seychelles: www.worldleisureholidays.co.za
EXCLUSIVE ISLAND GETAWAY | HILTON SEYCHELLES LABRIZ RESORT & SPA World Leisure Holidays offers exclusive luxury at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, where you can enjoy world-class indulgence at the only resort on the island of Silhouette. Here, superlative service, pure tranquility and natural splendour await. Honeymoons: Relax in the luxurious villas, savour irresistible island cuisine at seven gourmet restaurants and find bliss at the award-winning spa. Explore the island’s incredible flora and fauna on a mountain bike tour, hit the beach for a range of exhilarating water sports and go diving beneath the gentle Indian Ocean waves. And that’s just a taste… www.worldleisureholidays.co.za
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS | MALDIVES
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEA | CONSTANCE HALAVELI RESORT This is another perfect paradise island transformed into a retreat. Here, you are literally in the middle of the sea, miles from anywhere. Constance Halaveli is a stunning, secluded location in the Maldives’ North Ari Atoll, offering every imaginable luxury facility, making it an ideal location for a very private getaway. Honeymoons: Whether you are soaking up the
sun on your own magnificent, private, white sand beach, enjoying a variety of water sports in the azure sea, or taking time out to explore your magnificent tropical surrounds, this lavish resort has it all, in spades. This is the perfect location for a private idyll. www.constancehotels.com
ECO MAGIC | CLUB MED FINOLHU VILLAS
WONDERLAND | ONE&ONLY REETHI RAH
Finolhu Villas on Kaafu Atoll is the world’s first 100 percent solar-powered luxury resort. It is also one of the most beautiful. Located over the water, it was designed on a five-hectare island to have minimal impact on the environment. This luxurious getaway offers 52 villas, each with its own private beach and pool. Guests enjoy the services of a private butler. Meals are all prepared by a private chef, and the resort also offers a gourmet restaurant, bar and pool area. Facilities include a wide selection of marine water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, waterskiing, glass-bottom boats and kayaking. Honeymoons: The ideal honeymoon location with the added bonus of being environmentally friendly. www.clubmed.co.za
Only 200 of the Maldives islands are inhabited, and the largest of these is in the North Malé Atoll. The luxury retreat on the island is the One&Only Reethi Rah. The resort boasts a series of villas either located on the shore or in lush tropical greenery, as well as 32 water villas set above the clear, protected waters of the lagoon. All the accommodation is ultra-luxe and offers every facility, including satellite television, customised private bars and oversized bathtubs. Honeymoons: Snorkelling, diving, superb cuisine of a varied choice, numerous water sports, spa treatments… the lifestyle at Reethi Rah abounds with opportunity, and it is as relaxed and secluded as you want it to be. This is heaven, with an almost-perfect climate. www.oneandonlyresorts.com
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS | MOZAMBIQUE
UNTOUCHED HEAVEN | MOZAMBIQUE One of the most exquisite getaways on the Indian Ocean, Mozambique has remained a best-kept secret, making it an ideal honeymoon hideaway. Situated on Africa’s south-eastern coast, bordering South Africa and Swaziland, the country is one of the most popular destinations because of its superb
snorkelling, delectable seafood and 2,500km coastline. An idyllic honeymoon destination, whether you stay on the coast or on a paradise island. Mozambique is untouched and boasts great fishing, unsurpassed diving, snorkelling and a number of idyllic islands that are not only beautiful, but extremely secluded.
LANGUAGE Portuguese and English TIME GMT +2 VISA Not required CURRENCY Mozambican Metical VACCINATIONS Yellow fever, Hepatitis A, Malaria, Typhoid WHEN TO GO June to October during the dry season
THE ULTIMATE LUXURY | ANANTARA MEDJUMBE ISLAND RESORT & SPA both local and international, and soak up sensational sea views. That’s the epitome of your honeymoon in heaven. Go snorkelling and diving in magnificent coral reefs, enjoy a variety of water sports, whale-watching boat trips, intimate cruises and remote island picnics. Exclusivity and lavishness is the name of the game in this extraordinary environment, an adults-only getaway that is ideal for a romantic respite. Unforgettable memories await. Medjumbe.anantara.com
Stay in an extraordinarily beautiful setting on a private island with every facility. This magnificent paradise island offers the perfect backdrop of endless white sand beaches and azure sea, an unspoilt marine world and a tranquil, scenic, natural environment. Located on a tiny private island in the midst of the Quirimbas Archipelago off northern Mozambique, it offers an extraordinary getaway. Honeymoons: Walk along pristine beaches, be pampered at the stunning spa’s beachfront villa, savour tantalising cuisine,
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS | MOZAMBIQUE
AFRICAâ€™S JEWEL | WHITE PEARL RESORTS snorkelling and discovering a magical underwater world, to diving in the coral reefs or looking out for dolphins and whales. Public areas are as luxe as the accommodation, and there are numerous secluded spots for couples to enjoy privacy. With a beautiful beach and world-class spa, excellent restaurants and every possible luxury facility, White Pearl is a haven for honeymooners. Couples can enjoy the utmost privacy and every luxury in the Honeymoon Beach Pool Suite with its own plunge pool. And why not arrange a gourmet picnic for the two of you on the beach? www.whitepearlresorts.com
Hidden on the magnificent Mozambican coastline is one of the 10 best beaches in Africa. You can stay right on this exquisite 2km stretch of golden sand, at the White Pearl Resort. This honeymoon destination boasts every luxury, as well as its own 2km stretch of private beach. Located on the shores of the Indian Ocean at Ponta Mamoli, itâ€™s a real slice of paradise, offering just 22 rooms on stilts, all with plunge pools and outdoor showers. The resort is decorated with modern pieces that fit perfectly into a beach setting, comfortable, oversized daybeds and recliners that invite guests to relax and soak up the sun. Honeymoons: There is a lot to do, from swimming with dolphins to
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS | MOZAMBIQUE
WHAT TO EAT
• Food is a heady combination of Portuguese and African flavours with some Asian influences • Seafood is a speciality. In fact, Mozambique is famous for its succulent prawns • Piri Piri (a spicy chilli sauce) is served with chicken or shellfish • Enjoy delicious Prego steak rolls, just like in Portugal • The most popular local beer is called 2M • You must taste the national rum, called Tipo Tinto
WHAT TO DO
• Go diving and snorkeling • Enjoy world-class sports fishing • Relax in a luxury lodge with your loved one DID YOU KNOW? Mozambique has 2,414km of exquisite beaches
HORSE RIDING ON THE BEACH
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS | ZAMBIA
From magical sunsets to cruising down the Chobe River, find the true sprit of beautiful Zambia on your honeymoon With incredible natural beauty, 72 local languages and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, Zambia is an Africa still relatively unknown to the masses, which is perhaps what makes it all the more special. Flying over the vast, untouched landscape of Zambia, the magnificent Victoria Falls, known by the locals as Mosioa-Tunya (‘The Smoke That Thunders’), rises
over the horizon, and it’s more spectacular than you’ve ever imagined. From 20,000 feet above ground, it looks just as phenomenal as it does from the ground. Upon arrival in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, you’ll board a six-seater propeller plane to The Royal Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi Valley, 9km from the first of three incredible honeymoon destinations, the luxurious Baines’ River Camp.
LANGUAGE English TIME GMT + 2 VISA Not required VACCINATIONS Malaria, yellow fever CURRENCY Zambian kwacha WHEN TO GO May to October, during the dry season
DOWN BY THE RIVER | BAINES’ RIVER CAMP Zambezi before it gets too hot. You’ll come face to face with hippos, buck frolicking on the water’s edge and lots more. After canoeing, experience a relaxed picnic on the river bank and an afternoon game drive in the Lower Zambezi National Park. Honeymoons: The spacious suites open onto a verandah with a sofa and coffee table, perfect for watching wildlife on chilly evenings with a mug of hot coffee. At night, sit around the bonfire. www.bainesrivercamp
Walking outside through the open-plan Colonial style reception area of Baines’ River Camp, a sight so beautiful only a postcard could match it stares back at you – Africa’s fourth largest river, the Zambezi. The camp overlooks the Mana Pools World Heritage Site in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Ever been on a river ‘game drive’? Enjoy sundowners and snacks on an island in the middle of the 2,700km stretch of river with the sensational African sunset as a backdrop. Wake up early and enjoy a 14km canoe journey down the
AFRICA | ZAMBIA
LUXURY ON WATER | THE ZAMBEZI QUEEN view of the river will lull you to sleep – not for long though, as the smells of the scrumptious dinner being prepared on the third floor will stir you from your slumber. Honeymoons: Wake at dawn to watch the sunrise from your bed, it’s worth it. Enjoy an early morning game viewing boat trip, where, if you’re lucky, you’ll see an elephant herd cross the river. www.mantiscollection.com
The Zambezi Queen, on Botswana and Namibia’s great Chobe River, is simply spectacular. The Zambezi Queen is a 45m floating boutique hotel that operates in absolute opulence. All windows and sliding doors on the boat are covered by mosquito nets, so you’re unlikely to get bitten, however it’s recommended to go on a course of malaria pills just in case. Lying on the bed in your stylish cabin, the movement of the boat and
FALLING FOR SERENITY | ROYAL CHUNDU ZAMBEZI RIVER LODGE authentic African spread at the open air dining boma. Traditional masked dancers will entertain you before you head off to bed. Honeymoons: Stay in one of the mainland villas, nestled in the lush riverine foliage, or on the lodge’s own private island, Katombora, where there are an additional four villas built on stilts. In the morning, hot tea and freshly baked rusks are placed in your Bulawayo Hatch for you to enjoy on your balcony when you wake. www.royalchundu.com
The Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge is located in the Kazungula province, 30km from Victoria Falls and a stone’s throw from the city of Livingstone. Named after David Livingstone, the British doctor and missionary who was the first European to set eyes on Victoria Falls in 1885, Livingstone is a quaint, colonial tourist town steeped in history. Royal Chundu is a place of solitude where all you can hear at night is the sound of the fish eagle. You can enjoy some adrenaline fun here, too – a rapid-filled canoe trip. Upon your return, you’ll be treated to an
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A WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY The spotlight is on South Africa as one of the world’s most exciting destinations. So why not look local for your honeymoon destination?
South Africa has finally received the attention it deserves and is being lauded worldwide as a magnificent holiday destination with a stunning range of options for holidays – and honeymoons. With magnificent beaches, wildlife in numerous scenic national parks, breathtaking scenery and exciting, cosmopolitan cities, we really do have it all. Why not honeymoon in style in some of South Africa’s idyllic destinations? Here’s a smattering of what’s on offer. Take a look, and then find your dream destination for yourself. GARDEN ROUTE This magnificent area remains a popular choice for any type of getaway, but a honeymoon here is a dream come true. Nowhere on earth is quite as scenic, and you’ll find long stretches of untouched golden beaches, magical scenery and a variety of exciting destinations to explore. WINELANDS The Winelands are a joy to explore. While the area is famous for its superb wine, the scenery is
quite spectacular and there are numerous wine estates where you can stay over, or stop over to sample some fruits of the vine. The entire area has become a gourmet’s delight. KZN COASTLINE Right up the North Coast, and also down south, KwaZulu-Natal’s spectacular coastline offers numerous delightful places to stay. Whether you choose a jet set honeymoon in Umhlangha, a secluded sojourn at Zimbali, or head southwards to the Transkei, there are numerous sublime spots from which to choose. CAPE TOWN When the weather is warm, nothing beats Cape Town, which has become the destination to visit from all over the world. With its incomparable beauty, superb beaches and entertainment, not to mention its proximity to the Winelands and various safari destinations, as well as unspoilt West Coast havens, the Mother City is literally the best of the best.
JOHANNESBURG Whether you live in Joburg, or plan to stay a few nights here en route to somewhere exotic, this bustling city offers numerous magical locations. This urban forest is home to some exquisite, secluded, luxury locations that make a honeymoon an unforgettable experience.
LANGUAGE English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga TIME GMT +2 WHEN TO GO Being in the Southern Hemisphere has its advantages: our seasons are the opposite of those in Europe and the USA and we are blessed with seven months of sunshine. The weather in KwaZulu-Natal and on the Garden Route is stunning year-round, while the Western Cape and further north is best visited from September to April.
LOOK LOCAL | CAPE TOWN
ON THE WATERFRONT | THE ONE&ONLY CAPE TOWN This iconic luxury hotel offers the quintessential honeymoon experience. With magnificent Table Mountain as its beautiful backdrop, this stunning establishment on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront offers a sense of style and exclusivity that is unmatched. Honeymoons: Whatever experience you’re enjoying, whether it’s a spa treatment, lunch by the pool, high tea in the lobby, or dinner
for two at legendary Nobu, it is likely to be the best on offer in the beautiful Mother City. At this exceptional hotel, all the guest rooms and suites are lavish, the spa treatments are immeasurable and every experience is exclusive, with a sense of pomp and splendour, making a honeymoon here quite unforgettable. www.oneandonlyresorts.com
PERFECTION PERSONIFIED | TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL AND SPA
LEGENDARY ELEGANCE | BELMOND MOUNT NELSON HOTEL
Perched on the edge of the ocean with the breathtaking Twelve Apostles Mountain Range as its backdrop, this luxurious hotel blends in perfectly with its magnificent surroundings. It is the ideal setting for a honeymoon, and includes an award-winning spa, plush accommodation, exceptional service, gourmet cuisine and a renowned high tea. Honeymoons: Any stay here is sublime, but a honeymoon is even more special. Romantic, candlelit, rose petal turndowns come complete with red velvet cupcakes, champagne is served on your arrival… this is service at a different level.
The Mount Nelson is the grande dame of all Cape Town’s beautiful hotels. Located in the heart of the city, nestling in exquisite gardens at the foot of Table Mountain, it is reminiscent of an elegant bygone era. It also offers every modern facility and its funky Planet Bar is one of the city’s most popular destinations for a pre-dinner drink. Honeymoons: You won’t want for anything here. For the ultimate honeymoon experience, stay in one of the eight restored historic cottages, each of which features a giant four-poster bed, a magnificent marble bathroom, a separate living and dining area, an enclosed patio and access to a secluded heated pool. www.belmond.com
Good Value, Good Fun
LOOK LOCAL | CAPE WINELANDS
PICTURE PERFECT | BOSCHENDAL and the cottages far enough away from the estate’s main activities, making Boschendal an ideal honeymoon choice. With two wine tasting rooms, a bakery, a gift shop and a choice of activities including cycling, walking trails and horse riding, there’s plenty to do when you’re not relaxing à deux. Do sample the stunning offerings at Die Werf, the estate’s latest restaurant, where renowned chef Christiaan Campbell creates heavenly dishes. www.boschendal.com
With a breathtaking backdrop, the 300-year-old Boschendal estate offers a slice of history and a picture-perfect setting for the ideal honeymoon. Until recently, Boschendal was a working wine farm with no accommodation, but after a painstaking refurbishment, workers’ cottages have been converted into ultra-luxurious one- and twobedroomed suites (or some larger if you wish) with fully equipped kitchenettes. Of course, you don’t have to cater here, as the estate offers a choice of five excellent restaurants. Honeymoons: The setting is idyllic
HEAVEN SENT | LE FRANSCHHOEK HOTEL & SPA honeymoon, offering panoramic scenic views and every possible amenity. The hotel offers a state-of-the-art spa plus a choice of three excellent restaurants, including the fine dining Dish Restaurant with its exciting seasonal menu. There’s also a Terrace Bar and Lounge and a swimming pool. Of course, spectacular Franschhoek, with its many famous restaurants and spectacular surrounds, is just waiting to be explored. www.lefranschhoek.co.za
Franschhoek is definitely one of the most romantic locations in the Cape, not just the wonderful Winelands, and a honeymoon at this luxury getaway is unbeatable. With the breathtaking Franschoek Mountains as its backdrop, this magnificent hotel offers an idyllic location. Honeymoons: This exquisite, stylish Cape Dutch-style hotel offers unmatched facilities and a choice of 28 standard luxury rooms, 25 superb suites and eight delightful deluxe rooms, not to mention two superlative villas. All are ideal accommodation for a romantic
LOOK LOCAL | GARDEN ROUTE
BEYOND… | VIEWS BOUTIQUE HOTEL
ENDLESS VIEWS | THE PLETTENBERG
Views don’t get much better than the ones you’ll find at this stunning modern hotel in the heart of the Garden Route. And they are matched by superb personalised service, every possible luxury and great food. Honeymoons: The eclectic hotel rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony. With such a dramatic setting, a luxury stay here will be hard to beat. www.viewshotel.co.za
With a breathtaking setting overlooking the sea from a rocky headland, this luxury hotel offers 37 individually designed rooms with stunning views of the sea and mountains and an endless stretch of beach. The hotel offers two infinity pools, a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar and state-of-the-art spa. Honeymoons: This stunning hotel is the ultimate seaside getaway, with a wide choice of activities and every luxury. www.collectionmcgrath.com
PARADISE FOUND | KURLAND, PLETTENBERG BAY
SHEER HEAVEN | CONRAD PEZULA HOTEL Knysna’s pride and joy, the sumptuous Pezula Hotel is located on Knysna’s Eastern Head. Here, guests enjoy gourmet cuisine, endless activities, unsurpassed views and the exceptional service that Pezula is so famous for. Wake up to stunning views of the sea, Knysna Lagoon or the spectacular Outeniqua Mountains and after a hearty breakfast, enjoy a pampering session at the spa or explore the stunning surrounds on horseback. Honeymoons: The 22 exquisitely furnished suites are individually decorated and offer every modern facility. Pezula is secluded enough to enjoy time alone, but close enough to all that Knysna has to offer. Truly one of the most luxe establishments in the country. www.conradpezula.com
This stunning five-star establishment is ideally located for a superlative honeymoon. Here, sophistication and simplicity combine to create an unequalled experience. Honeymoons: We’re talking lush countryside and beautiful beaches, superb restaurants and stunning shopping. The hotel boasts superlative service, and with only 12 private suites situated on the vast 700-hectare private estate, you’re guaranteed seclusion and privacy. This is one of the most romantic destinations possible, and there’s no better way to enjoy the spectacular setting than by staying in one of the most exclusive hotels in the country. www.kurland.co.za
Win a wedding& a Honeymoon valued at R1 MILLION Tell us your love story. Give us all the glorious details, make it as quirky, fun and personal as you like â€“ and the two of you could enjoy an all-expenses paid wedding for you and 160 guests at Bona Dea Private Estate on Saturday 18 March 2017 and a twoweek luxury honeymoonâ€Ś to the value of R1 million!
Enter Now Everybody has a tale to tell, and Nubian Bride is all about romance. So, we’ve collaborated with the luxurious Bona Dea Private Estate in Hermanus to offer one couple the wedding of their dreams. All you have to do to win a wedding at this magical wedding destination, is tell us your story. We want to ﬁnd out how you met, and how the two of you came together as a couple. Tell us about the joy and the tears, the highs and the lows and everything that led up to your proposal. The 10 best stories that make us say ‘Wow!’ will be short-listed for the big prize, and in the next issue of Nubian Bride, which goes on shelf in November 2016, we will feature the picture of the winning couple and publish their story. But that’s not all… we will be there at your wedding, on 18 March 2017, to record every detail. And your beautiful Nubian Bride/Bona Dea Private Estate Wedding will be featured in the May 2017 edition of Nubian Bride.
SO WHAT DO YOU WIN? • • • • • • • • • • • •
Your R1 million prize includes; Travel to and from the wedding venue Two nights accommodation for the bridal couple at Bona Dea Private Estate Hire of an exclusive venue at Bona Dea Ballroom including furniture, décor, service staff etc for 160 guests valued at R476,274 A two-week honeymoon in luxury 5* accommodation at the V&A Waterfront valued at R168,000 A wedding gown designed by Kobus Dippenaar to the value of R38,000 Hair and make-up for the bride and two bridesmaids by Leoume Vos Bridal Make-up Artistry, valued at R3,500 Photography by Billy Jan Raad valued at R25,000 Music from EMS valued at R17,700 Bar service (cash bar) Favours from Uthando valued at R15,000 Wedding cake from Krummels Sugar Art to the value of R6,000
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Tell us your story in no more than 1000 words. If you like you can include photographs of the two of you. Then send your entry to us, at firstname.lastname@example.org to reach us no later than 31 October 2016. TERMS AND CONDITIONS • • • • •
Price of wedding & honeymoon not negotiable or redeemable for cash. Wedding is for 160 guests at Bona Dea Private Estate on 18 March 2017. Publisher’s decision is ﬁnal regarding the winner and no communication will be entered into. If any of the details of the competition change due to circumstances beyond their control, the organisers cannot be held liable. Wedding is for 160 guests at Bona Dea Private Estate on the date speciﬁed - 18 March 2017.
THE QUINTESSENCE OF BRIDAL VOGUE
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CITY CHIC | HYATT REGENCY ROSEBANK
HEAVENLY HIDE-AWAY | THE PEECH
This luxurious hotel is located in the midst of trendy Rosebank. With excellent dining opportunities, stunning guest rooms and a spa that offers an opportunity to be pampered in style, the hotel is a great option. Honeymoons: Many couples book a room so the bride can get ready before the wedding, and then stay over with her new husband. But, if you’re coming from out of town, you can spend your honeymoon here. www.johannesburg.regency.hyatt.com
Situated in leafy Melrose, the hotel boasts 16 individually decorated guest rooms and suites spread across exquisite gardens. Offering every possible amenity while still remaining completely eco-friendly, this charming boutique hotel is ideal for a secluded city honeymoon. Honeymoons: Dining is a delight at the restaurant, which features leather couches and a wine cellar. There’s also a champagne bar and pool. www.thepeech.co.za
SANDTON SANCTUARY | FAIRLAWNS BOUTIQUE HOTEL
BEST KEPT SECRET | CLICO BOUTIQUE HOTEL
You certainly won’t know you’re in the city when you stay at this stunning, upmarket boutique hotel! Although it’s reasonably close to Sandton City and all its entertainment and shopping delights, Fairlawns is a world on its own, with an excellent a la carte restaurant, superb stateof-the-art spa, fully equipped gym and rooms that are both sumptuous and secluded. Honeymoons: Relax in 10 magnificent acres of park-like serenity. With a choice of exquisite, comfortable luxury suites, you’re guaranteed a private getaway. Truly a heavenly sanctuary and an ideal honeymoon destination. www.fairlawns.co.za
It’s just a few steps from Rosebank’s CBD and Gautrain station, yet this lovely boutique hotel’s location is quite tranquil and scenic. Housed in a 60-year-old Cape Dutch structure that is the perfect blend of old and modern, Clico has been a well-guarded secret because of its personalised service, superb cuisine and beautiful guest rooms. Honeymoons: Clico is a great place to stay for a few days before jetting off somewhere exotic, or for getting away from it all despite being in the midst of busy Joburg. With just nine beautifully appointed guest rooms, you’re guaranteed a secluded, tranquil, pampered experience with every luxury and comfort. www.clico-boutique-hotel.co.za
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OUT OF THIS WORLD | FAIRMONT ZIMBALI LODGE
DELIGHT DOWN SOUTH | UMTHUNZI HOTEL
Set in the magnificent Zimbali Coastal Resort and Estate, near Ballito and the airport, this luxurious beachfront lodge offers an unsurpassed level of luxury and privacy. There are 76 guest rooms and suites, all exquisitely decorated in wooden tones, and service is legendary. Villas include ocean views from a private balcony and a butler service. Honeymoons: A paradise honeymoon awaits at Zimbali, complete with superb cuisine, plush rooms, a state-of-the-art spa and untouched white sand beaches just waiting to be explored. Guests can also enjoy a round of golf at the Zimbali Country Club as well as a wide selection of facilities and amenities. www.fairmont.com
Secluded and luxurious, Umthunzi is a modern award-winning hotel close to bustling Port Shepstone, just an hour’s drive from Durban or 15 minutes from Margate Airport. This stunning hotel offers comfortable private rooms with breathtaking ocean views and a beautiful beach nearby. Honeymoons: Its magnificent setting is reason enough to honeymoon here. Be spoilt in the romantic and luxurious Honeymoon Suite with its unique round bed, beautiful lounge, private balcony and enjoy stunning food at the hotel restaurant, 30° South. Friendly staff are waiting to greet you. www.umthunzi.co.za
LANDMARK OF LUXE | BEVERLY HILLS
UMHLANGA’S PEARL | THE OYSTER BOX
Umhlanga’s iconic Beverly Hills Hotel has stood the test of time, and remains a constant favourite for a superlative beach holiday, honeymoons included. It offers superb cuisine with a choice of two excellent restaurants, excellent service, accommodation that includes ocean views and private balconies, a heated pool, spa, fitness centre plus other luxe facilities. Honeymoons: Since 1964, the Beverly Hills has offered guests sumptuous style, elegance and a spirit of romance. Guests enjoy an unsurpassed level of personalised service, including massages by the poolside. Ideal for an exclusive romantic getaway with all the trimmings. www.tsogosun.com
It’s not only good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for every single honeymoon couple who chooses to make it their haven. The sumptuous rooms and suites overlook the lush gardens or the Indian Ocean. With the landmark red and white lighthouse close by, a choice of stunning restaurants and every possible facility, including a stunning spa and private movie theatre, the hotel is ideal for a beautiful getaway. Honeymoons: The Oyster Box is a very popular honeymoon destination. An idyllic experience includes a romantic dinner in the Grill Room… sheer bliss. www.oysterboxhotel.com
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OFF THE RAILS | THE BLUE TRAIN, SOUTH AFRICA
VILLAGE CHARM | ARNISTON SPA HOTEL, WESTERN CAPE
Relax in the comfort of your own plush private cabin as you journey across the country on an unsurpassed luxury train trip aboard the famous Blue Train. This is the ultimate experience: Travelling on the distinguished train that has transported kings and presidents in its lifestime. The Blue Train is a compelling combination of luxury train travel, world-class service and fine dining, all set against an ever-changing backdrop. Honeymoons: This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a spectacular journey in seclusion with your partner, with every possible luxury on tap. Romance in motion... www.bluetrain.co.za
Arniston is a leisurely two-hour drive from Cape Town, on a road that meanders through the beautiful rolling hills of the Overberg region. This charming luxury four-star hotel and spa located in one of the Cape’s most exquisite locations, next to an old fishing village, surrounded by pristine beaches and nature reserves offering the best that Arniston has to offer. Honeymoons: The Arniston Spa Hotel is internationally known as one of the world’s great getaways. Touched by the spray from the Indian Ocean, it welcomes guests – and honeymoon couples – with open arms to enjoy the superb panoramic views of the unspoilt ocean and endless beaches. www.arnistonhotel.com
WILD COAST HONEYMOON | UMNGAZI RIVER BUNGALOWS AND SPA romantic destinations. Couples stay in special Honeymoon Bungalows designed for privacy and added pampering, including romantic, rejuvenating treatments for two at the spectacular spa. Weekly fly-in packages are available Friday to Friday from Durban, flying at 500 feet above sea level along the breathtaking coastline. www.umngazi.co.za
The spectacular Wild Coast’s rocky coastline, tropical indigenous forests, river mouths and secluded coves are all on your doorstep at this award-winning resort and spa. Guests stay in thatched bungalows nestled in the lush gardens, offering the perfect setting for a totally relaxed and unforgettable honeymoon. Honeymoons: Umngazi has earned a reputation as one of the country’s premier
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There’s something extremely romantic about a honeymoon cruise, where you can completely relax and get away from it all. Sailing into the sunset on an ocean breeze… memories are made of this! One of the greatest benefits of a honeymoon is being able to recover after the excitement and stress of planning your wedding, and then living through the Big Day itself. A cruise is an ideal holiday option – it’s full of adventure, you get to relax and unwind, you’re pampered and spoilt, and you have plenty of time for romance. Plus, you get to visit exciting destinations without having to worry about anything, as the cruise ship is your luxury floating hotel. It’s the best of every possible world!
available, you can do something different every day and night if you wish. Of course, it’s up to you whether you pack lots of activities into your day or prefer to relax and unwind. Aside from sightseeing excursions on shore, the ship has many activities, fun water sports, cultural events, spa treatments or you can simply soak up the sun at the pool. After dark, you can enjoy the casinos, theatre shows, dancing or just a quiet evening with your partner, gazing at the stars.
ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS On a cruise you can visit various different destinations without having to worry about flights, unpacking or accommodation. All you have to do is enjoy the journey, as the destinations will take care of themselves. Once you reach port, you can explore to your heart’s content and party until the early hours, knowing that you can just hop back on board when it’s time for bed. There’s no better way to spend a honeymoon. You have all the time in the world to focus on having fun and spending time together. Everything else is taken care of for you.
HONEYMOON SPECIALS Cruising is already a romantic pastime, but any cruise liner worth its salt will go out of its way to ensure that honeymooners receive the best possible service to ensure a truly memorable time. In addition, MSC Cruises offer a discount on current fares, as well as all sorts of complimentary extras – a fruit basket in your cabin on arrival, welcome letter, special on-board treatment and a surprise. So make sure that you advise the ship that you’re on honeymoon when you make a reservation.
TIPS FOR BOOKING A CRUISE
DECADENT DINING One of the highlights of any trip is savouring traditional cuisine when you visit a new destination. On a cruise ship, every night is a sublime fine dining experience, an opportunity to dress up and savour superb cuisine in a choice of restaurants on-board ship. The selection on offer is varied and exciting, and the quality is beyond measure. In addition, you will get to sample numerous cuisines, everything from Mediterranean dishes to international specialities. And, of course, there is no bill or tip to worry about – all you have to do is enjoy the food and each other’s company.
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DO book the biggest cabin you can afford, one with a balcony. DO make an early request for a table for two. DO plan special moments by pre-booking romantic packages. DO pack something for motion sickness. DON’T wait to sign up for shore excursions; these book up fast. DON’T forget to keep a clean set of clothes out for last day of your cruise. Passengers usually place their luggage outside their cabin door on the final night of the cruise so that it can be unloaded at port. • DON’T forget when you book to tell the cruise liner it’s your honeymoon so that you can enjoy special treatment. www.msccruises.co.za
SO MUCH TO DO ON BOARD There’s so much on-board entertainment and so many activities
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LONDON LUXE | ST JAMES HOTEL & CLUB Home away from home for movie stars, celebrities, diplomats and nobility, this sumptuous establishment is one of Londonâ€™s best. Everything about this magnificent boutique hotel is exclusive and special, from the location to the Michelin-starred cuisine. And the suites are quite sublime and exquisitely furnished. Honeymoons: Privacy and seclusion come as part of the package of staying in such a desirable London address; St James Hotel is located in a quiet cul-de-sac close to Mayfair, Bond Street and the Burlington Arcade, as well as the vibrant West End. With in-room spa and beauty treatments and a bar decorated with silk and cashmere, this elegant hotel is certainly a cut above, and you canâ€™t help but feel privileged when you stay there.
Located on the exclusive enclave of Nusa Dua and overlooking one of the most exquisite beaches in Tanjung Benoa, this luxury resort offers every luxury and comfort in a contemporary Balinese setting. It offers four excellent restaurants serving Asian, Italian, Western and traditional Balinese dishes. There are also three bars and an impressive lagoon pool with swim-up bar. Honeymoons: Bali is a honeymoon paradise and this hotel is the epitome of luxury. Aside from pampering and indulgence at the exclusive Biwana Spa and a romantic private beach dinner, honeymoon couples enjoy a carefree, relaxed getaway in an idyllic setting.
TURKISH DELIGHT | TAN HOTEL, ISTANBUL This modern luxury hotel is ideally located in the heart of Istanbul, close to major sights and with views from the rooftop restaurant of the majestic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Bosphorus. Honeymoons: With a central location and a choice of 20 luxury rooms and suites, this special hotel makes an ideal base from which to explore the city. Istanbul is a treasure trove of delights, with bustling cafes, bazaars, nightclubs, hammams and numerous historic mosques, palaces and churches to explore.
DUBAI OASIS | HILTON RAS AL KHAMINA RESORT & SPA This superlative resort is located on the northern tip of the Arabian Peninsula on 1.5km of beautiful white sand beach. It features exquisite villas with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies or patios overlooking the Arabian Sea. Honeymoons: Lavish has a new meaning at this magnificent resort, which features 14 restaurants, a swim-up bar, whisky bar, seven swimming pools, fitness centre, stateof-the-art spa and beauty salon offering various health and beauty treatments and a nightclub. For the ultimate spoil, ask for a room with its own garden and direct access to the beach.
HOW TO BOOK
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