Far-off lands beckon honeymooners seeking out exotic destinations framed by incomparable settings.
Located on the southern tip of Bali sits the opulent Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. The property is situated on 35 acres of secluded gardens beside a sandy beach and features 154 villas and residences, each with a private pool. Honeymooners seeking seclusion and luxury might not step out of their Balinese-style villa—and why would they? The resort’s 1-bedroom villa combines both indoor and outdoor space with three thatched-roof pavilions that include an open-air living and dining area; an air-conditioned sleeping pavilion; and a bathing pavilion with a large soaking bathtub, double vanities, separate shower and an outdoor shower next to a secluded garden. Room rates for a Deluxe Ocean View One Bedroom Villa start at $649; and if the newlyweds decide to stay in to take their meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are served in the dining area pavilion. For newlyweds who want to venture out from the privacy of their villa, the resort does feature four onsite dining venues serving dishes that range from classic Indonesian cuisine to five-star plates. Along with the resort’s spa where couples can indulge in relaxing treatments, the resort also offers cooking and cocktail lessons, a Portraits of Love photo tour—a photo shoot around the property with a professional photographer—and watersports; for something out of the ordinary, couples can take part in a Karmic Cleansing Ritual, which combines a Balinese massage with yoga, mediation, and a ritual cleansing conducted by a mangku, or Balinese priest. fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay
The Maldives were made for honeymoon escapes—picturesque and secluded islands offering intimate settings, cozy bungalows over turquoise waters—and the Cocoa Island by COMO is one resort where your clients will find all this. Located on a private island locally named Makunufushi, and accessible via a 40-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport, Cocoa Island by COMO is the quintessential Maldives resort, with rooms inspired by local dhoni boats, quality restaurants, natural spa and healing therapies for guests, outdoor excursions, and top-notch guest services. The property features 17 suites and 16 villas; the One Bedroom Villa, at 1,345 sq. ft., is a good option for couples. The villa features a private entrance and private sundeck with access to a lagoon, a bedroom with a king-size bed, an outdoor shower and a large bathroom with a walk-in shower. Rates vary depending on the season, but from November to December, the villa is priced at $1,600 a night. Cocoa Island is currently offering a Honeymoon package promotion, a complimentary service for couples who present a copy of their marriage certificate at time of booking or check-in. The promo includes a bottle of champagne and fruit platter on arrival, and a gift from Cocoa Island; couples will receive a $60 spa credit pp when staying five nights or more in a Dhoni Suite or Dhoni Loft Suite; and if staying in a Loft Villa, One Bedroom Villa or Two Bedroom COMO Villa, the couple receives a $60 spa credit and a candlelit beach dinner. comohotels.com/cocoaisland
One reason to book honeymooners at the Banyan Tree Lang Co Resort is its Sense of Romance package, available now through Dec. 20, 2015. The package includes daily breakfast at The Water Court Restaurant; a special romantic set-up in the villa with scented candles, tropical floral arrangements and chilled wine; roundtrip airport transfer by private car; an in-villa Vietnamese BBQ; a 60-minute body massage for two in a double treatment room; and late check-out. To top it off, the resort even has a list of the top 10 activities couples can do when visiting the Banyan Tree Lang Co Resort, from sightseeing at nearby UNESCO World Heritage sites to visiting Bach Ma National Park, taking a couples yoga class, exploring Lang Co’s lagoons and local fishing village in traditional basket boat, or taking a couples cooking class to learn how to prepare authentic Vietnamese dishes. For a room with view, the Hillside Pool Villa offers panoramic views of the East Sea, a spacious master bedroom with bath, an outdoor verandah with lounge chairs, and a living and dining area with kitchenette. The Banyan Tree Spa offers special treatment rooms for couples, and for romantic dining, the resort offers couples a private meal in their pool villa or a romantic beach dinner for two. Room rates at Banyan Tree Lang Co start at $608 per night. banyantree.com/en/ap-vietnam-lang-co