Honeymoon and travel ideas for couples in the North East

Whether looking for long haul or UK honeymoons, Your North East Wedding has lots of ideas along with essential travel advice.

Honeymoon News: Escape this Easter with the Almae Collection

Escape this Easter with the Almae Collection

Palazzo Garzoni, an enviable location on Venice's Grand Canal, between Piazza San Marco and Rialto Bridge, offers an ideal base for a cultural Easter getaway. Dating back to the mid-15th century, Palazzo Garzoni is a masterpiece of Venetian architecture and a historical base from which to explore the city of canals. This under-the-radar gem has been sensitively converted into four residences: Piano Nobile, Grand Canal, Terrazeta and Rialto. All have been individually designed with the utmost care and using locally sourced materials such as Italian marble and fabrics produced by the finest Venetian textile manufacturers, including Rubelli and Fortuny. Guests can rent the residences individually or take over the whole property on an exclusive use basis for the ultimate private takeover. The resident concierge is on hand to cater to every aspect of the stay, from booking tickets and meals in the city to arranging bespoke parties and events in the apartments.

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Honeymoon News: Two resorts in Greece are focusing on self care

Two resorts in Greece are focusing on self care

A new travel trend is emerging, with 2024 giving rise to hobby-inspired holidays as travellers increasingly seek opportunities to not only explore new destinations but also reconnect with and discover old and new hobbies while on holiday. Ajul Luxury Hotel & Spa Resort and Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay, two exquisite resorts in Halkidiki and Crete, respectively, are perfectly poised to cater to the hobby-inspired traveller looking to blend leisure with their favourite pastimes to practice more self-care.

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Honeymoon News: Take the plunge 80m below ground in this new meditative Swedish sauna

Take the plunge 80m below ground in this new meditative Swedish sauna

Visitors to Sweden are now able to enjoy the health and meditative benefits of a new sauna ritual, bathing in crystal-clear natural spring water 80 metres below ground.

The new experience is part of a new and exclusive Savouring Swedish Serenity itinerary created by Scandinavian travel specialists Off the Map Travel, which brings together a mindfulness experience of foraging, yoga and wellness centred around the new Gruvfrun sauna ritual.

Visitors access this out-of-the-ordinary experience via a series of spacious tunnels and steps, which gradually descend to the experience below, all complete with swimwear stowed safely in a bag.

The experience itself connects with all the senses in a true mindfulness experience of story, song, temperature and tranquillity. The whole experience is guided by sauna master Elin Hietanen.

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Honeymoon News: New history voyage along the Turkish Riviera

New history voyage along the Turkish Riviera

Salamander Voyages, a small luxury gulet and yacht charter company owned and run by the Cooke family, has announced its fascinating new History Voyage, launching in June 2024.

This new seven-night itinerary will be a fantastic opportunity for guests sailing the Turquoise Coast to delve into the incredible history of the region and learn about the many intriguing ancient sites along the way.

Tessa Wills (nee Cooke) comments: "For more than 20 years, my family and I have been sailing and exploring the stunning Turkish Coast. There is no better way to discover its historic past than by boat, allowing unique access to some of the country's most fascinating sites, with history spanning the centuries from the Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire to World War I and the founding of the Turkish Republic. There is so much to capture everyone's imagination."

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Honeymoon News: Parga Beach Resort in Greece unveils exciting expansion plans for 2024

Parga Beach Resort in Greece unveils exciting expansion plans for 2024

Primely positioned along Greece's captivating Ionian coastline, Parga Beach Resort has announced significant expansion plans ahead of the summer season. 2023 was a record-breaking year for the resort, with sales up 25 per cent compared to 2019 and to cater to this increased demand, the resort will unveil a collection of luxurious new suites, a charming Greek restaurant, a sprawling pool area and an interactive kid's club. Building upon its reputation for excellence and unwavering commitment to Greek hospitality, this series of enhancements will further elevate the guest experience and solidify the resort's status as an idyllic destination for discerning travellers seeking an alternative Grecian escape.

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Honeymoon News: Lepogo Lodges in South Africa has unveiled its second property

Lepogo Lodges in South Africa has unveiled its second property

Lepogo Lodges, an entirely not-for-profit safari lodge in the heart of Limpopo Province, has unveiled its second property, Melote House, a new exclusive-use safari lodge, sleeping 16 and joining the brand's well-established Noka Camp.

The highly anticipated property is a private oasis of luxury in an enviable off-the-grid setting, embracing nature's elegance. Melote House is inspired by the rock formations of the Waterberg region and has sustainability at its core, built in tiers on the side of the hill to maximise the magnificent views over the Lapalala Wilderness. With living roofs that small animals can graze from, the design incorporates the house back into the mountain and every element extracted from the earth has been meticulously restored and skillfully integrated to ensure the property blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings.

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Honeymoon News: Sri Lanka’s newest luxury resort will open its doors this March

Sri Lanka’s newest luxury resort will open its doors this March

In June 2024, Sri Lanka's newest luxury resort, Kotiyagala Luxury Villas, will open its doors. This 12-villa all-pool oasis, nestled between Yala's forest and the Indian Ocean, will offer striking villa accommodations, a roofed lounge boasting far-reaching views, a locally-inspired signature restaurant and bar, a rejuvenating Ayurvedic spa and a well-equipped fitness centre. Kotiyagala Luxury Villas will feature contemporary Sri Lankan design emphasising quiet elegance balanced with a natural ambience that celebrates the property's proximity to wildlife, whereby guests will have the opportunity to view the park's 44 native species of mammals, 215 bird species, and the plethora of additional animal species that call Yala home.

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Honeymoon News: Angama Amboseli has opened in the heart of Kenya’s Kimana Sanctuary

Angama Amboseli has opened in the heart of Kenya’s Kimana Sanctuary

Angama Amboseli has officially opened in the heart of Kenya's 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary, one of the last havens for the continent's Super Tusker Elephants. The lodge features 10 suites inspired by the elephants, using a combination of canvas, concrete, rattan and even elephant dung, with earthy, neutral tones accented by shades of green and red from the landscape. The property provides exclusive access to an area of Kenya renowned for its lush landscape and remarkable density of wildlife, all anchored by the unrivalled views of the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

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Honeymoon News: St. Regis Hotels and Resorts is a new resort in Saudi Arabia

St. Regis Hotels and Resorts is a new resort in Saudi Arabia

The new St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, situated on Ummahat Island in Saudi Arabia, is the first private island from which couples will be able to discover the Red Sea. Ummahat Island is fringed by abundant wildlife, marine ecosystems and natural marvels. Guests will be able to snorkel amongst preserved coral reefs, obtain PADI certifications, and embark on scuba diving expeditions to nearby wrecks and discovery sites, including the Blue Hole, a large natural marine cavern adjacent to the resort. The island's crystal-clear, vivid blue water can also be enjoyed by an array of water sports, including stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Excursions to the mainland via a short trip by chartered boat will offer guests the opportunity to explore dormant volcanoes, heritage sites and sweeping desert dunes.

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Honeymoon News: South Africa’s Babylonstoren has launched a new package

South Africa’s Babylonstoren has launched a new package

South Africa's Babylonstoren, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, is one of a few farms in South Africa that keeps, breeds, and milks water buffalo. The latest experience at this restored Cape Dutch farm will see guests have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the 200-strong herd of Mediterranean Water Buffalo, each with their own name and personality.

After the tour, for a truly immersive farm-to-fork experience, guests can sample mozzarella, yoghurt and butter made from buffalo milk at the estate's resident hyper-seasonal restaurant. Guests can also join the 'Water Buffalo Whisperer', Leonie Botha, for a feeding session with the water buffalo babies, a delight for all the family.

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Honeymoon News: Chenot Espace Spa in Italy has undergone an extensive refurbishment

Chenot Espace Spa in Italy has undergone an extensive refurbishment

The award-winning Chenot Espace Spa at L'Albereta has undergone an extensive refurbishment and is now ready to welcome guests. The meticulously renovated 2,000-square-metre space includes the restoration of the first two floors of the spa and Chenot restaurant using sustainable and natural materials. The Chenot Espace has introduced several new and modernised diagnostic treatment options to further enrich the wellness programmes. These innovative methods aim to help guests unlock and achieve their physical potential, allowing them to leave in their very best condition.

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Honeymoon News: Odera is a new luxury resort in Tinos, Greece, set to open mid 2024

Odera is a new luxury resort in Tinos, Greece, set to open mid 2024

Launching in mid-2024, Odera will be the first luxury boutique hotel of its kind on the unspoilt island of Tinos, Greece. Sitting in a secluded bay with a private beach amongst the island's dramatic landscape, the hotel will comprise 77 rooms and pool suites, an expansive spa and a private beach club. The commitment to preserving the environment and supporting the island's local craftsmanship is reflected in every corner of the hotel, from traditional Tinian stonework and authentic pigeonholes showcasing the island's natural beauty and heritage to meticulously crafted marble furnishings and dining menus that celebrate local suppliers.

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Honeymoon News: Palihouse Hyde Park Village is a new hotel in Tampa, Florida

Palihouse Hyde Park Village is a new hotel in Tampa, Florida

The new Palihouse Hyde Park Village is the first hotel in the Hyde Park Village area and the brand's first foray into Tampa, Florida. Among the amenities are a lobby lounge with a café and bar that offers guests an all-day dining menu as well as coffee, classic cocktails, beer, and wine. Guests can enjoy Palisociety staples, including bath amenities, fine linens, coffee machines and carefully curated mini bars stocked with a premium assortment of snacks and libations. Walls are awash in a soft French grey colour counterbalanced with wood furnishings, a mix of vintage and custom pieces, and beloved brand touches, including hand-picked artwork, curtain-adorned kitchenette cupboards and more.

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Honeymoon News: Suján Jawai in India is celebrating 10 years of business

Suján Jawai in India is celebrating 10 years of business

Celebrating 10 years of business, Suján Jawai has been widely acclaimed as a wilderness destination and impactful safari holiday for the luxury traveller. Founded on the principle of positively safeguarding the surrounding ecosystem and wildlife, it sustains while providing livelihoods to local communities. The result is that wildlife has returned to what were formerly mustard and wheat fields, with a year-on-year increase in leopard sightings, including breeding leopard females who have given birth a number of times to two to three cubs.

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Honeymoon News: The Lamington Group has opened the new Room2 Belfast in Ireland

The Lamington Group has opened the new Room2 Belfast in Ireland

The Lamington Group has opened the new Room2 Belfast, adding to the brand's portfolio of sustainable hometels. Room2 Belfast offers 175 rooms spread across nine floors, a café and restaurant, a coffee roastery, meeting and work spaces, a gym, a bar and a lounge. Keeping in line with Lamington Group's commitment to sustainability, the fully electric hotel features occupancy-enabled rooms, solar energy generation with 100 per cent renewable energy and local sourcing of materials, products and artwork.

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Honeymoon News: StayOne has teamed up with PrivateFly to offer the ultimate alpine adventure

StayOne has teamed up with PrivateFly to offer the ultimate alpine adventure

This winter, StayOne has teamed up with private jet partner PrivateFly to provide the ultimate alpine adventure. The experience includes snow-table dining at a secret mountain location, discovering Verbier's breathtaking landscape with a guided snowshoe walking day, or you can elevate the experience further with a panoramic helicopter flight of the mountains.

Minutes from the slopes and commanding uninterrupted views towards the Mont Blanc Massif, Verbier: Chalet 2 is a picture-perfect setting that promises the ideal getaway.

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Honeymoon News: Genießerhotel Die Forelle in Austria has won an award

Genießerhotel Die Forelle in Austria has won an award

Culinary delights take centre stage at Genießerhotel Die Forelle, an Austrian hotel on Lake Weissensee that has recently won an award for its delicious food. Hotel owner and head chef Hannes Müller focuses on self-sufficiency, which means that all food comes from the region. The kitchen team also places great importance on seasonal cooking and only uses products that are currently growing or have been preserved in their own kitchen. In addition to the culinary delights, the Genießerhotel Die Forelle offers a charming wellness area and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

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Honeymoon News: Forte Village in Sardinia  has been recognised as a sustainability leader

Forte Village in Sardinia has been recognised as a sustainability leader

Forte Village, a luxury family resort located in southern Sardinia, has been recognised as a sustainability leader by The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW). Forte Village has worked on building up a community of sustainability-focused initiatives, with particular attention to its Sardinian shores. Forte Village's dedication to its history and surroundings creates a fulfilling and enjoyable atmosphere for staff, guests and the local community, sharing in the contribution to bettering sustainable travel and protecting the environment for future generations.

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Honeymoon News: Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is offering a discount on honeymoon stays

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is offering a discount on honeymoon stays

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is situated on a private 20-hectare island and is surrounded by picturesque beaches. Combining tropical scenery with modern design, there are 120 villas to choose from, 60 of which are located on the island, and the other 60 are directly on the sea. Made using eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, natural stones and leaves, the resort has a luxurious spa offering Balinese and Thai treatments in the privacy of 10 air-conditioned bungalows. There's also an Indonesian- style pool and a relaxation area with a Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish baths available.

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Honeymoon News: Borgo Tre is a new eco-wellness hotel in Lake Garda

Borgo Tre is a new eco-wellness hotel in Lake Garda

Borgo Tre is a new eco-wellness hotel situated on a spacious mountain meadow in Lüsen, Lake Garda. Scheduled to open in Easter 2024, this elegantly renovated 18th-century farmhouse is a peaceful hideaway with six suites, each with its own private garden or terrace.

The farmhouse retreat is immersed in nature and offers a heated outdoor pool made from local granite, complete with a relaxation area, a yoga terrace, outdoor cabanas, a cold tub and a Finnish sauna furnished with natural wood and stone.

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