Lose the crowds at these romantic retreats where privacy is the priority
Set in idyllic woodland, this rustic retreat combines comfort with eco-friendly details. Spend your days drifting on a handmade raft on your own private lake, or simply lie back in a hammock and enjoy the peace. In the evenings, light up the veranda with oil lamps, pour a glass of fine champagne and snuggle up together for some romantic star-gazing.
From £58 per night (sleeps two) with Canopy & Stars (canopyandstars.co.uk or 01275 395 447).
Get away from it all with a trip around the deserted islands of Northern Mozambique on a traditional dhow boat. A private chef takes care of the food and the crew sets up your camp on unspoilt beaches overlooking crystal-clear waters – leaving you free to focus on each other.
From £2540 per person with Rainbow Tours (rainbowtours.co.uk).
Tucked away in the stunning countryside of the Brecon Beacons, this luxury self-catering cottage is the antidote to urban stress. Take a romantic ramble before curling up in front of the wood burner. With birds, sheep and moorland ponies your nearest neighbours, you can luxuriate in the hush of the countryside.
Prices start at £595 for two people for a seven-night stay in low season with Unique Homestays (uniquehomestays.com).
Honeymoons don’t come much more secluded than your very own private paradise island. On Wadigi, it’s just you and your beloved – and of course a small team of staff, including gourmet chefs and a butler, to make sure you don’t have to lift a finger. Sip cocktails on soft white sands, enjoy dinner à deux under the stars or relax with a sunset massage.
From £1488 per couple per night with Turquoise Holidays (turquoiseholidays.co.uk). Call 01494 678400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A beautiful bolthole with wooden floors and squashy sofas, The Hut is a romantic option for a Great British getaway. There may be plenty of celeb-chef-owned restaurants nearby, but once you’ve experienced the tranquility of this secluded cabin, you’re unlikely to want to leave. Stock up on foodie treats from the local farm shop instead, and prepare for some serious Mr-and-Mrs time.
From £550 per week (sleeps two) with Sawday’s (sawdays.co.uk).
This adults-only Caribbean resort has just 28 suites, each with private veranda or balcony. Set in a picturesque part of Antigua, The Inn’s vibe is all about laidback luxe, with colonial-style décor, a heated infinity pool and a white sand beach.
Seven nights in a Deluxe Suite including breakfast and dinner, return private car transfers and international flights with BA or Virgin, based on the special honeymoon offer ‘bride stays for free’, from £1680 per person with Original Travel (originaltravel.co.uk or 020 7978 7333).
Set between lush woodland and a private lake, the Boat House is a serene self-catering hideaway for modern romantics. Boutique touches include an iPod docking system, Egyptian cotton sheets and a Nespresso coffee machine.
Rates from £185 per night with Chic Retreats (chicretreats.com, or call 020 3397 0085).
Tom’s Cottage has the ultimate in rustic-chic romance: a fire-heated outdoor bathtub big enough for two; perfect for taking in the spectacular sunsets. This North Island retreat offers seclusion in a gorgeous rural setting, but pristine beaches are just a short drive away.
From £100 per night with Turquoise Holidays (turquoiseholidays.co.uk). Call 01494 678400 or email email@example.com.
This luxury resort may be just two hours from bustling Dubai, but you’ll feel like you’re in another world. Framed by dramatic mountains and an immaculate sandy beach, Six Senses Zighy Bay is made up of 85 rustic stone villas, all with private pools and an outdoor shower. Relax into romance with a pampering couple’s massage at the spa.
Carrier (0161 492 1358, carrier.co.uk) offers five nights for the price of four in a Pool Villa at Six Senses Zighy Bay from £1355 per person based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick with Emirates and private transfers. Offer valid for travel until 30 April 2013. Book a minimum 45 days prior to arrival.
The service at this gorgeous hotel is all about personal detail. Fancy a magical dinner for two beside a jungle waterfall? An intimate champagne picnic breakfast on a secluded beach? How about a private sunset cruise on a luxury boat? The Sarojin's in-house team of 'imagineers' are there to make it happen; or you can simply spend your stay relaxing in a shaded pool-island and admiring the tranquil lotus pond.
Seven nights in a Garden Residence with breakfast from £1135 per person, including return flights from Heathrow to Phuket and private transfers.To book, visit westernoriental.com or call 0207 666 1234.
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