Photography by Peter Pedonomou
1. Learn a new skill, says senior writer Julia. Whether it’s surf lessons in Costa Rica or a Creole cooking class in the Seychelles (we learned how to make fresh fish curry at the Four Seasons on main island Mahé), encouraging yourselves to try a new activity will yield memories you’ll keep forever – and awesome photo opps.
2. “A deserted sandbank on the edge of a lagoon in remote Aitutaki in French Polynesia was the setting of my most romantic lunch ever,” says travel editor Amanda, our resident expert on global romance. “We snorkelled above sharks and rays in the warm-as-a-bath water while a personal chef from Aitutaki Lagoon Resort prepared a seafood feast served on a table decorated with vibrant flowers.”
3. Parlez-vous honeymoon? Prep for your trip by learning a new language together – either with lessons after work, CDs or a DVD programme like Rosetta Stone. It’s a lovely way for you to bond over something other than wedmin.
4. Plan a stellar toast you’ll remember forever. “On our trip to India, we stayed on a houseboat for a night with just the two of us, a chef and a couple of crew,” says designer Claire. “They cooked the most amazing food and took us all around the backwaters of Kerala as we sipped cocktails underneath the stars.”
5. Thinking of indulging in a couple’s massage while you’re away? Get strategic and book your spa time for arrival day when you’re most jet-lagged and in-need. Then you can reap the Zenned-out benefits for the rest of your holiday.
6. Make a video on your phone or digital camera before you leave about how much you love your man, then leave it on your bed or his sunlounger at your honeymoon hotel. Add a Post-it instructing him to ‘press play’, and make yourself scarce.
7. Think off-season and dodge the crowds. For the ultimate, romantic mountainside experience minus the ski hoards (and the price tag!), web editor Helen recommends hiring an Alpine chalet in summer instead. “There are tons of fun ways to explore this beautiful landscape when it’s in full bloom – whether on horseback following the mountain trails or by ski lift (yes, they still run!) – and little known villages like Silvaplana are more Swiss in feel than the overdone St. Moritz.”
8. Find a vista to remember. “We fell in love with the view from Ristorante Da Costantino in Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast so much so, we went back again and again during our holiday,” says editorial assistant Stephanie. “It’s spectacularly high up, right on the cliff edge overlooking the sea, and if you can manage to bag a table next to the wall of windows you can see the glittering lights twinkling softly down the hill towards the shore.”
9. Your honeymoon is your chance to live like a star, so take advantage of any upgrades or spoil-me offers at your hotel. At Sandals resorts in the Caribbean, a personal butler will book all your dinner and activity reservations, serve you drinks by the pool and run you a petal-filled bath. Or at Trou aux Biches in Mauritius, you can have your breakfast prepared for you in your villa.
10. There’s something deliciously decadent about watching a movie together when you ‘should’ be hitting some essential local sight or taking part in a must-do activity. Fashion director Sally loved the private film screenings – on the beach on Mexico’s Pacific Coast – at Las Ventanas al Paraiso (you can write love notes in the sand and leave each other romantic messages in a bottle, too). For a full-on cinema experience, book the luxe screening room at Carlisle Bay Antigua, or just borrow a DVD from the concierge at your hotel and curl up in bed together.
Photography: Peter Pedonomou