Reported by J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern
June brides are very much at work planning for upcoming nuptials and honeymoons. Kensington Tours, an award-winning tour operator that provides private, guided tours to over 90 countries, has just issued its 2011-2012 Honeymoon Guide that calls not only to romance but also to adventure.
Kensington polled its team of Destination Experts to gather the most romantic and unique getaways. Below is a sampling of their favorite honeymoon ideas.
Exotic South East Asian Adventure
Tempting Thailand Tête-à-Tête
10 Days from $3,000 pp
Passionate yet playful, this private guided tour showcases the highlights of Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Phuket. Couples will enjoy a romantic hot air balloon ride, starlit dinner cruise, private plunge pool, tantalizing traditional cuisine, tranquil palm lined beaches, bamboo huts, intimate boutique hotels and much more. This is the worry free to see Thailand. Perfect for those couples that want to go beyond the beach, this active tour features elephant interactions, river cruises, kayaking, private guide, driver, all internal flights and more. Ideal for honeymooners, exotic adventurers or those who want to rekindle the flame.
Polynesian Love Potion
Decadent Tahiti and Bora Bora Island Paradise
7 Days from $4,396 pp
Experience paradise personified with this exclusive Polynesian getaway to soul achingly gorgeous Moorea and one of the most romantic destinations in the world Bora Bora. You will stroll black sand beaches, cruise iridescent waters, snorkel underwater utopias, dine on fresh seafood, sail reef fringed islands, visit a Tiki village and still enjoy plenty of free time! The ideal fusion of relaxation and entertainment, couples will stay in enchanting over-water villas. Featuring celebrated resorts, private guide, driver, boat cruises, internal flights and more!
Savory and Sensuous Epicurean Adventure
Mendoza Vineyards and Buenos Aires
7 Days from $3,115 pp
You will discover the “Paris of South America” and celebrated vineyards with this sense stimulating private tour of Buenos Aires and Mendoza. Your clients will dine on traditional BBQ, learn to play polo, watch a seductive tango show and taste their way through the sensuous Mendoza wine region. From grape to bottle, you and your honey will receive an intimate look into the winemaking process as they tour Andeluna Cellers, Bodega Salentein, Ruca Malen, Belasco de Baquedano and Bodega Catena Zapata. You will taste renowned wines with a focus on the region’s famous Malbecs, flavors enhanced by breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains.
First Class Kasbahs and Arabian Nights
Enticing Morocco Exclusive
8 Days from $4,696 pp
Enchantingly exotic, sophisticated and intimate, this luxurious private tour is a romantic escape fit for a sultan. Fall under Morocco’s spell as you’re charmed by the passionate colors, breathtaking architectural treasures and exotic opulence experienced on this privately guided tour of Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains and Essaouria. Explore ancient harems, lush gardens, mesmerizing palaces, bustling bazaars, sundrenched Berber villages and more magnificent historical highlights. Enjoy sipping mint tea in Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah, a romantic streamside picnic, an awe-inspiring trek through the legendary Atlas Mountains and relaxing in barefoot luxury on the beaches of Essaouria. Featuring first class properties, private guide and driver. – Memories of your vacation will rival the stories in 1001 Arabian Nights!
Passionate, Playful and Chic
Cape Town, Sabi Sand and Mozambique
12 Days from $8,400 pp
A vacation should always stimulate the senses and this sophisticated tour of the Cape
Town’s delights, Kruger’s prestigious Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Mozambique is the ultimate romantic getaway. Led by private guide and driver, you will discover Table Mountain, take a breathtaking coastal drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, visit the penguins of Boulders Beach, go on a winery, chocolate and fromagerie tour and more. Embark to Kruger and your luxury safari camp located in Sabi Sand, the most exclusive game park in Africa. There, lovers will delight in sunrise and sunset drives through the world’s most famous Big Five wildlife region.
Afterward, it’s off to Mozambique for 5-Star relaxation. Famous for pristine white beaches, unparalleled diving and stunning tropical forests it is the ideal conclusion to this luxurious escapade. Featuring 5-Star properties, private guide and driver, gourmet cuisine, private plunge pool, VIP custom treatment, helicopter transfers and more- This package will deliver to any couple the South African experience of their dreams.
Adventurous and Sensuous
Jamaican Honeymoon Villa Paradise
8 Days from $6,500
Lose yourself in spectacular sunsets, white sandy beaches and the alluring island vibe of Jamaica with this romantic island retreat. Experience your own secluded paradise on the tranquil side of southern Jamaica, elegant Bluefield’s Bay. This exotic two-bedroom ocean front villa is fully equipped and comes with every service and amenity you could yearn for– experienced personal chef, maid service and daily housekeeping. All-inclusive, you can sit with your friendly gourmet chef and plan your meals or leave it up to their expertise! Enjoy private plunge pool, tranquil beaches, lobster dinners, dining al fresco, spa treatments, kayaking, private transfers and much more. Speak to your Kensington Destination Expert about coordinating everything you need for the ultimate romantic retreat!
And if you can’t afford an expensive honeymoon right now, consider going on an armchair adventure by starring in one of YourNovel’s personalized romance novels, which start at $39.95.
Or if you are looking for a great bridal shower, wedding, or anniversary gift, send the loving couple on a luxury vacation where he is the hero and she is the heroine doing some pretty wild and crazy things at exotic settings all over the world. In fact, YourNovel has books set in several of the locations Kensington Tours has suggested in their guide: Island of Love set in Tahiti, African Safari: Wild Life, Wild Love set in Zambia, and two books set in Jamaica: Negril Everlasting and Jamaica Rendezvous.
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International Travel Examiner J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.