We understand how important your honeymoon is to you and that there is no room for error in what should be one of the most memorable and special holidays you will take in a lifetime.
Let us alleviate some of the pressures associated with planning your wedding and help organise a honeymoon to match your dreams and expectations. Whatever you envisage your perfect journey to be; be it activity and adventurous or some simply well-earned downtime on a picture-perfect beach, Exceptional Travel will put together the ideal holiday to ensure you have a treasured start to your married life.
We offer blissful hideaways where you can simply lounge on pure white, palm-fringed beaches and bathe in crystal-clear waters, adventurous escapes in wildly romantic locations and everything in between. As we personally design all honeymoons from a blank sheet of paper, there are no rules, only possibilities…
Where to stay for Honeymoons
20 Degrés Sud
Small and elegant, 20 Degrés Sud offers guests a warm and personal service within a haven of refinement and style. It is ideal for those who like to explore without being tied into a resort, but who want somewhere peaceful and private to return to. Nestled in a coconut grove in the mouth of the bay, this is a boutique resort with 36 colonial-style rooms.
Tucked away in the middle of 840 acres of private reserve, Pacuare Lodge sits peacefully on the banks of the mighty Pacuare River. This remote lodge is best accessed (at least one way) via a half-day white water rafting ride passing stunning rainforests, narrow canyons, and waterfalls on every side.
Hotel Santa Teresa Rio McGallery
The Hotel Santa Teresa Rio McGallery by Sofitel provides peaceful a peaceful escape from the busy streets of Rio hidden within an oasis of calm. The pool and terrace of the Santa Teresa face the twinkling lights of the city over Guanabara Bay and this is a fantastic spot for those who prefer to combine the hustle and bustle of Rio with some peace and quiet to escape to.
Casa Cairuçu takes its name from its spectacular location near to the coastal town of Paraty. A few steps from the calm, protected waters of Paraty Bay, this pretty, three bedroom house is located inside the Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Cairuçu surrounded by pristine beaches, uninterrupted swathes of rainforest and traditional fishing communities.
Located in the heart of Chile’s Lake District and tucked away within a private 22 hectare estate, this excellent &Beyond property is one of the top options for a visit to this stunning region. It doesn’t take long for most guests to feel completely rejuvenated and recharged once they step into this peaceful oasis.
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
Between a beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara offers refreshing luxury, and also a gateway to Oman’s cultural treasures. It is a beachfront oasis that is the first luxury villa resort of its kind in Salalah, along the south coast of Dhofar.
Alila Diwa Goa
Set amidst the serene landscape of lush, verdant rice plantations flowing towards the Arabian Sea, relaxation reigns at this Goa resort.
Awasi is the perfect base from which to explore the Atacama Desert. The atmosphere at this charming lodge is immediately warm and friendly and every detail has been thought through from hand-made blankets to keep you warm at night to surprise picnic lunches prepared in hidden spots of the desert with views that you will never forget.
Awasi Iguazú is the perfect spot to explore the spectacular Iguazu waterfalls as well as the miles of rainforest that surround them. Few people take the time to venture further than the waterfalls and the forests are almost empty.
Awasi Patagonia gives its guests front row seats to one of the most stunning views in the country. Every cabin comes with your own private guide and 4WD vehicle. At the end of a day’s exploring, return to your private cabin for a soak in the hot tub, a glas of red wine by the fire and a hearty meal in the Relais & Chateaux restaurant.
Azura is Mozambique’s first luxury ‘eco’ retreat. Built entirely by hand by the local community and operated in partnership with them, this boutique resort has just 15 villas, each with their own infinity pool and designed for both pampering and barefoot escapism.
Baraza Resort & Spa
With just 30 pool villas, Baraza Resort and Spa is a stunning family-friendly hotel on the quiet east coast of the tropical island of Zanzibar. Offering a variety of one and two bedroom pool villas, with a distinct fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, this all-inclusive 5-star resort has been named as one of the top 30 in the world by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine.
Belle Mare Plage
The Belle Mare Plage’s 278 rooms and villas are set in two storey houses around lush tropical gardens, each with its own private balcony or terrace giving onto the gardens or beach and tastefully furnished in warm colours. It is protected by offshore coral reefs making the resort ideal for swimming, snorkelling and water sports.
Birkenhead House is an Hermanus hotel in an enviable location atop the rugged cliffs of the Cape Coast, giving it dazzling ocean views and easy access to the beach. Birkenhead House is the epitome of contemporary beach house cool: modern, stylish and visually stunning.
Blue Safari – Cosmoledo Atoll and Astove Atoll
Situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean in one of the last untouched frontiers, Blue Safari are pioneering a new style of distinctive lodging and experiential travel, all while actively conserving this pristine region.
Cape Weligama is a gorgeous cliff top resort that inhabits twelve manicured acres above the Indian Ocean on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, just thirty minutes south east of Galle.
Casas Brancas is a charming and stylish boutique property in the heart of Buzios. The rooms are light and fresh and most have direct views of the ocean from the floor to ceiling windows and a private terrace. The atmosphere is warm and friendly with pretty views of the bay from the bar (best enjoyed with a lovingly created caipirina cocktail).
Flanked by tropical jungle and a spectacular coastline of white, Caribbean beach, Chable Maroma is a truly special Mexican retreat with unbroken views of the turquoise ocean ahead. The scenic setting provides a decadent immersion in beachside tranquillity far from the madding crowd.
Chable is one of the Yucatan’s most stylish retreats that offers a world-class wellness programme amid a spectacular and private jungle setting. Hidden amid Mayan forest and 750 acres of private land, this unique retreat is only 25 minutes from Merida but feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of a busy town.
Cocoa Island by COMO is an intimate private Maldives island resort with just 33 overwater suites. Encircled with powder white sand, the carefree, understated luxury experience at Cocoa Island includes holistic wellness treatments at COMO Shambhala Retreat, South Indian-influenced cuisine and worldclass diving.
Extending an era of luxury and quality, Cottar’s returns to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era – an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance. Situated in an untouched exclusive concession, the camp and the area guarantee privacy and an abundance of wildlife.
The Delfin fleet delivers on every front from exceptional service and stylish accommodation to extremely knowledgeable and passionate guides, who have designed a range of wonderful ways to experience the Amazon.
A privately owned coral island, Denis Island is the perfect location for those seeking true escapism, total relaxation and tranquillity. The 375 acres of Denis Island barely rise a few feet above sea level and are fringed by coconut palms, brilliant white sand and coral reefs. Denis Island Private epitomises the Seychelles experience.
Emirates Wolgan Valley
Carefully sited between two National Parks and spread out at the foot of towering cliffs, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve. The main homestead offers distinctive dining, luxury facilities and stand-alone Timeless Spa.
Flor Blanca is flanked by unspoiled tropical jungle and seven acres of world famous surf that rolls onto the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. The property is well known for its yoga and pilates lessons that are delivered by internationally trained instructors in a studio overlooking the jungle.
Four Seasons, Desroches
Four Seasons at Desroches is a 5* Seychelles resort in the Amirante Islands – a cluster of remote coral atolls that are considered some of the world’s most pristine and untouched. This resort is remote and secluded yet a 35 minute flight from Mahé and offers couples and families a luxurious island hideaway for rejuvenation and adventure.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
The Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is spectacularly located in the lush Mae Rim Valley, just 30 minutes north of the city of Chiang Mai.
Fundu Lagoon is a stylish lodge on the small island of Pemba offering barefoot luxury in a unique Tanzanian setting. There are eighteen tented safari style bungalows, some on the beach and some on the hill side, but all with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.
The first all over-water villa resort and located in one of the largest lagoons of Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi surrounds the bijou island of Lankanfushi and exudes sophisticated barefoot luxury. The 44 villas are all crafted in a traditional style from natural materials, sustainable woods and traditional fabrics.
Hacienda de San Antonio
Hacienda de San Antonio is part of the Goldsmith family’s portfolio of luxury private retreats in Mexico. Everything about Hacienda de San Antonio feels decadent and ‘other worldly’. You half expect Gatsby himself to appear at the rooftop bar and order a gin cocktail.
Hemingways Watamu lies within the Watamu Marine National Park, approximately 90 miles north of Mombasa. The ambience of the hotel is one of relaxed sophistication with the friendliness of a privately-owned hotel matched by the facilities and standards of an international resort.
Hotel B, Lima
This restored mansion is Lima’s only Relais & Chateaux property and is bursting with bundles of charm to reflect is heritage as the former summer home of a wealthy Peruvian family. This is one of the city’s first truly stylish boutique hotels and a fantastic option for those stopping over in Lima.
Esencia is a luxury retreat on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. The property can claim one of the best beach fronts in the region and, for many years, it has remained one of our favourite beach hideaways in the Yucatan.
Translated as “Maybe tomorrow”, the lodge uses the stunning natural surroundings to create an idyllic island lodge of unique character and imagination with a very special ambiance. Kaya Mawa sits in a pretty bay, covered with mango trees and ancient baobabs, encircled by glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves.
Kinondo Kwetu’s secluded position means that its beach and adjoining gardens are utterly private. After bathing in the sea, you can completely relax in the hotel’s grounds and two pools, beneath the shade of towering baobab and palm trees.
Located on the west side of Habaraduwa, Sri Lanka, KK Beach is just 12km from Galle and the beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Having built up an International reputation at the award winning Kahanda Kanda the owner, George Cooper, has turned his attention to the stunning Sri Lankan coastline. He identified […]
Lake House is a tranquil retreat set in six acres of country gardens right on the edge of Lake Daylesford. This small luxury hotel is renowned for its sublime restaurant and cellar, which draw gourmet fans from all over the world. Exploring the property is in itself an adventure.
Las Alamandas is hidden amid 1,200 acres of a pristine nature reserve on the Costalegre coastline between Merida and Puerto Vallarta. Las Alamandas is breathtakingly romantic with plenty of nooks and crannies to rest and relax in the privacy of lush gardens that fringe the miles of beach ahead.
Hosteria Las Balsas is a small luxury boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi in Argentina’s Lake District. Located to the north of Bariloche, this Relais & Chateaux property offers the finest cuisine and accommodation in the area.
Le Saint Geran
Le Saint Geran is the incomparable and distinguished ‘Grande Dame’ of Mauritius, sitting serenely on its own private peninsula on the country’s north-east coast, with a white sand beach on one side and a sheltered lagoon on the other. Discreet luxury prevails throughout this all-suite haven.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
The Lion Sands lodges, including Ivory lodge, are set along the banks of the perennial Sabie River, and each have breath-taking views – no one more inspiring than the next. Every day, the appearance of animals at the water’s edge presents you with a natural theatre.
Lizard Island, Australia’s northern-most island beach resort, is truly secluded from the rest of the world. It is right on the Great Barrier Reef, 240 kms north of Cairns with 24 powdery-white beaches, over 1000 hectares of national park, 40 understated beach luxe suites, Azure Spa, and the bluest of clear blue ocean views from every angle.
Mahua Kothi or homestead is named after the Mahua tree which is prized and revered in the region. 12 standalone luxury cottages blend into a 45 acre private forest on the periphery of the national park.
Manda Bay is a rustic beach hideaway found on an idyllic island within Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago. Accessed only by speedboat, Manda Bay lies on the remote north western tip of Manda Island, on the Kenyan coast. This friendly owner-run lodge offers wonderful beach front accommodation, informal pampering and barefoot luxury, superbly combining the bush and beach experience.
Matemwe is perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon on the quieter north-east coast of Zanzibar. Built from local materials and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, each suite has a private veranda with expansive views of the Indian Ocean with its constantly changing hues of blue.
Matetsi Victoria Falls
Matetsi Private Game Reserve is tucked into a nine mile stretch of private land that runs along the banks of the Zambezi River. Beyond the river bank, 123 000 acres of a private game reserve is yours to explore in the hands of first-class guides.
Brand new, ultra-luxury lodge, Miavana is a private, four island paradise, surrounded by powder-soft beaches and pristine coral reefs, just 3.5kms off north east coast of Madagascar in the Nosy Ankao Archipelago. Miavana is home to just 14 vast villas each with ocean and beach views.
Milaidhoo is a tiny tropical island, an emerald drop of paradise wrapped in soft white sands, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef, lapped by warm turquoise waters and hidden in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve. It is a boutique luxury resort in the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve, close to Hanifaru Bay, 126km north west of Male.
Nihi Sumba, formerly Nihiwatu, is a unique and intimate, luxury eco retreat, situated within 560 hectares and 2.5km of pristine beach on the little known and beautifully preserved Indonesian island of Sumba.
NIYAMA is a luxury contemporary and vibrant resort for the stylish aspirational traveller, incorporating traditional Maldivian elegance in a naturally modern aesthetic. Split over two islands, Niyama Private Islands Maldives offers up the luxury of choice for active couples and fun loving families.
North Island is designed to offer the ultimate in romance, superb beaches, watersports and immaculate service. A place of barefoot luxury for those seeking an unspoilt, spectacular tropical retreat. It is one of the ‘inner’ islands of the Seychelles – often referred to as being amongst the most beautiful on Earth.
Located at the water’s edge on a sheltered cove in northern Mauritius, the Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel and Spa proves to be an absolutely idyllic island retreat, with experiences tailor-made just for couples. The hotel is nestled in a beautiful 30,000 m2 tropical garden around the beautiful cove in very private and intimate surroundings.
This intimate and friendly lodge is one of the only properties with unbroken sea views on Fernando do Noronha. The team who operate the lodge are passionate about playing their part in the conservation of this pristine archipelago and everything they do is carried out with thought and care for the island they inhabit.
Reserva do Ibitipoca
Reserva do Ibitipoca is a stunning hideaway in the rolling hills of Ibitipoca State Park amid swathes of Atlantic Rainforest that drape the Ibitipoca mountain
range and the Mantiqueira mountains.
Rincon del Socorro
The Ibera Wetlands are often overshadowed by Brazil’s larger and wider-known Pantanal but they are just as spectacular. Ibera means ‘bright water’ in the local guarani dialect and, when the sun catches the water and every horizon flashes sliver, it is easy to see why.
Sausage Tree Camp
Set in the most stunning location on the banks of the Zambezi River, Sausage Tree Camp really is in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park’s best game viewing area. The camp overlooks an expanse of narrow channels and low set reed islands teeming with game, with the magnificent Zambezi escarpment as the backdrop.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa
Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa comprises a total of three hotels, catering for myriad of travellers and parties from young families to young-at-heart couples. The family friendly Al Waha offers several swimming pools set among date palms while Al Bandar has been designed to reflect a small town with a variety of fine restaurants.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa
Located near Gan in the south of The Maldives, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is the definition of luxury, a place where all experiences are tailored to suit your passions. Retreat in style in one of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa’s private villas perched atop the emerald green jungle or strung along the turquoise shoreline.
Shinta Mani Wild
Shinta Mani Wild is a radical new fusion of world-class design, hospitality and conservation. The camp was born when world-renowned designer Bill Bensley identified an unprotected, 350-hectare wildlife corridor – and set out to save it from poaching, mining and logging.
Six Senses Krabey Island
An idyllic 30-acre private island is the setting for Six Senses Krabey which embraces just 40 pool villas set in a lush jungle landscape with a rocky coastline, fringed by a boardwalk that is a glorious fusion of land and water.
Six Senses Laamu
Just an inter-island plane trip from Malé International Airport and a short boat ride brings you to the pristine palm-fringed paradise of Laamu. The resort features 97 villa accommodations, with most being set over the lagoon’s turquoise waters and some on the island, and all constructed of sustainably sourced materials.
Six Senses Yao Noi
Six Senses Yao Noi sets the highest benchmark for island resort living in Asia. The attention to detail and focus on the unique destination reinforces the brand’s commitment to sustainability.
Six Senses Zighy Bay
Six Senses Zighy Bay is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The setting of these 82 indigenous village-style pool villa accommodations is spectacular, guarded by the dramatic Hajar Mountains and private sandy beach.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
One of the country’s most high-profile recent openings, and a certain magnet for British honeymooners, Six Senses Zil Pasyon stands on the 652-acre Félicité Island and is dramatically beautiful. It is located on Félicité, a private island where massive granite rocks and coral fringed beaches create an air of drama and beauty.
Award-winning luxury resort Soneva Kiri is located on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood, offering an unrivalled combination of luxury, an integral environmental approach, authentic Thai experiences and mouth-watering organic food.
Spanning two discreet islands, the resort known locally as Song Saa – a Khmer name meaning “the sweethearts” is as intimate and seductive as the name implies.
The Blue Train
The Blue Train combines five-star accommodation with the charm and romance of train travel. Take a journey into a timeless world of grace and elegance, where breath-taking scenery stirs your imagination and luxurious comfort soothes body and soul. Sit back and enjoy being pampered on South Africa’s “Blue Jewel”.
The Oberoi is one of Mauritius’ most romantic hotels, with mountain views, gourmet restaurants, a holistic spa and faultless service. An idyllic sanctuary overlooking Turtle Bay on the glorious northwest coast of Mauritius, it is set in 20 acres of fabulous tropical gardens. A honeymooner’s heaven, it offers everything you need for an idyllic island break.
Thonga Beach Lodge
Thonga Beach Lodge is set above a secluded bay and nestled into the indigenous coastal dune forest of the KwaZulu Natal’s Maputuland coast. This rustic luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of South Africa’s last unspoilt wilderness beaches.
Everything about Txai feels exclusive. Private bungalows with peaceful terraces facing the fringes of the forest or the Atlantic ocean; a near Olympic sized swimming pool lined with palm trees and a spa is widely recognised for its excellent treatments.
Uxua Casa Hotel
Tucked away in the main ‘Quadrado’ Square of Trancoso, Uxua Casa Hotel remains one of the most sought-after boutique hotels in Brazil. The ten charming cottages, gardens and main house have been carefully designed to reflect Bahia’s laid-back and fun-loving culture.
Vamizi Island Private Villas
Vamizi Island defines castaway chic, with five impossibly romantic timber villas strung loosely along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Vamizi isn’t about the usual five star luxury and all mod cons, it’s about the more rarefied pleasures of exclusive island life.
Why House is a beautiful, home-from-home, chic hotel sitting within an elegantly manicured, spacious walled garden of tropical plants, fruit and spice trees.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Wild Coast Tented Lodge is adjacent to Yala National Park, Sri Lanka, renowned for its leopard population. This spectacular luxury tented camp is situated on a rugged, empty beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Xanadu is a luxury collection of six individually designed villas nestled on Zanzibar’s east coast. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, pristine white sands and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, Xanadu makes for the perfect island escape.