The WeddingSutra Editors and Honeymoon Crafters from A Travel Duet have hand-picked ten chic hotels from around the world that are perfect for couples to enjoy their new beginnings. Try and choose one from this ultimate list of hotels known for their plush luxury, exotic locations and sublime service. (We’ve also sneaked in some insider tips and special recommendations for activities.)
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1. Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia
Treat yourself to the rich history of Sydney’s Cowper Wharf. Here, you can indulge in the perfect serendipity that comes when heritage architecture meets modern luxury. Relax in the generous space, state of the art, gorgeously appointed abode that looks over the picturesque Sydney Harbour surrounded by contemporary design.
Activities: The Bridge Climb at twilight is wonderful. Or take a Sea Plane ride over Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Treat your palate when you visit any of the stylish restaurants run by renowned celebrity chefs.
2. Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Somewhere between the sand and the stars, the divine luxury of Six Senses Zighy Bay is nestled in a secluded mountain getaway, kissed by crystal waters. In the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, village-style accommodation inspired by indigenous architecture is protected by a mountain range on one side and a private marina on the other.
The 82 villas blend seamlessly into the landscape, the Omani-style brick insulating from daytime heat and giving off warmth at night. Choose a villa with its own infinity pool, direct beach access, sundeck, personal wine cellar and a 24hr butler.
Insider Tip: Watch movies on the beach with your sweetheart under a blanket of stars while the ushers serve you five flavours of popcorn, 40 ice cream flavours, and refreshing soft drinks. Or take a sunset cruise on the bay and check out the phenomenal snorkeling expeditions into the reef. Finally, unwind at the Six Senses Spa for tranquility, fitness and health engineered with ancient and modern holistic treatments from expert in-house and visiting wellness practitioners
3. Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Brazil
Uxua Casa in exotic Brazil celebrates traditional architectural techniques and artisanal skill. Using age old methods of construction, reclaimed materials, and authentic antiques, designer Wilbert Das inspired and collaborated with a team of native craftsmen to create a stunning rustic beach lounge, innovative organic spa with all the luxury associated with a 5 star.
Activities: Take back more than memories when you get a taste of Brazil with the on-site cookery lessons in Bahian dishes. Learn some Capoeira (a mix of music, dance, and martial arts) in the hotel's studio or go kayaking, surfing, horseback riding etc.
4. Museum Art Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand
If you love culture then you’ll be delighted to be located right across the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa! Not only can you look forward to exploring the museum’s treasures, the hotel itself is a quirky, art-filled space with all the luxuries and beauty of a boutique hotel. Right in the heart of the capital city of Wellington, you’ll love the rooms that range in design from contemporary to classic and feature balconies or patios on which to lounge.
Activities: Take a private food tour with a local in this food and political capital of New Zealand. They are the best guides to the pulse of this very vivacious city.
5. Coqui Coqui Coba Residence & Spa, Quintana Roo, Mexico
This hideaway comes with its own legend. During the colonization of the new world, Franciscan monks in the Yucatan Peninsula created the perfume from an abundance of flowers, woods, and exotic herbs. Fascinated by the travels, history and lifestyles of the Yucatan, contemporary landscape architect Niclas Malleville founded the Coqui Coqui Perfumeria in 2003.
Located in the ancient ruined city of Coba, this two-tower hideaway offers guests a completely new idea of relaxation, with stunning views of the Mayan pyramids and unique sunsets on the green lagoon at their feet.
Deep in the heart of the jungle, you can relax by two outdoor pools, taste modern Mayan cuisine and let the magic of the atmosphere overcome you.
Activities: Indulge in the scent spa or unleash your inner explorer into the wild.
6. Manna Bay, Cape Town
This truly extraordinary luxury boutique hotel is in the heart of Cape Town, at the foot of Table Mountain with rooms that set the bar in contemporary luxury. A private gate at Manna Bay opens into the Table Mountain National Park. From this vantage, like ancient explorers and princes, you look out over the mother city to the Atlantic Ocean.
The views are stunning whether you’re breakfasting next to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows at The Manna Bay Café, taking a dip in Pom Pom’s private plunge pool or admiring the Black & White Room’s uninterrupted panorama of the harbour.
Recommended Suite: The hotel's Versailles Suite features a bed in its private terrace so you can wake up to views over the city straight to the Atlantic.
Activities: Try out Manna Bay's lavish high tea. Go snorkeling with seals in Cape Town and then take a herb tour finished with a herb inspired lunch.
7. Ovolo Southside, Hong Kong
Edgy, urban, sophisticated – check into this warehouse now repurposed as a hotel with its industrial-art, edgy décor that includes stylish restaurants, lounges, and a stunning rooftop bar. Take photographs and capture your own perspective on the intimate spaces clad in street art interspersed with breath-taking panoramas across Wong Chuk Hang.
Activities: Lucky in love? Well, maybe you can continue that run gambling at the Macau Casinos. You can shop till you drop in Hong Kong or experience the magical wonder of Disneyland.
8.Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
Despite being a colossal resort, on one of the biggest islands in the Maldives, this 132 villa escape, the Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa offers privacy and luxury. Soft, sandy beaches, lush tropical foliage, a coral-rich reef in the clear waters, this resort features private ocean villas on stilts above the turquoise sea and tropical tree houses hidden in banyan trees with Asian and Arabian-inspired décor.
Recommended Villa: We recommend Villa Muthee for those craving sanctuary from a fast paced world. Muthee, pearl in the local Dhivehi language, is a one of its kind stay – stunning vistas, gorgeous interiors and the quiet and seclusion honeymooners dream of.
9. Soneva Kiri Koh Kood, Thailand
The Soneva Kiri estate is so huge you need an electric buggy to explore it. Whether you want to hang around in the Observatory hidden in the trees or cuddle up to your love in the giant outdoor movie theatre, the resort is a treat for all the senses. There’s gourmet dining in a tree pod – you’re hoisted up gently into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforests. Or you can indulge in the food of the gods at So Chocoholic, a room filled with every sort of chocolate confectionery. Or take a boat to the al fresco, lantern-lit restaurant, The Benz, hidden in the mangroves on a scenic river.
Recommended Suite: The Beach Pool Villa Suite is perfectly set up to lull you into bliss. Sink into one of the cushioned day beds and sun loungers around your private freeform swimming pool in the beachside gardens. Shower by starlight, in your own outdoor bathroom, hidden in a jungle of elephant-ear palms and other lush green camouflage. Then slip between the organic cotton sheets on the pillow-topped king-sized bed of your sea-facing luxury master bedroom.
10. Kanha National Park, Banjaar Tola Lodge - a Taj Safaris Hotel
Sprawled over a generous 90-acre private concession, overlooking the heart of Kanha National Park, the Banjaar Tola, a Taj Safaris lodge hotel, boasts two elegant camps of nine suites each with access to a lavish tented guest area. The guest area features a magnificent swimming pool, dining decks on the river, a library, an interpretive space and a Safari Shop. Naturalists at the resort have been trained by the Taj’s African Partners & Beyond and their experience with wildlife will be evident when they accompany you as guides on exciting game drives. These game drives are run twice a day in specially modified Tata 4x4, open top vehicles.