How To Plan The perfect Honeymoon
It’s your honeymoon; the beginning of your happy ever after, the ultimate romantic escape and your chance to relax together for the first time as Mr & Mrs in the after-glow of your wedding day. With decades of experience planning award-winning honeymoons, here’s our insider guide on to how to plan your perfect first holiday as newlyweds, and avoid the common pitfalls that can occur.
Use a honeymoon expert
This isn’t an ordinary trip away. It’s the holiday you want to get just right. Rather than wading through the thousands of enticing options online, or trying to book hotels, dinners and experiences yourself, use the knowledge & services of a luxury travel or honeymoon expert. Not only do they have their hands on the pulse, and are able advise on the perfect destinations and experiences to suit you, they have access to the best rates at the finest hotels and the bargaining power for room upgrades and special inclusions that you might not get by yourself. They may even throw in secret gifts, such as hot-air balloon rides or private candle-lit dinners under the stars, and arrange those magical honeymoon touches that you might not know exist. Using a honeymoon expert will take the stress and unanswered questions out of your honeymoon planning, save you a lot of time (and often money) and allows you to relax and enjoy the countdown the most important day of your life.
You’ve seen pictures on Facebook & Instagram and heard about friend’s fabulous holidays. But what’s perfect for them might be completely wrong for you. Off-the-shelf, one size fits all packages are great for some, but your honeymoon expert will be able to plan a unique, bespoke itinerary that includes everything that you really want to see and do. Make your honeymoon that little bit different and exclusively yours.
Something to make you both happy
Often either the groom or the bride takes responsibility for the honeymoon planning but it’s important to include activities that you’ll both enjoy. If one of you is happiest soaking up the sun on the beach and the other more an adrenaline adventure-type then include both those features in your honeymoon. A 2-stop holiday, for example an exhilarating African safari in Kruger or the Serengeti followed by some barefoot beach time in Zanzibar, Mozambique or Mauritius, could be the perfect solution for both of you. Choosing 2-3 destinations allows some great contrasts, but avoid including too any destinations, as you need to give yourself time to relax.
It’s a busy and exciting time with wedding plans and family arrangements, but getting in early with your honeymoon planning and budgeting will allow your honeymoon expert to secure the perfect places for you at the best prices and really maximize your time and budget. Availability can be tight and prices can skyrocket if left until the last minute – so get your honeymoon booked in and leave ample for your honeymoon expert to sort out the finer details such as restaurant reservations, activities such as hot air-ballooning or helicopter flights.
Don’t necessarily go for the ‘deal’
Generally, you get what you pay for and going for the discount deal to save some bucks can often lead to you spending more money and time trying to make the best of a bad situation. Using a honeymoon expert won’t cost you a penny but you will benefit from their years of planning expertise and their expert advice & recommendations. Your honeymoon expert will be able to secure the best accommodation and experiences at the best value, without compromising on quality.
Built a relationship of trust
Your honeymoon expert, if you choose the right one, will become like a friend. They will get to know you well enough to be able to handpick the special magical inclusions that will add the cherry to your honeymoon cake. Are you arty? They’ll get tickets to an exclusive art exhibition happening whilst you are there. Foodie? They’ll arrange a candle-lit dinner at your destination’s finest restaurant or arrange a cookery class with the greatest local chefs. How about private game drives at sunset or bush banquets under the stars. No request is too big or small and they will be on hand throughout the planning process and your honeymoon to assist with your every question & concern.
Try something different; embrace the new
We see an increasing trend today for couples seeking to do something one-of-a-kind, out-of-the-ordinary on their honeymoon; think stand-up-paddle-boarding down the Okavango Delta in Botswana, or kayaking around the coast of Madagascar. These epic adventures certainly make for incredible stories to pass down to your grandchildren, but for the not quite so intrepid, your honeymoon is still an opportunity to experience something new and different together, such as sampling local fine wines, scuba diving or learning about local cultures or conservation initiatives. Why go abroad to experience the same things you have at home?
Africa&You has recently won the Luxury Lifestyle Award for Best Luxury Travel Company 2016 and set the benchmark for creating unforgettably romantic honeymoons in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Every honeymoon they create is different, tailored perfectly to each client’s wishes and expectations; fusing the finest wildlife adventures with barefoot beach luxury. Come along to stand D10 to chat honeymoons in Africa over a glass of champagne and the chance to win a one-of-a-kind holiday on the world’s most enchanting continent.www.africaandyou.com