Travel & Outdoors

Just you two

Just you two

When all is said and done, and your special day has come and gone, a beautiful break away to celebrate the huge step you’ve just taken is imperative. We asked the team at Flight Centre Ballito to give us some of their hottest honeymoon suggestions.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of those places that makes it easy to forget the rest of the world, which is exactly what you want to do when on honeymoon. Think powder-white sand, palm-fringed beaches, bright turquoise waters and the most extraordinary sunsets . . . Laze about or take long strolls on the beach, go snorkelling and scuba-diving, sip on cocktails and feast on freshly prepared seafood. Heaven. Just off the Tanzanian coast, Zanzibar consists of two larger islands, Zanzibar Island (Unguja) and Pemba, and several smaller islands. Unguja is only 85km long and 30km wide, which makes it easy to explore. You can also go on several day trips from just about anywhere.

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The North-East coast is one of the best areas for diving and snorkelling, with the most beautiful reefs around Mnemba island, about 1km offshore. Some snorkelling day trips include a stop on an island where a seafood lunch is freshly prepared while you explore the area. Take time to wander the streets of Stone Town, the old part of capital Zanzibar City. The beauty is in the detail – cobbled streets, coral-stone buildings with unusual window arches and beautifully carved wooden doors.

Thailand

Whether you are newlyweds on a happy honeymoon adventure or a couple in need of a break, Thailand offers plenty of romance. The Land of Smiles is friendly, exotic and rich in culture and history, with great food!

Idyllic sandy beaches and cerulean blue seas are set off against the golden hues of shining temples and lush, green tropical forests. No matter where you go, you will be surrounded by scenic, sensual beauty and smiles.

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Go kayaking in the Andaman Sea, scale the sea cliffs at Krabi, go kite boarding at the pretty seaside town of Hua Hin, or do a scuba diving course off the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand, with a chance to spot whale sharks. You can also indulge in a traditional Thai massage – there are plenty of spa packages for couples on offer –  visit ancient temples or enjoy a taste of Bangkok’s frenetic vibe, markets and upmarket shopping and a boat trip on the city’s Chao Phraya river.

Mauritius

Whether it’s the expansive beaches or the cultural melange that gets you, Mauritius is an ideal honeymoon escape. This tiny island off the east coast of Madagascar has long been a romantic getaway, and is well prepared to offer the utmost luxury and service, coupled with exclusive seclusion. Mauritius is a gorgeous conflation of cultures, where French meets African, Indian and Chinese, making for fascinating markets, architecture and cuisine. Mauritius is well known for its beautiful white beaches and tranquil lagoons, glamorous nightlife and luxury hotels.

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Escape to a secluded glade in the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere – Pamplemousses. Hike, kayak, snorkel or just relax in the warm sunshine and welcoming joie de vivre of island life. For those who want something unusual, there’s the wonder of the multi-coloured clay of Chamarel Park and the beautiful crashing waves and volcanic cliffs at Souillac. If you are intrepid, walk to the off-the-beaten-track Rochester Falls, where the falling curtain of water makes a romantic backdrop to a cooling swim.

Bali

Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods, is a true Eden. The Indonesian island offers pristine beaches, forested volcanic mountains, vividly coloured coral reefs and a general sense of wellbeing. With pretty shrines and offerings dotted around, Bali offers picturesque picture opportunities around every corner.

The island is renowned for its many wellness, meditation and yoga retreats and wide range of accommodation – from upmarket resorts to villas – and there is plenty to do.

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For lively nightlife, head to the beachside town of Kuta, or choose to be indulged in Seminyak and Kerobokan with their luxury hotels, lavish lifestyles and high-end shopping. Otherwise, chill at the small island of Nusa Lembongan known for its snorkeling, or enjoy sundowners and fresh seafood while the sun sets over iconic Jimbaran bay. At the cultural heart of Bali is pretty Ubud in the uplands of Bali, with its beautiful rice paddies, holistic wellness centres, markets and spiritual attractions.

Greece

The cerulean sky matches the translucent blue of the sea. The streets are filled with gregarious voices and the aroma of grilling souvlaki, strong coffee and spicy sweets. It’s Greece, ancient and hopelessly romantic, where time is slow and sun-bleached temples are everywhere. The seas are warm, the beaches small and secluded at the bottom of white cliffs. Thousands of tiny, welcoming islands dot the sea, each perfect for a honeymoon getaway. There’s glamorous Santorini, where the Elafonisi beach stretches for miles, the medieval mecca of Rhodes, and Mykonos, with its mix of stylish nightlife and beaches with adventure sports.

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The island of Zakynthos is where mother nature outdoes herself. It’s also the place to go if music is the food of your love.

Cruises

Cruises provide everything you need for a memorable and enjoyable honeymoon . . . after all, what’s more romantic than sailing away aboard a luxury ocean liner with your beloved at your side? Not only does cruising offer you great value for money, exciting activities, exotic destinations, a wonderful choice for romance and relaxation, and fabulous dining options, but it also provides the ultimate in convenience. With a variety of packages to choose from, you’ll surely find the perfect one for you. Flight Centre offers domestic cruises (from Durban to Cape Town or Portuguese Island off Mozambique) as well as cruises to Alaska, the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Middle East regions.

From accommodation and food to entertainment and pamper sessions, decide what exactly you want from your honeymoon and book a cruise holiday that suits your needs. Flight Centre has plenty of options available, so speak to one of our travel experts if you’re looking for the perfect honeymoon cruise.

Get In Touch
Flight Centre Ballito: The Ballito Junction Regional Mall / 032 946 3058 / sandra.raw@flightcentre.co.za

 

Get It Magazine (Ballito/Umhlanga) August 2017


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