By Noha Youssef
The honeymoon – an essential finale to the wedding. The custom of newlyweds departing for a romantic getaway trip after their wedding is de rigueur these days. This concept first originated in the 19th century in Great Britain; it was adapted from an old Indian tradition where upper-class Indian couples would take a bridal tour across the country to visit their relatives who had been unable to attend the wedding…
This tradition soon spread to the rest of Europe and throughout the world. For many couples the honeymoon is the trip of their lifetime as it cements their new relationship in a private setting. Not only will couples relive these memories for a lifetime, the love and romance established during these early days will remain etched upon their hearts forever.
Canada: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Who would have thought that freezing Canada can be one of the top places to spend your dream honeymoon? The Canadian Rockies contain some of the best and most spectacular scenery in the world, so for those who want to celebrate their marital love with a bit of adrenaline while enjoying the thrills of nature without ruining the romance, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the perfect destination.
Nestled in the middle of Banff National Park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, this amazing hotel is perfect for both summer and winter honeymoons. In the summer you will be dazzled by the majestic beauty of the scenery, the mountains, and the forested valley – you can enjoy hiking, mountain climbing, fishing and horseback riding. In winter, it is a snowy winter wonderland. It feels like you are in a Disney movie or a fanciful dream, the scenery is jaw-dropping spectacular. You can enjoy skiing, snowmobiling, and many other snow-related activities. Fine dining and glam shopping awaits you in the evenings, or you can simply unwind in a steamy Jacuzzi sipping on snowy vistas by moonlight.
Best for: Adventure seekers
Mexico: The One And Only Palmilla
Where else but on your honeymoon can you escape the pressures of life in unadulterated luxury? Show yourself and your new spouse some mutual love, and disappear in a private corner of serenity on the Pacific Ocean. The One and Only Palmilla resort lies on the tip of the famed Baja Peninsula in Cabos San Lucas.
Accessible only by a private jet or a yacht, this resort carries a lot of history between its beautiful walls together with the richness of the Mexican heritage. This combination makes it a vibrant experience for the beach and culture-loving couple. There is nothing like the warm, Mexican waters to wash away all your worries. Each private villa overlooks the ocean with its own private beaches, and the underwater spa treatments are not easy to describe in words…they’re sublimely relaxing.
After spending the morning and afternoon in pampered relaxation, get ready to salsa the night away to live Mariachi bands. Outstanding Mexican cuisine featuring regional dishes and international dishes will have you eagerly anticipating the next meal.
Best for: Sun and Sea seekers/Culture lovers
Egypt: The Dakhla Oasis, Al Tarfa Sanctuary lodge
This can easily be the trip of your lifetime, not only just your honeymoon. Located in the south, it is a mix of beauty and purity. Al Tarfa is an eco-friendly lodge and a boutique hotel sited in the Dakhla oasis, rated one of the best 100 hotels and resorts in the world. It is built with local, natural materials that depict Saharan architecture – the amazingly designed lounges and huge rich library full of rare books about the Arabian desert will keep you spellbound for hours.
The spacious suites are furnished with antique, classic French furniture in a tasteful style. Each suite has its own plunge pool inside and private garden with terraces and fireplaces. The lodge overlooks magnificent white desert dunes and, at the same time, lush, green fields – a perfect blend of desert and countryside in one panoramic vista. Indulge in a Thai massage, go horseback riding by moonlight, or enjoy a candle-lit, dinner in the pristine desert. Visits to the Pharaonic/ Persian temples, the ruins of Coptic cities and monasteries, the old mosques and the historic palaces can also be arranged.
Best for: Romantic adventure seekers