A romantic honeymoon after your wedding is something every newly married looks forward to. There is no better way to start your marriage together than by going away with your spouse and spending time together in an amazing location far from “normal life”.
In addition, most of us would be willing to pay a little bit extra for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Nonetheless, as the final expense of your wedding, you’ll want your money to buy the experience you are looking for. So just exactly what should you look for in a honeymoon hotel? Here are our suggestions:
The perfect location
Choose a place that allows for breathtaking experiences and remarkable views. Think dinners in unique locations reserved for just the two of you, rim-flow pools that open onto endless horizons, and the chance to relax in peaceful, restorative nature following your busy wedding schedule.
Start making married memories together by curating unforgettable experiences. Consider a location that offers a variety of activities you can do together such as kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. You might also enjoy a sunset yacht cruise or a speedboat trip in search of whales. If you’re particularly adventurous look for a place where you can hike or mountain bike as a couple on your honeymoon.
It goes without saying that you’ll need a romantic suite for your honeymoon. Think comfortably big beds, white fluffy linens, en-suites and rooms with views of the mountains or water and a couples tub or a large walk in shower that looks out onto nature. Some hotels also offer special services for honeymooners such as a free bottle of wine or champagne on arrival, snack plates, and special turndown services (do resist flower petals that look so pretty in pictures but stain white linens). Book accommodation where you can talk to the establishment about extras that will make your stay special.
Your honeymoon is the perfect time to treat yourself to delicious food and desserts. Perhaps you were too busy to taste the food at your wedding? Now is your chance to enjoy long meals, good wines and great conversations, remembering your wedding day and planning your future together. Look for a place with a private chef so that you can request meals crafted specifically to your needs. You can also consider a place with flexible dining and an all day food service to dine where you want, when you want. Breakfast delivered to your room, snacks poolside, a beach picnic, or cheese and wine fireside. Your honeymoon can be full of unforgettable dining experiences.
You might want to begin downloading your wedding photos and be reminded about special moments. You might like to stay in touch with your family and friends or, if you are one of those busy, organised people, you can even get ahead on your thank you messages. Think about booking a place that has unlimited WiFi easily accessible.
Your honeymoon is the last chance you’ll have to really relax as a new couple before the realities of life are knocking. This is the moment to enjoy unplanned hours and to linger in each other’s company. Look for somewhere with a pool and jacuzzi where you can enjoy peaceful time together as a couple with nothing better to do and nowhere else to be. If you like to be pampered look for a place that has a spa or can deliver a relaxing couple’s massage in your room or outdoors.
All of this and more is on offer when you plan a honeymoon to Alkira Lodge in Knysna. Contact us to start planning your perfect honeymoon today.