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Beach, Please

  • Published at 05:26 pm December 22nd, 2018
Honeymoon Destinations
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Stunning beach locations for honeymooners

After dealing with the crowds of relatives, the hours of smiling for the camera, sitting pretty in uncomfortable finery, the honeymoon getaway starts to feel like a necessity to start the newly minted marriage off on the right foot. There are options galore these days, even with the dreaded green passport, but there’s nothing quite like a beach destination to wash away the stress of the wedding. Here are three amazing visa free locations for couples wanting a romantic, relaxing experience.

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The budget option: Bali, Indonesia

This is the perfect destination if you want a great beach holiday on a budget. The island of Bali is teeming with gorgeous beaches, stunning temples, and a diverse array of sight-seeing options to choose from. From coffee tasting, to great art purchases, trekking, spas galore, you won’t have a boring moment. 

Traveller’s tip: If you’re looking for some serious RnR, look for accommodation somewhere other than Kuta Beach.

Where to stay: Legian is the perfect trifecta of fabulous beach, budget hotels and nightlife options, so you’d want to look at places in that area.

What to eat: Their nasi goreng (fried rice) is incredibly similar to our Bangla Chinese, and worth a try. If you’re staying near the beach, you can’t not try their mouthwatering BBQ seafood. The bebek goreng/bebek betutu (fried/smoked duck) is also a delicious option to try.

What to do: You’ll be swamped with activity options, so plan ahead. From temple visits to coffee tasting, from waterfalls to volcanoes, batik painting to silver craft, there’s a little bit of everything, spread out all over the island. It pays to rent a car and book beforehand so you can maximize your stay there. 

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The luxe getaway: Maldives

This one’s a pricier option, but definitely worth it for those looking for some serious pampering. Book a weekend in your choice of beach or water villas over the turquoise waters of the Indian ocean, and make memories you’ll never forget.

Where to stay: Since tourism is the lifeblood of this tiny archipelago nation, you’ll be spoilt for options for swanky resorts on tiny islands.  The Aadaran Club Rannalhi is a personal favourite.

What to eat: It’s best to book an all-inclusive stay when you’re booking the hotel, so you’re covered for three meals and a snack, although you’d have to pay extra for alcohol. The resorts usually offer a huge variety in their buffet meals so you’re bound to be satisfied. 

What to do: The idea behind a Maldives getaway is to relax, so there’s plenty of swimming, sunbathing, and chilling on a hammock in the most idyllic settings. Most of the resorts offer some water sports options, boat tours and dolphin watching. 

The great escape: SeychellesPhoto: Matthew Brodeur

If you’re willing to pay for paradise, look no further than Seychelles. You won’t find prettier beaches anywhere else. This tiny collection of islands (in the Indian Ocean) off the east coast of Africa is the closest thing you’ll find to heaven on earth.

Where to stay: There are several luxury resorts dotting the Beau Vallon beach on Mahe island, but if you want to be a little economical, you can even try some of the holiday BnB’s. Be warned, though, even the “budget” options can set you back quite a bit.

What to eat: If you’re thinking of sampling local Seychellois fare, you’ll want to give the Creole food a try. The top recommended place to try this is at the Marie Antoinette restaurant, which provides mouth watering samplings of their traditional fare. Grilled fish, fresh fruits, and satini salads are also worth a try.

What to do: If you actually think you’ll get bored of the stunning beaches and swimmable waters, book a day trip to Victoria, their capital, where you can check out the Selwn-Selwyn Clarke market, the clock tower, which is something of a national monument, the beautiful colonial buildings of the government, the Botanical Gardens, and Takamaka Brewery. Seychelles is also home to the oldest tortoises in the world, so grab a chance to feed these ancient creatures. For even more beach vistas, you can book a day cruise to nearby Praslin and La Digue islands.