based: London, UK
Tailor-made holidays to over thirty destinations worldwide, from a flexible, independent travel company. The Holiday Place can organise transport, tours and accommodation to suit suit personal preferences and budgets. Check them for multi-centre holidays, all-inclusive family trips, couples breaks, cruises, safaris, honeymoons, activity breaks, scuba diving, fishing and golf holidays.
| tailor-made | sightseeing | golf | diving/snorkelling | animals/safari | lake & river cruises | ocean cruises | sea fishing/angling | wedding/honeymoon | family | Worldwide |
Specialist Mauritius weddings and honeymoons on the paradise island of Mauritius. They can arrange and plan a wedding or renewal of vows, as well as Mauritius honeymoons in the sun.
| wedding/honeymoon | Mauritius |
Signature African Safaris
based: West Sussex, UK
Go on a safari in Africa with Signature African Safaris – including tailor-made and small group trips to Botswana, Namibia, Malawi and many more beautiful destinations. Also special interest holidays including birdwatching, diving and honeymoon trips.
| animals/safari | birdwatching | wedding/honeymoon | diving/snorkelling | Botswana | Malawi | Mozambique | Namibia | Congo | Tanzania | Zambia | Seychelles |
South America Odyssey
based: London, UK
Tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to the South and Central America. South America Odyssey specialises in itineraries to Latin America including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.
| tailor-made | animals/safari | walk/trek/hike | trekking peaks | diving/snorkelling | horse/pony trekking | sailing (large boat/sail ship) | wedding/honeymoon | family | South America |
based: London, UK
Tailor-made Tanzanian safaris and honeymoons. Tanzania Odyssey specialises in remote safaris to Selous, Ruaha, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire, and beach breaks to the Indian Ocean islands including Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.
| animals/safari | walking/trekking safaris | aerial safaris | horseback safaris | diving/snorkelling | wedding/honeymoon | family | Tanzania |
based: Surrey, UK
African safaris and beach holidays – Travel Butlers are specialists in tailor-made safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia; and beach holidays to Indian Ocean islands including Zanzibar, Mauritius and the Seychelles.
| animals/safari | photographic safaris | walking/trekking safaris | horseback safaris | diving/snorkelling | wedding/honeymoon | wine | South Africa | Kenya | Tanzania | Namibia | Mauritius |
True Luxury Travel
based: London, UK
Luxury, bespoke holidays in Africa, Asia and Australia, aiming to create unforgettable experiences at transparent prices. True Luxury Travel cater for families, couples and groups and offer a wide range of itineraries including multi-activity holidays canoeing and sailing trips, safaris, fly-fishing, Himalayan helicopter tours, sightseeing trips, honeymoons and beach holidays.
| tailor-made | animals/safari | sightseeing | multi-activity | sailing (large boat) | helicopter | family | wedding/honeymoon | group | Australia | Africa | Asia |
TUI Featured Site
Luxury honeymoons and holidays; spoil yourselves – upgrade your stay, share a his-and-hers massage, taste a 5-course dinner, swim an infinity pool and enjoy a world-class spa. TUI offer a collection of luxury holidays and honeymoons to a host of destinations globally.
| wedding/honeymoon | Worldwide |
based: Bristol, UK
Tailor-made luxury holidays to Africa and Asia, specialising in active family holidays, luxury honeymoons and safari holidays, and trips combining world class game viewing with beautiful beaches. Wayfairer offer totally bespoke travel itineraries designed by luxury travel experts, with great attention to detail, local knowledge and exacting logistical management.
| tailor-made | animals/safari | walk/trek/hike | trekking peaks | honeymoon | family | Africa | Asia |
Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel & Spa
based: West Sussex, UK
Set among beautiful landscaped woodland in Sussex, Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel and Spa offers a variety of services including beauty treatments, accommodation, weddings, functions and much more. There is a comprehensive range of facilities for guests to enjoy, including an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym and multiple tennis courts.
| spa | massage | tennis | romantic | wedding/honeymoon | valentine | England |
based: Prague, Czech Republic
Romantic and affordable weddings in the Czech Republic. Packages include Cathedrals, castles and châteaux.
| wedding/honeymoon | Czech Republic |
Stella & Moscha
based: Santorini, Greece
Romantic Greek island weddings; venues from windmills to beaches; traditional Greek or conventional ceremonies.
| wedding/honeymoon | Greece |
Planning the Honeymoon
For many couples the honeymoon is the trip of a lifetime, as well as being a well-earned chance to relax after, probably, months of wedding preparations. But the task of planning the trip (on top of planning the wedding!) can be stressful and this is a very good reason to ask an expert for advice! Most of the travel companies listed in this section are specialists at organising honeymoons, they'll help reduce the stress, offer up destination ideas, let you know the best places to pursue a particular activity and have a handle on offers and deals for newlyweds.
Starting the planning
The first stage of honeymoon planning is often the hardest – deciding on where you want to go, the things you want to do when you get there and, of course, how much you want to spend. One of the most important things is to spend time planning your dream honeymoon together to ensure your choices will satisfy you both, don't assume you know exactly what your partner wants, especially when it come to the most important holiday of your life. It can be easy to get so caught up in the intricacies of sorting out the wedding that the honeymoon takes a bit of a secondary place; but the wedding will be over in a day, the honeymoon is likely to be at least a week long (often longer) and is likely to linger in your memory for longer too.
Destination or style first?
One way of getting your planning going is to start with the choice of destination, choose a place both you and your fiancée/fiancé have always wanted to go to and build from there, be it Africa, Japan, the Caribbean or even the Antarctic! The other way to start is to start with the style of trip you're after, and then see what destinations could work with that – ask yourselves if you want it sporty, relaxing or cultural; if you fancy a cruise, a beach holiday, a safari, a spa break, or a winter ski trip? You might well want a combination of several of these too. Do you want total luxury, or are you happy with a something more practical at a better price. Do you want it full-on 'romantic' with four poster beds, strewn rose petals, with champagne at every turn? Do you want the simplicity of an all-inclusive honeymoon resort, or do you want to go off-the-beaten track to the wilder corners of the world?
Professional honeymoon planning help or DIY?
Once you've got an idea of what you're after that's the time to talk to the professionals, the travel companies listed in this section» who'll be able to offer advice, make suggestions, do the bookings and come up with the things you haven't even thought of! The alternative is a do-it-yourself honeymoon, perfectly feasible in this Internet age and easy enough if you have the time to do the research and hunt for the best offers. If you're after an activity focused honeymoon then take a look at the rest of Travel-Quest's huge directory» of specialist travel operators covering almost every activity under the sun!
One last honeymoon option is the minimoon; a short getaway, probably somewhere reasonably close, for a long weekend or a short break. If your budget and/or time restraints mean an exotic destination is out of the question then a short, luxury 'mini-moon' could be the answer – and is often better than a disappointing mediocre, but longer, trip. Couples can always have a longer, more conventional, honeymoon later if they wish! Check out our Romantic Breaks section» for mini-moon ideas.
Our article offering a host of suggestions for the perfect romantic break or couples holiday is a great source of ideas for honeymoon destinations (or even the wedding itself) – it's particularly useful for mini-moons, when a couple are looking for a shorter trip, but somewhere with special meaning. So if you're seeking a romantic destination use this page to inspire long weekends, city breaks, short holidays and packages – it includes destinations with love story links, a selection of the top romantic cities and romance travel for the senses.
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