The Rise of the Adventuremoon

The Rise of the Adventuremoon

A honeymoon is something all newlyweds look forward to. It’s a well-deserved break together after the stresses of wedding planning, and a chance to take some time to do exactly what you want to do.

For some, the idea of a honeymoon means lazy days on the beach and cocktails by the pool. While for others it’s a little more adventurous. Cue the rise of the adventuremoon. If you’re more sunset safaris than sunbathing, an adventuremoon will be right up your street. They are a great opportunity to tick a few things off your bucket list, so if you’ve always wanted to; zip line in Sri Lanka, hike in Peru or kayak in Fiji, your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to jump headfirst (quite literally) into it. So the hardest decision you’ll have to make is, where will your adventure begin?

If you need a little inspiration, here’s a few of our top picks:

Fiji

Fiji offers a true ‘adventure in paradise’ experience. If watersports are your thing, Fiji should be top of your list. If you’ve always wanted to swim with sharks, ride a jet ski or snorkel with tropical fish, why not do it in the crystal blue waters of the South Pacific?

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are the perfect place for couples who don’t like being in the same spot for too long. You can take a 6-day island hopping tour to explore the unique charm of each beautiful island. Spend the day at the Giant Tortoise wildlife reserve or take a private boat tour to spot the famous Galapagos penguins.

Peru

Peru has amazing tracks and trails that are a hiker’s dream. Whether you hire a bike or would rather walk, the landscape of Peru is simply spectacular. You can explore the ancient history of Machu Picchu with a 4-day adventure, or take a trip to the incredible Amazon jungle. A great insider tip is to visit the less well-known places, such as the stunning rainbow mountains or take a trek to the Lost City of Choquequirao, which will reward you with the most breath-taking views in Peru.

Cape Town

Cape Town offers phenomenal food, great shopping and a chance to really immerse yourself in local culture. Tours of the beautiful nature reserves are a must, and the ‘Big 5’ all day Safari is a unique chance to see amazing wildlife in their natural habitat. We’d also recommend taking a trip to the top of Table Mountain in a cable car, which slowly rotates so you get the best views from every angle.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is an adventure all of its own. You can be riding rollercoasters at Ferrari World by day and taking a moonlight cruise by night. Before starting the next day with some white water rafting and quad biking thrown in for good measure. One of the most popular excursions here is the all-day Desert Safari, which includes a camel ride, sandboarding and an amazing BBQ.

Feeling inspired?

After a day of amazing adventures, we wouldn’t expect you to come back to anything less than a luxury resort. At Luxus Travel, we pre-book all your adventures in advance. As well as, ensuring you have an amazing hotel to refuel and recharge, ready for the exciting days ahead. We have great connections with resorts all over the world, so get in touch today to book the adventuremoon of a lifetime.

6 of the Best Winter Honeymoons

6 of the Best Winter Honeymoons

Are you a newlywed looking to get away on a winter honeymoon?

There are so many different types of honeymoons; the mini-moon, the adventure-moon and the all-out blow-the-budget moon. Newlyweds have been jetting away for years and there’s no stopping it anytime soon.

We’ve got honeymoons to suit every type of customer. Whether it’s a safari in South Africa or a fly-and-flop in the Maldives, there are plenty of options for those looking to get away this winter. We’ve rounded up 6 of the best winter honeymoon destinations to inspire you.

Safari in South Africa

A honeymoon to South Africa is ideal for the adventurous honeymooners in search for the big five and winter sun. From private game reserves to world-class wineries and rich cultural cities, this African country is a favourite amongst newlyweds. We recommend combining a city stay with a safari in the Kruger National Park. What’s more, why not add on a beach stay in Mauritius for some relaxation.

Book it: A 13-night trip staying at Bantry Bay Suite Hotel in Cape Town (B&B), Elandela Private Game Reserve (full board), Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani in Durban (B&B) and Tamassa Mauritius (all-inclusive) starts from £3,399 per person in October, including flights and transfers.

Escape to Saint Lucia

sandals grande st lucian over water bungalows for winter honeymoon in saint lucia

Nothing beats Saint Lucia for a romantic escape, it’s the Caribbean’s most romantic island and a favourite amongst honeymooners. Thanks to it’s countless luxury resorts that take romance to the next level, it has become a hotspot amongst celebrities alike. Sandals Grande St Lucian is a couples-only resort offering the ultimate all-inclusive packages. Not to mention the Tahiti style Over-The-Water bungalows, a first for Saint Lucia. While Jade Mountain is perfect for those seeking the pinnacle of luxury. The stunning suites do away with the fourth wall, so you can wake up to the gentle breeze, take a dip in your private infinity pool looking over the soaring Pitons.

Book it: A week’s stay all-inclusive at Sandals Grande St Lucian starts at £1,994 per person, based on two sharing, including flights and transfers.

Tour Japan

With the Summer Olympics moved to 2021, it’s sure to be a hotspot for travellers. But it’s just as magical in winter – and you get to avoid all the hustle and bustle of the Olympic crowds. With glittering snow-capped mountains, hot springs steaming in the misty air, Japan truly is a bucketlist destination. While it might not be your typical ‘honeymoon’ destination, it’s a great option for couples wanting to explore and relax on an adventure-moon.

Book it: A 13-night Romantic Japan tour combines Tokyo, the Japanese Alps, Yudanaka Onsen, Kanazawa, Kyoto and more. The tour costs from £6,135 including flights, B&B accommodation, transfers, entry fees, a Japan Rail Pass and guides.

See the World on a Cruise

couple dining on their winter honeymoon onboard a celebrity cruise

For couples looking for a honeymoon with a difference, why not see the world on a cruise. You get to tick off several destinations in one hit and enjoy the luxury that awaits onboard. For an especially romantic itinerary, Celebrity Cruises’ Best of India and South Asia voyage it the ideal cruise for culture. The trip stops off in Singapore, Phuket, Colombo, Cochin, Goa and Mumbai with two nights in Dubai. For late December departures, it coincides with Dubai’s spectacular New Year’s Eve firework display.

Book it: The 15-night voyage from Singapore starts at £1,324 per person cruise-only, departing February. Based on two sharing an Oceanview Stateroom on Celebrity Constellation.

Discover the French Caribbean

The beautiful island of Saint Martin features a unique mix of cultures, marrying Caribbean, French and Dutch heritage. It is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations in the world, with pristine beaches all the way around the coastline. We recommend staying at the only all-inclusive resort on the French side of the island, Secrets St Martin Resort & Spa. This luxurious five-star adults-only resort recently opened in February 2020. It offers newlyweds a signature honeymoon package, which includes; cocktail breakfast in bed, a private beachfront dinner and two couples’ spa treatments.

Ultra-Luxe in the Maldives

The Maldives, without a doubt, is the best honeymoon destination in the world. It’s one of the most beautiful and romantic places on Earth. With each luxurious resort having its own private island, it gives you the feeling of pure bliss and the ultimate paradise island experience. We recommend the new, ultra-luxe resort that is VARU by Atmosphere for its extensive all-inclusive plan. The plan includes island activities, as well as speciality dining and a free spa treatment on selected stays.

Book it: A week’s stay at VARU by Atmosphere on the unique all-inclusive plan starts at £3,419, departing February, including flights.

Feeling inspired to book your Winter Honeymoon?

We take the time to get to know you – your likes and dislikes, so we can tailor-make the perfect honeymoon for you and your significant other.

Send us your winter honeymoon enquiry and we will work with you to create a honeymoon you will never forget.

Swimming with Sharks: The Best Places in the World

Swimming with Sharks: The Best Places in the World

When someone asks what you did today and you reply with “swam with sharks”, that makes you pretty cool. Sure, swimming with sharks isn’t for everyone – but if you weren’t interested you wouldn’t be reading this blog, right? So, I’ll assume that you’re looking to tick this one off your bucket list and experience getting up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.

We’ve listed a few places below where you can experience sharks in their natural habitat:

Fish Rock Cave, Australia

South West Rock Dive Centre is a family owned business and has been operating for over 40 years. So, they certainly know their Nurse Sharks from their Great White’s. It goes without saying that you need to be a confident swimmer to take part in any of these experiences. You’ll need an Open Water Certification at least to take part in a dive here. They offer daily guided double dives to the stunning Fish Rock, which has an amazing array of marine life and divers regularly see 20-30 sharks in one dive.

Gansbaai, South Africa

In the small village of Gansbaai, you’ll find ‘Great White Shark Tours’. They specialise in cage diving with, you guessed it – Great White Sharks. You’ll hop onboard the aptly named Apex Predator and travel through Shark Alley. Shark Alley is a channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. It has the largest population of ‘real life Jaws’ in the world, so a sighting is pretty much guaranteed. They also offer private tours if you would like a more exclusive experience. When booking any of these tours, it’s important that you book with a licensed tour operator, to make sure you’re supporting a legitimate and ethical company.

Tiger Beach, Bahamas

Tiger beach owes its name to the large population of Tiger sharks that call the waters surrounding it home. If you’re into photography, it’s one of the top spots in the world for photographing the Tiger shark. Thanks to the shallow waters and sand flats, locals have even named some of the most popular sharks, although we’re not sure ‘Princess’ quite fits the menacing reputation. You’re also likely to spot lemon sharks, dolphins, and lots of other fish species.

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

From June-September, hundreds of Whale sharks come to Isla Mujeres to feast on the Plankton and fish that gather in the warm Caribbean waters. Many of the diving schools have experienced guides that know how to locate them. Giving you the opportunity to get in the water with the world’s largest shark.  This experience is a little more family-friendly, as you can stay on the boat if you wish, although guests must be 10 or over to take part.

Beqa Lagoon, Fiji

This resort has developed their own shark diving area close to the resort known as the ‘Cathedral’. Using ethical sources, they have now created a habitat for hundreds of species of marine life, including; Lemon, Reef, Bull and Tiger Sharks are daily visitors. To dive freely here, you must be certified and have logged at least 30 dives. However, you can hire an instructor if you would like to progress. They encourage and educate all visitors to be respectful of nature and look after the sea the sharks call home. Seeing these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat is an amazing experience that you won’t be forgetting any time soon.

If you’re a thrill seeker at heart and want to find out more about any of these amazing places, just get in touch and Luxus Travel will be happy to help you get within touching distance of a Great White shark.

Discover the Wonders of Sri Lanka

Discover the Wonders of Sri Lanka

What’s the best way to describe Sri Lanka? The clue is in the title. The whole island is a colourful palette of magnificent scenery, amazing wildlife and a rich cultural history. The coast is lined with palm trees and beautiful beaches, while inland you’ll find quaint villages, sacred temples and over 20 national parks. It’s a tear-shaped gem in the Indian Ocean and is the perfect destination for couples and families who are looking for a luxury holiday with a cultural difference. It’s a truly spiritual island with an energy that will stay with you long after you leave.

When’s the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

The best time to visit will depend on which side of the island you decide to explore. Although it’s a fairly small island (about 4 times smaller than the UK), it’s certainly diverse – and the weather is no different.

Sri Lanka experiences two monsoon seasons on either side of the island so to avoid this, the West and South coast has the best weather between December and March, while the best weather on the East coast is from May to September. If you’re heading for the Central Hills, January to March are the months that see the most sunshine. Thanks to its close proximity to the equator, temperatures rarely dip below the 28°C mark, so while you can certainly leave the scarf and gloves at home, you may want to pack an umbrella. Whilst no one wants rain on holiday, we have the wetter months to thank for creating a stunning landscape of greenery that has to be seen to be believed.

How to make the most of your time

Whether you’re a sun worshipper or adventure seeker, Sri Lanka offers something for the everyone to enjoy. The diversity of the island is what makes it such a popular choice for seasoned travellers, and you’ll want to make the most of every second.

You can enjoy your morning cuppa at a tea plantation, visit one of the amazing temples in the afternoon, then take an evening hike to a stunning waterfall – it’s the perfect Sri Lankan day!

Animal lovers can take a safari at Yala National Park in the hopes of spotting a leopard, or take a whale watching boat tour at Dondra Head. The more adventurous can learn to surf, zip-wire through the forest or kayak through the tranquil waters of Samanalawewa reservoir. And we have to mention the food! Be sure to sample as much of the local cuisine as you can, and tantalise your taste buds with the fresh local produce and out of this world curries.

Where to go?

You should know by now that here at Luxus Travel, we take luxury accommodation very seriously. So, you can choose to stay in a range of opulent resorts or enjoy the luxury of your own private villa. The only choice you need to make is where on this beautiful island you’d like to explore, some of our favourites are:

Kandy

temple of the sacred tooth relic in kandy

Kandy is a large city and the home to most of the tea plantations on the island. You’ll also find the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic here, which is a UNENSCO world heritage site and is one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.

Ella

train in ella

With some of the most stunning waterfalls in the world as a backdrop, Ella a beautiful part of the island that’s not to be missed. A trip here wouldn’t be complete without experiencing in the famous train journey and seeing the island from a while new point of view.

Colombo

buddhas in colombo sri lanka

Colombo is more than just the gateway to the island; the capital city is on the West side of the island and showcases Sri Lankas’ cosmopolitan side. Take a tuk-tuk rude through the city, enjoy the delicious street food, or explore the Talangama Wetlands.

Galle

galle fort

You’ll find Galle in the South of the island and is a great place for beach lovers. If local history is more your thing visit Galle Fort, built by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Galle is also where you can see the traditional stilt fisherman at work.

Beruwala

beruwela beach in sri lanka

Beruwala offers a laid back vibe that’s perfect for people looking to get away from it all. The beaches are outstanding, and the friendly locals will welcome you with open arms. You can also enjoy the water sports, visit the bustling port or take a trip to the colonial lighthouse for a great photo opportunity.

No two holidays to Sri Lanka are the same, so to book your bespoke luxury adventure to Sri Lanka, get in touch today.

The Best Ethical Animal Sanctuaries Around the World

The Best Ethical Animal Sanctuaries Around the World

While there may be a few differences between us, humans and animals both call this big blue planet home. While most of us understand and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of these animals, there are those who see them as ‘things’ to exploit and make money. We take a look at the best ethical animal sanctuaries around the world…