You don’t need to go to the other side of the world for a relaxing honeymoon in beautiful surroundings – not when Nicole Conner has found seven chic getaways all within easy reach of Scotland
Coral Beach Hotel & Resort, Cyprus
Fronted by 300 metres of sandy shores, the Coral Beach Hotel and Resort is a winner for newlyweds seeking relaxation in a gorgeous setting. Many of the rooms and suites enjoy mountain and sea views, and with five bars (including one by the pool and another on the beach), you can watch the fiery sunsets with a tipple in hand. Excursions include wine tours and a day-trip to the breathtaking Akamas peninsula where you may spot Loggerhead turtles in the glittering Mediterranean sea.
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Villa Nai 3.3, Dugi Otok, Croatia
Nestled on the island of Dugi Otok, close to Zadar on the Croatian mainland, the eight-bedroom Villa Nai 3.3 is carved into the hillside and surrounded by olive groves, so privacy is guaranteed. Perfect for both weddings (it can sleep up to 16 people) and honeymoons, you can enjoy a laid-back lifestyle as you soak up the sun, splash in the pool and stroll the beaches at this romantic hideaway.
Lindos Grand, Rhodes, Greece
Lindos Grand Resort and Spa is a dream destination on the Greek island of Rhodes. Perched above Vlycha Bay on the east coast, the hotel blends into the serene hillside. Many of the bedrooms have panoramic sea views, and honeymooners looking for some alone time are in luck – nab yourself a suite with a private swim-up infinity pool. Foodies are also in for a treat: the hotel has four restaurants, including the fine-dining Thalatta which serves Greek delicacies with a modern twist.
Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy
Looking for a relaxing honeymoon destination that’s a winning blend of glamour and natural beauty? Try the enchanting island of Capri, one of the jewels of southern Italy. Punta Tragara is a chic boutique hotel that overlooks the iconic Faraglioni rocks. Take a dip in the infinity pool looking out to sea, enjoy fine dining in the hotel’s two restaurants, and end the evening watching the sunset with a drink in hand at the cocktail bar.
Domaine des Etangs, France
Couples seeking tranquillity should look no further than Domaine des Etangs, a spectacular 2,500-acre private estate in Massignac, south-western France. There is an art gallery, a gourmet restaurant, a floating lakeside tennis court (yes, you read that right) and vintage cars to transport you around. Why not book a private woodland picnic complete with blankets, lanterns and a fire pit for you and your new spouse? Or, if you’re up for something even more romantic, try a candlelit dinner in the atmospheric wine cellars.
Zafiro Palace Andratx, Mallorca
In a secluded corner of western Mallorca, the Zafiro Palace Andratx is a five-star all-inclusive hotel that has something for everyone: catch some rays at the sky pool (or hide away in your own private rooftop mini pool where you can enjoy a luxurious floating breakfast), spend a day golfing on the 18-hole course, or take a stroll to the nearby harbour town to immerse yourself in the local culture. This is a luxurious escape where you’ll be properly pampered.
Regent Porto, Tivat, Montenegro
When you’re deep in the stress of wedding planning, console yourself with the thought of honeymooning at a luxe hotel with a spa where your equilibrium will be restored. The Regent Porto Montenegro hotel, in the scenic beach town of Tivat, will tick all your boxes: its spa has a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath, and offers treatments such as the Adriatic Breeze, a deep tissue and head massage.