5 things you need to know about planning a luxury honeymoon

You’ve made the proposal, set the date for your dream wedding and now your thoughts are turning to planning the perfect luxury honeymoon.

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

Here’s our guide to ensuring your honeymoon is the luxury holiday of a lifetime.

1. Your honeymoon will be more special if you choose it together

We all have different ingredients for a perfect holiday so make sure that together you pick somewhere that meets both your needs. If one of you dreams of lying on a beach with a good book but the other prefers something more active then pick a hotel or resort which offers a range of activities. When choosing a resort try and incorporate your own and your new spouse’s passions – keen golfers might enjoy a few rounds on the championship golf course at Constance Le Prince Maurice while foodies may enjoy a Mauritian cookery class in the hotel’s world-class kitchens.

2. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time

You may have the image of the perfect honeymoon in your head with white sand beaches, candle-lit beach dining and romantic, secluded luxury accommodation but finding the reality can take time. Have a list of things which you and your partner want from your honeymoon and then search that criteria.

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

3. It’s worth checking the weather conditions for the time of year you plan to travel

Weather can never be guaranteed but if you’re travelling long haul it’s always worth checking out what the season is going to be in your dream destination. While the Indian Ocean provides year-round warmth and sunshine there are seasonal variations which could be important if you’re planning activities. Those dreaming of diving the largely unexplored waters of Madagascar or watching the stunning display of humpback whales will need to plan their visit from June to November. Big game fishing enthusiasts would want to be in Mauritius from October to April. For those who dream of swimming with Manta Rays the Maldives from December to March would be a ideal time.

4. It is the extras which make a luxury honeymoon special

A honeymoon is about making memories that will last a lifetime so make sure that you take advantage of the special extras 5* hotels and resorts can offer. Book a trip to your own desert island in the Maldives at Constance Halaveli, have a sensual couple’s massage followed by champagne at Constance Lémuria or a lobster dinner at Constance Belle Mare Plage. All our resorts offer delicious fine-dining brought and served to you in the privacy of your own villa. You can even get your friends and family involved – Constance’s Online Gifts service means loved ones can gift you special moments to make your honeymoon extra special.

A romantic stroll along the beach

A romantic stroll along the beach

5. Letting the resort know you’re on honeymoon will make a big difference

Don’t be shy, the staff at luxury hotels and resorts want to help make your honeymoon the holiday of your dreams so make sure you let them know. If you book your honeymoon on the phone then it’s worth mentioning when you book that it’s a special occasion and we’ll try and ensure you get some added extras to help you celebrate. If you prefer to book online then let us know via our Online Concierge service.

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The best piece of honeymoon advice you'll ever been given

Luxury honeymoon suite on stilts - Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

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What’s the best piece of honeymoon advice you’ve ever been given?

We asked our Twitter followers what they felt the best honeymoon tips and advice for newly-weds was  – and some experts in honeymoons and people who have already had their honeymoons offered their advice.

As experts in providing luxury honeymoons in Mauritius, the Maldives, Madagascar and the Seychelles ourselves, we’ve also given you some of our top tips for planning your dream honeymoon in an earlier blog post.

We’d love to hear which bits of advice below you think are most pertinent – and why not leave a comment with your own tips and advice for people planning their once-in-a-lifetime luxury honeymoon?

@Amanda_Statham on Twitter said:

  • always catch sunset (most romantic part of day)
  • get your luggage delivered to your hotel
  • tell everyone you meet you’re honeymooners (you’ll get great service and freebies)
  • don’t get badly burnt on 1st day (it’s not sexy!)

@honeymoonsblog says:

  • Use a honeymoon gift list and let your friends and family contibute towards the cost of your honeymoon,” while @thehoneymoonpro suggest you should “start off by deciding on your budget – the last thing you want to do is worry about money on your honeymoon.

All great advice. @TurquoiseUK’s top tip was:

  • Decide on your honeymoon together! Make sure it’s what both of you are looking for.

Building on this theme, @joyologie suggests the following:

  • The one thing I always tell my couples is to really go someplace the two of you have never been before — make it a completely new experience for both of you.  That way it’s a special place and has special meaning for both the bride and groom, without the bride being able to also say she was there prior to the honeymoon. I also say, you only have one honeymoon, so make it count.  Go someplace you really want to go and figure out how to get there.  And that includes hotels as well.  Pamper yourself.  Maybe on future trips together you don’t need to spend so much, but it’s a honeymoon — go big!

Here at Constance Hotels Experience, we couldn’t agree more, @joyolgoie.

@MBDP_Tawsha on Twitter collected the following advice for honeymooners:

  • Do exactly what you want! That is the only thing about a wedging that is strictly just about the two of you.
  • Go big! Make your guests at the wedding eat finger foods instead of a 5 course meal if it’ll get you someplace fantastic for your honeymoon :)

And this pearl from @pugetsounddj: “Tradition shows it’s good luck to bring your DJ…”

@lexirob who didn’t manage to take a honeymoon at all told @MBDP_Tawsha:

  • Take one, even if it’s not a week long, tropical destination. Go somewhere together and enjoy your time! We never got to :(

Last but not least, @NickSavageIMT on Twitter said: “Stay at the Le Prince Maurice – thats all you need to do.”

Ah, thanks Nick – we couldn’t agree more, although we’re a little biased, it’s true.

What do you think the most important tip for prospective honeymooners is? Leave a comment below.

Top tips for planning your dream honeymoon

If you’re planning the perfect honeymoon, read our top 10 honeymoon tips for a successful dream break.

Before you go…

1. Location, location, location

Constance Ephilia Hotel Resort Seychelles - location shot

Luxury honeymoon location: Ephilia Hotel Resort, Seychelles

One of you loves the sun, luxury swimming pools and relaxing massages, the other enjoys diving, fine foods and exclusive bars and clubs.

Remember, your honeymoon destination needs to work for both of you. Luxury and exclusivity can take many different forms but the first and most important honeymoon tip is to choose where you go together.

Top honeymoon tip: make a list of ideal, dream destinations separately and then see if any of your ideas match.

2. Let an expert help you

The internet has made finding and booking that luxury honeymoon that bit easier and you might want to do it all yourself. But it’s always worth remembering that there are experts out there who can help. It’s a once in a lifetime holiday you’re planning, so using a travel agent or a consultant from a luxury resort might be worthwhile.

Top honeymoon tip: if you’re struggling with co-ordinating flight and hotel bookings with excursions and honeymoon activities, get professional advice to take some of the pressure off.

3. Plan your relaxation, excursions and luxury pampering in advance

constance hotels Spa

Planning a luxury poolside spa holiday?

You probably don’t want to plan too much – it is your honeymoon, after all. But scheduling in some key activities in advance can take the stress out of things.

You’re on your honeymoon – you’ll want to spend every breathing moment together, right? Actually, it’s a great idea to plan a little time apart, too. Having a massage while your husband or wife enjoys some ‘me time’ with a book will give you both a bit of relaxing space and something to look forward to – your reunion.

Top honeymoon tip: plan and book little luxuries and trips in advance – both together and separately.

While you’re there…

4. Eat well, drink well and don’t feel guilty about it

Luxury food hotel resort

Excellent food is all part of the luxury experience

If you’re planning a luxury honeymoon, remember that the luxury extends to all elements of your holiday, not just your location.

If you’re visiting a honeymoon resort, they will provide food and drink to die for – don’t feel guilty about it, dive in and enjoy everything they have to offer. Sample local cuisine, eat the luxury truffles and pastries and drink the champagne without guilt – it’s your honeymoon.

Top honeymoon tip: indulge without guilt!

5. Take lots of photographs

You’ve paid a fortune for an exclusive honeymoon of a lifetime – don’t forget to document it . Take lots and lots of photographs.

Top honeymoon tip: ask other people to take photographs of you together – you’ll cherish these when you look back on your honeymoon together.

6. Remember to pamper each other

Remember to pamper yourself and each other. Find out what your honeymoon resort or location offers in the way of pampering, but remember that pampering isn’t only about the luxuries you can pay for.

Your honeymoon will probably be somewhere extraordinary, so remember to enjoy it together. Take a beach walk at sunset, have breakfast by the sea, enjoy cliff top walks while discussing your future together, your hope and dreams.

Top honeymoon tip: remember that massages can also be a private pampering experience, so pack some oil and pamper each other in the privacy of your own room.

7. Tell everyone you’re on your honeymoon

You’ll be surprised at the extra special service you’ll get when people realise you’re on your honeymoon.

As a newly married couple, you could enjoy provide free champagne, food or other exclusive treats and discounts.

Top honeymoon tip: tell everyone you’re on honeymoon – you’re allowed to be proud of each other and you never know what extra luxuries you might get as a result.

8. Forget about everyone and everything at home

Just for once, forget about family, friends and work back at home. This is about the two of you and your new life together.

Top honeymoon tip: Enjoy yourself and each other and live in the moment.

9. Don’t let sunburn spoil things

One sensible suggestion to make sure you make the most of each other and your once in a lifetime honeymoon – remember your suncream. Sunburn can mean being touched is agonising. Is that what you want on your honeymoon?

Top honeymoon tip: Use high factor suncream, even if it looks overcast.

10. Allow some time back at home before you go back to work

If it’s possible, allow a few days to readjust when you get back home from honeymoon. If you have to go back to work straight away, your luxury break might seem like a distant memory all too soon.

Top honeymoon tip: Book a couple of extra days to enjoy being home together before the real world starts up again.