The Royal Wedding is upon us but what we all really want to know is where they will be heading for their honeymoon. Here are our suggestions for the newly married couple:
It is said they fell in love underneath the African sky so now they can go and celebrate their union in the same continent. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office lifted the travel advisory on Lamu Island earlier last year so it is ripe for visiting but without all the floods of honeymooners that Zanzibar receives. Lamu is a stunning, relaxed, Swahili town with UNESCO World Heritage status. Spend your days hopping out of the way of the wandering donkeys (no cars are allowed on the island) or watching the sunset from the brow of a dhow. The Peponi Hotel is considered the best place to stay on the island. This family run hotel has being going for 50 years, each individually designed room has an ocean view and the legendary bar is a favourite drinking spot for guests and islanders alike. Lamu is the perfect retreat for newlyweds to unwind.
The Nile, Egypt
A five star Nile Cruise encompasses views that have been unchanged for thousands of years, and allows for stopping every now and then for an overland excursion. The trip is a wonderful combination of absorbing culture, viewing animals and relaxing. Described by many as a truly romantic experience, a cruise on the River Nile takes you through the heart of one the world’s most ancient civilisations on the lifeblood of Eygpt. Conjuring up images of Anthony and Cleopatra (hopefully without the dire ending) you will be surrounded by historic temples, majestic monuments and cultural treasures while enjoying the culinary delights along the way.
Kingdom of Bhutan
This mysterious kingdom is on the Eastern edge of the Himalayas snuggled between India and China. Seventy percent of the country is forested which means there is an abundant amount of hiking, bird watching and flora spotting to be under taken. Predominately a Buddhist country you can discover ancient monasteries clinging to the cliff tucked away from the rest of the world or raft down the pristine glacier melted waters. It is definitely a once in a lifetime trip (unless you are a Prince), entry to the country requires that you pay $250.00 each day of your stay and if you are travelling as a couple there is an extra $40 a day charge (JCJ tip: travel within a group and you can avoid this surcharge). Although this may seem as steep as the surrounding countryside, these fees are vital to continue Bhutan’s sustainable approach to tourism.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
For those who would normally head to Mauritius or the Maldives, we suggest an equal if not superior alternative: Panama’s Bocas Del Toro Province on the Caribbean coast with stunning islands, luscious vegetation and a wealth of animals. Spend your evenings in colourful clapboard huts floating above the translucent waters of the Caribbean Sea, in a truly natural paradise, perfect for couples to relax in harmony. If you fancy more of an adventure during the day, you can snorkel the exotic reefs, sunbathe under the swaying palms or uncover the beauty of the bio-diverse rain forest. Take a boat among the mangroves to view monkeys, sloths, caiman and crocodile to name a few. Alternatively relax in a hammock with a good book and delicious rum based cocktail in hand.
Congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Ms Markle wherever they choose, we wish them a wonderful honeymoon.