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Honeymoon and travel ideas for Bristol and Somerset couples

Whether looking for long haul or UK honeymoons, Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding has lots of ideas along with essential travel advice.

MarBella Elix: Opening in Spring 2021

Opening in April 2021, MarBella Elix is an inspirational new 5* property in a previously undiscovered area of Greece. As the third hotel to join the MarBella Collection portfolio and the brand's first property outside of the island of Corfu, MarBella Elix will be perched above the beautiful Karavostasi Beach in the Parga region, looking west towards Corfu and Paxos. An area of astounding natural beauty, the luxurious MarBella Elix sits in unspoilt surroundings where the mountains meet the Ionian Sea. Guests can expect beautiful sea views, 146 spacious and contemporary guest rooms and suites, a beautiful stretch of golden coastline with turquoise, crystal-clear waters and exceptional facilities. The Parga region, where MarBella Elix will be situated, is much-loved holiday destination for locals and the lucky few who have discovered this off-the-radar, picturesque area.

Posted: 21 December 2020

Courmayeur Mont Blanc Announces Brand New Alpine Experiences

Courmayeur Mont Blanc is delighted to announce brand new winter experiences unique to The Aosta Valley, designed to bring a bit of magic to this highly-anticipated ski season. Those seeking the long-overdue thrill of the alps can explore one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc and enjoy the ultimate winter break, equally suitable for the mountain lover and non-skier alike. New personalised dining and luxury overnight stays will be available at the very foot of the Mont Blanc, exclusive ski butlers will be on hand and adaptive skiing will be available making the resort accessible for every guest.

Posted: 18 December 2020

Marbella Club & El Lodge launch nature-based ski and sea package

This winter, iconic beachfront resort Marbella Club and sister property, intimate mountain retreat El Lodge Ski & Spa will come together to create 'Sea & Sierra', a new twin-centred programme centred around active explorations and nature-based nurturing in some of Spain's most spectacular landscapes. Available from 27 November 2020, the new programme also promises guests the unique opportunity to experience both ski and sea within just a few hours - which perfect for couples that are looking for relaxing and adventure!

Posted: 16 December 2020

New honeymoon inspiration from the Maldives

THE OZEN COLLECTION has launched its second uber-lux resort in the Maldives on 3rd December 2020! OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI makes for a beautiful honeymoon destination, all guests at stay on the uniquely luxurious all-encompassing The Reserve Plan, which is exclusive to the resort. Included within is access to fine dining at speciality restaurants set amongst beautiful island settings, unlimited orders of exclusive champagnes, premium wines, branded spirits, and a selection of aged whiskeys, unlimited use of snorkelling gear and access to non-motorised sports, leisure activities at the gym and wellness centre and a personalised service throughout the stay.

Posted: 14 December 2020

Cosy Christmas Cottages

Now that December is upon us and we don't have to feel guilty for putting up our Christmas trees already or blasting festive hits at full volume we can also get excited about a potential white Christmas. At the time of writing PaddyPower set the odds at 7/1 for snow cover on Christmas Day at Heathrow, London... and it wouldn't even disrupt our holiday plans this year either! To get us in the mood we have selected a handful of picture perfect Christmas cottages from Norfolk Hideaways (www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk) and Rural Retreats (www.ruralretreats.co.uk) that will be sure to get the mulled wine flowing and the stockings hung to a joyful whistling of "Here Comes Santa Clause".

Posted: 11 December 2020

New openings across the world, from Britain to Bali, Italy to the Indian Ocean

With news of a vaccine, and access to it across the globe, this most certainly opens up the opportunities for travel in 2021. Yes, armchair travelling has enabled us to still see the beauty of the world, however, nothing beats the real thing immersing yourself in the history and culture of a country you haven't ventured to before - and what better time to travel than on your honeymoon. Here's a list of top new hotel openings from around the world

Posted: 9 December 2020

UK Christmas Breaks & Experiences for a more cheerful end to 2020

Looking ahead to Christmas and after months at home, the chance to spend the festive season somewhere different has never been more appealing. Why not skip the stress over cooking the perfect turkey and let the experts do the hard work for you with a festive UK break to remember? Whatever your circumstances, Christmas this year is likely to look a little different, so why not take the chance to relax, recharge and end the year on a happier note- if ever there was a year to ring the changes 2020 is surely it! From take-home cooked turkeys with all the trimmings to magical pop-up winter lodges and even a polar express adventure, here are Grifco PR's top UK Christmas breaks and experiences to book...

Posted: 7 December 2020

Tudor Farmhouse, Forest of Dean, is launching a new experience

Many of us dread the darker, colder months. However, over in the Forest of Dean Tudor Farmhouse is embracing the change in season with the launch of a new and unique outdoors experience, a stargazing safari led by 'star storyteller' Jim Bell which runs directly from the hotel's grounds. He will lead participants on a fascinating two hour star journey to explore the dark skies above the village of Clearwell, home to the hotel. From the hilltop vantage point guests will enjoy observing stars, constellations and planets as the fascinating science and stories behind them are explained.

Posted: 4 December 2020

Nine unique staycation honeymoon destinations in the UK

Celebrate your honeymoon together with a delightful staycation right here in the UK. While tropical temperatures aren't guaranteed, there's still so much to see here. From the quintessentially English countryside to the dramatic landscapes of Scotland and Wales, you'll find lots of gorgeous holiday cottages to make your honeymoon break extra special. Whether you're looking for a grand manor to celebrate in style or perhaps a cosy cottage to snuggle up in the countryside, Big Cottages offer plenty of wonderful homes, absolutely perfect for a staycation honeymoon.

Posted: 3 December 2020

Svart, opening in 2022 in Norway’s Arctic Circle

Svart, the world's first energy positive hotel, has appointed award-winning Danish designers Space Copenhagen to lead the property's interior design. Svart will be located in Arctic Norway at the base of the Svartisen glacier and will house an indoor-outdoor spa, four restaurants, an education centre and a design laboratory. The glass-fronted, circular property, which will float on stilts above the Holandsfjorden fjord, will open to guests in late 2022. It aims to be fully off-grid, carbon neutral and zero waste within the first five years of operation.

Posted: 30 November 2020

When was the last time your dog had a holiday?

The UK staycation trend is continuing to grow in popularity, and certainly doesn't seem to be dissipating any time soon! And why would it, when you're spoilt for choice when it comes to idyllic beauty spots right here in the UK - what's more, your four-legged furry friend can join you too! Check out these properties which the team here at County Wedding Magazines HQ think are truly pawsome for a pre- or post-wedding getaway ...

Posted: 27 November 2020

2021 year of the minimoon

With 290 days of sunshine a year alongside a world-class gastronomy scene, golden beaches, idyllic countryside and picture-perfect cityscapes complete with winding cobblestone streets guaranteed to deliver romance, Lisbon offers newlyweds the ideal location for an unforgettable post-wedding escape. With all of this only a short flight from the UK and so much to see within easy reach of the central metropolitan area, making it ideal for those short on time, couples don't need to travel far from home when planning a romantic 2021 minimoon. What's more, with a reputation for affordability, Lisbon is the ultimate go-to for a romantic trip to remember. Here, the Lisbon Tourism Association highlights the ultimate 'minimoon' experiences to be had in the Portuguese capital...

Posted: 25 November 2020

Winter travel in the UK

With travel rules and regulations constantly changing, newlyweds and nearlyweds will be looking to the UK to celebrate post-vows, and minimooners will be spoilt for choice when sticking to destinations closer to home and here's two to whet your appetite: Situated deep in the Scottish Highlands, 57 Nord occupies a dramatic position between three ancient sea lochs and surrounded by the majestic Kintail Mountains. With floor to ceiling windows that frame the panoramic views stays here are largely elemental, particularly in the autumn and winter months when the weather is ever more startling.

Posted: 23 November 2020

The best of blighty

With UK staycations on the rise, it's great to flag up properties perfect for couples who want pure luxury – and little travel time – right here in the UK. Hertfordshire-based Sopwell House is now offering the ultimate in luxury 'bubble holidays' with exclusive-use of the hotel's Mews Suites – set across from the main hotel and accessed through secure gates (and with a private car park), 16 suites await set within beautifully landscaped gardens, each with their own courtyard and a shared communal garden with Hydro Pool.Ideal for a long weekends, a hen weekend or accommodation for a (covid friendly) wedding, the suites can host up to 32 guests.

Posted: 20 November 2020

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa - paradise is Open!

The recently refurbished Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa on Mahe is excited to welcome tourists again. The announcement has also seen British Airways relaunch its direct flights to the Seychelles from London - perfect for honeymoons considering this long-haul destination! Travellers from "Special Status" countries can visit the Seychelles after completing a preflight test 72 hours beforehand, undergoing screening on arrival and spending four days in residency at one of the hotels listed by the Seychelles authorities as "authorised accommodation". Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is one of the few luxury hotels approved on the list and its location on the main island of Mahe means guests staying at the hotel can avoid unnecessary further travel to the archipelago's smaller islands.

Posted: 18 November 2020

Country estate offers the ultimate staycation

Set within 300 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, The Grove offers the ultimate five-star retreat for couples, friends and families alike, just 18 miles from central London. The former family seat of the Earls of Clarendon, the estate dates back to the 16th century and retains many of its original features. The property has been lovingly restored to provide 215 luxurious guestrooms, ranging from contemporary and stylish Superior West Wing Rooms to a grand Presidential Suite.

Posted: 16 November 2020

ELIVI SKIATHOS Unveils Private Experiences in its Swan Villa

ELIVI SKIATHOS is delighted to introduce a range of exclusive experiences in its Swan Villa, for guests looking to relax and unwind in complete privacy whilst enjoying the full services of a luxury five-star hotel. Located in the secluded Nest area of the hotel amongst lush olive groves and just steps away from the beach, the seafront, four-bedroom Swan Villa offers a range of private experiences in tranquil surroundings. Home to four restaurants offering a range of menus from traditional Greek to Asian fusion, guests can savour the hotel's delicious cuisine with a bespoke lunch or dinner accompanied by wine pairing options, served in either the villa's dining room or on the outdoor terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Posted: 13 November 2020

Eight Socially Distant Safari Experiences

Wilderness Safaris is excited to share a selection of safari experiences that are well-suited to travellers looking for space, privacy, exclusivity and possibly most important of all – an unforgettable adventure. Guests visiting Bisate in Rwanda can enjoy a nature trail on the beautiful forested hillside surrounding the lodge. There are a number of hikes in this area where guests can see gorillas in Volcanoes National Park or explore a few of the other well-known trails. For the fit and adventurous, the hike to the summit of Bisoke is also worth a visit. Wilderness Safaris' camps in Botswana and Zimbabwe offer walks in the company of an armed guide – an opportunity to fully appreciate the minutiae of the bush, from the hard-working dung beetle to majestic trees, the spoor of animals and the scent of the plants. Guests can enjoy a variety of nature walks from camps in Namibia and explore the area on foot, whether walking to the top of the iconic Big Daddy dune at Little Kulala or discovering the lunar-like terrain of Damaraland Camp.

Posted: 11 November 2020

James Bond Experience with Oliver’s Travels Villa Holidays

Holiday rental specialist Oliver's Travels has unveiled the 'Ma'am' of all VIP experiences with a brand-new James Bond package for guests staying in Talamon Tower in Siena, featured in Quantum of Solace. The seven-night Tuscany James Bond package gives aspiring secret agents the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live their wildest adventures with 007 experiences fit for Bond himself including chauffeurs by private helicopters, speeding to Michelin starred dinners on Sunseeker power boats and racing through the Tuscan countryside in classic cars.

Posted: 9 November 2020

A wild ideal - travel safari-style

The travel industry has always had 'trends' with go-to destinations and excursions proving popular some years more than others. With this year's world-wide pandemic, we're like to see people wanting new ways to travel and experience holidays. One of these new trends is a desire to book out places where guests can enjoy time devoid of crowds – places that offer stillness, isolation and privacy. Wilderness Safaris camps, situated in remote and pristine wilderness areas are ideal for travellers seeking wide open spaces and an intimate safari experience and here's its top 8:

Posted: 5 November 2020

Thailand’s luxurious boutique residence, The Sarojin, has launched a new package

Thailand's luxurious 56-roomed boutique residence, The Sarojin, has launched a brand new package for couples wanting a honeymoon that goes beyond romance and gives back to the local community during their visit. Perfect for those looking to travel with a conscience and make their special holiday even more memorable, the 'Sarojin Cares Honeymoon' package combines some of The Sarojin's most popular romantic activities with unforgettable and rewarding excursions that benefit those most in need around the resort.

Posted: 5 November 2020

Wedding venue turned pop-up hotel: Huntsham Court, Devon

Renowned as the UK's largest private-hire country home, the baronial splendour of Huntsham Court has relaunched - for a limited time only - as a pop-up hotel and private dining venue. Opening in partnership with a local event catering company, guests can enjoy dinner and overnight stays within the splendour of this Grade II listed house from now until February 2021. Situated in the beautiful rolling countryside close to Exmoor National Park and less than 2 hours from London, Huntsham Court Hotel Pop-Up is an incredible 33,000 square foot Victorian mansion which by nature offers social distance and is a true escape for those seeking a change of scenery.

Posted: 3 November 2020

Honeymoon the Huben Way

Huben Travel is a dynamic premium travel agency for the LGBTQ+ community offering holidaymakers a distinctive 'Two Voices, Your Choices' approach. Husbands Hugh and Ben Eddon-Carruthers, specialise in tailor-making personalised, high-quality travel itineraries and have got their heads together to offer their top advice when it comes to booking your honeymoon over the coming months and years...

Posted: 7 October 2020

Winter staycations at De Savary Hotels

Whether you're a couple who want to get away having had to postpone your wedding; or perhaps you've gone ahead with a micro-wedding following the new Government guidelines and are looking for a post-vow minimoon, you really are spoilt for choice with UK staycation options this winter. With a selection of beautiful UK hotels and quirky inns, owned by hotelier Peter de Savary, include winter llama trekking and stay in a Shepherds Hut at Merry Harriers, Surrey, and a seven-course Christmas Day dinner at Seasons, The Eastbury's 2AA Rosette Restaurant, and cosy coastal break and fireworks over Babbacombe Bay at Cary Arms & Spa...

Posted: 30 September 2020

Travelodge survey shows 2020 is the year of the staycation

A new travel report out this month has revealed travel trends are changing with the rise of Britons looking to holiday and minimoon in the UK this year, and it's a trend that looks set to stay in to 2021 and beyond!

Posted: 28 September 2020