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.

Honeymoon News: UK getaways perfect for Christmas

UK getaways perfect for Christmas

Whether you're craving a laid-back escape on the Cornish coast; a gastronomic, Michelin Star break in Devon; a quintessential Christmas in the Yorkshire Dales; a hotel sojourn with an award-winning spa in Sussex, or a special stay in a Shepherds Hut or a Treehouse in Staffordshire, below is a selection of some wonderful Christmas hotel offerings, each guaranteeing to ensure this festive season is the most memorable yet!

This Christmas enjoy a four-night, laidback luxury break at adult-only hotel and spa, Scarlet. Located on the Cornish clifftops of Mawgan Porth, Scarlet is a peaceful coastal escape and the perfect option for those looking for a slower pace this festive season.


Honeymoon News: The Spa of Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury is partnering with the luxury Swiss brand, Valmont

The Spa of Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury is partnering with the luxury Swiss brand, Valmont

Living up to its reputation for excellence and timeless elegance, Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury has decided to combine expertise with Swiss expert, Valmont. This month, the Spa of this iconic landmark of the Indian Ocean has brought together the quintessence of two exceptional brands recognised for their high-quality standards since 1985.

This oasis of peaceful rejuvenation – where the beauty of the setting converges with a bounty of blissful services enhanced by expert therapists – has designed an exclusive treatment menu that highlights the benefits delivered by the Swiss brand. Structured around the butterfly motion, a sequence of signature application gestures, Valmont treatments guide the skin's metamorphosis to absolute beauty.


Honeymoon News: Celebrate the festive season at Hyatt Regency London

Celebrate the festive season at Hyatt Regency London

Tucked away on Portman Square in Marylebone, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is the ultimate destination for an indulgent festive break. The hotel invites guests to celebrate the season with an enchanting array of decadent feasts, glittering cocktails and a spectacular New Year's Eve.

Guests can delight in specially curated menus at The Montagu Kitchen and expertly created cocktails at The Churchill Bar & Terrace. With enchanting decorations across the hotel to ensure the festive spirit is truly ignited, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill offers guests a truly magical celebration.

The hotel is perfectly located for all of London's major festive experiences, on the doorstep of the West End, moments from the vibrant shopping destinations of Regent Street and Bond Street and a short stroll from the chic boutiques of Marylebone Village. Hyde Park is perfect for those wishing to explore Christmas markets, and the iconic Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree is a sight to behold.


Honeymoon News: Discover luxury honeymoon packages with bespoke travel company SevenTravel

Discover luxury honeymoon packages with bespoke travel company SevenTravel

With normality finally settling around the world, one of the most missed out experience through the last few years have been weddings - more specifically honeymoons. As we are now able to travel (mostly) free of restrictions newly-weds are craving extraordinary honeymoons to make up for lost time and opportunity.

Luxury Travel company SevenTravel has designed a bespoke travel itinerary for newly-weds looking for a once-in-a-lifetime trip. They're armed with plenty of exclusive honeymoon destinations for every type of couple, whether it's a private hideaway in Mauritius or a mesmerising island bolthole somewhere really off-grid like a lesser-known Indonesian island, the most adventurous will enjoy their South African Safaris.


Honeymoon News: Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort has announced a new wellness program

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort has announced a new wellness program

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St Lucia, has announced a new wellness program. Known for its Mediterranean-style offerings, Windjammer Landing boasts guest rooms and villas with waterfront views overlooking Labrolette Bay and the Caribbean Sea. The wellness program includes Hummingbird Yoga, Detox, Immunity and Weight Loss Retreats, Complete Serenity Packages and Sunset Beach Picnics.

"Since the start of the pandemic, our guests have become more health-conscious and wellness-oriented, which has inspired us to reflect on how we deliver a meaningful practice," said Alex Danila, the director of spa and wellness.


Honeymoon News: Quinta do Lago in Portugal is celebrating its 50th birthday

Quinta do Lago in Portugal is celebrating its 50th birthday

Quinta do Lago is celebrating its 50th birthday. During that time, it has provided top-of-the-range residential offerings, world-class sport, wellness and lifestyle facilities and five-star cuisine, all whilst maintaining a virtually untouched region of natural beauty.

As well as improving sustainability on its three 18-hole championship courses, Quinta do Lago is adopting an enhanced approach to conservation across the resort, including its world-class sports hub, The Magnolia Hotel, its 13 bars and restaurants and general resort services.


Honeymoon News: Hotel de Len has opened after a complete renovation

Hotel de Len has opened after a complete renovation

Hotel de Len opened at the end of 2021 after a total renovation of the former Hotel Impero, located in the centre of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. The sustainble project was designed by the Gris+Dainese studio in Venice and offers a contemporary experience.

Open year-round, the property has 22 rooms, a spa on the top floor overlooking the mountains and valley, as well as a restaurant and a bar.

During the warmer seasons, Cortina d'Ampezzo offers more than 850 climbing routes for hiking and trekking, as well as restaurants and mountain refuges. Cortina is also famous for its via ferratas, equipped with metal cables, walkways, suspension bridges and stairs. Additionally, there are 16 routes for mountain bike enthusiasts, numerous options for E-bikes and 700km of cycle paths for road bikes that take you through breathtaking landscapes.


Honeymoon News: Escape to an idyllic villa this winter

Escape to an idyllic villa this winter

With Autumn around the corner and the infamous British weather making a comeback, holidaymakers are already looking forward to their next getaway with October half term on the horizon.

Those wanting to refresh their Vitamin D levels will be spoilt for choice with Villa Plus' vast collection of stunning, specially selected properties. From secluded beach escapes to picturesque sea views – Villa Plus offers holidaymakers the ultimate getaway experience.

With a spectacular choice of holiday homes that each come with a private pool in destinations around Europe, the villa specialist truly handpicks each property within its portfolio to make sure that guests experience an unforgettable break from the moment they arrive.


Honeymoon News: Harvest season has arrived at Château Troplong Mondot in France

Harvest season has arrived at Château Troplong Mondot in France

To mark the year's grape harvest or 'vendange' at Bordeaux's Château Troplong Mondot, in September and October overnight guests at this Premier Grand Cru wine estate are invited to experience the legendary vineyard at this most exciting time in the wine-making calendar. During the harvest season, there is a very distinctive feel to a stay at Troplong Mondot, as a whole year of working in the vineyard comes together to create a new vintage, and oenophiles gather across France's most well-known region to experience the buzz in the air.

This year's hot and dry weather means that harvesting started on Monday 29 August, with around 12 to 13 days of picking taking place over the course of approximately one month. The team take their time, ensuring the grapes are picked at their perfectly matured state, with Merlot the first to be harvested, and Cabernet Sauvignon the last ripen. While staying at the estate during harvest, overnight guests will witness the team's camaraderie first hand; from the vineyard views offered by the château's elegant accommodation, they may spot the team proudly loading the precious berries onto Troplong Mondot's tractors, which work right across the terroir's 43 hectares of vines.


Honeymoon News: Enjoy a late summer getaway at Burnham Beeches Hotel

Enjoy a late summer getaway at Burnham Beeches Hotel

Enjoy a tranquil late summer getaway at Burnham Beeches Hotel in South Buckinghamshire this September with 15 per cent off stays until the end of September and a whole host of exciting attractions to explore.

Ideally situated at just a 15-minute drive from nearby Windsor and set in 10 acres of quintessential English countryside, Burnham Beeches offers a hassle-free late summer break for all members of the family. Guests can refresh with a welcome drink on arrival, and the stay includes a delicious breakfast each morning to set guests up before a day of activities.

Make the most of the late summer sun with a round of golf at nearby Huntswood Golf Course, an 18-hole course with stunning views of the surrounding woodland and countryside. Or tee off on the Championship course at Lambourne Golf Club. Set in mature parkland and surrounded by oak and beech trees, it's regarded as one of the most prestigious courses in Buckinghamshire.


Honeymoon News: New experiences at COMO Castello Del Nero in Tuscany

New experiences at COMO Castello Del Nero in Tuscany

COMO Castello Del Nero, the 12th-century castello set within 740 acres amidst the rolling hills of the Chianti region, is extending its opening to 1st December, enabling guests to experience Tuscany's autumnal splendour through a curated collection of new experiences.

As the air turns mild and the leaves begin to scatter, the Italian countryside comes alive in a kaleidoscope of colour. A veritable feast for the palate, this is the season that boasts porcini, chestnut and freshly pressed olive oil, all of which take centre stage on the menus of the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, La Torre. Showcasing the abundant white truffle that graces the region year after year, the Truffle Festival of San Miniato is just a short drive away and takes place on the second, third and fourth weekend of November.


Honeymoon News: The best beach honeymoon destinations

The best beach honeymoon destinations

A study by Cult Beauty analysed Instagram post data and the number of Google articles containing the word 'beautiful' for each beach to reveal the top 20 best beach honeymoon destinations.

The study found that Venice Beach, California, is the best beach honeymoon destination in the world with the highest number of Instagram posts and more than 5.4 million articles online containing the world beautiful. Its wide stretch of sand is lined with palm trees and an iconic boardwalk. The beauty of this beach is amplified by the stunning mountain views – get your bikini on, style your best boho waves and get set to mingle with California's coolest residents.

Main Beach, Byron Bay, Australia, comes second on the list and the one that features in the highest number of Google search results containing the world 'beautiful', 6.92 million to be exact! Main Beach in Byron Bay is a mecca of sand, sun and serenity.


Honeymoon News: Tolcarne Beach Village reveals its new rooms for 2022

Tolcarne Beach Village reveals its new rooms for 2022

Tolcarne Beach Village in Cornwall has added new rooms for 2022 to the beach side hotel which includes private sea front hot tubs.

Made up of a collection of beach huts and a boutique hotel rooms on a private beach on the Cornish Coast, the family-ran village is open all year round. Facilities available at the luxury destination include a dedicated surf school, on-site award winning restaurant, private hot tub suites and boat tours. The hotel is child friendly and dog friendly rooms are also available.

To find out more, visit www.tolcarnebeach.co.uk


Honeymoon News: The Luxury Travel Book adds new villas to its collection

The Luxury Travel Book adds new villas to its collection

This luxury villa to rent on the Algarve is located at the heart of Armação de Pêra, a resort situated on a large sandy bay, around 15 kms to the west of Albufeira. Built at the turn of the 20th Century, and used as a family summer home for nearly 80 years, the villa is now a listed historical building and a famous landmark on the Armação de Pêra coastline.

Moorish influences, including geometric designs on the shutters and ceilings, are reminders of the region's rich history and, although renovated, the villa has retained many original features, including the wooden floor, a spectacular staircase and antique chandeliers.

Despite its central location and luxurious interiors, the secluded villa offers a unique and authentic holiday escape. In the main house, the large kitchen opens to a living and dining area, with a beautiful terracotta terrace in a spectacular seafront setting. The terrace has both direct access to the beach and the historical town centre, combining the traditions of the Algarve, from the pretty historic church square it overlooks, to the flavours of the beach front restaurant below the villa.


Honeymoon News: Romantic holidays in the Maldives

Romantic holidays in the Maldives

In the Maldivian language of Dhivehi, 'Lobi' means love and 'Gili' means island. OBLU SELECT Lobigili is, in essence, the island of love. This contemporary adults-only five-star resort allows for a truly romantic getaway, exclusively for couples.

Set along a dreamy white beach and over a sparkling turquoise lagoon are 68 stylishly designed villas. Guests can experience colourful sunsets, exotic dining and snorkelling at the marine-rich house reef. All guests stay on the Lobi Plan, a specially designed all-inclusive offering that includes not only villa accommodation, delicious food and beverages, excursions and non-motorised water sports, but also a unique romantic dining experience at Only BLU – the largest underwater restaurant in the Maldives.


Honeymoon News: Embrace the Wilderness Nature Package at five-star Palazzo Ducale Venturi in Italy

Embrace the Wilderness Nature Package at five-star Palazzo Ducale Venturi in Italy

Renowned for its outstanding wild and natural beauty, Puglia provides the perfect destination for those seeking a serene sanctuary amidst the verdant hills of Italy. To celebrate this spectacular landscape, five-star hotel Palazzo Ducale Venturi is offering guests an immersive experience with their new 'Embrace The Wilderness Nature Package' to bring peace and calm to both mind and body.

Mixing the elements of wellness, exploring Pugliese nature at its best, plus delicious gourmet food, this new set of experiences allows guests to rest and replenish. The new 'Soul of the Trees' full body treatment, focusing on natural tree products is the ultimate way to relax and unwind, whilst a trip to the nearby Vallonea Oak, one of the oldest trees in Italy, provides the perfect way to connect with nature. Great gastronomy lies at the heart of Palazzo Ducale Venturi, and during their stay guests can experience locally foraged ingredients and home-grown vegetables and fruits for an authentic farm to fork experience.


Honeymoon News: Reconnect with your senses with botanical trails and discovery walks at Val d’Isère

Reconnect with your senses with botanical trails and discovery walks at Val d’Isère

For those looking for a sense of discovery this summer, Val d'Isère is offering visitors the opportunity to venture on a botanical trail to explore the rich flora and fauna or try their hand at mindfulness on a discovery walk.

Franck Bortolotti, an enthusiastic Val d'Isère based mountain guide hosts walks where walkers can learn to reconnect with their senses, offer lessons on how to protect the environment, identify wild plants for those interested in cooking and themed walks. Sunrise lovers can enjoy a slow mindful walk in the heart of the nature, where these early risers can focus on engaging with oneself, with the aim of opening to others and to their surroundings. Franck also offers a dusk forest walk with no artificial lights around to introduce walkers to nature and to reconnect them with their senses and a 'grandmother's garden' walk where participants are educated about the wild plants and herbs like wild spinach, dandelions, and yarrow that grow in Val d'Isère. The last is the extraordinary 'world of trees' walk, where visitors will be introduced to Val d'Isère's larch and pine forests. Partakers can choose from a gentle stroll or a longer more strenuous hiking route for the active walker.


Honeymoon News: Quinta do Lago Resort has introduced a new beach bar

Quinta do Lago Resort has introduced a new beach bar

Quinta do Lago has announced the opening of Gigi's Bar, located right by the beach and next to the iconic hotspot Gigi's Restaurant on the edge of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. This is Quinta do Lago's 14th F&B offering, opening during the resort's 50th anniversary and following significant culinary investments. The bar offers breathtaking views, Ria Formosa-inspired cocktails and light-bites created from ingredients sourced in the local area. The launch of Gigi's Bar is complemented by the reopening Gigi's Restaurant, a privately-owned and muc- loved favourite of Quinta guests - which has recently completed a significant renovation.

Accessible via the resort's boardwalk bridge and complete with panoramic terrace overlooking the beach, Gigi's Bar has been perfectly designed for visitors to bask in the late afternoon sun, a spot to take in the best of the surroundings and connect with nature in a laid-back, convivial setting. Gigi's Bar is dedicated to creating a space in which guests can come together and feel revived by the surrounding nature sanctuary that is the Ria Formosa Natural Park. It aims to inspire and celebrate the local area, providing a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere until dusk settles.


Honeymoon News: Careys Manor & SenSpa has launched a new overnight spa package

Careys Manor & SenSpa has launched a new overnight spa package

Beat the blues and reset the body and mind with the new Ultimate SenSleep overnight spa package at Careys Manor & SenSpa. Featuring a rejuvenating 45-minute Ayurvedic Head Massage, access to SenSpa's health club and hydrotherapy facilities, and an ultimate sleep gift box to aid a blissful night's rest, the package aims to offer even the most stressed-out traveller a ticket to slumberland.

Nestled in the heart of the New Forest national park, Careys Manor is home to the award-winning SenSpa - a world-class Thai spa blending ancient traditions with state-of-the-art technologies, boasting spectacular hydrotherapy facilities and holistic wellness treatments.

Take advantage of the array of spa and leisure facilities that work in perfect harmony to promote deeper, longer-lasting sleep and thus reducing stress and enhancing energy levels. Start in the hydrotherapy pool to balance the body and release muscle tension, before heading to the ice room or experience showers to activate the sympathetic nervous system, facilitate blood flow to the brain and increase blood levels of beta-endorphin. This balancing of blood pressure can help reduce anxiety, headaches, fatigue, and digestive issues, in turn improving inflammation as well as quality of sleep.


Honeymoon News: Time + Tide Safaris unveil a stylish transformation to its seasonal camps in Zambia

Time + Tide Safaris unveil a stylish transformation to its seasonal camps in Zambia

This month, Time + Tide Safaris unveils a spectacular new look to three of its seasonal camps – Time + Tide Kakuli, Time + Tide Mchenja and Time + Tide Luwi – inviting travellers to connect with the natural world and experience the beauty of Zambia's prime South Luangwa National Park.

In keeping with all of Time + Tide's properties, each newly-redesigned camp has been inspired by its diverse tapestry of habitats, from the ancient ebony forests and the open pans of the South Luangwa, to the intimate river lagoon frequented by wildlife and the lofty perch along the Luangwa River's sweeping curve.

Mirroring their unique locations and individual stories, each camp's design has developed its own distinctive personality. From Kakuli's modern masculinity and storied history, to Mchenja's elegant romance, to the all-new vintage-style tent safari setup of Luwi – each has their own look, yet all share the same ethos and are underpinned by the same warm and generous Zambian hospitality.


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