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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.

TV & film hotels to inspire your honeymoon

As we're well in to the fourth season of The Syndicate on BBC One, eagle eyed viewers have spotted Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo featuring in BBC's popular series, and couples can vacation in this stunning hotel for their honeymoon! What's more, for all TV and Film fanatics out there, here's a round up of other fabulous locations that have featured on the small, and big, screen...

Posted: 19 April 2021

Romantic post-vow honeymoon destinations

Daydreaming of sunnier climes? Check out these two idyllic locations: D-Maris Bay, arguably the most romantic spot on Turkey's Turquoise Coast, and Lindos Grand Resort & Spa, a new adults-only resort that will open in Rhodes this May. Read on to find out more about the resorts and their romantic honeymoon offering...

Posted: 16 April 2021

Experience the alternative side to Ibiza

The Balearics has been pegged as one of the most likely destinations for a post-lockdown holiday, after news of a potential 'green corridor' for vaccinated UK travellers – and, after months of unrest, the slow pace and laidback-lifestyle of the White Isle has never been so appealing. Those looking experience an alternative side to Ibiza should look to Aiyanna; an effortlessly-cool beach restaurant set off the tourist track in Calo Nova Bay. Showcasing a modern take on healthy food - bold flavours, organic produce and innovative sharing plates dominate the menu, where diners will find fresh seafood, zesty salads and seasonal greens plucked from the restaurant's very own gardens. Offering more than just a meal, Aiyanna offers a truly authentic experience, providing guests with an insight into the island and all it has to offer. In an effort to restart Ibiza's vibrant social calendar, this coming year, Aiyanna will host local artists, performances from musicians and talent, as well as pop-up food trucks with local artisan cuisine.

Posted: 14 April 2021

The world's 50 most romantic hotels in 2021

Looking for the ultimate honeymoon destination? Be inspired by Big 7 Travel as it reveals the official Top 50 Most Romantic Hotels across the world - from marble palaces to rustic treetop lodges, there's something for even the most discerning of traveller. This is the third year that Big 7 Travel has revealed the most romantic hotels; Adare Manor in Ireland came in at No.1 in 2020 and Taj Lake Palace in India came at No.1 in 2019.Hotel inclusions were ranked based on several factors, including properties with high Tripadvisor review scores from couples, unique 'romantic' experiences, destination, room facilities and luxury - and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can't pick our favourite!

Posted: 12 April 2021

Nature-based family experiences in Portugal

This summer, 200-year-old family run estate São Lourenço do Barrocal will launch a new 'Farmland Families' programme for guests of all ages who want to embrace the magic of the great outdoors - and with many couples choosing to go on honeymoon as a family this seems like an ideal choice. Located on a 780-hectare estate in a wild and unspoilt corner of Portugal's Alentejo region, the four-night programme incorporates an array of outdoor activities, wildlife interactions and learning experiences that celebrate the region's agricultural heritage.

Posted: 9 April 2021

Marbella Club launches new social hub

This spring, much to the delight of discerning locals and faithful residents, the latest chapter of the Marbella Club's story will unfold with the launch of its Clubhouse: a series of convivial, free flowing, indoor and outdoor spaces, designed for wining, dining, socialising, pampering and shopping. Drawing inspiration from the hotel's bohemian beginnings in the Fifties as a purposefully low-key hangout for Prince Alfonso and his glittering A-list friends, from Brigitte Bardot to Cary Grant, this reimagining of the hotel's original Clubhouse champions the best things in life – food and drink, fun, nature, friendship and family.

Posted: 7 April 2021

New luxury boutique hotel Kalesma Mykonos

Buoyed by recent news that Greece will welcome travellers from the UK from May, Kalesma Mykonos is delighted to begin welcoming guests to its new 25-suite and two villa luxury boutique hotel. Set to elevate the desirable island of Mykonos to new heights, 'Kalesma', meaning 'inviting' in Greek, is perfectly suited to the ethos of this boutique, privately-owned property.Kalesma is a collection of beautifully designed whitewashed houses, created to resemble a charming Mykonian village which tumbles down a slope to Ornos Bay. The look and feel of a traditional village is deliberate, as Kalesma Mykonos is all about making guests feel at home and encouraging a neighbourhood vibe, enhanced by weekly intimate dinners. Inspired by Cycladic architecture, combining tradition with contemporary elements, Kalesma is a design aficionados dream – offering sleek and minimalist interiors using locally-sourced materials. Spectacular sea views are promised from every part of the hotel and its location is truly unique, with guests being able to see the sunrise and sunset from the same spot.

Posted: 5 April 2021

Opening in spring 2021, Ikos Andalusia

Ikos Resorts is pleased to expand its already impressive culinary offering, with the arrival of Ikos Andalusia in spring 2021. The new resort promises a gastronomic journey with à la carte menus curated by Michelin starred chefs, eclectic cocktails by award-winning mixologists and an innovative Dine Out* concept allowing guests to enjoy local restaurants as part of their stay.Ikos Andalusia will offer six à la carte restaurants and one Mediterranean buffet restaurant, four with menus curated by Michelin starred chefs while guests of the Deluxe Collection will enjoy a "Dinner by the sea" hosted at the Hayma Deluxe Bar. Chef David Ibarboure is a new addition to Ikos Resorts and is behind the menu for Ikos Andalusia's Oliva restaurant, serving authentic Spanish cuisine. David has worked in multiple Michelin starred restaurants including Pierre at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park, where he spent three years beside Pierre Gagnaire. He obtained his first Michelin star in 2010 at his family-run BriKetenia restaurant in Southern France, specialising in Basque cuisine.Marian Beke, world renowned award-winning mixologist and owner of The Gibson bar in Shoreditch, has created an eclectic collection of cocktails for Ikos Andalusia's six bars. He is known for his innovative bartending techniques, esoteric ingredients, and spectacularly presented drinks.

Posted: 2 April 2021

MarBella Collection exclusive experiences for 2021

The MarBella Collection, a group of three five-star luxury hotels situated in Greece, is delighted to unveil new and exclusive experiences for 2021. The brand's third property, MarBella Elix, is opening its doors for the first time this April, in the Parga region of mainland Greece as the collection's first hotel outside the island of Corfu. These experiences have been designed to provide an authentic flavour of each destination – all with guests' health and safety in mind. New offerings, curated to immerse travellers in local culture and traditions, include a culinary series of renowned Greek chefs abroad, new fitness, water sports and kids' clubs partnerships, 'discovery dining' adventures and daily 'Kaiki' sea cruises on a traditional Mediterranean rowboat.

Posted: 31 March 2021

In search of that pre-wedding glow? Chenot has the answer…. detox!

Europe's most advanced medical retreat, Chenot Palace Weggis offers a result-driven program for future brides looking for the ultimate pre-wedding glow. The signature Advanced Detox Programme consists of a week of a hypocaloric plant-based diet, aimed at cleansing the body from the inside in order to re-energise and reach equilibrium. The nutritional plan is combined with daily spa treatments which use detoxification techniques, activate energy channels, and stimulate physiological functions to trigger preventive, repairing and regenerative actions. The long-lasting results of this retreat include glowing skin, radiant complexion, enhanced metabolism, sculpted body and weight loss. Beautifully located on the idyllic Lake Lucerne (perfect for a dose of lake swimming), Chenot Palace Weggis boasts a 5000 sq spa overlooking the natural alpine surroundings. It offers the most comprehensive facilities in the group's portfolio and houses six different medical and wellness departments including a hydrotherapy department and a medical aesthetic department.

Posted: 29 March 2021

Stylish suites for a London staycation

Muddy walks through the local park will no longer be the only option on the weekend agenda, and as hotels reopen on 17th May, the stage will be set to step back into London in style with a stay in one of the top suites in the Red Carnation Hotels' collection. Each hotel reflects the distinct heritage of its neighbourhood so whether you are looking for a chic weekend break in Kensington or to rediscover the history of Knightsbridge, there is a suite character for everyone. The question is: which suite style fits your criteria comeback?

Posted: 15 March 2021

Make May memorable when restrictions life on May 17th

Spring will have certainly sprung come May, as the delightful change in the weather coincides with the government's announcement that hospitality can open from 17th May, 2021. As the lockdown starts to ease, we can all start dreaming of pastures new in the country once again. Around only a couple of hours from London – travellers can discover their own fossils on the Jurassic Coast, hire a private punt on the majestic River Cam and visit the cultivated gardens and ancient woodland in Bruton. Whether you want a pre- or post-wedding break, feast your eyes on these idyllic properties and destinations.

Posted: 12 March 2021

Yorkshire Hideaways has now officially launched

Yorkshire Hideaways will blend seamlessly into the current portfolio of the Holiday Hideaways Group with a selection of cosy cottages including properties for two, dog friendly cottages, a castle, lighthouse near Whitby and even a property located on the Castle Howard estate and furnished with items from the stately home itself!Like all brands within the group, Yorkshire Hideaways will have a local office in the beautiful market town of Leyburn which will open its doors in January 2021. These regional offices ensure guests receive not only outstanding service but a greater depth of local knowledge on the properties and local area from the team.

Posted: 25 January 2021

Minimoons at Sopwell House, Hertfordshire

Located deep within the rolling Hertfordshire hills, Sopwell House will offer the ultimate post lockdown experience for newlyweds, focusing on indulgence and seclusion. With plenty of space to escape, terraces to dine on and the spa to disappear into, guests can truly relax and feel at home. The hideaway is only a short 26-minute train journey from London St Pancras and offers 128 stylish guestrooms in the main house, 16 exclusive Mews Suites with their own private courtyard and hydro pool, 12 acres of beautiful gardens, two restaurants, an elegant cocktail lounge and the beautiful Cottonmill spa.

Posted: 22 January 2021

The UK's crowning glory - staycations inspired by Royalty

Following the fourth season of The Crown airing on Netflix, Oliver's Travels has shared some of its grandest British castles and properties that would be sure to live up to Queen Elizabeth II's standards! And, with UK staycation looking to be as popular as ever in 2021 due to ongoing travel restrictions, check out these stunning masterpiece properties. This 18th-century castle has hosted Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and sleeps up to 16 guests across eight luxurious bedrooms and features spacious drawing rooms perfect for socialising. It boasts 600 acres of private woodland and Europe's largest privately owned 1,000-acre lake. Rates from £12,744 for a two-night stay.

Posted: 20 January 2021

Head to the east: Suffolk stays

Wilderness Reserve has launched its second country estate, Chapel Barn, just in time for the staycation boom whether you want to head away pre- or post-vows. The Chapel Barn (once a 15th-century farmstead) has all the charm of its heritage intact and yet comes with a host of luxury facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, cinema, gym and spa set over 5,000 magnificent acres of carefully maintained Suffolk countryside.Accommodation options range from the one-bed electricity-free Hovel, set by the lake, through to Chapel Barn itself, which comes with 18 en suite bedrooms. All seven properties may be rented individually and each building has been sensitively restored, employing the traditional methods of local artisans.

Posted: 18 January 2021

Serene Suffolk - county boltholes

Travel company Fish&Pips, founded by best friends Holly Chandler (the 'Fish') and Philippa Hartley (the 'Pips') ten years ago, welcomes new property The Tabernacle, Suffolk – perfect for honeymoon staycationers! This beautiful new waterside one-bedroom cabin is situated on its own little island, with access by rope bridge, and is located within five-thousand acres of pristine parkland. This is the perfect place to spend cosy winter nights, hunkered down next to the log fire or soaking in outdoor hot tub. Reconnect with nature, put your wellies on and stomp through the beautiful Suffolk countryside and nearby breathtaking Heritage coast. Or stay put, and enjoy all the facilities on your doorstep, from tennis courts, to clay pigeon shooting and Pashley bikes. The Tabernacle has everything thing you need for the perfect winter weekend.

Posted: 15 January 2021

Manchester a must-visit minimoon destination

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, renowned for signature heartfelt service and distinctive design across the globe, opened three new boutique luxury hotels this autumn including: Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester.A magnificent terracotta Grade II listed building with a history dating back to 1890, the grand clock tower at the centre of its striking Victorian architecture is an unmistakable landmark on Manchester's skyline. All 270 loft-style bedrooms, including 11 suites, were designed to make the most of the stunning, double and triple-height ceilings. Other original period features including glazed brick, tile, faience, stained glass and carved wooden staircases, are combined with contemporary fittings and interiors.

Posted: 13 January 2021

Love the Lakes, head to Ullswater

Located in Ullswater, within the heart of Cumbria's Lake District National Park, the Quiet Site is extremely proud to have won several prestigious awards over the past few months including AA North West Campsite of the Year in March, the Queens Award for Enterprise in April and Visit England Award for Excellence in the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable category in August. Read more here.During the period when the site closed during the national lockdown earlier in the year, the team were busy working on a number of new developments re-landscaping, refurbishments in the holiday cottages and re-wilding much of the park!

Posted: 11 January 2021

Weekend staycations in beautiful Berkshire

On a stunning 4,000-acre estate in Reading, Berkshire Wasing Park, one of the UK's top exclusive-use wedding venues, is, for the first time, welcoming guests for weekend staycations. Stay for the weekend in one of Wasing's stunning grade II listed Old Estate Rooms - The Granary sat atop staddle stones, The Smithy, a former blacksmith's shop now a large beautiful boutique bedroom, or The Dovecote, a very unique, cylindrical two-story building featuring a free-standing copper bath. Visitors to are invited to get out into the fresh air to enjoy walking trails (or bring your bike) through the woods and around the lakes before relaxing by the fireside in the Stables Bar ahead of enjoying a delicious à la carte dinner. And if you have room between the hearty breakfast and dinner, why not try your hand at cooking your own woodfired pizza or firepit-flamed venison burger under the guidance of executive chef, Stuart Tyler, at Wasing's unique Woodlands venue at lunchtime – plus, complimentary tea and homemade cake will be served at 4pm!

Posted: 8 January 2021

Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland, unveils £750K Spa renovation

Northern Ireland's leading 5-star property, the Culloden Estate & Spa, has completed a £750,000 renovation of its spa and wellness facilities. The extensive investment from Hastings Hotels, which started in January, has seen part of The Spa at the Culloden redesigned with the introduction of both a new linear vitality pool which enables views of the garden through the floor to ceiling windows and a Tylarium, which is a combination of a sauna and steam room. This heat experience operates at a lower temperature, with more humidity than a sauna, which gives a less intense heat, enabling a relaxing and all-round heat experience.

Posted: 6 January 2021

Top Sussex stays for a romantic minimoon

Whilst international honeymoon's might not be possible at the moment, there is nothing more romantic than cosying-up, hunkering down and enjoying life at your own timetable. Cabins and Castles, a handpicked collection of stylish staycation properties based in Sussex have named a few of their top romantic boltholes. From your very own cabin for two and alfresco evenings chatting all night by the fire pit, Cabins and Castle's has personally selected a range of countryside properties that you will never forget.

Posted: 1 January 2021

Eco celebration for Sani Resort

Sani Resort, the world renowned family destination in Halkidiki, Greece, is delighted to announce its recent success at the World Travel Awards 2020. Sani Resort has been recognised as number one in the World's Leading Luxury Green Resort category - a win which reflects the resort's commitment to sustainable development with a positive social and environmental impact. The award signifies the unique efforts to sustainable and ethical business practices at a time when luxury destinations are continuously advancing their eco-credentials, and environmentally conscious travelling is at the forefront of many travellers' minds. Sani Resort is proud to be celebrated in this arena at the World Travel Awards and whilst the brand has already implemented a series of successful sustainable practices, the team are committed to developing their current initiatives and introducing new concepts for 2021 and beyond.

Posted: 28 December 2020

Introducing Great Plains, an iconic conservation organisation in Africa

Great Plains is a leading eco-tourism company with prestigious safari camps in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. The conservation tourism organisation was founded in 2006 by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers, conservationists and National Geographic Explorers. Together, the Jouberts have created and operate sixteen stunning owned, and partner, safari properties and the company's charity, The Great Plains Foundation, which strives to preserve and protect landscapes, wildlife, and the communities who rely on them in Africa - meaning honeymooners will be contributing back in to the charity.

Posted: 25 December 2020

King’s Mansion, Goa, reveals Wellness Programmes for 2021 opening

King's Mansion, the new integrative wellness destination in northern Goa, is delighted to announce details on three of its launch programmes ahead of the property's opening in 2021. The much anticipated opening will herald a new standard of luxury wellness, with programmes combining evidence based, scientific research with Ayurvedic medicine and innovative holistic wellbeing. With Moss Wellness Consultancy behind the wellness concept, a renowned team with extensive experience developing international brands including Clinique la Prairie and Four Seasons, the programmes will be results focused and prioritise immunity and healing. King's Mansion will offer six launch programmes in total, covering areas including Detox, Sports Science & Movement, Medical Aesthetics, Weight Management and Revitalisation.

Posted: 23 December 2020