Whether looking for long haul or UK honeymoons, Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding has lots of ideas along with essential travel advice.
Ensure plenty of time to explore
With plans cancelled, events postponed, and more time spent at home, there has been ample time to pause and embrace a slower pace of life. With a vast number of hotels in stunning locations across Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts recognises the benefits of taking the time to appreciate a destination. The company has revealed five of its best European hotels to visit for a longer stay in 2021 where guests can maximise their time spent connecting with their surroundings by taking part in a host of mindful activities.
Posted: 17 May 2021
For all those tying the knot in 2022 it's time to start planning your honeymoon now! What, honestly, is more amazing and life-changing than a safari for your honeymoon? Perfect for those looking for warmer weather, romantic settings and adventure, these destinations have it all. From star-gazing suites, culinary delights and thrill-seeking trips and tours, there really is something for everyone. It's the epitome of 'getting back to nature' and the honeymoon album will look amazing. Indulge, enjoy, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we are struggling to pick our favourite...
Posted: 14 May 2021
New British hospitality brand, GuestHouse
New British hospitality brand, GuestHouse - with three brothers at its helm - is on a mission to inject colour and creativity into best-of-British cities – via a series of heritage hotels enlivened by a modern outlook. The brand's first debut venture is established Bath charmer, No.15 Great Pulteney, which reopened this month under new ownership – and with an important addition to its name: 'by GuestHouse'. GuestHouse's hotel family will grow to include outposts in York (opening autumn 2021) and Brighton (opening autumn 2022), with others in the planning. Each of GuestHouse's properties will have its own unique character and appeal, reflecting the city it's set in, but a shared sense of bonhomie and five core values – indulgence; happiness; wonderment; hereness; and realness. Each hotel will breathe new life into a handsome, historic building, cherry-picked by the owners, with interiors that are inspired by the locale and shine a spotlight on local makers and creators.
Posted: 12 May 2021
Ruby Hotels, the Munich-based hotel brand and pioneer of the 'Lean Luxury' philosophy, has launched its first UK property in London's Southbank. The new 76-room hotel, Ruby Lucy, enjoys a prime position on the Southbank's Lower Marsh, while the interior design is inspired by the area's bustling fairs and markets, entertainment and theatre scene, with a carnival theme running throughout the hotel. Rich, dark tones meet bright brass accents and subtle stripes, accented with playful props including circus drums and juggling pins. All guest rooms showcase Ruby Hotels' sleep-scientist-approved formula, including full soundproofing and blackout curtains, and enjoy quirky touches and cutting-edge technology, such as a Marshall guitar amp and a personal tablet PC pre-loaded with a carefully-curated London city guide.
Posted: 10 May 2021
New for the year ahead, dazzling Victorian country house hotel Beaverbrook launches an assortment of interactive Stay & Cook packages at The School of Cookery, where couples and guests will learn tricks of the trade from the in-house team of professional chefs. Whether it's the Okawari Japanese experience, a sushi-making masterclass, or the Hearty and Homegrown experience, a sustainable cooking class, or perhaps the Plant-based & Nutritious experience for eco-conscious guests looking to improve their plant-based repertoire; guests are guaranteed to leave The School of Cookery with new skills sure to impress.
Posted: 7 May 2021
Award win celebrations for hotel
Belfast's five-star Culloden Estate and Spa, which has entertained A-list couples such as Victoria and David Beckham and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, is celebrating the major accolade of Best Hotel for Romance in the UK by Luxury Lifestyle Magazine. To celebrate being named Best Hotel for Romance, the Culloden Estate & Spa has launched the Just the Two of Us and Five Star Romance packages: Five Star Romance from £175pp includes: luxurious overnight stay in an Executive Room, mini bottle of Prosecco each in room, romantic breakfast in bed the following morning, candlelit three-course dinner in Vespers Restaurant, sensuous ESPA bath oils for a dreamy bath experience, and a Hastings Love Duck.
Posted: 7 May 2021
The five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island has officially opened in the North Male Atoll. The boutique 50-villa property provides couples, friends and solo travelers with a 360° wellness experience, just a 15-minute seaplane or 60-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport.At the heart of the island sits Kagi's 1500-square-meter spa and wellness hub, complete with an open-air, teardrop-shaped sky roof at its core. Kagi also houses a state-of-the-art gym, two restaurants, three bars, a dive centre and a house reef.
Posted: 5 May 2021
Ten Top Places to Honeymoon in 2022
Brides and grooms have been largely grounded for over a year now and many are pinning their hopes on 2022 as the time to honeymoon in style. Here are ten top ideas for those planning ahead. Each offers something different from the 'fly and flop' style trip and will appeal to couples looking for a honeymoon with some serious wow factor.
Posted: 5 May 2021
A stunning new bijou coastal cottage perfect for UK minimoons
Crabtree & Crabtree has just launched a stunning new bijou coastal cottage which would be perfect for couples look to minimoon in the UK this year and next! The Bothy at Cheswick, Cheswick, Northumberland, is a charming bijou stone cottage, a one-bedroom bolthole just a few minutes walk from Cheswick Sands, one of the finest and largest beaches on Northumberland's Heritage Coast.One of the best kept secrets of Northumberland, here vast golden sands stretch as far as the eye can see with black basalt rock-pools and dunes to explore and spectacular views across to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Romantic country walks, sunset strolls on the beach or kite-surfing and sand-yachting are all on the doorstep, as well as a cobweb of footpaths and the 192-mile-long cycle routes.
Posted: 3 May 2021
Glampingly uncovers its new UK finds for 2021
Glampingly, Cool Camping's glamorous sister site, is offering bookings for luxurious and out-of-the-ordinary glamping accommodation. It has beefed up its collection ready for a big staycation year with demand set to be huge for summer 2021! UK minimoons are going to be a must-have too with appetites bigger than ever for the winning combination of indulgence and the great outdoors, these latest glamping stays are sure to book out quickly for the year ahead.New on the roster of feel-good stays includes: a two-yurt site a mile from Hadrian's Wall, perfect for a small glamping takeover, three luxury, adults-only, woodland cabins in the grounds of a Scottish castle and a clutch of stylish Derbyshire pods on stilts with hot tubs and supreme countryside views.Check out some of the new UK highlights below and, to view the full 1,500-strong collection of yurts, lodges, cabins, treehouses and everything in between visit glampingly.co.uk
Posted: 30 April 2021
Tinwood Estate in West Sussex open for UK staycations!
With UK minimoons set to sky rocket this year, and lockdown restrictions due to relax, Tinwood Estate in West Sussex is delighted to throw open the gates to guests once more for Vineyard Tours, Wine Tastings, Afternoon Tea and Overnight Stays! The recently-built tasting room already boasts a vast outdoor south facing terrace, overlooking the vines, and a Tinwood marquee and heating will be added in case the Spring weather is not so favourable. Just over an hour from London, next door to the world famous Goodwood Estate, Tinwood is perfect for a day trip. Meet the winegrowers themselves and gain an insight into how they grow the vines and make the wines, with a vineyard tour and full tasting experience. Taking 1.5 hours, you will be shown around the vines and estate, and then taste three glasses of delicious sparkling wine. After the tour you're welcome to stay for an extra glass or a cold bottle!
Posted: 28 April 2021
New hotel, The Rooster, opening on Greek island of Antiparos
new boutique hotel, The Rooster, opening on the under-the-radar Greek island of Antiparos on 1st June 2021. More than a resort, The Rooster is the vision-become-reality of one woman driven to create a destination with depth, value and relevance to today's traveller. Conceived as a wellness and lifestyle resort that embraces 'slow living', The Rooster has been designed with unpretentious aesthetic luxury in mind paired with excellent service, while providing a holistic mindfulness escape. It is a retreat for the discerning traveller that celebrates the soulful Greek island through sustainability, wellness, organic food, learning and fun. Cloistered between the sandy, unspoilt beaches of the Aegean coastline and the dramatic landscape of the Cyclades amidst open fields and the mystical caves of Antiparos, The Rooster exists in complete harmony with nature. It has an enchanting raw beauty with sustainability at its heart, all the while working in harmony with the local community.
Posted: 26 April 2021
New treehouses at Lanrick, Perthshire, Scotland
Five stunning and sustainable treehouses (opened late October 2020), have just released their Spring and Summer bookings. Located in dense woodland on the banks of the River Teith in Perthshire, these treehouses offer a WiFi free, authentic Scottish wilderness experience. Riverside and woodland walks, biking, picnics and salmon and trout fishing are all on the doorstep yet this peaceful off-grid retreat is only an hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Designed by husband and wife team, Simon and Louisa Dickson, each treehouse is named after a local woodland bird and has its own unique design in keeping with the stunning natural surroundings of the Lanrick estate, where Simon grew up. Built from timber from the estate to minimise carbon footprint, the treehouses seamlessly blend into their surroundings. They are powered by air source heat pumps for heating and hot water, while there are cosy log burning stoves (using wood from the estate) for the chillier seasons.
Posted: 23 April 2021
10 of the best UK staycation properties
Holidaying at home can be just as exciting and much more relaxing than planning a trip overseas; and there's never been a better time to explore the cities and countryside on offer across the UK than now. Whether it's beautiful beaches, magical woodlands, rolling hills, or the remote wilderness; our wonderful island has it all and Staycation UK has a guide to 10 of the best UK staycation properties.
Posted: 22 April 2021
Ruby Hotels launch Ruby Louise in Frankfurt, Germany
Ruby Hotels, the Munich-based hotel brand and pioneer of the 'Lean Luxury' philosophy has opened its first property in Germany's financial centre, Ruby Louise in Frankfurt am Main. Ruby Louise comprises of 215 rooms spread over eight floors, an open-plan check-in, bar and café area and a co-working and chill out lounge, connected via a spiral staircase from the bar. At the heart of the property lies a 400m2 roof terrace, providing a green oasis in the middle of the city centre for guests and Frankfurt locals alike. The hotel is named after Louise von Rothschild, the wife of a banker who lived in Frankfurt in the 19th century. The well-educated and socially committed citizen donated, among other things, a private hospital and the Clementine Children's Hospital to the city.
Posted: 21 April 2021
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