The Most Stylish European Beach Honeymoons
5th June 2015
by Georgie Lane
Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be rather stressful. If you are completely exhausted after the biggest day of your life, and don’t like the idea of a long haul flight, why not consider honeymooning in Europe? If you are getting married in the UK in the spring or summer months, a European honeymoon is ideal as the weather (hopefully!) will be gorgeous. And who says you have to travel the world to find the perfect beach? There are some amazing beach honeymoons only a few hours away from the UK. Here’s our pick of the most stylish European beach honeymoons.
1. NIKKI BEACH PORTO HELI, GREECE
With an alluring philosophy of ‘Stay, Live, Play’, the new Nikki Beach hotel in Greece’s Peloponnese region sits right on a golden sandy beach looking over the picturesque village of Porto Heli. Slick, stylish and super high-tech, this is the hotel for the very coolest of honeymoons.
2. BELMOND VILLA SANT’ANDREA, SICILY
With its own private beach on the Bay of Mazzarò, the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea is full of old-fashioned Italian glamour. Don’t miss the hotel’s complimentary cruises around the coast on a traditional Sicilian boat – perfect for exploring all of the island’s pretty coves and forgotten grottos. Take a trip out on the hotel’s traditional Sicilian boat to explore the enchanting local covesDon’t miss teatime on the terrace overlooking the crystal clear sea. Relax undisturbed on the hotel’s private beach on the Bay of Mazzarò.
3. WHITE PALACE, CRETE
A haven of turquoise and blue, the beautiful new White Palace on the sunny island of Crete is ideal for design-loving honeymooners. Book the gorgeous Yali Suite, named after the Greek word for seaside, for your own private infinity pool overlooking the sea – the ultimate romantic indulgence. The romantic Yali Suite has its own infinity pool looking out onto the beach. Cool-hunting couples will love the White Palace’s design-inspired architecture. Each of the crisp white rooms have stunning views of the sea.
4. TIARA YAKTSA, FRANCE
Late night dips in the moonlit pool are actively encouraged at this romantic Moroccan-inspired hotel on the French Riviera. Situated just around the corner from Cannes in Theoule-Sur-Mer, Tiara Yaksta is just as glamorous, and the sea views through the Cyprus trees lead down to your own private cove. The beautiful rooms look out to the ocean and the hotel’s private cove. Tiara Yaksta’s pretty pool is perfect for a midnight dip. Breakfast is served under the shady Cyprus trees in this stylish French Riviera hotel.
5. THE SCARLET, UK
To say that The Scarlet has amazing sea views is something of an understatement. Perched on a rocky bluff above one of Cornwall’s sandy surfing beaches, this modern adults-only eco-hotel perfectly captures the romance of the English coast. Best enjoyed with a glass of champagne in one of the outdoor hot tubs under the evening stars. Watch the sun set on The Scarlet’s chilled-out terrace. This eco-hotel is perfectly located for exploring the dramatic Cornish coast. Don’t miss the outdoor hot tubs for a little cliff-side romance.
6. KEMPINSKI BARBAROS BAY, TURKEY
If you follow the pink bougainvillea-laden pathway down to Barbaros Bay’s private beach before breakfast, you’ll most likely be the only couple there. And don’t worry about being disturbed either – the beautifully serene Silent Beach is adults-only, making it the ideal spot to relax together by the sparkling Aegean Sea. Soak up the sunshine next to the sparkling Aegean Sea at Barbaros Bay. Hit the award-winning spa overlooking the sea for a soothing couples massage. Expect clear blue waters as far as the eye can see.
7. FINCA CORTESIN, SPAIN
Based on a traditional Spanish country estate, Finca Cortesin is exactly what you’d expect – all terracotta tiles and whitewashed walls concealing pretty floral courtyards. A walk through the honeysuckle and citrus trees takes you down to the Beach Club where you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous golden sands and views across the sea to Africa. Totally spectacular. This stunning Spanish hotel is based on a traditional country estate, or ‘Finca. ’Paired-back four-poster rooms give Finca Cortesin understated appeal. Views from the Beach Club stretch across the sea to Africa.
8. GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS, FRANCE
This sedate seaside property by the quaint village of Locquirec in Brittany is totally low-key, with its creamy coastal interiors and amazing French cuisine. Book one of the sea view suites so that you can throw open the balcony windows and let the salty breeze drift in while you while away the hours together in bed. The hotel’s craggy beach is full of rugged romance. Throw open the shutters and let the salty breeze in at this quaint seaside hotel. Cosy and unpretentious, rooms here all have that airy, coastal feel.
9. MARBELLA CLUB, SPAIN
Frequented by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn and Spanish royalty, the legendary Marbella Club still retains that unmistakable air of glamour. Perfectly manicured botanical gardens lead down to the beachfront on Marbella’s Golden Mile, where the hotel’s dedicated Beach Club lets you spend all day lazing together on the warm Spanish sand. Watch the sun set over dinner at the hotel’s beautiful Beach Club. Four-poster suites hidden in the gorgeous gardens make for perfectly private hideaways.
10. VILA VITA PARC, PORTUGAL
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Portugal’s Vila Vita Parc was made for beach honeymoons. Lazy breakfasts are served on your private roof terrace overlooking the Atlantic, while the hotel’s private yacht will take you out to explore the local coastline. Find a secret sandy cove, moor up and enjoy…
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