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Wedding Journal discovers a world of luxury honeymoon suites with round-the-clock butler service, private plunge pools and personal wine cellars…
Skypool Suite, Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort
Perched atop a cliff in the Italian Village of Sandals’ newest resort, Skypool Suites offer breath-taking views of the pristine Pink Gin beach and romantic Grenadian sunsets, all of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your very own private infinity plunge pool. These indulgent suites are perfect for a romantic getaway in paradise and to top it off, you have the luxury of your very own butler to tend to your every need on honeymoon. Inside the suites are plush with a dining area, lounge space and marble bathroom with claw footed tub, but its outdoors where the magic really happens. Step out of the bedroom into a private plunge pool with an infinity edge or take in the view from your oversized balcony with lounge chairs, dining table and romantic, freestanding soaking tub.
Seven nights staying at Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa on a Luxury Included® (all-inclusive) basis in an Italian Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite costs from £3,139 per person. For further information call Sandals on 0800 597 0002 or visit Sandals.co.uk.
Beach Front Pool Casita Suite, One & Only Palmilla Los Cabos, Mexico
Once the tropical hideaway for the likes of Hemingway and Harlow, this serenely private resort features expansive ocean-facing accommodation that is so achingly beautiful, your heart will skip a beat. The resort was badly damaged by Hurricane Odile in 2014 but reopened in March 2015 as an oasis of sublime luxury and elegance that’s perfect for honeymooners. The Pool Casita Suites are a series of secluded, luxury suites featuring a dreamy beach front infinity-edge pool and separate whirlpool. Situated adjacent to the beach, rooms offer spectacular views of the Baja coast. Step out onto your private terrace, lounge on the daybed and cool off in your own pool – then come evening, enjoy al fresco dining and entertaining under the stars. To top it all off, the bedroom is beautifully appointed and there’s a sumptuous marble bathroom.
Prices start from £2275 pp for a junior suite with Luxuryholidaysdirect.com. For information on the resort visit Palmilla.oneandonlyresorts.com.
Eiffel Duplex Terrace Suite, Shangri-la Hotel, Paris
You can’t fail to be a little bit overwhelmed by the sheer presence of Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. On arrival, its elegant façade and grand staircase brings to mind its legacy as the former home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte and the attentive staff ensure that you receive the royal treatment right from the start. The hotel offers a number of impressive suites but our favourite is the two-storied Eiffel Duplex Terrace Suite which boasts commanding views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine that will have you transfixed. This is one of the most panoramic views of Paris and the old-world elegance of the room, is mirrored in the city that lies just below. A 30-sqm terrace overlooks the Eiffel Tower, offering residents the opportunity to dine alfresco against a backdrop of Paris’ most renowned landmarks. Surely it doesn’t get much more romantic than that?
From €2,900 per night staying in April 2015. To book visit Shangri-la.com/Paris.
Emerald Villa, Ponta dos Ganchos, Bazil
Ponta dos Ganchos is a romantic hideaway set on privately-owned peninsula, surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Emerald Coast. A honeymoon hot spot, this exclusive beach resort offers total privacy and the 25 sophisticated and charming bungalows provide the highest levels of luxury. (Tip: request one of the bungalows that jut out over the ocean for views of the rain forest melting into the emerald sea). The Emerald Villa is the ultimate honeymoon retreat boasting a dry sauna and oceanfront whirlpool bathtub, spa area, your own infinity pool and even a private wine cellar.
Prices from £441 per night at Mrsandmrssmith.com. For more details on the resort visit Pontadosganchos.com.
Crystal Penthouse Suite on Crystal Serenity cruises
Celebrated as one of the finest luxury cruise ships in the world, Crystal Serenity offers unparalleled standards of service, space, quality and choice. A $52 million facelift has seen the ship take on the enviable style of Hollywood glamour and Fifth Avenue elegance. Penthouse suites are the ultimate indulgence where your every wish is attended to by a Penthouse Butler. Sumptuous beds are piled high with plush duvets and the finest linens; bathrooms feature a Jacuzzi bath and shower; there’s 24-hour complimentary in-room dining service, twice-daily housekeeping including nightly turndown service, and so much more. The highlight though has to be your own private verandah where you can sit and sip on a cocktail as the world sails by.
Fly, cruise and stay, 16-night Miami and Caribbean cruise staying in the Crystal Penthouse Suite, £18, 525 pp, Virginholidayscruises.co.uk. For more information on Crystal Cruises visit Crystalcruises.co.uk.