Weddings

Honeymoon spotlight: Thailand

With private beachside residences, buzzing cities and incredible island culture, this tropical paradise is the ultimate romantic destination.

Thailand Koh Samui

Koh Samui

This tropical, island paradise is literally what honeymoon dreams are made of. If you picture your ultimate post-wedding getaway, chances are it's lined by palm trees and surrounded by the crysal clear waters of this incredible destination. With so much natural beauty you'll never run out of things to see and do but this locale is just as easily enjoyed sipping a cocktail by the pool.

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Luxurious and oh-so-romantic, this stunning property is surrounded by 17 acres of tropical gardens. You'll be surrounded by hibiscus, bougainvilliea and coconut trees - which you'll no doubt sip on throughout your stay. Every backdrop is more gorgeous than the next. Get ready to annoy all your friends back home with a stream of incredible shots of your honeymoon stay.

Keen to relax?

Belmond Napasai offers completely private Oceanfront Pool Residences. They're amazing if you've brought some friends along for the celebrations but just as luxe and lovely with just the two of you. There's so much space you'll barely know what to do with it! If you're after a holiday where you literally don't want to leave your room, this is the ultimate fit for you. Completely self contained with it's own bedroom building, fully-fitted kitchen, outdoor dining space, separate lounge room, private pool (yep that's right!), private beach space and packed with balconies, terraces and pool decks for you to stretch out and let the stress of planning literally melt away. You can't get a better place to stay in the entire island!

So relaxed you can't drag yourself away from your residence to visit the spa? No problem! Your own personal massage sala is set up metres away from your private pool and a spa specialist can be sent straight to your room for your treatment. The ultimate couples massage set up!

Looking for adventure?

Koh Samui is not just a spot to lay by the pool and relax (although that's definately one of it's major perks!), there's also a host of outdoor activities surrounded by the intense natural beauty. A day trip to Angthong Islands National Park is a must do! Snorkel through underwater caves filled with marine life and crystal waters then kayak between beaches surrounded by those incredible thai cliff islands - perfect for taking holiday snaps. Make sure you stop off for a quick hike before heading home to see the Emerald Lake - absolutely breathtaking.

Want to work up a sweat?

No we're not talking about that kind of sweat! Soak up some Thai culture during your stay and get a lesson in Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand. Complimentary classes are offered each week in the resort where you can learn to kick and punch like an expert fighter and even to stretghen your mental discipline. If this sweaty style of workout is not quite your speed for your honeymoon take advantage of the yoga classes. You can order a teacher straight to your residence to lead you in your practice!

Bangkok

If city skylines and buzzing streets are more your speed, the Thai capital is the perfect place. Filled with fantastic street markets to wander through and shopping centres that literally connect to your hotel, it's a shopping paradise packed with historical culture and views to soak up.

Stay

This five star hotel is the perfect place for newlyweds to enjoy the vibrant culture of Bangkok. A little luxury in the very heart of the city, you'll experience incredible panoramic views from the rooftop pool as you enjoy a morning swim, before heading into the shopping paradise, Central World, seven floors of retail delights that is literally attached to your hotel. It's time to spend up! With a heavenly spa, breathtaking rooftop and poolside bars as well as romantic restaurants with floor to ceiling windows looking over the city, it's the perfect base to explore Bangkok.

Fancy a drink?

Nothing beats an early evening cocktail in red sky, the hotels bar that sits a cool 55 floors above the city and boasts 360 views to soak up as the sun goes down. CRU Champagne bar, the world’s highest al fresco champagne bar where you can sip champagne cocktails or a celebratory flute of Pink Mumm No.1, served no where else in the whole of thailand.

Keen to relax?

If the city gets a little too much and you want to give yourselves a little time to relax, head for a wellness treatment at the Let's Relax Onsen Spa in Thonglor. Submerge yourself in the pools of varying temperatures and sweat it out in the sauna designed to relax and rejuvanate the body before heading to a couples massage room for a traditional Thai massage.

Want to explore the culture?

Despite being a buzzing Asian metropolis, Bangkok also has a rich history of monarchy and a simplistic local life. No visit to this intriguing city is complete without stopping by The Grand Palace, home to the Thai royal family since 1782. It's beauty spans across 218,400 square metres of grounds filled with ornate temples decorated with marble, tiles and gold. Take time to look at the incredibly detailed murals across many of the building walls that speak to traditional Thai heritage.

After experiencing the rich opulence of the royal grand palace, take a step into the local life of many Thai people heading off on a river boat. You'll fly across the water, winding through the city and then into more modest and simple Thai dwellings of the riverbank dwellers, it's a great way to experience the blend of this city.

Take a Thai cooking class as newlyweds and master making tasty treats for each other. Amrita Cooking School is just a little trip down the river from the main city centre of Bangkok but offers such an authentic experience its worth the trip. Explore the garden with the owner and head chef who has lived on the waterside property with her extended family for years. After being taken through the herb and vegetable garden and learning about the key ingredients for Thai cooking (including a demonstration on how to create your own coconut milk) you'll be taken to your station to learn four fantastic Thai meals. Even the worst cooks will be whipping up delicacies in no time at all! We love the savory coconut pancakes!

After something a little extra?

Forget flying, if you're looking to travel out of Bangkok why not board The Eastern & Oriental Express train to Singapore. You'll see so much of the Thai countryside and travel past the legendary River Kwai as you sip on flamed pineapple cocktails on this luxury sleeper train. You'll feel like you're in the movies (literally, the remake of the Orient Express hits cinemas later this year) as you have dinner in the super luxe-styled dining cart or retire to your suite for the night. Soak up more of the culture with stops along the way in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. You can even hire your own DJ to come aboard!