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While we twiddle our thumbs and wait for summer, let’s think about honeymoons for a change! The lovely folks from 101 Honeymoons (who you will find in the English Wedding Directory) have shared some fave destinations with us today… and while I’m a Sugar & Loaf style, UK glamping girl at heart, those stunning blue seas and skies of the Maldives are looking pretty appealing right now! Which is your dream honeymoon destination?

1. The dreamy islands of the Maldives and the exciting buzz of the Arabian Gulf make a great combination, particularly for a winter honeymoon. Many flights to the Maldives now include a change of aircraft in Dubai or Abu Dhabi so it’s easy to add on a few days of dining, shopping and sightseeing. Find the best two-centres with Barefoot Traveller.

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2. For a gorgeous eco-friendly honeymoon close to home, check out Sugar & Loaf which has a charming collection of romantic cottages for two, yurts in summer meadows and boho-style boutique hotels, mostly in rural Wales.

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A guest article by Bibi at Truly Experiences

You’re about to get hitched. You’re happy. You’re head-over-heels in love. But you’re heavily distracted by one not-so-tiny, crucial detail – where to go on your honeymoon!

The way I see it, honeymoons are a personal reward for you and your new life partner. After months of wedding stress, the two of you can stop worrying about your friends and family, and just focus on yourselves. It’s a wonderful opportunity (before the realities of life start again) when you can splurge on unique honeymoon destinations and experiences and not feel guilty. So make the most of it!

Sure, you can fly off to a white sandy beach and lounge around with a Pina Colada in your hand. But why not rather spend your time (and money) on a bucket-list-worthy experience? An out-of-this-world location you’ve always wanted to visit, or an adventurous escape you’ve always wanted to do. Something that you’ll never forget. Something that you can look back on and say wow, remember how we started our lives together?

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Because English Wedding blog focuses on weddings close to home, there isn’t much opportunity to venture to exotic locations or to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at fabulous destinations. However… as it’s so cold outside, and we’re all wrapped up in scarves and thermals this month, I thought it was time to talk honeymoons! This is a guest blog post – I hope you enjoy it.

For many couples postulating and pondering over where to go on their honeymoon can be a tricky task and more often than not the last thing on their minds is the perceived rough and tumble of an African safari. Indeed usually those first envisaged flashes of inspiration are embodied by three simple elements; a wide swathe of powder white sand, the warmth of an unbroken sun-filled sky and the gentle lapping waters of a gin-clear tropical ocean. Quite the picture postcard; and who am I to argue that this Robinson Crusoe-esque idyll isn’t the perfect way to celebrate a loving new union?

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Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent is pleased to announce the launch of their online Honeymoon Gift List Service.

The service offers wedding guests the opportunity to contribute towards a couple’s honeymoon by purchasing a specific experience or making a more general contribution.

Couples visiting the online service can order a ‘Honeymoon Destination Planner’ which highlights month by month some of Abercrombie & Kent’s favourite luxury honeymoon destinations and properties around the world.

This new interactive service, coordinated by an experienced travel specialist, will offer the bride and groom a personalised honeymoon itinerary, discretely available online to wedding guests using a password, and the ability to send messages and thank you notes to family and friends attending the wedding.

On return from their honeymoon, they receive an Abercrombie & Kent honeymoon album, detailing the gifts, contributions and messages.

Justin Wateridge, Managing Director of Abercrombie & Kent said “At Abercrombie & Kent we pride ourselves on offering a truly memorable travel experience. Our new facility offers an easy, relaxed and accessible way for family and friends to contribute towards a honeymoon and for their messages to be included in the lasting honeymoon album”.