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The OTHER Indian Ocean

HE FAMOUS THREE AREN’T THE ONLY DESTINATIONS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN. BUT YOU MIGHT WANT TO KEEP THESE SECRET IDYLLS TO YOURSELF

THE RESIDENCE ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

We can still hear the friendly cry of ‘Jambo!’ — the warm Swahili hello 11 HRSi that every member of staff greets you with, and its this super service at The Residence Zanzibar that really sets it apart as one slick operator. In 80 acres of palm forest, 66 elegantly designed villas blend Swahili and European influences with all the honeymoon must-haves (private pool, huge egg-shaped bath, butler service) as standard. This is how

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THE Newcomers

BEAT OTHER HONEYMOONERS TO THE HIPPEST HOTELS BY BOOKING ONE OF THESE HOT OPENINGS NOW

MONASTERO SANTA ROSA, ITALY

This 20-room hotel, housed in a 17th-century former convent, has been 11 years in the making. Looking down from a clifltop, it’s gasp-inducingly beautiful and tranquil. Paved terraces dotted with double day-beds, canopied sun loungers and swings a deux cascade down the hillside, to the aqua infinity pool with dizzying views of the sea below. The rooms are all local chestnut and walnut furniture, marble bathrooms, king-size beds and eye-popping sea vistas. This is Italy so food is, naturally, a highlight.

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SPICE OF LIFE

DISCOVER PEACE IN PARADISE AT ESSQUE ZALU ON THE SPICE ISLAND OF ZANZIBAR

‘ZANZIBAR…’ THE WORD ALONE CONJURES ROMANCE. BOASTING SOME OF THE BEST BEACHES in the Indian Ocean, a warm welcome wherever you go and the surreal beauty of a tropical desert island, Zanzibar really does have it all. To top it off, you’re forced to stay clear of big hotel chains because there simply aren’t any. That doesn’t mean you have to opt for a beach shack though — far from it. Essque Zalu is the epitome of chic contemporary living with an injection of exotic flair. Boasting

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GET FAR FROM THE CROWDS ON ONE OF THESE OF-THE-BEATEN-TRACK HONEYMOON TRIPS

HOSHINOYA KYOTO, JAPAN

It» you need an antidote to the stress of wedding planning, nowhere provides Zen-like calm better than Hoshinoya. Kyoto is another world, with narrow wooden streets, geishas, Shinto shrines and dry temple gardens made of rock and gravel, which are loaded with symbolic and historic meaning. The Hoshinoya Ryokan (inn) delivers an ‘authentic Japan with modern comfort’, and delicate interiors feature exquisite woodblock-printed paper and an aromatic cedar bath, which releases fragrance as it fills with water. A Michelin-starred restaurant tempts with soba noodles and matsutake mushroom soup, while beyond is the Oku-no-niwa zen garden.

WOW FACTOR

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Eurostars

WHO SAYS YOU NEED TO GO LONG-HAUL TO GO LUXE? DITCH THE IN-FLIGHT DINING AND FORGET ABOUT JET LAG. YOUR HONEYMOON IS JUST A FEW HOURS AWAY…

THE ROMANOS, GREECE

Set on the Peloponnese peninsula, the eco-resort of Costa Navarino is built over 10,000 acres of lavender and rosemary 3 HRS fields, dotted with thousands of olive trees. With swathes of deserted beaches overlooking the shimmering Ionian Sea, the area is famed for its natural beauty. The Luxury Collection hotel group has made a palace here, all gleaming, pillared and marble. Discreetly built into the hillside, The Romanos is designed

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Beachside BLISS

YOU’LL FIND SUN, SEA AND SAND IN MANY PLACES — BUT THESE ONES ARE THE BEST

BANYAN TREE KOH SAMUI, THAILAND

If you want your beach with a bit of a buzz, Koh Samui is the place for you. The third largest island in Thailand, Samui has also become one of the most sophisticated, with an impressive choice of luxe hotels, fashionable restaurants and bars at white-sand beaches. But you’ll find it hard to venture out once you’ve checked into Banyan Tree Koh Samui, hugging the cliffs of Lamai Bay. Chic villas range from a healthy 130sq m to the

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The Museum of Fine Arts. Pushkin Festival opened December Nights

In the twenty-eighth time in the White Hall of the Museum of Fine Arts opened the festival "December Nights", since the foundation of Sviatoslav Richter preserves the status of the elite cultural events winter in Moscow.

This year’s musical evenings will be held in the entourage of William Turner’s painting under the motto "Dedication Turner: the image and sound." Start the program gave the American Chamber Ensemble violinist Pinchas Zukerman (The Zukerman ChamberPlayers), performed the works of Dvorak, Brahms and Elgar.

Despite the "English" accent present "December Nights", the central character whose frenetic and brilliant Briton William Turner appears

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The Museum of Fine Arts. Pushkin Festival opened December Nights

In the twenty-eighth time in the White Hall of the Museum of Fine Arts opened the festival "December Nights", since the foundation of Sviatoslav Richter preserves the status of the elite cultural events winter in Moscow.

This year's musical evenings will be held in the entourage of William Turner's painting under the motto "Dedication Turner: the image and sound." Start the program gave the American Chamber Ensemble violinist Pinchas Zukerman (The Zukerman ChamberPlayers), performed the works of Dvorak, Brahms and Elgar.

Despite the "English" accent present "December Nights", the central character whose frenetic and brilliant Briton William Turner

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