SWEPT AWAY

FOR A SOPHISTICATED EUROPEAN GETAWAY, OPT FOR THE GREEK ISLANDS AND UNLEASH YOUR INNER GODDESS

BOASTING CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS, GOLDEN-SAND BEACHES AND RUSTIC TAVERNAS overflowing with fresh local seafood, the island of Skiathos in Greece is a brilliant choice for honeymooners seeking an old-world escape with a dash of glamour.

You’re certain to fall in love with the island’s traditional blue and white architecture, and thanks to a happening harbour scene, there’s no chance of island ennui setting in.

Run by forward-thinking hoteliers, the Santikos family, each delivers a first-class experience. Skiathos Princess is sophisticated and understated with beautiful gardens and one of the best beaches in the Aegean (Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth stayed during filming of Mamma Mia), while the Aegean Suites, an adult-only all-suite hotel perched high above Skiathos town offers a more intimate private experience. Choosing between them was never going to be easy, but either way, your inner Greek goddess will be dancing the samba. Then again, you could iust book one week at each…

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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING UNIQUE FOR YOUR BIG TRIP?

WHATEVER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ON YOUR HONEYMOON,

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts and The Turquoise Holiday Company have the hottest picks for 2014. So. will it be paradise on a private island with just six suites? A journey of discovery in Vietnam? Magical Arabian nights? Or blissful days on the beach in Thailand?

The Maldives tops many wish lists, but if you are looking for a unique way to experience paradise, how about a gorgeous stingray-shaped island with just six tented pool villas? Banyan Tree Madivaru is safari-style meets Robinson Crusoe, with each villa designed so you never have to leave — a butler is on hand 24/7 to arrange anything from dinner to a dolphin cruise.

You’ll have shimmering sand aplenty at Banyan Tree Al Wadi — a short drive from Dubai. Here, bedouin-style tents sit on rolling sand dunes, each with a private pool. Guests can relax on a nearby beach, go camel riding in the desert, be pampered like an Arabian queen in the spa, or simply star-gaze from the roof terrace of Moon Bar.

Surrounded by mountains, national parks, as well as cultural and historic sites, this unique destination also boasts a stunning beach.

If you are after a completely private beach, head straight to Banyan Tree Samui. Above it. huge pool villas rise up on the hillside like tree-houses, and the Rainforest spa offers unique hydrothermal treatments. Bliss…

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