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Steeped in thousands of years of fascinating history and boasting postcard perfect vistas, plus a thriving foodie and style scene, Bath is a gorgeous town nestled in the undulating hills of the English countryside. A short one and a half hour train ride from nation’s capital, it’s also a breeze to get to. So if London is on your honeymoon wish list, a few days in Bath could be a delightful addition to your itinerary.

To do

No matter whether you’re a foodie couple, stylish pair, sporty duo, or tired twosome in need of a post wedding pamper session, Bath is bound to offer an activity or two that you and your love will adore!

Take a stroll

One of the loveliest ways to enjoy Bath is by spending a few hours simply strolling along its beautiful streets, while ticking off some of the must-sees along the way. Head to Pulteney Bridge for a photo stop, before making your way across the bridge to see the lovely array of florists, art stores and clothing shops which line each side.

A visit to the architecturally beautiful Bath Abbey is another essential experience and includes the chance to see stunning glass windows, beautiful ceiling work and elaborate woodwork, all the while being immersed in hundreds of years of history.

Roman Baths

Of course, no visit to Bath would be complete without visiting its namesake attraction – the truly visionary original Roman Baths, located in the heart of town. Take a self-guided audio tour around the original mineral baths, spas, plunge pools and treatment rooms of this well-preserved ancient marvel and discover more about the Roman culture, customs and way of life.

Thermae Bath Spa

Spend a blissful afternoon luxuriating in the naturally warm mineral waters at the renowned Thermae Bath Spa. Book a spa pass to enjoy two hours of decadent relaxation, including access to the jaw-dropping rooftop pool which offers 270 degree views of the city and beyond! After an outdoor dip, venture below to the Wellness Suite to enjoy an infrared sauna, refreshing visit to the ice chamber, rainforest showers and multiple steam rooms. In need of extra pampering after your big day? Pre-book a couples massage after your spa session and enjoy fifty minutes of pure relaxation.

Down to the river

On a sunny day, wander across the Pulteney Bridge and up to the Bath Boating Station to take a punt on your boating skills! Depending on your sense of adventure, opt to canoe, row or even punt your way along the picturesque River Avon, before returning to the dock and enjoying a well-deserved drink or meal at the adjoining Bathwick Boatman Restaurant. Dine inside or enjoy a glass of bubbles alfresco in the simply sublime garden area, while watching the boats go by – perfect!

Dining

From casual bakeries to gastro pubs and Michelin star dining, Bath is a gourmet go-to that has something for every palate and budget.

Breakfast – Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House

Part roll, part brioche, the eponymous Sally Lunn bun is an intrinsic part of Bath’s gastronomic history, so it seems fitting to start the day at this delicious establishment! Set over two levels, complete with grand fireplaces and a rickety staircase, Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House is one of Bath’s oldest homes, dating back to the 1400s. Order the decadent cinnamon butter or fragrant lemon curd bun and a pot of Bath blend coffee for a sweet wake up call worth getting out of bed for.

Take home treats – The Foodie Bugle Shop

Lovers of decidedly English homewares, sweet treats, pretty stationery and dreamy interiors will adore the gorgeous store-cum-café The Foodie Bugle Shop, a Bath favourite. Step into this lovely space for a light lunch or sweet treat before browsing the shelves lined with neatly curated collections of local produce and kitchen delights, like gooey honeycomb, enamel mugs, plaid tea towels and artisanal chocolates.

Afternoon Tea – Burano Café

After a few hours of wandering along Bath’s delightful winding streets, alleys and avenues it’s time for an afternoon pick-me-up with a side of shopping! Tucked away behind the gorgeous House of Brissi homewares store, you will find a delightful walled courtyard café; complete with fairy lights, blooming flower boxes and cute wall installations. Order a mini Victoria sponge cake and a requisite pot of Earl Grey for a delectable (and Instagrammable!) afternoon tea.

Dinner – Hare and Hounds

A few minutes drive out of the town centre, the Hare and Hounds is a stately stone pub bolstered by sweeping hillside views and an impressive British menu. An essential stop for nature-loving foodies, this gastro pub serves up a modern-meets-patriotic selection of pub classics, mixed with more adventurous entrees and divine desserts. Plus, it’s an all-seasons location – opt to relax on the gorgeous back deck on warmer evenings or retreat to the cosy interior on cooler nights.

Stay

Blessed with an abundance of quality accommodation options, Bath makes a simply sublime honeymoon spot. Home to quaint guesthouses, grand heritage estates and trendy boutique hotels, this riverside locale has a home-away-from-home to cater to a variety of personal tastes.

Brittons Farm Estate

If butler-style breakfasts delivered to your room, quintessentially British interiors and verdant country vistas sound like your idea of honeymoon bliss, reserve a suite at Brittons Farm Estate; a rustic retreat located around 15 minutes from the town centre. Tucked away down a quiet country lane, this sprawling 1643 Jacobean property offers luxury accommodation set amongst 42 acres of manicured gardens and grassy meadows – complete with resident horses!

Choose a delightful room in the main house or select one of the luxuriously appointed suites finished with original stone walls, heated flagstone floors, deep soaking tubs, rain showers and lush bath products by The White Company. You will truly never want to leave!

All images by Anika Reynolds.

Ms Zigzag says: Bath was never on my travel hit-list… until now! It sounds so quaint and romantic, and I can definitely imagine strolling countryside enjoying the fresh air, digging into the quintessentially English fare and those natural baths! Thanks for the travel inspiration, Anika! 

 

 

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Danny is the creative behind travel blog, I Must Travel, where he shares his stories of meeting people from all over the world, experiencing different cultures and exploring exotic landscapes. I Must Travel attracts people from around the globe seeking tips and advice on all the places Danny has personally visited. He shares his own experiences and has some beautiful photographs to compliment each tale. He took some time out to share his tips for the perfect must-see honeymoon locations!

What is your favourite region?

My favourite places to visit are rainforests because there is such a diversity of flora and fauna. The beauty of them is unparrelled to any other landscape. Some of my favourites I have visited are Cat Tien – Vietnam, Lamington National Park – Australia, Kaeng Krachan – Thailand.

Lamington National Park

Top resort recommendations?

Personally I am not one for staying in 5 star resorts, I am more of a minimalistic budget backpacker and try to save as much money as possible. In saying that, I have had the pleasure of staying in an amazing resort that gives you your own private villa, breakfast on your table before you even wake up with amazing hospitality and in a beautiful place. Its called Rouge and is located in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Bali itself its a breath-taking experience and coupled with this gem is an experience of a lifetime.

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?

I am quite adventurous and outgoing so a hike up a volcano to see the sunrise would be magical (you can do that at Mt Batur in Bali). A Gondola ride in the rustic city of Venice is a relaxing romantic activity. I also think snorkelling or scuba-diving in clear blue waters in a tropical place while holding hands sounds like bliss.

The ideal location for a proposal?

I personally think any location thousands metres above sea level with a spectacular view is exceptionally epic. High up above the clouds you will literally be on cloud 9. If that’s not your cup of tea perhaps going to Italy and doing it on Juliet’s Balcony in Verona. Want something a little private? How about your own private cave pool overlooking the ocean in Santorini, Greece?

Best kept secret honeymoon location?

Bounty Island, Fiji. A very small Island which you can walk around in 30 minutes but you can always find your own private beach to relax or do whatever you want.

Bounty Island in Fiji

There are coral reefs surrounding the island so you can snorkel anytime you want. One night my girlfriend and I lay on a blanket on our own on the white sands, sharing a bottle of wine, listening to the sounds of the ocean and staring up at the sky lit up by thousands of stars. Bliss.

Bounty Island in Fiji

All images via Danny from I Must Travel

Ms Zigzag says: I’m loving globetrotter Danny’s tips for all things combining romance and travel. I think holidays really bring out the most romantic and relaxed side in all of us. Danny is so lucky to have experienced these blissful locations firsthand. 

 

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Sri Lanka is finally being uncovered as one of the most beautiful places to honeymoon. Picked as one of the top destinations of the year, it’s a place not to be missed!

Sri Lanka is home to approximately 21,203,000 people who enjoy a tropical and warm climate all year round, making it the perfect escape for your honeymoon. From rainforests, to beaches to highlands, this country has a place to suit everyone. Let’s explore what Sri Lanka has to offer…

Where to stay:

Wallawwa Hotel

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You wouldn’t believe this hidden gem is only a fifteen minute drive away from an international airport. Wallawwa Hotel is not short on luxury having originally been a two hundred-year-old manor house that has thoughtfully been restored.

A spa, two acres of gardens, restaurant and bar, a library, shop and Wi-Fi are only a few of the hotel’s facilities.

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Bougainvillea Retreat

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Located only an hours drive away from Kandy, is this luxurious retreat where you can escape the city to relax and unwind in peace. Bougainvillea Retreat was built in 2002 originally as a private home but later expanded into the luxurious escape you can expect today.

This boutique retreat offers only eight rooms so make sure to book in advance.

Image via Bougainvillea Retreat

By day take in the views of the Sri Lankan country side, sip cocktails by the pool or try a yoga lesson. By night visit the cinema and feast on local produce masterfully prepared by the Retreat’s chef.

Image via Bougainvillea Retreat

What to do:

Udawalawe National Park

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Udawalawe National Park is the place to go to see elephants. They are known for raising elephant calf’s that have been left orphaned due to poaching. Here, they raise the elephants until they are around five years old, then they are released into a monitored and safe environment. It has one of the highest concentration of elephants in Sri Lanka!

With over 30,000 hectares to wander, you’ll have the chance to spot not only elephants but a number of bird species, foxes, wild boar, mongooses, water buffalos and deer.

Book a tour and feel the excitement as you and your loved one witness some of the most beautiful creatures in the world.

Hikkaduwa Beach

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Fancy going for a surf? Hikkaduwa Beach is a 2 and a half hour drive from Sri Lanka’s capital and boasts waves of up to 3 metres high from November to March. It has been rated the second best surfing beach in all of Sri Lanka!

Don’t worry if you’re not much of a surfer, you can try snorkelling instead. The beach is known for regular turtle sightings due to its close proximity to Hikkaduwa Turtle Hatchery.

Adam’s Peak

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For all you hiking enthusiasts and lovers of nature this is not to be missed. You’ll find Adam’s Peak in central Sri Lanka where it is surrounded by forests and wildlife including leopards and elephants! The peak itself is 2,243m tall and you’ll have 6 tracks to pick from to start your hike. Take the trek during the off season to avoid the crowds and bask in the grandeur of the sights around you.  If you choose to go during the off season expect some rain but it’ll be well worth it, you might even catch a glimpse of all seven waterfalls at the same time!

We hope you can enjoy these hidden gems and the adventure that comes with exploring new places with that special someone. Make some lasting memories in a place so full of beauty you wont forget it.

Ms Zigzag says: With a warm climate year-round and such an interesting variety of activities to do and diverse culture to engage in, Sri Lanka should be a destination that you and your hunny definitely consider for your most romantic getaway yet!