Here on The Natural Wedding Company blog I’ve recently been introducing some guest bloggers in the form of my TNWC Real Brides – it’s been lovely for me to share the blog with others, and I hope you’ve been enjoying their wedding plans so far. Today I’m going to hand the blog over to one of my fab TNWC businesses to tell you all about something they specialise in – stunning, ethical honeymoons.
Amanda set up Tribes Travel with her husband 15 years ago after spending many years as a travel guide. Their ethos for Tribes Travel is all about giving you the very best holiday experience possible, whilst trying to ensure that travel is sustainable. You must check out their website for some of the wonderful holidays and trips they offer, but today Amanda is going to give you her recommendations for their top five honeymoon destinations.
Over to Amanda…
Someone in our office is getting married and we were discussing where she should go on her honeymoon. Since selling holidays and honeymoons is what we do, we of course all had definite personal views as to what would make the perfect honeymoon.
A beach came high on the list of many of us, luxury was a must, and romantic accommodation was undeniably important. We decided to forgo what some of our more active clients have chosen in the past for a honeymoon – Kilimanjaro!
Our top 5 honeymoon destinations eventually came down to the following list of exciting holidays and wonderful places to stay.
We are all wildlife and nature lovers, and this luxury combination of an exciting safari in the Masai Mara followed by an indulgent stay at an exclusive beach house on the southern coast of Kenya certainly worked for us. Not only is the accommodation on this honeymoon absolutely superb, personal and romantic, but you’ll end up with memories to treasure of the special places and experiences you’ll enjoy on this holiday.
Nestled amongst the mountains of Portugal you’ll find a romantic yurt, beautifully furnished and surrounded by olive and fruit trees and vines on an organic smallholding – the perfect place for a ‘get away from it all’ honeymoon. Hannah and Derek who run Yurt Holiday Portugal are offering all couples who book their honeymoon with them throughout 2012 a delicious heart-shaped cake on arrival on top of the other goodies their honeymoon packages include.
Yurt Holiday Portugal offer honeymoon packages that include breakfast, lunch and dinners if you wish, as well as bubbly on your arrival. Evening meals are served outside your yurt beneath the stars, and during the day you can hike in the hills or find beautiful spots nearby for wild swimming.
Get a complimentary bottle of champagne when you honeymoon in a luxury yurt at Secret Cloud House Holidays
Secret Cloud House Holidays offers luxury yurts hidden away in the Derbyshire countryside that are perfect for a romantic and relaxing honeymoon. To celebrate our birthday, they are offering a complimentary bottle of chilled champagne on arrival for couples booking a 4 night midweek stay.
You can unwind in the wood-fired hot tub, snuggle up in a handmade bed with featherdown bedding, and enjoy candlelit dinners. There are three yurts each romantically named after the countryside – Blackberry, Rosehip and Elderflower – each with a wood-burning stove to keep you cosy, or for cooking a delicious slow-cooked meal.
Pippins is a romantic self-catering cottage set amongst the lavender fields and vineyards in Hungary. This pretty honeymoon bolthole has whitewashed wooden clad walls, a private terrace and pool, and is surrounded by unspoilt countryside.
The cottage is set out in an open-plan style with a separate bathroom, and in the winter months you can snuggle up in front of a crackling woodstove. In the summer Pippins runs 95% on energy produced by the PV panels located on the cottage roof, and in winter its heating and hot water are produced by the log fire.
It’s hard to know where to begin telling you about our visit to Cornish Tipi Weddings because you really have to visit to get a feel for what this place is really like. You need to go and soak it up, all the beautiful photographs will only go so far in showing you what a special place it is.
I’ve supplemented my own photos with those from Cornish Tipi Weddings and Green Photographic as I think that seeing weddings happening on site gives you the best feel for what it would be like, short of visiting yourself.
Following our directions to Cornish Tipi Weddings (also Cornish Tipi Holidays) we pulled off the lane and headed down a bumpy track. We were greeted by Oggy, the warm and welcoming warden who takes care of the site, before following him down into the woodland towards our tipi. All the paths were just like this…
The site is set amongst 16 acres of secret woodland, each tipi nestled amongst its own woodland glade – ours was high up above the lake and aptly named ‘Overlake’. Cornish Tipi Holidays is just like camping, but you don’t have to take a tent or cooking equipment, these are all provided. This was our tipi…
There will be more to come on our weekend at Cornish Tipi Holidays, including what I thought of their wedding venue and what this unusual place has to offer couples looking for an outdoor or woodland wedding. But for now, I just wanted to share a few photos…
All of the above things will be possible this weekend, because this is where we’re off to…
I also plan to eat lots of clotted cream and scones, go rock-pooling, listen to the Fisherman’s Friends in Port Isaac, trough my way through a dozen pasties, cook a campfire dinner or two, laze about Wind and the Willows style in a wooden rowing boat, and maybe cycle the Camel Trail.
I will be taking lot so snaps (if I’m not too relaxed!) so that I can share with you what this magical sounding place is like. Perhaps a possible for your honeymoon list, or if you’re looking for a wedding venue this could be your place. I will be back next week with a full report.