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DESTINATIONS SUMMER HONEYMOONS WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS


warmest times of the year to visit Mexico, when the average temperature is a scorching 28C, making it a perfect choice for a summer honeymoon. This month is also a good time to see turtles nesting, and the hotel beach is home to plenty. Honeymoon couples can swim with the turtles too.” Book it: Funway Holidays offers seven nights’ all-inclusive in a Junior Suite Swim Out at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya from £1,912 in July 2019, including American Airlines flights from Gatwick. funway4agents.co.uk Or try: The Maldives is a honeymoon favourite, and while there’s plenty to do if you’ve got energy to burn – snorkel with manta rays, dive on the house reef, or try one of myriad water sports – most guests content themselves with kicking back on their overwater sun deck or taking a stroll along a white- sand shore. New stargazing sessions at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, home to an overwater observatory and a ‘sky guru’ to explain what you’re seeing, are a good selling point for romantic types.


w THE BUCKET LISTERS It’s probably not going to be the couple’s first time away together, but it should definitely be the most memorable, so why not put that honeymoon budget to good use and help them go further or do more than they’ve ever done on holiday before? The ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ tag is


much overused, but seeing the great migration in Kenya – when 1.5 million wildebeest make the arduous journey from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the plains of the Masai Mara – is worthy of


The ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ tag is much overused, but the great migration of 1.5 million wildebeest is worthy of the title


the title for sheer spectacle alone. It’s a dramatic fight for survival as the wildebeest, along with hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, cross crocodile-filled rivers and journey thousands of miles over wild terrain in search of food, while being pursued by hungry predators. Alison Holman, Africa product manager at Cox & Kings, says: “Book early for Kenya’s great migration in August and September 2019, as it’s the


most popular time to view wildlife. As the wildebeest cross the Mara River, you will see dramatic scenes as crocodiles eagerly await their prey. After a safari, a popular choice is to add a beach extension, whether that’s in Kenya, the Seychelles or Zanzibar, depending on which one best suits the budget.” Book it: Cox & Kings offers a nine-night private trip to see the great migration in Kenya, with four nights at Rekero Camp in the Masai Mara and five nights at Alfajiri Villas on the Kenyan coast. Prices start at £7,440 per person based on two sharing, including flights, transfers, all meals, game drives, park fees and local drinks. coxandkings.co.uk Or try: Our summer is the southern hemisphere’s winter, so unless clients are looking for chillier climes, it’s best to stay near the equator, where temperatures are hot year-round. It never gets cold in Queensland, so die-hard divers can fulfil that lifelong ambition to dive on the Great Barrier Reef. Or send adventure-hungry honeymooners to Peru, where the Belmond Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu or the new Belmond Andean Explorer, which travels along one of the world’s highest rail routes, are good focal points to build an itinerary around.


ABOVE: Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya


LEFT: The great migration of wildebeest


50 travelweekly.co.uk 7 June 2018


w THE MINI-MOONERS Even if the pair are keeping their big escape until later in the year, it pays to offer a mini-moon, so they’ve got something to look forward to once all their guests have gone home – plus you get the chance to upsell


PICTURES: CARLOS BOLANOS; S UGUR OKCU


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