Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Borneo


It shot to fame thanks to Judi Dench’s ITV documentary last year, and with its dense jungles and orangutan population, this southeast Asian island offers a wildlife experience like no other. If Only product and commercial manager Alison Murphy says: “As well as some beautiful properties along the coast, Borneo is bursting with unspoilt natural landscapes and vibrant wildlife. One of my favourite beach resorts is Shangri- La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu, whose location in the heart of a nature reserve allows guests to enjoy sparkling ocean on one side and lush rainforest on the other. There are daily wildlife tours

through the surrounding reserve, then guests can spend the rest of the day in the spa or at the pool.” Murphy suggests combining the beach resort with a nature tour to add a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and a night safari river cruise, with accommodation in a wetland resort in the middle of the jungle.


This Latin American behemoth might not be the first country that comes to mind when considering a safari, but its Pantanal region is awash with unique wildlife-watching experiences that you won’t find anywhere else.

Brazil offers a

honeymoon with a difference thanks to coastal hideaways, stunning Iguassu Falls and the wild Pantanal

Honeymooners might spot the stealthy jaguar, be oddly enchanted by hefty rodent the capybara, spot giant otters swimming through its waterways or come across the crocodile-like caiman lounging in the shallows. And that’s before they even start on the rainbow-coloured array of birdlife, from the orange-


If Only offers an 11-night honeymoon combining eight nights’ B&B at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa with upgrade to a Garden Wing Deluxe Seaview Room, plus a three-night Convening with Nature tour, with flights, accommodation, some meals, wildlife excursions, transfers and taxes, from £2,639. Upgrade to World Traveller Plus with BA from £1,080 extra or to business class for an additional £2,660.

Latin Routes offers a 16-day honeymoon from £4,299, including flights, transfers and 15 nights’ accommodation in Rio, Iguassu, an eco-lodge in the Pantanal, and a five-star resort in beach town Marau in Bahia, plus a half-day jeep tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain and full-day Iguassu Falls tour.

beaked toucan and the electric-blue hyacinth macaw to the surprisingly graceful jabiru stork. After all that nature, hop over to

Brazil’s legendary beaches – but if clients picture the packed sands of Ipanema or Copacabana, fear not. There are many quieter stretches that don’t require wearing a dental-floss bikini to match the locals. Sophie Tomlin, product executive at Latin Routes, says: “Brazil is perfect for those wanting a honeymoon with a difference. As well as remote coastal hideaways and deserted beaches for that all-important relaxation, you also have the stunning Iguassu Falls as well as the wild Pantanal, one of the world’s best spots to see the elusive jaguar.”


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