Some may say that the traditional approach to buying gifts is woefully out of date. Admittedly, most couples will take each other out for a test drive and cohabitate long before they decide to tie the knot, so it’s very likely that their home is fully kitted out by the time they put a ring on it.
More recently gift registers have been a popular choice to avoid getting unwanted gifts like a set of ceramic chipmunks your great Aunt Penny thought was just the cutest thing ever. But a registry at an upmarket retailer can easily feel somewhat dictatorial in both what is available and how much it costs. Especially if you, the attending guest, leaves it until the last minute and only the most pricey items remain on the registry. Diamond studded Montblanc pen set anyone?
Setting up a honeymoon registry is becoming an increasingly attractive and sensible alternative to an oversupply of tat you don't need or gifts that will make your guests feel like you are hosting a shakedown rather than a wedding. It not only helps the happy couple reduce the massive outlay required for a wedding (a tab increasingly picked up by the couple themselves these days) and honeymoon, but gives your guests the flexibility to contribute what they feel they can afford.
So before you put a stamp on those wedding invites, have a look at these four fantastic honeymoon options in Mauritius. Do you genuinely want porcelain dogs or would you prefer her to contribute to a honeymoon registry that will send you to one of these sweet digs?
Ambre is a gorgeous four-star resort and the fact that it is adults only makes it ideal as a honeymoon destination. Even better is that this is an all-inclusive resort. With food, drink and activities included, it takes the guessing game out of budgeting for your honeymoon.
The uninterrupted views of the tropical Indian Ocean from the resort provide guests with prime seating to one of nature’s most spectacular moments every day. Sunrise. The resort was designed to ensure this light filters into everything they do, from the beautiful open architecture to their unparalleled service, the resort sets the stage for a peaceful and carefree honeymoon in the sun.
If you want to get a bit more active on your honeymoon, Long Beach could be just the ticket. The resort fringes the famed Belle Mare beach on the lush and untamed east coast of Mauritius. This magnificent five-star resort, encompassed by dense tropical gardens, is uniquely modern and provides the ultimate escape for discerning guests seeking a blissful haven with equal measures of relaxation, indulgent luxury and service with a host of water and land-based activities to boot.
Its unique location where the immaculate beach melts into the cyan waters of the tropical lagoon makes it a haven for diving and water-based sports activities, many of which are included as standard. Explore the Indian Ocean using a pedalo or aboard a fun boat. Try your hand at water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing or kayaking, the options are practically unlimited. The gorgeous aquamarine lagoon is perfect for snorkelling, but you can also discover the incredible marine life on an undersea walk or while diving. Of course, if you prefer, you can spend your day lounging on the beach where a butler is on hand to tend to your every need.
Moving from east coast to west coast, or the sunset coast, our next stop is La Pirogue which offers guests an incredible experience in paradise with unique Mauritian charm.
The resort was designed to resemble a traditional fishing village consisting of individual thatch-roofed bungalows, each designed to pay homage to the unfurled sail of the local fishing boats from which the resort takes its name. These bungalows give a grand sense of space and privacy, tucked away and opening onto the palm groves or the turquoise lagoon. The resort offers free water sports, as well as free golf green fees at the Ille aux Cerfs Golf Club.
Also on the sunset coast, our final honeymoon choice is Sugar Beach, an imposing and elegant five-star resort that unfurls along the sun-drenched, sheltered bay of Flic-en-Flac. Bordered by crystalline waters and manicured gardens, it offers views of one of the most picturesque beaches on the island.
This plantation-style resort masterfully balances old-world opulence with modern comforts and offers panoramic views of the sunset over the ocean. A testament to the aesthetics of colonial estates in a bygone era, Sugar Beach Mauritius today provides a luxurious sanctuary for couples seeking the ultimate honeymoon in paradise.
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