Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 132
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How to have a honeymoon that soars.
If ever there's an occasion for a tailor-made trip, a honeymoon is it. Here, three options,
as crafted by a few of Virtuoso's on-site tour connections around the world.
FOR: Those who want something extra special
close to home.
WOW MOMENT: Take a scenic helicopter flight to
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Catalina Island for a privately guided off-road
safari. Afterward, board a chartered boat for
a picnic lunch as you sail to Whites Landing,
a pristine beach where you can swim, kayak,
snorkel, and more. "This is a perfect romantic
day in the wilderness," says Norman Aynbinder,
president and CEO of American Excursionist,
a high-end U.S. custom tour organizer.
STAY: The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla.
Doubles from $315, including breakfast daily
and a $100 spa credit.
FOR: Cultural immersion and country charm.
WOW MOMENT: Enjoy a private lunch or dinner
(with local, seasonal ingredients, of course)
at a Provençal estate with a 5,000-year history, where Vincent van Gogh painted Sunset
at Montmajour. "The venue is a quintessential
mas [farmhouse]," says Florent Maillet, owner
of Chocolatine, which specializes in all things
France. "All its furniture came from antiques
markets, and the dishes are family heirlooms."
STAY: La Mirande, Avignon. Doubles from
$535, including breakfast daily and a $100
FOR: An exotic - and relaxing - beach vacation.
WOW MOMENT: Snorkel in Hanifaru Bay during the
southwest monsoon (May through November). "You're surrounded by magnificent creatures," says Mie Ali Didi of Indian Ocean tour
connection Hummingbird Travel. Hundreds
of manta rays - and a few whale sharks -
swim in schools to feast on the zooplankton
trapped in the bay by the currents.
STAY: Soneva Fushi, Kunfunadhoo Island, Baa
Atoll. Doubles from $1,020, including Champagne and tapas on arrival, breakfast daily,
arrival and departure mementos, and one
lunch for two.
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