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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Book A Luxury Honeymoon Itinerary

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Black Tomato

After months of destination wedding planning, why not leave your honeymoon plans to the professionals? There are lots of luxury travel companies that can arrange custom, private itineraries to a variety of romantic or adventurous destinations. Booking a honeymoon itinerary doesn’t have to mean you’ll be spending each activity with 40 other tourists. Black Tomato is one such company that’s known for its “imaginative and cutting-edge travel experiences.” In celebration of their recently launched proposal service, Black Tomato is taking their honeymoon itineraries to another level.

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Black Tomato prides itself on encouraging their couples to travel to up-and-coming and remote destinations. Once there, BT will recommend the best designer hotels and lend you their “fixers” to give you the inside track on where to go and what to do. If all goes to plan, your customized Black Tomato honeymoon itinerary will combine once-in-a-lifetime adventure with romance and relaxation. Below are a handful of example honeymoon itineraries, but remember that everything can be customized to your needs and interests.

FOR THE COUPLE THAT WANTS IT ALL:
Hiking Peaks and Private Retreats in Sri Lanka and the Maldives

For a unique honeymoon experience that offers it all, Black Tomato recommends the burgeoning island of Sri Lanka, a destination that offers breathtaking landscapes, a plethora of wildlife and no shortage of adventure. Beginning with a six-hour challenging nighttime trek to Adam’s Peak, couples will watch the sunrise over the rolling hills, as they enjoy a rewarding Champagne breakfast at the summit. The exploration continues as couples will head to Yala National Park for an alternative safari amongst leopards, blue whales and fascinating culture. For the final stretch of this memorable trip, couples will take a one-hour flight and speedboat ride to a private island in the heart of the Maldives, where an infinity pool over the Indian Ocean and powder white beaches await.

From $9,199 per person; travel recommended from November-May

FOR THE CULTURAL CONNOISSEURS:
Traditional Dance Lessons and Endless Tapas in Spain

For couples on the hunt for the ultimate cultural paradise, look no further than Black Tomato's immersive Spanish experience that takes travelers into the center of this illustrious nation's creative scene. Couples can commence their honeymoon in Madrid with a private flamenco master class arranged by Black Tomato, followed by a wine-fueled tapas trek with their professional gastronomy guide. Black Tomato's cultural excursion continues with an exclusive peek at the region's prestigious art galleries along with a local art historian to provide context and a few surprises along the way. The journey concludes in the Catalonian city of Barcelona where a local artist reveals Antoni Gaudi's fairy-tale-like masterworks on the ground, while a private helicopter tour provides the ultimate view of the city's architectural marvels from above. A private cruise along the Catalan coastline offers a last peek at the Mediterranean before a return flight home.

From $7,800 per person

FOR COUPLES ON THE HUNT FOR ADVENTURE:
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda and Mauritius

For honeymooners looking for an adrenalin-packed adventure, Black Tomato has the perfect remedy. Ultimately culminating in a physically challenging trek through the National Park des Volcans, this journey encourages couples to work together in search of endangered mountain gorillas as a third of the planet’s species can be found here. Following a few days along the verdant, thick mountainsides, the honeymoon will conclude with a holiday jaunt on the Mauritian beaches, unwinding amongst the romantic sunsets that the island is best known for.

From $9,352 per person

FOR FAR-FLUNG OENOPHILES:

Wine-Tasting and Wildlife Safaris in South Africa

Encouraging couples to leave their wedding stress behind, Black Tomato begins the honeymoon itinerary with a relaxing visit to the vineyards of Franschhoek where time stops on a wine-tasting tour on horseback, surrounded by serene scenery. Once the couple has aptly savored their fill of South Africa’s world-renowned wine, the journey moves on to an adventurous African safari nestled deep in the bush of Kruger National Park. The evenings conclude with a spirited glass of wine (or two, or three), with the sun cascading behind the peaceful plains and panoramic views of wildlife gathering by the water hole beneath you. 

From $10,499 per person; travel recommended from November-May 

For more information on Black Tomato, to explore the many destinations to which they cater, or to begin booking your dream honeymoon, visit blacktomato.com.

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