Great honeymoon hotels: i-escape

There are a couple of websites that I go to, without fail, when I’m in need of some inspiration for somewhere nice to stay – and if you’re not planning on booking your honeymoon through a travel agent (or even if you are), then they’re sites that I really recommend you spend some time checking out – they’re crammed full of beautiful properties in all price ranges, with reviews to back up the quality, so you know that what you’re getting isn’t just marketing spiel. Then there’s all the pretty pictures, more details on location, facilities and atmosphere than you could ever find out in a brochure or a regular hotel website, and the fact that they’re written intelligently and in such a way that’ll leave you desperate to grab your suitcase and head off as soon as possible.

Rather than confuse you with a ridiculous amount of pretty pictures and text, I thought it would be best to break this into two parts – I’ll be featuring the second website next week.

i-escape

Offering “hip hideaways and boutique hotels”, i-escape has a really fantastic selection of properties. My favourite feature are the pros and cons lists for each hotel – it’s hard not to respect a booking site that doesn’t hesitate to tell its potential customers exactly what to expect, good and not-so-good. The site’s search facility is pretty extensive, so as well as searching by location, you can refine your search by specifying price, setting (e.g. beach, city, mountains) and “must haves” (such as a swimming pool, bar), alongside being able to search for places particularly recommended for different types of holidays – including honeymoons. It’s also very easy, once you’ve pulled up a list of hotels, to see at a glance what budget they fall into – so if you are looking for cheaper places you wont have to spend time trawling through things that are beyond your reach.

Many of the hotels offer an “i-escape gift” if you book through the site – such as a room upgrade on arrival, a bottle of wine or a free massage – which is a great little incentive to use them to book your accommodation, and yet another way of making your honeymoon a bit more special.

Here’s a few of my favourites properties on the site:

The Sarojin, Khao Lak, Thailand

An unabashedly romantic resort – I have to admit that I’ve been utterly seduced by the above photo, and you really should head over to the website to check out the rest. With a focus on personalised service, rooms with private gardens and/or pools, and  a blissful spa on-site, it looks like it’d be worth every penny; from £270 a night

Paperbark Camp, Australia

I’ve had my eye on this place for quite a while, and it’s top of my list of places to check out next time I’m in Australia. A gorgeous eco-camp, with accommodation in luxury tents, an acclaimed restaurant and a peaceful setting among gum trees, Paperbark Camp is ideally placed for exploring this beautiful stretch of the New South Wales coast; from £201 a night.

Hotel Dar Dhiafa, Tunisia

This looks a real treat, tucked away in a small village on the lovely Tunisian island of Djerba. The traditional buildings have been beautifully renovated and still retain their  history and character, with the rooms prettily set around flower-filled courtyards. A real steal; from £86 a night.


Photos courtesy of i-escape


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