Wondering where to honeymoon? Follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous and head to one of these haute spots
County Cork, Ireland
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may have tied the knot at Fort di Belvedere - a 16th century fortress in Florence - but, for their honeymoon, Kimye flew to the Emerald Isle where they enjoyed a relaxing break in the Irish countryside. The power couple reportedly checked into Cork’s Castlemartyr Resort and Castle Oliver in Limerick and were snapped enjoying a bike ride in the Ballyhoura Mountains as well as, erm, several low key trips to the cinema. See: beyond the bling, they’re just like us after all…!
Palm Springs, California
Located 110 miles east of Los Angeles along Hwy 111, Palm Springs is where the Rat Pack cronies headed when they wanted to escape the intensity of Hollywood. However it wasn’t just Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin who flocked to this desert jewel. Elvis and Priscilla Presley spent their 1967 honeymoon at 1,350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs. Designed by the architectural firm of Palmer and Krisel and built by celebrated local designer, Robert Alexander, Elvis’ futuristic semi-circular Honeymoon Hideaway is currently on the market for a cool US$9.5 million.
Reese Witherspoon can be seen on the silver screen in Wild as Cheryl Strayed - a role which has earned the blonde beauty an Oscar nomination. Rewind three years and Reese and second husband, Jim Toth, were papped putting on a romantic display of affection during their honeymoon at legendary Le Sirenuse in Positano - one of the most picturesque corners of Italy. America’s sweetheart isn’t the only A lister to favour the Amalfi Coast. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and wife Priscilla spent their honeymoon on the Amalfi coast - as did Kim K and her ex-husband, basketball player Kris Humphries.
Think of the Caribbean dream depicted in glossy brochures and you have the Seychelles - a 115 island archipelago of soft, sandy beaches shaded by palms and lapped by crystal clear waters. Little wonder than our favourite royal couple - take a bow the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - sought out the Seychelles’ ultra private North Island for their post wedding vacay back in May 2011. The Seychelles has also proved a popular choice with Hollywood royalty: George Clooney and new bride Amal Alamuddin chose North Island for their honeymoon as did actress Salma Hayek. It’s a decision that makes sense: the Seychelles government recently introduced laws to protect the privacy of holidaying celebs.
Mustique, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean
The small private island of Mustique was where Sir Paul McCartney whisked wife number three - New Jersey heiress Nancy Shevell - a week after tying the knot at Old Marylebone Town Hall. The former Beatle benefited from a “little help from his friends.” Sir Paul - who recently collaborated with Rihanna and Kanye West on the hit single Only One - honeymooned at Mick Jagger’s exclusive Mustique retreat that boasts six bedrooms, a butler, private chef 25ft swimming pool.
Elsewhere on the Caribbean island after just three months of dating, X Factor judge Cheryl Cole tied the knot with Jean-Bernard Fernández-Versini in high end Cotton House Hotel.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie and her husband of six years, Transformers star Josh Duhamel, spent their honeymoon here and who came blame them? The Maldives’ most glamorous resort is famous for its world class service, unprecedented privacy and views, exquisite accommodation, sumptuous dining, and ESPA spa where treatments include Watsu (WATer ShiatSU), a form of aquatic therapy which quiets the mind and relaxes the body, and The Maldivian Journey - a treatment which begins in the Watsu Pool, followed by a refreshing fruit mocktail, an invigorating body scrub and a heavenly full body massage. The couple’s secluded suite is reported to cost over £10,000 a week.
Some destinations are like a loaf of bread: they go stale over time or as tourists traffic picks up. Paris however is like one of its famous fine wines: the longer it’s around, the better it gets so we’re not surprised that Sacha Baron Cohen and his gorgeous wife Isla Fisher chose to spend their honeymoon in the City of Romance. The Borat and Ali G creator and his bride spent their honeymoon holed up in the Coco Chanel Suite at the Ritz while singer Lily Allen and hubby Sam Cooper stayed at the chic Hotel Costes. Anne Hathaway and Adam Schulman are another couple who fell for Paris’ considerable charms as a honeymoon destination.
Legendary performer Barbara Streisand and actor James Brolin chose to honeymoon in the British Overseas Territory and understandably so. Only a handful of places on earth are more seductive and beautiful in the flesh than on the postcard but Barbados is one of them. Even better: it doesn’t require a string of vaccinations to get there and you’re guaranteed sun and spoken English. Golf’s fallen superstar, Tiger Woods, also chose Barbados as the venue for his ill fated 2004 wedding to Elin Nordegren. Woods wed his Swedish finance at Sandy Lane Golf Club - a favourite haunt of Simon Cowell and cronies.