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3 New Luxury Long Haul Destinations from Ireland for 2020

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Looking for somewhere new to try in 2020? I’ve got secluded tree houses, paradise islands and all-inclusive resorts – check out these luxury long haul destinations from Ireland and get planning your next dream holiday!

 

I love my job, but writing this post is a health hazard. I have just found three luxury long haul destinations from Ireland to add to my ever-growing bucket list! I can’t decide whether I want to stay in a unique tree house in Thailand, go back to one of my favourite destinations – the Maldives, or enjoy Calypso music in the Caribbean. Can I have all three please?

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I have teamed up with Tropical Sky to bring you some new luxury long haul destinations from Ireland that I believe you need to know about! Tropical Sky is a tour operator that I work with regularly. They offer a wide selection of luxury long haul holidays from Ireland, including these three beauties. Tropical Sky can tailor-make any holiday to suit your requirements. If you want to combine one of these hotels with another destination, or choose to stay shorter or longer in a particular hotel, just talk to the dedicated sales team and they will organise the perfect holiday for you.

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5* TreeHouse Villas Thailand: 7 nights B&B from €1749 Including Flights

I am actually torn when telling people about this place – I believe it is one of Thailand’s best-kept secrets. Imagine entering your own private tree house by suspension bridge – this adult-only luxury retreat is like nothing else I have seen. The location alone will give you the wow factor, and this before you step inside the TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao. Koh Yao Noi is an idyllic island located in Phang Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi in Thailand, and TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao is located right on the northern tip.

The TreeHouse Villas Kho Yao is surrounded by tropical rainforests, turquoise waters and dramatic limestone cliffs. Although it sounds almost like a retreat, you can also hire bicycles and explore the nearby villages and sandy beaches. Don’t let the name fool you either, TreeHouse Villas Kho Yao has its own 400-metre secluded beach and offers many water activities including sea kayaking and fishing. However if you just want to relax, you can enjoy a wide selection of spa treatments, twice daily yoga classes or a Thai cookery class. 

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There are 32 villas, each with their own private pool, jungle shower and hammock-shaped bath. If you prefer a single storey, you can opt for a beach villa, although personally I think there is something magical about walking across a suspension bridge to your bedroom.

You can enjoy meals in a choice of two restaurants or opt for romantic in-villa dining. The TreeHouse Villas Kho Yao must be one of the world’s most unique hotels.

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5* Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa: 7 nights All-Inclusive from €3239 Including Flights

The Maldives is one of the most idyllic destinations I have ever visited and I would love to go back. No amount of superlatives do it justice, and anyone I have spoken to who has visited has had a similar reaction. When I heard of this brand new, 5-star deluxe all-inclusive resort – that is already a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, I was sold!
 

 
The Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is built to blend perfectly with the environment. The result is a modern design with natural materials, including thatched roofs, surrounded by 1.5km of pristine white sand. There are 120 villas and you can choose whether you want to stay in a beach villa or have direct access to the Indian Ocean by staying in a water villa.
 
 
You will arrive by seaplane, which is included in the cost, as is unlimited dining and premium branded drinks throughout your stay. Their deluxe all-inclusive arrangement allows you to dine in any of their four restaurants and enjoy drinks from two bars, or on your own private balcony, as your minibar is refreshed daily with beers, wine and snacks. One boat excursion is included per seven-night stay, as well as group snorkelling excursions, non-motorised watersports and evening entertainment.
 

 

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4* The Sands Barbados: 7 nights All-Inclusive from €1829 Including Flights

While this hotel may not be as luxurious as the previous two, I think it deserves a place on this list because of its superb location, and because it is brand new! I also love Barbados: it is so diverse, it is easy to explore and it epitomises the Caribbean dream.

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Officially opening on the 1st December 2019, this all-inclusive hotel is located on a pristine sandy beach on Barbados’s lively South Coast. Its contemporary decor and spacious rooms make it an ideal choice for families or couples – the two- and three-bedroom suites are sure to please families looking for luxury long haul destinations.

Its beachfront location is ideal for the array of watersports available. Non-motorised watersports such as kayaking, snorkelling and body boarding are part of the all-inclusive arrangement, as are meals and drinks. There are two restaurants and two bars on-site as well as a gym and a spa. 

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Beach or Adventure? The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Right Honeymoon

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Beach honeymoons, multi-centre holidays or full blown adventure, what is your ideal honeymoon? Check out my ultimate guide to choosing the right honeymoon, it might help you decide.

 

Honeymoons come in all shapes and sizes. For some, lazing on a tropical beach is the ultimate honeymoon, while others might like an action packed trip to Peru. Personally I like to combine some beach time with a little adventure, so a two-centre holiday is probably my ideal honeymoon. However, we all have different tastes so it is important that there are plenty of honeymoon options to suit everyone. I have teamed up with Tropical Sky, the honeymoon specialists, who offer luxury hotels in idyllic locations, as well as adventure and culture based honeymoons. Still not sure which honeymoon is right for you? Check out my ultimate guide to choosing the right honeymoon below.

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Beach Honeymoons

From over-water bungalows in the Maldives to island hopping in the Caribbean, Tropical Sky offer a wide selection of beach honeymoons. Here are a few to give you a flavour of what is available.

Komandoo Island, Maldives, All Inclusive Inc Sea-Plane Transfers from €3069

Arriving by sea-plane to a private island in the Indian Ocean – it doesn’t get much better than that ❤️. Surrounded by magnificent white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, this is paradise. This is an adult-only resort and all villas come with four-poster beds. Make sure you book the candle-lit dinner on the beach for the ultimate romantic treat.

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St Lucia: East Winds Hotel, All Inclusive from €2359

Palm fringed beaches combine with dramatic tropical rainforests and colonial plantations meet modern resorts, St Lucia is an island of contrasts and is a superb honeymoon destination. What I love about the East Winds hotel is the rooms are like cottages, so they feel very private. Located on a secluded beach along the Caribbean Sea, with an emphasis on great food and drink, the all-inclusive arrangement here includes premium branded drinks, even champagne in the evening! You can also enjoy non-motorised watersports free of charge.

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Luxury Dubai & Seychelles Twin Centre, €3749

This luxurious two-centre holiday offers the best of both worlds. You will start your honeymoon in the five-star JA Enchanted Island Resort, a boutique private island resort in the Seychelles. Your own private villa has direct access to the beach as well as a small infinity pool. Voted Seychelles Leading Luxury Hotel Villas at the World Travel Awards for the second consecutive year, this certainly has the wow factor. After a relaxing seven days in the Seychelles, what better than a two-night stay in the bustling city of Dubai. Stay in the JA Ocean View hotel, located on the famous ‘Walk’, close to the marina and ideally located to enjoy all that Dubai has to offer.

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Culture & Beach Honeymoons

Sometimes we need a little culture as well as some beach time, choosing the right honeymoon can offer both perfectly.

 

Sri Lanka Tour & Maldives, 12 Nights, from €3389

I absolutely loved Sri Lanka and would recommend anyone to visit. There is so much to see and do! So if you want to combine some culture and adventure with beach time, then this is the perfect honeymoon! You will fly to Sri Lanka first to explore its mesmerising cultural centre. Climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya, visit the temple of Dambulla and marvel at Ramboda Falls near the tea plantations.  After five action packed days I can think of nothing better than chilling out on a private island in the Maldives! You will be staying in Meeru Island Resort where breakfast and evening meals are included in your stay.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I climbed #sigiriya today, all 1202 steps 😱 It’s often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world and once you climb it you will see why. It was a fantastic experience and I’m delighted I made it to the top! How the monks carried up stones to build their city in the 5th century is mindblowing! The climb wasn’t that difficult but it was quite scary in parts. The fact that it is a holy day here didn’t help, it was packed! Check out my stories for more 👆 . . . . #srilanka #sigiriyarock #sigiriyasrilanka #wonderoftheworld #wonder #climb #climbing #hiking #proud #travelblogger #irishtravelblogger #asianwonders #wearetravelgirls #picoftheday #dreamdestinations #passionpassport @srilanka @srilanka.travel @destination_srilanka @turkishairlines @travelcounsellorsireland #widenyourworld #lovemyjob #monks #monastery

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Elephant Hills Experience & Thai Beach Hideaways, 10 Nights from €2599

Combine two of Thailand’s secluded beach resorts with a two-night stay in a jungle camp. This ten-night trip combines luxury, culture and adventure in one memorable trip. You will fly first to Phuket and enjoy a four-night stay in the 5* Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa Phang Nga. This small luxury hotel is the perfect spot to unwind after the wedding. Located on the pristine beach surrounded by forest conservation land, you are sure to find deserted beaches close to the hotel. The spa and dedicated yoga area also adds to the relaxed atmosphere.

 

Your next two nights will be spent in luxurious tents in a jungle camp for rescue elephants, Elephant Hills.  Feed and interact with these gentle giants before transferring to Aava Resort & Spa in Khanom. Enjoy your last few days relaxing on the beach and make sure to take the boat trip to see the resident pink dolphins.

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Honeymoons with full of adventure:

Why not start married life as you mean to go on, filled with fun and adventure! These three honeymoons will do exactly that!

Best of Magical Peru & The Amazon Tour, 13 Nights from €3689

Watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu is on every travel bucket list I see, and a honeymoon is a great excuse to justify this life-changing experience. This amazing 13 night tour also includes trips to the Sacred Valley, Santa Catalina, Lima and Cusco as well as witnessing jaw dropping views of Lake Titicaca.

The adventure doesn’t stop there. You will then fly to Puerto Maldonado for a stay in the Posada Amazonas Eco Lodge, in the heart of the Amazon jungle. If you fancy some beach time at the end of this trip, talk to the experts in Tropical Sky and they will arrange it for you.

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Cape Town, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari, from €1829

If you have been following my adventures for a while, you will know that I love South Africa. I have been twice now and would go back tomorrow in a heart beat. I did a similar itinerary to this last year and it was amazing. Cape Town is a superb city, there is so much to see and do but walking around it is pretty cool too. Visit Robben Island, go to the top of Table Mountain and drive the Cape Peninsula Drive. After a few days exploring the sights of Cape Town you will set off to drive the Garden Route. Go whale watching in Hermanus, visit the spectacular Tsitsikama National Park and enjoy the sea views in Knysna, all before arriving in Lalibela Game Reserve for a two night stay. You can extend your time in Cape Town or the Garden Route, just ask the travel consultants in Tropical Sky to tailor make an itinerary to suit you.


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San Francisco, Yosemite & Lake Tahoe, 9 Nights, Self-Drive from €1859

We have all seen the typical California road-trip itineraries, but there is no doubt Yosemite and Lake Tahoe add a touch of adventure to this honeymoon. You will start your honeymoon in San Francisco where you will stay for three nights. This should give you ample time to visit Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the top attractions. You will then pick up your hire-car and drive to Yosemite National Park – something I would love to see! Hike, bike or take a boat trip, no matter what you choose you will no doubt be blown away by the stunning scenery in Yosemite, your home for three nights. From there drive through the magnificent Tioga Pass to Lake Tahoe. Chill out on the lakeshore, try some watersports or simply take in the views. Why not extend your honeymoon by adding on a trip to Napa Valley or drive some more of the California Coast?

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All of the above honeymoons are just a sample of what Tropical Sky have available.  Choosing the right honeymoon is so important, so if you wish to add on extra nights or change hotels or itineraries in any of the options I have selected, contact Tropical Sky and they will be able to tailor make a trip to suit you. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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