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We are contacting customers who are currently on holiday with Thomas Cook by telephone and email and helping them with their journey home. As the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) provide full details of travel arrangements we will make sure our customers are kept fully up to date.

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If you have future bookings through Chelmsford Star Co-operative Travel with Thomas Cook, our team will contact you in the near future.
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Need some honeymoon inspiration?

Then look no further than our top ten list of destinations to give you the honeymoon of your dreams…

Top 10 honeymoon destinations

  1. Ubud & The Philippines

Who could resist hiding away from society in the soaring emerald hills of Ubud in Bali? Prepare for the wellness escape of your dreams and an authentic Bali honeymoon. Ubud defines serenity, an unparalleled display of natural beauty with its verdant rice terraces and cascading waterfalls and the perfect destination to fall in love all over again.

Your dream honeymoon doesn’t have to end there. Just a short flight from Bali, the Islands of the Philippines are perfection, stunningly beautiful, with crystal-clear waters that shine like diamonds and flawless beaches. Palawan Island is incomparable and with its amalgamation of luxury resorts, there is nowhere better for a romantic honeymoon. Boasting fabulous dive sites, charming fishing villages and vibrant wildlife, you might find it hard to keep still – make sure to allocate some time to simply doing nothing on the sparkling white sands, perhaps with a sweet and colourful halo halo dessert to hand.

  1. China

Step into a world of elegance and mystery …this is a destination for the adventurous newly-weds out there! A China honeymoon is anything but boring, boasting diversity and world-renowned cultural sites. You can’t visit China without exploring the Great Wall and seeing the Terracotta Army and who can resist the adorable rolling pandas of Chengdu? China is known for being ahead of its time, head to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai and experience the future!

The Bund at Shanghai is unmissable – visit at sunset to see a dazzling show of colours become the backdrop for this fabulous city skyline.  However a honeymoon to China holds so much more than just adventure, Lijang is the China of one hundred years ago, the China of your imagination. This whimsical step back in time is the ideal escape for couples looking for privacy.

This picturesque village is breathtaking beautiful with its dreamy wisterias; hold hands and let the world go by as you walk through the cobbled streets. Take a romantic cruise down the enchanting Li River veiled with mist and flanked by emerald hillsides, fantastical and fairy-tale like. There is nothing that a honeymoon to China can’t offer!

  1. Seminyak & Singapore

Welcome to Bali’s trendiest destination! Seminyak boasts soft golden beaches lined with world-class hotels overlooking the dazzling Indian Ocean, the perfect opportunity for an array of water-sports. Why not learn to surf together? There is something for couples of every taste here, your Bali honeymoon can be whatever you want it to be! Spend your days lying side-by-side on the beach and soaking up the sun, traversing upscale boutiques and discovering temples.

Step from tranquil sandy beaches into a vibrant melting-pot of cultures and glamour; sky-high infinity pools with romantic views await in luxury hotels on your Singapore honeymoon, along with a mixture of glittering attractions. The fantastical hybrid of the natural and the man-made at the Gardens by the Bay make for an unparalleled romantic stroll and the skypark at Marina Bay Sands is unmissable!

  1. Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands

Costa Rica is like something out of a fairy-tale. Find seclusion and freedom in Central America’s best kept secret. It’s hard to get as exclusive and romantic as a Costa Rica honeymoon, there’s no better place to hide from the real world and leave responsibility behind. Imagine walking through thick, emerald jungles, misted and magical, and stumbling across glittering waterfalls; you’ll hear their tumbling waters before you see them.

Costa Rica is host to an abundance of exclusive wellness and spa retreats, so indulge in couples’ treatments before relaxing in thermal waters heated by the magnificent Arenal volcano; this is the epitome of opulence.

Spectacular, isolated and home to the famed Galapagos giant tortoise, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands really do feel like another world. Adventurous couples will adore the volcanic landscapes, which offer unparalleled scuba diving and hiking opportunities.

Honeymoons to the Galapagos Islands are ideal for nature-lovers. Share serene beaches with sleepy sea lions and lay your eyes on some of the rarest wildlife, from whale sharks and giant tortoises to blue-footed boobys that can only be seen here! The Galapagos Islands are a soul-stirring island-hopping destination, perfect for those honeymooners who dare to be different!

  1. South Africa and The Seychelles

This is the perfect honeymoon for nature-lovers. Golden sands on stunning rugged coastlines, mesmerising wildlife, stylish hotel suites and all-inclusive luxury camps; you can’t get any better than a South Africa honeymoon.

Head to Kruger National Park to be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sight the Big Five! Cruise along the Garden Route and top up your tan in the South African sun as you lie side-by-side on a beach with sapphire waters on one side and lush forest on the other. From here, move on to taste some of the world’s finest wines in South Africa’s  Winelands.

The Seychelles are unbeatably romantic, a picture-perfect destination with untouched national parks and luxury 5-star resorts – the only service you deserve on your honeymoon. Take a helicopter journey for breath-taking panoramic views or visit your own virgin island for the intimate experience that every hopeless romantic is searching for.

 Fiji and Australia

The home of laid back attitude, an Australia honeymoon has no limits. There are a million exciting things to do in Australia, from diving beneath the sparking waves and exploring the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, swimming with dolphins, or sharks, and even sky-diving! Head into the Outback for an intimate night sleeping beneath the Milky Way, or take a romantic bike ride through the fabled Barossa vineyards, alluring and amorous with the promise of world-class wines, make a toast as you watch the Australian sunset together.

Go from adrenaline junkie to beach bum and continue your ultimate honeymoon in paradise. A destination straight from the pages of a glossy travel magazine; Fiji doesn’t seem real! This is the home of pearly-white sands and tropical forests full to the brim with exotic flowers and magical hidden waterfalls.

A Fiji honeymoon is one for the VIP’s, stay in fabulous 5-star resorts on the gorgeous Yasawa Islands, where hiking, romantic beachfront dining and golden sun-tans await! For a luxurious honeymoon treat, visit the Sabeto Hot Springs; indulge in an all-natural healing experience to sooth the soul, step foot in Fiji and you’ll never want to leave!

 Kenya and Zanzibar

When it comes to romantic getaways for the wild at heart, a Kenya honeymoon is one of a kind! Wake up to bush breakfasts and watch wildlife as they feed at a nearby watering hole before getting up close to some of the world’s most majestic creatures.

Visit Masai Mara National Park and see the Great Migration with your own eyes, a stirring once-in-a-lifetime experience. Float over Kenya in a hot air balloon, a unique and exclusive way to see the country – and so romantic! Stay at a secluded luxury camp and fall asleep under the stars with the love of your life.

Zanzibar’s landscape is another world entirely, boasting white sands, kaleidoscopic coral gardens and even swaying palm trees adorned with coconuts, this is the very image of paradise. A honeymoon in Zanzibar is the ultimate romantic getaway, and the perfect way to round off your safari adventure. Scuba dive and snorkel in the crystal-clear ocean, discover hidden coves and claim them as your own, or simply soak up the sun on the shore before sharing an intimate beachfront dinner at sunset… perfection.

  1. India

Prepare your senses for a frenzy of fragrance, colour and sound!

India is the perfect honeymoon for foodies and culture lovers and has a completely captivating atmosphere. Find yourself hypnotised by the Golden Triangle; the mystifying façade of the Taj Mahal needs no introduction, see one of the world’s most famous buildings in the flesh!

Continue your India honeymoon in Kerala, known as ‘God’s Own Country.’ This is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the Golden Triangle, a luscious escape bordered by a serene golden coastline and a patchwork quilt of verdant tea-covered hills. It must be explored by boat through its enchanting rivers!

Perhaps you’ll catch some of the unique activities that bring this very special destination to life, from festivals to snake-boat races. If you’re lucky, you might spot wild elephants and the occasional tiger! Nothing will compare to your honeymoon in India.

 9. Vietnam and Cambodia

Get ready for the cultural trip of a lifetime in Vietnam. Cruise through the mystifying emerald waters of Halong Bay, a setting straight out of Avator – legend has it that its soaring limestone cliffs were created by a fire breathing dragon!

See Vietnam’s beauty on a slow-paced boat ride down the Mekong Delta in Ho Chin Minh, surrounded by greenery, lily pads and complete peace. This is definitely one of the most romantic things to do in Vietnam. Remember, you can’t say you’ve had a Vietnam honeymoon if you haven’t tried pho – slurp noodles from a rich, steamy broth – delicious!

Not many people can claim to have visited Cambodia, let alone honeymooned there; this is a unique, beautiful destination teeming with cultural wonders. Explore the temples of Angkor Wat, lovingly referred to as ‘The Seventh Wonder of the World’, or channel your inner Tomb Raider and discover Ta Prohm, the crumbling ruins that are slowly becoming one with nature. The shores of Cambodia are fabulous for adventurous couples, housing kaleidoscopic coral gardens and vibrant marine life, the island of Koh Rong is perfect for diving, stay for a romantic dinner lit by the beach’s glowing plankton! A honeymoon to Cambodia is gorgeously unique and completely unmissable!

  1. Japan and Bora Bora

What better wedding gift than a culture trip of a lifetime. Get a glimpse of a robotic future and a peaceful past as you explore Japan. You’ll be dazzled by Tokyo’s neon lights, hidden temples and incredible cuisine.

Staying in a ryokan in Kyoto is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; bathe in a hot spring and bask in the peace of this ancient city. Walk hand in hand through enchanting shrines and gorgeous gardens as spirals of swirling pastel cherry blossoms surround you.  Honeymoons to Japan are extremely romantic.

What better place to continue your dream honeymoon than the world’s most exclusive destination? Bora Bora is truly special and is the closest to paradise that we’ll ever get, with is silky sugar white sands and turquoise lagoons that glitter like diamonds in the sun. Bask in the Bora Bora sunshine on the deck of your over-water villa or cool off in your infinity pool, you’ll feel like the king and queen of this secluded escape!

Dive beneath the surface of the lagoon and discover a vibrant underwater kingdom filled with dazzling marine-life. A sunset cruise is one of the best things to do in Bora Bora, an unbeatably romantic way to view Nature’s greatest show as the sunset splashes the sky with colour. Nothing can compare to a Bora Bora Honeymoon!

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