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The wanderlust series: short-haul honeymoon destinations to dream about

The wanderlust series: short-haul honeymoon destinations to dream about: Image 1 Located in the quaint rural town of Santanyí in the south east of Mallorca, Can Ferrereta will be one of Europe's most exciting new hotel openings in 2021. Mallorcan-based BASTIDAS Architecture and Spanish design house WIT have worked with the Soldevila-Ferrer family, who also own sister property, Sant Francesc in Palma, on the project. The historic 17th-century building has been meticulously restored and now comprises 32 individually designed rooms and suites, surrounded by verdant gardens.

It will be home to a Mediterranean restaurant complete with a Mallorcan patio, serving delicious seasonal dishes made with local produce, as well as two bars, an 25m swimming pool, gym and a beautifully designed spa with hammam and indoor pool. Art will be a defining characteristic of the hotel, with a focus on local and Spanish artists. The opening of Can Ferrereta will create a new and exciting Mallorcan twin centre trip with Sant Francesc Hotel Singular in Palma, only 45 minutes away.

HOW: Rates at Can Ferrereta will start from 315 per night on a B&B basis. Rates at Sant Francesc start from 325 per night on a B&B basis. www.hotelcanferrereta.com/en www.hotelsantfrancesc.com

The wanderlust series: short-haul honeymoon destinations to dream about: Image 2 Set in the Israeli Negev Desert, Six Senses Shaharut will open in September 2020. Set into a dramatic cliff with panoramic views of the desert landscape, the resort will comprise suites and villas including one three-bedroom retreat. The villas will be built from, and inspired by, local rocks and pigments and the landscape will utilise regional cacti and indigenous desert blooms while much of the resort's furnishings will be sourced from local community artisans. 

There will be a Six Senses Spa, one main restaurant, a poolside bar and grill, an authentic tented Bedouin dining experience with a fire pit for late night feasting and a desert activity centre.

HOW: Rates at Six Senses Shaharut will start from $1,000 (currently approx. £860) per night based on two people sharing on a B&B basis. www.sixsenses.com

The wanderlust series: short-haul honeymoon destinations to dream about: Image 3 Founded by Norwegian couple Knut and Line Flakk, 62ºNORD is a leading experiential travel company committed to offering highly personalised, world-class adventures on the North West coast of Norway. The Flakk's have taken their love and passion for their home region, Sunnmøre, to a whole new level, tailor making all aspects of an itinerary, with a team of local guides and experts to reveal the awe-inspiring beauty of the region.

From breathtakingly beautiful hikes, world-class skiing and helicopter adventures to deep sea fishing, wildlife safaris and destination dining, visitors will instantly disconnect from the stresses of daily life. In addition, 62ºNORD's privately owned collection of restaurants and boutique accommodation located in and around the region, further enhances the guest experience, drawing on the distinct Art Nouveau and traditional Norwegian architecture, fresh coastal cuisine and noble Viking heritage.

HOW: For more information please visit: www.62.no/en

The wanderlust series: short-haul honeymoon destinations to dream about: Image 4 Escape to one of Eleven Experience's most unique properties, the remote Icelandic lodge, Deplar Farm. The Nordic-inspired lodge is located on the stunning Troll Peninsula, surrounded by untouched mountain terrain and completely secluded. With deep valleys left behind by long-gone glaciers, the area is now cut by rivers at the bottom of the glacial valleys, which have taken over 10,000 years to form.

Skiing in Iceland is a unique experience as active travellers have the novelty of skiing down to the sea, together with freshly powdered slopes each day. Deplar Farm is also known for its exhilarating menu of outdoor pursuits, including heli-skiing, sea kayaking, whale watching in the surrounding fjords, astro-touring and fat biking special trails around the valley. Due to limited light-pollution in Iceland, guests can also stargaze out across the clear Icelandic night sky from the lodges impressive geo-thermally heated outdoor pool, and from October to March, catch a glimpse of the extraordinary Northern Lights dancing across the sky.

Guests can enjoy the lodge's extensive wellness area as well as a unique indoor/outdoor pool, heated to 38 degrees from thermal springs, with a swim-up bar and built-in sound system. The 13 rooms are cosy and stylish and come the evening, guests can feast on local Icelandic delicacies cooked by the private chef. Deplar Farm also offers various entertainment spaces, a pizza oven and full band set up for late night jamming sessions, as well as two helicopter pads. 

HOW: Rates at Deplar Farm during the winter season (1 Nov- 14 March) start at £1,370 per person per night (based on double occupancy). This includes customised adventure itineraries, all gear necessary for activities, pre-arrival planning with an Experience Manager, all in-house meals, house alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages, daily housekeeping and airport transfers to/from Akureyri. Flights to Akureyri start from £400 return per person with Iceland Air. Eleven Experience www.elevenexperience.com

The wanderlust series: short-haul honeymoon destinations to dream about: Image 5 Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa is a spectacular former 17th-century monastery which was lovingly transformed into just twenty beautiful sea-view guest suites. Hidden away on Italy's iconic Amalfi Coast – the hotel boasts the finest setting in this part of Italy, nestled into the side of a cliff, allowing for panoramic views over the breath-taking Gulf of Salerno.

Guests can while away hours between the hotel's incredible heated infinity pool, stunning landscaped gardens, Michelin-starred restaurant and the unique, award-winning spa. Active guests will love the hotels 'health and hike' package, allowing them to explore the stunning Italian coastline and escape the crowds by hiking the little-known route called 'Valle delle Ferriere' or 'Ironworks Valley' with a private guide; beginning at the 'Piazza Duomo' in Amalfi and ending at the 'green heart' of the coast. 

HOW: Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa is a 90-minute drive from Naples Airport. Rates start from 400 (approx. £346) per room per night on a B&B basis www.monasterosantarosa.com

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