Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - December 2022 /January 2023 (Issue 92)

HUA HIN, THAILAND Regarded as one of the best resort hotels in Southeast Asia and the 35th best place to stay in the world according to the prestigious Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2022, the new Standard, Hua Hin is the brand’s first seaside retreat in Thailand. Nestled in a lush landscape and tropical environment on Hua Hin’s most famous beach strip, the hotel boasts a fresh, contemporary and mid-century design. With a colourful collection of 199 rooms, suites, and villas, ranging from standard to private pool villas, couples can enjoy an enticing range of food and beverages. The resort also offers one-of-a-kind culinary and cocktail experiences at four on-site restaurants and bars, seamlessly paired with an innovative spa program that melds the traditional with the alternative. Wellness is at the heart of The Standard, Hua Hin, offering individuals a hideaway haven to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy a range of treatments to reinvigorate the senses. All done in an effortless and playful environment, the spa offers a serene but colourful setting where guests can choose from a variety of experiences that incorporate traditional Thai elements, but also fun moments such as the Mud Lounge, where couples can cover themselves in healing clay. Visit for more information. CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA Blue Apple Beach, a boutique hotel and beach club on the island of Tierra Bomba, Colombia, is now offering couples the chance to discover the enchanting city of Cartagena from its beach-side base. At the forefront of current trends, the property’s twin city and beach experience has been thoughtfully created for those who are eager to hit the road as the world enters a new era of exploration. Ranging from urban culinary journeys to active beach adventures, this new immersive programme captures the essence of Cartagena whilst allowing couples to connect with nature, discover the local culture and participate in responsible tourism from the nearby island of Tierra Bomba. Only a 30-minute speedboat ride from the city, couples can enjoy the best of Cartagena’s fantastic boutiques, restaurants and cafes, not to mention the vibrant nightlife. Whilst being a veritable playground for hip travellers who enjoy a lively social scene, Blue Apple Beach by night is a calm respite from buzzing Cartagena, staying cool, calm and collected amid the city buzz. Its golden beach, extensive amenities and superb beach club are the perfect combination for those wanting a carefree honeymoon. Discover more at AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam, located in the heart of the city, is in the final stage of an extensive renovation as part of its transition to join the luxury hotel brand. The hotel’s refurbished rooms and suites embrace a contemporary style with Anantara signature touches, whilst celebrating Dutch heritage and the infamous canals. The interior sees the guest rooms and suites swathed in luxury tones and soft, tactile fabrics that create warmth and texture. In keeping with Anantara’s wellness philosophies, the new Anantara Spa offers a warm, local welcome with premium products. With its relaxation area overlooking the Summer Garden, a charming outdoor space tucked away within the hotel, the spa’s design is influenced by the country’s costal dunes, with tranquil interiors incorporating natural wood and stone to help guests achieve the utmost state of relaxation. The hotel’s team has created a programme of local experiences that enable guests to fully immerse themselves in the rich culture. Whether it be uncovering Amsterdam’s best kept culinary hideaways or exploring the wonderful fishing village of Volendam, couples will be spoilt for choice. For more info, visit SURREY, UK After a short time away, The Drummond at Albury has opened its doors once again with a new menu. This classic English inn, situated in the village of Albury in the heart of the glorious Surrey Hills, is officially welcoming new and old faces alike back to its sociable bar, interior and freshly-landscaped riverside garden. “The beauty of The Drummond is that you can pull up a chair literally anywhere, inside or out, and enjoy a bite to eat, a well-made cocktail or a glass of awardwinning wine from our extensive list,” says general manager, Dan Arrow. “We serve inventive dishes made with quality ingredients that are inspired by the seasons from our talented head chef, Abi Sims.” The Drummond at Albury is open now for breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in between. There are also 11 newly-refurbished rooms that are perfect for a short stay away in the tranquillity of the Surrey Hills. To find out more, visit The Standard HONEYMOON NEWS 91