Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 93)

HONEYMOON News JAPAN Deserving of its UNESCO accolade, Japanese food is both an art form and an integral part of the country’s heritage. With the new Taste of Japan Itinerary from Scott Dunn, couples can experience the many wonders and delights that Japan has to offer. The journey begins in Tokyo, where couples will enjoy a food tour of the lively Shinbashi district – packed with izakaya, bars and small eateries. Here, you will live like a local sampling regional delicacies such as savoury okonomiyaki pancakes. After exploring the city with an expert local guide, next on the agenda is mastering the art of sushi making during a private masterclass with a sushi master boasting over 45 years of experience. Onwards via the bullet train to the next destination, Kanazawa. Located on Honshu’s northern coast and known as ‘Little Kyoto’, this region is renowned as the source of some of Japan’s highest quality seafood. Staying at a traditional Japanese ryokan inn, the gourmet journey continues with an incredible kaiseki dinner using locally-sourced seafood. Additional highlights include shopping at a food market, a cookery experience, the chance to try sake and a whisky tour. Visit for more information. MADAGASCAR Nestled in a lemur reserve on the north west coast of Madagascar and only accessible by air or sea, the new Lodge des Terres Blanches is one of the most intimate and serene hotels on the island. There are 10 exquisite lodges to chose from, each built using mangrove and rosewood trees, and the ultra-spacious interiors are finely decorated and furnished with handmade furniture and soft fabrics. This is the perfect place to observe the rich fauna of Madagascar in its natural environment. The luckiest guests will encounter the four types of lemurs who live in complete freedom on the island, as well as the many bird species. Discover more at QATAR Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som in Qatar has unveiled its new Mother-To-Be Retreat. Perfect for newlyweds who are expecting, the three to eight night holistic prenatal programme combines nurturing treatments to enhance well-being during all phases of pregnancy while providing parents with the necessary tools to support and empower them, leaving them feeling relaxed, in control and positive about the journey into parenthood. The Mother-To-Be Retreat is open to women in all trimesters and can be tailored for couples or birth support partners who wish to be part of the journey. A curated selection of nurturing treatments and nourishing wellness cuisine enables mums-to-be to understand the physical changes that occur during pregnancy, as well as help strengthen the body, ease aches and pains and improve sleep. Check out for more information. INDIA With India finally open for international tourists, this season brings the perfect opportunity for couples to discover what the northern state of Rajasthan has to offer. Recently opened after a luxurious refurbishment, SUJÁN The Serai, an oasis of calm set on a private estate of indigenous desert in Rajasthan, is the perfect place to stay when exploring the area. The camp comprises of 21 luxury tents, with private walled gardens and heated plunge pools, and the royal suite even has its own spa and private swimming pool. Couples staying at SUJÁN The Serai can embark on a beautiful bird walk, visit a farm for a delicious al fresco breakfast, enjoy cooking classes and take part in craft afternoons where they can try their hand at pottery, weaving and woodwork. More information can be found at 82 Travel editor Melissa Cullen reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials