Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - May/June 2022 (Issue 63)

HONEYMOON News FRENCH ALPS Val d’Isère, known for its high-altitude and impressive snowfall, has introduced a plethora of exclusive wellness activities this upcoming season, as well as the return of some old favourites. From ice floating on Ouillette Lake, snowga in the fresh mountain air, fitness walks in the protected Manchet Valley, to the opening of the new Sisley spa in the Barmes de l’Ours Relais & Châteaux, there’s plenty of activities on offer for those looking to take their wellbeing to the next level. After a full day on the slopes, nothing beats a long soak in the swimming pool under a starlit sky or a relaxation session in the Jacuzzi, sauna, or steam room. Discover more at ANTARCTICA AND RWANDA Wilderness Safaris and White Desert have come together to design an adventure-packed itinerary featuring the best of Africa and Antarctica. Set to take place in January 2023, the companies’ shared guests will enjoy the most awe-inspiring experiences, hand-crafted to highlight the best of Wilderness Safaris and White Desert’s offerings. Ice & Fire is a 20-day journey where couples will discover the highlights of Cape Town, Antarctica, and Rwanda. During their stay, tourists will have exclusive access to observe over 14 000 breeding pairs of penguins and their weeks-old chicks. Additionally, guests will embark on an overnight excursion by plane to the South Pole, which is visited by fewer than 800 people each year. Other activities include trekking through ice waves, exploring crystal caves, biking, and cross country skiing, while accompanied by highly qualified and knowledgeable White Desert guides. Couples will then head to Cape Town for three nights to regroup and relax. Observe the highly entertaining golden monkey population in the park, plant trees to help reforestation and connect with the local community. Couples will be guided through Rwanda by a private Wilderness specialist photographic guide. For more information, visit and SOUTH AFRICA Mantis, a conservation-focused hospitality group with luxury properties located across the globe, has announced the opening of the Founders Railway Carriage at Mantis Founders Lodge in South Africa. Originally built in the 1970s, the carriage is permanently stationed at the top of a hill within Mantis’ private concession. Ideal for honeymoons, the railway carriage features indoor and outdoor dining, lounge areas, and an expansive deck with a private swimming pool. The newly-built Honeymoon Pod was designed to be an escape for couples. Perched above the central lodge, the suite offers unobstructed views of the valley. Romantic services can be arranged including intimate dinners for two and picnics overlooking the waterhole with amazing game drives to view the big five. The railway carriage belongs to conservation pioneer and Mantis founder and chairman, Adrian Gardiner, who tells us: “In 1990 I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to buy a train carriage which I converted into a first-class coach, and I managed to come to an agreement with the railways which enabled me to attach the carriage to the regular passenger services. It has long been my dream to bring the carriage to its very own station. Now others can enjoy it and create their very own personalised holiday adventures for generations to come while experiencing the excitement of sleeping on board a railway carriage.” To find out more, visit 90 Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials