It is always nice to feel special. To feel regal. To feel important. Every couple who travels is special and when it’s their honeymoon, they should be given preferential treatment, perks, and that little extra pixie dust to make their trip all the more spicy. Romantic trip upgrades and these special touches are possible and are available should the accommodation, airline, tourism company be notified or if they are so inclined to demonstrate their personal side instead of their corporate side. And with this notion, I collaborated with some of the ladies in the industry to share some romantic trip upgrades that we experienced while abroad. Some by accident, some by chance, and some premeditated.

The Royalton Cayo Santa Maria Cuba

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When planning our honeymoon the choices were endless and I simply could not decide where to go. Then this secluded area of Cuba was presented to me. Skeptical in choosing this destination over a safari or train trip, I figured after 2 years of planning an international wedding, we could use some much-needed rest. So we booked the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, a 5-star resort on the beach. This luxurious resort boasts all-inclusive luxury for adults only. It was a nice and peaceful feeling that pools and beaches were completely adult. Mind you, sometimes it is hard for me to keep this adulting thing in check…

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Royalton Adults only luxury

Cuba is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. You have mile stretches of white sandy beaches, service fit for royalty (I mean, we had 2 BUTLERS at our beck and call when you normally get only one…), and cuisine that only a 5-star resort can be proud of. Being rated the #1 resort in the entire Caribbean is a huge responsibility in maintaining its reputation.

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Romantic Breakfast IN the pool!

 

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Romantic Poured Bath

And not only did this hotel deliver on its advertised luxury, but it also gave us a few romantic trip upgrades to make our honeymoon as memorable as possible. They made us a Cuba-style pumpkin pie once they found out it was our favourite dessert, supplied champagne nearly every night, invited us to lobster dinners by the pool, and poured bubble baths frequently with scattered rose petals. It honestly was a romantic trip of relaxation, pampering, and bliss.

Qatar Airways & Santorini Greece

By: Meghna of Trailing Abroad, Facebook, Instagram

Being a traditional Indian wedding, ours was a ceremony full of rituals spread out over a period of four days and needless to say, was very exhaustive and tiring. Soon after, we were prepared to pack our bags and head to Greece for a week-long honeymoon. As a wedding ritual common among north Indians, women wear certain red and white bangles for a few months immediately following the wedding and I was no exception. Thanks to those bangles adorning my hands, we were the centre of attraction wherever we went and were pampered without having to say a word. We booked a business class flight from Dubai to Greece via Qatar Airways and needless to say were treated with a lot of warmth and affection. To our surprise, the head purser arranged a lovely treat for us mid-air and made the journey extra special. This was an unexpected delight since finding the right resources to fuel creative endeavours can be quite challenging in flight!

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Qatar Airways Upgrade – Credit: Trailing Abroad

Once we reached Santorini and checked into our hotel, the bangles did their job again! Warm smiles were accompanied with a bottle of Moet Chandon on our first night followed by bottles of red wine for every subsequent night. We were treated with special bed decorations, rose petaled bubble bath arrangements and sweet treats almost everywhere we stayed.  When we checked into our second hotel in Santorini, we were upgraded to a luxury honeymoon villa with a private pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and special in-villa breakfast every morning! The pampering continued with bottles of bubbly and a lovely dinner arranged at our private sit-out area overlooking the caldera. When we went back to the villa, it was dark with candles lit in all possible corners. So dreamy and so blissful! The arrangements were so overwhelming that even my not-so-romantic husband ended up putting on some soft music and dancing the night away. Since then, no matter where we travel, we try to keep the ‘honeymoon’ spirits alive and make sure to spend at least one evening in traditional romantic fashion.

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Santorini Upgrade – Credit: Trailing  Abroad

 

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Santorini Romantic Trip Upgrades – Credit: Trailing Abroad

 

Pangkor Laut Resort

By: Jess Mizzi of Expat Getaways, Facebook, Instagram

Over-water bungalows, turquoise waters on an exclusive island on the coast of Malaysia. Paradise. Pangkor Laut Resort is the perfect luxury getaway for a honeymoon or anniversary.

If you’ve had enough relaxing in the privacy of your luxury villa you can venture out to the adults only Spa Village. The resort has a number of signature spa treatments all of which start with a 45-minute bathhouse ritual. You’ll feel like you are floating before you even start your massage!

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Pankor Laut Resort, Malaysia. Credit: Andrew Mizzi Photography

To really top off your romantic experience indulge in your own private beachside BBQ. As the sun went down we enjoyed champagne as the resort guests returned to their side of the island. Then it was just us surrounded by tiki torches enjoying good food, a stunning view and even better company.

It doesn’t get more romantic than that!

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Pankor Laut Resort, Malaysia Credit: Andrew Mizzi Photography

 

Machangulo Beach Lodge, South Africa

2 years ago my parents took the entire family on an amazing trip to South-Africa for a safari. After 5 wonderful days in Sabi Sands, we went to Mozambique to relax. We stayed at Machangulo Beach Lodge.  It’s an amazing boutique hotel, nested on the dunes. As we travelled with 10 people (my parents, myself and my husband, our kids and my sister’s family), we got an upgrade to the Private Beach Villa with a butler. We were absolutely thrilled. The private villa was situated on the beach and consisted of 4 small lodges each with a bedroom and bathroom. In the middle was a large lodge with an open plan veranda where meals where served. The other guests where not allowed to enter this part of the resort and we also had a private beach. And to top it off we had a private cook and butler.  They served us whatever we asked for! One day the men went fishing and caught tuna. In the evening our cook served us our fresh catch and it was the best tuna ever. The Dutch Royal family stayed in this hotel when they came to check the work on the house they were building around the corner. So as you can see it clearly is a place fit for royalty!
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Machangulo Beach Lodge
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Machangulo Beach Lodge
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Marriott Royal Hotel – Bristol, UK

By Cory of You Could Travel,

We got married in Bristol, UK and had family and friends coming to our wedding from all over the world. In a way, it felt like we were hosting the Olympics with so many nationalities under our roof, but that also meant we couldn’t get the privacy we wanted for our wedding night. We booked a standard room in the Marriott Royal hotel, a beautiful building which looks stunning. When we arrived at the reception, everyone wanted to take pictures with us and kept on telling us we look great. It felt so nice. The lady at the reception gave us romantic trip upgrades to their royal suite and after check-in, they surprised us with room service, with their finest bottle of wine. Hard to not love it. The breakfast was included, but the staff made sure to ask us if we slept well and to congratulate us yet again. Excellent service which made us enjoy a proper romantic wedding night.

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Marriott Royal Bristol- UK
Credit: Charlene Morton Photography

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort- Sri Lanka

By: Florence of Yoga Wine Travel, Instagram

Have you ever experienced one of those days where everything just seems to go your way? That’s exactly what happened when my boyfriend and I booked a night away at the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in Sri Lanka. Our little staycation was an impulse booking when we saw that the hotel was hosting a big sale on rooms, and while we had previously dined at their restaurants it was to be our first overnight stay. We booked a lovely garden view room, because who cares about the room size when you’re just going to lounge by the pool all day?

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Anantara Tangalle Sri Lanka
Credit: Yoga Wine Travel

Imagine our surprise when we were told that we had been upgraded from one of the cheapest room types to a private villa. With our own pool. And ocean views! It was the cherry on top of a very, very massive ice cream cake. We were escorted to the villa by our own dedicated concierge, who asked us to take a seat for our 15 minute welcome foot massage – had I died and gone to heaven? Needless to say, the next 2 days were spent sunbathing, listening to the waves just steps away from our deck, eating tons of fresh fruit and drinking (too much) top notch wine – bliss!

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Anantara Tangalle Sri Lanka
Credit: Yoga Wine Travel

Athens Gate Hotel – Greece

By Megan of Wander Toes, Facebook

Our surprise romantic trip upgrades was given to my husband and I on our 20th Anniversary trip to Athens, Greece by Athens Gate Hotel. We had chosen an Executive Room which would give us a regular hotel-type room, and small terrace to relax on in the evenings with a glass of wine.  We would either have a view of the Acropolis or a view of the Temple of Olympus Zeus, but couldn’t specify which before check-in.

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Athens Gate Hotel
Credit: Wandering Toes

When I arrived (husband arriving later) the nice gentleman checking me in told me we had been given romantic trip upgrades.  I thought maybe something in our room since it was our anniversary, I was tired and didn’t quite understand.  Then, I was taken up to a gorgeous suite!  I was shown into the sitting room, through to our bedroom where a bottle of wine and two glasses waited, and then to our bath with separate shower and soaking tub.  Our terrace was at least the same area as the interior space, and it wrapped around the entire side of the hotel with two couches, a coffee table, and a bistro table with two chairs.  Best of all, we had views of the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympus Zeus, and Mt. Lycabettus for our entire stay.

In a unique twist, husband wound up hung up in flight delays the first 24 hours, so I spent the first night of my 20th anniversary trip enjoying the suite, terrace, and wine on my own!

Kempinski Hotel –  Berchtesgaden Germany

By Susanna of Wandering Chocobo, Instagram

My partner and normally stay in mid range accommodation when we travel. We like to use our budget for other things than plush hotels. So, when we pulled into the Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden in Germany I knew something was different about this trip, but I assumed that all other hotels were booked. We checked in at the front desk and we were told we were given romantic trip upgrades to the Watzmann Suite, which was the second best in the hotel. “Us? Upgraded? Wow, that’s never happened before,” I thought as we were escorted to our room and greeted with locally made chocolates and a fruit basket. I explored the room, both floors of it. Once I reached the top floor I opened the floor to ceiling windows and stepped out to a gorgeous natural stone balcony with wild flowers swaying in the breeze. I breathed in the fresh Alpine air before heading down to relax at the spa.

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Lake Obersee Berchtesgaden National Park Germany
Credit: Wandering Chocobo

 

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Romantic Post engagement photo outside our upgraded suite at Kempinski
Credit: Wandering Chocobo

I didn’t find out why we were given romantic trip upgrades, until the next day. After a 26 km hike, that was planned by Kempinski’s adventure concierge, my partner got down on one knee in the midst of the mountains and asked me to marry him. My partner had been talking to the hotel since day one, planning the perfect weekend. His plans originally included a regular room at the hotel, but they were so touched by his proposal they decided to give us romantic trip upgrades, surprising even him at check in and treated us with top notch service the entire time! We can’t wait to go back for our anniversary!

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Romantic Upgrades

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