As part of the 2014 Brides Best Honeymoon awards, we're counting down the best places for newlyweds to stay in Africa and the Middle East. From a camp-inspired suite with sweeping safari views to grand hotel lobbies and pools, you're guaranteed a luxurious stay no matter which resort you choose.
Whether it's the winelands of South Africa, the Big Five of Botswana and Tanzania, or the mystical markets of Morocco, Africa and the Middle East are fast becoming hot spots for adventure- and culture-seeking newlyweds. Wildlife-centric escapes are especially in demand. (The elite travel agents at Virtuoso, who voted on this list, tell us that they've seen a big uptick in safari honeymoons.) If you're one of those newlyweds dreaming of a sojourn on a savannah, we have good news for you: Half of the top 10 resorts are safari lodges. Another trend: Dubai is becoming the place to stop for a long layover of shopping and restaurant hopping while en route to a remote private-island destination like the Maldives or the Seychelles. With all this interest from newlyweds, it's a good thing Africa and the Middle East also have some of the most luxurious resorts we've ever seen, from a chic riverside lodge where you can watch elephants bathing through floor-to-ceiling windows to a sky-scraping high rise where every guest gets a "virtual concierge" in the form of a 24-karat iPad. So what are you waiting for? Let's go!
How did we choose the Brides Best Honeymoons? A survey was conducted in conjunction with Virtuoso, a network of nearly 9,000 top luxury travel advisors. For more information, contact 855-570-3829.Photo: Courtesy of Royal Malewane