Laois now, The Maldives laterNow: Want to start married life in the lap of luxury? It’s hard to argue with Ballyfin. So much more than a hotel, this exquisite country house allows you to step back in time and experience big house living with the finest of modern comforts. Explore the vast Co Laois estate, enjoy delightfully relaxed service – the bedrooms are exquisite, but the Westmeath room, with its four poster bed, silk drapes and decadent golden finishes, is our particular pick. Later: Few places in the world offer a wow factor quite like the Maldives. White sands, palm-fringed islands, endless horizons and luxe villas straddling turquoise waters teeming with kaleidoscopic fish make these Indian Ocean islands the perfect choice for a chilled beach honeymoon. Details: B&B from €580 per couple; ballyfin.com. Seven nights B&B at Six Senses Laamu from €4,500pp including flights with Emirates; mahlatini.com. More: Magical Maldives: All you need to know before your trip to paradise Clare now, Peru laterNow: The Burren is beautiful in spring, and you’ll enjoy it even more tucked away in the magical Gregan’s Castle. This 18th century manor is one of Ireland’s best-loved hideaways, with a relaxed blend of chic interiors,… Read full this story
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