It’s summer. You’re newly married. Do you: a) fly half way around the world and spend precious days of your honeymoon on a plane and then recovering from jet lag? or b) consider going to the single most romantic destination on the planet, which lies 22 miles away across the channel?

We at Original Travel have long advocated the European honeymoon, and alongside Italy, la belle France has more to offer newly-weds than almost anywhere. There are immaculate hotels along the resurgent Riviera and chateaux properties to satisfy the most romantic knight in shining armour fantasies.

Choose between beautiful beaches, chic cities and mountain retreats, and then, of course, there's all that delicious food. C'est magnifique.

Take advantage of our Honeymoon Gift List service! The service allows your loved ones to contribute to your honeymoon by giving money towards its overall cost.


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There are some pretty good reasons why France is the most visited country on Earth...

Dave, Original Traveller

Where to go

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France is essentially the perfect destination for a luxury holiday – a fact born out by the statistics that the country is the most visited on earth year after year.

Where to stay

Chateau de Bagnols

Chateau de Bagnols

Dating from the 13th century, this five-star property is one of France’s finest château-hotels, set amongst vineyards, forests and green hills in the heart of the Beaujolais countryside. Following a renovation at the beginning of 2012, Château de Bagnols is now even better and more beautiful than ever.

Domaine Des Andeols

Domaine Des Andeols

The rooms are distributed among nine houses, each of which has its own distinct character, from the minimalist lines of the Maison Blanche to the ethnic interiors of the Maison du Voyageur.

Chateau de La Chevre d’Or

Chateau de La Chevre d’Or

Since it first opened in 1953 the hotel has grown gradually and now has 37 rooms and suites, each different, scattered throughout the hotel’s extensive gardens and the attractive medieval village.

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