For many honeymooners, often the typical choice is to hop on a plane and travel long haul to a ‘paradise’ island.  Whilst this can be a great way to relax after organising a wedding, paradise might actually be closer than you think……what about taking to the water for a relaxing and romantic river or canal cruise in France?  Although honeymooning aboard a hotel barge might not seem like the most obvious way to celebrate married life, there are some truly breathtaking five star boats cruising through scenery that has to be seen to be believed.

hotel barge esperance
Honeymoon aboard Esperance

Staying on the hotel barge ‘Esperance’ for example, with its white décor, handmade tiles and solid teak furniture, is romantic and luxurious and meanders along the stunning and world famous Canal du Midi.  There are also the exquisite Belmond barges with extravagant features like a hot tub, chandeliers, a grand piano and four poster beds on board!  For a truly one in a lifetime trip, you could even try the elegant and unique 90 foot motor yacht, the Mattia which will take you for an unforgettable cruise on the Rhône.  Honeymoons are about doing something special and you don’t get more special than getting up close to nature, seeing flamingos, white horses, fields of sunflowers or visiting the historical and picturesque towns and villages that make up France.  You can do all of this whilst staying in a cabin fit for a king and queen!

Hotel Barge Esperance
Romantic saloon

On board Esperance, your host Mathias makes sure that your every need is taken care of.  Beginning with a champagne reception and continuing with the very best meals and wines throughout the week, it will be a culinary experience as well as a feast for the eyes.  You’ll even get the chance to watch the meals being prepared in the galley by the first class chef and can then dine high up to enjoy the views.  The trip will give you a half day sailing and then a half day of excursions ranging from wine tasting and vineyard tours, through to cycling and walking tours to soak up the sunshine and the romantic setting, right through to exploring medieval villages and chateaux.  You then return to your ‘honeymoon suite’ a 270 square foot master bedroom – roomy and dreamy!

Why not try something unique and romantic for your honeymoon?  The French waterways have all the perfect ingredients and will provide you with memories to cherish forever.