The best gay and lesbian holidays to celebrate a same sex wedding anniversary

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Three years on from same-sex marriage in the UK, LGBT travel expert Darren Burn picks the best gay-friendly honeymoon destinations

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March 29 marks the third anniversary of same-sex marriage in the UK. Thinking of taking the plunge? The wedding’s all well and good, but the honeymoon can be better. We asked Darren Burn, founder of OutOfOffice.com, an LGBT-friendly luxury travel service that creates tailor-made trips, to pick his favourite spots to kick back and relax post-ceremony.
Bora Bora

Located in the middle of nowhere but probably one of the most romantic destinations in the world, Bora Bora is at the top of my honeymoon list. It’s a bit of a mission to get there – you fly via LA and Tahiti – but once you arrive you’ll find some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. It is extremely welcoming for LGBT travellers too with French Polynesia allowing same-sex weddings. Clients we’ve sent there who know the Maldives always say it’s a cut above, so whilst the journey is gruelling, it’s totally worth it. Typically, you’re met at Bora Bora airport by a hotel team who lavish you with a lei and whisk you to your overwater bungalow. Wake yourself in the morning with a dip in the ocean, right on your back doorstep and get used to fine dining and impeccable service. A place that’s hard to leave.
The best LGBT honeymoon destinations

Sri Lanka and the Maldives
A trickier destination for LGBT travellers because of various laws, but more and more couples are combining a traditional Maldives break with the culture and wildlife of Sri Lanka. It’s the perfect twin-centre holiday and will give you time to relax on a beach in style along with the opportunity to explore one of the most fascinating, diverse countries. Spend your first week touring Sri Lanka and visit Yala National Park and Sigiriya rock fortress. After your culture fix, time for some R&R. Although it is illegal to be gay in the Maldives, the law is very different to the reality. In the five-star resorts, staff treat LGBT customers like any other guests and the resorts we work with also extend their honeymoon benefits to same-sex couples as well.

South Africa and Mauritius
Another popular twin-centre honeymoon is South Africa and Mauritius. With Cape Town being one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, this destination is perfect for a newlywed same-sex couple. Spend a few days in the city before heading to the winelands of Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, before taking the Garden Route across to Port Elizabeth. South Africa wouldn’t be complete without a game drive at one of the country’s safari reserves – try Addo Elephant National Park or Kruger National Park near Johannesburg. Then finish up with a week in Mauritius, which is just a short flight away and packed full of five-star resorts there to relax. Again, honeymoon benefits are on offer to same-sex couples at the resorts we work with.

Riviera Maya
For couples who enjoy all-inclusive holidays, then Mexico’s Riviera Maya will tick all the boxes. It’s luxury all-inclusive rather than the kind you’d find at a resort in Gran Canaria, here, and most of the properties have a number of à la carte restaurants. One common misconception about this area of Mexico is that it only has beaches and hotels, but despite development, you can’t ignore the Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza. You’ll also find great scuba diving spots, and it’s generally a destination that welcomes LGBT couples (it’s popular for weddings as well as honeymoons).

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