believes 'Old fashioned' values are the key to a dream honeymoon

July 09, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
Tour Operator Website of the Year Award Winner at the 2009 Travelmole UK Web Awards,, have identified 'Old fashioned' values as the key to dream honeymoons as they gear up to send honeymooners to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Borneo.

The thrills and excitement of peak wedding season are nearly upon us.

An estimated 320,000 get married in the UK every year* and many choose the popular summer months of July, August and September for their special day. At the end of the ceremony and celebrations every bride and groom deserves the perfect honeymoon finale. With so many travel companies offering 'once in a lifetime' holidays, though, how can an eager newly-wed be sure that the honeymoon they've chosen will be the real thing?

Nick Pulley, managing director at Selective Asia, believes that 'old fashioned' values hold the key. "The market has changed radically in recent years. We've seen automated booking services, comparison sites and one stop shops flourish, but when it comes to choosing a dream honeymoon abroad there's no substitute for personal service, attention to detail and specialist expertise. The presence of these values is a good indication of whether a once in a lifetime holiday will turn out to be just that."

Getting this level of attention often requires the services of a specialist operator. "Creating a dream honeymoon takes a thorough understanding of a couple's wants and needs as well as in depth knowledge of the destination," says Nick. "Choosing exactly the right hotel and knowing the best sights to see or beaches to visit are what will make the holiday special."

A specialist operator will also be able to cater for more unusual needs. "Honeymooners are much more adventurous than they used to be and this requires an extra level of creativity on our part," says Nick Pulley. "It's not just about lounging on sun-drenched beaches anymore. We arrange elephant treks, safaris and mountain biking off the beaten track as part of our tailor-made honeymoons. If a couple has always dreamed of visiting Orang-utans in Borneo then we can make it happen. Equally, if they don't know what they want then we have plenty of suggestions or ready-made honeymoon packages to choose from."

A truly luxury experience will always require in depth knowledge, flexibility and the personal touch. Honeymooners can expect these to come as standard from a good specialist operator. "It shouldn't have to come at an extortionate price, though," says Nick. "Careful planning can make sure every penny counts towards a couple's dream experience. That's where specialist knowledge and expertise can really come into its own."

To find more out about creating a bespoke honeymoon experience in Asia, visit

*According to 'Wedding and Honeymoons Abroad' research by Mintel in September 2008
**Survey commissioned by Teletext Holidays in June 2008