Rachel Ruiz, 31, an advertising manager, and her TV producer husband, Federico, 32, decided to blow their budget, and turn their honeymoon into a super-luxurious maxi-moon. Here's the lowdown (we're not envious at all)…

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"After a five-hour flight to Tanzania and a wonderfully exhilarating (yet slightly hair-raising) private plane to Songo Songo, we found ourselves in a speedboat, cutting through the turquoise waters. A deserted island gradually emerged into view - our next honeymoon home. Apart from the very discreet staff, we were the only people on this peaceful outpost - there are just six bandas, or lodges, and five of those were unoccupied at the time. The lodges themselves are open-air, with an eco-chic design - an abundance of shells in the bathroom with fishing nets hung as shelves. By day, we luxuriated in the sun and explored our kingdom. It's teeming with colourful exotic birds and shoals of fish that swim right up to the shore. And by night, we lay on the sand and watched the stars come out as we drank boozy cocktails. The food is fresh and all bespoke - don't be shy, ask for exactly what you fancy, and they'll prepare it. We enjoyed the succulent fish dishes, all cooked with a Tanzanian flair using plenty of intriguing African spices."

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WOW FACTOR Dolphins and turtles are regular visitors to the shoreline. Watch out for humpback whales, too - they migrate past the island during July and August.

GO Essential Destinations www.ed.co.tz offers double rooms from £210 per person, full board; Emirates www.emirates.com return flights to Dar es Salaam start at £526

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