As well as its legendary sunsets, Kerala is famous for its houseboats. But if you don't fancy honeymooning in the backwaters, a stay at the new Vivanta By Taj Bekal, with its arch-roofed villas replicating houseboats, might be in order.

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This is the area's first five-star hotel, and floating is strictly reserved for your private plunge pool.

A river leading to an empty strip of beach runs through the gardens, and you can kayak along the river, or cross the bridge to the Jiva Grande Spa.

Grab your new husband for the Nectar of the Gods treatment, beginning with a candlelit massage, and ending with a rose-petal bath and champagne.

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It's spread across 26 acres, so fill your time exploring the grounds or unwinding on the hanging daybeds, but venture out if you can. Bekal Fort is just 7km away and Madhur Temple is 20km away. 

WOW FACTOR: Splash out on a Premium Indulgence Villa for at least one night, with a candle-filled terrace, an open-air bathtub and views over the gardens out to the sea.

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FLIGHT TIME: 10 hours.

GO: Villas cost from £195 per night. Enchanting Travels www.enchanting-travels.com offers four nights at Vivanta by Taj Bekal, and two nights at the Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai, from £1,335 per person, B&B. Also includes flights and transfers.