Tropical islands aren't everyone's cup of tea, so if you prefer something a little different (but equally memorable and lavish), set your honeymoon radar to the five-star Beau-Rivage.

This grand palace hotel is all old-school marble floors, chandeliers and gilt, and so decadent it's no wonder royalty, heads of state and Hollywood stars return time and time again.

There is world-class skiing just 40 minutes' drive away in resorts such as Villars (a one-day ski pass costs £30) and cosy Swiss-chalet restaurants serving regional specialities in the town of Lausanne.

The hotel's tick-box honeymoon highlights include the spacious Cinq Mondes spa, Michelin-starred food, elegant bathrooms and ginormous beds.

Pack sexy shoes for clicking through reception, an LBD for intimate dinners, big sunglasses for après-ski chic and a warm wrap for stargazing on your balcony.

Wow factor
: The views of Lake Geneva from the balconies.

Flight time
: One hour and 40 minutes.

Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit for more details or email