If the idea of honeymooning on a deserted Indian Ocean island turns you off, this North American three-stop may be just the thing.

Fairmont Banff Springs, perched amid the Canadian Rockies, is an imposing château located in the heart of Banff National Park, an Unesco World Heritage site. Yes, this hotel is big, but that doesn't mean it's impersonal. The service is second to none, and the rooms; well, you can have anything from a cosy castle nook to spacious suites with sweeping views of the never-ending mountains.

The choice of activities on offer is mindblowing - first-class skiing, canyon ice walks, dogsledding, snowshoeing, ice fishing and curling in winter, but there are also summer activities galore, like hiking in the mountains and kayaking on the lake. Spend a day or two exploring the postcard-perfect town of Banff before heading north on the breathtaking Icefields Parkway (looming mountains, vast glaciers and Icefields) for the 143-mile journey to the small town of Jasper. Once there, an ideal way to take in the scenery is from the back of a horse, but don't be fooled by the common mischievous guides' yarn explaining how the perfect blue waters of the lakes are drained each winter so that the bottom can be painted.     

FLIGHT TIME 9.5hrs from the UK

WOW FACTOR Lolling about in the famous Banff hot springs. These soothing natural waters have brought travellers to the area for centuries.

GO A double room costs from £180 www.fairmont.com/banff-springs