Don't wait until you get off the plane, start your honeymoon at check-in instead...
Flying with your man won't ever be the same again, thanks to the ingenious Space Seats, designed and created by Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.co.uk). The chairs (above right) rotate so you can sit face-to-face to dine - awww! - and there are no annoying fixed armrests so you can spread out and doze with your feet on his lap, just like at home. They've also been designed so the person in front can't recline into your personal space (hello legroom). The best bit? You don't have to be a millionaire to afford them - the Space Seats are in premium economy.
If you travel with Virgin Upper Class (www.virgin-atlantic.com) you can start the pampering before you've left the ground. The airline has installed luxurious Dr Hauschka spas in its clubhouses at Gatwick and Heathrow, offering relaxing massages and facials with the celeb-beloved products, which feature pure, botanical essential oils to help soothe the skin, mind and body. Therapists are also on hand to give you complimentary and paid-for holistic treatments, including a calming hot-stone back ritual. That's definitely worth checking in early for.
New on Qantas's transatlantic service in business class (www.qantas.com.au) are some quality new luxe features to help guarantee a good night's sleep. Not only is a mattress (yep, a real mattress) placed over your Skybed on international flights, but lucky travellers get duvets instead of blankets, covetable Kate Spade (and Jack Spade for your groom) travel pouches full of Malin+Goetz products, noise-cancelling headphones and even a biodegradable toothbrush. There's also the option to choose the 'express breakfast' so you can spend even more time snoozing. Genius.
Why wait until you land to enter food heaven? Fly business class with Qatar Airlines (www.qatarairways.com) and you'll have Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens creating your dinner - all presented with fresh flowers and your own mini china salt and pepper pots. Take off with some delicious oven-roasted mustard and dill salmon before working your way through your own cheeseboard, dessert and coffee - all individually served by your personal in-flight attendant. Qatar is also the only airline to offer business-class passengers French Lanson Rose Champagne Brut 1999, which you can start sipping the second you step on board. And that attendant comes in handy at bedtime - as you head off to get your PJs on, they'll recline your bed, fit the sheets and ensure you have the right pillows and covers.
As featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Brides