What could be more exciting and romantic than celebrating your newlywed status on your honeymoon? It is exactly what couples need after many months of stressful wedding planning. However, sometimes it can also be stressful to choose a honeymoon destination, which is the exact opposite of what it’s supposed to bring! Here are some of the best destinations to help plan your ultimate getaway.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is exactly everything a honeymoon fantasy is made of, with its perfect blue water, dreamy mountains and color reef filled with a rainbow of fish. It is no surprise that it was voted one of the world’s best islands by US News and World Report. And what could be more romantic than getting taken around this stunning island in a helicopter and getting a tour of a nearby island with a black pearl or a vanilla bean farm.
The nickname for Bali is actually Isle of the Gods. This heavenly island has of course not been given this name for nothing and has always been a popular spot for newlyweds to celebrate their love in the temples, mountain vistas, and artistic scenery. One of the most magical things to do is pay a visit to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple, which offers one of the most incredible sunset views out there, at a cliff rising 200 feet above the Indian Ocean.
Sonoma, California is home to world-class wine, gourmet food, and incomparable scenery. If you stay at Forestville’s Farmhouse Inn, with romantic chic barn rooms, they offer an in-room wine tasting with a sommelier. Staying at this hotel also allows you access to exclusive wineries that are not generally available to the public, such as Kistler and Kosta Browne. The farm-to-table cuisine of top California chefs is also not to missed. This is the ultimate indulgence destination.
Paris is basically the definition of romance. The unique combination of historic architecture, delicious food, and wine, as well as artwork, makes this city so incredible and romantic. The most popular attractions include the Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower, which are all must visits. And since you’re on your honeymoon, you can’t forget to tie a ribbon on the Pont des Art bridge to represent your commitment to one another!
Orkney, Scotland will fulfill all of your daydreams in this northern group of Islands right off the coast of Scotland with green filled islands and sandstone cliffs. It is highly recommended to visit the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar, an ancient ring of standing stones. It is still not known how the stones got there, and together with the wind blowing and the water overtaking the shore, it makes for a truly supernatural and romantic experience.
Italy is a popular hotspot for honeymooners to celebrate their new marriage, since there is nothing quite like a gondola ride down the Grand Canal, sailing past historic architecture and buildings. The Piazza San Marco is one of the most romantic places to take a stroll around, or the Palazzo Ducale, with its stunning and intricate details. If you want to feel like real royalty, take a boat ride to escape the city noises and sail away to one of the nearby islands.
Harbour Island, Bahamas
Harbour Island, Bahamas is like nothing you have ever seen before. It is a pink-sand pure paradise. It’s also full of big shots such as Bill Gates, Diane Von Furstenberg and Mick Jagger, who most certainly have good taste that can be trusted! The Pink Sands Beach is a must visit with its three miles of sand and turquoise waters. The Sip Sip restaurant with nearby shopping offers an unbeatable open-air lunch with a daily changing menu.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa is ideal if you are looking for a honeymoon that has it all. From luxurious beaches, a big city, wild safaris in spectacular landscapes and wine country access, Cape Town has got it! Taking a 90-minute drive to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas in the most southern part of the continent is incredibly romantic. You’re also going to want to make a stop at Boulders Beach to see the warm-weather penguin colony.
Savannah, Georgia has a one-of-a-kind serenity and quietness. It’s the ideal place to visit after all that wedding planning stress. The historic city has no shortage of cozy inns and restaurants. The Mansion on Forsyth Park is one the top hotels, featuring an art collection, a cooking school, spa, pool and on-site restaurant. You can take a horse-drawn carriage tour or take a kayak with the dolphins off Tybee Island. You won’t want to ever leave.
Santorini, Greece is a small volcanic island best known for its spectacular sunsets and perfectly white villas. It offers a myriad of romantic things to do, even for the most adventurous of honeymooners. You can rent scooters and ride to the red and black sand beaches, as well as visit ancient sites, such as the Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri, which has recently reopened. If this does not suffice, visit wineries, take a hike or shop around in the lovely boutiques!
Koh Tao, Thailand
Koh Tao, Thailand allows you to experience a dozen beaches. You and your love can rent motorbikes for peanuts and discover which beach is most suitable to your taste! The property has a private beach, offering the ultimate relaxation and getaway experience. If you’re looking for some more adventure, take a scuba diving certification course at the dive center nearby. At the adults-only Koh Tao resort, they offer bamboo huts on the rocks at the edge of the sea, some with private pools and jacuzzis.
Aruba, also known as One Happy Island due to its unbeatable location right outside the hurricane belt, as well as is 82-degree average temperature, all year long. In fact, it has the most sunny days in the entire Caribbean. Aruba’s most famous beach is Arashi, for its white sand and once-in-a-lifetime snorkeling experience. The beach resort also has a 15,000 sq ft casino where you can try to win your honeymoon money back!
The Florida Keys have over 1,000 islands over a 100-mile stretch! However, Key West is the most well-known one and is the vacation spot of the Kings of Spain, as well as the legendary Ernest Hemingway who had a home there! Honeymooners can rent bikes and ride around Old Town, exploring the 19th-century architecture. Mallory Square at dusk provides a unique sunset celebration with street performers bringing the city alive.
Fiji is made up of islands surrounded by coral reefs, leading to warm lagoons and stunning coral beaches. It is full of peaceful nature trails that end in breathtaking views of the Mamanuca Islands. The nearby village is definitely worth seeing, as well as immersing yourself in the culture and experiencing the historic sites. The Likuliku Lagoon Resort is the only Fiji resort with overwater thatched-roof bungalows, built using local materials in traditional Fijian style.
Little Cayman is the both smallest out of the three Cayman Islands, with a population of only 170 people! This mean that most of the land is just empty, tranquil, beach perfection! The South Hole Sound lagoon offers a romantic and private swim. You can also take a rowboat to the even smaller deserted Owen Island to see nature in it’s purest form. You will seriously feel as though you are the only people in the world.
Maui, Hawaii has some of the world’s clearest waters, most tropical sunsets as well as abundant greenery. So quite obviously it’s a perfect honeymoon destination, especially so with several new luxury resorts. Cuddle up in a blanket at the top of Haleakala Crater while watching the sunrise, or lose yourselves in the sunset while cruising along the Kikeh coastline. Just when you thought it couldn’t get more romantic, take a dreamy horseback ride along the beach.
Ibiza, Spain has much more than it’s crazy all night parties. Nearby to the city center, there are villages, forests, rolling orchards and hippy farmhouses, ideal for couples seeking a romantic atmosphere. A boat ride to the island of Formentera will offer a more mellow experience, with secret beaches with turquoise blue. The Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza has the largest stretch of palm tree filled beach, as well as a spa and two top-rated restaurants.
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Punta del Este, Uruguay has become the hot spot of South America. It brings many international socialites, millionaires and celebrities, such as Shakira, polo champion Nachon Figueras and British novelist Martin Amis! Jose Ignacio offers a boho beach scene, with a very relaxed vibe. Isla de Lobo’s colony of sea lions is most certainly worth taking a boat tour to, and in the summer you won’t want to miss one of the music festivals with top performers! Make this a honeymoon you’ll cherish forever!
The island of St. Barts is one of the high-class spots in the Caribbean. Its French background provides a similar vibe to the French Riviera. The Colombier beach with a shade of aquamarine that will have your jaw dropped is the ideal spot for a romantic picnic. It can only be accessed by foot or boat, so enjoy the scenic way down! Le Sereno hotel offers private terraces and gardens with an ocean view. Not to be missed!
Myanmar up until very recently was very secretive and closed off to the rest of the world, however, has now become one of the most popular and exciting honeymoon destinations. The ancient temples are a unique must see, as well as the one-of-a-kind places that have not been confronted with globalization. A hot air balloon ride over the plains of Bagan make for picture perfect and the ultimate romantic memory to share with your sweetheart.
Panama City the epitome of Central America. It has the absolute best of everything, ranging from its tropical rainforests, spectacular mountains, and Caribbean coasts. It is a sophisticated capital city with over 1,000 islands, a happening nightlife, luxurious inclusive resorts, exotic day trips and historic sites. In Gatun Lake, you will see monkeys as well as other wild animals, or raise your heart rate with a hike to the top of Cerro Ancon at 650 feet.
Marrakesh, Morocco is a popular destination for rock stars and fashion designers. You will really feel like you’re in a surreal setting of a movie with snake charmers, belly dancers, horse-drawn carriage rides and mazes of markets! If you’re into fashion, Yves Saint Laurent’s former home, as well as his garden are spectacular! The Galerie ‘Love’ is a romantic bucket list spot with the word ‘love’ on each of the designer’s collage posters. Honeymooning at its finest!
Sri Lanka was described by Marco Polo as one of the finest islands of its size. It is a trendy destination for Europeans and its popularity is spreading throughout the world. The River House hotel is an ocean-side hotel getaway. You can spend all tanning by the pool within the jungle greenery. You will be completely alone, other than the monkeys hiding in the trees. If you want a seriously luxurious experience, book the Menik Suite with a private plunge pool.
Dubai, United Emirates
Dubai offers both the glamorous urban life as well as the desert for a more relaxed and romantic getaway. Take a camel ride at sunset right to the crest of a dune, where you can take a glass of wine, some snacks and fruit while watching the sky colors change for the most dreamy adventure. Al Maha, a Desert Resort, and Spa will offer you an incredibly luxurious experience with tents including a private pool and wood deck.
Kyoto is very relaxed, especially so in comparison to the rest of the hecticness of the capital city of Tokyo. It allows for deep reflection and serenity in its myriad of shrines and temples in the traditional gardens. In the spring and fall, the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom with a stunning combination of classic autumn colors. While it is still light out, taking a walk around Gion is a unique experience.