A wedding doesn’t herald the end of nuptial celebrations; rather, it sets the scene for an anticipated honeymoon where couples can escape together. But this begs the question of which destination to go to. There are so many and you obviously want to choose the best for you and your beloved. Check out these 10 locations that are prized for their beauty and romance and see which piques your interest.
(1) Bora Bora
This gorgeous French Polynesian island is the stuff of tropical honeymoon dreams. Its turquoise lagoon is a picture-perfect setting to celebrate the start of a new life together. You can get a glimpse of the local culture when you stay in Polynesian style resort huts and dine on island food, most of which is – you guessed it – seafood. While here, you and yours can get adventurous by sailing around the lagoon and climbing Mount Otemanu, an old volcano.
Head to this Central American country for a heady mix of history, culture and nature. Belize boasts an incredible landscape shaped by dense jungles to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. It’s home to Mayan ruins such as Caracol and Xunantunich that give you a glimpse of the ancient past. It’s also a place where adventurous newlyweds can get their fair share of thrills by going river tubing in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and diving in the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve. Those who prefer a more laidback honeymoon can sail the Caribbean Sea or catch a spectacular sunset atop a Mayan temple.
(3) Greek Islands
The Greek Islands have to be some of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world. Each has something wonderful to offer and what many couples tend to do is to island-hop to get in as much of Greece as possible. Sifnos, Chania, and Tinos offer a quieter, more personal honeymoon while the touristy islands of Santorini, Crete and Mykonos are ideal for couples eager to see the glamorous side of the Greek Islands. You can spend your days at the many stunning beaches, get luxurious spa treatments and savor terrific seafood.
We have Under the Tuscan Sun to thank for painting Tuscany as one of the best destinations for romance. And it may very well be! The beautiful natural landscape paves the way for romantic walks and wine tours. The capital of Florence has beautiful artistic treasures in the Accademia and Uffizi galleries, and parks that showcase history and culture such as the Boboli Gardens. If you’re in Pisa, make your way to the Leaning Tower of Pisa (of course!) and wine and dine at Borgo Stretto, which is also the birthplace of Galileo Galilei.
The City of Lights is also the City of Love and is a natural honeymoon destination of choice for many newlyweds. It has romance, history and charm, all of which offers couples plenty of ways to spend their honeymoon. You can rent a rowboat and make your way to the Temple of Love in the Bois de Vincennes, tour the city in a vintage car, and sit down for a refreshing cup of tea at the Musee de la Vie Romantique.
Couples eager to celebrate their love together away from the world will find Maldives to be the perfect honeymoon destination. Each resort has its own island so you can be assured complete privacy. Consider opting for an over-water bungalow for an incredible view of the ocean. Snorkeling and scuba diving will give you a look at the rich marine life here while a luxurious couple’s massage at the hands of experts will help you unwind and let yourselves go.
Udaipur is one of those naturally gorgeous destinations that’s perfect for romantic honeymoons. You can stay at the 5-star Taj Lake Palace that’s set on Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola. From here, you can take in marvelous views of the City Palace and the hills. The palace, which sits on the eastern banks of the lake, features a blend of various architectural styles and houses different monuments of the Mewar dynasty. As night falls, you and your partner can watch the glorious Mewar Sound and Light Show that’s held at Manek Chowk.
(8) Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is undoubtedly beautiful but is often eclipsed by more well-known honeymoon destinations. But, if exploring dramatic landscapes, swimming in Fairy Pools, and seeing stately castles is your idea of the ideal honeymoon, you won’t find a better place than this. There’s more to do too; you can fly over Skye for a bird’s eye view, visit the ruined village of Boreraig, and see the Northern Lights (if you’re honeymooning in winter).
Patagonia frequently ranks high on the lists of adventure travelers. After all, the mighty Andes and the W Circuit of the Torres del Paine National Park are some of the most inviting landscapes to explore. Even those less adventurous will feel the call of the outdoors. You can also go on a Patagonian Fjords cruise and get close to the shoreline to see small villages and diverse marine life. You’ll also stop at port cities like Valparaiso where you can shop and dine on local cuisine.
It may seem a little too out of the way but once you get there, you’ll be glad you made the trip. Fiji is a beautiful country consisting of over 300 islands. It’s the ideal honeymoon destination for couples who love beach holidays and spending their time in the sea, exploring rich coral reefs. You have your pick of great resorts featuring plush accommodations, gourmet cuisines and fun activities to keep you entertained. You can also head off by yourselves to explore Colo-I-Suva Forest Park, Sigitoka Sand Dunes and go on an exciting ride on a rail-mounted electric pushbike carriage (Ecotrax).
The world is filled with romantic and thrilling destinations and these offer a mix of both. Immerse yourself in history, culture, and beauty for an unforgettable holiday with your loved one. You may find yourself returning for an even bigger taste of love and adventure!