There’s nothing like the thought of a honeymoon to get romantic juices flowing but the reality is that everyone’s idea of what a honeymoon should be is rather different. Whether you’re an adventurous type with a safari in your sights, or you’re more inclined to spend your post marriage bliss stretched out on a sun lounger, there are plenty of trips to suit all sorts. Here are the world’s top 10 honeymoon travel destinations:
1. The Maldives, Indian Ocean
Of course this had to be first on the list – the turquoise seas, fine white sandy beaches, secluded huts and shady palms of the Maldives islands make this the perfect place for couples who want some one-on-one time away from the rest of the world. Throw in breathtaking sunsets, luxurious once in a lifetime hotels, and opportunities for diving, sailing and general exploring and you’ve got one of the best honeymoon destinations on earth.
2. Bali, Indonesia
Not just a beautiful island paradise, Bali is also a beacon for those who are looking for ancient culture and a spiritual side to their honeymoon experience. The locals in Bali are renowned for being friendly and welcoming and the beaches are some of the best in the world. The island is also well placed for ongoing trips to South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Something of a forgotten gem, the faded glamour of Sicily and the rugged, sweeping coastline makes it a fabulous spot for honeymooners looking for old fashioned romance. Towns like Taormina have spectacular views – so stunning that you might find yourself proposing all over again – and there are plenty of high end hotels here where you can stay in the kind of luxury beloved by Sophie Loren, Liz Taylor, Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn.
4. Santorini, Greece
The Greek island of Santorini is probably best known for its package holidays, but is becoming an increasingly popular option with honeymooners. A large number of hotels now cater for those who have just tied the knot and there are some fabulous boutique hideaways where you can spend your entire trip just the two of you, with in room catering, your own private plunge pool and stunning sunset views.
5. The Whitsundays, Australia
Whilst not the easiest place to get to, the kind of seclusion honeymooners can enjoy in the Whitsundays is unlike many other places on earth. A particularly good option for waterbabes who want to do some fabulous diving, swim with a few dolphins and get out in the fresh air on a sailboat, the Whitsundays has a great combination of activity and beach honeymoon, albeit slightly further away than the beaches of Europe.
Honeymooners with a keen sense of adventure will love the wide-open plains of Tanzania and the kind of honeymoon on offer here that is a once in a lifetime trip. With options for safaris across the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro, and beach time along the stunning coastline of the country, it’s no wonder that Tanzania has become one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations.
7. The French Riviera
For a honeymoon not so far afield but with lashings of Gallic glamour and plenty of fabulous food and wine, you can’t beat the French Riviera. Out of season the area is slightly quieter and a haven for honeymooners looking for fabulous coastal walks and long, leisurely lunches. In and around the area’s main season St Tropez, Cannes and Monaco are brimming over with glamour and sparkle, the perfect place for honeymooners who like to see and be seen.
8. Thai islands – Ko Mak, Ko Phi Phi, Ko Samui
The series of islands that lie off the southern coast of Thailand offer a perfect retreat for honeymooners, whether the objective is hours of hammock time and sun bathing or getting stuck into a bucket of vodka and redbull at a Full Moon Party. There are plenty of luxurious hotels here, as well as some great budget options, including romantic wooden huts right on the beach. Thailand is also a convenient place to start or finish a honeymoon adventure that takes in nearby Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
9. Bora Bora, Tahiti
If you want a South Pacific honeymoon then Tahiti is the place for it. You can’t help but relax and unwind here as the pace of life is slow and there’s little of the hustle and bustle that afflicts most European city dwellers. Chill out in a hammock on a palm fringed beach, explore the twin peaks of the island’s volcano, or simply spend your time gazing into your new other half’s eyes over a candlelit dinner on the beach.
10. Las Vegas
Ok so there’s not a beach in sight but for the ultimate in bright lights and glamour you really can’t beat a honeymoon in Las Vegas. Aside from the obvious attractions of the awe-inspiring casino buildings, plethora of entertainment options and the huge number of opportunities for burning through your holiday money, Las Vegas is near many areas of great natural beauty. Just a car ride away are the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and the Hoover Dam, which can provide a welcome contrast to the synthetic sights of the Strip.
If you’re about to get hitched and are struggling for ideas for your post marriage chill out then the world’s top 10 honeymoon destinations should give you some inspiration. Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon on a long, deserted beach, or somewhere you can party all night, there’s no better excuse than getting wed for indulging in the holiday of a lifetime.
John wrote this guest post for Deal Zippy. Deal Zippy is a daily deals site which compiles all the very best travel deals for the UK and overseas in one place, making it easy to save money on everything from short weekend breaks to honeymoons!
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