One of the most coveted and sought after traditions that people look forward to after getting married is what comes after the big day. While the wedding ceremony and reception only lasts for a few hours, the honeymoon lasts much longer and is a much more intimate experience. It is time when the newlyweds can enjoy each other’s company as well as celebrate the start of their new lives together.
When it comes to selecting a honeymoon destination, there are many places to choose from since the world is literally at one’s fingertips. While each newlywed couple may look for something different for their honeymoon, the overall main reasons for the honeymoon remain the same. When selecting a destination, it’s important to look for places that will provide:Relaxation
- Great Accommodations
- Tasty Eats
Just as it can be difficult to select a wedding destination, it can be just as hard to decide where to go for one’s honeymoon. Ultimately the place one selects is subjective as it is all based on one’s personal preference. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the 15 top honeymoon destinations. Let’s dive in.
With its warm weather, sun kissed beaches and pristine peaceful villages full of thatched roofed structures, Tahiti is a perfect island getaway. Aside from the beautiful scenery, beaches and weather there are also some great activities to engage in. From spas to scuba diving, snorkeling and boating there is never a shortage of fun and exciting things to do while on Tahiti’s island time!
Italy has been said to be one of the most romantic countries in general and Rome takes the romance to another level. This ancient city is filled with good food, breathtaking architecture, seductive gardens, fountains, art museums and galleries and much more. The city is always filled with “amore” and even is home to the world famous Trevi fountain, which has been known to help keep love alive by the simple coin toss into its waters.
The City of Lights has also been known to be the City of Love and is considered one of the most romantic places in the entire globe. Paris attracts thousands of people on their honeymoon each year and it’s easy to see why. The city includes everything from great foods to world-class classical architecture. There are also some great parks and museums and one can take a romantic stroll down the Champs Elysees to a nice sunset cruise down the Seine River. Paris truly has it all and can make anyone fall in love!
A popular honeymoon destination for the better part of the last century, Hawaii is a particular common place to spend one’s honeymoon for those who live in America. The state of Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches and ocean views in the world. Not to mention the island is full of exquisite wild life and boasts temperatures that are perfect for lounging at the beach or walking through the lush forests or meadows. There’s not much more of a tropical place than Hawaii.
The Bahamas boast that it is simply better there and it’s not too hard to see why. From calypso music, historical architecture, booming nightlife and coral reefs the Bahamas are truly a top destination to spend time with your loved one. The Bahamian beaches are also very secluded which makes the destination a perfect place for those looking to escape and have some one on one time. If seclusion isn’t your thing, the island also has casinos, spas and water parks, which are also sure to put a smile on your face.
A place that is so serene and peaceful, everything about Fiji is so composed that it is simply breathtaking. A visit to Fiji will be filled with some beautiful sunshine, pristinely blue water and snow-white sand. The ocean is also known for its waves, which allows visitors to try out their luck on a surfboard. If that’s not your style, you can simple relax with a good book on the beach or by the pool at your resort.
A visit to Bali for your honeymoon may not be a place that first comes to mind, but it’s definitely a place to consider. The Indonesian island is filled with bright shades of green foliage and the smell of the air is simply euphoric as its smell is infused with sweet scents of flowers. People in Bali simply seem happy so it’s not uncommon to see people smiling everywhere you go.
The nation of Greece is a perfect fusion of old and new world mixed with a modern twist. From the ancient architecture to the more modern romantic resorts, Greece has something for every honeymooner. The Greek towns overlooking the seas and oceans will surely put one in a romantic mood. Be sure to take some time to explore the museums, restaurants and architecture and then finish the day by relaxing on a beach or boat.
Another remarkable island getaway, St Barts is a serene French Caribbean island that has over twenty breathtaking beaches. It is filled with some exquisite natural life, which will be sure to put visiting honeymooners at one with the island and the earth. The island is also filled with many boutiques and restaurants, which are inviting and perfect for soaking in the beautiful sunsets that the island is famous for.
When most people think of a honeymoon, they tend to gravitate towards warm weather climates. The colder, northern regions of the world can be just as beautiful and magnificent to explore. Specifically, taking an Alaskan cruise through the state of Alaska will expose your honeymoon to glaciers, mountains and some beautiful wildlife. An Alaskan cruise honeymoon offers the best of both worlds because you’re able to stay nice and warm in the cruise ship while enjoying all the beautiful surroundings as you sail on through the ocean.
Another great Italian city, Florence may be small but it surely is filled with some rich history and charm. Tucked away in the Tuscan hills, the city was a wellspring of the Renaissance and as a result still retains much of that architectural and cultural charm. A visit to the city will make one feel as if they have traveled back in time to the 14th century. The city also boasts some gorgeous sunsets and the delicious Italian cooking helps seal the deal.
The island of Bora Bora might be small as it is only 2.5 miles wide but the island truly is overflowing with beauty that will take your breath away. Coined the “pearl of the Pacific” Bora Bora is filled with dormant volcanoes that rise at the center of the island while lush jungle runs through the island into a beautiful aquamarine lagoon. There are many fun things to do while on the island from hiking, snorkeling to dining and some shopping. Bora Bora is truly Heaven on earth.
Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos is the perfect place to unwind from your hectic lifestyle. This network of 40 islands is filled with blinding white sand beaches fringed by shimmering crystal clear water and beautiful colorful coral reefs. There is so much to do while on the islands from soaking in the beautiful scenery to enjoying some of the island delicacy at a nearby restaurant or café. With more than 40 islands, there are three dominant personalities that live throughout. From the glamorous Providenciales or “Provo” which acts as the main port for cruise ships, to the laid back-back Grand Turk district which contains historical and cultural surroundings. Lastly, Salt Cay plays host to the best scuba diving spots on the islands where it boats one of the largest reef systems on the globe.
Compared to some Caribbean islands camouflaged as tourist traps, there is something a little more authentic on the island of Anguilla. There’s an embargo on cruise ships, casinos and high-rise hotels, but then there is also a surplus of clear, coral-filled waters, unmarked and unpaved roads, and low-key beachfront villas. Basically this destination has the best of both worlds. Pampering is also at a premium, from the grandiose resorts to the sophisticated al fresco dining. With little to do but relax, the days on the island are long but also very relaxing. Once the sun does go down, you’ll also be treated to one of the best live music scenes in the Western Hemisphere.
When going on your honeymoon it’s likely that you will want to have as much privacy as possible to spend alone with your loved one. In Maldives privacy is never an issue as there are numerous private villas. These villas are not your typical ones as they stand over crystal clear blue water. Even better, orange sunsets end almost every day while here. There is also gourmet room service and multiple masseuses available to help you relax in your private villa. You’ll want to stay in your villa all day just looking at your loved one and the beautiful view ahead. The only thing that may make you want to leave is to take an underwater dive to see the breathtaking coral reefs. Maldives was rated the top “dream honeymoon location” according to a CNN poll released earlier in 2014.