Even for world travelers, a honeymoon should be the trip of a lifetime. It’s a chance to bond with your new spouse in a romantic setting, blow off the stress of wedding planning and indulge a fantasy or two. Understandably, expectations are high. Here are ten fantastic honeymoon destinations, just to get you thinking:
A chain of 74 islands off the coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays are a favorite destination for kicking back after the nuptials. Snorkelers and divers can access the nearby Great Barrier Reef, and those looking for privacy have any number of secluded beaches to choose from.
A South Sea fantasy come true awaits honeymooners who retreat to the Fiji Islands. Choose from luxury resorts with private thatch-roofed villas, or an island-hopping option to experience beach culture in the raw.
Stargazing in Chile
One of the best places in the world to spend an evening star gazing is on the edge of the Atacama Desert in Chile. The luxury hotel industry has taken advantage of this by building several discreet and small-scale 5-star resorts dedicated to the natural wonders of the region, which includes clear and unpolluted access to the cosmos overhead.
One of Tasmania’s most iconic sights is a postcard-perfect crescent of white sand and blue waters of Wineglass Bay. Nature lovers can kayak, watch for dolphins and seals, or explore nearby Freycinet National Park (where camping is permitted). Cruises also cast off from Coles Bay or Hobart, where there is a range of accommodation available for honeymooners.
The Maldives is a string of 1,192 coral islands located in the Indian Ocean. Many of them are uninhabited and perfect for exploring; about 100 have private-island resorts with villas and over-water bungalows. A great destination for honeymooners who want to get lost for a while on pristine beaches and watch perfect sunsets in privacy.
Combining a spa retreat with a honeymoon may help some couple’s put the stress of hosting a large wedding behind them. There is no more perfect place in the world for this than Bali. A smaller budget goes a very long way here – rent a private villa (with staff and a pool) on a mountain near Ubud, or choose from the many 5-star spa resorts on the beach.
Art and culture lovers can celebrate their love canal side in Venice. Experience pure romance surrounded by 15th century palazzi and gondoliers. Best for visiting off-season when the hoards of tourists leave and cool atmospheric fogs descend.
The remote Kimberley region in Western Australia is naturally spectacular with both mountainous and coastal landscapes. Fly in to Darwin and explore Cable Beach, helicoptor-access back country lodges and nature hikes in all levels of intensity. Off the beaten track and unforgettable, the region can accommodate your dream experience with rustic or luxurious amenities.
It’s the world capital for lovers for good reason. Paris, France remains one of the great romantic destinations for honeymooners. On its own or as a jumping off point for travel through the rest of France and the Mediterranean, the city is full of charming arrondissments to explore on foot.
Who says a honeymoon has to be about luxury and pampering? Adventurous couples are much more likely to seek a challenging experience to kick off their life together. How about learning to surf together on Bondi Beach? Hiking in Kakadu National Park? Snowboarding in Thredbo? You get the idea – adventure is sexy and a great way to cement the deal with your new life partner.
We hope you love and agree with our top 10 list of honeymoon destinations, have you got any other honeymoon destination ideas? If so, let us know in the comments below 🙂