Wedding Season is in full swing, and many new couples are busy with the plans of celebration. Though any travel lover will agree, the best part about weddings is the honeymoon! It’s a chance to escape for some peace and alone time, and to begin your new life together as partners. Here are top five fabulous honeymoon destinations to mark the start of a lifetime of adventure:
With diverse landscapes, incredible beaches, exotic wildlife, and secluded accommodations, Costa Rica has it all. What’s more, Costa Rica is an affordable honeymoon destination compared to places like Hawaii or St Lucia, so you can make the most of your post-wedding celebrations.
Manuel Antonio is a magnificent place to spend your honeymoon. Set on the Pacific Coast, it’s an oasis of serene beaches, lush rainforests, and turquoise oceans. Discover the wild beauty of Costa Rica with a hike through the National Park or fly through the canopies with a zip line tour. Take a romantic evening stroll along the beach or watch the sunset from the water by boat.
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Take a sunset kayak on the lake to see the impressive Arenal Volcano and finish the day with a romantic dip in one of the steamy natural hot springs.
If you’re seeking the calming sway of coconut palms, and a dip in crystal clear oceans then head to Puerto Viejo, where you will find some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. Spend the day together in a secluded sandy spot and enjoy the salty ocean breeze. For something more active, take the plunge into married life with a romantic scuba dive to see Costa Rica’s colourful reefs.
The boutique hotel Casa Chameleon on the Guanacaste Coast is a honeymooner’s favourite, and its restaurant, Sentido Norte, is one of the most romantic dining spots in Costa Rica. Enjoy breath-taking views, and vibrant sunsets alongside the best of coastal Costa Rican dishes in this paradise setting.
Koh Samui Honeymoon destinations
Thailand is one of Asia’s most popular destinations, and with its island paradises, luxury hotels and striking scenery, it’s no wonder it’s top on the list for a romantic holiday. Whilst many of Thailand’s islands are backpacker’s havens, Koh Samui strikes a more mature balance between serene paradise and island fun.
Make the most of Koh Samui’s soft white sand at Silver Beach and Cheong Mon, or experience stunning coastal views at Lamai Beach. This is a particularly popular beach for honeymooners due to its interestingly shaped rock formations.
Take a tour by boat out to the many surrounding islands or try scuba diving where it is most affordable.
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Explore the ancient culture of Thailand with a visit to Wat Plai Laem, an amazing Buddhist temple that appears to be floating on water. Relax after a day of exploring with a massage on the beach at Baan Sabai or indulge in a couple’s spa treatment at Luxsa Spa.
Treat your significant other to a dazzling date at Zazen Restaurant. Enjoy a private candle-lit dinner, with traditional Thai music and dancing alongside delicious French and Thai cuisine. Enjoy incredible Italian dishes and fine wines at Coco Tam’s x Peppina, before heading up to their rooftop terrace for fabulous views and tasty cocktails.
Stay at Six Senses Samui and enjoy their exquisite Dining on the Rocks restaurant, where fabulous food is served under a starry sky. For something special, book a room at Samujana, and enjoy sprawling terraces, infinity pools, and even an in-house butler.
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Forget Paris and Rome, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most romantic cities, and a hot pick for many honeymooners right now. With winding cobblestone streets, world-class food and wine, and pretty hills for sunset gazing, this coastal city is idyllic.
Explore the bohemian Barrio Alto neighbourhood where colourful buildings line the cobblestone alleyways, whilst Fado Music echoes through the streets and plucks at your heartstrings.
Hop on the 28 tram line from Baixa to the old neighbourhood of Alfama and enjoy incredible views over the city from the top of St George’s Castle. The surrounding area of Alfama is a perfect place to shop for Portuguese crafts and souvenirs.
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Visit Belém for a taste of Portugal’s best pastel de natas at Pastéis de Belém, before heading to the famous Tower Belém.
Taste your way through Mercado da Ribeira and enjoy ocean-front cocktails at sunset. Book dinner at A Cevicheria for an exquisite dining experience of Peruvian cuisine in a unique and intimate setting. For a Michelin-starred treat Alma is an incredible restaurant, showcasing a deliciously extravagant approach to Portuguese cuisine.
Spend your honeymoon in style, with a stay at Solar de Castelo. Ancient artifacts adorn the beautifully designed rooms in this unique hotel inside the walled complex of St George’s castle.
Tahiti Honeymoon destinations
The island of Tahiti in the archipelago of French Polynesia is an incredible honeymoon destination. With year-round good weather, luxury resorts and striking natural scenery, it is no wonder Tahiti is a top choice.
Explore the unique beauty of the Mape Forest at the Harrison Smith Botanical Garden, where swirling tree roots make for an adventurous romantic stroll. For some more action, hike to the summit of Mount Aori. This thrilling trail is rewarded with exceptional views.
Escape into the secluded Papenoo Valley, where giant waterfalls and lush green forests are sure to fill your hearts with wonder. Visit the ancient Polynesian temple, Marae Arahurahu or stroll through Papeete Market to explore Tahiti’s colourful culture.
Take a short flight out to Morea, the heart-shaped island that is a must-visit for honeymooners, or the iconic honeymoon destination, Bora Bora. Spend the day sinking your toes into the soft white sand and cooling off in the turquoise waters.
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Enjoy a romantic dinner in an overwater hut at Le Lotus in the InterContinental Resort, where guests can enjoy gorgeous views of Morea and sea life swimming below the lighted floor. A seasonally changing menu and impressive drinks list only adds to the occasion. L’annexe is best for sumptuous steaks and seafood.
Stay in one of the original overwater bungalows in Bora Bora or splash out with a stay at The Brando. This uber-luxury accommodation is the perfect island escape. Honeymoon destinations
The Dolomites Honeymoon destinations
An Italian honeymoon can be spent in picturesque towns or exploring lush vineyards, but The Dolomites offers something extra spectacular.
The dramatic pink limestone that makes up these soaring mountains makes for jaw-dropping scenery at sunrise and sunset when the mountains turn a fiery peach colour. This spectacular phenomenon is known as Enrosadira.
For couples who love to hike, this is a trekking haven, with hundreds of trails to explore the best of this Italian beauty. Hike from mountain hut to mountain hut across the valleys for the experience of a lifetime. For more experienced climbers, try the Gran Cir summit, a via ferrata in Puez-Odle Nature Park with ready fixed lines and ladders.
Honeymoon done right in The Dolomites!
After all that mountain action, you can reward yourselves with a two-hour drive to Venice, one of Italy’s most romantic cities. Honeymoon destinations
Italy is known for its food and The Dolomites don’t disappoint. Indulge in a special dinner at the Three-Michelin-Starred Restaurant St. Hubertus at Hotel Rosa Alpina. Settle in beside a crackling fire and enjoy exemplary dishes alongside mountain vistas. For sumptuous alpine classics on a sun-soaked terrace, enjoy lunch at Rifugio Fanes in South Tyrol.
Book your stay at Forestis, a luxurious sanctuary tucked away above the clouds. Wake up to incredible views of the sun rising over the mountains and enjoy relaxing spa and wellness treatments.
Whether your marriage is traditional, civil, or a spiritual partnership, each of these places will make for an incredible start to the adventure of your new life together. Wherever you choose to go, I send my congratulations to the happy couples!