Miles of beaches of white powdery sands; acres of green meadowland; serene lakes; pale blue skies; orange sunsets; azure and warm waters and forest clad mountains stretching into the misty distance. These are just some of the locations that honeymooners look for when making that ‘once in a life time’ choice.
There are a wide range of options from a shack on a beach with views of the sunset to a log cabin on a mountainside. So much so it can be quite a tough (if thoroughly enjoyable) task deciding on that ideal romantic getaway.
We hope our list will make your task just that bit easier.
1) The Seychelles
A group of some 115 islands the Seychelles is a paradise of dazzling white beaches, clear blue waters. There is tons of privacy with most of the accommodation being separate villas. Located off the east coast of southern Africa it is a balmy and truly exotic haven with guaranteed spectacular panoramic views.
Bali is called “the island of a thousand puras (temples).” However, it is the incredible beauty and mystical, magical environment of this tropical isle that envelopes you. Balmy breezes, swaying palm trees, gentle and cheerful people and the fabulous Indian Ocean as a backdrop are enough to make you want to stay forever. Superb seafood and spas round off the near spiritual experience that Bali offers.
One of the most beautiful honeymoon destinations ever, any one of the Hawaiian Islands is a great place to drop out of the world and enjoy your honeymoon. The pristine and quiet beaches, rugged volcanic mountains draped with thick colourful vegetation serve as a marvellous setting for unforgettable memories. The warm, welcoming natives and their rich and colourful culture and tasty Mai tais are added ingredients that make for an intoxicating romantic getaway.
The Emerald Isle is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Its countryside serves as inspiration for poetry, music and art. The colour green takes on new and wondrous lustre here. To that, add its ancient history characterised by castles, forts and picturesque, timeless villages. Snug centuries old pubs that serve stimulating Irish whiskey and ale will warm your heart. This beautiful island with its tales of fairies, elves, dragons, magic and mystery will live on in your memory long after you and your spouse have returned home.
Croatia is an unheralded jewel. It has a marvelous Mediterranean climate made even more glorious by the moderation of the Adriatic Sea. It has also managed to preserve its wonderfully colorful historical and architectural heritage. It is a terrific mix of the ancient, medieval and modern.
Plentiful and thickly forested mountains vie for attention with beaches, achingly beautiful lakes, sparkling streams, musical waterfalls and a thousand picturesque islands. This treasure house has winding roads running through the picture-postcard countryside and ancient pretty villages that haven’t changed in generations.
6) Lake Como, Italy
It is with good reason that movie stars and other celebrities holiday here. In a country that has innumerable gorgeous locations, the Lake Como province of Italy is a stand-out. For centuries people have been holidaying here so that they can experience its fresh air, mountains and marvellous weather. The “Y” shape of the lake is relatively flat at the southern end turning mountainous as you head north thus providing changing landscape and variety.
The region has beauty and uniqueness all its own. The little towns and villages in combination with elegant villas dot the region giving it its characteristic atmosphere.
7) Los Cabos, Mexico
You want serenity and plenty of distance between you and other holidaymakers to enjoy your honeymoon? Then get yourself and your loved one down to Los Cabos in Mexico. Poised on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, the area has vast acres of deserted beaches, shimmering blue waters and a fabulous coastline including the iconic “El Arco” rock formation.
The life here is laid back but the facilities, hotels, nightclubs, all-inclusive resorts, dining options and activities are plentiful and world class.
8) Paris, France
With doubt the most romantic city on the planet, Paris has been the destination for more honeymooners than any other. It is packed with gorgeous gardens, iconic and historic monuments. The River Seine does more than its share of adding to the romantic side of this great city.
The city has a plethora of lovely, cobble-stoned streets full of charming bars, cosy bistros and street-side cafés with outside tables. Paris’ nightlife is legendary and the sheer numbers, variety and quality of entertainment choices can be happily overwhelming. The best part is that Paris loves lovers and knows how best to treat them.
9) St. Barts
The entire Caribbean is one great romantic pond yet St. Barts manages to stand out. Officially a department of France, the island has incorporated all the glamour and chic of that country. It is just eight square miles. Yet it manages to house two of the world’s best and fabulous white-sand beaches, which are un-crowded. It also has an eclectic mix of designer shops, a bay populated by luxury yachts and celebrities.
The island’s spectacular scenery, warm breezes, swaying palm trees, clear blue skies sells itself and does not need any high-pitched advertising. St. Barts is that authentic, too-good-to-be-true tropical island paradise. Something every honeymooner dreams of.
10) New Zealand
The ‘land of the long white cloud’ is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It seamlessly combines South Pacific Island and European alpine scenery. It has stunning diverse landscapes and a moderate climate. So spending your honeymoon here will give you every option you could want. Stroll along pristine beaches or ski down snow clad slopes – all in one country and same period.
You can relax in privacy on the beaches of the Coromandel oast; or take in the fantastic coastline along Malborough Sound or cruise down Queen Charlotte Sound. Or maybe you could have an activity packed honeymoon in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Calm or hectic, New Zealand has it by the bucketful.