Once the vows have been shared, the cake has been cut, and the last piece of confetti has been swept away, there's one more thing to get excited about: the honeymoon. This trip is not just any vacation; it's a celebration of the beginning of a shared life journey. Where you decide to escape post-wedding can set the tone for the entire marriage adventure. To help you find the perfect location, here's our list of the 15 best honeymoon destinations that you should consider.
1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
This jewel in the South Pacific is known for its turquoise waters, overwater bungalows, and idyllic beaches. It's perfect for newlyweds seeking tranquillity and luxury. The spectacular coral reefs provide an underwater adventure for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. It really is a crowd favourite.
2. Positano, Italy
Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world. Steeped in classic Italian charm, Positano is a picturesque spot on the Amalfi Coast. Its colourful cliffside buildings overlooking azure seas, quaint local eateries, and vibrant lemon groves make for a romantic, unforgettable backdrop for your honeymoon.
3. Kyoto, Japan
If you prefer a blend of tradition and modernity, Kyoto is your destination.
From ancient temples, breathtaking gardens, and traditional tea ceremonies, to authentic cuisine, Kyoto provides a rich cultural experience that's beyond the ordinary. It's also known for its peaceful atmosphere, which might be exactly what you're looking for after spending so much of your time and energy planning and hosting a wedding.
4. Santorini, Greece
With its iconic white buildings, blue-domed churches, and stunning sunsets, Santorini is a popular choice for honeymooners. You can wander through the cobblestone streets, enjoy delicious Greek cuisine, or simply relax by the Aegean Sea. It has beautiful views and most of the hotels are built into Santorini's cliffside.
So you can enjoy your morning coffee with an unobstructed view of the sunrise.
5. St. Lucia, Caribbean
While all destinations in the Caribbean are exquisite, St. Lucia has a certain romantic edge to it. St. Lucia offers stunning mountain views, warm tropical weather, and luxury resorts. Known for its iconic Pitons, this island paradise is perfect for those who love adventures, with opportunities for hiking, sailing, and diving.
6. Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is a dream for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike. Whether it's hiking, bungee jumping, or simply soaking in the stunning vistas of Lake Wakatipu, there's no shortage of activities in this "Adventure Capital of the World". It also has a feeling of being off the beaten path, which you can't always find in other places.
7. Paris, France
Dubbed the "City of Love", Paris needs no introduction. Whether it's a leisurely stroll along the Seine, a romantic dinner in a sidewalk café, or a panoramic view from the Eiffel Tower, Paris oozes romance at every corner. See the Eiffel Tower at midnight, or walk along the cobblestone streets hand in hand. There's something for everyone.
The Maldives offers a slice of tropical paradise with crystal clear waters, abundant marine life, and luxurious private villas. Its underwater restaurants and world-class spas are the ultimate in honeymoon luxury. Similar to Bora Bora, the Maldives are a popular honeymoon destination among many newlyweds.
It's tranquil and romantic and that's all anyone really wants.
9. Maui, Hawaii
Maui, with its exotic beaches, verdant rainforests, and stunning waterfalls, offers a balance of relaxation and adventure. Don't miss the opportunity to drive the scenic Road to Hana or witness the sunrise from the Haleakala Crater. Hawaii is abundant in adventure, while also being totally peaceful and tranquil. This combination makes it one of the best honeymoon destinations on the planet.
10. Marrakech, Morocco
With its vibrant souks, stunning palaces, and serene gardens, Marrakech is a sensory delight. Experience traditional Moroccan hospitality with a stay in a riad and don't forget to try a tagine!
A bit more unpopular than destinations like Bora Bora or Paris, it's a must-see for those looking for a culture-rich experience. Chances are, there won't be too many other tourist there.
11. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a serene retreat with its lush landscapes, sacred temples, and unique cultural experiences. You can relax on the beach, explore Ubud's Monkey Forest, or pamper yourself at a spa in this tropical paradise. Rich in culture, nature, and tranquility, you're sure to enjoy a peaceful, rejuvenating honeymoon in Bali.
12. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town combines stunning natural beauty, fascinating history, and a vibrant food and wine scene.
Explore Table Mountain, visit the penguins at Boulder's Beach, or take a day trip to the stunning Cape Winelands. In Cape Town, there's something for everyone and you're guaranteed to enjoy it. It's an uncommon vacation destination for most, so why not save it for a special occasion, like your honeymoon?
For the adventurous couple, Iceland offers awe-inspiring waterfalls, active volcanoes, and the chance to see the Northern Lights. Enjoy a dip in the Blue Lagoon or take a road trip on the Ring Road for an unforgettable experience. Adventure awaits in Iceland. It's also small enough that you can travel the whole country during the duration of your trip, so bonus points for that!
14. Amsterdam, Netherlands
For a laid-back city escape, consider Amsterdam with its charming canals, historic houses, and world-class museums. Rent a bike to explore the city, enjoy a canal cruise, or visit Anne Frank House for a touch of history. In a city like this, there's tons to do so you're bound to find something you'll enjoy. Don't be afraid to explore and see what the Dutch have to offer.
15. The Scottish Highlands, Scotland
For those wanting solitude and breathtaking natural beauty, the Scottish Highlands are hard to beat. Whether it's exploring ancient castles, whisky tasting, or simply taking in stunning landscapes, it's the perfect setting for a romantic escape.
Maybe you'll get lucky and see a highland cow!
Choosing your honeymoon destination is a deeply personal decision. The most important thing is to find a place that suits your shared interests and will allow you to make lasting memories together. Hopefully, this list will inspire you to start planning your perfect post-wedding getaway.