Walking down the aisle might just be the most highly anticipated and nerve-wracking moment of your life. But don’t worry – once it’s all over, you can look forward to walking down the beach…
Call us biased, but the honeymoon has got to be the most exciting part of any wedding. It’s your chance to enjoy your newlywed status and indulge in champagne without having to greet every distant member of your other half’s family. Sounds a dream, right?!
Where are you heading for your honeymoon?
Often, the honeymoon is one of the most luxurious holidays you’ll go on – it’s meant to be the celebration of a lifetime together, after all! Not only that but newlyweds might anticipate the start of a family after marriage, perhaps including the purchase of a house and a furry friend. So, it’s a no-brainer that this might be your last real chance to splash out and pamper yourselves as a couple.
Our top ten honeymoon destinations
Have you decided where you and your other half are heading after your wedding? Need a little inspirational guidance? Have no fear – here are our top ten destinations for a romantic getaway.
The third largest island and one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean, Cyprus has got plenty to please even the most indecisive of newlyweds. Whether you fancy a cocktail and a boat trip in Ayia Napa or an eye-opening walk through Paphos’ archaeological park, you’ll neve run out of things to do and see. You’ll be welcomed by the friendly Cypriots who are renowned for their chilled-out way of life. And of course, you’ve got to sample the halloumi and fresh watermelon whilst you’re there.
Highlights: Kerynia Harbour, Cape Greco, Famagusta and the abandoned city, archaeological site in Paphos,
For those who like to explore and learn about new cultures, Morocco is for you. You’ll feel worlds away from the UK but full of excitement and awe. From sweeping deserts to buzzing city streets, you’ll be overwhelmed by intense heat, smells and tastes. It’s truly an experience for the senses. There’s plenty of variety in the places you can visit: beach towns, busy cities and mountain ranges.
Highlights: The souks in Marrakech, beaches in Agadir, Djeema El Fna plaza, camel treks in the Sahara
8. New Zealand
If you really want to escape with your new life partner, why not take a trip to the other side of the world and head to picturesque New Zealand? The great thing about NZ is that you can truly make your trip there as action-packed or chilled-out as you like. Go bungee jumping in Queenstown during the day and enjoy its buzzing nightlife when the sun goes down. If you’re feeling sporty, take to the mountains for a spot of skiing. For something a bit more relaxing, immerse yourselves in the breathtaking views of Milford Sound.
Highlights: Wellington, Bay of Islands, Central Otago, Kaikoura, Auckland
This stunning Indonesian island is synonymous with religion, culture and landscapes. There’s a reason that it’s so popular with Westerners: the Island of Gods is pretty much paradise on Earth. You can surf, hike, explore, learn. Or you can simply kick back on a sandy beach and enjoy the true hospitality of Bali’s native inhabitants. For a night-life focused surf resort, head to Kuta. Alternatively, take a trip to the laid back fishing village of Padang Bai to enjoy seafood and a spot of snorkelling.
Highlights: West Bali National Park, Nusa Dua for high-end resorts, Lovina’s black sand beaches, Seminyak town
Hop over to the Caribbean to one of the friendliest, most fun islands in the world. Barbados is home to gorgeous sandy beaches, blue waters and colourful, vibrant nightlife. Indulge in rum, barbecued fish and late-night parties. There are plenty of charming towns to explore, brimming over with romantic foodie spots and delightful live music. You’ll feel right at home in this tropical and welcoming island.
Highlights: Bridgetown, St Nicholas Abbey, Miami Beach, Botanical Gardens, Mount Gay Rum Distillery Ltd.
It’s a typical honeymoon destination and for good reason too. This secluded, lush island in the Indian Ocean is the perfect place to truly relax and unwind. You and your new partner will be able to enjoy beautiful sunsets and walks on the beach by night, whilst having a go at diving or snorkelling by day. The Seychelles is the ultimate getaway for the hard-working couple who really want to feel like they’re living in a dreamland.
Highlights: Bird Island, Anse Lazio, Morne Seychellois National Park, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Are you and your other half fans of wildlife? For animal lovers and explorers alike, a honeymoon in Kenya really would be the unforgettable trip of a lifetime. This East African country is one of the most powerful economies on the continent and is home to a whole range of national parks and reserves. Stay in a luxurious tented villa in true 1920s style, take a safari trip through the savannah and explore the cosmopolitan city of Nairobi.
Highlights: Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara, Mombasa, Hell’s Gate National Park
Fancy something a little bit closer to home? In our opinion, you just can’t beat Italy when it comes to romantic escapes. The country simply exudes love and romance. From its stunning coastlines to its pretty towns, you and your partner can indulge on the famous Italian cuisine whilst taking in the impressive views. And the best part? It’s only 2-3 hours from the UK, depending on your exact destination. Enjoy the rich history of Venice’s canal streets and take those tourist snaps in front of the leaning tower of Pisa.
Highlights: Venice, Pompeii archaeological site, Rome, rolling hills of Tuscany, Sicily
2. St. Lucia
We’re heading back to the Caribbean for our next dream honeymoon destination: say hello to St. Lucia. It’s one of the more underrated of the Caribbean islands which means it’s full of undiscovered spots and down-to-earth towns to explore. The mountainous terrain and turquoise waters offer a stunning backdrop to a relaxing and varied trip. There’s plenty on offer for you to enjoy from hiking and cycling to learning all about local cocoa production!
Highlights: Sugar Beach, Pigeon Island, whale and dolphin watching, St. Lucia rainforest, Sulphur Springs
Did we save the best till last? We think so. When it comes to honeymoon holidays, you really can’t beat the Maldives. These stunning islands top the charts time and time again – for good reason, too. For a true slice of luxury, you and your other half couldn’t pick a more stunning location. The bright blue seas are often the imagery of choice for travel magazines, along with the unique villa resorts that stretch out into the waters. Head to the Maldives for an unrivalled, pampering getaway that you newlyweds will remember for a lifetime…
Highlights: Malé city, swimming with sharks, resort spas, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island underwater restaurant