10 Best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations for Couples
10 Best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations for Couples
Everyone has their own image of perfect Honeymoon Destinations which might include white powered sands and turquoise water as well as swimming pools and golden sunsets. Other enjoy a more active honeymoon and would prefer a long trek or hike through the rain-forest. We have searched some of the best honeymoon destinations to find our top 10. This list includes the obvious cities of Venice and Paris however also has some very secluded tropical islands as well as something different for adventure seekers.
The following are the 10 Best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations for 2017:
Absolutely no list of romantic destinations should ever be made to exclude the Queen of the Adriatic, for when it comes to European cities, Venice is the epitome of romance where enchanting streets and antiquated cobblestones are merely a prelude for an unforgettable experience.
That being said, we really should not ignore how these beautiful facades bring character to the city and it is often the winding alleyways infused with beautiful facades that make Venice so endearing. Walking across another dainty bridge and beneath a Gothic archway, it’s easy to imagine the very old world which once found itself here and it is this very sense of wonder which so often adds even more magic to a visit. Another highlight of a trip to Venice is the small detail which make it one of the most romantic places for a honeymoon in Europe as few neighbours can rival the myriad of streets you will find and passages overflowing with hidden coffee shops and eateries to enjoy.
And then there are experiences to be found at any time of day, whether you decide upon an authentic gondola ride beneath the city walls or a candlelit dinner in a four star restaurants, an evening stroll on Piazza San Marco, some delicious gelato in a nearby corner shop or even a day trip to San Giorgio island where you can climb the bell tower for the most stunning panoramas.
Venice is a excellent romantic destination and is perfect place for a loving couple and one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations.
New York (United States)
New York is somewhere you will always return in order to see everything you missed out on the last time. Honestly, as far as cities go, there cannot be anywhere with the same number of attractions, things to do and experiences in such close proximity. Although New York is renowned for the hustle and bustle, to each their own, this is definitely the ideal romantic destination of many people’s dreams.
Homemade spaghetti in Little Italy, panoramic views at the Empire States Building, a brush with history at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, people watching under the lights at Times Square, marveling at the talent in a show on Broadway and taking a romantic picnic or stroll through the peaceful haven of Central Park. If you wish for things to do and an action packed vacation then New York has all of that with the added bonus of being quite romantic too. Yes, there is the finest dining here and world class restaurants but the excursions above are all intimate experiences which you will naturally do together.
It must also be noted that hotels and accommodation in New York is some of the best in the world with luxurious interiors and romantic spas in many of them. If you want comfort in the middle of all the action, bright lights and fun packed days out, the Big Apple is calling.
New York can be chaotic or romantic, it really depends on where you go and how you decide to feel about the experience but either way, it is an enthralling place to spend time and one which will stay with you a long time after you have left.
When you consider the most idyllic honeymoon destination, you could be forgiven for imagining white powdered sands, an umbrella beneath the sun and crystal blue waters but is that really enough to make it “perfect”? For some yes, but for others maybe not and this is one reason for which Bora Bora is so popular with couples who want a little more than just relaxations. You see, it has the beaches, the white sands, pristine waters and distinct feeling of paradise but then it also has a lot more to offer than meets the eye.
Having rested next to the infinity pool for a few days, there is always an option in Bora Bora to keep active including scuba diving, parasailing or snorkelling and with many wilderness areas nearby, hiking amidst the luscious rain forest is always a popular thing to do. You simply cannot be bored on the island, for when you start to feel restless, adventures are always waiting and when if it feels a little subdued, the local nightlife is a lively way to spice up an evening.
Adventures on the ocean and getting lost in the rain-forest, maybe you don’t want to stay active on your honeymoon at all and this is just fine because most visitors prefer it this way in Bora Bora too. Just know that Bora Bora is synonymous with the word paradise and best known for being somewhere to unwind without a care in the world. With a cocktail in hand and a red sun setting on the horizon, you will need no reminders of this or that Bora Bora can be one of the most relaxing honeymoon destinations in the world
Although Bora Bora is renowned for high end five star resorts and expensive lodges, there are many options in the mid-range so visiting this paradise is always possible and regardless of your accommodation, the surroundings are always the same.
Kendwa Beach (Zanzibar)
Many resorts find themselves dotted around the shorelines of Zanzibar, a small island off the coast of Tanzania, but in truth, some of them are just too busy and others not so appealing in general. Kendwa Beach is the answer to your concerns and is possibly the most unique honeymoon destination on this list.
Yes there are long sandy beaches in Zanzibar and Kendwa is possibly the nicest of them all, there are unforgettable sunsets and then also no end of places to watch it go down in the evening with a cocktail. But one thing about Zanzibar which truly stands out is the fascinating history and culture which runs through the islands. For example, you can spend a day in Stone Town and unearth a dark part of history learning about the slave trade before travelling to the outskirts and watching as a guide brings the local spice plantations to life. You will also find how food is a remnant of an interesting past as found in the variety of mouth-watering curries, seafood or hand-made delicacies and when it comes to architecture, the fortified walls of the ancient Arab Fort are an example of the rich heritage which seems to be visible on every corner.
Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular here of course but another highlight which makes Kendwa Beach such an ideal romantic honeymoon destination are the number of restaurants along the water front. Situated at the front end of luxury hotels, a reservation can be made quite easily for these restaurants and sitting next to the water’s edge with the moonlight shimmering across the Indian Ocean, you can imagine the scene as a platter of sumptuous lobster, calamari and prawns finds its way to your table.back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
Maybe it really is the ancient civilization behind it or maybe it really is just the fact that this part of the world is so utterly captivating. Either way, Santorini is the most sought after of all the Greek islands and perfect for a honeymoon. Sensational views, scintillating food and an abundance of heritage, it feels like stepping back in time when you visit Santorini but the experience will have you back in the moment just as fast.
The setting is almost like a fairy-tale on the island, for it is here you can find small cottages next to the marauding ocean and ancient churches next to charming coffee shops. In fact, the town is only an introduction for the pre mentioned scenery is just breath-taking and the sight of the sun going down along the rugged shoreline is enough reason to know why even the Greeks on the mainland choose Santorini over anywhere else in Europe.
With remote hillsides to explore and many wineries in between, there are always activities to do in Santorini which are then complimented by sublime traditional food but it’s the wide variety which is so appealing in Santorini and the reason for which you will most likely want to return. Why not book one of the luxurious villas.
Cape Town (South Africa)
Cape Town is often referred to as the most beautiful city in the world and with many similarities to Rio in Brazil, it would be hard to argue. Standing tall above the city and surrounded by ocean, Table Mountain marks the spot for what is one of the most enjoyable and romantic honeymoon destination in 2017.
Now, you may be wondering what is so romantic about a major city like Cape Town. Thing is, Cape Town is not just a major city but a destination with no end of experiences. There are ways to find romance at even the most visited attractions such as a picnic on the above mentioned Table Mountain or champagne for two at the V&A Waterfront but it’s also easy to escape the crowds and find time in equally stunning locations. Renting a car for a few days is very inexpensive and allows for freedom to check out some sights along. The Cape of Good Hope, Chapmans Peak, Lions Head and the botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch; these are all perfect for finding some alone time and drinking in the surroundings.
Except it really is the activities and day trips from Cape Town which will explain best as to why it is such a great destination for a honeymoon as they provide such an easy way to do something fun and memorable together. Travel along the coast to go whale watching in Hermanus, visit the penguins at Boulders Beach, have some quiet time on the beautiful beach in beach Camps Bay or enjoy a tour of the world class wineries in nearby Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
Many years ago, there was a Hollywood movie which is still attracting lovers all over the world to the magical island of Ireland. “Ps. I Love You” followed the story of a young American lady who fell for a charismatic Irishman but the sad ending to this movie did nothing to dissuade anyone from arriving in the Emerald Isle.
Forever warm, friendly and welcoming: the locals have a reputation for providing the highest level of hospitality in Ireland and this is often the true appeal or reason as for why many people visit. However, this is not the only reason it makes such a fantastic honeymoon destination as can be seen in the incredible attractions around the country. Standing on the west coast, the Cliffs of Moher are an imposing force of nature, the Ring of Kerry are the magical green fields you had hope to find and the Giants Causeway up north is clouded in all kinds of mystery. Ireland is ideal for a road trip and perfect for exploring the outdoors with a loved one.
With that aside, we must go back to the mention of hospitality and friendliness, for it is upon meeting the locals in Ireland that you realise the journey, it is when encountering such friendliness that you want to return these gestures and it is feeling this love in general that you will want to pay it forward. Ireland really is a beautiful place with luscious landscapes and mysterious attractions but the real reason it makes such a perfect honeymoon destination is the way this island will make you both feel.back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
As with Venice in Italy, it would be difficult to make a list of honeymoon destinations without any inclusion of Paris. Located in the heart of Europe and being a major hub itself, Paris offers a much different type of vacation to most other places on this list. Naturally this is for the reason that it does not have a beach, rolling landscapes or resemblance to paradise although this is just fine for some travelers who want a little more substance and a little more things to do.
Home to the Louvre and an endless number of museums, art lovers and history buffs will fall in love with this city without even looking outside. Yes, it is no secret that the “City of Love” has more historical attractions than you will have time to see and this should not take away from the experience. Yes, witnessing the Mona Lisa for the first time or standing in the middle of Musee D’Orsay will appear more romantic than any beach to many and then there are the many landmarks and buildings which evoke a deep sense of mystery. Pantheon, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower, the famous attractions here are romantic in themselves and the sheer number of them is staggering.
By the time you taste the world famous cuisine made by Michelin Star chefs, you should need wonder no more as to why this beautiful city of lights is so popular and for why anyone who comes here on a honeymoon is likely to fall so in love, with the city of love itself.
Inca Trail (Cusco, Peru)
Maybe you are both active individuals and all you want is an adventure together or a challenge in a beautiful part of the world. In that case, there are few treks or experiences quite like the Inca Trail in Peru, South America.
Leading to the Sun Gate and the infamous UNESCO World Heritage site below called Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail is a multi-day hike which will take you far from home and leave you both in the midst of an exciting adventure. Over stunning mountain ranges, past glaciers, remote villages and tribespeople, this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a chance for you to do something truly memorable together.
Having pitched your tent in the evening, the porters will make your meals so you don’t need to worry about that and the surroundings are so peaceful you can also expect a good rest in the evenings. However, it is the journey you will remember and the sight of the ancient Inca civilization at the end of it that will be unforgettable. So much legend lies beneath this UNESCO site and the overall experience is one that makes this perfect for a more adventurous honeymoon destination.
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Koh Tao (Thailand)
Even though neighboring Koh Samui has a larger number of luxury hotels which are ideal for an incredibly romantic honeymoon or a perfect place to propose, the real attraction of Koh Tao is a distinct absence of crowds in most parts of the island. Aside from the main backpacker’s resorts which you pass upon entry, taking the road less traveled around this island to one of the many secluded resorts is well worth the effort and also a lot more affordable than Koh Samui.
Imagine waking up on a four poster bed, a gentle breeze passing through the room and an expanse of turquoise waters straight ahead. These are the kind of scenes you can expect daily in Koh Tao and while it may take some time to filter out the busy resorts, you can always find some truly stunning accommodation right on the ocean and away from the noise.
Again, the absence of crowds or backpackers in most of Koh Tao will often be the highlight for couples wanting to be by themselves as it is quite east to travel to other parts of the island (rent a bike or using local transport) which are quiet, scenic and romantic. That being said, maybe you don’t want to be alone the entire time and want a bit of atmosphere some evening, in which case the lively resorts are always within reach and easy to get back from at the end of the evening.
Stunning infinity pools, private butlers, personal chefs and more; if you are unsure of whether to choose Koh Tao for your honeymoon just check out Monkey Flower Villa or Jamahkiri Resort and start looking forward to this beautiful island in Thailand.