The World’s Best Places To Have Your Honeymoon
“Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.” – Leo Tolstoy
Are you planning your honeymoon and trying to find the best destination? We have created a list of the top romantic retreats in the world right now. So whether you are newlyweds or even looking for a second honeymoon, we have something here for you. We know that what makes a great honeymoon is different for everyone so we have divided our list into 3 categories.
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To help you navigate your choices we have divided our honeymoon destinations into 3 main categories; Luxury , Undiscovered (Hidden-gems), and Romantic. Between these groups there should be something for everyone. Yes, even the bridezillas!
First up, we have our luxurious destinations. These are places where you’ll be treated like a royal, with care and all the primping that a newly married couple deserves.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Riviera Maya offers miles of white sandy beaches on an unspoiled coastline. It is perfect for lounging on, sipping margaritas and soaking up the sun. Riviera Maya is located in the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean coast. Known as the “Cancun-Tulum corridor” until 1999, the rebrand signaled the start of a big change for the area. Expensive hotels and designer stores were built and the tourists changed from backpackers to celebrities. The Riviera Maya has accommodation to suit all tastes. Modern all-inclusive hotels and exclusive luxury villas are plentiful. The Riviera Maya has an impressive number of activities for you to do during your stay. From exploring ancient ruins, to sailing, snorkeling and scuba-diving. One of the biggest draws is the chance to swim with dolphins. This part of Mexico has two main seasons, rainy and dry. The dry season runs from mid-October to April and is definitely the best time to visit. If you are don’t mind risking a couple a couple of rainy days then the prices in November are attractive.
Recommended Hotel: Dreams Riviera Cancun, Resort And Spa
Recommended Activities: Swim With Dolphins
Gulf Of Papagayo, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has some of the most stunning coastlines anywhere in the world. The Gulf of Papagayo is on Costa Rica’s Northwest Pacific coast. Here you can find a range of the luxurious 5-star hotels including the 4 Seasons and the Hilton. Relax in a private pool or on one of the many white sandy beaches. Papagayo benefits from excellent surfing as well as snorkeling, swimming and diving. Indeed the crystal clear waters provide some of the best diving locations in the world. It’s close enough to allow trips to Monteverde. Costa Rica is a hotspot for animal lovers and the biodiversity at Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is some of the best in the world. Also nearby is Arenal’s lush green, active volcano set on a stunning lake. The dry season is from late November through to May which is an especially good month to look for a bargain stay.
Recommended Activities: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
One of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, Bora Bora is known as the ‘romantic island’. Bora Bora, in the South Pacific is famous for the beautiful color of its waters. It also boasts some of the world’s finest luxury resorts. The best accommodation options are over- water bungalows. These small houses built on stilts are popular with honeymooners. Try to book a resort that features views of Mount Otemanu from your room. You can expect to see dolphins, turtles, manta rays and even humpback whales in the seas here. There are also a huge array of tropical fish in the atolls. As you might expect, the scuba diving is excellent here. It is also a great place to go hiking and mountain climbing. Bora Bora is warm all year with the average temperature being 27 degrees. The best time of the year to visit is between May and October. This is when there is least chance of rain and humidity is at its lowest.
Recommended activity: Whale Watching
Beautiful sunsets and some of the most luxurious hotels in the world have made Phuket a honeymoon hotspot in recent years. Based in the Andaman Sea, the island is carpeted in tropical rainforest. The location is about 500 miles south of Bangkok, capital of Thailand. Phuket has some of the most luxuries resorts for honeymooners anywhere in the world. As you would expect, all the usual facilities of a 5-star resort are present while there are local specialties such as yoga instructors and Thai boxing classes available. Honeymooners should try to stay near to Patong where you can find most of the best nightlife. Thailand is famous for its superb cuisine, in Phuket you can take some lessons and learn how to cook authentic Thai style dishes. There are also museums, temples, shows and cultural tours to see. If that isn’t enough there are a wide range of water sports to try. The climate is hot all year but avoid September and October which is the height of the monsoon season. Visit in June or July good prices out of season.
Hotel – Hotel Trisara
Recommended activity – Learn To Cook Thai Food
Next we have our “hidden-gem” destinations, where you and your new spouse will be able to have a truly unforgettable adventure… whether you leave the hotel or not.
Any place where you can rent your own private waterfall has to make it onto this list. Belize offers that and much more. It is still relatively undiscovered, visitors get a good idea of the local culture which isn’t always the case in the Caribbean. Another benefit of this lack of tourism is that prices are lower than you would pay for your honeymoon elsewhere in this region. For accommodation consider staying at one of Belize’s many excellent lodges which provide privacy and an authentic experience. Belize has pristine white sand beaches for relaxing but there is also plenty to do for people who feel the need to be more active. Diving at Glover Reef Atoll is a well-known tourist haunt but there are reefs all along Belize if you prefer somewhere quieter. A day trip to the Blue Hole, a 400 feet deep sinkhole with stunning dark blue water is recommended. Belize is a great place for hiking with jungle trails and Mayan ruins to explore. The dry season is from January to May and is the best time to visit. Belize is a tropical country and so you can expect to see a lot of rain during the rainy season.
Recommended hotel – Green Parrot Beach Houses
Recommended activity – Visit The Blue Hole
This hidden gem is fast becoming one of Europe’s go-to destinations. It is also one of the very best places to go for your honeymoon. The evocative Venetian-style architecture gives the place a feeling of being set apart from time. Indeed, for one day a year Rovinj is entirely lit by candle light. Situated on the North Adriatic Sea, Rovinj is a busy fishing port and popular tourist resort. The city dates back to pre-Roman times and since Croatian independence in 1991 the town has become one of the most important in the country. May to September is the best time to visit this part of Croatia. You can expect more than 10 hours of sunshine per day and an average temperature of around 22 degrees. The waters are clear and great for swimming and there are many smooth rock coves for diving from. There are an abundance of museums and galleries containing works of art and many other religious artefacts for you to see. The St. Euphemia’a Basilica which dominates the town, offers some amazing views the city. The climb up the steps to the summit builds an appetite you can sate at one of the cities excellent restaurants. Rovinj has it all, visit before everyone knows about it.
Recommended hotel – Hotel Adriatic
Recommended Activity – Batana Eco Museum
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This vibrant city is the perfect place to celebrate married life in the city where every day is a party. The heart of Brazil is on the South Atlantic coast and is home to more than 6 million people. This makes it Brazil’s second largest city. Rio de Janeiro has a number of the most famous landmarks in the world. The giant 38 meter Christ the Redeemer Statue is the most iconic. But there is also Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain. Not to mention the brightly colored images of Carnival which adorn the world’s newspapers every year around February. Despite this the city is still undiscovered from a tourist and especially honeymoon perspective. The locals (Cariocas) are friendly and welcoming with honeymooners especially well looked after. Rio is not all white sandy beaches and internationally recognized landmarks though. Head downtown to take in the cities rich cultural history and some great museums. The options for dining range from fine cuisine to delicious street food. The feijoada (black beans) and caipirinha which is the national cocktail are both recommended. Temperatures peak between November and April although remain warm all year round.
Recommended Hotel – Rio Othon Palace
Recommended activity – Visit Sugarloaf Mountain
Maasai Mara, Kenya
If you want to make your honeymoon an unforgettable experience, consider a safari trip to Maasai Mara. The large nature reserve in Narok County Kenya is named after the Maasai people who are the traditional inhabitants of the area. The Maasai people share the reserve with the animals to this day and help to protect the animals against poachers. The reserve lies on the route used by wildebeests, gazelles and zebras on their migratory paths. Between August and October is the best time to arrive as you will be able to see the migratory animals as they try to navigate a path through the big cats. For the rest of the year the park is home to lions, leopards, crocodiles, giraffes, elephants, buffalos and many more. In addition there is a variety of birdlife. There is plenty to do here as well as viewing the animals. Bush walks, quad bike tours and trips to local towns fill days out. You can even take trip on a hot air balloon offering amazing views across the plains. Choose whether to stay at one of the luxury lodges with swimming pools or in a tranquil camp for the authentic safari feel.
Recommended Hotel – Keekorok Lodge
Recommended activity –Hot Air Safari
Last, and perhaps the most sought after, are the destinations for a truly romantic getaway. These destinations are sure to ignite that honeymoon spark and give you a special retreat that you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives.
Lose yourself amongst the medieval spires and canal lined avenues of Bruges. Located in Flemish northwest Belgium, Bruges was occupied by Dutch, French and Austrians. Its location made it the wealthiest town in Europe for a long time. The town is said to have the highest concentration of castles anywhere in the world. In the 1960s Bruges went through a renovation period culminating in it being named ‘European City of Culture’ in 2002. It is one of the best maintained medieval towns in Europe and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are museums to satisfy all tastes. Bruges is home to the best beers and perhaps as a consequence the world’s best French fries. If this doesn’t sound very romantic consider that it is also home to the world’s best chocolate and waffles. It is a city of swans, horse drawn carriages and champagne breakfasts. It is not yet a famous honeymoon destination but 2018 could be the year it breaks out. Bruges makes a great base to explore the rest of Belgium from and France and Holland are also easily accessible from here.
Recommended hotel: Hotel Jan Brito
Recommended activity: Horse Drawn Carriage Tour
Honeymoon in the original City of Love. Also known as the City of Lights, Paris is one of Europe’s major players in the world of fashion, finance and fine dining. Paris has many the most beautiful and iconic sights in the world and as well as any number of world class museums and galleries. The Louvre museum is the most visited museum anywhere in the world. The Notre Dame Cathedral is a stunning example of French architecture. In spite of all the fine architecture and museums the most popular tourist destination in Paris is actually Euro-Disney. French dining has long been considered the gold standard and Paris is the best place to sample it. There is traditional fine dining and innovative new restaurants here. Plus an abundance of terrace eateries and bars providing enchanting views across the city. There is a wide range of accommodation, from furnished apartments to quaint Bed and Breakfasts through to the most regal and decedent of luxury hotels. The best time to visit is during spring and autumn when the weather is and parks are at their best. During July and especially August the heat can become oppressive.
Recommended hotel – Hotel Saint James Albany
Recommended activity – Notre Dame Cathedral
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Head to South America to celebrate your honeymoon in the passionate Buenos Aires, home of the tango. One of the destinations for 2018, the capital city of Argentina is the most visited city in South America. Buenos Aires is one of the world’s most multicultural cities. It has especially strong European influence which has led the city to be labelled the Paris of South America. Like Paris, Buenos Aires boasts fine dining, especially for carnivores who rate the steaks here as the best in the world. The city also has some of the best wines in the continent. The architecture reflects the melting pot nature of the city and you can see the three main styles, art deco, neoclassical and art nouveau mixed together charmingly although seemingly at random. There are some fantastic museums to visit and one of the world’s most unusual tourist attractions also resides here, the sprawling Recoleta Cemetery. Home to the rich and powerful from Argentina’s history the tombs are intricate and impressive. They and include the grave of Eva Peron of Evita fame, where crowds gather and leave flowers to this day. Buenos Aires is famous for its tango and you can take dancing lessons or dive in at the deep end and visit one of the cities many tango bars. The climate in Buenos Aires is mild in the winter and hot during the summer months between November and March.
Recommended hotel – Bulnes Eco Suites
Recommended activity – Tango Lessons
Watch the stars come out over the desert in spellbinding Morocco. One of Morocco’s four major cities also known by the French spelling of Marrakech, it means “the land of God”. Also known as the ‘Red City’ after the walls which surround the old district. From the moment you arrive at the stunning Marrakech Menara Airport you find amazing views around every corner. At the heart of the city you will find the Dejemma el Fna square. During the day the square is full of orange juice and water stalls, snake charmers, story-tellers and magicians. It is an authentic, living glimpse of Marrakesh’s heritage. You may have to take a leaf out of their book and remember this by memory though as they always charge for pictures! At night the square is full of food stalls serving delicious Moroccan Street food. Marrakesh is a place where traditional life has been preserved and was granted UNESCO Masterpiece status to protect this during the changing economic climate. Marrakesh is perfectly located for seeing all Morocco has to offer. It is an hour’s drive away from the Atlas Mountains, and around 3 hours away from the Sahara Desert and Essaouira on the coast. The recommended time to visit during the ‘shoulder seasons’ between March and April and October to November. The summer brings very hot weather which can be uncomfortable. One reason to visit in the summer is the Festival of Popular Arts. The festival celebrates Marrakech’s folk traditions and attracts performers from across the globe.
Recommended hotel – Riad Ajebel
Recommended activity – Luxury Camp In The Desert
Now to the sappy bit… Whether you’ve just married or you’re soon-to-be wed, I’d like to congratulate you on your nuptials and the special journey that’s ahead of you. On behalf of myself and Live and Invest Overseas, we wish you nothing but the best honeymoon the world has to offer!