Honeymoon destinations: 12 romantic places for newlyweds
You found the perfect man or woman to spend the rest of your life with, you’ve had a scrapbook of the wedding of your dreams since you were 13, you know which song you will play during your first dance, you have the perfect dress, it’s now time to pick your dream honeymoon destination. Are you a sun and beach kind of couple, mountain and pine tree lovers? Wine and countryside enthusiasts? Whatever type of traveller you are, our list of the 12 most romantic honeymoon destinations, from exclusive remote resorts to 5-star hotels, will have you day-dreaming of your post-wedding bliss. Whether you decide to stay locally or fly across the world, these unbelievable places are idyllic for your honeymoon.
What could be more ideal than spending your honeymoon in Italy’s wine country? This Tuscan castle, which dates back to the 10th century, is a mix of modernity and ancient Italian nostalgia. With only 39 rooms and suites, this is an ideal place for couples who want intimacy in order to relax and enjoy the olive grove, pool, spa, vineyard and various activities located on the estate. The rooms are spacious, full of light and look out to some of the most beautiful views of Italy’s lush countryside.
When you stay at a Four Seasons resort, you know you’ll be treated like royalty. The Koh Samui Resort in Thailand is no different. Located on a small island off mainland Thailand, the Koh Samui hotel is paradise on earth. Enjoy the warm water of the Gulf of Siam, take romantic walks on the pristine beaches, take a dip in the infinity pool, this is the type of resort where relaxing is the only thing to do. What a great way to start the rest of your life together.
Paris! The most romantic city in the world is an excellent choice for a honeymoon. Le Bristol, with its luxurious spa, rooftop pool and lush garden is the perfect place to enjoy France’s capital as newlyweds. Discover the city with their private driver service or enjoy a mouth-watering meal at their 3 Michelin-starred restaurant or 1 Michelin-starred brasserie. Why not shop for some pretty lingerie? After all, you are in the world’s fashion capital!
Open since 1900, the Manoir Hovey, in the picturesque town of North Hatley in the province of Québec, is a mix of old world-charm and contemporary sophistication. Picturesque, charming, hospitable, this 36 room southern styled mansion is an incredible place for a honeymoon, no matter when you celebrate your wedding. In the summertime, you can swim, canoe and hike, in the winter you can skate, snowshoe or do some ice fishing. Choose to stay in one of the rooms in the main building or treat yourself to a suite for more privacy.
If you love the Carribean heat, incredible panoramas and natural beauty, the Jade Mountain Resort in St Lucia will be your honeymoon destination of choice. A real architectural stunner, guests can go to and fro the rooms and pools by the suspended bridges that surround the hotel and can also get an exceptional view of the Piti and Gros Piton, St Lucia’s most famed mountains. Relax at their spa, snorkel with the fish, bike around the numerous mountain trails, sail, kayak, play tennis, take a cruise around the island, everything is possible at the Jade Mountain Resort.
African safaris are a great idea for an adventurous and eco-conscious couple’s honeymoon. Elephants, lions, antelopes, giraffes, you’ll be amazed at the natural beauty of the Selinda Reserve. With only 4 rooms, this tented camp offers incredible views of the surroundings, including the Zibadianja Lagoon. Green but always luxurious, the camp’s accommodations are meant to make you as comfortable as possible and will totally relax you. The copper claw foot bath, gas fireplace, and plunge pool are enough to convince you to take up residency here.
Another paradisiac beach location, Hawaii’s Hotel Wailea on the island of Maui, is adults-only (what kills romance more than screaming children?) and only has 72 rooms to ensure privacy to every guest. Explore the island with the hotel’s Tesla Model X cars, soak up the sun on Wailea Beach, try your hand at SUP yoga or just spend time in the hotel’s lovely accommodations. The hotel boasts some wonderful experiences specific to your travel personality so you can fully enjoy the hotel and have the most unforgettable time in Maui.
With 300 acres, Twin Farms in Vermont is an exceptional place for an outdoorsy couple looking for some outdoor fun and pampering. From bicycling to canoeing to downhill skiing and ice skating, the activities are endless at Twin Farms. The 20 rooms offer complete luxury in a woodsy and enchanting setting. Book a room in the main house or enjoy some complete privacy in one of the cottages with various luxurious amenities like a fireplace, a woodstove, and a stone hot tub.
Located on the heavenly California Sur peninsula in Mexico, the Las Ventanas al Paraíso is an ideal place for total relaxation and rejuvenation. A real architectural stunner, the resort is in harmony with the nature that surrounds it: the white sand beaches, ocean surf, and indigenous plants. Sports junkie? Don’t worry, you won’t get bored here with the abundance of activities available to you. You can explore the surrounding landscapes with horseback riding, snorkelling, sunset cruises, and many more water and land activities.
Exotic honeymoon seekers will fall in love with the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel, a fifty acre property nestled on the banks of Lake Pichola. A former home to the Maharana of Mewar, the rooms were all designed to reflect the luxury of an Indian palace. Named the top city in Asia by Travel + Leisure, Udaipur is worth exploring after a relaxing few days at the hotel. You will certainly feel like royalty once you step inside the grounds.
Do you appreciate fine wine? Breathtaking vistas of the Andes? Relaxing spa treatments? The Cavas Wine Lodge is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples looking for sophisticated downtime. With only 18 rooms (900-square-foot apartments with private pools and a patio), the lodge offers tranquillity to its guests but also offers the most complete access to the greatest wineries in the region.
Not many people are lucky enough to visit this South Pacific island. However, honeymooners who want a once in a lifetime experience in an unbelievable landscape should definitely choose Fiji to celebrate their love. An adults-only resort, the 5-star service and tranquil atmosphere create the perfect environment for newlyweds. Each private villa has its own pool and is elevated for complete seclusion. Before you book, take a look at the various packages to choose the one that suits your needs.
All these honeymoon destinations are incredibly romantic, luxurious and offer splendid views. They all offer great activities, dining and accommodation options, all that’s left to do is for you to take your pick. If you can’t decide between India or Italy, remember that there are always 5, 10, 15 year anniversaries to celebrate in the future!
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