Finding the perfect honeymoon destination can be a difficult decision. There are so many beautiful places to go in the world, and they all have their up and down sides. To help with your decision, we asked two travel consultants what their top honeymoon destinations were, and why.
The Maldives is a firm favourite for honeymooners as these beautiful islands offer a total escape from reality. With crystal clear sea, pristine white sand combined with luxurious accommodation and privacy, it’s the ideal place to relax and unwind.
There is a range of accommodation from beach bungalows to over water villas with private pools and a butler – the height of luxury! Most resorts offer all-inclusive packages and include watersports and diving – or you can be enjoy being pampered in the spa.
12 hour flight and you transfer to your island resort by seaplane or speedboat
Best time to visit: From November to April
Romantic must do: Take a boat ride to a deserted sand bank for a picnic lunch.
The idyllic island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean has some of the best palm fringed beaches in the world and sparkling sapphire blue water. As the island is almost entirely surrounded by coral reef, the sea is calm so it’s perfect for diving, snorkeling and swimming. You can also visit volcanoes, stunning waterfalls, go zip lining and explore the island on quad bikes.
There is a superb range of accommodation available – from glamping style bubble lodges and boutique hotels to 5 star luxury resorts.
12 hour flight from UK
Best time to visit: From May to December
Romantic must do: Take a private swim surrounded by the lush greenery of the rainforest in the shallow pool at the bottom of Chamarel fall.
Saint Lucia is an exotic paradise island and considered one of the world’s most romantic destinations so there is a wide range of excellent adult-only accommodation to choose from. Discover secluded beaches, spectacular mountain landscapes and gorgeous turquoise sea.
There is so much to explore on this beautiful Caribbean island – bustling markets, lively nightlife, the worlds’ only drive-in volcano, sulphur springs and the icon Piton Mountains. With 22 world-class dive sites, there are plenty of opportunities to explore underwater – from snorkeling and scuba diving to Seatrek Helmet dives.
10 hour flight from UK
Best time to visit: From December to June
Romantic must do: Dine by candlelight on the beachfront under the stars.
Honeymoons in Greece are as pretty as they come and the choice of island is almost endless! Santorini is probably the most popular island for romantic getaways – expect incredible views of the picturesque blue-domed houses, volcanic cliffs overlooking the crystal-blue Aegean Sea, and glorious sunsets.
Visit the hot springs for a relaxing dip, take a sunset cruise, and enjoy dinner with a view or a romantic stroll along the beach.
The best honeymoon hotels on the island feature clifftop infinity pools, private butlers, delicious food and the dreamiest sunset views.
4 hour flight from UK
Best time to visit: From May to October
Romantic must do: Watch the stunning sunset in Oia.
Dubai is becoming very popular as a honeymoon destination for those looking for more adventure. This very stylish city combines glitzy nightlife and shopping with superb beaches and luxury 5* hotels.
Sky dive over the Palm, get pampered at world class spas or relax on one of the stunning Persian Gulf beaches. Sleep under the stars on a desert safari, go thrill-seeking on rollercoasters or swim with the sharks.
Or stay at one of the resort hotels which have so much for guests to do, you never have to leave!
7 hour flight from UK
All year round destination
Romantic must do: Share a kiss atop Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and watch the fountain show below.
Gill Matthews – Personal Travel Consultant – Not Just Travel
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An exotic place you’re unlikely to go back to, and for most a once in a lifetime trip. Great food, hotels 5* and everything you need such as water villas, outside baths, and all the desirable bits you want from a top hotel. The beaches are to die for and have clear water with g’tee fish.
Best For: Beaches & Food
The USA has a mix of adventure, culture and variety. Combine NYC with Vegas, or chill on the west coast or a Hawaiian beach.
Best For: Adventure, Culture & Road Trips
An African Safari is an amazing choice. It’s quite literally a wild adventure, with balloon rides giving you the best view of the jungle. From your safari trip, finish your honeymoon with the white beaches of Zanzibar.
Best For: Adventure & Beaches
In Italy, every city has its own story. From the history of Rome, to the art in Florence and romance in Venice, every city is different. Take a trip down the Amalfi coast, or see the leaning tower of Pizza and the beautiful scenery of Tuscany.
Best For: Food & History
Bali has affordable luxury, stunning temples and good food. Discover culture along with hotels of 5* with some of the best spas. The beaches are also worth a visit.
Best For: Culture & Beaches
So many islands to choose from, and they’re all popular. But Antigua with its 365 beaches and friendly locals is the perfect place to discover great views and history.
Best For: Beaches & Food
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