When it comes to planning a romantic honeymoon, there’s no such thing as one size fits all. Honeymoons are as unique as each newlywed couple. Whether you go on safari in Africa, stay in an over-water villa in the Maldives, or explore the glaciers of Iceland, the best honeymoon destinations allow you to spend time together and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
Stretch Your Honeymoon Budget
If you’re looking to stretch your honeymoon budget, consider honeymoon travel packages. Many airlines offer travel packages that include hotel, airfare and some activities. You’ll even find honeymoon travel packages at resort sites or even Groupon. You can stretch your honeymoon budget if you know where to book your travel.
So, where will you go on your dream honeymoon? Here are our top picks for the most romantic honeymoon destinations.
Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations
The Maldives is like no other place on earth. This tiny nation consists of 1,100 small islands laid out like a string of pearls in the Indian Ocean. With clear blue seas and golden sand beaches, it’s no wonder that many top luxury resorts can be found here.
Some of our favorite Maldives resorts include Anantara Veli Maldives and Four Seasons Maldives At Kuda Huraa – all of which have gorgeous over-water villas. There’s nothing quite like having your own little romantic island paradise. You can spend the day diving the crystal blue seas, relaxing on your private villa deck or sunning on the white-sand beach.
Florence has been charming lovers for centuries. From its cobblestone streets and distinctive architecture to its historic bridges and stately Duomo, Florence is meant to be explored with your sweetheart.
Linger over coffee at a patio café and then see incredible artworks like Michelangelo’s David (at the Accademia) or Botticelli’s Venus Rising (at the Uffizi). Accommodations range from the incurably romantic Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1 to the budget Soggiorno Battistero near the Duomo.
On the bank of the St. Lawrence River in French-speaking Quebec, Quebec City has the most European feel of any destination in North America. Quebec City dates to 1628, and its colonial roots can still be seen in the stone buildings and narrow cobblestone streets of its colonial core.
The historic Château Frontenac Hotel is a must-see for romantics (even if you don’t stay there, be sure to stop in for tea or dinner), while the Hôtel Québec Inn offers a very nice and quiet place to stay. If you have a winter honeymoon, the Quebec Winter Carnival is a good time to go. Regardless of when you visit, Quebec City is a place you’ll want to return to. Maybe on that 10th anniversary?
Northern Territory, Australia
The Outback in Australia is wild and untamed, and it’s the perfect destination for couples seeking adventure. Go on an Outback safari in Arnhemland or hiking in Kakadu National Park. Take a sunrise hot air balloon ride at Uluru (Ayers Rock) or go fishing for barramundi at the Top End, taking care to avoid the crocs. Many Outback hotels and resorts are in gorgeous natural settings, such as the Darwin FreeSpirit Resort.
Planning a romantic getaway to Kauai? In Hawaii, you can spend most of your honeymoon enjoying the Great Outdoors. Savor breakfast on your outdoor lanai, and then hike the Napali Coast. Spend the afternoon snorkeling at Anini Beach or saddle up and explore Kauai’s backcountry on horseback. You can even ride to waterfalls on horseback.
Paris must be on everyone’s list of most romantic destinations. There’s something special about walking along the Seine and through neighborhoods like Le Marais, Montparnasse and the Latin Quarter with your love.
Dining, arts and culture are large parts of any honeymoon in Paris, but you’ll find other memorable activities as well, such as touring the underground catacombs of Paris. Whether you want to stay at a well-known hotel like Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, which has a view of the Eiffel Tower, or a boutique hotel like Hotel Beauchamps near the Champs Elysées, you’ll find just the right accommodations to suite your needs.
You can also rent out a personal villa in some of the most beautiful areas around France with TopVillas.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Though it’s far from the beaten path, French Polynesia is well-worth the trip. This is one destination that is even more beautiful than the postcards. Overwater bungalows, quiet beaches and romantic sunsets await visitors to this tropical paradise. Five-star resorts like Le Meridien Bora Bora and St. Regis Bora Bora Resort provide beachside or overwater villas.
Find rooms for under $200 at each of these exotic Bora Bora resorts here.
A top destination for weddings, Santorini, Greece is also popular with honeymooners. The island provides a unique mix of sun and centuries of ancient history, all set against a beautiful backdrop of blue seas and white architecture. Rent your own villa at Andromeda Villas or soak in your own private view of the sea at Sophia Luxury Suites.
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