Your honeymoon is one of the most rewarding and important trips that you and your partner will take as a couple. It’s an exciting part of the wedding planning, and a great way to relax and unwind after what can be a bit of a stressful time, not to mention the perfect way to spend some quality time together. There are so many different options on where you can go for an amazing trip, and it will completely depend on what you want as a couple. Total romance, adventure, a chance to see the world, a foodie tour, or just complete relaxation- it’s all out there. Here are 15 of the best honeymoon destinations for you to consider.
15 Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
A chateau in the mountains, this spot oozes romance, and offers solitude, peace, and luxury, nestled in the amazing surroundings and solitude of the Canadian Rockies. This is also a great spot any time of year, offering great hiking and the chance to see wildlife in the summer, and in the winter activities like snowshoeing, skiing, tubing, or maybe a sleigh ride for two in the softly falling snow, and then the chance to nestle up together near the fireplace. The Chateau also has several restaurants, and a luxurious spa. You’re also in great company, as William and Kate stayed nearby at Skoki lodge. If it’s good enough for royalty…
14 Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls was known until recently as the Honeymoon capital of the world, and had been for the past 2oo years, as politicians and celebrities flocked to the falls for their own honeymoons. The rise of the automobile also meant that the gorgeous falls was a fairly inexpensive and accessible place to reach for newlywed couples on a budget. Besides the falls themselves there are also romantic restaurants, spas, numerous picnic spots, and each honeymooning couple can receive an official certificate signed by the mayor.
13 Las Vegas
Vegas might spring to mind images of drinking, dance clubs and strippers, but it’s also full of romance, with multiple famous wedding chapels. It also has more than its fair share of amazing restaurants like the Top of the World at the Stratosphere, Michelin starred Joel Robuchon, and many by other celebrity chefs. Think cosy cocktail bars, fantastic spas, and romantic spots like the Bellagio fountains. Just outside the city you can also go on some great romantic hikes, including to some local hot springs, and don’t forget the Grand Canyon at sunset.
Paris is the city of love, and the city of lights. Think of Paris, and images of romance will instantly come to mind. Think romantic walks along the Seine River, a trip to the top of the Eiffel tower with a glass of champagne, picnics in the park, and amazing food around every corner, complemented by a glass or two of wine. Besides numerous opportunities for Romance, Paris is also full of sites to see, from artistic masterpieces in the Louvre to beautiful architecture and gardens. There are also numerous romantic boutiques and suites if you just don’t want to leave your hotel room…
11 Backpack through Italy
This is the perfect combination of sightseeing, adventure, and romance, and truly has something for everyone. From the sights and sounds of Rome, to the peace and relaxation of Tuscany, you will find yourself surrounded by romantic ruins, amazing food, and fantastic wine. Imagine yourselves in Venice- a gondola ride for two, the bridge of sighs, the romance of Casanova, and cosying up in gorgeous cafes, as you look out at sunset over the lagoon. Or maybe you’d prefer a hike along the gorgeous southern Italian coastline, passing though colourful villages.
While Ireland might not immediately spring to mind for romance, think lush green countryside, quaint pubs and restaurants, peaceful beaches, and all around gorgeous scenery, and it’s all the makings of a quiet and relaxing holiday away. Don’t forget to throw in castles, romantic ruins, mythology, and stories about fairies, as well as being the origin for the Claddagh ring and leap year proposals. Ireland is full of history, romantic walks, and has a laid back vibe, while also having good craic, and is the perfect place to just spend some quality time together.
9 California wine country
Think Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Wine tastings, gorgeous sunsets, and beautiful drives along the coast. Luxury spas, hot springs, and gourmet restaurants. Beaches, mountains, rolling hills, towering Redwoods, greenery and grape vines. Small towns with historic architecture. Caught your attention yet? These destinations offer easy, indulgent days, bathed in warm California sunshine, and nights in spacious and relaxing accommodations. This is a fantastic option if you just want to take your time exploring with a real chance to unwind.
8 Country estate in England
If you’ve ever wanted to live like royalty, you have your choice of options in England, full of historic manor houses, chateaus, and castles, which have been converted into luxury b&b’s and resorts. Think grand suites with antique furniture and amazing details, beautiful artwork, cozy fireplaces, world class dining including sumptuous afternoon teas and Sunday roasts, luxurious spas, and strolls with peacocks through the formal gardens, or into the rolling and peaceful countryside. You’ll feel like a Lord or Lady whiling away the time at their country estate.
7 A Ranch Getaway
While a ranch may conjure images of cowboys, rodeos, and dust, it may also conjure images of big, blue skies, and peaceful countryside. A ranch getaway can offer peace and quiet, beautiful landscapes and sunsets, and stargazing like you’ve never seen before. Spend your nights snuggling next to an open fire underneath the stars, and your days at the spa, indulging in fine food, going on a hike, or learning how to ride a horse together! It’s just the two of you, and nature at its finest.
6 All-inclusive Mexico
An all-inclusive vacation in Mexico is a great choice for many couples. From eco-friendly boutique resorts, to couples-only luxury hotels, there is something for everyone, but all with the benefit of not having to worry about anything besides enjoying yourself once you’re there, including drinks, restaurants, pools, beaches, and access to spas. There are also often great deals to Mexico, making it an affordable choice for many couples. Try Puerto Vallarta on the West coast, or Tulum on the East, for places that are still great, but slightly less busy than more well-known Cancun. Both will also offer great opportunities for sightseeing day trips.
5 Game reserve in Africa
If you’re an animal lover, a stay at a game reserve in Africa would be the perfect place for you honeymoon, combining your love for wildlife, with a sense of pure relaxation and luxury. Spend your days on safari watching some of the world’s most beautiful animals in their natural habitats- herds of elephants and lions are just some of the animals you might see. Spend your nights unwinding with a massage, star gazing, soaking in your luxury Jacuzzi, and enjoying local cuisine.
Who hasn’t dreamed of this tropical destination? Palm trees, white sand beaches, tropical sunsets, and the sound of the waves. Laze around on the beach or in the pool, take a long walk hand in hand, hike up a volcano, admire the lush greenery, and look out for dolphins. Try snorkelling or scuba diving, or surf the waves. Unwind in an award winning spa, or get up and dance at a traditional luau. There are plenty of activities to choose from on the islands.
Bali combines the best from relaxing tropical destinations like Hawaii, with an even more adventurous spirit. You’ll still be able to marvel in amazing sunsets and relax on the beach, and take part in activities like snorkeling but here you’ll also be surrounded by unspoiled jungle paradise, intriguing architecture, and be able to visit temples and sites like the monkey forest, a chocolate factory, or pearl farm. This is one of those places you’ve seen pictures of with beach huts that jut out over the clear blue water, and infinity pools cascading into the jungle.
If you’re a couple that’s a bit more on the adventurous side, take this chance to go and really explore some place that’s a little off the beaten path. Iceland is a great choice, offering tons of adventure, including hiking, ice caving, white water rafting, and whale watching, but also offers chances to unwind, like numerous relaxing hot springs, and is one of the best places to view the Northern Lights. There is stunning scenery anywhere you go, and there are amazing restaurants to be found. It’s the perfect combination of adventure, relaxation, nature, and chance to be alone together.
If you’re on a budget, try a staycation. Spend your time as a newly married couple just enjoying relaxing together in your own space. Take the time you don’t normally have to explore your city and everything it has to offer. From great local restaurants, to park, to local sites and attractions, every city has something to offer. Or, just stay in, order your favourite food, and watch your favourite movies together. The only hard part about this option, is making sure no one knows you’re there, and will leave you for a few days in wedded bliss.