Since your honeymoon should be the trip of a lifetime, you’ll want to head to one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world.
Your honeymoon is your chance to visit somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit and see things you’ve always wanted to see.
Whether you’re after a traditional ‘sunset dinner on the beach’ type of holiday, or you want three weeks of culture and adventure, our countdown of the 50 best honeymoon spots will have something for you (and at every price point).
We’ve travelled the world and scoured the trend lists all in aid of finding the best honeymoon destinations on the planet. We’ll tell you why you should go, where to stay and what to fill your days with. Now’s the time to start planning your dream itinerary…
- Best Cheap Honeymoon Destinations
- Best All-Inclusive Honeymoon Destinations
- Best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations
- Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations
- Best City Honeymoon Destinations
- Best Unique Honeymoon Destinations
- Best Luxury Honeymoon Destinations
- Best Adventure Honeymoon Destinations
- Best Winter Honeymoon Destinations
The Best Cheap Honeymoon Destinations
Naturally you’ll want to splash out on your honeymoon, but there’s no need to go broke getting some luxury sun. These are our favourite budget honeymoon destinations.
Why Go: This tropical Indonesian island is a magical mix of unspoilt beaches, amazing food and nightlife, culture, art, natural wonders like the stepped rice fields, and lots of temples to explore. It’s a huge destination for honeymooners seeking those picture-perfect beaches at affordable prices. You can find lots of boutique hotels off the beaten path as well as luxury resorts at very post-wedding-friendly prices. Check out our Bali honeymoon guide for a full lowdown of what to do and where to go.
Where to Stay: Ubud, Seminyak and Uluwatu are your go-to towns for culture, sightseeing and relaxation. Bali Bohemia Huts in Ubud is brilliant value. They’re a village of 12 distinctly-decorated rooms and thatch-roofed villas, packed with original Balinese artwork, and right on the edge of the Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary – so you might get a visit from some of the forest’s famous monkeys too! Elegant resort The Amala in Seminyak is an adults-only haven for a little more traditional luxury.
When to Visit: Their dry season is May to October but you’ll get even better value and less crowds in the wet season, which is equally as beautiful.
Why Go: The sight of Angkor Wat is enough to leave every traveller speechless. This mighty Khmer empire temple is the jewel in the crown of Cambodia’s numerous temples, each of which are ready to cast a spell on honeymooners. Cambodia mixes chaotic, cosmopolitan cities with a much calmer way of life among the fishing villages and rice paddies, all divided by the famous Mekong River. Explore ancient and modern history, make friends with the welcoming locals, dine on world-class street food, glimpse elephants, leopards, endangered dolphins and the rare Sun Bear in special sanctuaries, take in the nightlife, chill on the beach: Cambodia really does have it all.
Where to Stay: South-East Asia is renowned for very well-priced luxury hotels. The Heritage Suites Hotel is near Siam Reap’s royal quarter and just 15 minutes’ drive from Angkor Wat. It combines 1960s cool with traditional Khmer design for a truly Instagram-worthy honeymoon hotel at a fraction of the price you’d pay for similar elsewhere. If you want to get back to (very comfortable) basics, try GreenHouse in Kampot. Right on the river, with gardens full of hammocks and deluxe bungalows from only £27, this guesthouse is an ideal spot to relax for a few days, try stand-up paddleboarding and recharge.
When to Visit: The dry season is November to April, but Cambodia is warm all year round.
Why Go: Thailand has over 1,400 islands dotted off its sandy coastline, each a playground to explore. The mainland is a mix of sacred temples, elephant sanctuaries, stunning beaches and national parks with hedonistic cities, buzzing markets and renowned nightlife. Hop from vibrant Bangkok to the wellness resorts of the Samui archipelago, to diving off the Andaman islands, to temples and hot springs in Chiang Mai: everywhere has its own flavour and you’ll be dizzy with options of places to see. Check out our complete Thailand honeymoon guide to discover more about what to do and where to go.
Where to Stay: There’s little better for chilled-out romantic vibes than Rocky’s Boutique Resort on Koh Samui. With cute bungalows and villas, outdoor massages, amazing food and its own private beach, you’ll be hard pressed to decide between staying there or taking the shuttle five minutes down the road to sample the local nightlife. Likewise, try The Village on Coconut Island, which is located on a private beach just a five minute boat road from Phuket Town, for the best of both worlds.
When to Visit: Thailand is a year-round honeymoon destination, but the peak time to visit is from November to April with those last few months being the hottest.
4. Costa Rica
Why Go: Costa Rica is all about outdoor adventuring. Zipline through jungles, spotting sloths and howler monkeys; take to the water to see dolphins, whales and neon tropical fish; hike to cloud forests and bubbling volcanoes; go caving, surfing or immerse yourself in a yoga retreat. This Central American country is all about pura vida and you’ll leave having relaxed, eaten and seen more animals than you’ve ever before.
Where to Stay: Hotel Banana Azul is a tropical adults-only oasis sitting on a black sand beach on the Caribbean coast. There’s beautiful ocean vistas of the Playa Negra and lots of gorgeous nooks for honeymoon couples to find a private spot – and it’s a brilliantly affordable price. If you want an eco-friendly stay, go to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve, which sits in the heights of the jungle and has a working farm that provides the organic food at meals.
When to Visit: December to April and, because of the popularity, you will need to book ahead at hotels.
Why Go: India is like multiple different countries in one: the deserts of Rajasthan, the backwaters of Kerela, the Bengal tigers at home in the national parks of northern India, the beachside yoga Ashrams of Goa, the buzz of Delhi and Mumbai. With varied cultural traditions, landscapes and religions, India is a melting pot of cuisines, festivals and architecture. Whichever part you decide to visit (and you can fit a lot in if you take overnight trains), it’s an unforgettable country. The Taj Mahal was built as tribute to the love of an emperor for his wife after her death; perhaps start your marriage with this eternal symbol of love?
Where to Stay: If you’re going to the desert, stay at Hotel Rawla Narlai – a country house full of character and charm, where they’ll happily arrange for you to go leopard-spotting, take tea by the lake or hike into the Aravalli Hills. Heading to the Andaman Islands? The Munjoh Ocean Resort on Havelock Island has its own private beach – one of the best in India – and a warm, welcoming atmosphere that will make honeymooners feel completely at home.
When to Visit: High season is December to March, but you can find bargains in the shoulder season. April is hot, but you can escape to the hill country. June to August are scorching, while September starts to bring the monsoon but is still very pleasant.
6. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Why Go: Buenos Aires is known as the “Paris of South America” for its grand boulevards and cafe culture. The city bursts into bloom in spring and summer (September – February) and you’ll find nothing more romantic than sitting in Parque Lezama and enjoying a picnic before exploring the major art museums, bars and cafes just around the corner. Argentina is best known for its steak but Buenos Aires has a thriving vegetarian and vegan scene so it’s perfect for every couple! Don’t miss the opportunity to take a traditional Tango class.
Where to Stay: In the city’s fun ‘Soho’ district sits L’Hôtel Palermo, a cute and cosy Argentine townhouse with a gorgeous garden. It’s perfectly situated among all the nightlife, attractions, restaurants and shops, and has a roof terrace ideal for a sundowner before heading out. In the same area is the upscale bolthole Vain Boutique Hotel which has stylish rooms and a great free breakfast.
When to Visit: Their summer (December-February) is absolutely boiling, so you might find the shoulder seasons more pleasant. The cherry blossoms come out in November and December, and temperatures are still in their mid-20s in March and April.
The Best All-Inclusive Honeymoon Destinations
All-inclusive is such a great idea for a honeymoon as it leaves you with nothing to worry about except getting the best sun lounger! The Caribbean and Mexico are some of the best all-inclusive honeymoon destinations, with lots of companies offering special deals.
7. Antigua and Barbuda
Why Go: Antigua has 365 beaches – one for every day of the year. You’ll never cease to be impressed by the sugary-sand beaches and crystal-clear ocean, want to Instagram the candy-coloured houses and soak up the relaxed vibe of the colonial era capital of St. John’s (preferably with a rum). Antigua and sister island Barbuda have all-year-round sunshine, brilliant reefs to snorkel and drive on, and rainforest to explore.
Where to Stay: Sandals’ Luxury Included resorts are fantastic places to honeymoon. Sandals Grande Antigua hotel has regularly been voted the world’s most romantic resort and boasts the longest white-sand beach in Antigua, Dickenson Bay. As well as luxurious villas and suites, you get included unlimited fine-dining at 11 restaurants, premium wines and spirits, watersports, evening entertainment, six pools, two swim-up bars and lots more. There’s optional scuba diving, adventure tours, even butler service!
When to Visit: December to April is peak season, with the nicest weather and average temperatures of 27 degrees.
8. Masai Mara, Kenya
Why Go: The Masai Mara is one of the world’s best-known game reserves, covering a huge area of Southwest Kenya, along the border of Tanzania. Against a backdrop of open plains and rising hills, everywhere you turn your camera you’ll spot lions, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, hippos, impala, buffalos and more. If you’re after a safari honeymoon, there’s little better.
Where to Stay: Not all bush camps in the Masai Mara are all-inclusive, but the ones that are will treat you very well. Mara Bushtops is our favourite (pictured above) – 12 luxury tents are raised above the plains for spectacular views, each has 24-hour butler service, decks with telescopes to spot the wildlife and romantic sunken bathtubs to unwind in. You get included two game drives a day, meals and drinks, and use of the award-winning Amani Spa’s pools, Jacuzzi and gym. Imagine lying in a heated pool under a starlit sky and sipping on a vintage from their underground wine cellar.
When to Visit: During the Great Migration between July and October, take a game drive to the Mara River where the wildebeest will be on their journey from the Serengeti to Masai Mara reserve. However, you’ll be able to see wildlife the entire year round and might actually prefer to visit during March and May when there’s more rain but fewer visitors to the park.
9. Riviera Maya, Mexico
Why Go: All-inclusives are plentiful on the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It’s famous for its Mayan ruins, world-class scuba diving, eco-parks boasting jaguars, flamingos, monkeys and dolphins, plus sandy beaches as far as the eye can see. Naturally, it’s a popular destination for honeymooners. Don’t miss swimming above stalagmites in the locals’ favourite cenote (giant underground rock pool), sipping tequila and cocktails on the beaches and rooftop bars, and taking a day trip to the ancient cliff-top ruins at Tulum.
Where to Stay: Just a stone’s throw from those ruins is Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa (pictured). Set on a secluded sandy beach and among 44 acres of forest gardens, you’ll have to drag yourself out your charming hacienda-style room and away from the seven delicious restaurants and seven bars, free beach yoga, cooking classes, cocktail lessons, nightly entertainment, and tennis courts to explore the trendy local town. If your budget can stretch even further, there’s the uber-luxe Fairmont Mayakoba near Playa del Carmen too.
When to Visit: It’s very hot and humid from May to September, with hurricane season running from June to late November. Your best time to go is December to April when you’re still guaranteed plenty of sunshine.
Why Go: The pace of island life in Jamaica is exactly what you need after hectic wedding planning. This beautiful island is bursting with reggae rhythms, Caribbean flavours, picturesque beaches, lush landscapes, romantic sunsets, spicy rum and friendly locals. Feast on jerk chicken, dance at a carnival and climb Dunn’s River Falls: no two days will be the same in Jamaica.
Where to Stay: Sandals Montego Bay (pictured) is the brand’s flagship resort with a recent renovation which has added three new restaurants, over-water bars and even swim-up suites! There’s 12 gourmet restaurants in total, but you also get the option to ‘Stay at 1, Play at 2’ where you can use the restaurants and amenities at nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean for free. It’s like two resorts for the price of one.
When to Visit: January to March is their most popular season, and you’re likely to find brilliant deals in November and December when the weather is still perfect.
Why Go: Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and is an experience unlike any other. Historical Havana, with cobbled streets and grand squares lined with colourful houses and classic cars, beats to the rhythm of salsa and live music. The coastline hosts Mojito-sipping sunseekers at luxury hotels, while inland, huge forests hide dramatic waterfalls, coffee plantations, crocodile swamps and more. It’s perfect for an all-inclusive trip, but with huge amounts to do if you need a day away from the sandy beaches and pool bars.
Where to Stay: The Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa is one of the best all-inclusives in Varadero, about two hours’ east of Havana. If you’re looking to truly recharge, this romantic resort is a peaceful adults-only hotel with a lagoon-style pool and amazing spa. There’s five restaurants and six bars, plus afternoon tea and snacks included, and you’ll get to sample watersports and scuba diving.
When to Visit: November to March and July and August are the perfect times to visit. Cuba gets very busy at Easter so avoid April if you can.
12. Dominican Republic
Why Go: There’s beaches galore in the Dominican Republic – dotted with fishing villages and luxury tourist hotspots – while migrating humpback whales make the blue waters beyond their home. Almost every event is an excuse for music, dancing and enjoying a drink, and you’ll get swept up in that joyful fiesta atmosphere.
Where to Stay: The DR has a huge trade in all-inclusive hotels and you’ll find bargains everywhere. For a luxury trip, choose the Occidental Punta Cana, a newly-renovated hotel on the beautiful Bávaro Beach. Aside from the beach, three lagoon-style swimming pools call out for you to pull up a lounger; 11 restaurants and 10 bars will keep you satisfied all day; and you can kayak, boogie board, and take scuba diving lessons if you need to burn off some of those calories.
When to Visit: July and August are the perfect times to go, while whale-watching takes place from mid-January to mid-March. Note that Easter is very busy and most watersports are prohibited the week before.
The Best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations
Every memorable honeymoon has romance at its heart. Whether you’re after a picture-perfect beach or cosy towns and villages that’ll immediately feel like home, you’ll be able to relax and recharge among some of the world’s most beautiful locations at these romantic honeymoon destinations.
13. Santorini, Greece
Why Go: Spectacular Santorini has become, in recent years, one of the most popular of the Greek islands, especially for honeymoons. Every corner is picture perfect: white washed buildings cling to the cliffs and blue rooftops complement the crystal clear ocean. Hours will melt away as you weave through the meandering streets, stopping for a glass of Retsina, and before you know it you’ll be watching the most stunning sunset you’ve ever seen.
Where to Stay: Stay in Oia – the postcard perfect destination which always pops up in a Santorini Google search – at the adults-only Santo Maris resort and spa. The views from the rooms are to die for, with each whitewashed-domed suite boasting a private veranda fitted with an outdoor hot tub to watch the sun go down. For an even more boutique feel, the family-run Atrina Canava 1894 just down the road offers outstanding customer service and incredible breakfast views.
When to Visit: Spring or autumn to avoid the searing heat of the summer months and the crowds.
Why Go: With more than 7,000 islands to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find your own peaceful, tranquil corner of the beautiful Philippines. The island of Palawan was voted the most beautiful in the world and it’s easy to see why. With pale turquoise waters and icing sugar sand touching rocky outcrops soaring into the sky, it’s breathtakingly magical. Add in the incredibly warm locals, zingy cuisine, towering rice terraces, adrenaline-fuelled ziplines and the country’s penchant for karaoke and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable honeymoon.
Where to Stay: If you can afford it, you’ll find nowhere in the world like Amanpulo – a private island surrounded by aquamarine waters that you have to charter your own jet to. Just off Palawan, this remote hotel doesn’t skimp on luxury: private pools, private chefs and butler service come as standard; a hilltop spa and yoga studio offer panoramic views across the island; and there’s endless watersports on offer. For something intimate, family-run and much cheaper, try the Alternative Beach Cottages on El Nido’s beachfront.
When to Visit: November to April is the best time, but prices leap in the most popular months of December and January.
Why Go: Known as the Spice Islands from the times when merchants traded here in cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, and cloves, the Zanzibar Archipelago is the ultimate Indian Ocean honeymoon. Zanzibar is home to some of the most idyllic beaches in the world and oceans that shimmer with tropical fish to dive and snorkel among. Stone Town is its historic heart, with lots to explore – but its those paradise shores that’ll call your name. For magic and romance, Zanzibar is a clear choice. Spend a day on a traditional local dhow and you’ll see why.
Where to Stay: The sustainable, eco-resort of Zuri Zanzibar Hotel has 56 villas and bungalows, each separated from the others for ultimate privacy and facing the sunset-glowing beach. This arty design hotel has lots of Zanzibari touches, like a spice garden and traditional spa, among the al fresco library, yoga deck, infinity pool and more. We’d recommend a few days in Stone Town too, where we like the boutique guesthouse Kisiwa House that has panoramic views from the roof.
When to Visit: December to February and July and August are high season. Outside of this is the rainy season when lots of hotels close.
16. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Why Go: We’re not sure whether it’s the pastel coloured buildings that decorate the cliffs, the utterly delicious food or the amazing local wine that makes the Amalfi Coast one of the most magical honeymoon destinations in Italy, but what we do know is that it would be wonderful for your upcoming honeymoon. Positano is the Amalfi Coast’s cover girl, made famous by its rainbow cascade of boutiques and divine restaurants that are splashed across Instagram.
Where to Stay: Once a 17th century monastery, Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel and Spa is a luxurious boutique hotel which opened its doors in 2013. Ideally located between Positano and Amalfi, it strikes the perfect balance of seclusion without solitude. There are 20 contemporary and stylish rooms to choose from and luscious cliff-side grounds which boast some of the most incredible views along the coast line.
When to Visit: April to October is peak season, but May and September are the best times to honeymoon, with beautiful weather and fewer crowds.
17. St Lucia
Why Go: St Lucia might be the perfect Caribbean island, offering a little bit of everything for honeymooners. With the impossibly beautiful backdrop of the soaring twin Les Pitons, verdant rainforest, hidden waterfalls, acres of lush plantations and the world’s only drive-in volcano, St Lucia is so much more than just a beach retreat. You can start with an early morning kayak around the bay, have a leisurely lunch by the pool and head into the local town at night to enjoy fresh barbecue stalls by the roadside or a famous fish fry-up on the beach. Watch the sun go down at a seaside bar with a rum punch in your hand and a smile on your face.
Where to Stay: Secluded among these hills and along the turquoise shoreline are some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. The ultimate for romance is the adults-only Ladera Resort: each of the 37 eco-friendly rooms features an open wall offering stunning views across the Pitons and a private plunge pool – some with swings and waterfalls. They even give you a stargazing kit, including binoculars, slippers and a star chart, for a romantic night constellation spotting. Their honeymoon package comes with a couple’s massage looking out over that incredible view.
When to Visit: December to April for the best weather.
Why Go: Scotland is the most popular minimoon destination for UK couples, with everywhere from vibrant Edinburgh and Glasgow to the Highlands and the Caribbean-like beaches of the Outer Hebrides inspiring travellers. Rich in history, Scotland has hundreds of castles to visit, all surrounded by lochs, mountains and moors. With such fantastic farmland and shores, you’re hard-pressed to find better fresher produce than in Scotland, served (if you want) with a dram of the finest whisky. For culture vultures, the music scenes of Edinburgh and Glasgow are huge; for nature-lovers, you can hike, wild camp and wild swim around Loch Lomond and scale Ben Nevis. August is your prime time to go if you want to experience the comedy and theatre of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Where to Stay: The main cities have their pick of romantic honeymoon-worthy hotels, but out of town is where you’ll find the most spectacular hotels. Inverlochy Castle Hotel is at the foot of Ben Nevis and Queen Victoria herself said she “never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot”. It’s retained that gilt and grandeur and, while expensive, it’s worth every penny. On the Isle of Skye, treat yourself to one of the cottages at Mint Croft – beautifully restored crofters’ cottages, now with grass-turfed roofs, Fired Earth bathrooms and rooms filled with designer sheets and local tweed.
When to Go: July and August are infinitely the warmest months, although can be very wet and you’ll get attacked by midges in the Highlands. The shoulder months of May to June and September often has the most pleasant weather.
The Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations
If lazing on a beach is your idea of heaven, you want to make sure your honeymoon destination has the most icing sugar-soft sand and crystal clear sea. These best beach honeymoon destinations won’t disappoint!
Why Go: Everyone dreams of that perfect island honeymoon: glittering blue sea, velvety white sand and a cocktail in hand. That can become a reality if you head to the Maldives. The islands are nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean and are home to some of the most pristine private beaches and overwater bungalows that the world has to offer. Snorkel in shallow water, take a yoga class on the beach and see only a handful of other people for the entirety of your stay. Idyllic? We think so.
Where to Stay: You can’t get much better than The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. It’s located in the Southern Dhaalu Atoll, an amazing 40-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport. You’ll be assigned a personal butler for the entirety of your stay, which is a lovely touch. The breakfast spread will quickly become a daily highlight, and when you’ve had enough of sunbathing, head to the resort’s water sports centre for a fun packed day on the ocean. If you like celeb-spotting, try their favourite resorts of Baros Maldives, One&Only Reethi Rah and Niyama Private Islands.
When to Visit: Maldives is sunny all-year-round, with the driest weather from November to April.
Why Go: Luxury hotels line up on the sapphire waters of Mauritius. This volcanic Indian Ocean island is known for its lagoons, reefs and beaches, while inland, national parks hide waterfalls, hiking trails, and the chance to spot rare wildlife, like the flying fox. Take a boat trip to see the best of the coastline and tiny fishing villages, then hitch a lift to the main town to see stunning colonial architecture and the magnificent Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.
Where to Stay: LUX* Le Morne is perched on a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach with the dramatic backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Le Morne Peak. The sunset views here are legendary, as is the service from the staff who’ll treat you like celebrities every minute of your stay. For something completely different, try the unique Bubble Lodge, where you’ll fall asleep under a transparent canvas (with all mod cons) as the stars twinkle above your head. Each lodge comes with a stargazing app to make it even more romantic.
When to Visit: Peak season is from October to April. October is the best time to go as it’s still warm and sunny but not sticky and humid.
Why Go: This South Pacific archipelago of more than 300 islands is what you’d expect to find if you Googled a stock picture of paradise. Fiji almost looks airbrushed, its beaches and dazzling waters are so perfect. Underneath the waves a mindboggling number of fish and sea creatures wait to be found by snorkelers and divers, and on terra firma, the verdant forest call out to hikers. Rugby here is a huge thing and the locals are always happy to strike up a conversation. That said, it you want to exist in your own blissful beach bubble, they’re happy to help you achieve that too..
Where to Stay: A traditional drum-banging ‘bula’ welcome greets you at Six Senses Fiji. It’s found on the island of Malolo, where lazy days unfold on the beach, by the pool or in the spa. Nearby Vomo Island resort is on its own private island and even has a nine-hole golf course if that’s your thing!
When to Visit: Fiji is a popular destination for Australian holidaymakers and gets busy during school holidays of June and July, but luckily September, December and January are just as nice.
22. Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Why Go: These 74 islands off the coast of Queensland sit among the Great Barrier Reef. Honeymooners come from across the world to see the famous powder white sands of Hamilton island and admire the beauty of Heart Reef (shaped, you guessed it, like a heart). Most of the islands are uninhabited national parks, but you can stay on four islands, where the coral reefs are at your doorstep, gourmet food and wine are on tap, and you can go jet skiing, skydiving and more.
Where to Stay: Voted one of the best hotels in the world, Qualia is an adults-only, exclusive resort on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island, completely surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll stay in one of their 60 light-filled pavilions that looks out over the water and have your pick of experiences like sunset cruises and picnic lunches on a private beach. A true tropical paradise. For something a bit more buzzy (it has its own zoo, marina, bars, restaurants and golf course), try The Beach Club on Hamilton Island.
When to Visit: The Whitsundays are warm all year round, but Australia’s spring and autumn (September to December and April to May) are ideal, when the weather is not too hot and the waters warm.
Why Go: Hawaii rises from the Pacific Ocean like the volcanoes that crest its peaks. The four islands that make up this US state each have their own vibrant character, but are united by the paradise landscapes of lush rainforest, crystal clear waterfalls and lagoons, sugar sand beaches, and epic sunsets. Any kind of stay you want you can find in Hawaii: from exclusive, luxury eco-lodge to buzzing, family-friendly resort where the Mai Tais flow and there’s nightly hula shows.
Where to Stay: For a luxe stay, choose the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. It’s right on the golden sand beach and minutes from the upmarket shopping and dining area of Wailea, while maintaining a strong feeling of tranquillity and privacy. That sounds like exactly what you need on a honeymoon. If you want to get even more away from it, try Travaasa Hana on the eastern tip of Maui. Set just above the shores and palm trees of Hana Bay, this “experiential” hotel offers you to pick one of four different pathways while you’re there – adventure, culture, fitness, and spa and wellness – for a honeymoon like no other.
When to Visit: December to April are you best months, with June to August a little rainier but the perfect time to watch whales and surf. There’s Aloha Festivals throughout September which are fascinating if you can catch them.
The Best City Honeymoon Destinations
Whether you’re doing a city and beach dual-destination honeymoon or you just love the hustle and bustle of a beautiful city, you’ll love these Instagrammable spots. With amazing restaurants, beautiful parks, galleries and museum, chic cocktail bars and snazzy boutiques, there’s no end of hidden treasures to explore.
24. Lisbon, Portugal
Why Go: Picture Lisbon and you think of indigo tiles, cobbles streets, castles and pastel de nata. This city-break haven will keep you on a tight schedule as you try to fit it all in: the fleamarkets, the tile-adorned Museu do Azulejo, hopping on the tram to Belém and stopping for a custard tart at Pasteis de Belém, admiring art at The Gulbenkian, eating at the Time Out Market, shopping and surfing. What completes this perfect city break is the spirited nightlife, with locals and tourists alike pouring into the tascas and bars until the early hours of morning.
Where to Stay: Bairro Alto Hotel is a luxury, boutique hotel featuring gorgeous design-led rooms and a terrace with to-die-for views over the city and Tejo river. Their restaurant was the first outpost in the city of chef Nuno Mendes (of Chiltern Firehouse fame) and is perfect for a special honeymoon dinner. If you’re a tile-lover, stay at Palacio Belmonte. It has just 10 suites and the contemporary design is mixed with an impressive collection of 18th century ‘azulejo’ tile panels.
When to Visit: Summers are long and hot in Portugal, so your best bet is the pleasant spring and autumn. You’ll find Lisbon’s beaches a lovely temperature from mid-March to mid-September.
25. Venice, Italy
Why Go: The winding canals of Venice, swirling from the oars of gondoliers and chugging water taxis, are a sight everyone must behold at least once in their life. Built on top of a lagoon, this compact city holds more than its size in towering architecture, grand churches, showstopping piazzas, and wonderful cicheti bars, always ready with an Aperol Spritz. Try and schedule your trip to align with Venice’s famous Masked Ball to gawp at the costumes and glitterati.
Where to Stay: The Gritti Palace has one of the most beautiful spots on the Grand Canal, overlooking the magnificent Salute church. It’ll burn a hole in your pocket, but for world-class service, sumptuous interiors and priceless antiques, it’s matchless. If you’re after views, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani looks across the lagoon to St Mark’s Square. A private launch will take you to central Venice in five minutes, but you can happily cocoon yourself in the hotel, with its amazing spa and rooftop pool too.
When to Visit: Summer can be oppressively hot and busy with tourists. Visit in the shoulder months of April to May and September to October.
26. Savannah, USA
Why Go: With cities like LA and New York on most people’s bucket list, Savannah in Georgia slips under the radar. Yet, this coastal town is the epitome of Southern charm, with cobbled streets, stunning Victorian mansions, parks veiled in Spanish moss, and warm hospitality. The beach is only 20 minutes from the historic downtown, and bordering the Savannah River are the boutiques, galleries, artists’ studios, restaurants and pubs of River Street. Savannah was made for romantic strolling so is ideal for a chilled honeymoon, or even as a stop on road-trip of the USA.
Where to Stay: For a true Southern experience, stay at Eliza Thompson House, an adults-only inn on the historic Jones Street. The rooms are like stepping back in time (in a good way) with high ceilings, antique furniture and period features. For something much more hip, stay at The Perry Lane. The boutique hotel has Soho House vibes with a rooftop bar and lap pool, free bikes, and cool, modern interiors.
When to Visit: During March to July, the weather will be warm, azaleas out in bloom, festivals fill the streets and the beach is calling. September to November will see lower but still pleasant temperatures and less of the tourist crowds.
27. Marrakech, Morocco
Why Go: Marrakech is known as the rose city thanks to the dusky pink hue of the ramparts that surround it and its central Medina. The huge square of Djemaa El Fna is where to go exploring: lined with souks and filled in the evenings with every kind of food vendor, musician, acrobat and snake charmer you can imagine, it’s the beating heart of the city. Marrakesh is an experience that will never leave you, from the echos of the call to prayer reverberating from the mosques to the scents of harissa and spices wafting from the street stalls. It’s a perfect honeymoon destination for couples who love to throw themselves into the action.
Where to Stay: Hitched got the chance to stay at El Fenn hotel and we can highly recommend it. This Instagrammers’ paradise is right in the heart of the Medina but feels like an oasis of calm. Beyond the tree-filled courtyard are five interconnecting riads which have been transformed into a stunning honeymoon hotel. Riad Kniza is another luxury hotel with incredible Moorish architecture and a refreshing pool.
When to Visit: March to May and September to November are perfect for exploring without the scorching heat of the summer.
28. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Why Go: Take a short flight across the North Sea to this glorious Dutch gem. Amsterdam is seriously pretty. Your trip will be all about cruising along historic canals, admiring art, cycling through the bustling Vondelpark and buying flowers when you really don’t need to. There is no place more perfect to potter. Ignore what you might think about stag parties and the infamous coffee shops; Amsterdam is buzzing with open air street markets, eminently walkable canals and cobbled street and brilliant museums.
Where to Stay: The best of the city is on your doorstep or a short stroll away at The Hoxton. Made up of five interconnecting canal houses, its sleek decor is the ultimate Instagram fodder, while the relaxed atmosphere will be so welcome after wedding planning stress. For the ultimate in all-out luxury (and a price tag to match), spend a night or two at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam and eat at the two Michelin-starred Spectrum restaurant.
When to Visit: Between April and September – if you go midweek, you’re likely to miss the long weekend crowds too.
The Best Unique Honeymoon Destinations
Not after the same itinerary as your friends? How about an off-the-beaten-track honeymoon destination that will get everyone green with envy? From far-flung countries to awe-inspiring animals, you’ll have a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience at these unique honeymoon destinations.
29. Beirut, Lebanon
Why Go: The cosmopolitan capital of Beirut is pretty reminiscent of Paris with its wide boulevards, fashion-forward inhabitants and rich cultural history. If it’s never crossed your mind to visit before, you won’t forget a honeymoon in Lebanon. You could spend days navigating the city and its museums (the Sursock and National Museum are must-sees), strolling along the waterfront around Zaitunay Bay, trying out the diverse restaurant, bar and nightlife scenes, and day tripping to the Qadisha Valley, beaches or ancient city of Byblos.
Where to Stay: Hitched were lucky enough to stay at the InterContinental Phoenicia in Beirut and there really is nowhere like it for sheer grandeur. From the indulgent spa and outdoor pool with views over the sea to the incredible breakfast buffet (don’t miss the made-to-order manakish and knafeh, plus live Arabic coffee-making demonstrations) and Fine Art collection on the walls, you won’t fail to be impressed. Use it as a base to explore the capital or day trip out.
When to Visit: Lebanon is a year-round destination as the only Arab country to experience all four seasons. While the weather is warmest in the summer months, it can get too hot so stick with the safety of springtime.
Why Go: If Sir David Attenborough’s TV shows haven’t convinced you to go to this one-of-a-kind island off the coast of East Africa, you’re missing out. From rainforests filled with lemurs to avenues of breathtaking baobab trees, 5,000 km of coastline to dive off, deserts that are an off-road driving dream and so much more – whether you want adventure or relaxation, Madagascar offers it. Did you know 5% of all the known animal and plant species in the world can be found here, and here alone? Climate change is threatening this biodiverse landscape and they need tourism to help them afford to protect it – go now!
Where to Stay: Constance Tsarabanjina has 25 private beachside bungalows and feels totally unspoilt. This eco-friendly is surrounded by azure waters and white sand. It has a brilliant all-inclusive package, where you can feast on fresh seafood and Malagasy specials at their sand-floored restaurant. At the complete opposite end of the country and in a completely different landscape is Isalo Rock Lodge. This 60-room modern hotel is located high in the Sandstone Mountains, overlooking the Isalo National Park which embodies why Madagascar is known as the Great Red Island.
When to Visit: The best time to visit is April through to mid-December, before the wet season (which often involves cyclones) begins.
Why Go: Oman isn’t like other parts of the Middle East where you can feel like you’re assaulted with an excessive show of wealth. Instead, it has plenty of traditional charm and you’ll always be greeted by a characteristically friendly Bedouin welcome. There’s so much natural beauty – from deserts where you can go dune-bashing, camel trekking and sleep under the stars to ancient forts to stunning coastline fronted with luxury, romantic resorts and where turtles hatch between April and August every year.
Where to Stay: Six Sense Zighy Bay is a celeb-favourite and truly luxe. With a 1.6-kilometre private beach and a backdrop of mountains, stay in one of the luxury villas with private pools overlooking the clearest sea, and an amazing spa, including Moroccan hammams. At Chedi Muscat, you’ll find the Middle East’s longest pool (and kids aren’t allowed)!
When to Visit: November to March is the peak season for honeymooners, but you’ll be able to experience the cultural wonders of the Muscat Festival in January and February.
Why Go: Colombia’s diversity means you get a little bit of every kind of honeymoon if you go there. Visit Cartagena and the colourful Caribbean coast for beaches unlike any you’ve seen before. Want to learn to salsa? Do it in Cali. Ciudad Perdida is a lost ancient city in the Amazon rainforest just waiting for you to discover it. Go on a horse-riding trek through the magical Cocora Valley. Learn about Colombia’s controversial past and the infamous local Pablo Escobar in Medellin. Take a walking tour of incredible street art in the capital of Bogota. That’s not even scratching the surface.
Where to Stay: Some of the coolest accommodation in Colombia is the Ecohabs Tayrona, found in the beautiful jungle habitat of Tayrona National Park. These peaceful wooden bungalows are super romantic and offer a stunning view across to the Caribbean Sea. The fun, boutique hotel Casa San Agustin is in the heart of Cartagena’s old town. It’s a fantastic base for exploring the city in foot, has a destination restaurant visitors clamour to get into, and staff always ready with a smile.
When to Visit: Every part of Colombia (bar the rainy Amazon) is at its best in December to February.
33. Kyoto, Japan
Why Go: Kyoto was the former capital of Japan and used to be the seat of residence for the emperor for many centuries; which is why it’s so full of exceptional history. There are countless temples, shrines, Zen gardens, traditional teahouse and more, so it’s an excellent place to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and understand its fascinating people. No trip would be complete without a visit to Nishiki Market for classic noodle bars, cocktail hangouts, Michelin-starred restaurants, and amazing sushi spots.
Where to Stay: Base yourself at the traditional (and beautifully Instagrammable) The Celestine Kyoto Gion. It’s a dream honeymoon hotel, with a public onsen bath open till 2am, the delicious Tempura Endo Yasaka restaurant, and wonderful staff who greet you with tea and wooden-soled slippers . It’s only a 15 minute walk to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and you’ll be able to spot Geishas in full regalia as you walk the streets.
When to Visit: Don’t miss the cherry blossom season during late March to early April. Otherwise May and October to November are ideal times to visit.
Why Go: There isn’t a season when Iceland’s awe-inspiring landscapes won’t be top of your bucket-list. You’ll be torn between jumping in geothermal lagoons, climbing glaciers and ice-covered volcanoes, hunting the Northern Lights and shopping for gorgeous knitwear. Hire a car and get exploring.
Where to Stay: The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon sits – as you’d expect – on a volcanic frontier near the famous Blue Lagoon and has access to its own private geothermal lagoon, subterranean spa, daily guided hikes and yoga sessions and a fantastic restaurant. The rooms are elegant and minimalist, letting the outside views speak for themselves. You’ll get that dream mix of relaxing spa and exciting adventure here.
When to Visit: High season is summer, so June to August is a dream time to visit, but winter is becoming increasingly popular. Spending New Year’s Eve in Reykjavík is becoming a huge event, and winter is when it’s possible to see the Northern Lights, visit ice caves and go skiing.
The Best Luxury Honeymoon Destinations
If there’s one time to blow the budget, it’s your honeymoon. At these luxury honeymoon destinations, you’ll be treated like A-listers, with every amenity you can imagine and postcard-perfect views.
35. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Why Go: Bora Bora has long been on the honeymoon hot lists of many, and for good reason. As you land on the island the views will remind you why you flew halfway across the world for your holiday. Shimmering turquoise waters surround the island while the dormant volcano Mount Otemanu looms at its centre. It is quiet, serene and lit only by starlight at night. There is plenty to explore as well as places to relax: go snorkelling and diving among the coral reefs or try parasailing.
Where to Stay: The overwater bungalows at the verdant La Taha’a resort regularly make Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold List of the “World’s Best Places to Stay”. Equally beautiful is the nearby Le Meridien. Stay in an overwater bungalow with glass flooring to admire the crystal blue waters below, a stunning beach bungalow or a villa with private swimming pool. You’ll be able to experience all that is truly Polynesian, from design to cuisine, from the most mesmerising of settings.
When to Visit: November to April is the best time to visit for warm waters, brilliant blue skies and minimal rain.
Why Go: The Seychelles is honeymoon heaven. Spellbinding beaches more idyllic than you could imagine have warm, azure waters teaming with tropical fish, sugary sand and immense boulders waiting to be posed next to. If you love diving or snorkelling, you’ll be treated to wondrous marine life you can’t see anywhere else. And the hotels! Among the food and massages, it’ll be hard to pull yourself away. Every budget can be accommodated in the Seychelles, but if you’ve got budget to spare, you’ll find ultra-luxe hotels where every whim is catered for.
Where to Stay: There are three main islands to explore – Mahé, Praslin and La Digue – and lots of smaller private islands with incredible resorts. Our favourite is Denis Private Island which feels like your own desert island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. You’ll find nothing less than first-class service at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles as Desroches Island – you’ll feel like royalty on your honeymoon.
When to Visit: There’s year-round amazing weather in the Seychelles, but March and April or October and November are ideal.
37. Serengeti, Tanzania
Why Go: Safari honeymoons are some of the most popular: the amazing Bush drives, luxury tents, banquet-worthy feasts, private butlers, bottles of Champagne under the stars. The Serengeti is one of the greatest safari destinations on earth, with lions, buffalos, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebra, cheetahs, leopards, impalas and the famous wildebeest migration. Choose a honeymoon to remember with rose petal baths, private dinners and couple’s massages under the setting sun at one of the luxury camps or lodges.
Where to Stay: The Namiri Plains camp has just six tents and sits in one of the most exciting areas of the Serengeti. The region was formally closed off to the public for 20 years for big cat research so it’s one of the best places to catch sight of lions, leopards and more. Alternatively, Alex Walker’s Serian is a group of luxury mobile camps, led by famous guide Walker, in remote parts of the Northern Serengeti. As well as safari drives, they offer walking adventures, flycamping, night game drives, photography and ballooning.
When to Visit: June and July are the best months to see the great migration, but the Serengeti is dry until the end of October and perfect for wildlife spotting.
38. St Barts
Why Go: Celebrities and royalty flock to the paradise island of Saint Barthelemy in the Caribbean sea. The price tag is hefty but it’s easy to see the appeal. Quaint streets are lined with palm trees and bougainvillea; turtles, stingrays and coral reefs fill the sea; despite being only 10 square miles, St Barts has 16 stunning beaches. It’s the jewel in the crown of the Caribbean, and attracts a jet-set crowd who only expect the best, meaning luxury is the standard to expect everywhere.
Where to Stay: You’ll have heard of Eden Rock St Barths as it’s owned by Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthew’s family. With just 37 rooms and suites, it’s intimate, romantic and tres chic. Completely renovated at the end of 2019, you’ll want to check out their whole new Eden Spa, plus the boutiques, restaurants and bars. Le Guanahani will be reopening in October 2020 after its refurbishments following Hurricane Irma and we can’t wait to see what it will look like!
When to Visit: December to February is always the best time for the Caribbean.
Why Go: Mozambique might not be the first place you think of for a honeymoon, but lots of luxury resorts offer a taste of the natural bounty of this southeast African country. The gin-clear, turquoise sea of this tropical archipelago offers incredible snorkelling, diving and sailing, while the cities are bursting with Portuguese cuisine, vibrant nightlife, colonial-style architecture and relaxed beach bars. Whether you laze on the beach or explore the national parks, Mozambique will enchant you.
Where to Stay: Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort in Pemba is coastal luxury at its finest. Each beach bungalow has a large veranda and shower with views straight across the ocean; each bedroom is all-white, barefoot chic. Even more off-the-beaten track is Azura Benguerra, a set of thatched-roof villas on Benguerra island that seem straight out of Robinson Crusoe. With a sea-facing infinity pool, a diving centre and private chefs, you know you won’t be roughing it here though.
When to Visit: May to November has cool, dry weather.
The Best Adventure Honeymoon Destinations
Get a bit restless just lying on a sunlounger? Book some of these adrenaline-surging experiences for the ultimate adventure honeymoon, from bungee-jumping in New Zealand to orangutan-spotting in Borneo.
Why Go: Named after the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, this southern African country has everything from dead-tree desert valleys to rivers and wetlands, to soaring mountains and the grassland plains of the Kalahari. Whether you want to go on safari to see black rhinos, learn about their traditions from the indigenous Himba people, see the Skeleton Coast shipwrecks on the Angolan Border, go dolphin and seal watching, or lose yourself among the desert dunes – it’s heaven for adventurous souls.
Where to Stay: &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is set among an otherworldy desert landscape. There’s an in-house astronomer to show you the constellations at night through the telescope in their observatory, and each room has a full glass wall that looks out over the dunes and a skylight for nighttime star-spotting. It’s seriously romantic, and right in the heart of all the desert action.
When to Visit: June to October is the best time to visit but accommodation will be booked up months in advance so book early!
41. New Zealand
Why Go: New Zealand is considered one of the best hiking destinations on the planet, with forests, mountains, beaches, fjords, lakes to go ‘tramping’ through (that’s what the locals call it). Prefer a different transport method? How about an epic road trip, canoeing through serene lakes or mountain biking. New Zealand is action-packed and always ready with another adventure. Three places to make sure are on your list are: Queenstown, Milford Sound and Abel Tasman National Park.
Where to Stay: Whare Kea in Wanaka is like you own private playground. Almost floating on the shore of Lake Wanaka, this striking glass and timber lodge is set against a backdrop of the towering Southern Alps mountains. Its in these mountains that you can escape to an alpine chalet to go heli-skiing and, back on terra firma, there’s crackling fires in winter and a deck that opens up over the water in summer. You’ll never get tired of the view – especially while enjoying a glass of NZ wine.
When to Visit: The spring months of September to November are wonderful but it’s really a year-round destination.
42. Cappadocia, Turkey
Why Go: This fairytale lunar landscape is best seen from the sky. Take a hot air balloon over the rocky Anatolian plains, where hills and boulders burst from the ground, churches are carved into the rock face and you can even stay in a cave hotel!
Where to Stay: Seraphim Cave Hotel is possibly the most atmospheric hotel on our list. This historic luxury cave hotel has just 21 luxury rooms, and was lovingly restored from a mansion into an authentic Cappadocian experience that includes cave rooms, a Turkish bath and spa, local cuisine, original historic doors, the largest garden in Cappadocia and eye-catching natural rock formations.
When to Visit: Hot air balloons go up at any time of the year but can be grounded in strong winds. To avoid any disappointment, your best months are the end of April to June and September to October.
Why Go: The ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the modern world. An adventurous four-day hike from the Sacred Valley on the Inca Trail takes you up to that indescribable view of the citadel, with memories made each step of the way. A train will take you there too, but it’s not quite the same. If you’re into rafting, paragliding, dune-blasting, ziplining and biking as well as hiking, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Where to Stay: Skylodge Adventure Suites are a truly unique experience. These polycarbonate pods hang 600m up from the rock face over the Urubamba Valley, in the heart of the Sacred Valley. You have to climb 170 steps to get there and zipline down the next morning, but the view will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before. (It might not be one for those with vertigo though).
When to Visit: June to August is delightful, but the shoulder seasons around those is also very pleasant. The Inca Trail is closed in February for clean-up, FYI.
Why Go: Need we say more than orangutans? The jungle wildlife in Borneo is the greatest call for most visitors and certainly will be your most memorable moment. The equatorial rainforest is vast and packed with every kind of swinging, squawking and slithering creature. Make sure you hire a guide before you start heading off into the foliage: their knowledge is second-to-none. And beyond the Bornean rainforest, you won’t be short of bustling food markets in chaotic cities, tiny sleeping fishing villages, picturesque train rides, snorkelling and diving.
Where to Stay: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Malaysian Borneo (the island is politically divided between three countries: Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia) sits in a 400-acre nature reserve and has its own two-mile beach. A perfect base for exploring the surrounding rainforest and much nicer than the nearby city of Kota Kinabalu. If you want something much simpler, but authentic and charming, try the Abai Jungle Lodge where you’ll see the most incredible wildlife and head off on river cruises and nighttime jungle walks.
When to Visit: A true year-round honeymoon destination.
45. Vancouver Island, Canada
Why Go: If it’s good enough for Harry and Meghan, it’s good enough for us. Vancouver Island is off the coast of British Columbia and starkly different from the city of Vancouver. Tranquil on the surface, Vancouver is an adrenaline-junkie’s dream, where you can scale a glacier, hike the Pacific Rim National Park, take a dip in Canada’s only cenote, zipline through a river canyon, and spend a day storm watching, mountain biking or caving. There’s nearly 8million acres of land, including a massive mountain range, to explore.
Where to Stay: With a beautiful waterfront location, the hip and relaxed Tofino Resort + Marina is perfectly located for your Vancouver Island adventure. They can help arrange trips for you in everything from bear watching to hot spring tours and freediving courses. Handily, there’s also a lively pub.
When to Visit: March to May and September to November. Summer temperatures can be seriously hot.
46. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Why Go: Located 600 miles off Ecuador, the biodiversity of these 19 islands is awe-inspiring. You’re not here to lay back on a beach; you’re here to appreciate nature showcasing what she can do. The most famous visitor was Charles Darwin who introduced the world to the Galapagos through his theory of evolution. Follow in his footsteps by wildlife-hopping between the islands.
Where to Stay: Your options are to stay on one of the inhabited islands or be based on a live-aboard cruise ship. A cruise is the best option as it allows to see as much of the Galapagos as possible but it will be more expensive than basing yourself on San Cristóbal Island or Santa Cruz Island. Cruises come at different price points so its best to decide on your budget, the length of your stay and your must-visit locations before booking. Celebrity Cruises do a big, all-inclusive cruises, while LiveAboard only carries between 12 and 100 passengers.
When to Visit: As it’s so close to the equator, there’s very little rainfall and you’ll find cruising itineraries year-round. January to May has lots of sea turtles, while sea lions and seals start breeding in June and August respectively. Dolphin and whale spotting is common in September and November, but year round you have penguins, flamingoes and more.
The Best Winter Honeymoon Destinations
Planning your honeymoon for the British winter means you’ll have something to look forward to through all those dark evenings and you’ll escape the cold for a burst of sunshine and vitamin D. These winter honeymoon destinations are exactly what you need when the nights start drawing in.
47. Cape Town, South Africa
Why Go: Sitting at the foot of Table Mountain, Cape Town is a honeymoon destination like no other. It is a spectacular blend of landscapes, cuisines and cultures, and within an hour you’ll be able to reach some of the most wonderful rural spots in South Africa. Table Mountain National Park is the headline act here, but once you’ve absorbed the views from the top, plenty awaits down below. Walk the white sandy beaches and take a dip in the (chilly) Atlantic, meet the resident penguins and visit some of the city’s excellent art galleries.
Where to Stay: One & Only Cape Town is nestled within a cove naturally formed by the vertical cliffs of Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. It is the perfect coastal spot to allow you to experience Cape Town in all of its glory. However, if you’d like something more boutique, the Ankerview Guest House has only five double bedrooms in the property and guests can enjoy a rooftop pool and one of the best breakfasts in the city. Oh, and the interiors are to die for.
When to Visit: Between September and February, when daily temperatures will be around 27 degrees.
48. Sri Lanka
Why Go: From the colonial fort of Galle to elephant-spotting at Uda Walawe National Park, via the beautiful village of Ella, set among lush tea plantations, and the incredible views from Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka has so much to see. Don’t miss a trip on the train, especially from Ella to Kandy, to appreciate the majesty of the hill country. Add in unspoilt beaches, historic temples and welcoming locals and it’s a honeymooners dream.
Where to Stay: You’ll arrive in the energetic capital Colombo and it’s worth spending a couple of days exploring. Make Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo your base, before heading off to the boutique Kahanda Kanda in the Galle hills where you can explore the tea plantations and surf on the famous Weligama beach. Go north to Heritance Kandalama to see the rock citadel of Sigiriya and Dambulla caves.
When to Visit: Sri Lanka is hit by two separate monsoon seasons, so one half of the country will have wet weather at any one time. The best time to visit the popular west and southwest of Sri Lanka is December to March. Go in April to September for the eastern side of the island.
49. Miami, Florida
Why Go: This insanely trendy vacation spot is Instagram heaven. The candy-coloured Art Deco buildings and extravagant nightlife of South Beach will take up half your camera roll, and that’s before you start roaming Little Havana, chase the luxury life in historic Coral Gables, and pull on your rollerskates for a trip down Miami Beach. December to May is the best time to go so it’s calling out for a winter sun honeymoon.
Where to Stay: If you’re after nightlife (and daytime partying too), the W South Beach hotel is the ultimate hotspot. The hotel has its own nightclub and a pool with huge cabanas just waiting for you to strike a pose. Mr C. Hotel Coconut Grove doesn’t just have a great name, it’s a boho-glam boutique hotel from the Cipriani family with a rooftop pool overlooking Biscayne Bay that’ll have your drooling.
When to Visit: December to May.
50. Dubai, UAE
Why Go: There’s nowhere quite like Dubai. It’s lavish, flashy, extravagant, but, boy, will you have a fabulous honeymoon. The average temperature is around 25 degrees throughout December to January, making it ideal for a winter sun honeymoon. You’ll want to do nothing more than relax on the beach or at a pool party, before heading out to a trendy restaurant for dinner. It’s celeb-spotting central at the big hotels, especially over the Christmas period. If you don’t think you want a full week there, use Dubai as a stopover destination before flying onto the Maldives, Australia or Bali.
Where to Stay: Any of the Jumeirah hotels in Dubai are well worth a stay as they share a beautiful seafront and lots of amenities. The most impressive is by far the Burj Al Arab which is truly unforgettable. For a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experience though, you need to stay at the plush Mandarin Oriental Jumeira.
When to Visit: Winter, of course!
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