A honeymoon is a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the most luxurious things life has to offer and to revel in truly romantic surroundings, no rx from four poster beds, to private outdoor hot-tubs, balconies with scarlet sunset views and idyllic sun-washed beaches. Here are our top destinations for luxurious honeymoons, whether you’re after iconic romance, tropical relaxation, charm and hospitality, adventures or paradisaical views.
For iconic romance: Italy
Think walking hand in hand through lamp-lit piazzas, sharing a plate of spaghetti by candlelight, relaxing in secluded beach coves and admiring some of the world’s best loved sights. Italy is the true embodiment of romance, and while perhaps not too exotic, it makes up for it in luxury – home to some of the world’s most luxurious 5 star hotels, housed in former palaces and castles. This is one place you’re sure to feel like royalty on your honeymoon.
For tropical relaxation: Antigua
Honeymoons in the Caribbean are the true epitome of a tropical island holiday with your loved one, and nowhere encompasses scenic views, picture-perfect beaches, cultural heritage and a range of water sports quite like Antigua. Blue Waters resort is a great option for luxury and romance, located on its own private beach and set in 17 acres of lush tropical gardens and idyllic beach coves. Explore some of the the island’s 365 beaches, go hiking in its tropical rain forests and enjoy the Caribbean Creole culture of steel bands, spicy seafood and lively carnivals.
For charm and hospitality: Thailand
Thailand is now one of the most popular tourist countries in the world and there’s a good reason why – it’s friendly people, stunning scenery, fascinating culture, delicious cuisine and luxurious beach resorts. Nowhere does luxury quite like South East Asia. Stay in beach-view bungalows swathed in silk, smell sweet orchids on your pillow and enjoy fresh fruit platters every morning. Besides it’s obvious beach side attractions you’ll be able to explore Buddhist temples, vibrant night markets, lush rain forests and try your hand at cooking its world famous cuisine.
For the adventurous: Kenya
Going on safari may not sound like much of a luxurious experience, but with the range of upmarket tented-camps and bush lodges on offer in Kenya, you’ll enjoy your honeymoon complete with outdoor heated showers, private plunge pools, views over the Savannah and world class dishes. Picture snuggling up with your new spouse to the buzz of cicadas and the soft rumbles of elephants plodding past your balcony.
For paradisaical views: The Maldives
Nothing quite compares to the image of your own over water villa in the Maldives – very private and exclusive. From here you can spend your days watching the colorful tropical fish dart underneath your room, sip cocktails in front of an apricot sunset and relax with beach massages and indulgent spa rituals. Don’t forget to take your loved one to explore the the islands’ world-class coral reefs too, as both snorkeling and scuba diving are popular pursuits here.