Best honeymoon spots 2015

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The best honeymoon destinations of

At Audley we understand the importance of a good honeymoon, and whether you’re looking for uninterrupted beach time or a non-stop adrenaline rush, we’ll make sure your trip gives you memories to last your lifetime together.

How about starting married life at the Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar?

Your honeymoon is the first of many unique journeys you and your new spouse will share in your married life together. We’ve talked to our country specialists and compiled our best suggestions for the top honeymoon destinations in

Beach honeymoon

A beach honeymoon is right for you if…

To you, the word 'honeymoon' is synonymous with warm weather and relaxation. You dream of escaping with your loved one to an island with blue water for miles where no one can reach you. If you crave some much-needed rest after the long process of planning a wedding, a beach escape is the perfect fit for you.

Our recommendation: Honeymoon to Fiji

Best accommodation: The Likuliku Hotel on the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands.

Recommended by Alison, one of our Australasia specialists, this beautiful resort is the only accommodation in Fiji with overwater bures (wood and straw huts), and is only accessible by air or boat, ensuring a truly romantic getaway.

Recommended activities: Beach lounging and sunset walks for relaxation, and some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving in the world.

Best beach tour: The Tabua Tour, which takes you along the beautiful Coral Coast where you’ll see picturesque valleys, a hidden waterfall in the rainforest and to the relaxing sands of Natadola Beach.

When to go: May through to September

Recommended trip idea: View our 'Discover Fiji' itinerary

To create a tailor-made honeymoon to Fiji, visit us online or call one of our Fiji specialists.

Relax on the tropical sands of the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Adventure honeymoon

An adventure honeymoon is right for you if…

You and your soon-to-be spouse don‘t like to stay still for too long and love to explore. You‘re self-proclaimed 'outdoorsy' people, and you‘d rather hike up a picturesque mountain than lie on a beach all day.

Our recommendation: Honeymoon to Costa Rica

Suggested activities: White-water rafting on the Pacuare River, zip-lining through Selvatura Park, canyoning in Turrialba and hiking historic volcanoes.

Recommended hikes:

Easy to moderate: Arenal Volcano, where you’ll catch a glimpse of the stunning daily eruptions of molten lava.

Moderate to difficult: Cerro Chato, where on clear days you can witness fantastic views across the San Carlos Valley.

Best swimming hole: La Fortuna Waterfall, where you can take a romantic dip at the foot of the falls.

When to go: December through to April

Recommended trip idea: View our 'Costa Rica adventure honeymoon' itinerary.

To create a tailor-made honeymoon to Costa Rica visit us online or call one of our Costa Rica specialists.

Brave the waters of the Pacuare river on a rafting trip

Safari honeymoon

A safari honeymoon is right for you if…

The only thing you've dreamt of more than your wedding day is spotting the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) on an exotic safari. Step outside your natural habitat and see wildlife roam free on a tailor-made safari honeymoon.

Our recommendation: Honeymoon to Tanzania

Suggested wildlife tour: The famous Serengeti National Park, home to the annual migration and unparalleled wildlife spectacles from hyenas to elephants.

Recommended activity: Should the Serengeti be your park of choice, book a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the land for an unforgettable memory.

When to go: July through October

Recommended trip idea: View our 'Classic Tanzania safari and beach' itinerary

To create a tailor-made honeymoon to Tanzania, visit us online or call one of our Tanzania specialists.

Look out for leopard on safari in the Serengeti National Park

Cultural honeymoon

A cultural honeymoon is best for you if…

Your shared love of exploring new cultures is just one of the traits that you and your future spouse have in common. Whether it’s trekking through ancient ruins or immersing yourself in a foreign culture, you want to soak in every bit of the nation you’re visiting.

Our recommendation: Honeymoon to Thailand

Suggested cultural activity:Wat Pho and The Grand Palace, where you can experience the monks’ early morning chanting rituals, visit the temple grounds and the famous 45 metre reclining Buddha, and explore Thailand’s renowned landmark; The Grand Palace.

Recommended active adventure:Bang Krao Jao cycle tour. Explore this Bangkok area on bicycle and cycle through small villages, temples, waterways, jungle and even an incense factory.

Best honeymoon add-on: A stay at the beautiful and romantic Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia, a special recommendation from our specialist Julie.

When to go: November through March

Recommended trip ideas: View our 'Classic Thailand' itinerary

To create a tailor-made honeymoon to Thailand, visit us online or call one of our Thailand specialists.

Immerse yourself in the culture of Thailand

Honeymoon Gift Service

Plan your perfect honeymoon with Audley. Deciding on your honeymoon location is an exciting task. In this guide you will find lots of honeymoon ideas to help you plan your special trip as well as information on our Honeymoon Gift Service.


The 24 hottest honeymoon destinations right now

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Where a couple decides to honeymoon is a personal choice.

For some, paradise is lounging on a beach with soft white sand and clear aquamarine water surrounded by palm trees.

For others, it's roaming the streets and enjoying the charm of a romantic city like Paris.

Either way, chances are you'll find an ideal honeymoon spot in our list of newlywed destinations that are trending now.

To find these destinations, we asked real newlyweds where they're planning to honeymoon and consulted both The Knot and Fodor's.

Southeast Asia is a hot spot right now for honeymooners, and Phuket, Thailand, is an ideal spot for those looking to lounge on pristine beaches and enjoy all the luxuries of the many upscale resorts and spas that dot the island. There are also stunning sunsets and plenty of nightlife options.

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A party locale that can't be beat, Las Vegas is ideal for couples who enjoy partying all night —and morning — long. If you're a little more crazy than romantic, Sin City makes for a fitting honeymoon.

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Owned by the Dutch, the Caribbean island of Aruba presents an interesting mix of cultures. Its beaches are straight from a postcard, and its architectures is comprised of quaint Dutch buildings painted in bright tropical pastels. You can't help but be happy on this island.

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Sitting along Turkey's Aegean cost, Bodrum draws yachters from all over the world. It's also the perfect place for a romantic boat ride in a gulet (a wooden boat common in the area), and the ruins of Ephesus are close by for history buffs.

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A traditional honeymoon spot for years, French Polynesia's Bora Bora is a paradise for scuba divers: A turquoise lagoon and a coral reef surround the island.

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It doesn't get much more romantic than the City of Light. Imagine sharing French pastries at an outdoor cafe or gazing at the city from the top of the Eiffel tower at night. Paris, France, is a city that won't disappoint honeymooners.

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For couples who like to spend some quality time outdoors, Nicaragua offers all kinds of nature: everything from volcanoes and mountains to beaches and rainforests. There's wildlife too, and the first luxury resort and spa — Mukul Beach Golf & Spa — opened its doors to visitors there in

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Located in the Indian ocean off the coast of East Africa, the Seychelles — an exotic group of islands — has impressive beaches galore as well as nature parks, tropical rainforests, and plenty of wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises.

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World&#;s Best Honeymoon Destinations for

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Romance means different things to different couples, leading to a diverse range of honeymoon offerings, so it's important to choose the right destination. After all, that's the best way to keep the afterglow of a lovely wedding alive. This year there are a slew of newlywed-friendly getaways that are full of appeal, from an escape in wine country, to nights out in the big city, to the fail-safe secluded beach. Here are our picks for 's best honeymoon destinations, each with something extra to offer this year.

By Kathleen Squires

A serial traveler who often lets a country’s cuisine dictate her itineraries, New York City-based writer Kathleen Squires has visited all 7 continents and over 60 countries, with stints living in London, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. Her work also appears in The Wall Street Journal, Details, Saveur, Cooking Light and National Geographic Traveler.

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English Countryside

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin put the county of Berkshire on the map when they retired to a manor house post-wedding last year. We can see why: it’s a quick hour and a half west of London, and who wouldn’t want to feel like a titled cast member of Downton Abbey for a spell? The royal residence Windsor Castle, one of England’s most popular sights, sits in the county as does the elite academic institution Eton. Also nearby: Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey itself, where visitors can take guided tours during public opening days.

Where to Stay: Since the 17th century, Cliveden House has welcomed notables around the globe, from every British monarch since George I to Winston Churchill to John Lennon. Treat it like your very own personal estate, complete with a Michelin-starred dining room from chef Andre Garrett.

Perfect for Couples Who: Enjoy a civilized tea and love the royal treatment.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s England Travel Guide

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The stunning natural beauty of Thailand’s largest island has long been a draw for honeymooners. There are endless soft, white sandy beaches, electric blue waters, and some of the best sunsets in the world over in Phuket. The island also holds a vibrant nightlife and plenty of great restaurants—from the high-end to simple street stalls—that showcase the enthralling, piquant cuisine of Thailand. Cultural pleasures—such as a visit to the many Buddhist temples and shrines—can break up days at the beach. Other requirements: a romantic boat ride over to the gorgeous Phi Phi islands, and of course, experiencing the art of Thai Massage. With around 60 five-star resorts to choose from, couples are never at a loss for luxury here.

Where to Stay: The Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa, which opened in , is one of the island’s newest hotels. The resort features 30 rooms and suites and 47 pool villas sitting on a secluded stretch of beach. Maybe relive your vows in the cliffside wedding chapel? If not, it’s available for dinner-for-two.

Perfect for Couples Who: Have a flair for the far-flung and exotic, yet who also enjoy a good day at the beach.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Phuket Travel Guide

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This quaint town on the southwest coast of Turkey, a haven for the yachting set, is full of white-washed Aegean charm. And speaking of yachts, a few nights sailing in a gulet—the handmade wooden boats you’ll find bobbing at the marina—is one of the most romantic things to do while here. Once back on land, the beaches are full of royalty, celebrities, and swimsuit models. It’s a great place to catch a little culture, too, with the ruins of Ephesus nearby, as well as the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, right in town.

Where to Stay: The Mandarin Oriental Bodrum recently opened its first European beachfront resort property in Bodrum. Its VIP Spa Suite comes complete with private hammam, or couples can indulge at the property’s own luxury spa.

Perfect for Couples Who: Enjoy jet-setting and the yachting life.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Turkey Travel Guide

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A bit of city culture is always a great idea for a honeymoon, and this year Italy’s second most populous city is a can’t-miss. Between May 1 and October 31, Milan will be hosting the World Expo , which will center on food and nutrition, complete with a USA Pavilion that will include a vertical farm, a food truck “nation,” and a James Beard American Restaurant. In terms of local culture, La Scala, the city’s famous opera house, will give special performances daily in celebration of the Expo. And as it is a world leader in fashion and design, there’s always something stylish happening in the city, both on the catwalks and off. Recent redevelopment across the city has introduced a slew of restaurants, shops, and cultural and social centers ready to accommodate the expected 20 million visitors this year.

Where to Stay: In April , just in time for the Expo, the Mandarin Oriental Milan will open its doors. Its 73 rooms and 31 suites will feature the local flair for contemporary design. It also will include a restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Antonio Guida and a spa with couple suites, an indoor swimming pool, and wet and heat facilities. The location can’t be beat: it’s just a stone’s throw from La Scala and Milan’s most exclusive shopping promenades.

Perfect for Couples Who: Are fashion-forward, have a taste for global food and technology, and an appreciation for opera.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Milan Travel Guide

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Having recently dropped its $ reciprocity fee, honeymooners can save their pennies to enjoy some of the finer vintages around Chile’s wine country, from Carmenere to Chardonnay. There are plenty of options to choose from, as vineyards are clustered just outside of the capital city of Santiago, stretching down through the interior for about miles. The Maipo Valley is home to some of Chile’s most famous winemakers, such as Viña Concha y Toro and Viña Santa Rita, and is an easy day trip from the city. The Colcagua wine region to the south is also well established, producing prize-winning Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc. Further south, the up-and-coming Millahue wine region started wowing experts with and vintages from new “holistic” winemaker Vik. No matter which region you choose to explore, the landscapes throughout are full of natural beauty, upscale estancias, and activities such as horseback riding.

Where to Stay: The highly regarded winemaker Vik recently unveiled the exclusive suite Vina Vik Hotel on the stunning 11,acre estate overlooking a sprawl of vines and edged by the majestic Andes. The breathtaking, panoramic views are romance enough, but this stay comes complete with a wine spa too.

Perfect for Couples Who: Are oenophiles and who can slip between a spa treatment and an outdoor adventure between tastings.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Chile Travel Guide  

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St. Bart&#;s

The Caribbean island of St. Bart’s provides plenty of eye-candy, whether its the 22 gorgeous white sand beaches, the azure blue water, the quaint architecture of its capital, Gustavia, or the fabulous celebrity who might be sunbathing alongside you. It’s a chic destination where lazy hours on the beach rule the daytime, and champagne, rose wine, and French cuisine rule the nightlife.

Where to Stay:Le Guanahani (formerly The Hotel Guanahani) just reopened after a $40 million renovation, with 10 one-of-a-kind signature suites to choose from. 

Perfect for Couples Who: Love the nightlife, celebrity spotting, and recovering on a chic beach.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s St. Barthelemy Travel Guide

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With its rainforests, lakes, beaches, mountains, and volcanoes, Nicaragua is the up-and-coming destination for eco-adventure lovers. Think of it as a Central American option that’s less-trodden than Costa Rica and even easier on the wallet than Belize. The coasts offer formidable surf waves, and the volcanoes are conquerable territory for hikers. And if you’re keen on wildlife, especially birds, the country is a veritable apiary, with nearly different species making Nicaragua their home. Wellness travel is on the rise here, too.

Where To Stay: Nicaragua’s first luxury resort, the Mukul Beach Golf & Spa, recently introduced a “Soulmate Journey” package for It includes energy readings with a healer, tandem massages, intimate beach dinners, private plunge pools, and more.

Perfect For Couples Who: Enjoy wellness-driven and eco-friendly travel.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Nicaragua Travel Guide

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Las Vegas

Sin City has always been known as a great quickie wedding destination. But as a honeymoon spot, it seemed fitting only for a screwball comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicolas Cage. But now that the musical Honeymoon in Vegas just opened on Broadway, its positive reviews have caused some couples to rethink Las Vegas as a destination. And why not? There’s something for every desire, whether you want to take in a glitzy performance, dine on world-class cuisine, shop, bliss-out in a spa, or even roll the dice a few times. When the strip becomes a bit much, there’s plenty of natural beauty, most significantly the Grand Canyon, laying just on its outskirts.

Where to Stay: A few new options debuted in , including Delano Las Vegas, The Cromwell, and SLS Las Vegas, not to mention various honeymoon packages offered at some of the established properties. The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, for example, features “adventures for two,” including a helicopter sightseeing trip to the Grand Canyon, while the Paris Las Vegas Hotel plays up romance with a package that includes a three-night stay in the Calais Suite, which includes every amenity under the neon lights.

Perfect for Couples Who: Enjoy spontaneity and constant stimulation.

PLAN YOUR TRIP:Fodor’s Las Vegas Guide

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Banana Island

Staying on a private island is a getaway dream for many lovers. If you’re looking to leave it all behind in a far off place, Banana Island is one of the most remote spots you can find. Only accessible by private boat or by helicopter, the island holds just one resort, the newly opened Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. The room property includes over water villas, perfect for honeymooners. Everything is exclusive to guests: the private beach, lagoon pool, restaurants, marina, golf course, a VIP cinema, bowling alley, and spa.

Where to Stay: If you venture to Banana Island, you have no choice but the luxe Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara.

Perfect for Couples Who: Crave far-flung seclusion.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Middle East Travel Guide

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As political and economic stability have become the rule in this African nation, and with the soon-to-open international terminal at the Victoria Falls Airport, the number of high-end tour operators and hotels have increased in Zimbabwe. This year, there are more options than ever to explore the wonders of its landscape, from the towering Victoria Falls to the National Parks plentiful with roving game.

Where to Stay: Located in the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve Singita Pamushana Lodge includes verdant gardens and stunning lake views. The one-bedroom suites include private plunge pools and front-row views to wild-roaming neighbors such as rhinos, cheetahs, lions, and over species of birds.

Perfect for Couples Who: Are nature and animal lovers.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s  Zimbabwe Travel Guide

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Lodge in Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Wedding Salon founder Tatiana Byron’s favorite honeymoon spot is Londolozi's Granite Suites in South Africa. This uber-exclusive lodge in one of the original private game reserves consists of just 3 incredibly spacious, stand-alone suites.

Cultural and Culinary Tour of Spain

For , the luxury travel group Black Tomato's co-founder Tom Marchant believes Spain in particular is emerging as a perfect honeymoon destination. With its incredible gastronomic experiences, amazing art and architecture, and luxurious properties this is the ideal spot for a luxurious and culturally immersive honeymoon.

Spice Up the Romance in Zanzibar

Dubbed the “Spice Islands,” Zanzibar was the hub of both the spice and slave trades, and its capital city, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jenna Mahoney, Bridal Guide's travel editor, recommends staying at Kilindi Zanzibar, an intimate beachside retreat of 15 individually appointed, villa-like accommodations. Mahoney says to savor not only the scenery and impeccable service here, but also the literal melting pot of Zanzibar via the hotel’s fantastic cuisine.

A Private Villa in St. Barts

The best way to honeymoon in St. Barts? Rent a villa with a pool and hot tub says Wedding Salon founder Tatiana Byron. Be sure to select a villa rental agency with a permanent presence on the island, so it will be able to assist you in booking everything from a sunset cruise to a private chef and spa services.    

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Tom Marchant, co-founder of bespoke luxury travel group Black Tomato, suggests that couples maximize their time away post-nuptials by combining different destinations and experiences. His pick for intrepid honeymooners? An action-packed adventure in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. 

Mini-Moon in a Private Cabin in Pennsylvania

A perfect spot for a “mini-moon” (a night getaway)? Bridal Guide travel editor Jenna Mahoney suggests Relais & Chateaux Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford, PA. This sprawling resort in the Allegheny Mountains is driving distance from Pittsburgh, NYC and Columbus, Ohio.

Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Katie Frederick, founder of the honeymoon planning service Ever After Honeymoons, recommends the Great Barrier Reef for an unforgettable romantic getaway. Another can’t-miss activity for honeymoon couples Down Under? “Taking a helicopter ride over the Whitsundays, where you can see the famous heart-shaped reef!” Katie says.

Stargazing in the Atacama Desert, Chile

The reason that Bridal Guide travel editor Jenna Mahoney picks the Atacama Desert as a top honeymoon destination? Stargazing. “Hands down, there is no other place on the planet where the night skies are so spectacularly clear — a reason why the international space station ALMA is here.” 

Overwater Bungalow in Cambodia

Staying in an overwater bungalow is a dream for many honeymooning couples, as Katie Frederick, founder of honeymoon planning agency Ever After Honeymoons, very well knows. Honeymoon in your own intimate paradise at the stunning Song Saa Private Island, a pair of islands set off the coast of Cambodia with just 27 villas, either overwater or in the jungle, all featuring private pools.

Mediterranean Cruise

For those who want more than just a beach or a quiet hideaway, Shane Green, host of Resort Rescue and veteran hospitality consultant, suggests a Mediterranean cruise to take in the romance, culture and indulgences of the region. If you want something a little more exclusive and private, he recommends the small-ship, yacht-style Windstar Cruises. 


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The 7 most expensive honeymoon destinations in the world

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Okay, so we put a lot of time, thought, and money into our travel plans.

After all, as we infamously say, You can't return a bad vacation. It's true!

And no time does this ring more true than when your honeymoon is on the line — you really don't want to mess that up.

There are a couple reasons you want this vacation to go off without a hitch: one being it's your first trip as a married couple, but perhaps the most important being you spend quite a lot of cash on this getaway.

According to, honeymooners dish out an average of three times more on their post-wedding trips than other traveling couples, and the honeymoon accounts for a whopping 14 percent of the wedding budget.

And while honeymooners may statistically spend more than average across the board, the way they honeymoon varies drastically.

Some stick to the classics, others go off the beaten path.Some save, and some splurge. Today, we're addressing the latter.

Here are the seven most expensive honeymoon destinations in the world — shockingly, Paris does not make the list (although it's not far off). And just for fun, we've picked out a splurge stay and a save stay for some, so even if you're jetting off to a glam locale, you can find a budget-friendly (or friendlier) hotel.

1. Maldives

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You can assume that any destination that requires multiple, hours-long flights and bungalows over crystal-clear waters is gonna be pricey, and the Maldives takes the (wedding) cake as the most expensive honeymoon destination in the world. Once they arrive, honeymooners can expect stunning white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, unparalleled snorkeling, gorgeous rustic-chic villas over the water or on the sand, and fine dining.

2. Greek Cyclades

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South of Athens, the Cyclades are over 2, beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea where honeymooners can enjoy classic white-wash, blue-domed buildings, gorgeous ocean vistas, and a lively nightlife. Santorini in particular can be exorbitantly expensive, but couples find the caldera cliffs to be prime spots for taking in the world-renowned sunsets, and the quaint streets are packed with restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries.

3. Bora Bora

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A stunning volcanic island, Bora Bora is often compared to the Maldives; like the islands of the Maldives, most resorts features over-the-water bungalows, and the landscape is defined by palm-tree lined beaches where turquoise waters lap the sand.

Active honeymooners will appreciate popular pastimes such as scuba diving and jeep tours, but the luxury resorts here also allow for plenty of pampering.

4. Fiji

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Bottled Fiji water is crazy expensive, so why shouldn't a trip there be? In all honesty, honeymooners can find some lovely hotels here that aren't over-the-top expensive, but unless you're flying over from Australia (Australians account for half of the tourists here), airfare prices will certainly put a strain on your bank account.

In return, though, honeymooners to Fiji can enjoy everything from cycling to skydiving, from helicopter tours to snorkeling.

5. Tuscany

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Did someone say wine? Tuscany is hands-down one of the most naturally stunning wine regions in the world. Located on the Italian coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is home to rolling hills, quaint villages, stunning historic estates, and delicious wine -- all of which culminate to make for an uber-romantic (and uber-expensive) honeymoon.

6. Kauai

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Of the four most popular Hawaiian islands, Kauai is the smallest and least developed, and, some would argue, the most beautiful — which is why it is often a more expensive choice, and particularly popular among honeymooners.

Kauai draws visitors with the wild grandeur of its lush, mountainous terrain. Its craggy shores provide the backdrop for numerous Hollywood visions of untamed, other-worldly paradises in films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Jurassic Park series, and the version of King Kong.


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70 Instagram-Worthy Honeymoon Spots

Your honeymoon is the trip of a lifetime—how often do you get to celebrate your newly minted relationship status with the love of your life? But trying to figure out where to go for your much-deserved postwedding getaway can be a head-scratcher. To point you in the right direction, we've come up with a list of the 70 best honeymoon destinations for every couple (including the best honeymoon resorts to book for your trip). Whether you want a good dose of rest and relaxation or prefer an action-packed vacation, we're sharing all of our favorite places to go for your honeymoon.

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How to Choose Your Honeymoon Destination

When it comes to scouting your honeymoon location, consider the type of honeymoon you want. If you can't think of anything better than heading off to a tropical destination and spending your days swimming, reading by the beach and melting into that postwedding glow, you might want to consider a beach or island location like the Maldives, Mexico or the South Pacific. For those who prefer an action- and nature-filled vacation, let your adventurous flag fly in a honeymoon country like New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bhutan or Botswana.

The other thing to consider is the cost. While your honeymoon can be a once-in-a-lifetime trip, you also want to be practical about it. To save on airfare and other travel expenses, consider looking for luxury a little closer to home—the best honeymoon locations can often be the most straightforward! Whether you're searching for the right stateside trip or an all-inclusive getaway in the Caribbean, we've included honeymoon ideas to suit all budgets.

Top Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

Wondering where to go for your honeymoon? If there's one non-negotiable when planning your trip, it's romance. You and your new spouse will want it in abundance, which could mean anything from a stay under the stars in Colombia to a stroll through the City of Love. Here are some of the best romantic honeymoon ideas.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

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The Amalfi Coast is one of those places everyone should visit at least once—and what better time to do so than your honeymoon? Newlyweds will revel in sun bed-dotted beaches and cliff-clinging eateries, but be warned: Make room in your honeymoon luggage as you'll want to take home a bottle of limoncello for all your friends and family.

Where to stay: The grand dame of the Amalfi Coast, most of the rooms at Le Sirenuse have a balcony to take in that Instagram-famous view of Positano. Honeymooners will love the free boat trips offered by the hotel, whether they want a morning dip in the crystal-clear waters or a romantic sunset jaunt—just be sure to book your spot in advance.

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Antioquia, Colombia


While it might not be the first place you'd think of when planning a romantic honeymoon, Colombia offers private honeymoon getaways for newlyweds—something you'll surely be craving after the wedding buzz. We suggest heading to Colombia's Antioquia region for a laid-back break. After visiting the department's capital, Medellín, make your way to the colorful town of Guatapé to truly immerse yourself in Colombian culture.

Where to stay: Just outside of Guatapé lies Bosko, a collection of clear-sided domes that take in the lush greenery and large lake below. There are no street lights here, so come nightfall, it'll be just the two of you and the stars.

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Bali, Indonesia

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Searching for beautiful places to honeymoon? Look no further than Bali. The island has long been a magnet for romance-seekers and honeymooners for its mist-shrouded temples, beautiful mountain vistas and vivid arts scene. While there, be sure to arrange a trip to Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple—it offers history and some unforgettable sunset views.

Where to stay: If it's good enough for The Bachelor, it's good enough for your honeymoon! The Mulia Villas—featured in season 19 of the hit reality series—front Nusa Dua coastline, which is famous for white-sand beaches and calm blue waters.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia


When you picture the most romantic honeymoon destinations, Bora Bora probably comes to mind. Think: crystal-clear waters, picturesque mountains and a coral reef swirling with colorful fish. To make the most of the views, why not charter a helicopter to take you around towering Mount Otemanu, then touch down on a neighboring island for a tour of a black pearl or vanilla bean farm? It's memories like these that'll last a lifetime.

Where to stay:The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is located on a coral reef that encloses a turquoise lagoon. Swoon!

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Cappadocia, Turkey


Romantic honeymoon places don't come much better than Cappadocia. Located less than four hours from Turkey's capital city, the wind-carved landscapes of Cappadocia are otherworldly. Whether it's high up in a hot air balloon or on foot or horseback, there are a ton of ways to explore Cappadocia's magical valleys full of caves and rock formations, or "fairy chimneys."

Where to stay:Argos in Cappadocia is on the site of an ancient monastery with rooms that have been restored from the remains of underground tunnels and caves.

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Harbour Island, Bahamas

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Chances are, you've never seen anything like Harbor Island's Pink Sands Beach. On your way to the pink-sand paradise, pick up a breakfast croissant from Arthur's Bakery, which will set you up nicely for a day of sand and sea. With a laid-back vibe, it's no wonder so many people make the Bahamas their honeymoon spot.

Where to stay:Tingum Village Hotel has just 19 airy suites and is steps from Pink Sands Beach.

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Kyoto, Japan


Compared with the frenetic energy of Japan's capital city Tokyo, Kyoto moves at a much slower pace. Relax and reflect at hundreds of shrines and temples or stroll through peaceful traditional gardens. While the cherry blossoms only bloom in the spring, you can visit Kyoto's cool cultural sites—like Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the orange gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha—all year round.

Where to stay: Take a private boat ride to the picture-perfect HOSHINOYA Kyoto that's perched on the calm Ōi River.

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Marrakesh, Morocco

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Rock stars and fashion designers have been going to this North African city for decades to find inspiration. You'll feel like you wandered onto a movie set when you enter its souks, complete with hidden alleys, endless spices and a maze of markets. It's worth extending your stay so you can add on a trip to the Sahara Desert, traveling over the Atlas Mountains and staying in a luxury tented camp.

Where to stay: Less than 10 minutes from the airport and the ancient Medina, the sultry and sumptuously appointed Selman Marrakech offers a view of the Atlas Mountains.

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Orkney, Scotland


Indulge in all of your Outlander daydreams on this northern archipelago off the coast of Scotland. With green-topped islands and sandstone cliffs, it's one of the best honeymoon destinations in Europe. Top tip: Take a day trip and stand in awe of the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar, an ancient ring of standing stones. It's not known how the stones got there or what they mean, but they're an incredible sight.

Where to stay: The family-run Kirkwall Hotel is located in a storybook-perfect Victorian building that overlooks Kirkwall's historic harbor and is steps from the main street.

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Paris, France

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Paris is synonymous with romance. It's a combination of the architecture, the food (oh, the food!) and the art that makes this city so special and one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. After a wander through the Louvre, pick up a selection of meats and cheeses and picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Where to stay: When you stay at the elegant Hôtel Plaza Athénée, splurge on the Romantic Offer package for a bottle of champagne and chocolates on arrival. If the hotel looks familiar, it's because it was the backdrop for Carrie and Big's reunion in the last season of Sex and the City.

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Santorini, Greece

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This small volcanic island is known for its seriously gorgeous sunsets and pristine whitewashed villas, but there's so much more to explore. Take a scooter to the red- and black-sand beaches, check out ancient sites (like the Bronze Age settlement of Akrotíri, oftentimes called "Minoan Pompeii"), visit wineries, go hiking and stop in the many boutiques. Unsurprisingly, Greece has ranked among the best honeymoon destinations for decades.

Where to stay: Reserve a room at Carpe Diem. Located in Pyrgos, the island's highest settlement, you get uninterrupted views of the Santorini sunset right from your private plunge pool.

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Savannah, Georgia

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Get lost in the city's slow-paced serenity—it's the perfect place to chill out postwedding. Cozy inns and local restaurants flourish around the tree-shaded historic district. Better yet, you can take a charming horse-drawn carriage tour around the squares. It's difficult to find a honeymoon idea more lovely than Savannah.

Where to stay:The Mansion on Forsyth Park offers a top-notch art collection, cooking school, spa, outdoor relaxation pool and popular restaurant on-site. You'll be forgiven if you have honeymoon withdrawal when you leave.

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Sonoma, California


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