The honeymooners’ guide to the world
A honeymoon is a trip to remember. It’s the first holiday as a married couple and the first chance to spend quality time together without everyday pressures, so you want to make sure it’s extra special. After almost two years of delaying plans, honeymooners are on the lookout for something that will make the wait worthwhile!
With endless wedding stresses and preoccupations, leave the honeymoon planning to us. We are experts in luxury travel and know the best places to experience your honeymoon right now. Whether you have a dream destination in mind or are unsure of the safest places to travel, we’re ready to create a holiday just for two that is simply spectacular.
In this inspirations piece, we’re sharing destinations that are trending for honeymooners this year. If you like what you see, or would like to tailor a bespoke itinerary of your own, please email email@example.com or call us on 01 2600 240.
Bali is home to incredible luxury properties and offers excellent value for money. A year-round destination, honeymooners can experience beach and jungle luxury combined. The island’s lush interior is filled with fascinating cultural, spiritual and historic discoveries, all edged by the endless stretches of paradisal coastline. Dotted along the sandy shoreline, you’ll find glamorous towns, home to trendy bars and restaurants and resorts that simply epitomise barefoot luxury. We love to tailor luxury honeymoons to Bali that combine stylish Seminyak, the cultural hub of Ubud and picture-perfect Uluwatu, one of our favourite spots that are a little more off-the-beaten-track. Staying in our partner properties, experience unparalleled luxury in Indonesia.
Japan rightly occupies a top position on many bucket lists. The celebration of the harmony between tradition and modernity is unlike anywhere else in the world. Towering, glass-clad skyscrapers exist beside ornate temples and some of the world’s fastest trains transport you to iconic districts filled with markets and authentic street food. On a luxury honeymoon to Japan, lose yourself in the magnificent contrasts, sampling exquisite cuisine, touring ultra-modern cities and immersing yourself in the wonderfully preserved, ancient culture. An incredible way to honeymoon in Japan is on a luxury rail journey, starting in Tokyo, before relaxing in a peaceful mountain ryokan in Hakone. Continue to Kyoto and end your honeymoon in the culinary capital of Osaka.
The southern shoreline of the dramatic Sorrentine Peninsula plays host to Italy’s iconic Amalfi Coast, a haven of Italian elegance and natural beauty. As you journey along the coast, admire pastel-coloured towns tumbling towards the glistening gulf and climbing the towering cliffs. The beautiful stretch of coastline is dotted with pebbled beaches, lemon groves, vineyards and palazzos, and is a food lovers’ paradise, with delicious pasta and fresh seafood dominating the menus. Luxury honeymoons to the Amalfi Coast promise romantic dining on sunset-lit terraces, exquisite food and wine, spectacular scenery and plenty of Italian sophistication. Start in postcard-perfect Positano before heading for the historic heart of Sorrento. We can tailor exclusive experiences like cliffside wine tastings, privately guided coastal tours and Michelin-starred dining.
The islands of the Philippines are adorned with some of the best beaches in the world. World-famous visuals of banca boats dotted throughout glowing turquoise lagoons make themselves at home all over the archipelago. Inland, rice paddies thrive in the foothills of volcanic peaks and the cacao farms are said to be the first in Asia. From cosmopolitan cities to island hideaways, the Philippines lend themselves to endless holiday experiences, all topped off with a unique blend of Filipino and Spanish culture. On luxury honeymoons to the Philippines, we recommend venturing off the beaten track with stops in Cebu, the country’s oldest city, Bohol, known for its coral reefs, Chocolate Hills, and Boracay, a beautiful resort island.
Fiji’s beauty needs no introduction. A collection of over 330 tiny islands, this South Pacific nation allows for the ultimate romantic hideaway. Fulfilling every beach honeymoon desire, days on the islands are made for sinking your toes in the sand, relaxing on romantic private beaches, discovering the colourful reefs and indulging at your resort’s luxury spa. To make the most out of your holiday and to up the romance, activities such as picnics in a waterfront beach bure and snorkelling in the tropical waters are recommended. The islands stand out with the joyful and welcoming Bula culture that exists in all areas of island life, making your stay that bit extra special. On your luxury Fijian honeymoon, stay in one of our partner beachfront resorts and settle in for days spent exploring and luxuriating in this exotic paradise.
A classic option for honeymooners looking to holiday closer to home, Greece’s islands lure in honeymooners seeking island luxury and mesmerising scenery. Santorini and Mykonos are some of the most popular islands in the world and certainly the most popular Greek islands for couples. On these romantic islands, contemporary hotels and stylish bars are housed within cliff-climbing, white-washed buildings and make themselves at home amongst ruinous temples and blue-domed churches. Wonderful activities on the islands include getting to the heart of Santorini’s centuries-old viticulture on exquisite wine tastings and touring the ancient ruins, such as the buried city of Akrotiri and the archaeological site of Delos. When not exploring the fascinating islands, rest your head in villas and suites oozing luxury, dine by famous sunsets and experience unforgettable memories.
The Indian Ocean will forever be a top destination for honeymooners. Home to sensational coral reefs, endless turquoise lagoons and luxurious hotels, there are numerous ways to experience the Indian Ocean. Synonymous with barefoot luxury, days on the islands and atolls are made for sinking your toes in the sugar-white sands, snorkelling the teeming reefs and plenty of secluded romance and relaxation. The islands also offer plenty of adventure and cultural experiences, including visits to vineyards and natural hot springs, wildlife excursions, hiking, mountain biking and horseback rides. Allow us to make your honeymoon extra special by arranging out-of-the-ordinary experiences like private dining, yacht trips and private movie screenings.
A nation of tiny atolls scattered across the equator, the Maldives are a tropical paradise and a treasure trove of ultra-luxurious resorts. While promising a superb holiday all on their own, the Maldives also make for an excellent holiday pairing when combined with Dubai. The modern desert city is a delightful contrast with the natural beauty on the atolls. When visiting the Maldives, we recommend experiencing all-inclusive luxury in some of our favourites, and some of the few adults-only, resorts in the Maldives, including Anantara Kihavah and Anantara Veli, ensuring your couples retreat is all you dreamed of and more.
With just three hours’ time difference meaning minimal jetlag, Mauritius is truly the perfect beach escape. Mauritius is also a haven for water sports enthusiasts, home to the perfect waters for water-skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, kitesurfing, fishing and PADI diving, ideal for couples who wish to combine lazing on picture-perfect sands with a little adventure. Our favourite way to honeymoon in Mauritius is to combine with the futuristic city of Dubai or the wilds of South Africa. End your sophisticated city stay or wilderness adventure on Mauritius’ sandy shores.
The idyllic islands of Seychelles combine glorious Indian Ocean beauty with a strong culture and some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth, making for a honeymoon of discovery and incomparable beachside luxury. Seychelles is home to an abundance of vibrant reefs housing a kaleidoscope of tropical fish, perfect for snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding or glass-bottom kayaking. One of our favourite ways to discover the romantic islands is on an island-hopping adventure, discovering the outstanding beauty of Praslin, Desroches and Mahé.
A remarkable blend of French and Creole cultures alongside a cinematic landscape of forested volcanic peaks, lush rainforests and white sandy beaches makes Reunion Island an excellent honeymoon destination for the more adventurous couple. An unforgettable experience, hike, bike or take a horseback ride on the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The best way to discover the island and all its beauty is on a self-drive discovery of Saint Denis, Cilaos and Saint Leu.
South Africa is an incredible honeymoon destination due to its cultural diversity, wildlife and beautiful landscapes. On exhilarating game drives in the famous Kruger National Park, covering almost 20,000 square kilometres, visitors get the chance to witness Africa’s Big Five alongside other fascinating mammals including cheetah, hippo, giraffe and zebra. While playing host to some of the world’s most elusive animals, even when immersed in South Africa’s wildernesses, you’re never too far from sprawling vineyards and cosmopolitan city life. Franschhoek and Stellenbosch maintain a reputation for outstanding food and wine and Cape Town is lined with trendy bars, chic art galleries and world-famous restaurants.
Luxury honeymoons to Thailand combine heavenly beaches and ancient traditions with teeming rainforests and frenzied cities. Thailand promises discovery at every turn and gorgeous beachside luxury is never far behind. For the more adventurous couple, the modern cities and the mountainous north hide a strong culture, and the jungle landscapes are home to ethical elephant sanctuaries, like Elephant Hills. Having visited fascinating temples, sampled delicious street food, toured floating markets and met the gentle giants, Thailand welcomes you to its coastline, home to stunning resorts, vibrant nightlife and sparkling waters. On your luxury honeymoon to Thailand, we recommend starting in lively Bangkok before heading to the cultural hub of Chiang Mai and completing your holiday on spectacular Krabi Island.
With an enviable Indian Ocean coastline, astonishing wildlife and deep-rooted culture, Sri Lanka delivers on all fronts. Whether marvelling at hill-climbing paddy fields, embarking on game drives or lazing by the ocean, Sri Lanka is ideal for couples who are on the hunt for a real exploration, finished with a little beach bliss. Sri Lanka’s cities are a hive of culture, with religious relics and Buddhist shrines at every turn in Kandy and tuk-tuks zipping through cosmopolitan streets in Colombo. In Yala National Park, leopards, elephants, monkeys, crocodiles and much more call the dense forests their home. A perfect honeymoon to Sri Lanka combines the country’s fantastic offerings. Start with cultural explorations of Colombo before touring a tea factory and spice plantation in Ella. Transfer to Yala National Park for exhilarating game drives and finish your adventure by the waters of the Indian Ocean.
Mexico’s distinct amalgamation of European and Latin cultures, breathtaking beaches, incredible food and mythical Mayan ruins has gifted the country its position as one of the world’s most visited destinations.
Having once welcomed Hollywood stars and the elites of Miami, Mexico’s Pacific Coast is ideal for a luxury honeymoon. Dotted along the coast, you’ll find everything that makes Mexico such a popular destination for honeymooners including ancient landmarks, awe-inspiring landscapes, characterful haciendas, excellent food and quintessential beachfront romance. Throughout your honeymoon, we love to arrange once-in-a-lifetime experiences like hot air ballooning over Colima, safariing at Cuixmala, riding Aztec horses and yachting and snorkelling in the Pacific Ocean.
The secluded islands of French Polynesia undeniably embody tropical beauty. The star of the archipelago, Bora Bora’s unimaginable beauty has lured in honeymooners for decades. Tahiti is a cultural hub with great shopping and nightlife, and Moorea is one of the quieter islands and home to a plethora of natural wonders. Spend your days snorkelling with sea turtles in crystal-clear waters, strolling on sandy beaches and learning about each island’s culture.
Our favourite way to honeymoon in French Polynesia is on an island-hopping adventure. Begin in Tahiti before leaving for Moorea and its pineapple fields and plantations, making sure to taste its homemade jams and liquor. Finish in Bora Bora, swimming among stingrays and snorkelling with reef sharks.