For most newlyweds, their honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sure, you’ll end up taking bigger or more adventurous trips later on, most likely with your growing family, but the first post-wedding getaway is epic. It gives you more time to enjoy each other now that all of the planning and stress is behind you. It sets the tone for the adventures you’ll have in the future and provides memories to last a lifetime. There are incredible places near and far to indulge your personal idea of romance, whether you are a person who enjoys lying on a beach with a coconut, daring foodies, adventure junkies, snow bunnies, or city folk. We’ve compiled a definitive list:
Here are the top 12 honeymoon places in the world
1. St. Lucia
St. Lucia is a lovely honeymoon destination. With its golden sand, Pigeon Island in the north is the most picturesque, sheltered, and paradise-like place on Earth. St. Lucia also has the Anse Cochon on the West Coast, which is a truly magnificent beach with a rain forest for nature-loving honeymooners.
The all-inclusive accommodations, natural beauty, mountains, outdoor adventures, romantic sunsets, and warm weather combine to make it an ideal honeymoon destination for all starry-eyed lovers.
The all-inclusive resorts are the most popular for a honeymoon in St. Lucia. They have everything under one roof, including buffets, swim-up bars, private beaches, cottage-style rooms, and innovation villas. Add in botanical gardens, sulphur springs, waterfalls, and lush rain forests, and you’ve got yourself a tropical paradise.
St. Lucia’s culture is a mash-up of African, English, and French influences. While English, a dialect of French Patois, is the official language, Kreole is the unofficially common language. The typical local diet here consists of starches, animal protein (content varies by location), and very little green vegetables, a true reflection of their plantation past.
Nothing beats a honeymoon in the Maldives. Over-the-water bungalows, vibrant marine life, and the clearest water on the planet are just the beginning. When visiting the Maldives, you have a variety of budget-friendly options for accommodations and activities. In the Maldives, there is no such thing as a bad day. Nature has bestowed the Maldives with 26 magnificent atolls, 1,000 coral islands, and the whitest beaches on the planet.
The Maldives are well-known for their ubiquitous over-the-water bungalows. Simply look down through the glass floor and observe the fish. Step off your balcony and you’ll be in the warmest, clearest water you’ve ever seen. That’s how incredible it is. The fantastic villas are available in a variety of price ranges, so you will be able to find one that suits your needs.
3. Las Vegas
What are the benefits of spending your honeymoon in Las Vegas? With so many things to do and see for couples, Las Vegas creates a romantic atmosphere for newlyweds. You’ll be in an ideal position to lay the groundwork for a foundation of true love between you and your partner from now until death do you part.
They say ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,’ but with the amount of fun you can have here on your honeymoon, you may want to share a few things with your friends and family.
Las Vegas is the state’s largest city and is rightfully known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Over 42 million tourists visit the city each year, with a large proportion of them coming to experience the city’s romance. It is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the United States for newlyweds.
The Strip, a 4.2-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard filled with some of the world’s largest hotel resorts and casinos, is the most popular destination in Las Vegas. The entire strip is a fun, gaming, entertainment, nightlife, and much more destination.
With so many attractions, it’s amazing how the city blends romance with the appearance of multiple exotic locations all in one place.
Bali is the most well-known Indonesian island archipelago (there are 17,000 islands). It is a popular tourist destination, with seven million visitors flocking to this tropical paradise each year. The beautiful beaches of Bali’s interior, combined with the volcanoes, create a diverse and one-of-a-kind landscape.
Then there’s the temples. There are tens of thousands of them all over the place. The Balinese take their religion very seriously. Every day, they pay homage to the gods with everything from flowers to cookies to cigarettes (who knew god smoked). The spiritual life pervades every aspect of Bali’s culture, which is why the Balinese are so peaceful. These daily sacrifices keep the evil spirits at bay.
Balinese are eager to share their spirituality. Visitors are always welcome in the temples, but they must be dressed properly in a sarong and a sash around the waist. Both are available for borrowing at any temple.
Balinese people value good manners as well. There is no handshake when meeting someone. Instead, make a slight bow with your hands clasped together at chest level. Within a temple, this greeting is especially important.
5. Bora Bora
Bora Bora is an exotic island with white beaches, blue, clear waters, watersports, and luxury resorts. The beauty is almost surreal, as if created by an artist’s palette. It is also one of the most expensive honeymoon destinations, but it will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Bora Bora’s Polynesian culture is still widely practiced, with recent revivals of traditional music and art. Bora Bora’s spectacular history complements the island’s tranquil atmosphere and vibrant nightlife entertainment.
Bora Bora’s culinary offerings are expanded by the incorporation of various traditions and cultures. The cuisine combines traditional South Pacific cooking with Japanese, Italian, and French flavors. Bora Bora is situated on a stunning lagoon that reflects every shade of blue imaginable. Tahiti is about an hour away by plane. Coconut trees line the beaches, and the waters are teeming with fish of every color of the rainbow. The island is a painting by an artist who has come to life.
Hawaii is a popular honeymoon destination around the world. The location and natural beauty of the islands make them ideal for intimate and relaxing honeymoons.
Hawaii, as the 50th state of the United States, makes for an easy passport-free honeymoon for American couples. Every year, over nine million people visit the Aloha State, and tourism accounts for more than 20% of Hawaii’s economy. While some honeymooners may be concerned that the high rate of tourism diminishes Hawaii’s exotic appeal, the Hawaiian islands remain a culturally immersive and relaxing honeymoon destination.
There are six Hawaiian islands where you can honeymoon. Each island has a distinct allure and incredible tropical experiences to offer.
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Paris, also known as the City of Love, is one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations. Many newlyweds visit the city to experience the romantic atmosphere, thanks to the famous Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and the city’s charming culture.
Paris’s thriving romantic industry makes it one of the top destinations for destination weddings and honeymoons.
Visit the Seychelles Islands with your honey to experience the island’s romance. Honeymoons are popular here, and there are numerous activities for couples. Many of the resorts and restaurants also offer a variety of accommodations to make your visit even more memorable.
Because of their remote location, the Seychelles Islands are among the most beautiful islands in the world. They are located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa. Much of the island’s natural and cultural heritage has been preserved from outside influence, creating a distinct atmosphere for visitors.
There are numerous resorts and tour activities on the island to keep everyone entertained. It has it all, from relaxing on the scenic beaches to participating in various watersports, hiking through the lush natural forests, and diving in the world’s largest coral atoll.
9. Amalfi Coast
With one look at the Amalfi Coast, you might think you’ve found heaven on Earth. That’s the kind of spellbinding effect this stretch of Italian coastline has on the 5 million visitors who pass through its mesmerizing paths each year.
This UNESCO World Heritage site, located in the Campania region of Italy, covers 34 miles of majestic terrain; sky-high costal cliffs display vibrant vegetation, and multicolored towns coexist with the disarming turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, creating a scene that has the power to stop even the most seasoned of travelers dead in their tracks.
Fiji’s year-round warm climate, as well as its luxurious spas and resorts, add to the island’s allure for honeymooners. While on their honeymoon in Fiji, couples can visit several exotic islands, including Wakaya Island, Taveuni Island, the Yasawa Islands, Vanua Island, and many others.
The majority of the Fiji islands were formed by volcanic activity nearly 150 million years ago. Fiji is one of the most developed economies in the Pacific due to its abundance of forests, fish resources, and minerals.
Fijian culture is a vibrant synthesis of Indo-Fijian, Asian, Fijian, and European traditions. This fusion influences language, social policy, beliefs, arts and crafts, architecture, sports, dance, music, and cuisine. Seafood, taro, cassava, and a variety of other vegetables dominate the local cuisine. Fiji typically has a multicultural and distinct national identity.
11. Tuscany, Italy
When the film adaptation of Frances Mayes’ “Under the Tuscan Sun” was released in 2003, we all had the impression that Tuscany was a place of romance, chianti wine, olives, aromatic cooking, and, of course, sunshine. Today, many visitors come to this magnificent region in northwest Italy to escape the hustle and bustle of Rome or Milan and instead enjoy the Italian countryside. The blend of castles-turned-wineries-turned-hotels, elegant cypress trees, cascading hills, and sprawling vineyards is simply divine.
In this effortlessly idyllic setting, time seems to stand still. And what better way to unwind than with a glass of wine or some homemade gnocchi under the Tuscan sun?
This small town nestled in the Tuscan hills casts a long shadow through history. Firenze (or Florence), the birthplace of the Renaissance, housed the powerful Medici family and inspired artists such as Michelangelo (David) and Brunelleschi (the Duomo).
You’d think you’d stepped back in time to the 14th century if it weren’t for the fashionable Italians and chic shops that line Via Tornabuoni. But it’s not just the Renaissance art that draws people to Florence; it’s also the beautiful sunsets, the Italian cuisine, and the romantic atmosphere. Make the most of your time in Florence by allowing a local to show you around on one of the city’s best tours.
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