Amazing exotic locations for honeymooners
Start married life with a big slice of paradise
Everyone wants their wedding to be the best day of their life. But let’s face it – when the last guests finally leave and the endless photographs are over, all the happy couple really want is to get away from it all for some much needed time alone in their own little love bubble.
For many newlyweds, the ingredients for the perfect postnuptial getaway are not hard to guess – sun, sea, sand and, of course, seclusion. Here are some of the world’s most stunning and romantic honeymoon locations offering lovers their own little corner of paradise.
If you are looking for the picture perfect paradise island, look no further – this South Pacific nation has 118 of them on offer. Whether it is romantic moonlit walks on the black sand beaches of Tahiti, or snuggling up in palatial huts built on stilts over the pristine blue waters of Bora Bora lagoon, French Polynesia offers the kind of beauty that helps love flourish.
Another Indian Ocean archipelago, the Seychelles are a sun worshipper’s paradise. Think deserted pink sand beaches fringed with thick rainforest and dotted with unusually shaped rocky boulders, and you will still not be close to doing justice to the natural beauty of the Seychelles. And with perfect temperatures all year round, the Seychelles are the place to be if you want to cement your vows in the sand.
Indonesia’s main tourist destination attracts millions of visitors each year, mainly to the well developed south of the island famous for its nightlife and surf beaches. But if all night clubbing and donning a wetsuit is not quite what you are looking for on your honeymoon, Bali has another, altogether more romantic side. The cultural centre of Ubud is a perfect base for exploring Bali’s stunning temples and jungle covered hillsides, or why not explore your inner self with a little yoga or tantric meditation? Or to really get away from it all, head to the quieter north and west of the island, where the volcanic hills spill straight down to the black sand shoreline, and you can hire a boat to take you snorkelling over pristine coral reefs.
What the Maldives has to offer is no secret – endless sunshine, gorgeous shorelines, shallow warm crystal blue seas and magical sunsets over the Indian Ocean. Many of the 1000 islands that make up the Maldives are dedicated to luxury holidaymaking, with private villas opening straight onto white sand beaches and personal staff on hand to cater to every need. A great place to be treated like royalty.
Another Pacific island nation long favoured by honeymooners, many of Fiji’s 333 islands are so small they are home to just a single resort – perfect for couples looking for some time away from it all. Catch a propeller plane to Turtle Island, famed for its palm fringed white sand beaches and excellent snorkelling in crystal clear turquoise seas.
British Virgin Islands
No list of exotic honeymoon destinations would be complete without representation from the Caribbean, and the British Virgin Islands are worthy of flying the flag for a region renowned for its romantic islands. Less developed than many of its Caribbean neighbours, BVI offers seclusion and understated luxury, leaving you to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings – and each other.
St Vincent & The Grenadines
In much the same vein as the British Virgin Islands, St Vincent & The Grenadines are a secluded and exclusive Caribbean island destination favoured by the well to do and yacht owning set. If you don’t mind the effort of getting there, taking a boat into the pretty harbours of Mustique, Canouan and Bequia before settling into a thatched roof villa on the beach is as romantic a way to start a honeymoon as you can imagine.
Another hidden gem of the Caribbean, Dominica is perfect for the honeymooners who want a little adventure to go with their beautiful beaches. With half of this mountainous isle covered in thick rainforest, hiking on one of the 14 national trails and looking out on the shimmering Caribbean sea is an unforgettable experience. And when you have done exerting yourself, what better place to unwind than in a spa pool at one of the luxury eco resorts nestled in amongst the stunning cliffs?
Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica
The only destination to make it onto our list that is not an island, the Papagayo Peninsula really is the definition of exotic. If remote and unspoilt is what you are looking for, Papagayo is very difficult to beat. With just two award-winning resorts, most of the peninsula boasts only empty beaches surrounded by lush Central American rainforest. For those who like to keep busy, Papagayo offers a wide range of exciting activities, from rainforest canopy tours and whitewater rafting, to scuba diving and snorkelling.
You know that island in The Beach that Leonardo DiCaprio finds his way to? The way those towering, vegetation-encrusted karsk cliffs drop straight down into the blue and turquoise waters of the still lagoon? That is what Palawan [lead picture] looks like. But don’t follow in DiCaprio’s footsteps to Thailand to find this hidden jewel – Palawan is in the Philippines, and is perhaps the country’s most unspoilt and beautiful island province. With accommodation prices still extremely reasonable – Sheridan run an eco beach resort that won’t break the bank – the advice is to get to Palawan before it makes it big. A must see is the Puerto Princesa underground river, one of the seven modern wonders of the world.
You deserve it…
Wedding planning is a hectic business and you can feel like you have no time for anything else. But come on – your wedding is just one day, and what is that to a fortnight of blissful isolation with your loved one? Make the time to book a honeymoon the pair of you will never forget, and don’t be afraid to dream big. After all, if you only get one chance to go somewhere truly breathtaking, what better time than your honeymoon?
Paul Newham is a freelance writer and part of the blogging team at Red Robot Media. Based in the UK, his eclectic interests include travelling,