A honeymoon should be created to fit the individuality and style of each couple. Some get excited at the thought of an adventure-filled holiday jam-packed with exciting things to do while others will go gaga over a beach holiday where the most excitement they experience will be trying to guess which cocktail will be served at happy hour.
With a world full of amazing travel destinations, all of which are perfect for honeymooners, there are a few that stand out from the crowd. At Travellers Choice, we’ve hand-picked 10 of our favourite honeymoon destinations from the list of plenty, some of which are a little off the beaten track but are all guaranteed to delight the senses and be utterly unforgettable.
Cuba, Central America
Until fairly recently, Cuba wasn’t a common destination of choice for any traveller, let alone honeymooners. Today, however, it is a fabulous choice for couples wanting to experience true Latin American romance. From lively, steamy cities like Havana to a host of incredible beach resort locations, there is plenty to do in this beautiful, small country. There are still restrictions on travelling solely for leisure in Cuba, so it's best to book yourselves on a group or private tour to make sure your visa requirements and allowances are met. Explore the culturally-rich towns of Cuba up close or venture out into its natural surrounds for kayaking, hiking, snorkelling, and other great outdoor activities.
Lapland is no longer known as just the home of Father Christmas, but rather as a magical, winter wonderland experience for honeymooners too. From Ice Hotels to Igloo Villages, couples will be spoilt for choice of magical accommodation experiences to choose from. Experience the romance and beauty of the Northern Lights and star-gaze at the Aurora Borealis from your cosy king-size bed (November to March is the best time to view this stunning natural light display). Be sure to make a stop at Abisko National Park for some fantastic sights too. Lapland is sure to be a honeymoon destination with a twist, but one you won't soon forget.
Western Cape, South Africa
South Africa has long been a great honeymoon destination of choice for many overseas couples. The Western Cape is a particularly beautiful place to visit as it offers naturally beautiful spots like the Kagga Kamma and Grootbos Nature Reserves that are perfect for a couple wanting to experience quiet romance in the beautiful surrounds. The beaches of Pringle Bay and Gordon's Bay are to die for, and the bustling, eclectic vibe of Cape Town will suit any city-loving couple too. Make sure you have sundowners at least once in Camps Bay and take a tour of the Stellenbosch wine route too.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
For the couple that appreciate raw, natural beauty and who want to spend their honeymoon snorkelling and scuba diving in the most ancient of destinations, the Galapagos Islands are a must. Said to be the place where Charles Darwin discovered evolution, these islands are a haven for mammals, animals, birds, and plants and are a must-see for the conservation-loving couple. There are many hotels and getaways geared toward honeymooners, so a luxurious stay won't be hard to find.
Queenstown, New Zealand
There are too many destinations in beautiful New Zealand to choose from, but if we had to suggest one for honeymooners that might be a little different from the rest, it would be Queenstown. For the adrenalin junkies at heart, Queenstown offers paragliding, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and tons more sporting options to choose from during the summer months. In the winter, it's known for its excellent skiing spots too. For the sporty couple, there will be loads to see and do in this great city.
The beaches of Zanzibar are golden and exquisite and are the perfect spot to spend a romantic, beach honeymoon. Choose from a range of divine holiday resorts that range from affordable to exclusive in price. A day trip to the capital's historic centre, Stone Town, is highly recommended if you want to spend a day exploring a World Heritage Site. If you want to include a change of scenery during your honeymoon as well, why not book yourselves in at one of the countries fantastic nature reserves or private wildlife sanctuaries a hop and a skip inland for a spot of ‘safari-ing’ too?
For the couple who'd like to spend their honeymoon exploring a city steeped in culture, a trip to Quebec is a must-do. Quebec offers a city-style honeymoon where exploring museums, viewing art, and catching a performance or two is the order of the day. Casinos, bars, and restaurants abound, and it's a beautiful city to explore during its mild summers. In winter, couples will be able to fit in a spot of skiing in Mont-Tremblant too.
Not often on honeymooner's top destinations list, but one that should be is Mongolia. A trip on the famous Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow, Russia, will take you into Mongolia through beautiful, stark Siberia. You'll be able to horse ride in the Gobi Desert or explore the nomadic capital of Ulaanbaatar with its monasteries and museums. Kayaking along the River Terelj is a must as well.
An Irish honeymoon is sure to be one filled with welcoming locals, beautiful countryside views and, of course, lots of Guinness. Ireland offers many great destinations, most of which can be explored by renting a car from Dublin and spending a few days travelling around to your heart's content. Make sure you spend a few days in the coastal town of Dingle, on the Dingle Peninsula, where you'll be able to spend some romantic, secluded honeymoon time. Go dolphin and whale watching, explore the beautiful churches in the area, and gaze at the ruins of Eask Tower.
The Maldives is the ultimate honeymoon destination with tons of wonderful island resorts to choose from. Even though it isn't an unusual destination, it is one of the best beach experiences couples can possibly have and has to be included on any honeymoon destination list. Made up of a variety of islands and atolls, the Maldives offers something for everyone when it comes to places to stay. From ultimate luxury to affordable living, each resort will provide couples with the ability to sit back and relax to their heart's content, with activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, and boating for the active-minded.