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Article By: Nicole Vargas
Whether you’re a couple who likes adventure, a newlywed duo keen on finding a secluded paradise, or a pair of city slickers bent on seeing Europe; the following 12 honeymoon destinations offer something for everyone.
1. For the Off-the-Beaten-Path Getaway: Mnemba Island
Chances are you haven’t heard of Mnemba Island. The small island is found off the coast of Zanzibar and is an under-the-radar honeymoon destination that is rapidly gaining attention. Mnemba is a private island where just 24 guests are welcomed to this barefoot paradise. Visitors to Mnemba stay in beachside bungalows—each fully equipped and attended to by a personal butler–with the water’s edge just steps away from the spacious bedrooms. If isolation and luxury are essential to your ideal honeymoon, then look no further than Mnemba.
2. For the City Slickers: Venice, Italy
While the idea of a honeymoon typically brings to mind white sand beaches and lazy afternoons spent sipping margaritas, a rising trend in honeymoon travel is romantic city breaks. Venice is a melancholy dream of fog-shrouded bridges, waterways, and turn-of-the-century buildings. For couples, Venice offers the chance to ride in gondolas down charming canals and take day trips to the colorful island of Burano.
3. The Honeymoon with Something for Everyone: Bali, Indonesia
Hailed as ‘the Island of the Gods,’ Bali is a popular tourist destination for couples looking to mix the exoticism of Southeast Asia with the modern luxuries of a developed island. Bali’s diversified offerings make this destination a favorite spot for couples who can choose from beachfront stays at chain resorts to boutique hotels tucked away in the rice paddies of Ubud. For party-lovers and sun-worshippers, Kuta and Canggu are two seaside cities for travelers to visit. For couples keen on exploring Balinese culture and finding some alone time, Ubud is the place to go.
4. The Next Hot Honeymoon Spot: Cartagena, Colombia
Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of its violent past, Colombia has emerged as a popular destination to visit in 2018. For honeymooners, Colombia’s seaside city of Cartagena offers the perfect romantic backdrop to slip into marital bliss. Boasting Spanish colonial architecture stretches of beach, and an exciting culinary scene, Cartagena is an under-the-radar honeymoon destination that won’t stay secret long.
5. For the Couple who Loves Animals: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Another honeymoon destination that isn’t immediately obvious is in Northern Thailand in the languid town of Chiang Mai. Unlike Southern Thailand, which is overrun by tourists, Chiang Mai offers an entirely different experience of the country and exciting animal encounters. A short drive from Chiang Mai is the renowned Elephant Nature Park (ENP), which is an animal sanctuary for rescued elephants from Thailand’s logging and entertainment industries. At ENP, guests are welcome to spend time with the rescued elephants in an ethical way that does not include riding the animals. Instead, honeymooners can feed elephants watermelon, walk alongside them and even bathe them in the nearby rivers.
6. For the Classic American Honeymoon: Hawaii
For years, Hawaii has been a traditional honeymoon destination for American couples who flock to the island because of its modern amenities, reputation and lack of passport needed to get there. Hawaii does honeymoons right; offering pristine beaches, exciting fare and a myriad of activities for couples to enjoy. Whether you’re a couple who is active and keen to hike and dive, a couple who prefers solitary beach time, or a couple just looking to kick back with some Hawaiian food; Hawaii is a honeymoon destination for everyone.
7. Where France Meets the Caribbean: Saint Martin
Saint Martin is an island in the Caribbean composed of two countries: St. Maarten (the Dutch side of the island) and Saint Martin (the French side). For honeymooners, skip the Dutch side (which is mostly made up of casinos and chain resorts) and head to Saint Martin where French culture and Caribbean living intersect. Imagine bakeries selling fresh baguettes in front of a cerulean blue sea, and you’ll get an idea of what it’s like to stay in Saint Martin. Rent one of the many beachfront properties available and lose yourself to a tropical version of Paris.
8. For the Adventurous Honeymooners: Iceland
While most couples will seek warm temperatures, clean beaches, and palm trees on their honeymoon, others will go in search of couple-building adventures like those found in Iceland. Fly into Reykjavik, rent a car and take a trip to Iceland’s famed Golden Circle where you and your new spouse can sleep under the Northern Lights, wonder at glacial lagoons and witness the natural beauty of Iceland that is otherworldly.
9. For the Wine Loving couple: Napa Valley, California
Then again, perhaps you’re a couple that prefers tasty meals and robust glasses of wine to sunbathing and hiking. Napa Valley is a wine lover’s heaven with world-renowned vineyards neighboring each other. A great way to visit all the main vineyards of Napa Valley (without debating who will stay sober driver) is to book a stay aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. The Napa Valley Wine Train travels 36 miles round trip from St. Helena, stopping at vineyards along the way, and allowing guests the chance to stay aboard a luxury train that evokes the feeling of 1900s rail travel.
10. The Honeymoon That Never Goes Out of Style: Paris
Known as the ‘City of Love,’ time-and-time-again Paris makes the list for the best honeymoon destination. With its sweeping avenues, French architecture, elegant pastries and fascinating culture, Paris exudes romance at every turn. For couples heading to Paris, book a stay in the Latin Quarter opposite Notre Dame, where you can enjoy strolls along the Seine by day and indulge in live jazz by night.
11. For Complete Seclusion: Fiji
Similar to Mnemba Island, Fiji is a beach paradise. Where couples can seek blissful isolation after months of chaotic wedding planning. Beachside bungalows offer couples a chance to soak up the sun. While island activities—such as surfing and snorkeling—allow exciting day-time activities.
12. A French Honeymoon That Isn’t Paris: The Loire Valley
Perhaps you’re a couple that is keen to head to France but looking for somewhere to go beyond Paris. Although Paris is a classic honeymoon destination. The Loire Valley offers an entirely different perspective of France not found on the Boulevard Saint-Germain de Pres. Dotted with old castles and chateaux. The Loire Valley offers a memorable road trip through the history and countryside of France. Stop in charming towns along the way, try the famed wine of the Loire Valley and discover a side of France that not many travelers see.