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There is a huge amount of choice when it comes to picking a honeymoon destination, so we've asked Travel Counsellor, Jeni Ringland, to help! Scroll on to read all about the favourite honeymoon destinations, of someone in the know!
Your honeymoon is one of the most memorable holidays you’ll ever go on. You’re continuing the joy of your wedding day and heading off with your partner for the time of your lives on a romantic getaway, so choosing the perfect destination is important. To help you out, here’s some of my favourite honeymoon destinations in the world.
Barbados is where stunning azure seas meet picture-perfect white sand beaches and a tropical climate is complimented by delightfully friendly people. As such a small island, Barbados can be easily explored, yet you’ll never be short of things to do with a packed calendar of events and festivals covering sports and music through to dining and dancing.
Mexico is the perfect post-wedding stress buster to melt away the strain of planning a wedding. It effortlessly blends together beautifully lavish beach resorts with a rich exotic culture that is sure to thrill you with its music, food and drinks. Away from the beaches, there are a wide selection of charming towns and villages for you to visit and experience the traditional Mexican way of life.
The jewel in the Caribbean crown. Sit back and be enchanted by the rhythm of the reggae music, the smell of jerk spices over the fire, the taste of locally crafted rum and the kaleidoscope of colours that Jamaica’s tropical landscape creates. For a romantic experience, cuddle up with your partner and enjoy a raft ride down the Martha Brae River or eat dinner by candlelight beneath Jamaica’s star scattered sky.
The futuristic cosmopolitan city of Dubai represents the ultimate luxury destination for your honeymoon. With glitz and glamour everywhere you look, there’s no doubt that you are in one of the most opulent destinations on earth. Share a moment atop the Burj Khalifa where you can both marvel at the stunning views, visit the Dubai Mall for world-class shopping, and by night, take in the world-famous fountain show. For a truly bucket-list worthy experience, stay in one of the luxurious resorts at the Palm Jumeirah and allow yourself to be pampered and indulge in all that it has to offer.
For those that want to make their honeymoon an action-packed exploration, South Africa is the place to visit. From the breath-taking mountain scenery of KwaZulu-Natal and the world class surf breaks of Durban, to the majesty of the Big Five roaming Kruger National Park, South Africa is a honeymoon destination for those who want more than a soothing beach holiday. This magnificent country offers memories that you will treasure forever and more than a few thrills along the way
The solitude and luxury of this tropical paradise make it one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations in the world. Located in the South Pacific, the 333 islands that make up Fiji are blessed with a warm tropical climate, lusciously inviting seas and a plethora of accommodation to suit all budgets. Fiji is famed for its superb soft coral reefs, so why not book a snorkeling or scuba-diving trip for a truly unforgettable experience?
Costa Rica’s sublime beaches and lush rainforests present an exciting opportunity for activities and adventure on your honeymoon. Trek through the Monteverde Cloud Forest while on the lookout for the exotic wildlife that inhabit it, whitewater raft your way down the River Pacuare and explore the base of Arenal volcano by horseback. Offshore islands line the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and present an excellent opportunity for an excursion, with Cocos Islands offering the chance to encounter sharks and manta rays.
Whistler is a year-round honeymoon destination for adventure lovers. The quaint ski resort is nestled in the Fitzsimmons mountain range of Western Canada. In wintertime the resort is blanketed with powdery white snow, creating a truly magical scene for you and your loved one. Take to the slopes and delight in the 200+ trails, 16 alpine bowls, back country and off-piste skiing and endless mountain scenery, and then end the day curled up by the fire of your cabin or in your own out-door hot tub. By summer, the resort offers an excellent base for exploring the local landscape whether that’s by mountain bike, canoeing the glacier fed lakes or taking to the air on-board a propeller plane to experience the mountains and glaciers from above. Whistler is also perfectly located to tie in a city break in Vancouver.
Sri Lanka is blessed with some of the most stunning beaches and forest landscapes in the world. Add to this the world class spas, flavourful cuisine, historic temples and amazing resorts and you have the honeymoon destination of your dreams. You can spend your honeymoon in pure bliss lounging side-by-side with a cocktail in hand, watching the waters of the Indian Ocean kiss the sands. Or, if you like to get out and about, visit the sprawling tea plantations, cycle through the islands rice paddies or raft down the Mahaweli river.