Appreciate what you have until it turns into something you had. Read that again.
We’re all guilty of taking people, places, things and experiences for granted. Enter the year 2020—when our lives were abruptly put on hold—and suddenly humanity was forced to pause and see our lives (and indeed our actions) through a different lens.
There’s no denying that pandemic life has taught us countless lessons. What has it reminded you to (re)appreciate? From elaborate celebrations and energetic concerts, down to a cosy meal in a favourite restaurant or just a simple hug, we’re all longing for the things we once took for granted.
People, places … and plane tickets. These are the things many of us have missed the most. As we all linger on the brink of pandemic burnout, one unified—and deeply satisfying—coping mechanism many are turning to is the joy of planning, and booking, future travel.
Whether it’s a post-lockdown, post-vaccine or post-pandemic adventure that you have your sights on, the very acts of planning, confirming, and indeed looking forward to, this epic journey help stave off those pandemic blues.
Deprived travellers are starting to plan emotional family reunions, over-the-top milestone celebrations, and guaranteed-to-say-yes proposals. Delayed weddings and special occasions are being planned and unforgettable honeymoons are in the making.
Honeymoon planning 101
Planning a honeymoon can be as daunting as it is exciting. Start out by asking yourselves three obvious, but important questions:
First things first—while it may be a no-brainer to the standard honeymooning couple—is to decide who is going. The traditional honeymoons of old have morphed over time depending on the couple and where they are in life’s journey.
Yes, solomooning is a thing. And why not?! Life is too short not to live it how you please. So, whether it’s an indulgent honeymoon-for-one, a romantic union for two, or a festive buddymoon en masse, the honeymoon guest list is entirely up to you.
Next, define the overall honeymoon vibe you seek. Are you looking for unapologetic romance and guilt-free spoils and luxury? Do you prefer adventure-filled days or unashamed, do-absolutely-nothing relaxation?
Are you wildlife addicts, beach lovers, adrenaline junkies, outdoor enthusiasts, city slickers, island hoppers, history buffs, wine connoisseurs, foodies…?
Do you want to explore vibrant cities and get lost in the hustle and bustle? Or do you seek immersive isolation?
Once you have agreed on the type of adventure, the next (exciting) hurdle is the destination itself.
This is the fun part: the researching, browsing, armchair travelling and daydreaming as you hone in on the perfect place to commemorate life’s next chapter.
So, what is the number 1 honeymoon destination? Which is the best country to visit for a honeymoon? This differs greatly from couple to couple. First and foremost, is to find a place your souls connect with.
What are the top 10 honeymoon destinations?
While no two honeymooners are alike, these unforgettable honeymoon ideas should point you in the right direction towards planning the ultimate and most enviable honeymoon of a lifetime. Here are 10 of the best honeymoon destinations in the world.
1. Beach to bush luxury
The tropical south Asian island nation of Sri Lanka offers the best of both worlds to honeymooners. The island’s rugged shoreline, secluded beaches, swaying palm trees, hidden waterfalls, protected wilderness areas, luxury accommodation and warm climate make it a honeymoon haven for wildlife lovers and beach seekers alike.
Adventurous days can be spent exploring Sri Lanka’s sacred temples, historic fortresses, famed railway, ancient bridges, scenic hiking trails and wildlife-rich national parks. While the tail end of this romantic getaway can be enjoyed lazing on the beach, indulging in spa treatments, savouring spicy Sri Lankan dishes and ambling through scenic terraced tea plantations.
From culture and cuisine, to landscapes and wildlife, Sri Lanka is indisputably one of the best places to go for honeymoon adventure.
2. City spoils
Consistently and unquestionably named one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is the ultimate honeymoon destination. Situated at the southernmost tip of the African continent, it is blessed with glorious beaches, lush vineyards, glamorous neighbourhoods, unmatched natural beauty and of course, the iconic flat-topped Table Mountain.
Honeymooners can enjoy a vibrant city vibe, limitless outdoor adventure, rich culture and non-stop, postcard-perfect views at every turn. Just outside the city is the Cape’s celebrated wine route, where couples can slow the pace right down and indulge, unhurriedly, in award-winning wines and world-class cuisine.
With its undeniable beauty, sought-after accommodation and countless things to do, Cape Town is the perfect place for solomoons, honeymoons and buddymoons alike.
3. Desert adventure
Perhaps not the most obvious of honeymoon destinations, deserts offer blissful isolation, otherworldly landscapes, timeless beauty and the opportunity to truly disconnect. Chile’s Atacama Desert—the world’s driest desert—is in fact a top honeymoon destination.
Unlimited adventure can be found amongst the altiplanic lagoons, shifting sand dunes, stark salt flats, misty hot springs and haunting, Mad Max-like beauty of El Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon).
By night, couples can relax in luxurious accommodation, tuck into Chilean wines and unwind from the day’s explorations. Adding that final touch of romance, the Atacama Desert is a stargazing wonderland and its ever-twinkling desert sky provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable honeymoon.
4. Desert solitude
With its ethereal, you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it desertscape, deeply satisfying silence, ever-changing colour palette and seemingly endless sea of dunes, the achingly beautiful Namib Desert is undeniably one of the world’s most romantic honeymoon destinations.
The epitome of desert luxury and relaxation, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is about as remote and romantic as it gets. With desert adventure right on your doorstep, energetic days can be spent climbing enormous dunes, e-biking, hot air ballooning, gentle quadbiking or taking to the sky in a helicopter.
Be sure to include an equal balance of both adventurous and idle days. These luxury desert suites, with their floor-to-ceiling glass and over-the-bed skylights for stargazing, take desert romance to the next level.
The Namib Desert is an ethereal escape from reality for honeymooners seeking romance, seclusion, soul-restoring landscapes and an otherworldly atmosphere.
5. Island romance
Taking the ever-popular Zanzibar honeymoon up a notch (or ten), &Beyond Mnemba Island is a lesser known private island off the tropical northeastern shores of Zanzibar. Quite literally a heart-shaped nirvana, this honeymoon beach destination is a romantic and carefree escape from reality.
The exclusive Mnemba Island boasts only 12 beachside bandas, for just 24 guests, and you can walk the island’s entire circumference in a mere 20 minutes. It is a small, but heavenly slice of barefoot beach paradise, where privacy and pampering come first.
The sand is as impossibly white as the water turquoise, and honeymooners can choose to be as active or as idle as they please. From scuba diving, snorkelling, SUPing, kayaking and swimming with dolphins, to lazy breakfasts-in-bed, afternoon siestas, sundowners-for-two and lantern-lit sandcastle dinners, this is next-level island honeymoon romance.
6. Old-world glamour
India, with its constant kaleidoscope of colours and captivating assault on all of the senses, is a top honeymoon destination for couples seeking that old-world romance.
Stroll through the dusty rose-hued streets of the Pink City of Jaipur, get lost amidst the striking royal blue residences of the Blue City of Jodhpur and sail past the opulent white marble palaces of the White City of Udaipur, also known as the Venice of the East.
From the unashamedly romantic Taj Mahal to the (literally) 24-karat Golden Temple, India’s famous forts, intricate temples and over-the-top royal residences are imbued with ancient history and regal glamour.
Enchanting and exhilarating, crowded and chaotic, spiritual and soul-changing … this is the lure of the Subcontinent. Its beauty and energy make India one of the best places for a honeymoon.
7. Outdoor adventure
There’s certainly an air of romance and mystery around venturing to the ‘end of the world’ for a never-to-be-forgotten honeymoon. Reaching all the way down to the southernmost point of the South American continent, and the official gateway to Antarctica, Argentina is a veritable playground for nature lovers.
In addition to its celebrated cuisine, world-class wines and passionate tango, Argentina is a land of rugged landscapes, secluded beaches, sunny vineyards, mighty glaciers, snow-capped mountains and the largest waterfall system in the world.
Honeymooners can embrace this unlimited outdoor adventure and conclude their journey with a city escape in bustling Buenos Aires, affectionately known as the Paris of South America, or venture even further south to the seventh continent for an intrepid Antarctic expedition.
8. Safari elegance
A safari honeymoon will never go out of style. As classic and elegant as it is exciting and adrenaline-filled, an African safari is a truly memorable way to celebrate newlywed bliss.
The award-winning &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania is perched dramatically on the very edge of an ancient caldera that is teeming with wildlife and blessed with extraordinary natural beauty.
Days are spent on the Crater floor, game viewing and picnicking; late afternoons are for sneaky siestas, spa treatments and rose petal bubblebaths; and evenings bring the romance alive with celebratory sundowners with a jaw-dropping view, crackling fireplaces and rose carpet dinners-for-two.
Undeniably romantic and equally quirky, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is the perfect combination of invigorating safari adventure, over-the-top romance and enchanting Maasai culture.
9. Tropical relaxation
Of all the honeymoon ideas, a romantic escape to the Maldives remains a fool proof and bucket list worthy choice for couples seeking tropical island seclusion.
World renowned for island romance, impossibly blue waters, silky beaches, swaying palm trees and those ultra-romantic overwater beach bungalows, the Maldives is a honeymoon paradise.
Explore the psychedelic coral reefs, laze in a hammock, indulge in pampering spa treatments, sip island cocktails … or choose to do nothing at all.
Here, the Monday blues of city life are blissfully replaced with 50 shades of island blue. The Maldives is a pinch-yourself dream destination for honeymooners seeking a slowed pace, idyllic scenery and unapologetic island luxury.
10. Underwater beauty
Strewn across both sides of the equator in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts seeking a land and water wonderland for their dream honeymoon.
One of the most biodiverse places on the planet, this picturesque archipelago of volcanic islands is a premier wildlife destination ideally suited for honeymoon adventure and exploration. These very islands, teeming with a surprising abundance of endemic species, inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Reconnect with nature, and each other, as you immerse yourselves in the captivating and kaleidoscopic underwater world of the Galápagos.
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