Summer is the season for weddings and honeymoons. Whether you have been married before or this is your first time, a trip away can make all the difference in how you feel about your marriage when you return home to work and daily life (and kids). Here are 15 of our favorite stunning honeymoon destinations that you should add to your list. These places will leave lasting memories with their beaches, waterfalls, architecture, safaris, and more.
1. Cape Town
Take a drive along the coast and see the most beautiful of beaches. While South Africa is known for its wildlife, you can get up close with zebra, wildebeest, and even giraffes on your way out to Camps Bay Beach, where you will enjoy sea views from your luxury hotel room or suite.
A honeymoon does not get more luxurious than this Indian Ocean island nation, Maldives, where some hotels have private swimming pools attached to each villa. In contrast, others have their islands so that every guest has plenty of space for themselves all day long. The local culture comes through in everything here, down to the cuisine.
3. Rome Italy
Visit the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Vatican City on your honeymoon in one of the most romantic cities in Europe. The city is filled with art museums like Galleria Borghese (and do not miss seeing David by Michelangelo) and historical landmarks that date back centuries. In addition, it has plenty of restaurants serving up classic Italian cuisine and classic wine for a couple to enjoy.
The island nation of Fiji is made up of over 300 islands. Therefore, there is plenty to explore whether you stay near the airport or venture out into the Yasawa and Mamanuca island chains. Snorkel in crystal-clear waters, dive with sharks or take a nature hike through rain forests. Fiji provides endless options for a romantic weekend getaway.
5. St. Lucia
This Eastern Caribbean island has it all, including swaying palm trees, white-sand beaches, and turquoise waters. Hike to waterfalls, go zip lining through the rainforest canopy or relax on the beach with a good book and a drink from one of the many open-air bars. Experienced sailors can also charter their yacht for some private sailing time.
No list of honeymoon destinations is complete without Hawaii. The North Shore on the island of Oahu has some great places to stay. However, if you prefer fewer tourists and more space by the water, try one of our hotel suggestions in Kohala instead. There are plenty of activities here like surfing lessons or even a helicopter ride over the island so that you can admire its natural beauty up close.
7. Bali Indonesia
Your private beach may be hard to come by at Bali’s hotels, which tend to be built into cliffsides overlooking rice fields, lagoons, and temples. However, there is no shortage of views here and local culture thanks to dancing performances in front of your room or villa. The food is another highlight, and thus, you will never go hungry with so many delicious options to choose from.
If you want to honeymoon down under and a perfect couples retreat, Australia has plenty of diverse destinations to choose from. These destinations include the tropical Whitsundays Islands, New South Wales, Melbourne’s artsy culture, and laneways. Sydney, where you can catch a show at the world-famous Opera House.
No matter what city you end up in, be sure to spend some time out in nature exploring the country’s incredible landscapes.
This small British territory in the Eastern Caribbean boasts 33 beaches. Therefore, there is something for everyone here, whether you want to relax on the sand with a good book or go snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters.
If you are looking for romance, Mexico is your best bet, thanks to its alluring Mayan Riviera coastline, where resorts are built into cliffsides and offer endless views of the sea from your luxury room or suite. Once you have had enough sunbathing, there are plenty of things to do like scuba diving, shopping at open-air markets, and golfing on one of many courses.
11. New Zealand
Another destination often overlooked for honeymooners is New Zealand. There is something for everyone here with scenery from snow-capped mountains and glaciers to lush green forests and rolling vineyards.
Adrenaline seekers will love activities like white water rafting, zorbing, or bungee jumping. At the same time, those looking for a more relaxed experience can cycle through wine country or take a leisurely cruise on one of the many lakes.
Tahiti is often at the top of many honeymooners’ lists, thanks to its romantic atmosphere. With white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and crystal clear waters, it’s easy to see why. If you are looking for an active holiday, try out water sports like snorkeling or diving. At the same time, those after a more relaxing experience can explore hidden coves on one of Tahiti’s many cruises.
Honeymoons are all about pampering. Therefore, if that sounds appealing, there are few places better than Vienna where you will find luxurious spas. These spas offer champagne facials and massages inspired by ancient traditions from around the world during your stay.
Shopping is also another highlight here. The Third Man fans will love strolling down atmospheric cobblestone streets searching for antiques. At the same time, fashion lovers can find the latest trends at designer boutiques.
If your idea of a perfect honeymoon involves white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and palm trees, look no further than Zanzibar. There is plenty to see and do with its mix of African, Arabic, and Indian cultures. You can explore ancient ruins, go on a safari or relax on the beach with a cocktail in hand.
Thailand has several must-visit destinations when planning your dream getaway, including Bangkok. Bangkok is where you can take in Buddhist architecture or shop until you drop on Khao San Road. Do not miss out on sampling some of the country’s delicious food while you’re there. If you want to avoid the city noise, head to Phuket, where tropical beaches and coral reefs abound, or Koh Samui for luxury resorts and spas.