Getting married, although an exciting time, is also exhausting. From the cake, to the guest list, to the constant planning, and everything in between, it’s a pretty good thing (and a must) that most people take a vacation after tying the knot. The honeymoon after the madness of the wedding is there to give you a break after the best day of your life, and you can use the happy occasion as a reason to see the world!
Without further ado, read on for what we think are the 10 most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world: beautiful, exotic, exciting and relaxing places to get away together following the big day.
Featuring forested volcanic mountains, stepped rice paddies, stunning beaches, and coral reefs, Bali is home to some of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. A trip here is a feast for the eyes and the senses, and it’s a popular honeymoon destination for a reason.
Aside from the beaches, the island is host to amazing temples, as well as yoga and meditation retreats. The Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple rises 200 feet above the ocean on a rocky cliff, and it’s one of the world’s most beautiful places to take in a sunset. The nightly kecak dancers are incredible. If you want more of an earthly experience, the southern beachside city of Kuta has a more urban scene with bars and dancing to help you cut loose after all your wedding planning.
With its ancient structures and stunning cliff views, Orkney is the perfect destination for couples who like being outside and experiencing history. Located on an archipelago on Scotland’s northeastern coast, Orkney’s Neolithic sites, green islands, and sandstone cliffs are one of a kind.
The Neolithic sites at Orkney are totally unique! More than 5,000 years old, the sites include Skara Brae, a preserved village and a model house, and Maeshowe, a burial tomb with 12th-century Viking carvings. Or take a day trip and see the Neolithic Ring of Brogdar, which is as unsettling as it is cool.
Cape Town, South Africa
If you don’t want to compromise, Cape Town offers a slice of everything in one of the world’s most gorgeous settings. Beaches, nightlife, and incredible natural wonders, Cape Town has it all. The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas at the very southernmost tip of the African continent are truly a sight to see, and a visit to Boulder Beach will get you up close and personal with the cutest warm-weather penguins.
Cape Town’s neighboring Table Mountain is accessible by slowly rotating cable cars, giving you a view of the whole city, and the flourishing downtown scene offers some of the world’s best cuisine.
Vancouver Island, Canada
If you prefer to stay in North America, Vancouver Island is perfect for any couple who loves getting outdoors in the fresh air. From walking on the Pacific Coast beaches, to biking through pristine forestland, Vancouver Island’s mild climate makes outdoor pursuits genuinely pleasant almost year round. Plus, you can take a boat to the hot springs in nearby Maquinna Marine Provincial Park and soak in the hot water. For a less adventurous outing, Vancouver Island also has a thriving arts scene and lots of good food.
Corfu, a Greek island on the Ionian Sea, is home to the stunning Greek scenery that you see on postcards without the expense of cities like Santorini. Though you still get your selection of resorts and luxury, Corfu is laid back and less expensive.
Ruled by the Venetians, French, and British before it was reunited with Greece, Corfu’s colourful political history gives the town a charming variety of architecture. French arcades and British palaces are very striking against the bright blue ocean, and you’ll get picture-perfect views at every turn.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
With its crystal clear waters, beautiful mountains, and sandy islets, Bora Bora is a honeymoon hot spot for a reason.
Craving adventure? Scuba dive with colourful fish, or charter a helicopter to see the stunning views from the air. Rent a bungalow suspended on stilts above the turquoise lagoon and get a massage in the sun. Tour a black pearl farm and taste fresh vanilla beans.
Beachy, beautiful, and luxurious, Bora Bora is one of those unforgettable places that will be your computer background for years to come.
A town of white stone palaces on interconnected artificial lakes, Udaipur has been delighting visitors since its founding in 1559. Famous for its lavish palaces, Udaipur looks like a fairytale city. Don’t miss the City Palace’s monumental construct of eleven palaces, residences, courtyards, and gardens, all ornamented with one of a kind peacock mosaics.
We suggest staying in the Jag Mandir, a luxury hotel and spa located in a 17th century palace in the middle of a river. Also, don’t miss Jagdish Temple’s incredible terraced architecture; people have been worshipping there since 1651!
Japan’s former capital is now a slower, less stressed-out destination than Tokyo. Located on Honshu Island, Kyoto is a place where the ancient history of Japan lives on! Experience hundreds of classical Buddhist temples and shrines, as well as gardens, traditional wooden houses, and imperial palaces.
The spring cherry blossoms are world famous for their beauty, and the Gion district’s teahouses and the Shirakawa canal are amazing for entertainment. You can even meet a real geisha!
Anywhere in Iceland
New advertising campaigns and government programs have increased the popularity of Iceland as a tourist destination, and it’s still a pristine place to experience some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery.
From moon-like rock landscapes, to the Blue Lagoon hot springs, Iceland is the trip of a lifetime! We recommend Snaefellsjökull National Park (say that ten times fast!) for its incredible hidden waterfall. To make the occasion slightly more romantic, get an in-water couple’s massage in the Blue Lagoon. Don’t miss out on Reykjavik, Iceland’s colourful capital, which has a thriving arts scene.
Loire Valley, France
As the home of some of France’s best vineyards and country castles, the Loire region is a feast for the senses and one of the most romantic places on earth. You can tour the Loire region on a wooden boat, stopping to sample some of the best wine in the world.
The central part of the Loire region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so definitely take time to tour some of France’s most famous châteaux and historical locations. The region has been inhabited since the Middle Paleolithic Period, which means history is everywhere!