Following the stress of planning for and organsing your wedding day, you’ll need a great escape. No more table plans, floral arrangements to discuss or speeches to worry about, it’s time to plan your honeymoon!
For many newlyweds, your honeymoon is the trip of a lifetime, an epic post-marital getaway that allows all your woes to melt away and enjoy time with each other as you enter married life. Whether you’re adventure seekers, snow bunnies, culture vultures, foodies or sun worshippers, there are some incredible places on our top honeymoon destinations for 2018 list that will indulge your personal idea of romance…
Jamaica is a large and lively gem of the Caribbean, where it’s lush landscape including the Blue Mountains and Dunn’s River Falls enchants all who visit. This Caribbean country continues to experience a record-breaking number of visitors, thanks to its bevy of new resorts coming onto the scene. In February last year, adults-only Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa opened Jamaica’s only rooftop pool and bar, a hit with honeymooners! Whether you want to do some crazy cliff diving, explore the lush forests, sample local cuisine or relax and view the sunset from the Famous Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Jamaica has it all.
It comes as no surprise that the Maldives are continually hitting the top spots when it comes to honeymoon locations- these picture-perfect islands are a real-life desert-island fantasy! Think vibrant coral reefs, crystal clear lagoons, white palm-fringed beaches, over-water bungalows, candlelit dinners under starry skies, bespoke experiences and unrivalled secluded luxury in the heart of the Indian Ocean- what’s not to love?! Emirates Holidays have revealed that these idyllic islands have seen an incredible 170% increase in interest year on year, with celebs fuelling the obsession on social media. We recommend checking out COMO Cocoa Island Resort for the ultimate romantic escape.
Croatia has certainly been having a ‘moment’ in the destination and honeymoon world, and has been hailed as one of the most sought after and romantic honeymoon destinations for 2018. This country is filled with sights and experiences waiting to be discovered; whether that’s the natural spectacles like the seven towering waterfalls of Krka National Park, the medieval villages like Korcula or the stunning roman ruins such as the Diocletian Palace, this country should be on everyone’s bucket list. Not only this Adriatic Sea destination incredibly romantic and appeal to all our culture loving couples, it’s also the perfect spot for Game of Thrones Fan’s, where many of the shows filming sites are!
This Indonesian Island is the only Hindu island in the Country and is the perfect place for passion. Bali is home to an eclectic offering and rich culture that makes this destination pure magic and utter honeymoon bliss. With art, music, rice terraces, historical temples, unspoiled beaches and exotic jungle there’s likely not much convincing you’ll need to jet-set to Bali! Check out the lush and luxurious properties of Four Seasons Bali at Syan, RIMBA Jimbaran BALI and Ulwatu Surf Villas to experience authentic Bali and all it has to offer.
Cape Town, South Africa
The vibrant coastal city of Cape Town is home to many culturally significant sites, romantic eateries, and trendy shops, making it a perfect honeymoon destination in South Africa, whether you’re there for a week or as part of a multi-sector trip. Named South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, Cape Town rests between the iconic backdrop of Table Mountain and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, their most popular tourist attraction where old world charm meets modern amenities. Head to the beautiful ‘Cape Grace Hotel’ as a base for exploring Cape Town’s mountains, coastline and wildlife (including penguins and baboons!) and f or thrill seekers, go cage diving with great whites or scale Table Mountain! Find out the Top 10 Things To See & Do In Cape Town here.
Synonymous with all things romance, the city of Paris is a no-brainer for a city honeymoon escape. If you are a lover of fine dining, culture, architecture, art and fashion then you’ll love the French capital which offers all of this and more. Have a candlelit dinner down the River Seine, take in the dazzling views of the city from the viewing centre at the Eiffel Tower, take a private tour of the Louvre after dark and marvel in the history of the Notre Dame Cathedral are just a few examples of the romantic activities you can get up to in this incredible city! Not only do the iconic monuments amaze visitors, even more spectacular is the rich culture found in the charming boulevards, cosy cafes and bustling bistros. Check out the Four Seasons George V or the Shangri-La Hotel for true luxury.
If you believe the buzz, Palawan could just be the most beautiful island on the planet, meaning it’s an obvious choice for a luxurious honeymoon. Recently awarded the ‘Best Island in the world 2017’ for the third time in a row at the annual Travel + Leisure awards, Palawan boasts emerald green jungle-filled mountains that appear to rise up from the ocean and two aquatic UNESCO world Heritage Sites in its crystal clear turquoise waters- utter paradise! Stay the deluxe El Rio y Mar resort to experience true Palawan which includes swimming, eating and hiking in this tropical haven.
With beautiful alpine villages and snow topped mountains, a honeymoon in Switzerland could not be more idyllic. Switzerland is a thrilling and wellness orientated destination, with the mountain lakes, alpine pastures and cosy cabins creating a magically romantic backdrop. Checkout the town of Arosa in Plessur where after arriving by private railway, you can stay at the elegant Tschuggen Grand Hotel. This hotel has uncomplicated hospitality, award-winning cuisine, superlative spa and wellness facilities and breathtaking views making for the perfect post-marital break.
Located in Southern Africa, Zambia is considered to be one of the last truly ‘wild places’ on the continent, boasting spectacular wildlife with one of the most diverse animal populations in the world. A perfect honeymoon destination for animal lovers or those looking to experience authentic ‘un-touched’ Africa where the elephants roam free and Lions lounge in shade! Zambia is an unforgettable adventure, with various luxurious safari lodges and eco-hotels to choose from, that are all environmentally friendly. Guilt-free honeymooning at its finest!
It’s impossible to think of exotic island honeymoons and not be reminded of Fiji! Fiji is a picturesque island nation in Melanesia, in the South Pacific Ocean. Consisting of 333 breath-taking islands drenched in golden sunshine, Fiji has been hailed ‘the happiest place on Earth’, according to the official tourism website –with excellent accommodation, friendly locals, stunning scenery and amazing activities adding to this value. For a spot of paradise, check out Laucala, a private island blending tropical rainforests and volcanoes with deserted beaches, sustainable locally grown cuisine and activities ranging from diving and golf to horseback riding and game fishing- the ultimate honeymoon retreat!
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