Best Romantic Honeymoon Destination
There are a vast range of honeymoon destinations worldwide, to suit all budgets. Whether you want to jet to the other side of the world to Milford Sound in New Zealand or have a 5-star honeymoon closer to home in Dublin or Kerry, here are some hidden gems and idyllic spots to get away from it all, wind down after the madness of the wedding, enjoy fabulous food and the great scenery on offer.
Santorini, Greek Islands
The Greek Islands are one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. There are few places more romantic than Santorini with its white villages perched precariously on cliffs overlooking the sea. With clear waters, sandy beaches, romantic resorts and pleasant climate, Greece is a perfect honeymoon getaway. There is a chance to go diving, walk together along the sandy beaches, enjoy the spectacular scenery, ancient cities, amazing restaurants, some of the world’s best wine.
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
For the adventurous, who love wildlife, Kenya is the dream destination. The Samburu National Reserve includes the Ewaso Nyiro River where there is an intimate and a romantic tented camp that offers an astonishing safari Honeymoon experience with all the comforts including a private plunge pool on the deck, hot and cold running water, and electricity.
Ring of Kerry, Ireland
The Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) is a mystical and unspoilt part of Ireland and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is spectacularly beautiful, and a natural centre for outdoor pursuits including golf, water-sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. It is also a photographers’ paradise offering a range of stunning scenery. The Ring of Kerry also has some of the Europe’s finest beaches.
Combine a honeymoon in the desert, while you enjoy the white sandy beaches and blue waters of the Atlantic or the Mediterranean cliffs, all on a trip to Morocco. Explore the markets in Fez, that are less tourist-oriented than elsewhere. In the evening the waft of spices and the cooking aromas of tagines from rows of brightly lit food stalls fill the air. Fez is also the largest car-free zone in the world. From here you can take a camel ride to a desert camp before watching the sands change in the setting sun from gold to orange then finally to a deep red before sleeping out in en suite tents decorated traditionally with Moroccan carpets and leather pouffes.
Paris, the city of lights, offers the chance of a myriad of sightseeing options plus fabulous cafes. Undoubtedly, the Eiffel Tower is the first place a couple thinks of when in Paris, and add the Louvre, the city’s charming culture, and more that makes the city an eternal haven of romance. Dance the tango by the River Seine, take in a show at the Moulin Rouge and take a tour of the local vineyards too.
Lazy Luxury in Maldives
A honeymoon in the Maldives is going to be a dream no matter where you stay or what you do during the day. A stay in an overwater bungalow is a must, offering you breakfast in bed with epic ocean views or look down through your fish window in the floor. You can literally just jump off your balcony into the ocean or possibly have the choice of your own private pool or ocean.
You can swim with whale sharks at the South Ari Atoll, or spend a week sailing through the Maldives on a catamaran where you wake up to a different island each day, with unlimited opportunities for snorkelling and kayaking. This is also a perfect site for divers.
Dublin offers the Book of Kells, the famous Guinness Storehouse, the display of gold at the National Museum of Ireland and the beautiful Chester Beatty Library at Dublin Castle. Take a walk along the Liffey at Islandbridge and visit some of Dublin’s 13 miles of coastline, now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with its flourishing diversity and natural habitats. Head north to the pretty fishing village of Howth, brimming with seafood restaurants where Claremont Beach is a local favourite though there are more blue-flag beaches to the south where you can try kite-surfing and paddle-boarding.
Croatia has almost 3,600 miles of coastline along which are towns and villages where you can stop to swim, sun, and relax. There are opportunities to explore underwater caves and corridors to see amazing sea life. There is a thriving nightlife. In Dubrovnik, you can keep an eye out for the stars while enjoying a drink at 360°, one of the country’s finest restaurants with a cocktail bar that overlooks the beautiful harbour. Croatia is also wine country with grapes close to Italian varieties, as well as being the birthplace of the zinfandel grape.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
New Zealand’s best honeymoon destination is arguably Milford Sound which is magnificent whatever the weather. Kayaking is a popular choice among the more adventurous visitors. though you can also take a cruise of Milford Sound where you can expect to see Hector’s dolphins, fur seals and a host of native birds. The cruise is nice and relaxing, offering shelter from the frequent rain storms and the same knowledge of local flora and fauna as your guides in a kayak. There is even a chance to take a scenic flight.