24 January 2018
Your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, so understandably you'll want to find the ideal location. Here are our perfect destinations for your honeymoon in 2018....
The ideal honeymoon destination.
The hottest city destination for honeymooners in 2018 is Miami, a place of sizzling sights and sounds. While away the hours strolling through the trendy South Beach neighbourhood - a location filled with long sandy beaches, chic nightclubs and incredible art deco architecture. Embrace Miami’s Hispanic heritage by heading to the ‘Little Havana’ district, with its spell-binding street art, cute cafes serving rich Cuban coffee and salsa clubs! This city is ideal for lovers, from strolling through the Renaissance-inspired spaces of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens to boating in nearby Key West, this is the perfect honeymoon break.
Relax on the beach and honeymoon on the Indian Ocean paradise of Mauritius. Lay on the powdery beaches of Belle Mare peninsula, parasail over the clear waters of the Île aux Cerfs and enjoy cocktails on the long sandy stretches of Trou-aux-Biches. There are so many fabulous couple-orientated resorts in Mauritius including the five-star One&Only St Geran - an opulent playground for romantics where you can stroll on private beaches and indulge in intimate dinners with beautiful lagoon vistas. With sights like the Sir Seewoosagur Botanical Garden with its famed giant water lilies, the Seven Coloured Earths sand dunes and Tamarind Falls, Mauritius is a paradise for lovers.
Famous among travellers for its exotic charm, Barbados is a must for cultural honeymooners. This sun-kissed island nation is perfect for foodies - sample its most famous product together at the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, or dine on fish fries in the resort town of Oistins. Barbados has a rich colonial legacy - explore by visiting imperial-era mansions and the Parliament buildings in Bridgetown, or stop at quaint Chattel Village and buy handicrafts from brightly coloured boutiques. Remember that Barbados is home to the iconic ‘Platinum Coast’ with its sugar-white shores, so it’s a great destination for beach lovers too!
Adrenaline junkies: spirit yourselves away to Borneo for your first holiday as a married couple and get ready for the adventure of your life! This island is one of the few places where you can watch Orangutans up close at places like the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, and there are plenty of action-packed activities! Elevate your new marriage by climbing the imposing Mount Kinabulu, where after a two-day journey you’ll view a glorious sunrise, or head off on a canopy walk in the forests of Kinabalu Park. While you’re there, try exciting adventure sports like white-water rafting in the lakes of Sabah, potholing in the immense caves of Gunung Mulu or ziplining along the one of the world’s longest lines, the ‘flying fox’, for a real thrill!
Create lasting honeymoon memories by jetting off to far-flung New Zealand, arguably the most beautiful country in the world. Gaze in awe at the tumbling waterfalls of the Milford Sound, watch fur seals frolic at Abel Tasman National Park, explore the glow-worm caves of Waitomo by boat or check out the mighty Reporoa Caldera. Next, to the caldera where you’ll find the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal hot springs, which are perfect for a dip. Indulge in various activities as a couple; try parachuting over placid Lake Wanaka, trek across the expansive Fox Glacier, kayak in the Doubtful Sound or bungee jump off Auckland’s Sky Tower!
The Maldives is the ideal destination if you are looking to indulge on your honeymoon. Our top pick is the Oblu Select at Sangeli, a resort based on a private island on the Male Atoll ringed by endless white beaches and lush palm groves. This is your own private sanctuary - with tropical water-front villas, an adults-only pool and the Elena Spa, which offers relaxing massages and facials. Enjoy romantic meals at eateries like The Spice, which serves sumptuous global cuisine, plus if you upgrade to the ‘Serenity’ all-inclusive plan you can indulge in delightful fine dining experiences!
Enjoy a blissful beach holiday along with cultural experiences by taking your honeymoon in Santorini. This sun-soaked Aegean Island boasts some of Europe’s best beaches including the secluded Ammoudi Bay with its crystal-clear waters and Red Beach, renowned for its vibrantly-hued sands. This island also features some of Greece’s most intriguing cultural attractions, from the Three Bells of Fira Church to the ruins of the ‘Akrotiri’ pre-historic village and numerous art galleries. This place is ideal for lovers - so head to Santorini and take a dip in the Therasia hot springs with your loved one.