Whether you’re after thrills and adventure, a non-stop party scene, a budget-beating getaway to remember, rest and relaxation, culture and history, or some truly spectacular nature and wildlife, we dish up seven of the best honeymoon destinations the planet has to offer!
- Best to beat the budget – Portugal
With gorgeous weather and starry nights year-round, buckets of old-world charm, beautiful beaches and low dining, accommodation and car rental rates, Portugal makes a fantastic choice for newlyweds on a budget who still want that extra special experience. With a wide variety of honeymoon resorts as well as many smaller, affordable guesthouses and bed and breakfast establishments to choose from, couples can take advantage of the country’s history and natural beauty at a price that suits them. Whether you’d prefer to spend your time exploring ancient castles or small fishing villages, getting some exercise on the many exceptional golf courses available or simply drinking in the sight of the country’s famous olive groves, Portugal is an excellent honeymoon option for the cost-conscious couple.
- Best for nature lovers – Thanda Safari, South Africa
You know you’re off to a good start for a honeymoon with a resort whose name means ‘love’ in the local Zulu language! Thanda Safari has long been on the forefront of conservation in the area, including the reintroduction of the famous Big Five which every nature lover certainly has on their bucket list. Weddings and honeymoons are a specialty here, and lovers can expect to be pampered at the onsite 5-star wellness center, and enjoy sumptuous world-class cuisine in perhaps the most spectacular setting there is – the great African bush. Morning and evening game drives provide exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities, and guided walking safaris are also on offer, making this the ideal honeymoon destination for nature lovers.
- Best for beach lovers – Harbour Island, Bahamas
Pink sands, turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving… for beach lovers, it doesn’t get much better than this! While the Bahamas are justly famous as a honeymoon destination, Harbour Island has something extra special. Whether you simply want to stroll the beach hand in hand with your beloved, go horse riding along the sands at sunset, enjoy a pampering spa experience, take in some fine dining and shopping or head out onto the ocean for a scenic yacht ride, you’re guaranteed to create memories you’ll treasure forever.
- Best for culture and history – Giza, Egypt
For culture vultures, exploring the magic and mystery of ancient Egypt has immense allure – and what better way to do so than on your honeymoon? Aside from the famous Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, honeymooners can spend hours walking the halls of the Grand Egyptian Museum, losing themselves in the mists of time. Other attractions include the Cheops Boat Museum, Eastern and Western cemeteries, and lesser-known pyramids such as the Red Pyramid, which guests are actually able to enter and explore!
- Best for seclusion and relaxation – Secret Bay, West Indies
After the rush, madness and manic energy that frequently defines wedding prep, many couples look forward to their honeymoon as a chance to breathe, relax, unwind, and simply enjoy each other in peace and quiet! If that sounds like you, Secret Bay in the West Indies could be just the ticket. This eco-friendly getaway, built in harmony with its beautiful natural surrounds, features cliff top rooms with a bird’s eye view of the ocean and stunning tropical scenery. Couples can enjoy local produce and seafood at the hotel’s restaurant and take in the beautiful local beaches as and when they choose.
- Best for party animals – Mykonos and Ios islands, Greece
If, on the other hand, the wedding was just the start of the party – then get your dancing shoes on and head for Mykonos and Ios islands! Rightly known as a ‘playground for adults’, dancing starts on the beaches at midday and carries on until dawn in some truly booming clubs – although the party never truly ends. Most restaurants are open all day, and if you’re feeling daring, there are even a few ‘clothing optional’ beaches to explore!
- Best for adventure lovers – Costa Rica
With whitewater rafting, hiking and trekking, sea kayaking, snorkeling and rainforest wildlife excursions on offer, Costa Rica has long been a paradise for thrill seekers. One of the most exciting activities on offer for honeymooners is the amazing canopy zip lining tours offered at the pristine Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can leap from the treetops with your beloved and fly through the canopy, coming face to face with creatures like toucans, capuchin monkeys and perhaps even a sloth!