Picking the perfect honeymoon destination is just as important as planning the big day itself.
Getting the balance of romance, sunshine, adventure and fun just right makes a big difference to a honeymoon. To help with planning the romantic holiday of your dreams, here are our top ten honeymoon destinations for 2013/14.
Reasons to go: Escape the rest of the world on a idyllic luxury retreat where gently swaying palms fringe spectacular white sand beaches. The Maldives are an outstanding honeymoon destination for the most romantic of couples. You'll find world class resorts with an eco-friendly ethos, many with unique over-water villas for elegance amid the islands natural beauty. The Maldives offers the ideal romantic barefoot escape for two.
Best Time to Travel: November to end of May
Suggested Islands: Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef, The Beach House at Iruveli, Huvafen Fushi
Combine with: Dubai, Oman
Reasons to go: The Masai Mara, Mount Kenya and the pristine white-sand beaches at the coast. In Kenya the adventure of a lifetime awaits. Choose from walking safaris and tented camps, to flying safaris and stays in luxurious lodges. During your stay knowledgeable guides will ensure great game viewing before you head to the coast for total relaxation.
Best time to Travel: June to November and January to end of February
Suggested Resorts: Leopard Beach Resort
Combine with: The Seychelles
Reasons to go: The Caribbean has a charm like no other that immediately puts you at ease. The Caribbean is a place of fun and laughter with beautiful beaches and turquoise waters throughout this cluster of sundrenched islands. Together, you can explore the natural wonders of Saint Lucia, the platinum coast of Barbados and the spice island of Grenada to name but a few.
Best time to travel: December to end of April
Suggested Islands: Colony Club – Barbados, Blue Waters - Antigua, Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort – St Lucia
Combine with: Barbados and St Vincent
Reasons to go: With stunning scenary, a natural beauty and amazing food Vietnam is a sensual playground. Nature has blessed this part of our planet with many of its most heartbreakingly beautiful visas. Add to this the warmest welcome imaginable and a fascinating culture that goes back several thousand years and you have the recipe for a honeymoon of a lifetime.
Best Time to travel: With distinct regional weather variations between the Northern, Central and Southern regions, this destination is perfect for visiting all year round.
Suggested Resorts: Mia Resort, Fusion Maia, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Combine with: Cambodia
Reasons to go: Just 7 hours flight time from London, Bermuda is a sub-tropical island of pink sand beaches and a charmingly genuine welcome to all who holiday here. An independent territory with strong historical UK ties, the island is elegant, sophisticated and safe. With many world class spa resorts to choose from, Bermuda delivers a one-of-a-kind honeymoon experience.
Best time to travel: May to October
Suggested resorts: Grotto Bay Beach Resort, Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa, Rosewood Tuckers Point
Combine with: Boston, New York, Miami. Good for Mini-moons
Reasons to go: South Africa is a destination famous for exciting adventures and experiences. From the southern cape with its famous table mountain, wine lands, the garden route and rugged coastline to the unique safaris, luxurious camps and wildlife that abound. South Africa is the destination for honeymooners seeking something a little different.
Best time to Travel: November to end of March
Suggested Resorts: Bushmans Kloof, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa - Cape Town, Grand Roche
Combine with: Mozambique, Mauritius
The South Pacific
Reasons to go: Stunning atoll archipelagos, overwater villas and a sense of total escapism. Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Rangiroa all boast world class resorts on the beach but there are opportunities to explore the ancient volcanic slopes too for a touch of adventure.
Best time to travel: May to November
Combine with: California, Fly Drive Holiday, West Coast USA
Reasons to go: Thailand is a country of lusciousness with fertile rice fields, beautiful beaches and warm hospitality. Famous for its spas and rich in culture, Thailand also offers a tantalizing and exciting mix of cuisine, and the chance to explore a different way of life. From bustling town centres with floating markets, to the most tranquil and stunning of shores. Thailand is really a life-changing experience disguised as a holiday and as such makes an excellent honeymoon choice.
Best time to travel: November to end of March
Suggested resorts:The Vijitt (Phuket), Layana (Krabi), Rayavardee (Krabi)
Combine with: Bangkok, Vietnam, Cambodia.
Reasons to go: Italy oozes effortless class and culture. Famous for its art, food, and fashion Italy has no shortage of destinations to consider. From a city break to the lakes, or the Amalfi Coast and jewel like islands such as Capri to Sicily. Italy is ideal for a shorter mini-moon holiday.
Best Time to Travel: May to September
Suggested Destinations: Hotel Lungarno (Florence), Hotel Londra Palace (Venice), L'Albergo della Regina Isabella Hotel (Ischia, Naples)
Combine with: Fly Drive Holiday, Mini-Moons
Reasons to go: Culture, spas and beaches. Bali is so picturesque with its rice paddies tripping down hillsides, the lush forests of Ubud where luxurious spa resorts await to be discovered and the palm fringed beaches of Jimbaran, Seminyak and Soori. A perfect “3 in 1” honeymoon experience can be enjoyed here.
Best Time to Travel: May - August
Suggested Resorts: Alila Villas Ubud, Ayana Resort, The Legian
Combine with: Lombok, Java, Singapore
Whatever destination you choose, we design the most memorable and enjoyable honeymoons possible.
For more help with building your perfect honeymoon call Couture Travel on 0845 603 9815.