Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations
Discover the world's top honeymoon destination in 2016 for that ‘once in a lifetime’ honeymoon experience.
Uncover the hottest honeymoon destinations right now. From idyllic beach getaways to romantic city escapes there's something for every couple to enjoy.
From the majestic twin peaks of the ancient 600m-high volcano at its centre to the numerous palm-fringed sugar-white beaches around the lagoon, Bora Bora is the epitome of a postcard-perfect South Pacific island – just one reason why it's the perfect honeymoon destination.
Relax on a sugar-white beach, cycle along Bora Bora's pretty coastal road, go horseback riding along lush mountain trails, visit ancient marae on a 4WD excursion or cruise Bora Bora’s tranquil lagoon to find the perfect motu (islet) for a romantic champagne picnic.
The Maldives offers idyllic surroundings for honeymoon couples wanting to savour intimate moments together in a unique, serene environment.
Find a choice of tranquil and pampered settings on any of the more than 80 exclusive resort islands, which are mostly encircled by gorgeous palm-fringed and sugar-white beaches at this beautiful honeymoon destination.
Renowned for dazzling white-sand beaches, dramatic rock formations, warm crystal clear waters and lush tropical vegetation, the Seychelles remains a magical honeymoon destination.
Explore La Digue Island and the gorgeous Anse Source d’Argent beach or the equally stunning Praslin Island, home to Anse Lazio, a perfect crescent of soft, fine-grained white sand.
Say ‘aloha’ to Maui – the number one honeymoon destination in Hawaii and a favourite of newlywed couples around the world!
Blessed with gorgeous white-sand beaches, lush tropical rainforest, stunning waterfalls, rugged volcanic peaks and fabulous resorts, the ‘Valley Island’ of Maui offers all the ingredients you need for a magical honeymoon.
Known as ‘The Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, the tropical island paradise of Mauritius ranks as one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations.
Famous for its outstanding natural beauty, Mauritius offers a paradise of endless white tropical beaches that are perfect for enjoying the warm, crystalline sea and soaking up the sun with your partner.
Bali – one of Asia’s most exotic and romantic honeymoon destination – is home to an ancient culture, stunning natural beauty, friendly people and sun-kissed beaches that offer numerous fun-filled activities for your honeymoon.
In Bali, it's easy to discover all you need for an unforgettable honeymoon holiday.
Experience one of the South Pacific’s most friendly and romantic honeymoon destination.
With its friendly ‘bula’ charm, sugar-white beaches, warm tropical breezes and intimate beach resorts specialising in honeymoon packages, Fiji is a long-time favourite with honeymoon couples.
Choose from more than 300 sun-kissed tropical islands scattered across several island groups.
The Cook Islands are famous for unspoiled sugar-white beaches, a year-round perfect climate and friendly Polynesian people. The islands of Rarotonga, Aitutaki and ‘Atiu offer the widest choice of luxury honeymoon accommodation.
Relax on a white-sand beach or choose from scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing and sea kayaking to hiking, game fishing and whale watching at this wonderful honeymoon destination.
In Cancun, it’s easy to find a choice of gorgeous beaches, luxurious beachfront hotels, a vibrant nightlife, great shopping and ancient Mayan ruins to explore along an idyllic 22km-long coastline.
South of Cancun lies the Riviera Maya, home to some of the hippest beaches on the coast including chic Playa del Carmen and gorgeous Tulum Beach – the perfect honeymoon destination.
Choose from 30 tropical islands fringed by sugar-white sands and lapped by warm, clear waters that are ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving and sailing.
At this perfect honeymoon destination you may unwind at Las Vegas-style resorts on New Providence, Paradise and Grand Bahama islands or escape the crowds for the famous pink-hued beaches of Exuma, Harbour Island and Eleuthera – all just a 35-minute flight from Miami.
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Renowned as one of Asia’s most beautiful tropical islands, Langkawi is fringed with idyllic white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees and crystal clear waters that teem with colourful marine life, making it a truly magical honeymoon destination.
Experience Langkawi’s natural beauty by hire car, motorcycle and bicycle or follow scenic forest trails on foot to explore picturesque waterfalls and landscapes of lakes and mountain peaks.
Perhaps less well-known than other Asian honeymoon destinations and often overlooked by mainstream travellers, this stunning 10km² island boasts more than 30 gorgeous beaches fringed by sparkling clean turquoise waters.
By day, go scuba diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing and kayaking or unwind with a massage beneath swaying palm trees. By night, enjoy a pulsating cosmopolitan nightlife that typically lasts until dawn. Boracay is definitely the honeymoon destination for active couples.
Thailand’s top resort island and the country's most popular honeymoon destination is blessed with long sandy beaches, tranquil bays, luxury resorts and a reputation for some of the finest seafood in Thailand.
Phuket offers active couples diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and sailing; while inland, jungle paths wait to be explored on foot or atop an elephant.
Thailand’s second-most popular island and honeymoon destination is fringed with several golden-sand beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and swimming and offers luxurious accommodation – a perfect honeymoon destination.
Snorkel or dive the surrounding coral gardens and explore rocky headlands and offshore islands by kayak.
Blessed with stunning natural beauty, Phi Phi Don offers towering limestone cliffs fringed by several white-sand beaches and a choice of 4- to 5-star luxury beachfront resorts where you can unwind in comfort.
Active couples also have the opportunity to try rock climbing, scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking at this top honeymoon destination.
The coastal region of Khao Lak is one of country’s top beach destinations, offering kilometres of wide golden-sand beaches, lush jungle-covered hills, national parks and a wide choice of beachside resorts – ideal for a honeymoon in Thailand.
Relax on one of several stunning beaches, go diving and snorkelling or explore by foot or elephant the lush natural jungle of Khao Lak Lamru National Marine Park.
Few cities can match the magical atmosphere of Paris: its ability to awe, charm and enchant lovers is endless. For centuries, ‘The City of Light’ has claimed the hearts of lovers with its cosy, intimate and romantically renowned location – it is arguably the perfect honeymoon destination in Europe!
Stroll hand-in-hand along grand tree-lined avenues or on the cobblestone riverside quay beside the Seine. Enjoy a passionate moment on the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, and admire the stunningly beautiful cathedral of Notre Dame.
Discover la dolce vita in Rome – one of the world’s most perfect cities for lovers and the ideal honeymoon destination for a romantic getaway in Europe.
Wander hand-in-hand through centuries-old piazzas past stunning monuments; explore narrow, medieval cobblestone streets around Trastevere; and stop for lunch in an authentic trattoria.
Stroll through the ruins of the Roman Forum and the nearby Colosseum, wander across St Peter’s Square into St Peter’s Basilica and marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
Floating upon a peaceful lagoon, Venice has enchanted lovers for centuries.
Filled with architectural wonders, palaces and art, fine shopping and excellent dining, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the beauty and uniqueness of this 1500-year-old city – reason alone why Venice is a favourite of honeymoon couples.
Cuddle up in a gondola or cruise around the city’s fascinating maze of canals in a polished, walnut-timbered water taxi.
Explore one of the most beguiling and breathtaking coastal resorts in the Mediterranean – a scenic coastline of sheer cliffs and rocky promontories layered with paster-coloured villages, vineyards and olive and lemon groves.
With its huge choice of luxury hotels, stylish boutiques, lively bars and fine-dining restaurants, the Amalfi Coast is the perfect honeymoon destination in Italy.
The glamorous island of Santorini is often considered the most dramatically beautiful of all the Greek Islands even if it is also one of the most expensive to consider as a honeymoon destination.
But don’t let the cost put you off enjoying a honeymoon or romantic getaway here, for Santorini offers all you need for the perfect Greek Island romance, including a wide selection of boutique hotels.
The über-chic Balearic Island of Ibiza is renowned for its famously raucous dance club scene, jet-setting glitterati and more than 50 white-sand beaches indenting its rugged, picture-perfect coastline – the perfect spot for active newlyweds looking to honeymoon in the Mediterranean.
Choose from a wide selection of sugar-white beaches fringed by music bars, dance clubs, restaurants and hotels, which sit conveniently close to the main resorts of Ibiza town, Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany.
Experience the coolest beach in the world, famous for its heritage-listed Art Deco architecture, high energy and steamy nightlife - perfect for fun-loving honeymoon couples.
Rub shoulders with celebrities and super models, be pampered in luxurious accommodation, enjoy fine dining, shop at high-end boutiques and mix with the über-hip crowd at sleek space-age nightclubs on the so-called American Riviera – the place to see and be seen among the world’s bon vivants.
Savour a honeymoon or romantic getaway in Los Angeles – the movie capital of the world – a glamorous feast where fantasy and reality happily co-exist.
Unwind on a choice of 20 great beaches: Los Angeles boasts some of the most famous beaches in the world along a sandy ribbon of white sand that stretches for more than 100km from Malibu in the north to Long Beach in south Los Angeles. Don’t miss the incomparable Venice Beach!
To the west lies Hollywood, the wealthy suburb of Beverly Hills, stunning city views from winding Mulholland Drive and the ‘stars’ on the Hollywood Walk of Fame between La Brea Boulevard and Vie Street.
Aruba is one of the most popular island destinations in the Caribbean.
Blessed with a year-round sunny climate, an 11km-long stretch of powder-white sand, a vibrant nightlife scene and expansive Las Vegas-style high rise resorts featuring flashy casinos, Aruba is the perfect honeymoon destination for fun-loving newlyweds.
Discover one of the Caribbean’s most popular honeymoon and holiday islands.
With a choice of idyllic white-sand beaches, numerous water sports, world-class golf courses, tropical rainforest eco adventures and accommodation options to suit all budgets, this lush and mountainous island offers all the ingredients you need – making it the perfect Caribbean honeymoon destination.
Located on the southernmost tip of the peninsula of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas is just a short drive south from southern California.
Cabo’s golden beaches were featured in the Brad Pitt movie Troy, and the town, once legendary for big-game fishing, is now equally renowned for its world-class golfing and for hosting some of Mexico's most elite resorts.
Romantic sunsets over crystal clear waters and balmy moonlit nights under swaying palm trees make the Whitsunday Islands a truly memorable honeymoon destination for any newlywed.
As one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations, the Whitsundays offer 74 islands – only eight of which are inhabited – sheltered by one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.
Lying in the stunning Whitsunday Passage, Hayman is a magnificent private island resort – one island, one resort – offering couples a magical experience for a romantic getaway or honeymoon in Australia.
Renowned as one of the world’s top resorts, the 5-star Hayman Island Resort offers a luxurious and pampering experience surrounded by genuine natural beauty.
The resort also offers a range of activities including tennis, squash, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing.
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Byron Bay is a long-time favourite with couples who love its tranquil rainforest hideaways, stunning mountain views, glorious white beaches and renowned surfing spots – just perfect for a honeymoon.
Discover some of the surf culture, alternative philosophies and hedonistic indulgences that make Byron so unique.
Escape to Lord Howe Island – one of Australia’s best-kept secrets.
Renowned for its pristine natural beauty, this idyllic island boasts rugged volcanic peaks, verdant rainforest, uncrowded white-sand beaches and a choice of luxury accommodation options.
For panoramic views over the island, spend the day hiking to the summit of 875m-high Mt Gower. The clear waters of the sheltered lagoon offer year round snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing opportunities.
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Latest update about top honeymoon destinations: 18 November, 2016