For as long as there have been weddings, they’ve ranged from extravagant to humble. However, no matter what the budget is, most newlyweds would agree that the honeymoon portion should be romantic above all else.
The days of heart-shaped hot tubs in the Poconos or transatlantic flights to France and Italy being the epitome of romantic honeymoon destinations are gone. While those places may still attract plenty of newlyweds, there are so many alternatives available.
Whether you’re looking for an exotic location or something closer to home, we’ve got a few great honeymoon destinations that will make your romantic getaway extra special.
As the largest island in French Polynesia, you can enjoy secluded resorts while sunbathing on dark sand beaches, sample world-class cuisine, and take advantage of the active nightlife. May and October in Tahiti is a great time to visit, but if you want smaller crowds and off-season pricing, you’ll want to plan your getaway outside of those months.
2. Bali, Indonesia
This choice will provide you with an unforgettable backdrop of stone temples, towering volcanoes, white-sand beaches, beachfront bungalows at the best hotels in Bali. You can even ride on a Sumatran elephant.
3. The Hamptons
Honeymooning in the Hamptons has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It’s located on the eastern stretch of Long Island’s South Fork, and you’ll want to grab your sunscreen lotion because there’s plenty of beautiful beachside condos to chose from. Or, you can stay at a private home or a great bed and breakfast that will cater to your every need.
4. Kauai, Hawaii
No honeymoon list would be complete without at least one destination in Hawaii. Kauai offers something for every type of newlywed. While staying at your luxury resort, you can enjoy secluded stretches of beach, romantic dinners, hiking, kayaking, and even private helicopter tours of the island’s most scenic spots.
Described by Mark Twain as the inspiration for heaven, Mauritius is a small African island east of Madagascar well-known for its turquoise waters, abundant wildlife, and luxurious resorts. It’s a haven for birds and aquatic animals, and when you’re not spending time in your honeymoon suite, you can enjoy kitesurfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and other fun water activities.
6. Phuket, Thailand
If you’re looking for intimacy and romance, affordable lodging and activities, and white sand beaches, Phuket could be your ideal destination. Here, you can enjoy authentic Thai cuisine, relax together at one of the hundreds of spas available, take boat tours around the island, tour Buddhist temples, and so much more.
Snorkeling with manta rays, premium surfing, breathtaking sunsets, and private beachside couples massage are just a few of the activities you can enjoy together in Fiji.
8. The Maldives
Located in the Indian Ocean, this remote island chain offers seclusion and romance with resorts that offer extravagant amenities and services with private bungalows.
9. Jumby Bay Island
What better way to celebrate your nuptials than with a private island where you can sail between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at sunset? Alternatively, you can pick any one of the all-inclusive resort options at Antigua or Barbuda and enjoy sailing, tennis, scuba diving, snorkeling, water-skiing, kayaking, and more at no additional cost.
If you’re unsure where to go for your honeymoon after your beautiful wedding, use this guide to help you plan the perfect honeymoon getaway. You won’t regret leaving your worries behind and kicking off your new adventure with your spouse on the right foot. After all, this is a great way to deepen your connection with your partner and make memories that’ll last a lifetime.