The honeymoon destination is one of the most important parts of any wedding; so if you’re looking for inspiration for your holidays in 2012, read our guide to the top 10 honeymoon destinations.
The Maldives is one of the most exquisite destinations you could choose for a honeymoon and a world away from everyday life. This honeymoon location is perfect for relaxation and pampering, especially as many of the islands offer special spa packages tailored around the individual needs of the happy couple. However, what makes this destination special is both the spectacular sea views and the level of hospitality provided by the people who live and work on these islands and the care they take over the details of your stay.
For further awe inspiring views, take a look at the different honeymoon locations and tours available in New Zealand. With a mix of action and adventure and peace, quiet and tranquility, this is just the thing for a couple who can’t decide on what they want to do. Whether your interests lie in outdoor activities such as diving and bungee jumping, or whether you simply enjoy hiking and walking along scenic routes, New Zealand is a perfect choice.
Offering a different type of holiday altogether, seclusion and privacy is the name of the game in Bali, where romantic and spiritual locations provide the perfect backdrop for a special trip abroad. This is not a place for speed, it is a place that invites and encourages a slower more relaxed pace, just right for enjoying time with your partner and making the most of such a special time. In Bali, beach activities sit alongside historical sites and local shops, however it is, quite simply, a place of luxurious tranquility.
A slower pace can also be found on the shores of Hawaii. This is a honeymoon destination perfect for a couple that enjoy their time both on the beach and in the water. Hawaii is famed for its many beaches and offers an ideal chance to explore the coast line and make the most of the different activities each beach has to offer. Surfing is known to have developed and thrived in Hawaii, with major competitive events taking place in the area each year. Have a giggle by trying out this popular sport and then relax your tired muscles at one of the many luxurious spas.
Our next honeymoon destination comes in the way of quiet rustic villages, hilltop views and time spent drifting along on the water as ancient architecture reveals itself along your journey. It is, of course, Italy, one of the most romantic destinations in the world and a place that offers honeymoon packages that can be tailored to suit a couple’s every need.
Whether you choose to locate yourself in the city or in the country, you can travel at your own pace and see and do whatever takes your fancy. However, make sure you don’t miss out on the excellent dining options available to newly-weds in Italy, with many locations offering private tables overlooking spectacular sea views.
For the adventurous couple and adrenaline junkies, Kenya offers the perfect get-away. Here, not only will honeymooners be treated to excellent African cuisine, but they will experience a variety of different landscapes including, amongst others, the great Masai Mara. This famed National Park offers an insight into Africa’s beautiful natural landscapes and a chance to spot lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalos, otherwise known as the ‘Big Five’.
In contrast to the wild outdoors, but my no means omitting the beauty of wide open spaces, is the magical destination of Ireland. With a range of accommodation, from castles to manor houses, there’s something to suit every taste. However, don’t forget that this is the home to sweeping emerald green hills, idyllic, deserted shores and poetically romantic scenery. This is a perfect getaway for a couple looking to explore and enjoy a new landscape at their own pace and without the hustle and bustle of a packed out tourist destination.
If, however, hustle and bustle is precisely what you’re looking, for check out the luxury hotels offering honeymoon packages on the vibrant island of Cuba. Big, bold and full of colour, the Afro-Latin culture you’ll experience here is like nothing else and will immediately transport you to another time. With cars that date back to the 50s and the exuberant grandeur of the central city of Havana, you’ll have more than the beaches to explore!
Other Caribbean islands offer further destinations to consider, especially as each island offers its own unique style and culture. What makes the Caribbean so perfect for a honeymoon is the option to go island hopping and see some of the best of each individual location. Vary your journey according to your mood and move from the romantic beaches in Barbados, to Radical Sports in Tobago.
Last, but by no means least, are the Himalayas in India. A perfect destination for those who want to stand out from the crowd, this is a honeymoon location brimming with luxury and romance. Overlooking the snow covered mountains; a newly married couple could not choose a more unusual destination to celebrate their marriage. Adding a certain daring quality to honeymoon photos, this location would make James Bond feel right at home! With river rafting, jungle walks and beach walks all on offer in the local area, you can even start to feel like you’re in one of the movies.
Which ever of these destinations catches your eye or which ever location is just the place for you and your bride or groom to be, you can be sure it will be a holiday you remember for the rest of your lives.