Wedding season is around the corner, which means you’re just months away from your happily ever after. With that “I do,” also comes the most romantic vacation of your life, your honeymoon! With so many romantic destinations to choose from, how do you choose from all of the best honeymoon destinations for you and your sweetheart? We traveled around the world in search of the top romantic destinations for 2016 and curated the ultimate list in bespoke romance. Next stop, newlyweds!
1. For the Social Butterflies: A Luxury Cruise
I know what you’re thinking, cruising is so passé, but there is a whole new wave of luxury yachting sailing the seas this summer. Choose a small cruise such as Silversea, Seadream, or Seabourn for an intimate, luxurious, and romantic cruise. With some yachts only holding 100 patrons, most of these cruises have a 1:1 ratio of patrons to staff, creating the ultimate experience in 5-star service. For summer honeymooners, choose a lavish Mediterranean cruise, filled with all-inclusive gourmet cuisine and top-shelf alcohol. For those honeymooning in the fall, try an exotic and adventurous cruise through the Galapagos Islands.
2. For the Nature Lovers: A New Zealand Road Trip
If your idea of romance is bungee jumping off of a bridge to nowhere or hiking up a glacier, then a road trip around the beautiful South Island of New Zealand is the ultimate place for your honeymoon! Rent a camper van or RV and road trip around the South Island. Spend your honeymoon hiking the snow-capped mountains of Mt. Cook, climbing the glaciers of Franz Josef, indulging in delicious New Zealand wines in Blenheim, kayaking through Abel Tasman National Park, and camping under the stars. If you’d like to treat yourself to a few nights in a luxury lodge, Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand is the ultimate in Kiwi romance. Nestled on Lake Wakatipu with sweeping views of nearby mountains, cozy up on your private porch as you pour another glass of local wine. For a full road trip itinerary, click here.
3. For the Foodies: Sicily
Pizzas, pastas, and wine, oh my! We all know that Italy is the best place for foodies to indulge in epicurean delights, but Sicily takes the cake (or pasta, in this case), for the hottest place for foodie lovers in 2016. Cuddle up on the cliffs of Taormina at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, a staple in Sicilian superfluity. Enjoy a decadent lovers breakfast with its hedonistic buffet including an array of locally sourced meats and cheese while you sip your cappuccinos and take in sweeping views of Taormina’s picturesque coastline and the monolithic Mt. Etna. Rent a vintage Alfa Romeo for the day and tour the winding coastline of Taormina as you bask in the heat of the Mediterranean sun. Try to visit in the summer months when the nearby Teatro Greco or Greek Theatre conducts summer concerts using only the acoustics of ancient times. You also have access to its sister hotel, The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, located on a private beach with easy access to the idyllic Isola Bella.
4. For the Storybook Honeymoon: Amsterdam
Honeymooners, it’s time to relish in romance. Amsterdam is the perfect place for couples to revitalize, recharge, and reignite their romantic flame. Pure romance is revitalized through strolls through the castles and countryside of Noord-Holland, boat cruises down the romantic rivers, and bike rides through the tantalizing tulip fields. Cosy up on the canals at the famed Hotel Pulitzer, known for its quintessential Dutch refinement. But let’s not forget the sensual side of Amsterdam, which is not just for singles and backpackers. Amsterdam is proud of its sensuality, making it the perfect place for honeymooners to marinate in the immaculate romance that Amsterdam exudes.
5. For the History Buffs: Istanbul
Visiting Istanbul with your lover is like walking hand-in-hand through the history books. This enchanting and electrifying city is filled with culture, nightlife, and mesmerizing markets. Stay right in the center of the old city at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet where you will be walking distance from The Blue Mosque and The Hagia Sophia. For a night out, take an Uber boat (yes, they exist and they are fabulous!) down the Bosporus to famed restaurant turned nightclub, Reina. For a full run down on what to visit in Istanbul, click here.
6. For the Wild at Heart: A Luxury Safari
For those looking for an intimate wilderness adventure, look no further than a luxury safari at Londolozi, in Sabi Sands, Kruger, South Africa! Cuddle up to your honey and view the Big 5 (lions, buffalo, elephant, leopard, rhino) at this ultra lux private game reserve. Enjoy your newlywed chariot in the form of a lavish Land Rover fitted for two, driven by a private ranger. After a day of game viewing, enjoy sunset champagne while overlooking the vast reserve and top the night off with a candlelit dinner under the South African moon. Londolozi’s vast knowledge of its game coupled with its impeccable attention to detail is truly unparalleled.
7. For the Luxury Lover: The Maldives
Nothing says honeymoon like an overwater bungalow at an exclusive island hideaway in The Maldives. While there are many luxurious hotels in The Maldives, Six Senses Laamu is the ultimate euphoric island escape. Book an exclusive overwater villa where you can spend your days lounging on your own private overwater hammock and cool off with a dip in the Indian Ocean. Enjoy biking around the private island, take paddleboards out onto the crystal clear waters, and scuba dive on your own private reef.
8. For the Exotic: Cartagena
The colorful Caribbean city of Cartagena is the ultimate for exotic romance. Stroll through the colorful cobblestone streets, sip on Colombian coffee, dine on the freshest seafood, and marinate in the Colombian sun. Stay in the historical walled city at the Sofitel Santa Clara, the Hotel San Pedro, or The Hotel Quadrifolio. For an unforgettable experience, hire a private boat for the day to cruise out to the exclusive Rosario Islands, a bundle of remote white-sand, aqua blue water beaches off the coast of Cartagena. Dine in the Caribbean waters in an overwater hut as you’re served fresh langoustine and coconuts.
9. For the City Slickers: Buenos Aires
The city loving duo with love a romantic honeymoon to Buenos Aires, the Paris of the south. Stay at the opulent Alvear Palace Hotel, A first class hotel through and through, this ritzy Recoleta hotel keeps a posh vibe without being pretentious. A Condé Nast Gold List select for 2015, the Alvear Palace Hotel is the perfect place for you and your sweetheart to spend an unforgettable honeymoon, smack dab in the middle of the silver city. Spend your days learning the tango at a local milonga (tango club) in colorful La Boca and exploring the famed opera house, The Teatro Colon. Dine at the world-class St. Regis restaurant at the famed Park Tower Hotel. Make sure to order the food and wine prix fixe pairing – it’s completely decadent!
10. For the Ones Who Want it All: Portugal
You want to pack a whole lot of love into one week, then look no further than Portugal. Tantalize your senses by wine tasting in the Douro Valley and sun bathing on the Golden Coast of Lagos, you’ll never have a shortage of romantic activities in Portugal. Stay at the sumptuous Six Senses Douro Valley and indulge in yoga, wine, and spa days. Drive down to lively Lisbon and enjoy food, Fado, and fabulous wines in Portugal’s capital city, making sure to stop for the famed Sunday brunch at the Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon. After some time in the city, drive down to the Golden Coast of Portugal to the charming coastal town of Lagos. Stay at 5-star AirBnb Chez Viegas, experience the warmth of the golden color cast on rocks via boat, and visit the delicious Monte Casteleja Winery for delicious organic Algarve wines. For a full list of the best road trip around Portugal, click here.
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