Your honeymoon should be a trip of a lifetime, with vivid experiences you can reflect on for the rest of your lives. To make sure your memories are as rich, vibrant and multicoloured as possible, consider one of these five fabulous places which we think are the best honeymoon destinations, so bright and dazzling that you’ll savour every second of your time there.
A Passion for India: Kerala Travel Centre
Combining spectacular scenery, fantastic cuisine, enchanting backwaters and rich culture, Kerala is a colourful region in India with outstanding beaches, jungles and mountain terrain. Explore the misty blue waterways, fragrant coconut groves, lush green tea hills, incredible wildlife — and dip in the dazzling blue sea before relaxing on the spotless white sand.
The Kerala Travel Centre specialises in honeymoon planning and couples can either put together their own tailor-made trip or opt for a readymade honeymoon tour. Honeymoons in Kerala can include a romantic cruise, a stay on a ‘kettuvallom’ (traditional houseboat), rainforest explorations and relaxing sunset walks.
Escape to Fiji: Qamea Resort and Spa
From lush tropical flowers to unspoiled beaches, Qamea is described as “the jewel of Fiji’s northern islands”. Breathtakingly beautiful it offers dramatic, jungle-clad hills and white, sandy beaches, authentic Fijian hospitality and cuisine that ranges from locally-grown organic fruit and vegetables to South Pacific Rim-style seafood, salad and skewers.
An idyllic setting, the Qamea resort and spa houses romantic, elegant beachfront villas and bures (wood and straw huts), strategically positioned for maximum privacy, with breathtaking ocean views. Experience a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach, enjoy private dining in your bure, or have a secluded picnic on Honeymoon Beach. The resort caters to a maximum of 34 adult guests, so it really does feel like your own South Pacific paradise.
Taste of Turkey: Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Bodrum
You might not consider Turkey to be one of the best honeymoon destinations but it is exotic, sensuous and mysterious — Turkey offers a wealth of colour, warmth and sensory overload. If you want access to rich culture and history, Bodrum is the site of the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as a two-thousand-year-old amphitheatre. Explore quaint villages, the farmers market, Bodrum’s back-to-back bars and the famous souk.
To up the romance-factor, and surround yourselves in serenity, the five-star Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay is situated in one of the most beautiful spots on the Aegean coast. The intense blue of the Aegean Sea meets the cobalt sky — and luxury is a priority. Pristine, bathed in sunshine and caressed by a gentle sea breeze, this resort boasts a Six Senses Spa, where honeymooners can enjoy a “Sense of Love” journey in the private spa suite.
Colourful Costa Rica: Mary Selva Eco Resort
If you want to get close to nature, and stay active on your honeymoon, colourful Costa Rica is an excellent destination. The jungle and the ocean offer a range of eco-activities including bird watching, canopy tours, snorkelling, white-water rafting, whale watching, scuba diving and kayaking, as well as stunning waterfall, rainforest and mangrove tours.
The Mary Selva eco-resort overlooks the Ballena Marine National Park (where humpback whales from the Arctic and Antarctic come to court) and has 10 bungalows surrounded by primary and secondary jungle, as well as fruit trees. A nature-lovers’ paradise, 111 bird species have been documented at the resort and it also offers butterfly and orchid gardens, a semi-Olympic pool and it’s all just a stones throw away from the beach.
Into Africa: &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
Tanzania is awash with culture, experience and colour making it in our opinion one of the best honeymoon destinations. You’ll have dream-come-true wildlife encounters along with superb local hospitality and delicious fresh food. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world and shelters a permanent population of more than 30,000 animals. It is one of the few places in Africa where you stand a great chance of seeing the “Big Five” (lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) in a single game drive.
Set on the edge of the crater rim, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has 30 luxurious safari suites with breathtaking views and architecture inspired by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta (homestead). Steeped in romance (and offering a personal butler service) each stilted suite is decorated with grand chandeliers and elegant African artifacts. The bedroom, sitting room and en-suite bathroom also feature floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking the crater floor below.
Once you've picked your perfect honeymoon destination from our list of the best, why not browse our honeymoon checklist to make sure you have everything you need?