Romantic getaways don’t have to come bottled as a week in the Maldives. Whether the two of you are seeking some serious adventure or serene beach bliss away from the crowds, we’ve whittled down our pick of the coolest honeymoon destinations on the planet, so you can plan an escape as unique as your wedding…
Foodie Break In Argentina
Food lovers can’t beat a trip to Buenos Aires. With influences strongly rooted in European traditions, the lively city is earthy and eclectic; rich with music, art and culture – this city promises to captivate with every corner that you turn. Walk the cobbled streets of buzzy Palermo Viejo, sample some of the best steaks and red wines in the world, then head down to El Calafate and explore the Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park.
Road Tripping In America
Driving across America’s iconic Route 66 is the road trip of a lifetime, so what better time to do it than after getting hitched? Nicknamed the ‘Mother Road’, no other highway has captured the imagination and true essence of the American spirit. Inspiring countless musicians, filmmakers and writers from all corners of the globe, the infinite stretch of this iconic highway crosses eight states and three time zones, giving road trippers the chance to explore the natural beauty and vastness of America’s diverse landscapes. Dreamy, romantic and oh-so-rock-n-roll.
Culture Dipping In Cuba
Majestic, magnificent, yet dilapidated and timeworn, Cuba is a rollercoaster ride of enchantment. Trapped in a time warp, Cuba’s colonial cities haven’t changed much, but it’s the tattered buildings and colourful murals that make the island so enticing. The arcs of white sands along Cuba’s beaches are undeniably sublime, and wandering between the vibrant hued buildings and 50s Buicks that pepper the cobbled streets of Havana is equally spectacular. Walk the cobbled plazas of Habana Vieja (Old Havana) to soak up the stunning ancient architecture then explore Malecón – the oceanfront promenade – in gritty Centro Habana, where streets come alive with crowds of people and street vendors selling their wares.
Beach Lounging In Sri Lanka
With endless stretches of golden beaches, timeless ruins, rolling surf and oodles of elephants, it comes as no surprise that Sri Lanka is one of the hottest destinations on the travel scene, particularly when it comes to honeymooning. Sri Lanka is less touristic than its beautiful Balinese counterpart, so you’re less likely to be crowded by swarms of holidaymakers. Offering a taste of the exotic, the food is tantalisingly good – think fragrant, spiced curries, chargrilled meats and freshly caught seafood, and some of the most vibrant fruit and veg you’ve ever seen. Bask in the blazing sunshine, discover ancient temples, then wander through lush rainforests and gaze at stunning landscapes.
City Slicking In Copenhagen
The capital of cosiness, Denmark’s whimsical, hygge-inspired hub has a fairytale-like aura setting the scene for a shamelessly romantic getaway. Candy-coloured façades provide the backdrop for lazy canalside walks, whilst modernist décor and stunning architecture – there are royal palaces, ancient paintings and sculptures galore – add a cultured edge to this eclectically cool metropolis. Its impressive spate of Michelin-starred restaurants – 15 to be precise – puts a whole new spin on gourmet dining, but there are plenty of eateries with a much more approachable price tag, that still promise the same level of culinary prowess. For couples in the mood for window shopping, this Danish gem is the epitome of Scandi-chic. From its world-famous furniture and lighting, to grassroots ceramics and glassware, you’ll have your new pad kitted out before you’ve even had time to sign your nuptials.
Diving In The Great Barrier Reef
Stretching across 2,300 kilometres of the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s seven natural wonders, and with its infinite expanse of crystal clear seas, swarms of colourful wildlife and immense coral reef, it’s not hard to see why snorkelers, divers and intrepid honeymooners come here year after year. As well as hordes of tropical fish, the reef is also home to whales, turtles, reef sharks, dolphins and a variety of exotic birds. Scuba diving is the best way to explore, but you can still get glorious views of the marine life if the two of you would prefer to snorkel.
Wine Tasting In Tuscany
Lyrical landscapes, historic architecture and rustic farm-style villages make this rural Italian gem a perfect destination for a romantic post-wedding getaway. Enchanting courtyards gaze out onto stretches of misty, rolling hills, and ancient rose-covered buildings offset olive groves, wheat fields and pea-green vineyards. Gourmands will rejoice at the at the selection of first-class Italian cuisine, as well as the region’s endless wineries where foodies and wine lovers alike can indulge in hand-cut artisan pastas and freshly made burrata served alongside glasses of Chianti and Montepulciano.
Star Gazing In Norway
One of nature’s mysterious spectacles, the Northern Lights’ magical multicoloured show is an elusive, ethereal sight, and one of the most enchanting honeymoon settings. Few natural wonders have the power to beguile quite like the aurora borealis, and those who have seen it first-hand, will never forget its haunting spectrum of deep blues, moody indigos and radiant, glowing greens. Curl up with your partner in the snow, beneath the twinkling stars, and watch the illuminating show unfold in all its glory. The Northern Lights are visible from various points across the globe, although the best place to catch them year-round is Norway.
Trekking In Peru
For many, Peru's awe-inspiring Machu Picchu Inca Trail is the long-anticipated highlight of their South American trip. But despite the swarms of tourists – the lost ancient city attracts 2,500 tourists a day – it still retains a unique sense of mystery and grandeur. Truly enchanting, it’s top of the list for honeymoon treks, and one of the most magnificent ancient wonders of the world.
Safari In South Africa
The country that boasts everything, South Africa is a playing field for intrepid globe-trotters. Bask on powdery beaches, take safari treks through the sprawling African plains, indulge your wild side with rock-climbing in the craggy Cederberg or try a spot of surfing on the Eastern Cape coast. Wildlife forms a huge part of South Africa’s exotic landscapes with lions, leopards, elephants and buffalos roaming the sprawling parks and nature reserves, and there are luxury lodgings in abundance for safari-loving couples to unwind in. Wine lovers should take a trip to the Cape Winelands District, where you’ll also find delicious food and unrivalled South African vintages.
Eco Living In Nicaragua
This tropical paradise offers the perfect mix of culture, adventure and blissful relaxation. Adrenaline junkies can surf in the Pacific Ocean or down mountains of volcanic ash, zip line along cloud forests, tour Spanish colonial cities and sunbathe along the Caribbean coast – and that’s just a week’s itinerary, there’s plenty more for couples extending their trip. Rainforests and farmland span the centre of the island, so expect plenty of eco-friendly lodges scattered amid the lush jungle landscapes, with food served sustainably and thoughtfully, to tie in with its eco-friendly ethos. From horse riding through nature reserves to sunset beachside yoga, this Central American sanctuary is a haven for free-spirits.
Skiing In Whistler
For a honeymoon with a sense of adventure, the rocky snow-specked mountains in Canada’s Whistler tick every box. A skier’s paradise with endless stretches of snow-sure terrain, couples can hit the slopes by day, whilst roaring fireplaces, fur throws and hot toddies beckon inside the resort’s wooden chalets by night. Indulge in moreish mountainside cuisine, take a dip in the outdoor hot tubs then snuggle up in front of the fire with a glass of bubbly. Pure honeymoon bliss.
Rural Pursuits In Provence
Most places in France come with a firm honeymoon stamp of approval, but visiting Provence is where the real romance begins. Here you’ll get the whole European countryside package: lavender fields, cobblestone streets and quaint French bakeries. Stop off in Paris on your way through, then bask in the blissful provincial surroundings – think vineyards, olive groves and sunflower fields peppered with stone farmhouses and dreamy ancient chateaus.