Top 5 destinations for a
So, we’ve picked out some of the very best places to celebrate after your honeymoon – whatever your ideal romantic getaway may be. Here are just five of our favorite destinations and luxury hotels perfect for kicking off your happily ever after.
South East Asia
From private-pool luxuries to gourmet cuisine and stylish but excellent-value hotels, the permanently sun-soaked scenery of South East Asia’s vibrant cities, white-sand beaches and enchanting culture draws honeymooners in time and time again.
To accompany the surrounds, there’s an abundance of luxury hotels that all make for the ultimate honeymoon trip, with everything from drinking champagne at secret waterfalls to intimate sunset cruises and candlelit dinners on your own private island on offer.
One of our favourites is Thailand’s The Sarojin on the coastline of Phang Nga, a secluded boutique gem with sprawling plunge pools, the perfect spot for a late-night cocktail and some stargazing as you soak with your loved one.
Over the border in Cambodia, Song Saa Private Island ticks all the boxes for a honeymoon in blissfully secluded, barefoot luxury. Think infinity pools, shaded day beds, quiet sandy beaches and dining with 360-degree views.
Then, Vietnam’s exquisite Six Senses resort on Con Son Island is just a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City, meaning you can step off the plane to dreamy indulgences in no time. Alongside private pools, a luxury spa, butler service and unobstructed sea views, there’s a gorgeous beach restaurant where locally-caught seafood is served as you dine with your toes in the sand for the perfect romantic sunset dinner.
Southern & East Africa honeymoon
Africa may be vast, but its honeymoon experiences are exclusively luxurious. One of our top picks is tracking the Big Five in Tanzania with a stay on the border of Tanzania’s incredible Ngorongoro caldera – with its eponymous Crater Camp possibly the country’s most romantic lodge.
From your private tent, step outside and feel like you’re gazing back in time as you track wildebeest, lion, elephant and the elusive leopard, coming back to dinner on the crater floor around a roaring fire and gazing up at the star-filled African sky.
It’s wonderfully paired with a stay on Zanzibar’s tiny &Beyond Mnemba Island, one of the Africa’s most private and glamorous retreats. From personal beachside cabins, enjoy barefoot luxury on your own stretch of beach alongside romantic candlelit dinners and private sunset dolphin cruises.
Or, perhaps combine it with a thrilling honeymoon trip to Rwanda to come face-to-face with mountain gorillas for an adventure you and your partner will never forget, staying in jungle-hidden luxury lodges.
Finally, for a truly indulgent honeymoon safari, head to Botswana. There’s everything from walking with elephants in the Okavango Delta to sleeping under the starry African sky at some of Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges that vaunt private pools, gourmet dining and wine cellars.
Honeymoon in Scandinavia
For adventure-seeking couples, honeymooning in Scandinavia is both a thrilling and luxury choice. Picture venturing into the wilderness together among snow-dusted forests, private hot tubs and cosy log fires under star-scattered skies and the Northern Lights.
Plus, from the jagged mountains of Norway to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, the backdrops that Scandinavia has to offer mean that your honeymoon pictures will be truly memorable.
Perhaps opt for a stay at the ICEHOTEL, snuggling up at -5C under reindeer skins for a true bucket-list experience; you could even combine it with sleeping in a luxury treehouse alongside fireside dinners and private picnics under the dancing light of the auroras.
Or, perhaps celebrate your fairy-tale beginnings with a trip to a heated glass igloo in Finnish Lapland, falling asleep under a canopy of stars and the Northern Lights after days exploring the unspoiled snow-swept landscape with snowshoeing, husky sledding and snowmobiling.
For a serene retreat like no other after the buzz of your big day, make your way to Norway, with private yachts and luxury hotels on the shores of stunning fjords. You could even take a romantic drive along Norway’s famous Atlantic Road, or leave the shore behind with a private boat trip to go island hopping around the Lofoten Islands or Svalbard to spot polar bear, walrus and reindeer for an unforgettable Arctic honeymoon.
Italy simply exudes romance. Think warm summer evenings sipping champagne overlooking glittering lakes, indulgent seafood lunches on private boats and luxury train journeys among alpine landscapes, such as the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
For the ultimate romantic honeymoon with a difference, opt for a journey to Venice from London. After settling in to your private cabin, complete with personal steward, enjoy Michelin-starred dining in the beautifully restored restaurant cars before waking to explore Venice and its romantic cobbled streets with private boat trips and tours.
Or, the pastel-coloured delights of the Amalfi coast provide more than enough romantic delights, from Capri’s sweeping cliff tops and charming sea-view jumbled towns to sophisticated Riviera rib boats and luxury hotels with sun-kissed terraces, bougainvillea gardens and fine-dining restaurants.
The rest of the country provides plenty of romance, too, from sipping wine in sun-soaked Tuscan vineyards to luxury stays on the shores of Lake Como and relaxing on private beaches in Sicily.
Australia & New Zealand for a great honeymoon
Their faraway location means Australia and New Zealand may not instantly be synonymous with honeymoons. But, adventurous couples in particular will delight, with everything from bungy jumping to jet boating on offer and more serene options ranging from horse treks to scenic helicopter trips above snow-capped mountains and renowned wineries.
It’s all done alongside an abundance of luxury lodges that provide the perfect base for everything from scuba diving in colourful reefs to tasting freshly-shucked oysters. One of our favourites is New Zealand’s Huka Lodge on the banks of the Waikato, combining the great outdoors and gourmet food to wonderful effect with couples cottages, landscaped gardens and secret pools alongside spa treatments and private dining in wine cellars and orchards.
It’s best paired with a hop over to Australia for everything from walks among monolithic Uluru from a luxury private tented camp to sipping world-class wines at luxury vineyard lodges and stays on secluded islands, such as Kangaroo Island’s Southern Ocean Lodge.
Situated on the coast that’s, as expected, dotted with its eponyms, honeymooners can expect private and indulgent suites, gourmet restaurants and a spa with stunning sea views.
Dave Warne is Product Director at The Luxury Holiday Company. The Luxury Holiday Company offers completely bespoke holidays designed to deliver unrivalled luxury, arranged by specialists who have more than 200 years of collective travel experience.