Planning your honeymoon but not sure where to start? To help you get underway, we’ve searched high and low for the best honeymoon destination in 2016 based on current travel trends. This year it seems more and more couples are straying further away from the traditional lazy beach days (though there are still plenty of opportunities for that), with many couple looking for more adventurous honeymoons, crafting once in a lifetime trips to countries and experiences they thought they could only dream of. So what are you waiting for? Here are the best honeymoon destinations right now!
Going on safari is the journey of a lifetime and as such would have to be one of the most memorable honeymoon destinations on offer. There are plenty of different safaris on offer in the African continent, with each country offering something a little different. For example if you’d like to see meerkats, you’ll need to head further south. If you’re most interested in seeing The Big 5, you can see these in the Kruger National Park or in East Africa – though rhino sightings are becoming more and more rare. One of my favourite safari experiences (having previously been in Kruger twice, Pilanesberg once and now Serengeti once) was my recent visit to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
If you’re looking to splurge for a once in a lifetime experience, Singita have a number of lodges on a private reserve adjacent to Serengeti.
Best time to go: June-October for game watching; January-February for baby season
As iconic as honeymoons come, the Maldives is characterised by crystal clear waters, blue sunny skies, and incredible colours at sunset. Recently my partner and I travelled to the Maldives for a week I will never forget – sun, snorkelling, amazing cuisine, swimming in the ocean right outside our water villa… you get the idea! The Maldives is however an expensive honeymoon choice, particularly in the big international resorts… so if you’re on a budget, it might pay to look elsewhere in Asia – even as close as neighbouring Sri Lanka.
For an impossibly romantic and flawless stay, I can highly recommend Taj Exotica for your visit to the Maldives.
Best time to go: May-November, though we found March very pleasant with only a couple of light showers.
The Algarve, Portugal
With a year-round warm climate (though cold waters in winter), the Mediterranean is a much loved holiday destination for Europeans and visitors from further abroad. Although it has long been a popular beach holiday destination for the Portuguese for decades, recently the Algarve in Portugal’s south has earned itself the reputation as one of the most romantic locations in the Mediterranean, making it a great choice for honeymooners.
Villa Vita Parc are legendary in the Algarve for offering the most luxurious, authentic Portuguese experience on the coast.
Best time to go: Spring & Summer, though the Algarve is truly a year-round destination
You might have noticed the little island below mainland Australia getting a lot of traction lately, both on this blog and in other global publications around the world. That is because until the last few years, Tasmania has remained a hidden gem and a well kept secret of those who visited previously. Well now the secret is out! Tasmania is home to fresh farm-to-table produce, pristine white sand beaches, beautiful bays to hike into and explore, as well as a gorgeous capital city, Hobart, idyllically located on the waterfront.
Saffire Freycinet is an all inclusive experience that was named the best boutique hotel in the world and while it doesn’t come cheap, the experience is second to none!
Best time to go: Early December-End February for the best of the summer sunshine
Lush greenery, rolling valleys and impressive steep cliffsides… there really is no reason not to fall in love with Ireland. An Irish road trip might not be the first idea that pops into your mind when considering a honeymoon abroad, however with incredibly friendly locals, reasonable prices and the allure of a road trip adventure, you have more than enough reasons to choose Ireland as an idyllic honeymoon away. If it is good enough for Kim and Kanye on their honeymoon, I’m sure its good enough for all of us!
To get the ideas flowing, here are 8 of the most beautiful places to visit on a road trip around Ireland.
Best time to go: Ireland is susceptible to heavy rainfall in the cooler months, so better to stick to the summer season or spring and fall for lower prices but mostly decent weather.
After learning that the English royal family holidayed here on a ski trip, I figured Arosa must be something spectacular worth seeing – and right I was! Arosa is a gorgeous little ski village in the Swiss Alps, not too long a train journey from Zurich, one of Switzerland’s most scenic towns. If you’re a couple who prefer to stay active then there’s plenty of snow activities to keep you busy in the winter time, although summer is equally pleasant and a much quieter experience as the crowds have died down. Impossibly romantic and incredibly scenic – Arosa is one of Switzerland’s little known gems.
Check yourself in to the Arosa Kulm for the ultimate Swiss Alps experience.
Best time to go: There really is no bad time to visit Arosa – expect a quiet summer escape in the warmer months and an exciting ski trip in the winter with plenty of time to unwind in the spa.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Coastal mountains, picturesque towns, island hopping by ferry… shall I go on? There is no denying that the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most romantic destinations and thus most loved and visited. Honeymooners can rest assured there are favourable times to visit to escape the crowds, as long as you’re happy to sacrifice the steamy hot summer temperatures. Crowds aside, the Amalfi Coast is impossible charming, full of great seaside cuisine, and a much loved favourite by locals and visitors alike.
Check yourself in to Le Sirenuse for the ultimate honeymoon experience in the Amalfi Coast.
Best time to go: Contrary to popular belief, the best time to visit Amalfi is not in summer, as the crowds become too much to bear. The best times to visit are May-June & September-October.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Located northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia is one of the world’s most talked about honeymoon destinations; Bora Bora. This small island offers crystal clear waters with great conditions for snorkelling and diving, as well as gorgeous, pristine beaches that you thought were only real in your dreams. Its that perfect!
Best time to go: November and April are shoulder seasons with great weather and lower prices.
Sumba Island, Indonesia
Right next door to Bali, just a 1 hour flight away, is as little known but large island known as Sumba, with minimal development and an incredibly authentic experience on offer. Although the island hasn’t opened up to masses of tourism yet it is only a matter of time – with the beaches much more beautiful than anywhere I have been in Bali, beautiful sunsets, and very welcome hospitality from the locals.
Nihiwatu Resort is a honeymoon haven – offering an inclusive experience so you can arrive and unwind immediately.
Best time to go: May, June & July are generally considered to be the best months to visit.
A resort town on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, Tulum is regarded as one of Mexico’s top spots to visit for travellers in search of great weather, beaches, and a plethora of resorts to choose from. There’s also plenty to see and do here – including a Mayan archaeological site from the 13th Century and a range of water activities to soak up the sunshine.
Best time to go: Between October and December.
Lavender fields, sunflower fields and delicious vineyards are all key characteristics of the southeastern region of France; Province. Spring and summer are fantastic times of year to visit, however with scenery this beautiful you really can’t go too wrong year-round!
Best time to go: Contrary to popular belief, the best time to visit France is in fact outside of summer – both to beat the crowds and see more locals (many of the French take their holidays throughout August). Though if you’re looking to see the iconic lavender fields in full bloom, summer is the time to go!