The good news? Your
Unfortunately, the pandemic put most honeymoons on hold, and couples are just now planning their romantic trips. In fact, a recent survey from Expedia has shown that as many as 97 percent of
Because so many couples were left without a trip to celebrate their nuptials, it has paved the way for a
That’s why Duncan Greenfield-Turk of Global Travel Moments is calling 2023 the year for the “revenge
Gray Ellender of Dune Travel Group agrees that 2023 is likely going to be the biggest year for
Ellender also points out that some couples are taking longer trips for their one-year anniversary. “There is something so thrilling about a newlywed couple experiencing a new and different place together for the first time. That’s what makes international travel so appealing for a
As far as the best
“Couples are spending more, venturing further away from home, and staying longer in the destination,” she says. “There has always been great interest in hitting the beach to de-stress after the wedding, but now we are seeing more bookings to more exotic beach destinations like Tahiti/Bora Bora, The Maldives, The Cook Islands and Fiji.”
If you’re looking for the best
Hoping to stay in the U.S.? You can still have a tropical, peaceful and super adventurous
Take advantage of some fun on-property amenities including lounging in the Rodriguez cigar lounge with traditional, hand-rolled Cuban cigars and sipping on handcrafted cocktails with locally-sourced rum. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service to Old Town so you can explore without worrying about grabbing an Uber.
Another great option is Pier House Resort & Spa, which is also located in the same area. Though a bit pricier, the amenities are endless: a tranquil spa, island-chic guest rooms with on-suite balconies, a white-sand beach right on the property and more.
Looking for a new American city experience for your
Lovers of sunshine and good wine should head to Yountville in California’s renowned Napa Valley. You can spend your days biking or walking around the town before making your way to a lunch or dinner at Thomas Keller classics such as Bouchon, Ad Hoc, and the acclaimed French Laundry. Looking for a cozy bistro with a vintage vibe and great french fare? Don’t miss Bistro Jeanty.
When you’re not eating your way through town, you can drive or Uber to nearby vineyards or downtown Napa. For lodging, our favorite place to stay is Hotel Yountville. The renovated resort features beautiful rooms (many with soaking tubs and patios) as well as a full-service spa, on-site dining, guided meditations and yoga classes, pool deck with daybeds, and free bikes to use during your stay.
Perhaps the most famous island group in French Polynesia, Bora Bora has long been a desirable
“Moorea is a quick ferry ride from the island of Tahiti where the international flights land. And unlike the other islands that primarily offer water-based activities, Moorea offers land activities like hiking, ATV riding, and golf,” she says. “Taha’a has a barefoot chic style and feels very authentic Tahitian.”
Vecchione’s favorite resort is The Brando. It’s the only one on the island of Tetiaroa, an atoll comprising a dozen small islands surrounding a pristine lagoon. “The casually elegant resort has 35 villas, each with their own private pool and beach area,” she says. If The Brando is a little too expensive for your budget, she also recommends Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts. It’s a 4-star Relais & Chateaux resort with overwater bungalows, as well as garden and beach villas with private pools and magical views of the iconic Mount Otemanu.
If you’re an animal lover who appreciates the great outdoors, Kenya is an exotic destination for couples. Not only will you get an opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat, but you can indulge in other unique and authentic experiences (like spending a day immersed in a real African tribal home and cooking and eating and dancing with locals, explains Vecchione.)
“For those who want a truly unforgettable and instagrammable hotel experience, we recommend spending the first or last night of your
The Maldives continues to be a hot destination for
“Nestled close to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is an opportunity to be amazed by the myriad of marine life in our lagoon including a unique manta ray sanctuary,” he says.
Read more about how to plan the best Maldives honeymoon here.
Botswana and Zimbabwe
Deep in the very heart of Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe offer unparalleled adventure. “In Botswana, Xigera Safari Lodge is the result of nearly 70 years of passion, care, and attention to detail,” says Greenfield-Turk. “The camp is the dream and vision of the Tollman family, the pinnacle of a life’s work creating extraordinary hospitality and features 12 beautiful suites and an exceptional Baobab Treehouse in the wild landscape.”
In Zimbabwe, he recommends staying at Matetsi Victoria Falls, a near ten-mile stretch along the mighty Zambezi River featuring a private playground and 19 suites. “Set out with a conservation-minded guide on foot, by vehicle, and by boat, watching with delight as great herds of elephant, buffalo, and plains wildlife roam the private game reserve’s 136,000 acres of protected wilderness,” he says. “Share stories of your safari adventures under night skies at a traditional African boma barbecue.”
Greece is another
“Santorini with its iconic whitewashed buildings along the dramatic coastline, the rich history in Athens, and the hundreds of other Greek islands with beautiful clear water make Greece one of the best
If you’re looking for history and culture along with the best food and wine you’ve ever tasted, add Italy to your
“We like to send them through Milan to Lake Como or Southern France, but many couples also request the Amalfi Coast, where Naples, Positano, Sorrento, and Capri are popular to explore.” For lodging she recommends Rocco Forte, which has fabulous hotels throughout Italy, including Hotel de Russie in Rome and Hotel Savoy in Florence.
You’ve probably heard some incredible things about Bali, all of which are likely true. It’s a honeymooner’s dream, although it’s quite the trek from the U.S. And one of the best places to stay is even more remote. Nestled in the heart of lush green forests is a unique tented camp called Capella Ubud.
“Inspired by the early European settlers from the 1800s, architect Bill Bensley designed Capella Ubud, Bali as a tribute to their spirit of adventure,” he says. “Capella Ubud is set within a dramatic terraced landscape, with prominent rice paddies surrounding the entrance, leading through a densely forested valley all the way down to the sacred Wos river.”
Another great spot to stay is NIHI Sumba, which was named the number one Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure magazine for two consecutive years. “NIHI Sumba is for travelers who seek a new type of luxury: activity-driven experiences, cultural immersion, freedom, and fun,” says Greenfield-Turk. “The 27 villas are crafted by local artisans using native teak and rattan, and feature expansive outdoor rooms and private plunge pools.” Excursions take you to villages and ancient sites, and you’ll also get private access to one of the world’s best surfing beaches.”
Honeymoon Destinations to Consider
Prague, Czech Republic
If you and your spouse-to-be want to spend your
If you’ve already visited Rome, or you’re just looking for a
Nestled in the mountains, with an iconic view of Mt. Fuji, Kyoto is a romantic destination year round. With its spring cherry blossoms, summer waterfall hikes, fall foliage, and winter snow covered shrines, no time of year is a bad time to visit. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a must-see, as are the many temples and shrines scattered throughout the city. Couples can even plan a trip to climb Mt. Fuji! Kyoto, with its rich culture and awe-inspiring scenery, is an ideal
From rainforests canopy walks to volcano climbing, city tours to snorkeling, Costa Rica has a little bit of everything. For couples that like to lay on the beach one day and sit on top of a mountain the next, this
Sure, Paris isn’t the BIGGEST surprise, but we think the City of Lights is going to be on everybody’s list again this year. Filled to bursting with delicious cuisine, gorgeous architecture and cultural icons, a couple could spend weeks here sipping delicious wine, gazing at the Eiffel Tower without the city losing its shine. Whether you prefer to visit the world famous museums or explore the towering architecture, the city has a little bit of everything, and in a city so beautiful, some of the best moments are simply spent strolling from landmark to landmark. And if one things for certain, the Parisians know how to do exquisite meals and luxury hotels perfect for a
Ways to Make Your
Honeymoon Unique (and Save)
Dreaming of going to one of these spots? Signing up for a honeymoon wedding registry helps make the process way easier with experience and cash fund options. That means you can register for everything from airfare to hotels, meals, even the luggage to pack your cute new
Here’s a look at our favorite
1. An Awesome Airbnb
Who says you have to stay at a hotel for your
Honeymoon Photo Session
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Those business-class seats to your
4. Your Dream Resort
Dreamin’ comes easy, but the price tag for the ultimate
5. Couples Massage
One of the best things you can do on your
According to a recent survey of honeymooners, over half of couples opt for a beach
7. Breakfast in Bed
Room service is one of those things you never get at home. And breakfast in bed? Even more so! Indulge in a romantic breakfast in your hotel room at least one day. Waffles and smoothies in bed? Yes, please!
8. Sunset Drinks
Planning fun cocktails each night is a great way to sit back, relax, and completely enjoy your surroundings. You can easily register for drinks at that bar in Paris you’ve always wanted to go to, or the beachside bar at your resort. Just create a ‘Drinks With a View’ option under Cash Funds to your registry. Your guests will love knowing they were able to treat you to a round (or two) of Moscow Mules.
9. Romantic Dinners
While we love finding local, casual eateries wherever we go on vacation, you have to have a splurge meal at least once on your trip. A lunch or dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And when you get to add it to your wedding registry you won’t feel as guilty about getting that extra glass of champagne while you’re at it.
10. Whatever You Can Dream Of!
Want to learn how to make pasta from a local chef in Tuscany? Or maybe practice your ukulele with a musician in Hawaii? You can register for something totally unique that is totally you (and your partner). You’ll be saying Buon Appetito in no time.
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