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Best honeymoon destinations

Ellena Morgan
By Ellena Morgan - 9 minute read

For any new­ly­wed, your hon­ey­moon should be the ulti­mate trip of a life­time. But the events of the past cou­ple of years mean that many wed­dings and hon­ey­moons have been put on hold. Hap­pi­ly life is now return­ing to nor­mal, so whether you’re new­ly mar­ried or you’ve been patient­ly wait­ing and sav­ing for a post-wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion, we’ve col­lat­ed the best hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions for every cou­ple. From adven­ture hol­i­days for thrill-seek­ers, through to glo­ri­ous­ly relax­ing beach get­aways for those that pre­fer a gen­tler intro­duc­tion to mar­ried life, we’ve round­ed up some of the best hon­ey­moon ideas.

Hawaii

When any­one thinks of a trop­i­cal, relax­ing hon­ey­moon, it’s fair to say that many of us pic­ture the beau­ti­ful idyll of Hawaii. As the ide­al des­ti­na­tion for explor­ing all things water-relat­ed, Hawaii is a great spot for cou­ples who are look­ing to enjoy surf­ing, swim­ming and pad­dle board­ing. If that all sounds a bit too ener­getic for you, then snorkelling and div­ing are a great (and gen­tler) way to explore the vast array of wildlife found sur­round­ing the islands, and you might even spot giant sea tur­tles or man­ta rays. If you feel more com­fort­able on dry land, then con­sid­er hav­ing an ocean­side cou­ples mas­sage, or rent a car so that you can dri­ve the epi­cal­ly beau­ti­ful Hana High­way – take a pic­nic, as there’s sim­ply loads of roman­tic spots for a dreamy lunch by water­falls and on rocky beaches.

Aeral view of the main island of Hawaii showing the green mountains and coastline

Amal­fi Coast 

There are a mil­lion rea­sons why the Amal­fi Coast in South­ern Italy is top of many honeymooner’s buck­et list des­ti­na­tions. With colour­ful, pas­tel-coloured vil­lage streets and a crag­gy coast­line scat­tered with great sun­bathing and swim­ming spots, plus incred­i­ble restau­rants and cafes around every cor­ner, it’s a recipe for a great Euro­pean hon­ey­moon break. The towns of Sor­ren­to, Posi­tano, Amal­fi and Rav­el­lo all offer an unfor­get­table break – bet­ter yet, try to vis­it sev­er­al of them! The Amal­fi Coast is also a great point to explore oth­er areas of Italy. You’re just a boat ride away from the stun­ning island of Capri, as well as a short train ride from Pom­peii for any cou­ples who are his­to­ry buffs.

Colourful hilltop homes on the rocky Amalfi coast, Italy with views out to sea
View over a church perched on an island in the centre of Bled Lake, Slovenia

Slovenia

Home to Europe’s green­est city Ljubl­jana, ancient cas­tles, ther­mal springs and lush alpine moun­tains, Slove­nia remains an under­rat­ed gem in Europe, yet it’s undoubt­ed­ly one of the best hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions. Although the coun­try has grown in pop­u­lar­i­ty in recent years, it has man­aged to avoid the hus­tle and bus­tle of many of Europe’s more well-known coun­ter­parts, so it’s ide­al for a slow­er, more relaxed hon­ey­moon expe­ri­ence. We’d rec­om­mend explor­ing the Julian Alps, enjoy­ing the many walks near­by, vis­it­ing the famous Lake Bled, and even climb­ing Slovenia’s high­est moun­tain Triglav (that also hap­pens to fea­ture on the Sloven­ian flag). 

Sri Lan­ka

Known as the teardrop of India, the diverse island of Sri Lan­ka is home to lush rain­forests, incred­i­ble wildlife, white sand beach­es and stun­ning citadels and ruins. The island caters for every kind of trav­eller, with lux­u­ry food­ie expe­ri­ences in the upmar­ket for­ti­fied city of Galle, hik­ing adven­tures in the ancient ruins of Sigirya and Polon­naruwa, wildlife-spot­ting excur­sions in Yala or Udawalawe Nation­al Parks, or sun­bathing and surf­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties at Miris­sa and Tan­galle. Our top pick would be to pay a vis­it to the incred­i­ble Hor­ton Plains in the cen­tral high­lands, which is home to some of the island’s rich­est flo­ra and fau­na. It’s only a short dis­tance from the well-vis­it­ed city of Kandy, so it’s delight­ful­ly easy to fit into any honeymooner’s jam-packed itinerary.

Couple lean shoulder to shoulder looking out over a view of Sigirya rock in Sri Lanka.

Mal­lor­ca

When you’re draw­ing up hon­ey­moon ideas, Mal­lor­ca should be high on your list! As the play­ground for many Hol­ly­wood A‑listers and home to lux­u­ry hotels and resorts (as well as a supery­acht or two), Mal­lor­ca is the ulti­mate des­ti­na­tion for new­ly­weds who are search­ing for a luxe hon­ey­moon. How­ev­er, despite this world of glam­our, there are plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to enjoy a qui­eter, more inti­mate stay on the island. Mal­lor­ca is home to over 260 beach­es, many of which are tucked away and only acces­si­ble by foot, mean­ing plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ties for roman­tic days out for you and your part­ner. We’d rec­om­mend avoid­ing the crowds (and the crazy heat) by trav­el­ling off-peak in Sep­tem­ber or Octo­ber, where tem­per­a­tures are a much more pleas­ant 22 degrees.

A lone sail boat cruises into the sunset with cracky rocks in the foreground
Fortress tower sits on a green hill at sunset

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds may not have the trop­i­cal appeal of the Mal­dives or Bora Bora, but this beau­ti­ful region in the south of Eng­land offers some­thing spe­cial for any­one look­ing for an alter­na­tive to the typ­i­cal best’ hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions. In fact, as an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­ur­al Beau­ty’, The Cotswolds is a dreamy, roman­tic option for any­one look­ing for a quin­tes­sen­tial­ly Eng­lish get­away. The area is made up of rolling lush hills and farm­land, plus quaint stone vil­lages filled with thatched choco­late box cot­tages and cosy pubs by the canals. Get your walk­ing boots on to enjoy the great out­doors (or wellies, depend­ing on how lucky you are with the weath­er) and head straight for the Cotswold Way which is a walk­ing and cycling trail that will take you through the coun­try­side and laven­der fields. Oth­er top pas­times include antique shop­ping in Stow-on-the-Wold, strolling along the famous canals in Bour­ton-on-the-Water, or enjoy­ing a delec­table after­noon tea at Tisanes Tea Rooms, which has over 30 teas to choose from.

The Greek Islands 

There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about the Greek islands. With stun­ning scenery, crys­tal clear blue waters and white build­ings, plus a rich his­to­ry and mythol­o­gy that will keep you enter­tained for weeks on end, the islands are sim­ply one of the top hon­ey­moon ideas to con­sid­er. With hun­dreds of islands to choose from, there are numer­ous options for every type of hon­ey­moon­er. When peo­ple think of cel­e­brat­ing their nup­tials on the Greek islands, many grav­i­tate towards the icon­ic and stun­ning San­tori­ni, famous for its blue domed build­ings, pret­ty wind­mills and trail­ing bougainvil­lea. Although stun­ning, it can get pret­ty busy. As an alter­na­tive for cou­ples look­ing for a roman­tic get­away, we’d rec­om­mend a vis­it to Pax­os. Locat­ed near Cor­fu, this pic­ture-per­fect retreat is only acces­si­ble by boat, and is famous for its stun­ning beach­es. Want more inspi­ra­tion? Our guide to the best Greek islands to vis­it will help you and your part­ner find the per­fect match.

Greek white building with blue doors with pink flowers in the foreground

Kenya

If the dream vision for your hon­ey­moon involves adven­ture and you’re keen to see nature up-close, then Kenya is one of the best hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions for you. Top of everyone’s list should be vis­it­ing the world-famous Masai Mara. Locat­ed on the north­ern part of the great Serengeti and neigh­bour­ing near­by Tan­za­nia, this epic nature reserve is the per­fect place to see the great migra­tion of the wilde­beest. You can also see ele­phants in Amboseli Nation­al Park (with stun­ning views of Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, Africa’s high­est peak, in the dis­tance) or mar­vel at a thou­sands of flamin­gos at Lake Naku­ru Nation­al Park, which is home to over 250 dif­fer­ent species of birds.

African elephant stands facing the camera with wide feilds and mountain views in the background

Viet­nam

If you’re look­ing for a hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion with vari­ety, Viet­nam has it all. From the lush rice pad­dies in the Sa Pa region through to the sandy beach­es in the south and the bustling cities scat­tered in-between, Viet­nam is a unique yet bril­liant hon­ey­moon idea. We’d rec­om­mend tak­ing your time with a longer hon­ey­moon, start­ing in the north in Hanoi, before trav­el­ling down to Ho Chi Minh City, and stop­ping in Hue and Hội An along the way. Whilst you’re in the north, make sure you vis­it the world-famous Hạ Long Bay. To make the most of this spec­tac­u­lar sight, we’d sug­gest enjoy­ing a night’s stay onboard one of the many tra­di­tion­al boats that run excur­sions out to these mag­i­cal rock for­ma­tions, so that you can also vis­it the many caves with­in them.

Woman in vietnames straw hat paddles a boat in Ha Long Bay with mountain views in the background

Bali

If you’re look­ing for a hon­ey­moon that has it all, Bali in Indone­sia is the per­fect des­ti­na­tion. Boast­ing stun­ning tem­ples, vibrant mar­kets, expan­sive rice pad­dies and vol­canic moun­tains, there’s so much on offer in this diverse island in the Indone­sian arch­i­pel­ago. Many go to Bali for the lux­u­ri­ous vil­la expe­ri­ence (hap­pi­ly our mem­bers have some exquis­ite Bali­nese vil­las that you could con­sid­er for your trav­els), but don’t for­get that there’s much more to this island than just infin­i­ty pools and lux­u­ry resorts. We’d rec­om­mend try­ing the dare­dev­il slides at Water­bom Bali, vis­it­ing the mon­keys at Ubud Mon­key For­est, explor­ing the rice ter­races in Ubud or Tabanan, and watch­ing the sun­rise or sun­set from the top of Mount Batur.

White sand beach with rocky coastline and palm trees and turquious waters in Bali, Indonesia

Sum­ming up the best hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions is a huge chal­lenge, and we could include so many more entries. From roman­tic vil­lages in Provence through to the beau­ti­ful Whit­sun­days in Aus­tralia, there are sim­ply thou­sands of icon­ic des­ti­na­tions that lend them­selves to a roman­tic get­away. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the top­ic – and add your sug­ges­tions to this arti­cle – so if you’d like to make rec­om­men­da­tions for your top hon­ey­moon ideas, please do get in touch via the Feed­back tab. Alter­na­tive­ly, share your hon­ey­moon snaps on Insta­gram, using the hash­tag #welove­home­swap so that we can like your photos!