Getting married this year, but not sure where to go for your honeymoon? Look no further! This year’s hottest honeymoon destinations are some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on Earth.
Not only will these places offer up amazing views and soak-up-the-sun temperatures, these locales are also teeming in sightseeing activities and off-the-beaten path adventures for the more explorative bride and groom. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing-on-the-beach holiday or something more cultural and activity driven, you are bound to find the perfect destination for you on this list. If you’re going to honeymoon, you might as well visit a place that is guaranteed to have all of your friends and family turning green with envy.
Whether your honeymoon is for seven or 14 days, make your time together as memorable as the day you said “I do,” and hit up a place you’ll never forget as long as you both live.
Lagos (lah-goosh) truly has it all. Besides having a jaw-dropping gorgeous landscape, it also has history – both old and new. The old part of the town is surrounded by 16th century walls, and offers up romantic cobbled streets to stroll along arm-in-arm with your sweetheart.
But Lagos also has a modern side, with an impressive fleet of restaurants and shops to take in. If sun drenched beaches are what you are after, then Lagos will definitely not disappoint.
Home to several beaches, you can spend your days lying in the sand or if you’ve ever wanted to try surfing, then this is your chance. Surfing, kayaking, dolphin sighting, and mountain biking are only a few of the activities that are on offer in Lagos. Why not mix pleasure, sightseeing, and fun-packed activities into your honeymoon? Do it all, in Lagos.
Best Time To Visit — Spring
Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Benguerra Island in Mozambique is simply paradise. This is the perfect getaway for couples looking for some serious R&R. With its golden beaches, and perfect sunsets, you will be guaranteed a romance infused honeymoon. And if you grow tired of sun tanning languidly on one of the pristine beaches, the island is perfect for activities such as swimming, snorkeling and horseback riding.
For the more adventurous honeymooners, there are also catamaran cruises and romantic castaway picnics available as part of your visit to the beautiful island. For the ideal luxurious beach honeymoon, pack your bags and head to Benguerra Island.
Best Time To Visit — Spring or Summer
Tourists have been flocking here for ages, and its no wonder why. Santorini is as remarkable in its beauty and cuisine, as it is in its fascinating history. If you’re looking for a more cultural honeymoon, then this is it. There is so much to do and see, that it will be difficult to choose.
Our suggestion? Plan a visit to the magical island of Thira that will leave you awe-struck and breathless, then gently traipse the Minoan site of Akrotiri to see the remains of the eye-catching frescoes and artwork. There will be nothing easier than losing yourself in the rich history that these islands have to offer, and in return you’ll be making the kind of memories that will last a lifetime.
But don’t think Santorini is just comprised of romantic sunsets and historic monuments – it is also home to some seriously delicious cuisine and bountiful wineries. There’s even a microbrewery on the island, which is worth checking out.
Best time to visit — Spring and Autumn
With its azure sea, and Mediterranean playfulness, Dubrovnik will be love at first sight. Boasting spectacular architecture, marble streets, the shimmering Adriatic, and endless culture, you will be hard pressed to find a reason not to honeymoon in Croatia.
A mix of old and new, you’ll find the old world European charm adjacent to districts of modern and bustling bars, museums and cafes. You will never be bored in Dubrovnik.
Why not jump a cable train and be whisked throughout the streets of the city, or plan a visit to see the old city wall and forts? There are winetasting tours, kayaking, cruises, endless art galleries and day trips to Montenegro and Mostar. And with an exciting nightlife, the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets.
Best Time To Visit — Summer
Resplendent with its vibrant color and Caribbean flair, St. Lucia is the perfect setting for honeymooners looking to be intoxicated by the exotic beauty and smells of two distinct islands melded into one.
We recommend seeing both Rodney Bay, bedecked with its modern comforts, and the more photogenic and secluded beaches of Soufriere. If you and your sweetie are beach babes, then this is the honeymoon for you.
With endless blue skies and golden sand, you can spend your days drinking cocktails on the beach and swimming and snorkeling to your hearts content. In terms of catching some rays and indulging in afternoon siestas, St. Lucia is the place to be.
Best Time To Visit — Winter
Negombo, Sri Lanka
If you’re interested in travelling the more off-the-beaten paths of life, and are looking for a lively rather than luxurious honeymoon, then Negombo will be your cup of tea.
Immerse yourself fully in the bustle of this modest beach town by visiting the fish markets, checking out the old forts and canals, as well as trekking out to the east of town to see the Angurukaramulla Temple, with its 6m-long reclining Buddha – it is definitely a temple worth seeing.
But beyond the sights and sounds of Negombo, one of the best parts of visiting Sri Lanka is its flavourful and varied cuisine. If spicy is your thing, you’ll think you have died and gone to heaven. The other added bonus to honeymooning in Sri Lanka is that you can do it on a shoestring budget. If you have more time than money, make a point of seeing as much of the country as you can.
Best Time To Visit — Spring
Bali. It’s hard to go wrong when you find yourself in paradise and are mesmerized by the sheer beauty of your lush and exotic surroundings. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect honeymoon, than pack your camera and proceed to be swept off your feet by the romantic nature of this small island.
Being so small, it’s truly impressive just how much there is to do! From museums to temples to monkey sanctuaries, it will be a breeze to keep yourself busy during the day. That is if you don’t want to spend your entire honeymoon surfing, sailing and sunbathing on one of the gorgeous beaches.
But beaches and museums aside, don’t forget to check out the lavish nightlife! From hip hotels to cool bars, make sure to indulge in one of the many delicious cocktails the island has to offer. With rice fields, ancient monuments, mountains and volcanoes, you’ll leave Bali with a photo album worth of amazing pictures and memories.
Best Time To Visit — Winter or Spring
Santo Antão, Cape Verde
If you are active, and you love to hike, then Santo Antao is the ideal honeymoon destination for you. The isle is replete with gorges, valleys and canyons, and offers up some serious hiking. The trails are not the only thing worth visiting for – the south side of this isle is lush as could be.
Comparable to Ireland in its greenness, its tropical plants and forests thrive thanks to the steamy quality of its climate. Besides the hiking, there are beaches, scuba diving, and an assortment of restaurants and cafes to check out. Nature lovers will rejoice in this honeymoon destination.
Best Time To Visit — Late Summer and Autumn
Words by Majesty diamonds