What makes a perfect honeymoon? Whilst we all have our own individual preferences, there are a couple of things that we can all agree on: it should be special and extraordinary, and it must be the kind of holiday that you will both enjoy. Sparkling silver-sand beaches, palm trees swaying in the warm breeze and clear blue lapping water, coconut frond thatched beach huts and plenty of sunshine is what most honeymooners look for. For that truly exotic and romantic honeymoon break to celebrate your new life together, here are some locations where you will find all of those things.
The Caribbean ranks highly as a honeymoon destination; the beautiful islands of St Lucia, Barbados and St Kitts are a honeymoon winner. The idyllic beaches, tasty food and calypso music are the perfect ingredients for romance. To get the best prices, it is a good idea to travel outside the peak season between Christmas and Easter. From mid-April to mid-December the Caribbean is quieter and package bargains are more likely to be found.
Fabulous weather, exotic culture and breathtaking scenery make Bali another top choice for honeymooning couples. The emphasis is on luxury developments that blend in to the tropical landscape. Whether you choose a stylish resort hotel or a luxurious private bolthole such as the Kuta villas, overlooking stunning Benoa Harbour, Bali is a truly special place to be. There are plenty of lively bars, restaurants and clubs in the towns if you want to party all night, before watching the sun come up over the ocean. As a twosome you can take an elephant ride through the jungle or a romantic boat trip to a deserted sandy cove.
The Maldives is a particularly popular destination for couples seeking to get away from it all on a tropical paradise island. Being pampered in your private luxury beach residence, beside the crystal clear waters and surrounded by sparkling white sands is most people’s idea of holiday perfection. Scuba diving is the main leisure activity, and exploring the underwater world together can be extremely romantic. The focus is on luxury and seclusion. Everything is catered for, from relaxing spa treatments to picnics delivered to you on the beach. The Maldives is not a cheap option, but they definitely make a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
For very good reasons, a perennially popular honeymoon spot is the Seychelles. Environmentally protected, these islands retain their natural beauty and have a rich variety of wildlife, from giant tortoises to rare black parrots. Stay in a sumptuous boutique hotel with luxury facilities or a simple self-catering beach bungalow and revel in the exotic and romantic surroundings of these spectacular islands.
Morocco has an undeniable air of romance and mystery that is delightful. The wonderful historic cities, the North African landscape and the buzz of the colourful local culture is not quickly forgotten. Visiting cities such as Marrakech, Fez and Tangiers is a heady cocktail for the senses. There are plenty of things to do besides exploring the souks, such as white-water rafting, trekking in the Atlas Mountains or enjoying luxury spa treatments.
When you and your partner have decided on your dream destination, do your research to secure the best deal that you can. If you wish to leave all the arrangements to a travel agent through a honeymoon package that is fine, but you might save a considerable sum by booking flights and accommodation directly.