The best honeymoon destinations for romance

While wedding preparations take priority when tying the knot, perhaps the most magical and intimate moments occur during the honeymoon. The honeymoon is a special time, when the stresses of invitations, wedding dresses and family dramas are no longer relevant. A time to enjoy your first moments as a married couple, celebrating your commitment to one other. What better way to celebrate than with white sand between your toes or a cocktail in your hand? There is a reason why they call the good times of a relationship the “honeymoon phase”, and with this list of the best honeymoon destinations, you will be reminded why.

The Maldives

The Maldives, simply put, is a lover’s paradise. Stepping onto any one of the 1,196 islands of the Maldives is like entering into another world – one you will never want to leave. If you’re looking for a tranquil honeymoon escape with your soulmate, the Maldives is a pristine choice. 

Awaken in the morning, draw back the curtains and bask in the oceanic oasis before you. A shimmering blue sea surrounds the islands, gentle waves crashing against the ivory sand beaches. Newlyweds can spend their time sipping cocktails on the shore and basking in views that feel like a real-life holiday brochure. The beauty of the Maldives truly lies in the crystal-clear waters, the aquatic activities and the sea creatures that live within. Encounter a cheeky dolphin or a school of fish while snorkelling in the ocean. Perhaps take a jet-ski out with your partner, taking turns leading the way. 

Your honeymoon to the Maldives doesn’t have to be all aquatic adventures, though. Take a sunset stroll with your spouse along the coast of the island, as you relish in the picturesque views of the sunkissed horizon. Many of the honeymoon island resorts that the Maldives has to offer will have an assortment of facilities and amenities designed for pure relaxation. Depending on where you reside, these may include couples spa treatments, floating breakfasts or butler-drawn bubble baths. The Maldives has it all, from adventure to romance, providing newlyweds an unforgettable experience. It is truly one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world, and certainly one of the most romantic. 

Best places to stay in the Maldives

Villa Nautica – With white sand beaches and seaside picnics, Villa Nautica is a great honeymoon location for a beach escape

Joali Being – Where wellness and tranquillity are the highest of priorities, Joali Being delivers a pristine Maldives experience.

Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa – Beaming blue waters that lead to your doorstep, luxury at its finest. 

LUX South Ari Atoll – Serene and private, perfect for an intimate honeymoon with your soulmate.

Vakkaru Maldives – Exuding romance and elegance, Vakkaru Maldives is a multi-award winning luxury honeymoon resort.

When is the best time to go to the Maldives?

Best time of year – November to April

Cheapest time of year – May to November

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is a tourist hotspot in Japan, and for good reason. A city that stays true to its Japanese roots, Kyoto is committed to preserving the traditions and nature that beckon tourists from around the world. It is also home to many romantic locations, which couple nicely with the city’s gorgeous scenery. For couples who enjoy learning and exploring, Kyoto is a unique honeymoon destination oozing with history. 

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It is almost as if the city of Kyoto was designed to be plastered in every honeymoon scrapbook created. With scenic forests and mountains leading the charge, experience every inch of this city for the first time with someone you love. Bask in panoramic views from Shogunzuka Seiryuden, a Japanese temple in the mountains. Here is where you and your partner can learn more about Japanese history while taking plenty of pictures and videos to preserve the memory. Explore the Bamboo Forest, with its towering bamboo trees and luscious green scenery. An eye-catching Japanese landmark, newlyweds can start their lives together with this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Kyoto’s beauty cannot be understated. Whether you’re smelling flowers from Kyoto Botanical Garden or taking a stroll through the lantern-lit streets of Pontocho, you can be sure that this Japanese city will be the perfect backdrop for your romantic honeymoon.

Best places to stay in Kyoto

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto – Stunning views of the pond garden from the contemporary-styled hotel rooms, a great choice for those looking for a serene retreat to nature. 

Noku Kyoto – This luxurious resort is perfect for lovers of Japan’s history, as it is draped with Japanese culture. 

When is the best time to go to Kyoto?

Best time of year – October to November, March to May

Cheapest time of year – February  

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Paris, France

If you’re asking yourself, “Which is the most romantic place for a honeymoon?”, it is impossible to look past The City of Love. From French cuisine, art galleries and romantic scenery, it’s no wonder why Paris is at the top of so many honeymoon bucket lists. 

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While there is so much to do in France, a candid photo in front of the Eiffel Tower as newlyweds is a no-brainer for first pick. One of the most famous landmarks in history, the Eiffel Tower is an iconic backdrop for your first trip away as a married couple. However, the list of gorgeous Paris locations doesn’t stop there. Paris is home to a flurry of enchanting gardens, such as Jardin de Tuileries, with plenty of photo opportunities. A tour of Versailles is also a must-do for honeymooners, with plenty of waterfront picnic spots for an intimate moment. 

It is also worth noting that although Paris’ landmarks, while beautiful, are arguably not the biggest attraction – it’s the food. With a host of romantic French dining restaurants sprinkled throughout the streets of Paris, you will be spoilt for choice come dinnertime. Take a seat with your loved one and explore different flavours together, with every bite proving more exciting than the last. From Michelin-starred meals to five-star hotels, Paris is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world.

Best places to stay in Paris

Hotel Malte – If you and your partner are foodies, the French delicacies and cuisines at Hotel Malte will have you both licking your lips.

Hotel Grand Powers – This five-star hotel epitomises Paris’ culture, with French designs and delicious French cuisine – a truly romantic destination for honeymooners.

When is the best time to go to Paris?

Best time of year – March to May or September to October

Cheapest time of year – December to February

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Bali, Indonesia

Whether you’re visiting Bali for the first time or the tenth, you are guaranteed fun-filled travels. Perched on the southern tip of Indonesia, Bali has been a tourist hotspot for years. While many may visit Bali for great-value hotels and buzzing nightlife, the true beauty of the province lies in its magnificent landscapes and historic architecture. 

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Planning a honeymoon in Bali can be difficult – for the simple fact that there is so much to do. If the thought of exploring ancient forests and temples excites the adventurer in you, you won’t be short of options. The Monkey Forest in Ubud is a great chance for couples to meet and greet furry locals, who may or may not be inclined to steal the hat off your head. History and culture lovers will be in awe of the sacred sites and shrines in Bali. These include the Uluwatu Temple or the Gates of Heaven on Mount Lempuyang.

For the lovebirds who prefer more traditional holiday activities, visit the Ayung River. Here is where you can try white water rafting and kayaking. Bali is home to an array of state-of-the-art spa facilities too. These allow a great chance to rejuvenate after a day of adventuring. Rose-petal baths await you, as well as multiple locations overlooking lush hillsides for a romantic outing. You will never have a dull moment on your honeymoon in Bali. Explore its bustling nightlife and huge variety of restaurants, as well as world-class resorts scattered across the province. No matter what your idea of romance is, this is certainly one of the best honeymoon destinations.

Best places to stay in Bali

Padma Resort Ubud –  With stunning views, world-class facilities and fine dining, this five-star resort is perfect for a luxurious honeymoon in Bali.

Astagina Resort – Curated for couples, enjoy beachside views, couple massages and floral-decorated hotel rooms.

When is the best time to go to Bali?

Best time of year –  May to October

Cheapest time of year – October to March

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Iceland

If your idea of a top honeymoon destination includes steamy hot springs and ethereal waterfalls, Iceland will top your list. A pristine choice for lovers of travel and adventure, Iceland will provide you with an unforgettable experience and plenty of stories to tell.

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Iceland is home to an array of natural marvels that you cannot appreciate until you witness them in person. The Northern Lights are an iconic Icelandic spectacle if you are lucky enough to see them. Between earth-slicing riverbanks and luscious cliffside waterfalls, it is like a screensaver come to life. Whale season occurs between April and October, with Skjálfandi Bay in Húsavik known to be the best place to see the marine giants. The same goes for the volcano exploring expeditions if you’re keen for an adventure.

If you’re interested in more of a relaxing honeymoon, you won’t be disappointed in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is a spectacle that you can find at the Retreat Hotel. Here, you can relax in the 40-degree Celcius geothermal spa. Explore craters and steam vents as you take a romantic hike with your spouse, or perhaps hire an ATV to ride along the black sand beaches. Iceland is one of our top honeymoon destinations as it creates memories that will last a lifetime, ones that you can share during your lifetime together.

Best places to stay in Iceland

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon – One of our favourite accommodations in Iceland, The Retreat provides a deep sense of serenity for its guests and plenty of opportunities for intimate moments.

Ion Adventure Hotel – If you’re seeking an adventurous honeymoon to create countless memories, Ion Adventure Hotel provides fly fishing, glacier treks and Northern Lights excursions.  

When is the best time to go to Iceland?

Best time of year – Northern lights are between September to March, and summer activities are from June to August.

Cheapest time of year – January to May

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Australia

Australia is home to a multitude of romantic locations that provide the perfect spot to celebrate your marriage. Offering destinations with balmy tropical scenery, a vast range of fine dining restaurants and bars, and some of the best beaches in the world, a honeymoon in Australia may just be the ideal choice.

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For couples who love the idea of exploring gorgeous natural landscapes, and creating memories while doing it, Australia has no shortage of places to discover. Tasmania’s untouched mountains, flowing rivers and luscious forests are the perfect stops for an Australian road trip. For lovers of sea life, grab your snorkelling gear and dive into the world’s largest living reef system – The Great Barrier Reef. Or toast to a lifetime of happiness while sipping wine at the Barossa Valley wine region. There is no shortage of alluring honeymoon destinations in Australia, it’s just a matter of choosing where to start.

Some of the greatest cities in the world can be found in Australia, including Melbourne and Sydney. Melbourne in particular has been renowned for its buzzing nightlife, designer shopping outlets, exquisite art galleries and scrumptious food. Sipping wine in a vineyard with your soulmate feels like a scene out of a film, and you can play this out at one of the many wineries in Australia. Barossa Valley is home to over 150 vineyards, and the selections of wines at its classy wineries are sure to quench your thirst. Australia is home to countless treasures and secrets to discover, perfect for curious honeymooners. 

Best places to stay in Australia

Beach Club Hamilton Island – An adults-only accommodation, enjoy this beachside resort that instils complete relaxation for couples.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Safari Camp – The perfect blend between serene nature and pristine luxury, an impeccable location for newlyweds.

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Mauritius

The tropical shangri-la that is Mauritius invites couples for a magical honeymoon experience. Located off the coast of Africa, this gorgeous island nation is home to pristine ocean waters that gently crash on white-sand beaches, the perfect backdrop for a serene honeymoon with your partner.

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This idyllic honeymoon destination is a fairytale escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The beaches are the main attraction of Mauritius, with crystal clear waters that look completely untouched. The central island is surrounded by coral reefs, great for snorkelling. Newlyweds who are looking to relax and just simply be, set up a couple of beach chairs by the seashore. If you’re keen on a romantic hike, pop on your running shoes and explore the Black River Gorges National Park. Luscious greenery and amazing wildlife await you here, with plenty of cute picnic spots to enjoy some alone time together. 

Once you have reset and recharged, you will be delighted to discover how much fun there is to be had in Mauritius. Swim underneath a waterfall at Tamarind Falls, which empties into a calm lagoon. Zip lining is also hugely popular amongst locals and visitors alike, an exhilarating experience where couples can soar across the picture-perfect Vallee des Coulerous. You will be high amongst captivating natural landscapes here, with unreal views of waterfalls and rainforests. Mauritius is a haven for couples looking to spend quality time together. You will feel like the only two people in the world.

Best places to stay in Mauritius

Paradise Cove – This adults-only resort is perfect for couples who want to feel secluded, as it is situated on an isolated beach with stunning ocean views.

Westin Turtle Bay Resort and Spa – A great honeymoon accommodation for newlyweds who are looking for luxury and serenity, with sprawling ocean views, adults-only pools and on-site spas.

When is the best time to go to Mauritius?

Best time of year –  May to December (Cool, dry and sunny)

Cheapest time of year – May to September (Low season)

The Seychelles

The Seychelles is another gem sprouting from East Africa, one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. The island nation feels like a hidden part of the world, with its shimmering blue waters and untouched flora showcasing its natural beauty. There is an abundance of hiking spots and caves to discover, where meeting the friendly wildlife is not a rare occasion. Hiking tours are available at most islands, where you can grab plenty of candid photos of the stunning island oasis. 

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With 115 islands and an abundance of luxury resorts and pristine beaches, island hopping is a great option for couples who want to experience it all. Many of the five-star resorts in Seychelles offer dive centres for guests to explore the reefs and coral gardens. Resorts prioritise romance in Seychelles, with couples spas, fine dining, and intimate picnic spaces to ensure you feel like the only two people in the world. With so much to see and so many secrets to uncover, Seychelles is the ideal honeymoon destination for lovebirds who love to explore.

Best places to stay in The Seychelles: 

North Island – Looking for complete privacy on your romantic honeymoon? North Island is dedicated to making this happen and even offers guests the option to buy out the entire island.

Constance Ephelia – This five-star hotel promises pure luxury with facilities for relaxation, health and wellness and fine dining. 

When is the best time to go to Seychelles?

Best time of year – April to May, October and November.

Cheapest time of year – May to November

Italy

Authentic Italian cuisine, picturesque cities and timeless artistic culture – Italy has it all. Italy is one of the most storied and iconic countries in Europe, with each city telling its own story.  

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Italy has so much to offer in such a relatively small country, that it’s almost busting out the seams. A honeymoon in Italy should never be rushed, as it truly has so many qualities to appreciate. The Almafi Coast is a sight to behold, with its vibrantly coloured buildings and houses built into the cliffside. Join a walking tour, visit a winery for a romantic outing, or take up a cooking class.

Visiting different parts of Italy is like visiting different worlds. Milan is one of the global fashion capitals. Florence is home to the world’s largest collection of Italian Renaissance art. Pompeii is where Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. Visiting these different cities as newlyweds boosts the experience even more, as you will be creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Pasta and pizza lovers will be right at home in Italy, too. A country booming with authentic Italian restaurants, it is impossible not to have a romantic evening while sharing a bowl of Ribolitta in Tuscany, its birthplace. Italy is an explorer’s dream, with so much art, culture and architecture to admire. Newlyweds who visit Italy for their honeymoon are almost certain to leave with more memories than photos – and there will be plenty of photos. 

Best places to stay in Italy

Passalacqua Lake Como – voted the best hotel in the world in 2023, its elegant interiors and breathtaking water views exude romance.

Dharma Boutique Hotel and Spa Rome – Specialising in luxury and relaxation, this Italian hotel offers a sauna, Turkish bath and jacuzzi to unwind. 

Singer Palace Hotel – Romantic and elegant, this five-star hotel has delicious fine dining and rooftop views of the city to enhance your Italian honeymoon experience.

When is the best time to go to Italy?

Best time of year – April to May, September to October (pleasant weather)

Cheapest time of year – November (Winter)

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