Top 50 Honeymoon Destinations for 2016
Top 50 Honeymoon Destinations for 2016
Love happens when we find the most exotic destinations to share with your other half. We traveled all around the world in search of the most romantic, memorable and simply wow-inspiring honeymoon destinations. We found the most secluded beaches, the most romantic islands and the most heart-pounding adventures — so all you have to do is pick the spot that fits your travel personality.
Start your trip in the bustling-metropolis-meets-beach-town of Tel Aviv, or touring the historic sites of Jerusalem. Then, choose your own adventure: head north to experience jeep rides and hikes in the mountains of the Golan, or south to the world renowned dead sea spas and to take in the serenity of the desert.
Famous for its wine, cultural attractions, riverfront district and downtown area, Portugal’s second largest city is a honeymoon destination just waiting to be discovered. If, when travelling, you enjoy a city that mixes old and new, vintage and trendy, than Porto is the perfect place to get lost in and to celebrate your new life as a couple.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z traveled here before it was cool, and we know why: it’s by far one of the most romantic destinations out there. The scent of pine trees pervades the mountainous beaches of Vis, whose clear water astounds most of its visitors. Other towns, like Rovinj, will have you sipping champagne at sunset on its rocky cliffs. You’ll appreciate Croatia’s lack of major must-see landmarks that in any other European city would make traveling there just for the beaches something your friends would hold against you.
Australia’s smallest island state, this heart-shaped (apropos, we know….) region is simply breathtaking, and boasts the world’s cleanest air. The last stop before Antarctica (another one of the world’s up and coming places to visit), this certainly fits the bill for adventurous couples looking to travel to the world’s end.
The Greek islands, beautiful as they are, have a sort of “been there, done that” feel. Head to this less tourist-y beachfront town on the Turquoise Coast (named for the gorgeous hue of its horizon) that offers equal parts luxury and authenticity. Scuba-diving in this town is unparalleled and sunbathing on Patara Beach, the longest beach on the Mediterranean, gives visitors a chance to simultaneously view the ancient ruins that run along its nine-mile stretch.
Known best for its cultural landmarks, music scene, and craft beers and cocktails, Dublin is a fun start to a honeymoon that is better when wrapped-up with a road trip through Ireland’s bucolic countryside. Is spending a night or more in a historic castle on your bucket list? This trip is the chic way to feel like a princess for the day.
Equal parts spiritual sanctuary and luxury retreat, Sri Lanka is the answer for those seeking a Southeast Asian alternative to Bali and The Maldives. While the country’s capital of Colombo is in the midst of a metropolitan upswing, new beachfront hotels are popping up along its shores to accommodate surfers looking for something more upscale.
For the couple who has been to Costa Rica and is looking for a similar feel, the rainforests and colors of Guatemala are a favorite of well-traveled VIP’s across the country. Similar to destinations of its kind, zip-lining, horseback riding and kayaking are among a few activities easily accessible to those who are looking to stay active, without much risk.
Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish chose this pastoral setting for their nuptials, and for good reason. Western Montana is ideal for those seeking refuge from a big city, and its ranch landscapes and accompanying activities will have you feeling Western-chic.
Let’s face it, Paris needs some love right now, especially after all the romance she’s provided us with over the years. We were sad to hear that couples were cancelling the chance to stop over or spend time in one of our favorite cities, and 2016 promises to be an exciting time for the City of Light as it rebuilds and reboots.
This small volcanic island is known for its seriously gorgeous sunsets and pristine whitewashed villas.
Rock stars and fashion designers have been going to this North African city for decades to find inspiration. You’ll feel like you wandered onto a movie set complete with snake charmers, belly dancers, horse-drawn carriage rides andan extensive maze of markets.
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Simply known as Boka, this winding bay will engulf you with its emerald waters and picturesque mountains. The shoreline houses beautiful medieval towns like Perast, where you can stop for a meal and interact with the locals.
Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como is a home for many celebrities, such as George Clooney. The lake is simply breathtaking. Lake Como (Lago di Como) is one of the famous Italian Lakes destinations, not far from Milan in the north of Italy. Lake Como is long (50km), slender and extremely deep. The southern end forks into two long ‘legs’, with the picturesque town of Bellagio situated on the promontory between them.
Rising out of a cliff between the Red and Dead Sea, the lost city of Petra still has secrets to reveal. It has several tombs and carved structures spread across a sandy landscape. Many scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed here.
Longsheng Rice Terrace, China
These stunningly beautiful terraced rice fields received the name of Dragon’s Backbone because the rice terraces resemble a dragon’s scales while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon.
The enchanting island of Gozo is an integral part of the Maltese archipelago. Besides being one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean, it boasts of mystical backwaters, historical forts and amazing panoramas.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
This submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize is in every scuba diver’s bucket list. Even if you are not into enjoying a myriad of species underwater, it’s totally worth flying over the Blue Hole for a breathtaking view.
Amer fort, India
A majestic structure sprawling on a hilltop, Amer fort’s architecture is a magnificent blend of Mughal and Hindu influences. Made out of red sandstone and white marble, it consists of a series of courtyards, palaces, halls, and gardens.
Forest of Knives, Madagascar
It is truly intriguing that wildlife can happily exist amidst razor sharp vertical rocks in this mesmerizing forest. You can hike around the bizarre pinnacles of limestone and observe different kinds of birds and lemurs.
There are no roads to Namje. The only way to get to the Nepalese village is along a series of footpaths with views of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth-tallest peak.
Taha’a, French Polynesia
Most people head to Bora Bora or Tahiti, but why not explore the intimate and exquisite island of Taha’a instead? The landscape is dotted with several vanilla plantations and traditional pearl farm huts.
Far North Queensland, Australia
This place is home to diverse landscape within a short drive, such as the Great Barrier Reef, and the highest jungled mountain in Australia called Mount Bartle Frere and the Outback. My favorite part is Undara, where the accommodation is an old railway carriage. There are areas where you can find some of the oldest aboriginal cave paintings in the world.
Sabah and Sarawak, Borneo
Everyone should walk the Head Hunter trail in Sarawak at least once in their life, and then go into the epic Mulu caves at dusk to see literally millions of bats exiting on their nightly journey. In Sabah you can ride horses with Borneo cowboys and go to the Denham Valley research center, which is like being in Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs.
Porto Heli, Greece
From lush olive groves to perfect bays, every scene seems as if it was lifted from a postcard. The calm beaches are ideal for sunbathing and frolicking.
Pisco Elqui, Chile
Those who love to star gaze, look no further than the clearest skies in Pisco Elqui. Surrounded by magnificent Andean mountains, this Chilean village enjoys perfect weather year round.
Known as Turkey’s most visually striking region, Cappadocia offers caves, clefts, pinnacles and ‘fairy chimneys’ (pointed rock formations). Volcanic eruptions formed this surreal moonscape.
Con Dao Island, Vietnam
In addition to hiking and exploring empty coastal roads and deserted beaches, there are some excellent wildlife-watching opportunities in the islands of Con Dao. Most of the land area is part of Con Dao National Park, which protects Vietnam’s most important sea turtle nesting grounds.
This Roman colonial town founded by Emperor Trajan in AD100 is a UNESCO world heritage site. Centuries later, it still represents the embodiment of Roman urban planning.
The Cook Islands
Many are of the opinion that Cook Islands are the best kept secret in the Pacific Ocean. The 15 islands are scattered over a vast expanse of seductive and sensuous ocean, boasting of idyllic climate and rare beauty.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Built by the Khymer civilization, Angkor Wat is the most famed Cambodian temple, which even appears on its national flag. The architectural genius unfolds many enduring tales of Cambodian history.
Corfu Greece is among the most beautiful and popular islands of the country. Due to its strong historical connection with Europe, this was among the first Greek islands to open to tourism. Located on the north western side of the country, Corfu island has a cosmopolitan feeling combined with a special traditional character. Paleokastritsa, Sidari, Kassiopi and Acharavi are nice tourist places on the northern side of the island, while the inland is dotted with lovely villages and many sightseeings.
No list of exotic destinations can be complete without mention of Fiji, an archipelago of over 300 islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Besides pristine white sandy beaches and fish-packed coral reefs, there is ample opportunity to climb a mountain, soak in a hot spring or explore a village.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
The stunning scenery in the backdrop of the misty Cuillin hills offers beautiful hikes and spectacular photos.
Yellowstone National Park, USA
Home to the famous “Old faithful” geyser, Yellowstone still remains an unspoiled natural beauty. You are bound to see legendary wildlife wherever you go, be it grizzly bears, wolves or antelopes.
Bagan boast of the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples and stupas in the world. For an unparalleled view, you can take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise.
Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Inspiration to Conan Doyle’s Lost World and Avatar, this place is an extraordinary natural geologic formation. It serves as the natural border between Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana in South America.
Cano Cristales, Colombia
Known as the most beautiful river in the world and the “Liquid Rainbow”, this Colombian wonder is a must visit if you are heading to South America. The best time to travel is July – November when the river bed is full of gaudy colors like green, yellow, blue, black and red.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The world largest salt flat is breathtaking, especially after rain when it creates a mirror effect. The salt is about 10 meters thick in the center.
Panjin Red Beach, China
Red Beach is located in the highest wetland and reed marsh in the world. It is vividly red and not covered in sand at all. The color is from a type of sea weed called Sueda, which stays green during summer and turns red in autumn.
Isolated Socotra looks like a sci-fi movie set. It is home to 800 rare species of flora and fauna, about a third of which is not found anywhere else in the world.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
When you sink your feet into white silica sand that is amongst the purest in the world, you will know why people come here from all over the world.
Lake Baikal, Russia
The world’s oldest and deepest lake is an ice-lovers paradise. Adventuresome tourists have driven and walked over the frozen lake, but you can kayak, skate or bike.
Giant’s Causeway, Ireland
Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, Giant’s Causeway is an integral part of Ireland’s heritage. The most characteristic feature of the site is the exposure of large, regularly shaped polygonal columns of basalt in perfect horizontal sections.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
There is something magical and mystical about castles, especially the Neuschwanstein, which is an inspiration to Disney’s Cinderella castle. It reflects the eccentric life of King Ludwik who withdrew into a world of myth upon losing his sovereignty.
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan
There is a reason why camera-clutching tourists shuffle their way through soaring stalks of bamboo. But the pictures don’t do justice, so add this to your list of “places to see before you die”.
Lake Retba, Senegal
Easily mistaken for a pool of strawberry milkshake, the bizarre color of lake Retba is actually a natural phenomenon. Thanks to its high salt concentration, it is a habitat for salt-loving microorganisms that bring out the pink colorization.
Badab-e Surt, Iran
The travertine (a sedimentary rock deposited by flowing water from two distinct mineral springs) terrace is a scenic natural wonder in the highlands of northern Iran.
Lifted from a dream, Sossusvlei is full of picturesque sand dunes surrounded by clay pans. The most surreal attraction is the Deadvlei, where the dead acacia trees contrast the white shiny salty floor of the pan.
Wish to stand at “Hell’s door?” Head to Derweze, a giant illuminated hole rich in natural gas, in the middle of the Karakum dessert. The crater is made by geologists more than 40 years ago, and the flames within have been burning ever since.
Fregate Island, Seychelles
The private island of Fregate is an ultimate honeymooner’s delight. It is one of the world’s most exclusive resorts with seven pristine beaches to choose from. Simply close your eyes and think idyllic.