Some consider the honeymoon to be the jumping off point of marriage. It is your first holiday together as husband and wife and will ultimately be based on who you are as a couple. Some go for the traditional tropical relaxation honeymoons, sliding comfortably into marriage while others will jump feet first (or head first if bungee jumping) with a full-fledged adventure honeymoon that doubles as a trip to cross a few things off the ol’ bucket list. How do you picture your first days of marriage? What kind of honeymoon appeals to your relationship style? Check out some of the top honeymoon spots from around the world.
For the Adventurous
New Zealanders are known for their sense of adventure, the invention of the bungee jump cemented New Zealand as a place for extreme sports. Bond as a couple while jet boating, Zorbing, paragliding or just hiking. Something to keep in mind is that June, July and August are the winter months in New Zealand, the winter temperature is usually between 10-15 degrees Celsius. With lush beautiful landscapes New Zealand offers eye candy with an adrenaline rush.
Nothing can compare to the majestic creatures of South Africa, and Kenya offers the best of African Safari’s. Kenya puts a twist on glamping accommodations with the thought of a lion prowling outside your tent at night. Think outside the box and take a horseback Safari and stay in luxury accommodations along the way.
If you are looking for adventures on a smaller budget, stay close to home and save. Experience the adventure to be had in your own back yard. Enjoy white water rafting, hiking, horseback riding, heli-tours or (season permitting) skiing in Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise. Find out why people travel from all over the world to experience our Canadian Rockies.
The Cultural Experience
Croatia is considered an up and coming tourist destination. You will find much less of the tourist crowds filling the streets compared to its neighbour across the Adriatic. This beautiful country has much to offer including gorgeous beaches and even a heart shaped island (Galesnjak Island). Many vineyards fill the hills along with lavender fields, fruit orchards and olive tree groves. Visit the city of Split where you can take in the breathtaking Diocletian’s Place that was built in 305 AD. Croatia offers a mix of old European and Mediterranean atmosphere.
The lands around the Aegean sea are a honeymoon hot spot but only Turkey offers Istanbul, a monumental city steeped in culture. When done with the bustle of the big city hop down to the port city of Bodrum; wander the streets taking in those iconic white washed buildings, with just a touch of colour mixed in. Then relax on a beautiful sand beach and just enjoy your honeymoon. For those that have the history bug be sure to tour the Roman ruins at Ephesus.
Morocco is home to one of the most romantic cities on earth, Marrakesh. Stroll hand in hand in the weaving markets of Marrakesh; stay until after sunset to see Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s main square, turned into a spectacle of activity that will intrigue all of your senses. Watch as snake-charmers, belly dancers, and dining carts fill the square. If you seek some R&R after touring the city head to the coast; the Mazagan Beach Resort at El Jadida is the perfect location to unwind. Traveling to Morocco will defiantly leave an amazing cultural impression on any couple.
Bali is a seduction in itself with gorgeous white sand beaches and the laid back hindu culture it is perfect for the couple looking for rest and relaxation. If you decide to venture out, there are remarkable ruins and hindu temples to be seen. Also be sure to visit the artist community of Ubud where you can find charming rice terraces and the Monkey Forest. Check out villas in Seminyak, here you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Bali that are a bit quieter than some of the other locations around the island.
The Caribbean is a classic honeymoon spot and hard to beat for the ultimate relaxation honeymoon. With all-inclusive resorts you do not have to think about anything other than just enjoying each other.
St. Lucia is praised to be one of the best honeymoon spots in the Caribbean with many remote islets and even accommodation offered on your own private island. Take a break from the beach and try zip-lining through the lush rainforest or snorkeling along the reef. Change it up and stay high in the Pitons at the Ladera Resort for breathtaking mountain views and rooms open to the island air.
The Maldives offer the ultimate in luxury honeymooning. A majority of people have voted the Maldives their dream honeymoon destination and it is not a surprise with their nearly deserted white sand beaches. Consisting of more than 1,100 coral islands the Maldives are one of the last un-spoiled island get-aways. Spend you honeymoon lounging on the beach or experience some of the best snorkeling in the world. Stay in a beach villa or an over water bungalow with a glass floor offering a look into the crystal blue waters. Be sure to check out the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant and enjoy a meal while watching the sea life 5 meters below sea level.
If you could choose anywhere in the world where would you go for your honeymoon?
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