Best Honeymoon Destinations
Best Honeymon Destinations
The excitement of the wedding is now over and it’s time to reward yourselves with a romantic post-nuptial vacay. You’re searching for locales that complement you, somewhere where relaxation is taken just as seriously as sightseeing. This is the time to step out of your vacation comfort zone and try new experiences and create new memories. Here are our favorite picks for honeymoon destinations around the world.
The first thing that might come to mind when you think of Mexico is Cancun and spring break. Fear not, for the beer-guzzling crowds are only there during from March to April. Besides, this beautiful country has so much more to offer. It’s tranquil beaches are the perfect getaway for a honeymooning couple. Best time to go: Though Mexico has pretty mild winters, you also want to avoid the rainy season (May – October) as much as possible if you’re aiming for sun-soaked days. Your best bet is to go between November and May. What you’ll see and do: Besides the amazing coastline and beaches, there’s plenty of ways to take in the sights and sounds of Mexico, from exploring ancient Mayan ruins in Cancun to whale-watching in Los Cabos, and of course sampling the cuisine. The tranquility of the country’s more secluded resorts make this the ultimate lover’s paradise. Honeymoon deals: Honeymoon packages at the oceanfront Buenaventura Grand Hotel and Spa start at $300 per night. The hotel also has spa packages and14 honeymoon suites, so they’re up to the task.
White sandy beaches, natural beauty, convenience and good old Southern comfort. Hilton Head’s subtropical climate is the closest you’ll get to the Caribbean without leaving the country. Best time to go: Anytime of year. What you’ll see and do: Choose between a private villa rental or a luxury resort for your stay. Discover the historic Gullah Islands, a hub of African American culture, practice your tee at the many celebrated golf courses or kick back and be pampered at Hilton Head’s world-class spas. Best Deal: The Hilton Oceanfront Resort has a Romance Package made just for lovers in search of seclusion.
Everything you heard about romantic Italy has been spot-on. From the contemporary streets of Milan to the old-world charm of Tuscany, Italy is one of those destinations that delights the senses at every turn. Best time to go: Of course religious holidays (Easter, Christmas) bring out the most tourists so this may not be the time to go if you’re looking for a newlywed retreat. What you’ll see and do: The rustic charm of Tuscany is unparalleled, so too the ancient ruins in Rome. Rolling vineyards abound, and need we mention that Italians take their shopping very seriously?
An African safari just might be on your “bucket list.” Maybe even a chance to see the pyramids in Egypt or see the sights and smell the spices of colorful Morocco. Best time to go: While most countries in sub-Saharan Africa are perfect for year-round travel, the winter months (November through May) are rainy in countries like Morocco and Egypt. For these two the fall (September-November) and spring (February-April) are the best times to travel to the North. What you’ll see and do: See the “Big Five,” experience the pyramids, discover the origins of man, or just do nothing under an African sky. Best deal: For $1100, the Magical Morocco package includes 9 days accommodation, meals and guided sightseeing.
Every inch of magical Paris celebrates love and romance. Best time to go: The weather in Paris is similar to the States, so anytime is the right time. What you’ll see and do: The lights lining the Champs Elysee are quintessential Paris. For the lover and foodie in you Paris offers some of the most romantic sidewalk cafes. There are plenty of museums and galleries to appease the culture vulture in you. But, of course, if you’re looking to relax, Paris’s legendary hotel concierges know what a newlywed couple needs most: a little privacy and lots of room service. Best Deal: The Four Seasons Paris “Ultimate Romance” package includes spa vouchers, champagne and breakfast.
Thailand is one of the most affordable and romantic getaways around. Old world meets new as ancient temples intermingle with breathtaking and ultra-modern cityscapes. Best time to go: The rainy season lasts from July to October. November through February are the coolest months. What you’ll see and do: Take in authentic Thailand during its many festivals (especially the two-day New Year’s Songkran festival); experience the spirituality of it’s enchanting Buddhist temples or just opt to discover go n your own culinary tours – Thai peopls take their food very seriously so there are plenty of options. Best Deal: Honeymoon Thailand’s Spa and Romance package includes 10-days accommodation in Bangkok and Phuket, spa retreats and meals for $1400.
Jamaica continues to be a favorite with honeymooning couples. Perhaps it is the convenience (just a three hour flight) or the fact that a luxurious can be so affordable. Best time to go: Anytime of the year. What you’ll see and do: Rambling waterfalls, secluded beaches, meals and drinks served on the beach, a thriving nightlife; Jamaica is buzzing with life and there are plenty of places to celebrate romance. Best Deal: The Sandals Honeymoon Romance Package includes breakfast in bed, a champagne massage and a romantic sunset cruise.
This is the ultimate getaway for newlyweds who love food and wine just as much as they do each other. Best time to go: June through August is when wine grapes become “full grown.” September through November is when they are harvested. What you’ll see and do: Wineries, luxury spas and five-star restaurants line the valley’s of Wine Country, USA. Get on board the wine train for a romantic dinner for two or take part in a wine tour. Best Deal: Gaia Napa Valley Hotel “Romance Package starts at $350.