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Let me count the ways in which I love thee

Luxury traveller or backpacker, wine connoisseur or adventure enthusiast. I don’t like typecasting travellers – every traveller is different. There is NO right or wrong way to travel and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise! Floppy hats or hair pulled back into a ponytail, maxi dresses or hiking gear, 4 suitcases or just a backpack – they’re all as right or wrong as each other. For this reason, it’s hard to suggest one ideal honeymoon destination that works for everyone.

 

So we’ve come up with a list of our favourite destinations, with pros and cons for each destination for every single kind of travel. You’ll find something here irrespective of whether you’re a history connoisseur, photographer, old-school romantic, or a beach bum 🙂

 

  • 1) Maldives for luxurious privacy

Best time to go: All year round

Best for: Luxury hotels, water sports, private island getaways

Ideal length of stay: 4-5 days

Cons: Guests are confined to one hotel, it’s expensive and hard to hop b/w islands

If you want to spend your honeymoon marooned on a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean then there is no better place than Maldives. The country offers some incredible luxurious getaways. Spend your days relaxing with your partner, indulging in watersports, getting massages under the Maldivian sun and relishing the privacy of overwater villas.

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Maldives 🙂

 

  • 2) Slovenia for European grandeur on a budget

Best time to go: June-September

Best for: Countryside getaways, gorgeous drives, and lakeside hotels

Ideal length of stay: 10 days

Cons: Lack of amazing beaches

Slovenia is one of the prettiest and most underrated countries in Europe – expect stunning pastures, cascading waterfalls, cottages converted to B&Bs, and glittering lakes. The landscape is similar to Switzerland, Germany, or its immediate neighbour Croatia, but its much easier on the pocket. Check out our detailed guide to a roadtrip in Slovenia to plan your honeymoon in Slovenia.

Lake bled panorama from Ojstrica hike in Slovenia
Gorgeous panoramas all around 🙂

 

 

  • 3) Seychelles for a beach getaway like no other

Best time to go: Year round but March-June are the best months to visit

Best for: Stunning beaches, luxurious resorts,and local markets

Ideal length of stay: 7-10 days

Cons: Can get expensive

Seychelles is ideal if you desire a beach holiday but find the idea of staying in one island resort for the entire duration of your honeymoon constricting. It is easy to hop b/w islands and every island of the archipelago has something different to offer to guests. Spend your days cycling along the coastline, devouring fresh seafood, lounging on some of the prettiest beaches in the world, and relishing Seychellois hospitality. Read our detailed itinerary for Seychelles!

Pool villa infinity pool at Hilton Northolme Seychelles
Our own private infinity pool at Hilton Northolme

 

  • 4) France for the undying romantic

Best time to go: Year round but June-September are the best months to visit

Best for: Paris, French villages, wineries, and coastline drives

Ideal length of stay: 7-10 days

Cons: Can get crowded and touristy

France is an elixir of sorts. It might be clichéd but this is a country where clichés converse to make magic happen. We suggest starting your French honeymoon in Paris (where else) before heading to the vineyards of Bordeaux and/or the coastal towns of the French Riviera. We promise you, you will come away completely smitten! We have written tons of articles about France, so make sure you consult them before planning your honeymoon in the country.

Shangri-La Paris balcony view of Eiffel Tower
Enjoying breakfast with one of the best views at Shangri-La Paris 🙂

 

  • 5) Finnish Lapland for some winter romance

Best time to go: December – February

Best for: Northern Lights, reindeer sleigh rides, husky safaris

Ideal length of stay: 5-7 days

Cons: Can get really cold

If you want to honeymoon in a veritable winter wonderland, then Finnish Lapland is the place to be. Visit Rovaniemi, also known as Santa’s hometown, book yourself a dreamy reindeer sleight ride or a husky safari in Arctic Forests. Rent a romantic lodge in the wilderness and enjoy a surreal honeymoon in Finland.

log cabin at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland
Blankies, cuddles, and warm mulled wine – the perfect concoction for -20°C 🙂

 

  • 6) Iceland for a stunning yet adventurous getaway

Best time to go: June-September for Midnight Sun and roadtrips, December – February for Northern Lights

Best for: Stunning panoramas

Ideal length of stay: 2 weeks

Cons: Unpredictable weather

Iceland is a gem of a country. There are stunning panoramas at every step – waterfalls, fjords, volcanoes, glaciers, caves carved our of ice, geysers, and so much more. Summer months are perfect for a roadtrip in Iceland as days are long and it is possible to drive long distances each day. Winter months are ideal for snow-laden landscapes and chasing Northern Lights. We’ve been to Iceland during summer and winter months but would be hard-pressed to choose one of the two – it’s equally special during both times of the year.

Iceland Road Trip itinerary
Our cottage in Akureyeri that left us all dreamy-eyed

 

  • 7) New Zealand and Fiji Islands for the perfect mix of adventure and luxury

Best time to go: November – February for a summer roadtrip

Best for: Stunning panoramas and night skies

Ideal length of stay: 2-3 weeks

Cons: Long distances, can get expensive

If staying in scenic B&Bs and driving through a country peppered with some of the most gorgeous beaches, fields full of flowers, and picnic spots in the world is what you are craving for a honeymoon, then New Zealand is the place to be! It makes for an ideal active honeymoon – pencil in some hikes on your itinerary, go for a glacier walk, or book a bungee jump for yourself. New Zealand is full of surprises and you’ll love it! Check out our itinerary for a roadtrip in New Zealand.

And if you want to pamper yourselves after this adventurous road trip, there’s no better way than to fly to Fiji Islands and enjoy a truly luxurious honeymoon at Namale. You must read all about this beautiful experience in Fiji.

Couple in New Zealand - best road trip in the world
Beautiful drives in New Zealand
Our gorgeous villa at Namale Resort – perfect end to an amazing trip!

 

  • 8) Peru for the culture vulture

Best time to go: November – February

Best for: Cultural sites, beaches, and historical towns

Ideal length of stay: 2-3 weeks

Cons: Lot of moving around if you want to see the entire country

If you want an offbeat honeymoon, then Peru is the country for you. The country has so much more to offer than just Machu Picchu. You can visit the verdant Amazon Rainforest, spend time exploring Cusco, fly over the mystical Nazca Lines, and sample Peru’s beaches. Don’t forget to devour Peruvian food – those luscious avocadoes and ceviche platters will leave you wanting more. Check out our itinerary for your honeymoon in Peru here.

A romantic stay at Hotel Viñas Queirolo
A romantic stay at Hotel Viñas Queirolo

 

  • 9) Bali for a relaxed honeymoon on a budget

Best time to go: Year round

Best for: Budget-friend luxury and laid-back wellness

Ideal length of stay: 1 week

Cons: Can get crowded, Mosquitoes and lizards during monsoon months

If roadtrips or active holidays don’t float your boat and you just want to lay back and relax on your honeymoon, then Bali is the perfect place for you. Choose a luxurious hotel on the beach or head to the highlands (our preferred choice!) for a honeymoon that will rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Rent a villa in the paddy fields surrounding Ubud or book a hotel – spend your honeymoon getting massages, eating sumptuous organic food, relaxing in the spa, or go for a ride in the paddy fields.

The perfect sunrise? We think so 🙂

 

  • 10) Japan for a sensory experience like no other

Best time to go: Year round but April is ideal to catch cherry blossom season

Best for: A unique honeymoon dotted with panoramas and cultural experiences

Ideal length of stay: 2 weeks

Cons: Expensive, can get really crowded in cherry blossom season

Japan isn’t a destination that pops up on too many honeymoon listicles, but if you ask us, it’s ideal for a honeymoon if the couple is curious other cultures and wants to experience some bucket-list panoramas such as Mt. Fuji at the same time. Japan offers so much to the visit – start in the hustle bustle of Tokyo, escape to Mt. Fuji for a few days, explore the historic bylanes of Kyoto, and book yourself a chalet in the Japanese Alps for some peace and quiet. Make sure to drop by a sushi bar every night and sample the incredible Japanese cuisine on offer. Check out our itinerary for Japan here.