Planning a wedding can be exciting, stressful, emotional, hectic. I remember those days when I was manically running around trying to get everything to match my “onion pink” theme! I was planning for the most amazing day of my life and the stress of planning such an event was incredible. Finally, I found myself waiting for the wedding to just happen so we could take off on our honeymoon and relax alone! Honestly, I think we were looking forward to our honeymoon more than the wedding. Throughout the hours of smiling for photos and wishing guests, I was dreaming of white sand beaches and the Spa.. Looking back at the photos now it seems like my husband was dreaming of the Thai food.
For all of you planning your wedding this year, you shouldn’t have to stress about planning your much awaited honeymoon too. It can be simple if the two of you decide on a few basic things:
- Do you like beaches, mountains or cities.
- What is the approximate budget you want to allocate for this trip – this will help to narrow down destinations right off the bat.
- Do you want to go on a domestic trip or an overseas trip.
Honeymoons are a once in a lifetime experience and should definitely be romantic and memorable. So I hope these ideas inspire you to begin your married life at one of these dream destinations.
Clear turquoise waters, white sands, romantic private dinners at the water’s edge.. Maldives is clearly the first choice for Luxury vacations. It’s expensive though, so why is it a great honeymoon destination? The resorts in Maldives offer you privacy, exceptional service and also a paradise to begin your married life together. What better way to unwind and relax together after a hectic wedding, than to sit at the edge of your private water villa enjoying the sunset together. A 4 night trip is perfect to enjoy the Maldives.
Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef – A gorgeous Taj property with All Inclusive packages
Sun island – A short sea plane ride away from Male airport, this is a 4 star hotel with water villas and plenty of water activities.
Paradise Island Resort & Spa – A 5 star resort with great beach villas and water villas , and no need for an expensive sea plane ride.
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi and Adaaran Select Meedhuparu – 4 star hotels with all-inclusive packages.
Kihaad Maldives – Perfect for night swims with the magical bio-luminescent plankton found in the waters here.
Luxury on a budget is what Bali is all about. What makes it a perfect honeymoon getaway is that you get enough privacy in the romantic ambiance of the private pool villas, and also plenty of activities and beaches to have some fun in the sun. You must have heard about their fabulous Balinese massages as well. You can consider spending a few days hiking or touring the active volcano at Kintamani, shop at Nusa Dua, and even go on an easy scuba dive to a shipwreck without needing a licence. Get more ideas about activities here.
Kamandalu Ubud – Luxury private pool villas overlooking the lush paddy fields of Ubud.
Pandan Tree Villa – Romantic private pool villas in hip Canggu.
Villa Seminyak Estate and Spa – A private pool villa or lagoon pool villa experience at a great rate in Seminyak. Close to a few surf beaches as well.
Inaya Putri Nusa Dua – It’s 3 infinity pools and world-class restaurants make this the most sought after resort in Nusa Dua. Prime beach front property too.
Radisson Blu Tanjung Benoa – This is located at the water sports beach so if you are planning on doing a lot of water sports, then stay here.
Mahe is the largest and most developed island in Seychelles, so there’s plenty more to do here than just take in their divine beaches. It’s still exotic and off the beaten path with gorgeous luxury resorts and natural wonders to see. The Morne Seychellois National Park, the SeyTe Tea factory, are interesting excursions you can go on.
AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa – Just indulge yourself with this one. Its exuberant, located on a pristine crescent-shaped beach and has fabulous services.
Constance Ephelia – A place to revive your senses indeed. This luxuriant resort is situated on the 2 best beaches in Mahe.
Doubletree Resort by Hilton, Allamanda – A scenic resort in the south of Mahe. Get discounted rates by being a member of the Hilton HHonors program.
4. Mauritius :
Experience the best of both worlds- the beach and the mountains in Mauritius. Don’t miss the tour of Grand Bassin an extinct volcano crater, Charmarel’s 7 colored earth and have a whole day of fun at the Caudan water front casino’s and shopping. A great day of water sports can be had at Ile au Cerf island. 6 nights is a perfect amount of time to experience Mauritius – Keep at least 3 days to take in the sights, and 3 more days for relaxation.
Constance Belle Mare Plage – 5 star luxury on a pristine private beach in upscale Belle Mare.
Tamassa – A favorite among Indian honeymooners and vegetarians, this hotel has a fantastic Indian chef and has honeymoon freebies.
Ambre Resort and Spa – Set along a tranquil beach, this adults-only resort is great for a romantic honeymoon getaway.
Langkawi is just a short flight away from Kuala Lumpur so you can have a city + beach experience on your honeymoon in Malaysia. However, Langkawi is not just about the beach, the many natural wonders in Langkawi will leave you spellbound. Walk on the exhilarating Langkawi sky bridge set 700 mts above sea level and is accessible only by cable car. You can also check out the marine and bird parks and don’t forget to explore and ask about the legend of Dayang Bunting Island. The shopping in KL is awesome, so you can end a nice week long honeymoon there.
Berjaya Langkawi Resort – perfect private beach and gorgeous over water chalet rooms.
Meritus Pelangi Resort – 5 star property with an amazing spa
Favehotel Cenang beach – a great 3 star beach hotel
6. Krabi or Phuket:
An hour’s flight away from Bangkok in Thailand, is the beach town of Krabi. Phuket can be reached by a 2 hour ferry ride from Krabi. Many people choose to plan a varied itinerary like Krabi – Phuket – Bangkok. Start your trip at the beach, experience the deep greenish blue waters and towering limestone cliffs jutting out of the sea, check out James Bond island and the Hong islands. For some culture go and see the Phuket Fantasea Show. Then end with a few days of shopping and cafe hopping in Bangkok. Get some more ideas here.
Ao Nang Villa Hotel – Beach front hotel with large rooms and good service. Its near the boat pier for the island tours, the walking street outside is fabulous in the evenings with restaurants and lanterns and shopping.
Amari Vogue Krabi – Beautiful as a dream, with candle light dinners on the sand.
Amari Phuket – Beachfront resort in Patong.
7. Koh Chang :
If you don’t want a long journey to your blissful honeymoon, then Koh Chang is perfect. It’s a 2.5 hour drive from Bangkok airport to the island of Koh Chang. Unspoiled beaches, island shopping and the most delicious authentic Thai food. I went there for my honeymoon and it was unforgettable! You can also add Bangkok at the end of your trip for a shopping bonanza.
The Aiyapura Resort – This paradise in Koh Chang is just waiting to be discovered. I loved this Eco friendly hotel’s organic vegetable garden and the food. The Spa left me in a blissful reverie, and the candlelit dinner on a sand bank in the sea was certainly unique.
The Sea View Koh Chang – A beautiful location to go kayaking in the clear blue waters and tree lined sea shore at this hotel. Excellent reviews and great rooms too.
If the thought of a fast paced activity filled honeymoon gets your heart racing, then go straight to Singapore. Its packed to the gills with exciting things to see and do. The hotels are expensive so you may have to shell out a little more for a large fancy hotel, but with all the sights to see, you may not even want to lounge indoors. Put these awesome sights on your to do list in Singapore and you will come away rejuvenated and with fantastic memories: Universal Studios, Singapore city Duck tours, Gardens by the bay, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa island to name a few.
Recommended hotels: Stay in Clark Quay or near Orchard Road
Orchard Parade hotel – Located at the beginning of Orchard Road which is the most happening street in Singapore.
Furama Xclusive riverfront – Gorgeous hotel at a good price and close to the metro station.
The Elizabeth Hotel – Elegant and grand hotel in a great location.
Village Hotel Albert Court – Classy hotel in a neighborhood you can experience like a local.
All this talk of beaches is really making me want to travel right now! But I have 2 more weeks to go for my Bali vacation so I’ll have to wait till then. I hope you liked my collection of most romantic Honeymoon Destinations. If you have any queries about these destinations or want more suggestions, do leave me a comment below.