When I visited Tahiti, I understood why French painter Paul Gauguin was so utterly seduced. The beauty of its outrageously gorgeous lagoons, volcanic peaks and tattooed, flower-wearing locals is hard to take on board. You may feel like you are honeymooning on a magical film set full of vanilla plantations and dinner served to you in the turquoise shallows. Enjoy!
Northern India and Rajasthan have all the ingredients for an uber-romantic honeymoon. Enjoy an insider’s view of Old and New Delhi, discover the jaw-dropping Pink City of Jaipur and marvel at the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love – then unwind with some beach time in Kerala or Goa. If India doesn’t work its magic, nothing will.
For a union of mind, body and soul, a spa honeymoon at Ananda is great value with many treatments and activities included. Book a private pool villa or save a little and stay in a valley view room to soak up views of the Ganges from your bed and bath. Visit Rishikesh at nightfall for Ganga Aarati (lighting of lamps and chanting).
If you haven’t heard, the maximoon is the latest honeymoon trend. This is your chance to escape for a month or more on that round-the-world tour you’ve always promised yourselves. Austravel are the experts and they have a cool Honeymoon List Service allowing friends and family to help fund your trip. So no unwanted toasters. Hurrah!
This exotic honeymoon combines the high-octane thrills of a safari in Tanzania from game spotting to luxury camps and sundowners on the boot of your 4WD, with the spicy romance of Zanzibar where you can explore the labyrinthine streets of Stone Town and relax on blinding beaches. Two honeymoons for the price of one.
From An American in Paris to Amélie, the sultry French capital is where romance blossoms. Kirker gives you the inside track on avoiding tourist clichés and crowds with fast track entrances to less obvious museums and galleries, top reservations for dinner and carefully selected luxury hotels with flowers, petits fours and champagne waiting for you. C’est formidable!
All I can say about this incredible honeymoon is that you’d better be ready for a series of sensory overloads. The first time I went to Indonesia I was bowled over by its staggering beauty and vibrant culture. This honeymoon is perfect for couples who like to combine luxury with adventure. Well worth getting married for!
Laluna is one of my favourite honeymoon retreats. Even its singsongy name makes me feel happy. Created by an Italian couple from a fashion industry background, this place is infused with the romance of the Spice Island of Grenada, the glamour of Italy and the gentle soul of Bali. Laluna is like Kate Moss – effortlessly chic and a little bit edgy.
Calling all wannabee gauchos! Argentina is one of the hottest honeymoon spots around and great value for money to boot. Bright lights and adventure are assured when one moment you can be partying in Buenos Aires, the next standing hand in hand atop a Patagonian glacier. With meandering vineyards, breathtaking lakes and cutting-edge hotels, what’s not to like?
In amongst the excitement of Tokyo and Kyoto, riding the Silver Bullet train and exploring the tropical islands of Okinawa, honeymooners owe it to themselves to experience Japan’s hot springs. Slip into a yukata robe and split-toe tabi socks for an array of traditional treatments, and let that wedding stress drift away.
Namibia’s stark beauty will seduce you – vast dunes, endless deserts, the shipwreck-strewn Skeleton Coast and velvety night skies. Sleep under the stars or in dreamy lodges, while in the game parks you can track rhino, leopard and cheetah. The dry season and best game viewing months coincide with the UK’s popular summer wedding season, and there’s no jetlag either.
For adventurous couples, a white beach and rum punch doesn’t really cut it. Book with Chameleon Tailor-Made and you could go gorilla trekking in Uganda, explore the beaches and jungle of Colombia or see the Cambodian temples of Angkor. Along with your weddings rings, these are the kind of experiences that bond you forever.
Essential Detail’s portfolio is like a cherry-picked box of romantic one-off hotels all owned and run by folk who know and love the Caribbean and who really care about your honeymoon. The London-based team will recommend the perfect hideaway for you both, be it a glamorous beachfront retreat in Jamaica or a barefoot private island hotel in the Grenadines.
Egypt is so very easy to get to, yet so very foreign, making it all the more alluring for couples who have never visited. Cairo is a crazy sprawl of a city with breathtaking delights, from the Sphinx to Mena House, a landmark hotel. Take a romantic cruise down the Nile on a super-stylish boat and soak up the sights and sites.
Swanning around a gorgeous Caribbean villa is the kind of thing you imagine Hollywood stars doing. Yet it’s surprisingly easy to find these private pads with Oliver’s Travels. Although pricey in high season (December to February), if you go off-season there are bargains. You’ll also discover romantic smaller islands such as French St Barths and idyllic Bequia.
Couples that play together, stay together. If you share a love of cycling, Headwater has come up with inspiring routes, some off-road. Romantic itineraries include gastronomic routes in Piedmont and Chianti. And the best thing is, your bags are taken from hotel to hotel for you. They’ll even get the wine orders in.
A star of the novel and film, Eat Pray Love, the spiritual island of Bali is synonymous with rejuvenation and well-being, not to mention romance. Honeymoon at the adults-only Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali and you’ll begin married life with a Discovery Path to ‘balance’, ‘creativity’ or ‘vigour’. All very useful for your new lives together as Mr & Mrs.
Practically on the doorstep and boasting some seriously stylish hotels, southern Spain best suits an early or late summer honeymoon to catch the best climate and avoid the crowds. Seville is a spectacular starting point with its gold-encrusted Alcazar Palace. Add Cordoba and Granada, and you have three sumptuous honeymoon cities for the price of one.
‘It’s who you know’ couldn’t be more apt than when honeymooning with Enchanting Travels – a company with the inside track on delivering the most original of romantic tours whether it’s a look at Mumbai’s booming modern art scene or exploring the Rajput glories of Udaipur. And with people on the ground, any last minute tweak to heighten the romance is as good as done.
There’s a powerful romance about American road journeys from Jack Kerouac’s On The Road to legendary tales of driving California’s Big Sur. For honeymooners who crave the freedom of the road, a fly-drive is the perfect bonding adventure. Exsus ups the ante with a convertible Mustang, America’s best boutique hotels and insider tips on top restaurants and activities.
There’s a new cool about Mallorca. Its capital Palma couldn’t get more hip if it tried. Add to that the idyllic beaches, stunning mountains, fabulous local cuisine and some of the best villas in the Med for the ultimate in privacy. We love the beautifully restored farmhouses with private pools in charming spots like Sencelles and Selva.
Logs for the fire, iPod docking stations and fluffy bathrobes. This isn’t a blow-the-budget honeymoon hotel, it’s one of Sheepskin’s beguiling, self-catering hideaways set in the UK’s most awe-inspiring countryside and the French Alps. Newlyweds enjoy a concierge style service to find everything from gastro pubs to white-water rafting. We love!
Bag yourselves a beautiful apartment for two on the Amalfi coast and you’ll never look back. La Trasita is set in a 14th century Saracen tower overlooking Positano from its circular roof terrace. Play Italian Mr & Mrs in your own private love nest and explore Sorrento, the island of Capri, the ruins of Pompeii and the mighty Vesuvius.
It’s no fluke that Modern Bride magazine named Jamaica Inn the number one place to say ‘I do’. This classy hideaway has retained all the glamour of Jamaica in the ‘50s when the likes of Noel Coward frequented. All 47 suites overlook the Caribbean, dining is alfresco and the indigenous spa is perched on a cliff.