Why have one honeymoon experience, when you can have two? Combining contrasting destinations is a great way to get more out of your special holiday and also suits couples who have differing travel tastes or who want to combine adventure with R&R. Here are my top recommendations.
Venice & Lake Garda, Italy
Oliver’s Travels recommends honeymooners combine four nights in the city of Venice with a week on Lake Garda (just a two-hour drive away), for an easy two-centre honeymoon. Stay at Case Erbe in Venice and Villa Selva which has its own pool overlooking the lake.
Dubrovnik & Sipan, Croatia
Completely Croatia offers a wide range of two-centre honeymoons in this diverse destination. Top of the list is the combination of the five-star Hotel More in Dubrovnik with the boutique Hotel Bozica on the island of Sipan.
Lisbon & Alentejo, Portugal
Sunvil Discovery has a fabulous two-centre honeymoon in Portugal beginning in the much-underrated city of Lisbon and out into the Alentejo region with its old towns such as Evora and Estremoz with hilltop castles and wineries.
Reykjavik & Akureyri, Iceland
Regent Holidays gives honeymooners the best of both worlds with a two-centre trip to Iceland combining the capital, Reykjavik, in the south with Akureyri in the north for whale-watching and outdoor adventure.
Positano & Ravello, Italy
Kirker Holidays knows that the Amalfi Coast will always be a honeymoon winner and the way to get the best out of this region is to combine the beautiful seaside town of Positano with Ravello, set in the hills.
Corfu & Greek mainland
Simpson Travel has cleverly created a twin-centre with plenty of R&R in Corfu combined with activities on the Greek mainland. In Corfu, stay in a very private 200-year old one-bed villa with plunge pool then head on the ferry to the adult-only White Orchid boutique hotel in Sivota where couples enjoy dolphin-spotting, the Meteora monasteries, hiking the Vikos Gorge, wading up the mystical River Styx, snorkelling and driving across the border to Albania.
Italian Dolomites & Venetia
Dubai & Mauritius
Beachcomber Tours’ most popular two-centre honeymoon is Dubai with Mauritius made even easier now that Emirates flies twice daily daily on an A380 from Dubai into Mauritius. This honeymoon is the perfect combination of glitzy city break with dreamy Indian Ocean relaxation by the beach.
Abu Dhabi & Seychelles
Just Seychelles combines the exciting destination of Abu Dhabi with its high end shopping and attractions such as Ferrari World with the castaway paradise of the Seychelles. Stay at the new Enchanted Island with just ten private pool villas.
Sri Lanka & Maldives
Barefoot Traveller offers the perfect combo for culture and fly’n’flop. Begin with all the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka such as Sigiriya Fortress and the wildlife at the Yala National Park before flying to the castaway Maldives for overwater villas, diving and pampering.
Tanzania & Pemba Island
Rainbow Tours knows that safari and beach make a winning honeymoon combination. Begin in Tanzania in the Ruaha National Park for exciting game viewing and romantic tented accommodation before boarding a light aircraft to the intoxicating Spice Island of Pemba to chill out at the barefoot chic of Fundu Lagoon resort.
Malawi Bush & Beach
Robin Pope Safaris offers a luxury eight-day bush and beach safari in Malawi which combines the Majete Wildlife Reserve with a the relaxing Pumulani Lodge right on Lake Malawi with its own white sandy beach.
Botswana safari & Mozambique beach
Original Travel has a page dedicated to two-centre safari/beach honeymoon ideas. It especially recommends the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana for safari and Southern Mozambique and Bazaruto Archipelago for the beach.
South Africa & Mauritius
Sail and stay in the BVIs
Turquoise Holidays recommends combining three nights under sail, on board a fully crewed yacht just for the two of you, and seven nights in the romantic Biras Creek, an island retreat on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
Bermuda & New York
Classic Collection combines an idyllic beach honeymoon in Bermuda with a romantic city-break in New York. It’s just a two-hour flight between Bermuda and New York.
Utah & Wyoming
Exsus has come up with an utterly spell binding combination of the arid deserts in Utah with the snow-capped mountains in Wyoming, staying in Aman resorts all the way. Definitely a honeymoon to remember.
Los Angeles & the Cook Islands
Turquoise Holidays offers the excitement of Los Angeles with its swanky hotels, film heritage, Rodeo Drive shopping and theme parks with the remote castaway destination of the Cook Islands.
Tahiti & New Zealand
Explore New Zealand’s volcanoes, lakes and mountains, whilst enjoying the superb hospitality, cuisine and wines of the country’s luxury lodges. Then total relax on the French Polynesian islands of Tahiti made famous by the paintings of Paul Gaughan.
Vietnam City & Beach
Selective Asia recommends honeymooners explore the city of Hanoi from the luxury of the Hotel de l’Opera before heading to the beach resort of Danang for a relaxing and rejuvenating stay at Fusian Maia Resort on My Kye Beach where two spa treatments per person per day are included in the price.
Vietnam & Hong Kong
Audley Travel suggests a relaxing stay in Vietnam on the Hoi An beaches, staying at the luxurious Nam Hai, before heading to Hong Kong for four nights at the Langham, a superb base for shopping, culture and nightlife.
Brazil & Argentina
Dehouche is a South America specialist and gets honeymooners under the skin of this immense continent. Learn Samba in Brazil and Tango in Argentina with a week in Rio and a week in Buenos Aires.
Guatemala & Belize
Journey Latin America has the knowledge to take honeymooners to the very best of Central America. This honeymoon explores Guatemala’s colonial city of Antigua, its lakes and mountains before heading to Belize. for breathtaking Mayan ruins and diving the Blue Hole.
Amalfi Coast & Maldives
Only a tour operator as skilled as Exsus could come up with this wonderfully quirky Cappuccinos to Cocoa Island two-centre. Begin on the Amalfi Coast with all its Italian charm and sophistication before flying to the castaway Maldives for a complete contrast. You’ll definitely feel like you’ve had double the romance.
Last updated: 6 September 2016