41 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the World

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A honeymoon is when newlyweds get to celebrate their marriage. After the often relentless pressure of planning and fine-tuning the big day, you and your new spouse need to take a breath and relax—the chance to start enjoying the delicious novelty of being a married couple. These are the best honeymoon destinations.

What better way than with a romantic getaway? A honeymoon starts this exciting new chapter in your life together. You can share once-in-a-lifetime experiences and get to know each other even better. And those honeymoon memories will create a lifelong glow. 

You and your partner can share this new adventure in many romantic locations. To help you choose your perfect honeymoon playground, we’ve compiled this list of some of the best destinations.

Whether you’re looking for honeymoon extravagance or a more affordable destination, there are plenty of options. Remember that the best weather means the crowds and the highest prices; you might want to consider a shoulder-season honeymoon.

But check out the full list – with any luck, you’ll find your ideal honeymoon destination and the place to make unforgettable romantic memories.

Best Honeymoon Destinations in the World

1. Bora Bora

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  • Remoteness: Plenty of privacy
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here! 

One of the world’s dreamiest honeymoon places, heavenly Bora Bora tops many a honeymoon wish list and no wonder. With its breathtaking mountain views, aqua-blue waters, and beautiful beaches, this Pacific Ocean island group is “Romance Central.” 

The spectacular landscapes make for stunning honeymoon pictures, and the many secluded beaches and off-shore bungalows offer all the privacy you could want. Bora Bora is also one of the best beach honeymoon locations. As well as having a jet ski ride or relaxing on the powdered sugar sand, you can go surfing, scuba diving, and kayaking.

Bora Bora honeymoons are about exclusivity and luxury – think private island picnics or breakfast delivery to your overwater bungalow by canoe. For the ultimate indulgence, try the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

For a more affordable option, there’s the Maitai Bora Bora, but for the full island paradise experience, expect to pay around $5,000 per room per week.

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2. Bali, Indonesia

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  • Remoteness: Busy April-October
  • Affordability: Pocket-friendly
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Bali, the “Isle of the Gods”, is a stunning setting for an exotic trip. Yet it’s also one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations. And you can choose either a dramatic rainforest location or one of the beautiful white sand beaches  – or, as many honeymooners do, both. 

Visit Ubud for its breathtaking scenery and jungle landscapes, as well as rice terraces, ancient temples, an art village, and the Sacred Monkey Forest. Here, you and your partner can reconnect with nature or find your zen in one of the spiritual retreats.

Look out for the honeymoon suite at the Villa Sonia Bisma. And for a week-long 5-star stay for under $2,000, try The Westin Resort & Spa.

For a pocket-friendly beach honeymoon option, there’s Kanvaz Village Resort in the tourist town of Seminyak. You can check out the famous sunset views at the Ku De Ta restaurant or each other’s kitchen smarts at this Balinese cookery class.

If your budget runs to something grander, aim for Nusa Dua. This gated complex is bursting with 4- and 5-star all-inclusive resorts, such as Giri Bhagawan Villas & Spa.

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3. Sonoma, California

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  • Remoteness: Busy June-October
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

For adventurous newlyweds who know their wine, Sonoma has to be the ideal honeymoon location. Sonoma County is an area of prestigious wine country 30 miles north of San Francisco. Not only are there hundreds of wineries to explore, but the varied landscapes that gave rise to five different wine styles are also a fabulous playground.

So you can hike through Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, horseback riding, or kayaking the Russian River. Then there’s the dramatic rugged coastline, where you can ride the waves at North Salmon Creek Beach or watch for seals at Goat Rock Beach. Or just soak up the grandeur in a hot air balloon ride.

If you and your partner need pampering, try the spa treatments at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. And for bags of old-school charm, plus your spa bathtub, and balcony, visit Ledson Hotel, a lovely boutique hotel with its wine-tasting lounge. 

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4. Paris, France

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  • Remoteness: All-year-round tourist hotspot
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Immersive

If you’re looking for a classic backdrop for your honeymoon pictures, the Eiffel Tower in Paris is the perfect spot. And whether you know it as the City of Love or the City of Lights, Paris is surely the archetypal romantic honeymoon destination. 

There are plenty of ways to enjoy honeymoon bliss in this lovely city. Why not canoodle in a bistro over some delicious French cuisine, or walk arm-in-arm through the elegant Tuileries Gardens?

One must-visit venue is Le Mur des Je t’aime – “The Wall of I Love You” – near the church of Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre. Here you’ll see those all-important words written hundreds of times in multiple languages.

Paris is full of lovely honeymoon hideaways. For a stunning River Seine location, choose the Hôtel Des Deux-Iles, a stone’s throw from Notre-Dame. And what could be more romantic than a Seine dinner cruise

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5. Orkney, Scotland

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  • Remoteness: Plenty of privacy
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

You and your partner may be desperate to escape the crowds. Instead, you might yearn for breathtaking scenery, ancient ruins, and hauntingly beautiful secluded beaches.

Happily, a honeymoon in Orkney fits the bill perfectly. A bonus is that if you’re here in summer, the sun hardly sets, while in wintertime, you might see the Northern Lights

One high-octane way to get to know the islands is to explore Orkney by motor trike. Or go old-school and hike across a causeway to the lighthouse on the dramatic Brough of Birsey tidal island. And you shouldn’t miss the Stone Age village of Skara Brae.

The majority of hotels and rentals are clustered around the town of Kirkwall on the Mainland, and one of the most stylish is the Kirkwall Hotel. You’re convenient for Highland Park, one of Scotland’s oldest working whisky distilleries. What could be better than a wee dram or two to toast the beginning of your married life?

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6. Venice, Italy

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  • Remoteness: All-year-roundtourist hotspot
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Immersive 

Venice is considered one of the world’s most romantic destinations and has a special fantasy charm. If you and your partner are history lovers, this might be your best honeymoon – it’s like stepping back in time to a world of palatial grandeur.

What could be more romantic than seeing a host of historic Venetian palaces in a gondola ride on the Grand Canal? Other must-see attractions are St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. And don’t forget the Bridge of Sighs, where tradition demands that couples exchange a kiss.

Yards away from the bridge is the Hotel San Zaccaria, which has stunning views of the 15th-century San Zaccaria church. And for a special honeymoon memento, visit a glass workshop on a day trip to the nearby island of Murano. 

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7. Harbour Island, Bahamas

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  • Remoteness: Busy November-March
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here!

Situated in the Bahamas, Harbour Island is one of the Caribbean’s loveliest honeymoon spots. Besides being a magnet for A-listers, this tiny island offers lovestruck newlyweds a sense of unspoiled paradise. 

For a start, the weather’s at an almost perfect temperature, day in, day out. Outlying reefs make it safe to swim in the crystal-clear water.

And the island’s famous blushing beach (it’s pink because of the crushed red seashells) is hand-raked every morning. Add some of the Bahamas’ best restaurants, and you have the perfect combination for a romantic getaway.

The luxurious lovey-dovey-sounding Valentines Resort & Marina offers a private dock, a diving center, and a freshwater pool. For no-frills comfort, try the more pocket-friendly Tignum Village Hotel. To get to Pink Sand Beach, take a leisurely walk through historic Dunmore Town, or hire a golf cart – this is a car-free island.

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8. Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Remoteness: Busy December-February
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

It’s hard to think what Cape Town, South Africa, can’t offer honeymooners. From stunning beaches, fabulous cuisine, and nightlife to whale watching, hiking, and wildlife safaris, Cape Town gives couples endless opportunities to create wonderful memories. Imagine looking back on the time you clinked glasses watching the Cape Town sunset from the deck of a sailboat…

Moreover, this is not an expensive city, making romantic dinner dates and souvenir-hunting all the more enjoyable. So you might want to add in a tour of the nearby Cape Winelands, or even a breathtaking helicopter flight over Table Mountain.  

For a very affordable stay – under $1000 a week – try the O on Kloof Hotel & Spa, a cozy boutique hotel less than half a mile from the beach. For beachfront luxury, there’s South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel, complete with in-house fitness center.

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9. Savannah, Georgia

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  • Remoteness: Busy March-July
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Nicknamed the Hostess City, Savannah offers a serene and welcoming environment for honeymooners wanting to unwind. It’s also an ideal wedding venue, with its period architecture, historic squares, and cobblestone streets. The natural beauty of pristine beaches and Spanish moss-draped oak trees adds to the charm.

For a romantic fairytale experience, newlyweds can take a horse-drawn carriage ride. And why not see Savannah on a sunset riverboat cruise? Or you can cuddle up close on one of Savannah’s famous ghost tours.

Many Savannah hotels offer elopement and honeymoon packages. For old-time Southern hospitality – think claw-foot tubs and chandeliers – try the historic Gastonian Savannah. If you choose the sumptuous Hamilton-Turner Inn’s Romance Package, you’ll get a private carriage tour, champagne, and keepsake champagne flutes.

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10. Santorini, Greece

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  • Remoteness: Busy June-September
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

For a picture-perfect honeymoon, the island of Santorini is pretty unbeatable – all those ravishing villages overlooking the sultry Aegean Sea. And Santorini honeymooners can choose whether to soak up the sun on one of the famous black-sand beaches or get adventurous with the many attractions.

There’s quad-biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and a host of winery tours. And you won’t want to miss getting close to the Caldera and the 95-degree Fahrenheit hot springs. Then, round off the day with a romantic sunset catamaran cruise for unforgettable memories.

Whatever you do, don’t miss seeing the sunset from the pretty clifftop town of Oia. This is where you’ll find plenty of boutique hotels, including the luxurious Cleo’s Dream Villa, situated a stone’s throw from the town’s iconic blue domes.

Nearby are Delta Suites with their jaw-dropping sea views. For a more affordable stay, there’s the highly-rated Sunset Queen in Oia

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11. Koh Tao, Thailand

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  • Remoteness: Busy August & December-February
  • Affordability: Pocket-friendly
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here!

Koh Tao, an island mountain in the Gulf of Thailand is an adventurous honeymoon destination for couples looking for the best places for snorkeling.  The calm, crystal-clear waters are perfect for seeing turtles, stingrays, and all kinds of tropical fish.

You can do it yourself at Sail Rock or Southwest Pinnacles or choose a curated snorkeling tour. Koh Tao is also a great place to learn to dive, so you can start your new life with a new skill. Afterward, you can relax beneath the palm trees on one of the many stunning beaches, such as Jansom Bay, aka Paradise Bay.

Not far away are the beachside bungalows of the 3-star Clear View Resort. For a more luxurious stay, including a private pool, choose the Honeymoon Suite at Naroua Villas.

12. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  • Remoteness: Busy December-March
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World adds a unique thrill to any honeymoon. But it’s not just the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue that makes Rio de Janeiro an unforgettable honeymoon destination. 

For a start, there’s Ipanema, sometimes called the world’s sexiest beach. Make sure you’re there at sunset to soak up the ultra-romantic vibes. Another must-see in Rio is Sugar Loaf Mountain – by cable car or in an unforgettable helicopter flight.

For a luxurious stay overlooking Ipanema, try the 5-star Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro. For a more pocket-friendly Rio honeymoon try casaJOMO Art & Food B&B, which offers quirky accommodation plus wellness packages to help you and your partner unwind. You’ll find this in the bohemian hillside district of St Teresa, with its cobblestone streets, funky galleries, and romantic restaurants.

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13. Florida Keys, Florida

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  • Remoteness: Busy November-March
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Pack your flip-flops for a honeymoon in the Florida Keys, one of America’s most popular honeymoon destinations. This chain of islands in the Sunshine State offers Caribbean-style beach adventures. You’re closer here to the Bahamas than you are to Orlando!

So expect rum punches, freshly caught seafood and a breadfruit farm. Soak up the sun on one of the beautiful beaches, or enjoy the legendary ocean views on Seven Mile Bridge.

Or you can take a jet ski island tour, watch for dolphins, or go parasailing for unique island views. And this Key West food tour comes with some exclusive recipes. You can recapture all those taste sensations when the honeymoon is a beautiful memory.

The adults-only Bungalows Key Largo is perfect for newlyweds craving a luxury hideaway. The honeymoon package includes sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a Private Boat Charter. For something a little less pricy, try the highly-recommended 3-star Island Bay Resort.

14. Fiji

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  • Remoteness: Busy June-September
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here!

If your idea of the perfect honeymoon is a luxury resort with coral reefs and white sand beaches, Fiji’s just the thing – but without the Bora Bora price tag. Located in the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is also home to lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and a sensational natural rock waterslide. 

Fiji’s beautiful 300+ islands all offer something slightly different. But as they’re all cozied up together, island-hopping seems a natural way to get around.

So Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are the most bustling spots, while Taveni is great for hiking and bird-watching. For world-class surfing, hop over to Namotu. Try the Nadi Hot Springs mud pool for a rather unconventional honeymoon activity.

Adults-only Lopmani Island Resort is a good-value 4-star resort complete with 7 miles of private beach, perfect for honeymooners. The 3-star Daku Resort is less luxurious but offers ocean-view bungalows for less than $1750 weekly.

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15. Myanmar

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  • Remoteness: Busy December-February
  • Affordability: Pocket-friendly
  • Cultural Experience: Immersive

The magical country of Myanmar is a popular honeymoon destination for couples who like to tap into the culture wherever they travel. Here, you’ll find the most breathtaking temples and statues, such as the Shwedagon Pagoda, as well as traditional local markets.

Must-sees include the Golden Rock Pagoda and the awe-inspiring Pindaya cave, containing 8,000 Buddha figures. Bogyoke Aung San and Thein Gyi markets are great for authentic Myanmar souvenirs.

Head to the Karaweik Palace restaurant on Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon for a romantic meal and stunning honeymoon photos.

The 5-star Wyndham Grand Yangon has fabulous views over the lake and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda. It’s the perfect spot for honeymooners wanting to explore Yangon City. Or try the Emerald Sea Resort right on Ngwesaung Beach, where a private sea-view bungalow can set you back less than $1,500 for a week’s stay.

16. Panama City, Panama

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  • Remoteness: Busy December-February
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

A honeymoon in Panama City is for newlyweds with energy to spare – there are many exciting things to do and see. Historic Old Panama is a must-see for its museums and great seafood restaurants. Or you can head out of the city on a canoe tour up the Chagres River or a cruise to the San Blas islands.

No visit to Panama City is complete without a visit to the Panama Canal – head to Miraflores Locks and Visitor Center to see the ships go by. For some sensational rainforest hiking, visit Parque Nacional Camino de Cruces. And don’t miss whale watching at Coiba Marine Park.

For a taste of the Old City, stay at La Concordia, a historic boutique hotel close to the Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria. Super-energetic newlyweds will love the Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort, where, as well as the golf, there are free bikes, a pool, and a fitness center.

17. Marrakech, Morocco

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  • Remoteness: All-year-round tourist hotspot
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Immersive

The ancient city of Marrakech, Morocco, with its palaces, gardens, and colorful street markets, is a jewel box of vivid sensations.  For starry-eyed newlyweds, this is one of the world’s most exciting and romantic honeymoon destinations. 

Your first stop may be to one of the city’s dozen or more buzzing marketplaces or souks, to find a unique locally-crafted honeymoon memento. Don’t miss the spectacular Bahia Palace or the gorgeous Jardin Majorelle. And with the desert on your doorstep, why not take a sunset camel ride or a romantic balloon flight over the Atlas Mountains?

For a spare-no-expense stay, choose Royal Mansour Marrakech, where you can enjoy a couples massage in the hammam or Turkish bath. For a more affordable Marrakech getaway, there’s Riyad El Cadi in the heart of the Old Town. With their honeymoon package, your room is decorated with petals, and you’ll be greeted with a bottle of champagne.

18. Sri Lanka

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  • Remoteness: Busy November-January
  • Affordability: Pocket-friendly
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Honeymooners looking for a wealth of natural beauty should head for Sri Lanka, one of the world’s loveliest islands. As well as its superb beaches, there are emerald forests, lush paddy fields, and acres of verdant tea plantations. A great way to soak up all this stunning scenery is on a Blue Train ride.  

Sri Lanka is also the perfect honeymoon location for animal lovers. At Turtle Beach on the West Coast, you can feed sea turtles.

You might also spot elephants at Udawalawe National Park and leopards at Yala. Kumana National Park on the east coast is famous for its bird populations and is near some of the country’s many ancient temple ruins.

The Shangri-La Hambantota resort is handy for the country’s best national parks and boasts an adults-only sunset pool.  If you want to explore the capital city Colombo, try the wallet-friendly Cinnamon Red, where you can relax in the rooftop pool.

19. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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  • Remoteness: All-year-round tourist hotspot
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Dazzlingly futuristic and endlessly glamorous, Dubai is a truly epic honeymoon destination. Where else can you have a snowball fight and a romantic desert camel ride in one afternoon? In this extraordinary city, anything is possible. 

Dubai is all about superlatives. Visit 1,200+ stores at Dubai Mall, the world’s biggest shopping mall. Or get a bird’s-eye view of the skyscrapers on the world’s longest urban zipline. Then unwind with your partner (you’ll need it!) over cocktails in the Burj Al Arab Skyview Lounge at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. 

With over 150 luxury hotels, you’ll easily find one to suit you. The 5-star Atlantis, at the iconic Palm, has a private beach and access to Aquaventure, the world’s largest (of course) waterpark. 3-star Rove Downtown Dubai is handy for Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa and gets excellent reviews.

20. Maldives

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  • Remoteness: Busy December-April
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here!

Newlyweds want a little slice of paradise for their romantic getaway. The Maldives’ idyllic coral islands and sandbanks are just that and are commonly one of the most popular honeymoon places.

Additionally, luxurious resorts on the private island resorts guarantee much-needed peace and seclusion to unwind after the big day. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for intimate dinners under the stars.

There are tons of fun things to do in the Maldives. Make the most of the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean by going on a snorkeling safari.

You can dive in straight from your deck if you’ve booked an overwater villa. Go island hopping, or take this sunset cruise where you might spot some dolphins. 

You’ll have over 100 luxurious resorts to choose from. The highly-rated 5-star Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives has an infinity pool and a hammock on each overwater villa deck.

For a more affordable Maldives experience, try the cozy Thoddoo Beach Holiday Inn guest house. And this Maldives honeymoon package includes a romantic beach picnic. 

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21. Cappadocia, Turkey

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  • Remoteness: Busy June-August
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Immersive

For that truly unique honeymoon destination, why not cuddle up in a cave? Cappadocia is a fantastical location full of dramatic rock formations and underground dwellings. So if you and your partner are interested in history – or rocks – you’ll love this part of Turkey

In the Goreme region, open-air museums showcase astonishing cave villages and rock-cut churches. Look out for the fairy chimneys, wind-carved pinnacles of rock. You’ll get the most thrilling views of this fascinating landscape with a champagne breakfast balloon flight. And because this is Turkey, how about a couples massage at a Turkish bath?

To stay in a fairy chimney, book the Anatolian Houses Cave Hotel & Spa, which has an Ancient-Roman-style pool and a tunnel leading to the Goreme city center. If you’re honeymooning on a tight budget, try the Caldera Cave Hotel, with its great views of the fantastic rock castle at Uchisar.

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22. Udaipur, India

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  • Remoteness: Busy November-February
  • Affordability: Pocket-friendly
  • Cultural Experience: Immersive

Known as the City of Lakes, this historic city in the Eastern state of Rajasthan is one of India’s most popular honeymoon destinations. Its Insta-worthy palaces, and beautiful lakes provide a glorious backdrop to any loved-up couple selfie.

Don’t miss the City Palace overlooking Lake Pichola or Jagmandir Island Palace, where you can enjoy a romantic dinner. A beautiful spot for a hand-in-hand stroll is Nehru Island.

Visit the gardens here at sunset for some stunning lake reflections of the Aravalli mountains. And for sensational views of the city, visit the Monsoon Palace. 

You and your partner can feel like royalty by staying in a palace (and taking this royal food tour!). The lakeside Taj Fateh Prakash Palace can organize flowers and balloons to mark your special occasion. For a 3-star stay with an elegant historic vibe, choose the Hide-In Udaipur.

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23. Kyoto, Japan

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  • Remoteness: Busy April-May
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Immersive

Kyoto may be a busy, modern, high-rise city, but it also gives honeymooners a chance to feel they’ve been spirited away (see what I did there?) to old Japan. One of the country’s best-preserved cities, Kyoto is home to dozens of museums and thousands of temples and shrines. A must-see for newlyweds is the Jishu Jinja Shrine, which is dedicated to the gods of love. Look out for the famous love stones.

Try wearing a kimono in a traditional tea ceremony or being a samurai warrior for a day.  And if you visit TOEI Film Studio Park, you can have a photoshoot as a ninja.

For a luxury Kyoto stay there’s Roku Kyoto, LXR Hotels & Resorts, minutes away from the spectacular Kinkaku-ji Golden Temple. Somewhat cheaper, and boasting a rooftop bar, is Material Hotel, a stone’s throw from both the Imperial Palace and the Manga Museum.

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24. Hayman Island, Australia

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  • Remoteness: Busy October-December
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here!

What could be smoochier than sipping sparkling wine after a flight over Dreamy Heart Reef? This is one of the fabulous things honeymooners can do at Hayman Island, a private island resort off Australia’s west coast. For a romantic getaway with endless white sand beaches and superb watersports, the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort delivers in spades.

You can experience the vibrant natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and even earn a scuba diving qualification. The hotel also organizes fishing, jet skiing, paddleboarding, and kayaking sessions.

Relax afterward on one of the beautiful beaches, in the infinity pool, or with a gemstone therapy massage. And for true decadence, enjoy high tea while being pampered in the spa.

The resort’s Indulgence Package for couples includes a bottle of champagne on arrival – and why not add a picnic on the beach and a sunset cruise?

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25. Iceland

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  • Remoteness: Busy June-August
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

If all the usual tropical honeymoon destinations leave you and your partner cold, consider Iceland. Okay, you’ll still find beaches, but if you visit Reynisfjara, the volcanic sand will be jet-black and surrounded by spectacular rock columns.

Iceland is a popular honeymoon destination for couples keen to discover new experiences. It offers jaw-dropping landscapes with a mystical, fantasy feel.

A great place to start is the Golden Circle sightseeing route. You’ll discover boiling mud, geysers, and the stunning Gullfoss Waterfall here. Relax together in the natural hot springs of Secret Lagoon, go whale watching, or drive deep under a volcano into a glittering glacial cave on an Ice Cave Super Jeep Tour.

If you’re a winter honeymooner, the staff at Hotel Kría will kindly wake you up if the Northern Lights choose to appear. The hotel’s also close to two black sand beaches. For a slightly cheaper stay in the capital city Reykjavík, try the City Center Hotel.

26. Costa Rica

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  • Remoteness: Busy December-April
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Costa Rica is one of the world’s most adventurous and popular honeymoon destinations. This welcoming country, bursting with natural beauty, allows honeymooners to try a seemingly endless range of activities. So jungle trekking, scuba diving, horseback riding, exploring volcanoes, or luxuriating on glorious white sand beaches – that’s just the start.

Get that friendly rivalry going as you race each other down Central America’s longest twin zipline. Go wildlife-spotting  – you might see a sloth – in one of the 28 national parks, or rappel down a rainforest waterfall. And for something you can do together back home, why not learn to salsa

After all the expense of a wedding, it’s good to know accommodations in Costa Rica can be very affordable. A week at either the cozy 3-star Agua Inn, deep in the rainforest, or at Anam Apartments, a stone’s throw from Santa Teresa Beach, will set you back less than $1,000.

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27. Napa Valley

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  • Remoteness: Busy August-October
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

A Napa Valley honeymoon has to be all about the wine, right? With over 400 vineyards, this legendary wine country gives newlyweds the ideal opportunity to pinpoint their favorite tipples. And what could be better than some Napa Valley bubbly? Visit the stunning wine cave crammed with the stuff at Schramsberg Vineyards.

There are tons of great winery excursions available, but couples will love snuggling up in a tandem sidecar on this fabulous motorbike wine tour. And there’s more than just the wine. Take a kayak tour, or even a gondola ride, down the Napa River, or rent a bike to see the stunning rolling hillsides up close.

Napa Valley is rich in hotels and luxury resorts. Bann at Oak Knoll is known for its signature 3-course breakfast. And you can even stay in a winery – Chateau de Vie is in the heart of a vineyard with a pool and hot tub.

See Related: Where to Stay in the Napa Valley

28. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Small city Atrani on Amalfi Coast in province of Salerno, Campania region, Italy
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  • Remoteness: Busy June-August
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Immersive

The Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples who love to explore. You’ll find picturesque old towns, majestic churches, spectacular clifftop gardens, and gorgeous little beaches along one of Europe’s most scenic coastal routes.

If you and your partner like hiking, walk the three-mile Path of the Gods for some of Italy’s most breathtakingly dramatic scenery. For chic shopping and buzzing nightlife, visit the “Vertical City”, Positano. Sip Prosecco on a sunset cruise, or see the bewitching Blue Grotto on the nearby island of Capri.

For affordable 4-star comfort in Sorrento, try the Hotel Michelangelo, which has two pools and a skybar. For a location out of a fairytale romance, choose the Villa Torre Trasita, a 400-year-old stone tower jutting out over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

See Related: Places to Visit on the Amalfi Coast

29. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas strip, Aerial view
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  • Remoteness: All-year-round tourist hotspot
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Still on a high after the wedding? Head to Las Vegas, the heartland of hedonism and the ideal honeymoon choice for newlyweds not quite ready to return to earth. But don’t worry – romance can be found in all the technicolor razzmatazz. 

You can certainly escape to Red Rock Canyon for a sunset horseback ride. But Sin City’s all about what happens on The Strip.

Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles Love Show at the Mirage Hotel is ideal for lovebirds. Snuggle up on a romantic gondola ride at the gloriously over-the-top 5-star Venetian Resort. Then toast each other with a signature Sunset Spritz at the Circa Resort & Casino’s Legacy Club rooftop bar.

Enjoy a candlelit dinner with stunning views at the Top of the World revolving restaurant at the 3-star STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod. And you can end the evening with a stroll past the light and music show at the breathtaking Fountains of Bellagio. Oh, of course – you can even get hitched here.

30. St. Kitts

Pristine beach in St. Kitts
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  • Remoteness: Busy December-March
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here!

If you’re looking for a Caribbean honeymoon destination that’s a little off the beaten track, choose St Kitts. Here you’ll find plenty of beautiful beaches with white, grey, and black sand, as well as tropical rainforests to explore.

There’s even a volcano to climb. A great way to get to know the island is on this bus+train trek. Sand Bank Bay is one of the quietest beaches and loveliest.

To see where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean, visit Dieppe Bay. For some unique photos for the honeymoon album, try flyboarding at Cockleshell Bay. 

Sunset Reef is a 5-star beachfront hotel that offers personally-curated honeymoon packages. Slightly more affordable is the Royal St Kitts Hotel, which has two pools and a fitness spa. And why not serenade your beloved at the hotel’s famous karaoke evening?

See Related: Best Black Sand Beaches

31. Puerto Rico

Street View of San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital and Cobblestoned Old San Juan features colorful Spanish colonial buildings
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  • Remoteness: Busy December-April & July-August
  • Affordability: Pocket-friendly
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Puerto Rico is the perfect honeymoon destination for U.S. couples craving Caribbean excitement without the need for passports. Known as the “Isle of Enchantment”, it’s a piece of honeymoon heaven with its white sand beaches, delectable cuisine, brightly-colored houses, and sensational shopping.

Various watersports are available, including kiteboarding, glass-bottom kayaking, and scuba diving. If you dive off Mona Island, you might see Spanish galleon shipwrecks.

There’s also the natural beauty of the island’s rainforests to be explored. And for excellent shopping, head to the Plaza Las America, the Caribbean’s largest mall.

Historic Old San Juan is home to a ton of super-quaint boutique hotels, including El Colonial Adults Only, which offers luxury accommodation plus an open-air tub. Fortaleza Suites Old San Juan, a more pocket-friendly option, is close to many romantic eateries and funky nightspots.

32. Tuscany, Italy

Panorama of Florence and Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence
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  • Remoteness: All-year-round tourist hotspot
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Immersive

Home to outstanding Renaissance art as well as sumptuous food and wine, Tuscany provides honeymooners with a never-to-be-forgotten feast for the senses. You’ll need to plan your time carefully to fit all that mouthwatering gorgeousness in.

Skip-the-line tickets for the Duomo and the world-famous Uffizi Gallery can streamline your Florence experience. This’ll mean more time for romantic dinners, wine tasting, and an all-important cookery class so you can bring the culinary know-how home. And try to make time for a dreamy balloon flight over the Tuscan hills.

For a mid-price stay in a historic B&B in Florence, complete with fabulous Cathedral views from the dining terrace, try Palazzo Graziani. The Palazzetto Rosso – Art Hotel in Siena is housed in a medieval inn and is accessorized with stunning art pieces. It’s Junior Suit Romantic has a beamed ceiling and views of the Salimbeni Palace.

33. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Lighthouse Point on beach dunes. Race Point Light Lighthouse in Cape Cod, New England, Massachusetts, USA.
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  • Remoteness: Busy July-August
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

For the essential Cape Cod vibe, think briny breezes, lighthouses, dunes, and cute little towns. All this makes for one of the best honeymoon destinations if you and your partner are after a gentler pace of life. And with 200 miles of picturesque coastline, plenty of seashore adventures are on offer. 

Grays Beach offers calm, warm water and white sand, plus some gorgeous sunsets. To spot sharks, head to the east coast. Or take a whale-watching trip in the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary.

There are some great hiking trails, like the Great Island Trail. Or you and your partner can rent bikes for easy cycling through the lovely scenery.

For a truly relaxing honeymoon experience, have a couples massage at the 4-star Crowne Pointe Historic Inn Adults Only. And look out for the Whirlpool Tub suites at the 3-star Bayside Resort Hotel.

See Related: Things to do in Massachusetts

34. Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara courthouse located downtown. Early morning spring time.
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  • Remoteness: Busy June-August
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Santa Barbara is a uniquely elegant honeymoon location with its French-riviera feel and Spanish Colonial-style architecture. Look out for many signature white stucco walls and red-tiled roofs, all with a majestic mountain backdrop.

You’ll want to relax on one of the many gorgeous beaches, such as Butterfly Beach. Take a hand-in-hand stroll along Stearns Wharf for some great souvenir shopping and sea views.

Or grab the city highlights in a trolley tour. And try to find time to check out the yummy Santa Barbara wines.

For 5-star luxury and panoramic Pacific views, visit El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel. Some of the especially fancy suites have dual sinks and working fireplaces. The stylish 3-star Brisas Del Mar Inn at the Beach, where guests are greeted with a glass of champagne, epitomizes Santa Barbara’s elegant Mediterranean vibe.

35. Cabo San Lucas, Mexcio

Marina and yacht club area in Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, a departure point for cruises, marlin fishing and lancha boats to El Arco Arch and beaches
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  • Remoteness: Busy December-March
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Cabo San Lucas is a fun-filled resort city on the tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Awash with luxury resorts and high-adrenaline activities, it promises a truly memorable honeymoon – and maybe an exhausting one. 

Lovebirds won’t miss Lovers Beach, next to Cabo’s iconic rock archway. You’ll find every boat trip on offer, from a glass-bottomed kayak to a pirate ship. And don’t miss the camel ride plus tequila experience. Now there’s a marriage made in heaven. 

Secrets Puerto los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort’s Newlyweds Package includes breakfast in bed with mimosas. Upgrade to Eternity Honeymoon and get a couples massage and a beachfront dinner. The Riu Palace Baja California – Adults Only has four pools – handy, as there’s no swimming at most of Cabo’s beaches.

36. British Virgin Islands

Tropical white sand beach with beach chairs. Jost Van dyke, British Virgin Islands.
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  • Remoteness: Busy December-March
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here!

The British Virgin Islands are a nautical paradise with calm waters and steady breeze. So, this is the perfect spot for honeymooners who love to sail. Many 50+ islands are only accessible by boat, so it’s easy to find a secluded beach for private picnicking.

You can swim with dolphins off Tortola Island or see the mangroves and green sea turtles at Buck Island National Park. If you and your partner prefer a party atmosphere, head to Jost Van Dyke Island. For an authentic BVI souvenir, visit the Callwood Rum Distillery, or meet local artists on a cultural tour.

At the 5-star Sugar Mill Hotel you can relax in a hammock or cozy up in an apple cabana lounger in the lush gardens. Sebastian’s on the Beach Hotel is handy for snorkeling and surfing at Apple Bay.

37. Banff National Park, Canada

Beautiful Nature of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada
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  • Remoteness: Plenty of privacy
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here!

Couples who love to engage with the natural environment will find Banff National Park the perfect honeymoon choice. As well as an eyeful of glorious Rocky Mountain scenery, you’ll have endless outdoorsy activities to enjoy any time of year.

Take the gondola and Mount Standish chairlift for some unforgettable mountain views. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails – and why not take a romantic Rockies-by-starlight walk?

You can cycle the Bow Valley Parkway, kayak or fish in the turquoise lakes, and even ride in an old-time covered wagon. And don’t forget the fabulous skiing and snowshoeing from November through May.

You could go all backwoodsy and opt for one of the many campgrounds. For honeymoon indulgence, though, pick Stoneridge Mountain Resort, where every room is a suite and every suite has a mountain view. At the 3-star Juniper Hotel & Bistro, the King Fireplace Suite has its own cozy gas hearth. 

38. St. Lucia

Beautiful white beach in Saint Lucia, Caribbean Islands
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  • Remoteness: Busy December-April
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here!

You’ll be bringing some stunning honeymoon photos back if you choose St. Lucia. Of course, there are some dreamy golden beaches and the emerald waters of the Caribbean Sea.

But the island also boasts two dramatic volcanic plugs – the Pitons. Hardy honeymooners may even want to hike to the top of one. Another St. Lucia special is Soufriere’s drive-in volcano. Nearby there’s the sparkling Diamond Waterfall, and you can bathe in the mud pool.

There’s also rainforest to explore and wildlife to spot. But if you want to kick back, hit Jalousie Beach.  And maybe round off a busy day with a romantic sunset cruise.

At Sandals Grande St. Lucian, you can opt for your own butler in the overwater Honeymoon Bungalow, with a glass viewing panel in the floor. At the 3-star Samfi Gardens, every suite has a kitchenette and a view of the Pitons.

39. Laguna Beach, California

A view of Laguna Beach sunset at the beach. Laguna Beach is located in southern California.
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  • Remoteness: Busy November-March
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Art is at the heart of Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach has to be one of the best honeymoon destinations for bohemian couples who are fans of fine art but still want all the beach treats.

There are loads of art festivals here throughout the year. When you’re exploring the city, try spotting some of the 100+ sensational permanent art pieces.

The stunning landscape of palm-fringed beaches and rocky headlands makes Laguna Beach a magnet for artists. You can go dolphin-watching or hiking if you and your other half don’t want to sunbathe, surf, spot sea lions, or explore the tide pools. And the local hills are world famous for mountain biking.

The seriously luxurious 5-star Montage Laguna Beach has an exquisite mosaic pool overlooking the Pacific. The 3-star SCP Seven4One Hotel has a beachside boutique feel and prides itself on its eco-friendly, green approach. 

See Related: Things to Do in Laguna Beach 

40. New Zealand

Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
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  • Remoteness: Busy November-March
  • Affordability: Mid-price
  • Cultural Experience: Plenty to see

Nothing could beat the thrill of being newly married to your one-and-only. But a honeymoon in New Zealand – one of the most photogenic places on the planet – might come close. Just make sure your camera’s always to hand and fully charged. 

Newlyweds are naturally drawn to the Champagne Pool in volcanic Rotorua’s stunning Thermal Wonderland. Other North Island highlights include Waitomo Caves, and the Hobbiton movie set theme park. The Westland Tai Poutini National Park glaciers and the spectacular Milford Sound fjord are among the South Island must-sees. 

With jaw-dropping views of lovely Lake Taupo, Chalet Eiger offers a Romantic Retreat package including a welcome platter and couples massage. Hotel Fitzroy offers a chic boutique hotel stay a few minutes from Auckland’s buzzing waterfront. Or try some back-to-nature coastal glamping, complete with an open-air bath, at Castaways Resort, next to Karioitahi Beach.

41. Seychelles

Coco de mer or sea coconut, or double coconut is the largest and sexiest nut in the world. Сoco de mer on the beach, Seychelles
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  • Remoteness: Plenty of privacy
  • Affordability: Big-budget
  • Cultural Experience: That’s not why we’re here!

Famous as the ideal honeymoon destination and choice of royalty – both the real and the tinsel-town sort – Seychelles makes any newlywed feel special. Set in the crystal blue Indian Ocean, this lovely island group offers once-in-a-lifetime adventures as well as the serenest of soothing beach vibes.

If you and your partner enjoy exploring, pick rugged Silhouette Island or verdant Praslin. For the best beaches, visit tranquil La Digue.

Whichever you choose, you’ll find plenty of boat tours and water sports. Don’t miss the giant tortoises on Curieuse Island. And you have to check out Seychelles National Botanical Gardens to see the rare but strangely sexy Coco De Mer. 

For the ultimate honeymoon hideaway, including your own private beachfront, pick Denis Private Island. Look out for special deals at the 3-star Colibri Guest House, offering free car rental with the Honeymoon Superior Room.

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FAQs

What are the most romantic destinations for honeymoon trips?

Many destinations are known for their romantic atmosphere and make for great honeymoon trips. Our favorites include Paris, Venice, Tuscany, Bora Bora, and The Maldives. When planning a honeymoon getaway, the most important thing is to choose a destination that speaks to your interests and allows you to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

What should we consider when planning our honeymoon budget?

Start planning as early as you can, and that means starting saving. Even small regular amounts soon add up. Shop around for good deals – consider asking a travel agent as well as scouring the web. 

Try to be flexible about when you travel. Budget flights often leave at crazy times of the day or night but can leave you with more spending money. Avoid the busiest times of the year, when prices skyrocket – but avoid the monsoon or hurricane seasons! 

What are some tips to make our honeymoon more special?

When you’re booking your accommodation, look out for romantic extras or honeymoon packages that include sparkling wine, rose petal decorations, or couples massages. Exploring somewhere new, either on foot or by bike, is also a great way of creating your unique adventure together.

Ensure you get a souvenir, such as a signature piece for your home, to keep your memories fresh. A honeymoon is the perfect time to learn a new skill together, something you can carry on when you’re back in the real world!

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Kyle Kroeger is the Founder and Owner of ViaTravelers.com. He is a full-time traveler and entrepreneur. Kyle started ViaTravelers.com to help travelers experience a fully immersive cultural experience as he did initially living in Italy. He's a converted finance nerd and Excel jockey turned world wanderer (and may try to get lost on purpose). After visiting 12 countries and 13 national parks in a year, he was devoted to creating and telling stories like he'd heard.

Plus, after spending more time on airplanes and packing, he's learned some incredible travel hacks over time as he earned over 1 million Chase Ultimate Rewards points in under a year, helping him maximize experiences as much as possible to discover the true meaning of travel.

He loves listening to local stories from around the world and sharing his experiences traveling the globe. He loves travel so much that he moved from his hometown of Minneapolis to Amsterdam with his small family to travel Europe full-time. Read more about his portfolio of work.

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