After all the stress that comes with planning a wedding, it's little surprise that newlyweds are in need of some down time in the weeks following the big day. Going on a honeymoon is the perfect way to shake off all that pre-wedding pressure and spend some quality time with the person you've just agreed to spend the rest of your life with. Of course, when it comes to honeymoons, not all destinations were created equal so read on to find out where we recommend for your 2017 honeymoon.
Time to go to Russia in love! This colossal country has been left off of honeymoon destination lists for a while, which is great for you because you’ll pretty much have the place to yourself. Russia is ideal for anyone who wants something a little different to sandy beaches and palm trees. Of course, the first thing you’ll want to do is explore the magnificent cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, visiting the famous Red Square and Kremlin while you’re at it. Once you’ve experienced these metropolises, why not head to Lake Baikal, one of the most stunning natural wonders on the continent for some fresh air and a vista that will blow your mind.
A small but breath-taking island in the Oceania region, Tonga is a real treat for all the senses and is one of the lesser-visited islands in that part of the world. Make a splash and explore the stunning marine life by taking a dive in the crystal clear sea or keep your feet on dry land and lap up the blissful sunshine on the beach. Alternatively, gorge on fresh seafood, prepared island style with all manner of spices and tropical fruits for dessert. To make the most of this romantic and beautiful island, hop on a boat and watch the sunset as you sail through the peaceful water.
There is a lot more to Mexico than sombreros and spring break and those who dare to venture through the country will be pleasantly surprised by the array of wonders this vast nation has to offer. Gaze in awe at the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and Palenque as you soak up Mexico’s staggering history before sampling some of the local cuisine, which is guaranteed to blow you away. Once you’ve had your fill of culture, head to one of the many beaches, lagoons or jungles for natural beauty in a way you’ve never seen before.
When it comes to paradise islands, Sri Lanka ticks every box. Bathe in the sun’s never-ending glow on pristine beaches with powder white sand, fringed by swaying palms. As the sun begins to set, head to one of the cocktail huts with breath-taking views for a pina colada or local beer. Further inland prepare to be amazed as you get lost among the lush, green tea plantations that cover the rolling hills of Ella and Nuwara Eliya. Want some fauna as well? Sri Lanka is home to elephants, leopards, turtles and, just off the coast, mighty blue whales. If you’re seeking to escape reality and immerse yourself in a world of beauty and wonder then Sri Lanka might just be the place for you.
For those who want to inject a bit of adventure into their honeymoon, Botswana is a fantastic and thrilling destination. Snake your way along the watery road of the Okavango Delta whilst keeping your eyes peeled for hippos and crocodiles. Prefer to stay on dry land? Hop in a four by four and take to the national parks in search of the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard). In the evenings you can retire to a romantic safari camp and sip a sundowner as you count the stars twinkling above.
Perhaps not the first place you would think of when choosing a honeymoon destination but Belize is one of the most beautiful and best-kept secrets of the Caribbean. While the country has a lot to offer on land, one of its main attractions is its incredible underwater world. Diving trips to the world famous Blue Hole and snorkelling tours to see sharks and rays run every day and offer travellers the chance to get up close and personal with the country’s watery wonderland. Back on terra firma, make your way to Caye Ambergris and Caye Caulker, where fresh seafood and cocktails in the sunshine are everyday staples and the only thing you need to think about is whether or not you want lobster again for dinner.
If you are looking for history, culture, beauty and extraordinary cuisine you can find it all in Italy. This charming, boot shaped nation boasts more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world and once you start travelling through you’ll quickly understand why. No matter where you look, you’re sure to be blown away, whether it’s by the tranquillity of Lake Garda, the magic of Venice or the sheer beauty of Florence. Wherever you are, once dusk begins to fall, nothing beats strolling through the city or along the beach with your spouse’s hand in one hand and a gelato in the other.
Most people have heard of Kuala Lumpur with its gleaming Petronas Towers and bustling Chinatown, however Malaysia has a lot more to offer than just this city. From Penang in the North to the tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands to its numerous tropical islands, Malaysia is a destination that caters to all tastes. However, it’s not just your eyes that are in for a treat in this gorgeous country, your tastebuds will never be the same after you’ve experienced the array of culinary delights that can be found across the country, from the fanciest gourmet restaurants to the noodle stalls along the side of the road.
The highly under-rated but phenomenally beautiful island of Kefalonia is the jewel in the crown of the Greek archipelago that we all know and love. With so much beauty and history oozing from every street corner, the entire island exudes romance and not least because it was the setting for Louis de Bernières’ heart-breaking love story Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Spend your days here lounging on one of the sparkling beaches, explore the mysterious caves or take a stroll through the streets of Argostoli, the island’s charming capital.
Despite its somewhat turbulent past, Colombia has had a miraculous recovery over the last decade or so and is now one of South America’s number one destinations for travellers and honeymooners alike. With lush green valleys and dazzling beaches, there is no end to the natural wonders that can be enjoyed whilst there. So, whether you’re learning about the history of the nation on a walking tour of Medellin or exploring the colonial streets of Cartagena, prepare yourself for a blissful holiday that will leave you refreshed and inspired.