If your honeymoon isn’t the one time to ball out and have a completely over-the-top, once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience, then whatever will be? Now is the time to venture out to the most remote corners of the world and explore destinations that might otherwise not be possible! Read on for eight splurge-worthy international honeymoon destinations no matter your vacation style.
An African Safari
Have an adventure-packed safari in Botswana, Tanzania or Kenya and prepare to be transported to another world. Get swept up in the striking landscapes, luxury campsites, magnificent wild animals, and classic romance. You’ll do game tours during the day, and then retire at night to lodges where you will dine, relax and sleep under the stars.
Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands off the coast of East Africa and is a place that honeymoon dreams are made of. In this secluded hideaway in the Indian Ocean, you will find deserted white-sand beaches straight out of a scene from Robinson Crusoe. Think palm trees reaching into clear turquoise water, rich wildlife, and year-round great weather. You will also find some of the world’s most luxurious resorts, ready to serve honeymooners’ every whim.
In Morocco, you will discover a country that is full of ancient charm. As you make your way through the cities of Marrakesh, Fes, and Tangier, you will see the breathtaking architecture, jaw-dropping interiors, secret courtyard gardens, and labyrinth markets full of spices, home goods, and artisan crafts. Tour grand tiled-palaces, drink mint tea, visit the spa, ride a camel through the desert, or surf at the beach. It is an adventurous honeymoon, but one that is sure to be filled with intoxicating scents, sights, and experiences.
In the South Pacific, Bora Bora is an island located in French Polynesia. It is one of the most romantic places in the world. With the emerald-green volcanic craters in the distance, crystal-clear and turquoise blue water, and secluded strings of overwater bungalows it is a completely private oasis. While you could easily be content spending your entire time relaxing in the privacy of your bungalow or hotel pool and spa, there are plenty of excursions and activities to do as well. Take jet skis around the island, snorkel with sharks, dine on a private island, or explore the lagoons by kayak or boat. It is no wonder that Bora Bora is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations around.
The appeal of France is entirely obvious. There is world-class dining, celebrated architecture, elusive style, magnificent castles, and charming coastal cities. So prepare to indulge in fantastic cuisine, rich culture, and coastal extravagance. Start in Paris and explore the city by foot, wandering around the quaint arrondissements to take in the sights. Get your fill of museums, the opera, or ballet but make sure to spend plenty of time eating, drinking, and shopping in one of the chicest and most magical cities in the world. Next take your pick of castle touring in the Loire Valley, wine tasting in Bordeaux, exploring the lavender fields of Provence, or sunbathing on the French Riviera. The country is so romantic and beautiful, you two might just decide to never come home.
Italy is a complete and total dream! So it may seem impossible to pick where to go when everywhere is so spectacular. To get a little taste of everything, start in a major city like Rome or Florence to get your fill of culture and history. Spend a couple of days in Venice, the enchanting floating city full of canals and old-world palaces. Drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany, take a cooking class, drink lots of wine and explore charming old towns. On the Amalfi Coast pinch yourself in picture-perfect towns like Positano, Capri or Sorrento where you will drink limoncello, swim in the sun, and soak in la dolce vita.
Thailand is best known for its tropical islands, delicious food, and smiling people. Fly into Bangkok and explore the floating markets, ornate temples, street food, and vibrant nightlife. After a couple of days head north into the mountains of Chiang Mai where you can retreat and relax. In northern Thailand, you will explore gilded Buddhist temples and spend the day with elephants. Take cooking classes where you will make fresh papaya salad, pad thai and curry. Finally, make your way to the islands, there are dozens to choose from and all are stunningly beautiful. Koh Phi Phi is breathtakingly beautiful but can get very crowded with young travelers looking to party. Instead, try Koh Lanta, Koh Yao or Koh Tao for more quiet and laidback beach vibes. You can’t go home until you indulge yourselves in as many beach-front Thai massages as possible.
In Bali, Indonesia you will find a paradise full of lush landscapes of green rice paddies, idyllic beaches, hidden waterfalls, monkey forests, and serene temples. Bali is both spiritual and magical, and yet is still home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the world, diverse enough in style that honeymooners are sure to find their perfect place to soak in the marital bliss.