When you’re planning a wedding, you have a million and one decisions to make, from the date and the dress to the flowers. Perhaps the most enjoyable choice that many couples will make, though, is where to go for their honeymoon. Here are some of the most amazing honeymoon destinations for every taste and budget.
Should you return to the place you took your most memorable holiday together, or go somewhere you’ve both always dreamed of visiting but never had the chance? A honeymoon is all about relaxing after what can often be a pretty stressful few months, basking in your first weeks as a married couple, and treating yourselves to the holiday of a lifetime.
There’s a growing trend nowadays of giving experiences instead of physical presents – it’s all about the anticipation and treasured memories – which means experiences can make for imaginative and satisfying wedding gifts.
From their impressive collection of gift experiences around the world, Tinggly round up some of the best honeymoon destinations for couples looking for romance, luxury, adventure and more…
Explore the roots of Western civilization in Rome, from the priceless artworks and antiquities of the Vatican to stories of gladiators in the Colosseum, or bizarre secrets from the past with tours dedicated to Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons.
Head north, and take an iconic gondola cruise along the canals of Venice to admire the beautiful piazzas, bridges and palaces. Or honeymoon in gorgeous Florence, with its world-famous art galleries and museums, where you can also take a guided tour of the Tuscany wine region, or even learn how to make a traditional gelato with a local chef.
They don’t call Paris the City of Love for nothing. You’re no longer allowed to leave a padlock on the Pont des Arts sadly, but for the romantic at heart there is still the joy of taking a selfie atop the Eiffel Tower (skip-the-line experiences save time), taking a sunset cruise along the Seine, or having an uplifting night out at the Moulin Rouge.
Beyond Paris, honeymooning couples can create their own, individual scents with a master-perfumier in Grasse, or, of course, try some wine-tasting. Picture yourselves visiting ancient chateaux, sipping bubbling champagne over a secluded picnic for two.
Spain is a feast for the senses, and a perfect honeymoon destination for couples that love to try new dishes. You could join a tour around Madrid’s finest eateries with a local expert, or a chef-led Catalan cookery course in Barcelona.
Consider the tapas scene in Granada, where with every drink you buy you receive a small plate of tasty appetizers – a great excuse to get tipsy – or relish the thought of a sumptuous three-course meal, prepared with local specialities, in a 1000-year old castle on the mountain of Montserrat.
If you really want a honeymoon to make your friends green with envy, make a passage to India. You could wrap yourselves in splendour during a stay in a prestigious 15th century hotel just outside Delhi, with rooms decorated with antiques and unforgettable views, or pamper yourselves rotten with treatments and massages in the world’s first Ayurvedic spa, near Kerala.
For a dash of romance, you could take a sunset or sunrise hot air balloon flight over the spectacular Goa landscape, or a private guided tour of the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love, built by Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his beloved wife.
Tinggly caters especially well for those who thirst for adventure, and nowhere stands out quite so much as South Africa, where you could be taking a hike up the majestic Table Mountain one day, and launching yourselves off the world’s highest bungee jump the next.
Head into the wild with a memorable safari among lions and rhinos, take a lesson in the exciting new watersport flyboarding, or for a real heart-in-the-mouth experience, you can climb inside a steel cage to go face-to-face with Great White Sharks.
For Fun in the Sun
Of course what many honeymooning couples want most of all is to spend some time chilling on a beach, drinking cocktails and working on their tans. There’s no shortage of amazing beaches in Australia of course, but if you do manage to get bored, you could take a cruise through Sydney Harbour to spot whales, or go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
Inland, one of Australia’s most famous sights is Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock, a gigantic red sandstone monolith in the desert. Seeing it as the sun rises or falls is nothing short of mindblowing, and if you’re taking a honeymoon in Australia, Tinggly recommends a small plane ride over the summit for the most sensational views.
Perhaps your idea of the perfect honeymoon is a week in a tent halfway up a mountain, in a luxurious eco-lodge in Africa, or cruising through paradise islands. The important thing is to find somewhere that suits you both, and not to plan too much for every day, so you have plenty of time to take it easy and enjoy yourselves as a couple. And if you’re trying to make your minds up about where to go on honeymoon, or what to do while you’re away, Tinggly provides a world of inspiration.