Where to go on honeymoon? It’s up there with the top reasons to get married and is the perfect excuse for an extravagant holiday. So to get your dream journey started, here’s Confetti’s round-up of the UK’s top 10 traditional honeymoon haunts.
Best time to go: February to September (Koh Samui); November to April (Krabi and Phuket); November to March (Chiang Mai)
What makes Thailand such a perennial favourite among honeymooners is the variety it offers. For couples seeking both a beach holiday and some culture, eco-tourism, adventure or city sight-seeing, there are few better options. The affable nature of the locals also makes for easy, hassle-free touring, and the delicious food is a bonus.
Best time to go: November to July
Ever-popular Barbados is the perfect destination for first timers to the Caribbean, as it’s big and busy enough to provide plenty to see and do, while managing to retain its essential island character. The stunning west coast boasts some of the world’s most celebrated beach hotels – all gastronomic food and celebrities in the peak season from Christmas to Easter.
Best time to go: April to June, September to November
This large tropical island off the east coast of Africa boasts white powder beaches and sparkling azure seas, but its continued ranking among the world¹s top honeymoon destinations is down to the legendary reputation of its hotels. Think über-luxury, ultimate pampering, sprawling swanky resorts, gastronomic dining and late nights at the casinos.
Best time to go: November to July
Renowned more for its beaches than the nightlife, Antigua is a great destination for a two-centred honeymoon, combined with nearby St Kitts, Nevis or the British Virgin Islands. Don’t miss Sunday afternoon at Shirley Heights, host to the infamous weekly jump-ups (parties) overlooking English Harbour, when the rum flows to the reggae beat of the island’s steel drums.
Best time to go: April to October, busiest in July and August
Ultimately romantic, Italy always exerts a magnetic appeal for honeymooners. The language, food, culture, coastline, history and inimitable style need no introduction, but bear in mind the key tourist attractions are way too busy to be romantic in the summer holidays. Rent a villa in Tuscany or its lesser explored neighbour Umbria, soak up the sun in the Lakes, rub Gucci-clad shoulders with Europe’s finest at the coastal hotels, or take in the antiquities in one of the ancient cities.
Best time to go: May to November
Sheer island escapism for true romantics — the Seychelles have pristine white sand beaches, palm trees and turquoise waters, and are famous for their bare-foot luxury resorts, perfect for couples wanting to get away from it all. With little nightlife and more limited dining options, it makes sense to take advantage of the easy inter-island transport and visit two or three islands in order to appreciate their innate natural beauty.
Best time to go: year round
From the kitsch glitz of Vegas and the snowy wilderness of Colorado, to the Art Deco hotels and buzz of South Beach Miami, to the sun-drenched, surf strewn Californian coastline, there’s little that the USA doesn’t offer. Masters of romance, service and hospitality, it shouldn’t be hard to tailor make the perfect itinerary for you both. Just don’t try to do too much.
Best time to go: April to October
Paris has long been the chosen destination for honeymooning Brits short on time or money, but there’s no need to stop there. Take a driving tour of the vineyards of the Loire, venture further south to rent a farmhouse in Provence surrounded by acres of sunflower and lavender fields, or fly into Nice and check into some of the Mediterranean’s swankiest hotels.
Best time to go: November to May
Home to Bob Marley, Blue Mountain coffee, Creole cooking and Red Stripe lager, Jamaica is unique among the islands of the Caribbean. Once the playground for the likes of Noel Coward, Clark Gable and Ian Fleming, the beaches are fantastic and the rolling hills of the inland plantations are not to be missed.
Best time to go: October to March (June, July and August for tropical Queensland)
Whether you love beaches, cosmopolitan city life or getting back to nature, Australia is the perfect destination. Experience the excitement of the city in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, explore the country’s amazing wine regions or marvel at fantastic natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef or the unspoiled majesty of Western Australia.
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