A honeymoon is the traditional holiday taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage in intimacy and seclusion. Today, honeymoons are often celebrated in destinations considered exotic or romantic. Here are 10 amazing destinations to choose from!
1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
It's the stuff honeymoon fantasies are made of: Crystal clear waters, picturesque mountains and a coral reef swirling with colourful fish. No wonder it was recently voted one of the best islands in the world by US News and World Report. Bora bora is Tahiti's leading lady. It is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to visit in their life time
2. Santorini, Greece
Crescent shaped Santorini or Thira, the precious gem of the Aegean is actually a group of islands consisting of Thira, Thirassia, Aspronissi, Palea and Nea Kameni. It is the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Greece. A trip to Santorini with the other half is a dream for anyone who has seen at least one photo of the islands famous Caldera; pristine whitewashed villas and its famous sunset is the ultimate romantic experience!
3. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, reflecting French colonial charm and splendid Arabic culture, is fast becoming a favourite as a honeymoon hotspot. Intoxicating, exuberant and steep in culture! Here are a few suggestions that will take you from the Muezzin's early morning call to prayer, to the enigmatic promise of an Arabian sun set on the architecturally stunning city. You'll feel like you wondered onto a movie set camp, with snake charmers, belly dancers, horse drawn carriage rides around extensive make of markets.
4. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto is a magical city that has hundreds of shrines and temples. It is a particularly good destination for couples who enjoy culture shock. The service industry is superb and the cuisine is unsurpassed. You enjoy a peaceful Japanese garden or spot a Geisha in Gion (one of Japan's most exclusive entertainment districts).
5. St. Lucia
Home of the dramatic pitons, pristine beaches and divine sunsets, a romantic energy oozes from st. Lucia. Rainforest treks please the adventurers while 'jump up' parties make for a vibrant night life. If you are looking for luxury, elegance, and the highest standard of five star personal service for you and your partner, you'll find it all here. This Caribbean gem isn't short on breathtaking landscapes. Also noteworthy are its vast cocoa plantations and charming creole villages.
This beautiful island is the perfect place for adventurous travelers who want to fill their honeymoon with activities like hiking, horseback riding, ice climbing, and chasing the northern lights. It is one of the most beautiful settings on earth. Largely uninhabited, Iceland changes scenery every few minutes. You can go from volcanic, lunar looking landscapes, or grossly green middle earth to shattering waterfalls and soaring geysers or massive blue lagoon hot springs.
Namibia is a potentially stunning honeymoon destination. The landscapes are unique and inspiring, and whether you choose to explore by self-driving, head out on a private guided camping adventure or fly into up market lodges in the wilderness, you are guaranteed a pretty original and exclusive honeymoon adventure. You'll experience a quintessential African Safari; imagine sleeping under the stars among red desert sand dunes, surrounded by a vast mountain range.
Imagine a place where the rainforest stops at the sea; where fish and Dolphins swim over multi-hued coral reefs; where rainbows arc across the skies and the sun sets exact evening below a horizon that fills the view of every balcony. Dominica is the perfect romantic getaway for couples who appreciate fusion of serenity and contrast!
9. Vieques, Puerto Rico
Vieques is a Caribbean island off Puerto Rico's eastern coast. It is known for boat tours of bioluminescent bay where microorganism give water a blue green glow. It also offers secluded beaches and snorkeling. Wild horses roam the countryside much of which is preserved as the Vieques national wildlife refuge.
10. Palm Springs, California
This west coast destination has always been hip. From the 1940's to the late 1970's, actors and musicians were regular at this exotic spot. This desert oasis was also super popular with architects. Today, their mid-century modern masterpieces are the hallmark of this retro fun city. Enjoy the luxury of the best hotels, shops and diverse number of people.
By: Umaru Maryam Hadejia