Choosing the perfect honeymoon spot for you and your partner is a deeply personal experience. Do you opt for a traditional beach vacation filled with spa treatments and relaxation or should you let your inner adventurer come to play and live out your once-in-a-lifetime safari dreams?
Whether you’re after honeymoon inspiration or just fancy escaping reality and losing yourself in some seriously luxe experiences, we’ve handpicked the ultimate seven romantic honeymoon destinations. From dreamy beach picnics on paradise islands to road-tripping through North America’s finest canyons, these are our favourite honeymoon spots on every continent…
North America: Road-Tripping Through Colorado and Utah
For the adventuring honeymooners, look to Pelorus for the best road-tripping escapade through Colorado and Utah. The travel experts have crafted the ultimate eight-night experience to uncover some of North America’s greatest landmarks as you wind through mountain tracks and discover canyons and out-of-this-world rock formations.
Your journey will begin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, where you’ll drive along a 10,246 feet mountain pass, stopping by landscapes including Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak and Sunshine Peak. You’ll stop off at old mining town Dunton, for an evening of relaxation in the smooth mineral hot springs.
Following an expert guide, you’ll have the chance to explore rugged mountains on horseback, tracking through until you reach Dolores Peak, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch with matching wine. You’ll carry on before returning your horses and riding along cattle trails and through Aspen forests.
Crossing to Utah, you’ll enjoy the scenic route through two National Monuments, Canyon of the Ancient and Hovenweep, where you’ll jump into jeeps exploring the sandstone rock formations, hike across the dunes of Ear of the Wine Arch and step inside Big Hogan, Monument Valley’s largest amphitheatre. In the evening, you’ll camp under the stars in your own private camp and enjoy dinner with Peter MacDonald, Sr, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II as a Navajo Code Talker, uncovering his fascinating stories.
The final drive will see you journeying along the Scenic Byway 12, stopping at Bryce Canyon National Park to enjoy a helicopter ride over the red rocks, pink cliffs and endless vistas. You’ll finish the honeymoon experience at Amangiri Hotel where you’ll spend your final nights relaxing in pristine surroundings. This is the holiday for adventure-loving couples looking for a mix of relaxation and excitement.
If you’re venturing further afield to Oceania for your honeymoon, make a pit stop at Fiji’s most luxurious private island, Royal Davui Island Resort. From white sand beaches and turquoise waters to private-room pools, this adults-only island will make you feel instantly relaxed the moment you step foot off the speedboat.
Set over 10 acres of tropical landscape, this island is home to just 16 villas and bungalows so you really won’t find anywhere else quite as remote and private as here. Every villa and bungalow is complete with a private plunge pool and impressive views over crystal clear waters and beyond.
You can opt to add on excursions too. Choose from the castaway sand cay picnic that includes a short boat ride to a sandy island where just you and your partner can spend quality time together or pick the padi dive adventure where you can explore Beqa Lagoon, swim through caves and spot tropical ocean life.
Africa: Safari Through The African Bush
From sandy beaches to winelands and safaris through the African bush, Extraordinary Journeys’ honeymoon trip is perfect for those wanting a little slice of everything.
The 13-day package begins in Cape Town at the Cape Grace, where you can look forward to a private tour of the colourful city, a trip up Table Mountain and a visit to a penguin colony on a beach only known by its locals. You can hike across the Cape Peninsula Reserve, uncovering its beautiful secluded beaches, shipwrecks and wildlife along the way.
For the wine lovers, there’ll be a two-day trip to one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms and hotel, Babylonstoren. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access, exploring the farms, grape picking and tasting their unique wines.
Your adventure continues after a short flight to Dulini Leadwood Lodge in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, where you’ll have off-road game drives and bush walks to explore the wildlife. You’ll then fly to Vilanculos in Mozambique and enjoy a helicopter ride to Azura Benguerra Island Lodge for a one-of-a-kind beach experience, complete with a private pool, butler, excellent dining and African spa.
Antarctica: Ski and Sail in Antarctica
For those wanting a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, take your honeymoon to new heights and book in for Pelorus’ ski and sail escapade to Antarctica. This may be a slightly unusual honeymoon destination but it has its thrills and charm all the same. You’ll speed down pristine slopes, admire untouched wilderness and marvel at the fauna and marine life on the Southern Continent. You can opt to charter a yacht or stay in a luxury Antarctic camp, both allowing you to explore this continent in a unique way.
Flying into Ushuaia on the tip of Argentina, you’ll spend time practising your glacier skills in the mountains with your expert guide and expedition leaders, who’ll help you on your way throughout your tour. Here you’ll take a private charter flight, enjoying views from above of the Magellan Strait, Darwin Mountain Range and Cape Horn before landing to transfer to your camp or yacht. From this moment on, expect to marvel at the white continent’s natural beauty, spotting wildlife, including whales, sea lions and penguins.
You’re invited to begin your ski journey through the mountains of Antarctica, home to different diverse ranges from mellow slopes to dramatic steeps. Those opting for a yacht with a helipad can look forward to hopping onto a helicopter to reach far inland areas for heli-assisted skiing, accompanied by your Pelorus expert.
Pelorus can plan excursions to scientific research stations, penguin rookeries and sea lion colonies between skiing, hiking and climbing activities. You’ll be able to visit different penguin colonies and even participate in a Citizen Science project that’ll allow you to follow your own penguin, even once you’re back home as it moves around the peninsula. This really is a one-off experience that’ll kick-start your marriage with an adventure.
It wouldn’t be a romantic honeymoon destinations guide without a mention of The Maldives. For a private experience you won’t find anywhere else, look to OZEN LIFE MAADHOO. The first OZEN resort, this palm-filled island is surrounded by picturesque ocean views of South Malé Atoll.
Stretching just 900 metres long and 80 metres wide, this petite island has so much to offer, with villas to suit every couple. For a couples paradise, opt for an Earth Villa with an 8m lap pool, home to your very own private beach, outdoor bathroom, outdoor deck and sunset views. Or, opt for a classic Maldivian experience and book one of the Wind Villas for an unforgettable overwater living experience. You’ll get some of the best sunset views and ocean swimming experiences here.
Taking dining to the next level, enjoy a meal at the speciality underwater restaurant M6m, looking out at the marine life as you fine on the finest fresh produce. You’ll quite literally be dining with the sharks and fish here. A visit to LONU is a must for traditional Maldivian recipes reimagined as small-plate dishes.
Grab your complimentary snorkelling gear and venture out around the island or book one of the snorkelling excursions to visit must-see nearby spots for your chance to swim with marine animals.
For more information visit theozencollection.com
South America: Sight-Seeing In Peru
A Peruvian dream, Jacada Travel has a jam-packed honeymoon trip that’ll see you visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu, as well as time to relax beach-side with your partner.
Your experience starts in the capital of Lima, home to a bustling art scene, bars and restaurants, where you can spend two nights exploring the culinary scene. You’ll then venture to Cusco, head to the Sacred Valley and spend three days exploring the area by bike.
You’ll be able to tick Machu Picchu off your bucket list, with an expert guided tour of the Incan citadel uncovering its rich history and a night stay in a luxury lodge before catching the train back.
Back to Cusco where you can learn how to make Peru’s national drink, the pisco sour, and wander the cobblestone streets of this vibrant city. The final days of the trip will see you relaxing on Peru’s northern coast, where you can surf, fish, dive and snorkel until your heart’s content.
For more information visit jacadatravel.com
Europe: Island Hopping To Santorini
Live out your Mamma Mia dreams and make your honeymoon one to remember, stopping off at different islands along the way. At the top of everyone’s list is a few nights in Santorini where you’ll find stunning beaches, sea views and even an active volcano.
The popular honeymoon destination is home to multiple dreamy hotels, but our favourite is Grace Hotel. It is home to villas and suites with big indoor and outdoor spaces, from heated plunge pools to sweeping views over the caldera. The restaurant boasts Michelin-awarded experiences specialising in Greek flavours led by chef Lefteris Lazarou.
There are plenty of beautiful spots to visit around the island, from discovering the lost city of Atlantis to warning around the coastal town of Oia and the capital Fira. You can book excursions to the two islands formed by black lava from the volcano, Palaia Kameni and Nea Kameni. You’ll find hot springs and mud baths waiting for you here.