The world's most popular honeymoon destinations are so for good reason – but there are plenty of hidden gems that also offer those once-in-a-lifetime, romance-laden vibes.
For those who choose to marry, a honeymoon is often the biggest investment in travel they'll ever make: so getting it right it a big decision. For that classic paradise island bliss, the non-negotiables are unbeatable seclusion, uninterrupted ocean vistas, ultra-luxurious resorts, and of course, endless opportunities for romance.
The islands peppered along Africa's eastern coast (Mauritius, Zanzibar, the Seychelles) offer these elements in abundance. For matrimonial magic in the Mediterranean, look to the islands of Malta or Corsica, or head to the Caribbean for postcard-perfect sands with Latin American flair.
Read on to discover the hottest honeymoon destinations off the beaten track.
The Seychelles are scattered like jewels in the Indian Ocean, a veritable Eden of colourful coral reefs, verdant jungle and giant tortoises. Does it get any more heavenly than that? Six Senses Zil Pasyon proves it can: nestled between the cobalt blue hues of the Indian Ocean and the greenery of the land, this is a five-star oasis where barefoot luxury knows no bounds. Check into a Hideaway Pool Villa and hop between the pristine pool, elegant interior and private wine cellar, or splash out in one of the ocean-facing villas, where the views are romance incarnate.
Aside from its picture-perfect good looks, the main island of Zanzibar has a rich and fascinating history as a trade centre, with multi-cultural influences evident at every turn. Stay near the shorelines for sherbet-like sand and glistening turquoise waters, or head inland to uncover the old laneways and 19th-century relics of Stone Town. Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, a luxury resort on Paje Beach, invites you to lounge by the oasis-style resort pool, or toast to a lifetime together at the rooftop bar overlooking the blazing sunset. Once you are both feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, take to the kitesurfing and watersports centre for fun in the surf.
A compact yet historically prominent archipelago between Sicily and North Africa, Malta certainly packs a punch when it comes to things to see and do. Scuba diving, sunbathing in sandy coves, temples and subterranean wonders all await. Corinthia Palace Hotel, Malta is a high-end 19th-century oasis, perfect for those who wish to embrace the island’s history. Its curated experiences are well worth a look: a walking tour of Valletta, wine-tasting at a Maltese wine estate and a sip-and-paint session in an 18th-century palace all add to the unforgettable honeymoon memories.
Should you consider this island off the coast of France for your holiday of a lifetime? Of-Corsica: it’s quickly becoming the one-to-watch in the Mediterranean with its compelling mix of powdery beaches, medieval relics and wild, sprawling nature. Overlooking the quaint village of Oletta is the boutique luxury of Aethos Corsica, where luxury suites offer mountain or quaint village views. Enjoy a romantic evening dining on the seasonal Italian-French flavours of U Palazzu restaurant, while sipping on local wines and making the most of the finest bay views on the island. The resort’s incredible chateau-style pool, surrounded by olive and palm trees, is just the ticket for soaking up the sunshine and mountain views.
The Caribbean Sea is studded with paradise islands, but perhaps the dreamiest of all is Antigua. What could be more romantic than sugary beaches and candyfloss skies? The boutique Hermitage Bay resort is a top-rated all-inclusive destination encompassed by aquamarine waters and lush forest-covered hills, creating a picture-perfect backdrop. It will also be love at first sight at Hammock Cove Resort & Spa: located on the opposite side of the island, overlooking the calm lagoon waters, this adults-only haven combines tropical beauty with gastronomic indulgence. With both ranked in the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the Caribbean on Tripadvisor, you simply can't go wrong.
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