Looking for something other than the usual cookie-cutter honeymoon? We’ve selected some unique destinations to consider to experience a truly unforgettable first vacation as a married couple.
For a honeymoon that combines incredible scenery and rich cultural experiences, Ireland is an ideal choice. And if staying in a castle is your dream, then here you go. You’re ready to start your Happily Ever After. (pictured below is Ashford Castle)
There is so much to see and do that it would be easy to spend a month exploring the Emerald Isle. For those with less time, but still want a taste of the best of Ireland, here are a few ideas to get you started. Dublin was named “Europe’s largest village” by National Geographic’s Best Trips 2018. While soaking up the sounds of the city, indulge in local Irish cuisine or take a tour and discover a city immersed in history. A popular area to visit is the Ring of Kerry. It boasts some of the country’s most attractive scenery in Killarney National Park. In Connemara you’ll find the Ireland of postcards. Here you’ll see charming thatched cottages on winding roads, flanked with low stone walls. For a glimpse of the wild side of Ireland, County Clare is ideal. It is home to the Cliffs of Moher, rising more than 700 feet from the Atlantic waves. Doolin is a village that has become a hub for traditional Celtic music. It has many quaint pubs where you can enjoy top Gaelic bands playing traditional songs. Honeymooners will find that Ireland has something unique to offer to even the most seasoned traveler.
If relaxing by hot springs, waterfalls and tropical beaches, and ziplining through jungles with toucans and sloths sounds like your kind of happy, then the unspoiled beauty of Costa Rica might be for you.
If you want to experience the very best that Costa Rica has to offer, take a hike through the jungles in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, or walk along hanging bridges suspended in the upper level of the forest canopy. A little more adventurous? Try ziplining through the forest canopy or rapelling down a waterfall in the Arenal National Park to get the adrenaline pumping.
After your day of exploring, enjoy the world famous hot springs or pamper yourselves at the spa, with facilities like jacuzzis, massage therapy, mud baths and other amazing treatments that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. And the luxurious beaches and unspoiled coastlines of Costa Rica are unbeatable for rest and relaxation.
Imagine being perched atop a tree in your own private hideaway as the sun sets over the African plains (pictured is Chalkley Treehouse, South Africa). As you snuggle in your luxurious fort, you listen to the sounds of wild animals below, while knowing you are completely safe. An unforgettable moment. Just the two of you. End your night with a candlelit dinner in the bush and then wake up early for your own hot air balloon ride across the plains. Unique enough?
Walk with the lions or go for an elephant ride in one of the many nature preserves. While in Africa, be sure to visit the beautiful Victoria Falls or go wine tasting in Cape Town.
Peru offers a wealth of historic and cultural experiences sure to make your honeymoon an adventure you will remember for a lifetime. A good starting point is Cusco, the original capital of the Inca civilization. The main square, the Plaza de Armas, is one of the city’s most visited spots. It is an ideal venue for a relaxing stroll, shopping, dining and watching the people pass by. The Urubamba Valley is a popular destination for exploring Inca ruins and spectacular sightseeing. Another must see spot is the town of Ollantaytambo. Here you will see the site of an Inca fortress with stone terraces and salt ponds built into the mountainside. It also serves as a popular starting point for the Inca Trail, a hiking path to Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is the attraction that inspires most people to visit Peru. Machu Picchu provides a step backward into the history of the ancient Inca people. After a luxury train trip and a short bus ride from the rail station, you will reach the summit. Here you can explore the ruins and perhaps make friends with one of the llamas that call Machu Picchu home.
An adventure of a lifetime awaits aboard the luxury Belmond Andean Explorer sleeper train (pictured below), with spectacular scenery, gourmet cuisine, and destinations like no other. Exploring Inca ruins and seeing Machu Picchu are highlights.
The tropical paradise of Barbados is a honeymooner’s delight, with its white sandy beaches and cool trade winds. Located in the deep Southern Caribbean, Barbados is blessed with beautiful weather all year around. Sitting well outside of the hurricane belt, Barbados receives 3000 hours of sunshine annually and rarely tops 90 degrees in the summertime.
As a former British Colony, the influences can still be seen, felt and heard. These include the English custom of teatime, driving on the left side of the road, and the Bajans love of playing cricket.
Acknowledged as the birthplace of rum, Barbados and has been producing rum for over 350 years! Barbados rum is renowned to be the strongest and most refined in the world. Not for the faint of heart, rum is the main ingredient in some of the sweetest and spiciest tropical libations that Barbados has to offer, including Barbados Rum Punch and the Bajan Painkiller.
One of the hottest attractions in Barbados is the famous Oistins Fish Fry. It is a must do, see and eat event, that happens every Friday and Saturday night. The locals and visitors flock to the Fish Fry to enjoy the very best local food: fried and grilled fish, fish cakes, sweet potato, macaroni pie, coleslaw and so much more.
AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND
Catch a nonstop flight from Los Angeles and you can be on your way to the romantic and diverse destinations of Australia and New Zealand. Both countries offer unique attractions like the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Hobbiton, and Milford Sound.
If you are looking for a more relaxed honeymoon, head down to Tasmania and sit beachside with a bonfire while you listen to the waves crash on the beach.
For a more authentic experience try Perth. This city has a wide range of attractions, from sightseeing, wildlife, and aquatic fun to Aboriginal culture and dance.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, with sensation beaches. You can call it one of the world’s hidden natural treasures. It is host to the endangered species of wild dogs know as Dingos, and several types of fish found only in Australia.
The options for traveling in Australia and New Zealand are as diverse as the countries themselves. If you are seeking romance, nature, adventure, arts, culture, food, wine or inspiration, you can find them all in Australia and New Zealand.
Luxury resorts and sparkling beaches are the primary attractions for honeymoon travelers to Bali. It is within the Coral Triangle, which has the highest diversity of marine species on earth. This makes the island perfect for scuba and snorkel enthusiasts.
Bali is also known for surfing, ancient temples, and palaces dating back to the 11th century. You’ll also find active volcanoes and wild jungles. It has white sand beaches in the south and volcanic black sand in the north and west.
The village of Ubud, near Bali’s cool central upland, provides a wealth of cultural landmarks. These range from ancient temples and royal palaces, to panoramas of green hillsides and rice terraces. Ubud and its outskirts are a must see destination for immersion into Balinese culture, arts, and crafts.
Bali greets travelers from around the world, so the island is accustomed to meeting the needs of international visitors. With exotic local cuisine and a wealth of thrilling activities, Bali is a world-class destination for honeymooners of all ages and a true bucket list location for even the most experienced travelers.
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This glimpse into some fabulous and unique honeymoon destinations was provided by honeymoon specialist Paul Dhadda of Exquisite Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. Whether any of these destinations sound intriguing, you want more creative ideas, or you have somewhere specific in mind, they are dedicated to ensuring that couples nationwide experience the honeymoon of their dreams. Information and advice is always free and without obligation, so give them a call.
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