From safaris and glamping to romantic road trips and backpacking adventures, discover the latest trends in honeymoons and get inspired!
1. Adventure Honeymoons
Moonlight serenades, long walks on the beach, lounging in the sun… sure, that’s classic romance, but some newlyweds are choosing adrenalin over the endorphins and seeking thrills, spills and chills on their honeymoon!
Sky diving, bungee jumping, scuba diving are just a few ways to start your life’s journey together and New Zealand, the adventure capital of the world with scenic charm and luxury lodges, is the place to do it! Name the adventure sport and you will find it here.
Other exciting destinations include Hamilton Island in Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, The Destination for underwater wildlife watching, diving, and snorkeling.
2. Romantic Road Trip Honeymoons
The post wedding road trip is revving up and ready to go. The thrill of the open road, the wind in your hair and all the spontaneity of the trips you took with your friends after graduating. Road trips bring you the chance to explore the small, quaint, off-centre destinations and you can always find hidden luxury lodges for the discerning traveller.
Scotland is built for road trips. Clearly mapped highways, stunning scenery, old-fashioned hospitality and world-class accommodation, start your engines in the beautiful Scottish Lakeland, travel north through Glencoe and into the heart of the Highlands before taking a boat over the sea to the Isle of Skye.
Other paths worth taking on your honeymoon are South Africa, Switzerland and the South Island of New Zealand.
3. Intimate Boat Trip Honeymoons
All the peace and intimacy of being stranded on a desert island together, surrounded by the blue ocean, except, with all the comforts of a beautifully appointed luxury vessel with fewer than 50 passengers.
This atypical honeymoon ‘destination’ is far from the madding crowds of the ocean liners. Take a trip down the Nile on The Oberoi Zahra - a weeklong luxury cruise. They have Egyptologists on board to explain the country's captivating history, as well as well as spas to ensure your dose of relaxation. You can even set sail on the Mediterranean or Caribbean with smaller ships from the Seabourn fleet, a cruise company know for its gourmet dining options.
4. Safari honeymoon
Africa is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world offering the most romantic luxury safaris. The Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in South Africa is a private, unique experience combining the Kalahari sand dunes and savannahs with the Korannaberg Mountains and the starriest skies you will ever see. Spend a thrilling night on the Malori sleep-out deck, with nothing between you and the galaxy sparkling in the Kalahari night sky or treat yourself to an indulgent spa treatment in the award winning safari spa.
5. All about the food
If the way to your heart is through your tummies, you’ll love this honeymoon trend. Some couples plan their itineraries from destination to destination, you plan yours meal by meal; featuring everything from artisan hideaways to 12-course tasting menus, wine bars with skilled sommeliers or a local market for the freshest local produce. If food is your thing, Paris is your place. At L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, you can taste tapas-style portions of the classics (like foie gras) invented by one of the top chefs in the world. Prefer something more laid back? Try San Sebastian's culinary and arts scene in Spain, arguably some of the country's best. This town has the same city-meets-beach vibes as Barcelona, but with a more aristocratic heritage allowing for tours of old palaces.
A pragmatic, modern evolution for the busy couple of today who’ve taken a break for the wedding and have no time to go on a long drawn out honeymoon. So, you run away from the wedding madness on a sexy, efficient little break close by. Short flights out to bliss include Sri Lanka, Thailand and Dubai. The best thing about a mini-moon? You can treat yourself to a ‘real’ second honeymoon later. What’s not to love?
7. River Cruise Honeymoons
Save on the hassle of packing and unpacking, checking out and checking in… on a river cruise, the destinations come to you. With all the conveniences of an ocean cruise, but with a serious cool factor and smoother sailing, the inland cruise is taking off.
Put China on your map when you hop on a trip down the Yangtze River from inland China to Beijing to see the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. Or travel from Budapest, Hungary, to Vienna on the legendary Danube River, one of the most romantic trips in the world.
8. Extended Honeymoons – YOLO
The opposite of the mini-moon, couples are taking months off and hitting several destinations or even a whole continent over months! Whether they’re travelling to once-in-a-lifetime destinations like Bora Bora, Thailand, the Maldives or Bali, Indonesia or touring Europe, packing multiple destinations into your honeymoon is now a mainstream concept and easier than you think!
Head to Bora Bora in the French Polynesia where you'll find your own private overwater bungalows, surrounded by lagoons and swirling schools of colorful fish. Or rent a car and drive through Switzerland and Europe exploring the country and spending nights in boutique hotels.
Three is a crowd but the more the merrier for some couples who take a posse along on a ‘buddy-moon’ in a postnuptial adventure that is becoming very popular. Plan a honeymoon with other couples who just got married (or some crazy single friends) for a few days in your trip so you’ll still get some alone time. It’s fun and a way to extend the wedding festivities but another reason this is trending is that today's fast-paced work environment makes it harder for friends to put their busy lives on hold and organize a group getaway.
Places with a nightlife like Thailand, Bali are perfect for buddy-moons where you party through the night and explore or unwind and relax on the spectacular beaches through the day.
Camping, but in a glamourous way. Glamping brings you all the romance of sleeping under the stars, the sounds, the setting… but with none of that fussy pitching the tent, unrolling the sleeping bag and watching out for bugs! Choose a tent, a hut, a villa, cabin, teepee or treehouse – glamping brings you the great outdoors with a big dose of luxury.
One of the most unique glamping sites is the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand. This tented resort sits in a lush, hideaway in Northern Thailand, in the Golden Triangle that borders southern Burma and western Laos. Spread over different levels of bamboo jungle, the 15 deluxe tents each feature open floor plans with hammered copper tubs-for-two, outdoor rainfall showers, private decks, WiFi and elegant furnishings. Views vary, and some of the tents are a walk uphill from the main camp area, along stone steps and rope bridges and aren’t accessible by vehicle.