Honeymoon destinations for 2018
Looking for where to honeymoon in 2018?
These are the best honeymoon destinations in the world, plus when to go and how to get there.
Andaman Islands, India
April is a good time to visit the Islands because the weather is warm and pleasant compared to monsoon season and winter.
The ecofriendly resort of Barefoot at Havelock is located in lush rainforest next to a white-sand beach.
Based on the philosophy of sustainable and socially responsible tourism, the rain water is harvested, most of the staff are local and the food is prepared from organically grown products and fresh catches of the day. Enjoy a rejuvenating yoga class, take an escorted nature walk through the rainforests or explore the nearby coral reefs.
The island also holds a vibrant nightlife and plenty of great restaurants—from the high-end to simple street stalls—that showcase the enthralling, piquant cuisine of Thailand.
Cultural pleasures—such as a visit to the many Buddhist temples and shrines—can break up days at the beach.
Other requirements: a romantic boat ride over to the gorgeous Phi Phi islands, and of course, experiencing the art of Thai Massage. With around 60 five-star resorts to choose from, couples are never at a loss for luxury here.
Known for its powder soft beaches and turquoise lagoons, French Polynesia is many people’s idea of paradise.
May is winter in French Polynesia, but it’s less rainy than the summer, so it’s a good time to visit. It has some of the best dive sites in the world, whether you’re new to diving or prefer to just snorkel.
Spend time swimming with reef sharks and mantas, whale watching or learning about local industry such as a pearl farm or vanilla factory.
Although Tahiti and Bora Bora may be better known, we would also recommend the Tuamotu and Marquesas archipelagos, which are no less idyllic but even more secluded.
If you’re looking to leave it all behind in a far off place, Banana Island is one of the most remote spots you can find.
Only accessible by private boat or by helicopter, the island holds just one resort, the newly opened Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara.
The 141-room property includes over water villas, perfect for honeymooners. Everything is exclusive to guests: the private beach, lagoon pool, restaurants, marina, golf course, a VIP cinema, bowling alley, and spa
April to October is a good time to visit Indonesia because it tends to be more rainy during the other months but showers are short and sharp. Kura Kura Resort is a beautiful island resort located off the north coast of Java in the Karimunjaya Archipelago.
A real Robinson Crusoe experience, it’s ideal for diving, snorkelling or simply relaxing after exploring the temples of Java or jungles of Kalimantan. Honeymooners can enjoy a night on the tiny island of Krakal in a private bedroom with access to beautiful white sands and azure waters. There are private pool villas as well as cottages overlooking the crystal clear lagoon.
And speaking of yachts, a few nights sailing in a gulet—the handmade wooden boats you’ll find bobbing at the marina—is one of the most romantic things to do while here. Once back on land, the beaches are full of royalty, celebrities, and swimsuit models.
It’s a great place to catch a little culture, too, with the ruins of Ephesus nearby, as well as the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, right in town.
Many of these inns make use of local hot springs as bathing facilities and Kimono-clad ladies greet you, ready to transport you into a bygone world.
In the evening indulge your tastebuds with an exquisite, multicourse kaiseki, a meal of several courses using locally sourced, seasonal food.
One of our favourite ryokans is Hakone Ginyu Spa Resort around an hour and a half from Tokyo. The open air baths are fed by thermal waters from the Mount Fuji region.
The scenery is stunning with the leaves turning, there is very little rainfall and you can enjoy wine tasting in lodges warmed by log fires.
We can highly recommend Mont Rochelle for secluded luxury and wonderful views. It is close to some of the country’s best restaurants and vineyards in Franschhoek. There is also the option of visiting wineries on horseback, a unique way to take in the scenery with some wine tasting along the way.