There’s a honeymoon to suit each and every couple, from beach bunnies and culture vultures, to thrill seekers and budding backpackers – there are plenty of options when it comes to planning the perfect post-wedding jaunt.
Spanning adventure holidays, chic city escapes, family fun and much more, garner some inspired ideas for that once-in-a-lifetime trip, with BristolWeddings’ ultimate honeymoon guide.
Dazzling beaches, coral lagoons, infinity pools, turquoise waters, and guaranteed sunshine – luxury beach holidays remain a timeless choice for honeymooners.
Perfect for blissful relaxation within picture-perfect surroundings, newlyweds can take their pick of popular resorts, with the ever-popular Maldives, stunning Seychelles, exotics of the Caribbean, and the beautiful Bahamas just a few choice destinations.
Sporty couples seeking an action-packed escape rather than a sunbathing holiday can take their pick of destinations and activities to ensure an adrenaline-fuelled honeymoon.
From surfing in the USA and skiing in the Swiss Alps, to trekking in Peru, scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef and replenishing yoga retreats, newlyweds can go as extreme as they like, or simply opt for a lavish golf or tennis resort.
Amorous adventurers can take a walk on the wild side by heading off on safari in Madagascar, camping in exotic rainforests, or heading for dizzying heights and skydiving.
Offering a honeymoon which definitely won’t be forgotten quickly, thrill seekers can take the opportunity to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience, whether that be taking a hot air balloon ride over Africa, or spending a night under the stars in the desert.
Snuggling up by the fire, getting steamy in a hot tub with a glass of bubbly in hand, and picture-perfect white scenery are all on the cards with a winter wonderland honeymoon.
Logs cabins in Vermont, Northern Lights in Iceland, or the cold climates of Finland, sun-shy couples can keep each other warm during an utterly romantic honeymoon in snowy heaven.
Shopping, sight-seeing, and sensational food, city breaks can offer excitement, romance, and endless options to stay entertained. Whether it’s soaking up culture, getting a dose of retail therapy, sipping on coffee, or lavishing in luxury at a deluxe spa, cities have it all.
Strolling by the Seine in Paris, wandering the streets of New York, or sharing a Romeo and Juliet love story in fair Verona, honeymooners can get lost in the city. And for those who wish for the best of both worlds, Dubai combines golden beaches and gleaming skyscrapers for a fabulous five-star getaway.
From the delights of Walt Disney World, to all-inclusive hotels with dreamlike play facilities and kids’ clubs, couples with children can opt for a romantic getaway with their little ones in tow.
With plenty of luxurious hotels boasting extensive facilities, crèches and complimentary clubs, newlyweds can combine family fun with alone time, while creating memories to cherish which include the kiddies too.
When better to see some of the world’s most famous sights than during a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon? From the Eiffel Tower on our doorstop in Paris, to Ayres Rock across the other side of the world in Australia, there are long and short haul options aplenty.
Naturists can revel at the eternally beautiful Iguazu Falls located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, South Africa’s Table Mountain, and the Grand Canyon for example, while the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, ancient Colosseum, and heights of the Empire State building, offering natural and man-made wonders alike.
Forget five-star hotels – tuk-tukking around India, seeing the sights in South East Asia, or trekking around South America offer the chance for newlyweds to explore some of the world’s most amazing landmarks.
Perfect for avoiding eye-watering hotel prices and allowing for spontaneity too, backpacking honeymoons are ideal for avid travellers who don’t mind staying at cheap and cheerful hostels, camping, or motels, with the chance to have a bit of luxury too!
While honeymoons signal extravagant holidays in exotic destinations, some of the world’s most romantic places and remarkable sights are located a stone’s throw away in Europe.
Whether it’s seeing picture perfect sunsets behind the Eiffel Tower, taking a tranquil gondola ride in Venice, sunbathing on sparkling sands in Santorini, making a wish at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, or strolling around vineyards in the south of France, Europe is blossoming with inspired romantic ideas for honeymooners.
Newlyweds can marvel at natural wonders across the other side of the world, taking their honeymoon as an opportunity for an extended long-haul escape to New Zealand or Australia, with both countries boasting beautiful landscapes.
Couples can embark on an island adventure around the Barrier Reef or a trip to the outback in Australia; while glacier climbing, Lord of the Rings tours, and simply driving along the open roads promising an epic experience in New Zealand.
Combine different destinations and resorts into one perfect honeymoon with a twin or multi-centre trip, offering the ideal solution for indecisive couples.
Hop from North to Central America; combine Australia and the Pacific; jet from Mexico to Las Vegas; or fly from Tokyo to Bali – the options are endless and offer the best of both worlds.
If the culinary delights of other countries whet the appetite more than the sights, couples can take their taste buds on a gastronomic journey to the world’s most delicious hotspots.
The world is the foodies’ oyster – sample sushi in Japan; eat at the world’s best restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca in Spain; visit culinary capitals; or live the chocoholic’s dream and staying at Boucan Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia, set amidst cocoa groves and serving everything from cacao tortellini to curried coconut and cacao chicken.
Promising that extra lap of luxury, a honeymoon at sea offers the chance to sail away from the realities of everyday life, without even an itinerary to worry about, and a fresh new destination to discover each day.
Adult-only decks, couples’ treatments, private balconies, sensational suites and private dining are all on the cards, promising a deluxe honeymoon cruising against a glorious ocean backdrop.
Whether it’s a minimoon before the main event, or if travelling just doesn’t appeal, the UK has plenty to offer newlyweds, from Instagram-worthy Cotswold villages and trendy London bars, to historic sites and pretty coastal towns.
Home to world-famous landmarks, spectacular countryside, heritage sites and quintessentially British tea rooms, our own country ticks all the boxes – as long as the weather behaves itself.
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By Kathryn Godfrey
Friday 06 May 2016
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