Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations
Unique is a good description for the many islands that make up the Maldives. This honeymoon destination is quite unlike others in terms of its appeal. But don’t come here for diverse shopping or raucous nightlife, as you will be disappointed. And it will help if you are partial to seafood. The Maldives is, or are, a natural phenomenon of epic proportions, where some world class hotels offer a once in a lifetime place for you to reside. Choose a seaplane transfer rather than a speedboat to really get the best views of this Indian Ocean paradise. And drink it all in, remembering to bring a camera to capture those incredible scenes.
The influence of Creole architecture and cuisine enhances a Seychelles honeymoon — not that this beautiful archipelago destination needs any help. Seychelles features more ‘greenery’ than its Indian Ocean neighbours like Mauritius or the Maldives, and as such there is a larger representation of land-based wildlife like tropical birds. As with all of the Indian Ocean islands, you’ll find amazing opportunities below sea level for pursuits like snorkelling and diving – great fun for first timers. Of all of the Indian Ocean islands, Seychelles is possibly the most expensive – but it’s a case of you get what you pay for – especially if you choose your hotel wisely from the impressive collection of 5 star resorts.
Bays, beaches, coral reefs, and coves are all key signifiers to Mauritius’ lure for honeymoon couples. This fantastic island destination is adorned with many areas of outstanding natural beauty, where mangroves and tropical rainforests flourish – opening up opportunities to kayak and ramble. ‘Charming’ is a word often used to describe Mauritius, and once you’ve been, you know why. It is just so nice, quaint, and pretty – it feels like another world – and it’s this ‘otherness’ that makes it stand out from the crowd. Beach dwellers will love it here, and like with the Maldives and Seychelles, you’ll find luxury spas aplenty – mainly all located within luxury 4 and 5 star hotels.
Dubai is the perfect twin center honeymoon destination. It’s great to stay here for between 3 -5 nights, and then head off to one of the Indian Ocean resorts, or even further afield to the Far East. I wouldn’t say it’s a relaxing or orthodox destination — quite the opposite; but that’s why it’s so good as a twin centre – offering shopping, city tours, amazing hotels, and the quite incredible Palm Jumeirah development which features Atlantis the Palm. Vast shopping malls, authentic souks, a blanket of skyscrapers, an amazing city monorail, Jumeirah Beach – its got it all in absolute spades; and the sheer scope of Dubai, its architecture, and climate, make it doubly, triply appealing for first time visitors.
This enormous country literally swells with opportunities from Bangkok to Bang Tao Bay. Want to experience the hype of Bangkok twinned with an island paradise? Head to Koh Chang. Fancy Thailand but not Bangkok? Fly into Phuket and discover Southern Thailand instead. A fan of James Bond? Head to the picturesque Similan Islands where they filmed The Spy Who Loved Me. Or catch a boat from Krabi to Phi Phi Island, home to indigenous monkeys and the hidden bay as featured in the movie, The Beach. If you do only do one thing, don’t miss an elephant trek in this exhilarating destination where the hospitality fits perfectly for that extra special honeymoon.
With a similar lure to Thailand, Malaysia offers the chance to blend horizons. A smaller country, you’ll fly into Kuala Lumpur, and then Malaysia is your oyster, with Borneo, Langkawi, and Penang just a few of the highlights at your disposal. Malay cuisine emphasises flavour and spice in equal measure, so if you’re a fan of curries or seafood, you’ll love what you find here. Orangutan sanctuaries at Kota Kinabalu, an incredible bay at Redang Island, or the winding tea plantations at Cameron Highlands would be my choice, but that would mean not choosing somewhere equally as wonderful. Choose carefully!
The backdrop of St Lucia’s beautiful Piton Mountains provide the perfect scene for romance. This picture-perfect Caribbean island is an upmarket choice, adorned with large luxury and small boutique hotels, many crafted into the mountains, and some with open air guest bedrooms and bathrooms with outdoor tropical rain showers – great if you are seeking authentic luxury, but not so great if you can’t stand insects. Unlike a few other more authentic Caribbean destinations, St Lucia is an exclusive choice where you’ll certainly pay more – but you should end up reaping what you sow – and even the harshest critic will struggle not to be seriously impressed by the immense beauty of the island.
This is a great choice for couples who want a ‘doing’ honeymoon – with lots of activities to choose from across a wide scope of destinations. Choose Cape Town (home to Table Mountain and Camps Bay) for a few days, and then head out to the accessible wine lands where you can enjoy tours and tasting; or how about a safari with lions and elephants at Sabi Sands or Kruger National Park? There’s superb land-based whale watching at Hermanus, trekking, or brown trout fishing near the Drakensberg Mountains; or scenic walks along the blissful Garden Route. This epic destination offers amazing value for money whilst you are there, with fine authentic dining incorporating both Dutch and Malay influences.
The Bahamas are a cool choice for a honeymoon – and the pink sand beaches indigenous to the island will play no small part towards your enjoyment. Home to Nassau and Paradise Island with its brightly coloured exotic birdlife and diverse nightlife, guests will also find crystal clear waters for bathing, and numerous quality hotels ranging from water park-focused fun resorts to intimate hideaways like the one favoured by James Bond in Casino Royale. Snorkelling, diving, and fishing are popular owing to the amazing waters, and visit the unique Straw Market for a one of a kind shopping experience. It’s all here at this intriguing, beautiful destination.
From the calm of the placid golden beaches, to the funky beats of Holetown, Barbados honeymoons can be as relaxing or colourful as you want them to be. Regular fish-fry nights take place on the beaches of this charming island, where you’ll also find some affordable 3 star hotels offering a good standard of accommodation to complement those in the higher bracket. Barbados is not particularly cheap when you are out there, but as a Caribbean honeymoon destination, it is not the most expensive. The locals love their sport here, especially cricket, and you can enjoy activities on the beach as well as spa treatments with the cool Caribbean breeze and amazing sunsets to accompany them.
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Kota Kinabalu: market down as a nice town! – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (kota kinabalu market)
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Kota Kinabalu: market down as a nice town!
“We loved Kota Kinabula, especially the general vibe of the place and the friendly locals, and this showed by the amount of times we ended up there (4 in total!) during our time in Sabah. With all its hidden treasures and plentiful markets (as well as all the mobile phone shops you could wish for!?) you could easily waste the day walking around looking at stuff that you didn’t need to buy and then buying it. The sunsets here were also some of the best we’ve seen, really golden and we always made sure to go down to the harbour front to catch it setting everyday. On our first flight into KK from Bali we were welcomed with Korean couples all dressed in matching clothes – very odd! We have seen this before in Australia with the Romeo and Juliet lovers but never queues of couples all dressed the same as their partner, right down to the same shoes and make of clothing! A real treat was the wet market which we came across on our first day in the city. We don’t think may tourists go here as the locals were dumbfounded and watched us walk all around the slippery, smelly stalls, calling out to us and asking our names as we did so. One local took a complete shining to Tom and kept on shaking his hand (eew slimey fish hands – I refused to hold them until he washed!). As we’ve found in most of the parts of Asia the locals love to chat with you but their conversation can be a little limited as to what they understand. Tom can always have a longer conversation with the men than me as he just talks about football – they just go through naming random footballers although we’ve still not met anyone who has actually heard of Jason Chewins! At night the area next to the wet market turned into a seafood bbq market for the locals to go for dinner. They offered a wide range of seafood including plate-sized tiger prawns, sting rays, squid and lots of other fish which Tom felt the need to try as much of as he could! Dave and Jen were due to arrive on our second day and after consulting the map we decided to go and meet them at the airport, and to save a little money we thought it would be a good idea to walk there – big mistake! The map was all out of proportion and what looked like a 30-45 minute walk went well into 2 hours! We were talking to locals on the way who would ask us where we were going (as we walked along the motorway!). When we told them they would all look in surprise and say “wow, airport… long long way!” Yes, we know that now! We celebrated Dave’s ’30 something’ birthday with a trip to the Mamutik Island which is well-known for snorkelling and, since he received a snorkel set as a present it seemed perfect! Jen also has an waterproof camera which she hadn’t yet put to the test. Ooh I was so excited – underwater photography… The reef life at Mamutik was good and I spent nearly the whole time in the water, as Jen let me have a go with her camera so you find yourself following fish around trying to get a great photo, and now I really want one! There were a lot of clown fish (Nemo) here but they don’t like to stay still so getting a photo was a little tricky, there were also lots of other very colourful fish, too many to name! Eventually we had to leave the island as a thunderstorm was heading our way and we still had a 20 minute boat ride to get back – didn’t fancy this much in the storm! Although this did mean that the only thing left to do when we got back was celebrate Dave’s birthday with beer, beer and more beer (and curry)! The Gaya Sunday Market was another highlight of this already charming city, with its normal handicraft stalls mixing together cats and dogs in the smallest of cages, fish being sold in plastic bags (just like the funfairs!), water-starved terrapins, ‘holy stalls’ selling religious tack and then of course the odd little man selling some sort of liquid in an unmarked bottle! (he was surprisely popular!) After our whirlwind trip to Brunei we came back to KK during the Harvest Festival – we both expected to have to go to the shop and buy some tinned tomatoes or a can of spam but things were done a little …”
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Cheers to yucky mountain pop!
Mountain pop harder than the mountain itself!
Holy water for sale! brilliant!
Chicken bums anyone?
Beautiful golden sunset in KK
I like boats!
Wet market goods!
A boy sitting in a drain!
But i need the toilet in 23m!