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The best antidote to the chaos (and excitement) of planning and executing a wedding is jetting off to one of these romantic honeymoon destinations, just you and your significant other. What better way to wind down, celebrate your partnership, and decompress than by hopping on a plane and landing somewhere magical?
From the black beaches of Santorini to the rolling green hills of Scotland’s countryside, here are a few of the most romantic honeymoon destination ideas to extend your celebration of love.
With picture-perfect views in every direction, Santorini is a Greek honeymoon must, and for good reason. Countless boutique hotels perched on cliff walls with whitewashed buildings set the stage for romance. Splurge for a suite with a plunge pool, overlooking the postcard views and mythical caldera below.
Tip: Stay in Oia, located on the quieter side of the island. While there are still cruise groups and tours passing through, it offers a far more intimate feel than busy Fira.
Live your princess fantasies with a stay in a real Scottish castle. Stone walls and blazing fireplaces put a modern twist on medieval lodging that is unlike anything in the world. Iconic emerald rolling hills in Scotland go on forever. Explore the countryside and get stuck in a Scottish traffic jam (sheep herd). Few cities in the world compare to Edinburgh for history and culture. Many experienced travelers call this city their favorite. Enjoy a private whiskey cast draw and tasting. Don’t forget the Isle of Skye in the northwest corner. Incredible scenery, waterfalls into the ocean, hikes, and overall Scotland’s most beautiful landscape.
Tip: We recommend a stay at the beautiful 19th century Inverlochy Castle Hotel romantically set in the Scottish Highlands. Also recommend hiring a private driver to drive you around this beautiful country so you don’t have to stress about getting lost and can truly take in the views everywhere you go.
If you haven’t learned already, we love Bali, especially for a romantic honeymoon destination! Jungle adventure meets beach chilling. Immerse yourself in a slower, simpler way of life with friendly people and a community steeped in culture. Romance oozes from every corner of Bali life. Sunset dinners on your choice of famous beaches set the stage for whatever the night has in store. A private cruise offers a unique perspective of this Indonesian island. And if strolling the beaches is more your style, take your pick. Famous Kuta Beach has so much to take in. Quiet Sanur Beach features a lengthy bike path with quaint coffee shops and stores.
Tip: Pack a sarong! Lightweight and great for a post swim wrap up and also to cover your legs or shoulders when visiting a temple
The Amalfi Coast
A popular destination for Italians and world travelers alike, Italy’s Amalfi Coast is romance personified. Pastel-colored buildings are perched on steep cliffs over the sparkling Mediterranean ocean, the winding streets and alleys buzz with Vespas zipping past, and the smell of coffee and baked goods emanate from cozy, family-run establishments.
There are myriad options for your home base, from the busy but conveniently located Sorrento (perfect for day trips to Naples and Pompeii) to the luxe Positano (famous for its dramatic scenery and sandy beach). If you’re looking for the glam of Positano without the crowds, consider the more laid-back Ravello, a tiny village lacking direct beach access – but making up for it in luxurious accommodation options.
Highlighting many traveler’s bucket list is the romantic island of Bora Bora and its surrounding atolls. Known for its towering Mt. Otemanu and luxurious overwater bungalows, Bora Bora is about as romantic as they come and certainly an icon on any list of romantic honeymoon destinations.
Travelers seeking that same experience with a slightly lower price tag often opt for the island of Moorea, with a range of resorts offering both hotel rooms and overwater bungalows – all set against a stunning tropical backdrop.
For couples who are ready to go all out, there’s The Brando – a luxurious resort located on the private Tetiaroa atoll and touted “The Most Luxurious Eco-Resort in the World” by Town & Country Magazine. The brainchild of Marlon Brando, the resort not only offers guests intimate access to French Polynesia but also acts as a center for research and education. Sustainability is weaved through everything at The Brando, from the deep seawater air-conditioning system to the coconut oil biofuel power station. However, just because this is an eco-resort does not mean that luxury has been abandoned. Guests arrive by private plane, accommodations are individual villas on their own stretch of white sand beach, and guests have access to biologists and naturalist guides for one-on-one tours and educational sessions.
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