Luxtripper Travel Editor
I’m all about romance, so I’m really excited to share our top honeymoon destinations for 2019 with you!
Our wedding gift to you is the culture trip of a lifetime. Get a glimpse of a robotic future and a peaceful past as you explore Japan. You'll be dazzled by Tokyo’s neon lights, hidden temples and incredible cuisine (you won’t be able to resist a steaming bowl of ramen!). Staying in a ryokan in Kyoto is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; bathe in a hot spring and bask in the peace of this ancient city. Walk hand in hand through enchanting shrines and gorgeous gardens as spirals of swirling pastel cherry blossoms surround you... Japan honeymoons are uber romantic.
What better place to continue your dream honeymoon than the world’s most exclusive destination? Bora Bora is truly special and is the closest to paradise that we’ll ever get, with its silky sugar-white sands and turquoise lagoons that glitter like diamonds in the sun. Bask in the Bora Bora sunshine on the deck of your over-water villa or cool off in your infinity pool, you’ll feel like the king and queen of this secluded escape! Dive beneath the surface of the lagoon and discover a vibrant underwater kingdom filled with dazzling marine-life... A sunset cruise is one of the best things to do in Bora Bora, an unbeatably romantic way to view Nature’s greatest show as the sunset splashes the sky with colour. Nothing can compare to a Bora Bora honeymoon!
Sri Lanka’s breath-taking island is only just being discovered, and it really does have everything, from safari’s to wellness escapes and golden beaches. Experience luxury camping in Yala, home to the world’s largest gathering of leopards; embark on a safari and feast your eyes on these beautiful creatures. Fall asleep under the stars in the arms of your loved one, lulled by the sounds of nature... Sri Lanka honeymoons are the perfect wellness retreat - escape to the Hill Country and gaze at verdant tea plantations from the comfort of a private infinity pool, join the locals in picking tea, or lose sense of reality with a stress-shattering spa treatment.
Just a 2-hour flight from Sri Lanka sits honeymoon gold... A trip to the Maldives is heaven on earth, an ideal destination for newly-weds who want to escape the hustle and bustle of reality and simply be alone with one another. Wake up to the sounds of gentle waves in your over-water villa or beachfront hideaway before heading out to start a day of doing nothing but indulging... Head out to your own private island and bask in each other’s presence before talking about everything and nothing over an intimate candle and moon-lit meal on the silky sugar-white sands... a Maldives honeymoon is perfection.
When it comes to romantic getaways for the wild at heart, a Kenya honeymoon has no competition. Wake up to bush breakfasts and watch the wildlife as they feed at a nearby watering hole before getting up close to some of the world’s most majestic creatures – the Big Five. Visit Masai Mara National Park and see the Great Migration with your own eyes, a stirring once-in-a-lifetime experience. Float over Kenya in a hot air balloon, a unique and exclusive way to see the country – and so romantic! Stay at a secluded luxury camp and fall asleep under the stars with the love of your life...
Zanzibar’s landscape is another world entirely – boasting white sands, kaleidoscopic coral gardens and even swaying palm trees adorned with coconuts, this is the very image of paradise. A Zanzibar honeymoon is the ultimate romantic getaway, and the perfect way to round off your safari adventure. Scuba dive and snorkel in the crystal-clear ocean, discover hidden coves and claim them as your own, or simply soak up the sun on the shore before sharing an intimate beachfront dinner at sunset... perfection.
Ready for the cultural trip of a lifetime? Vietnam is the honeymoon destination for you! Cruise through the mystifying emerald waters of Halong Bay, a setting straight out of Avatar - legend has it that its soaring limestone cliffs were created by a fire breathing dragon! See Vietnam’s beauty on a slow-paced boat ride down the Mekong Delta in Ho Chin Minh, surrounded by greenery, lily pads and complete peace. This is definitely one of the most romantic things to do in Vietnam. Remember, you can't say you've had a Vietnam honeymoon if you haven’t tried pho – slurp noodles from a rich, steamy broth - delicious!
Not many people can claim to have visited Cambodia, let alone honeymooned there – this is a unique, beautiful destination teeming with cultural wonders. Explore the temples of Angkor Wat, lovingly referred to as ‘The Seventh Wonder of the World’, or channel your inner Tomb Raider and discover Ta Prohm, the crumbling ruins that are slowly becoming one with nature... The shores of Cambodia are fabulous for adventurous couples, housing kaleidoscopic coral gardens and vibrant marine life; the island of Koh Rong is perfect for diving, stay for a romantic dinner lit by the beach’s glowing plankton! A Cambodia honeymoon is gorgeously unique and completely unmissable.
Prepare your senses for a frenzy of fragrance, colour and sound! India is the perfect honeymoon for foodies and culture lovers and has a completely captivating atmosphere. Find yourself hypnotised by the Golden Triangle; the mystifying façade of the Taj Mahal needs no introduction, see one of the world’s most famous buildings in the flesh! Romance pervades the air in the blush-painted ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur – and what better way to explore Delhi than by rickshaw? See brightly dressed locals with fabulous jewellery as you traverse the city, and make sure to stop off for street food. You can’t visit India without trying paratha, wash it down with chai; there’s nothing like it!
Continue your India honeymoon in Kerala, known as ‘God’s Own Country.’ This is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the Golden Triangle, a luscious escape bordered by a serene golden coastline and a patchwork quilt of verdant tea-covered hills. It must be explored by boat through its enchanting rivers! Perhaps you’ll catch some of the unique activities that bring this very special destination to life, from festivals to snake-boat races. If you’re lucky, you might spot wild elephants and the occasional tiger! Nothing will compare to your honeymoon in India.
This is the perfect honeymoon for nature-lovers. Golden sands on stunning rugged coastlines, mesmerising wildlife, stylish hotel suites and all-inclusive luxury camps... you can’t get any better than a South Africa honeymoon. Head to Kruger National Park to be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sight the Big Five! Cruise along the Garden Route and top up your tan in the South African sun as you lie side-by-side on a beach, sapphire waters on one side and lush forests on the other. From here, move on to taste some of the world’s finest wines in South Africa’s Winelands – what’s more romantic than a glass of vintage?
The Seychelles are unbeatably romantic, a picture-perfect destination with untouched national parks and luxury 5-star resorts – the only service you deserve on your honeymoon. Take a helicopter journey for breath-taking panoramic views or visit your own virgin island for the intimate experience that every hopeless romantic is searching for. Stroll arm-in-arm through the parks and swim in the sparkling pools that lie beneath tumbling waterfalls. Alternatively, head into the ocean and scuba dive beneath the surface to discover a kaleidoscopic underwater kingdom... Seychelles honeymoons are the things of dreams.
The home of the laid-back attitude, an Australia honeymoon has no limits. There are a million exciting things to do in Australia, from diving beneath the sparkling waves and exploring the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, swimming with dolphins – or sharks – and even sky diving! Head into the Outback for an intimate night sleeping beneath the Milky Way, or take a romantic bike ride through the fabled Barossa vineyards, alluring and amorous with the promise of world-class wines; make a toast as you watch the Australian sunset together...
Go from adrenaline junkie to beach bum and continue your ultimate honeymoon in paradise. A destination straight from the pages of a glossy travel magazine, Fiji doesn’t seem real! This is the home of pearly-white sands and tropical forests full to the brim with exotic flowers and magical hidden waterfalls... dreamy. A Fiji honeymoon is one for the VIPs, stay in fabulous 5-star resorts on the gorgeous Yasawa Islands, where hiking, romantic beachfront dining and golden sun-tans await! For a luxurious honeymoon treat, visit the Sabeto Hot Springs; indulge in an all-natural healing experience to sooth the soul... step foot in Fiji and you’ll never want to leave.
Costa Rica is like something out of a fairy-tale. Find seclusion and freedom in Central America’s best kept secret... It’s hard to get as exclusive and romantic as a Costa Rica honeymoon, there’s no better place to hide from the real world and leave responsibility behind. Imagine walking through thick, emerald jungles, misted and magical, and stumbling across glittering waterfalls – you'll hear their tumbling waters before you see them. Costa Rica is host to an abundance of exclusive wellness and spa retreats, indulge in couples’ treatments before relaxing in thermal waters heated by the magnificent Arenal volcano... this is the epitome of opulence.
Some things just can’t be shown through the screen... Only those who have visited the Galapagos can truly understand the beauty of these virginal islands. Adventurous couples will adore the volcanic landscapes, which offer unparalleled scuba diving and hiking opportunities. Galapagos honeymoons are ideal for nature-lovers. Share serene beaches with sleepy sea lions and lay your eyes on some of the rarest wildlife, from whale sharks and giant tortoises to blue-footed boobys that can only be seen here! The Galapagos Islands are a soul-stirring island-hopping destination, perfect for those honeymooners who dare to be different.
Welcome to Bali’s trendiest destination! Seminyak boasts soft golden beaches lined with world-class hotels overlooking the dazzling Indian Ocean, the perfect opportunity for an array of water-sports – why not learn to surf together? There is something for couples of every taste here, your Bali honeymoon can be whatever you want it to be! Spend your days lying side-by-side on the beach and soaking up the sun, traversing upscale boutiques and discovering temples; Petitenget Temple, located beside its namesake beach, is the perfect place to hold hands and watch the Seminyak sunset... Make sure to try some yummy nasi goreng before moving on!
Step from tranquil sandy beaches into a vibrant melting-pot of cultures and glamour... Sky-high infinity pools with romantic views await in luxury hotels on your Singapore honeymoon, along with an amalgam of glittering attractions. The fantastical hybrid of the natural and the man-made at the Gardens by the Bay make for an unparalleled romantic stroll, and the Skypark at Marina Bay Sands is unmissable! A food tour of Chinatown is a must – live like the Singaporeans and try satay skewers and thick kway teow noodles... your taste buds will thank you afterwards!
Step into a world of elegance and mystery... this is a destination for the adventurous newly-weds out there. A China honeymoon is anything but boring, boasting diversity and world-renowned cultural sites. You can’t visit China without exploring the Great Wall and seeing the Terracotta Army; and who can resist the adorable rolling pandas of Chengdu? China is known for being ahead of its time, head to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai and experience the future! The Bund at Shanghai is unmissable – visit at sunset to see a dazzling show of colours become the backdrop for this fabulous city skyline.
Your China honeymoon holds so much more than adventure, Lijiang is the China of one hundred years ago, the China of your imagination... This whimsical step back in time is the ideal escape for couples looking for privacy. This picturesque village is breathtakingly beautiful with its dreamy wisterias; hold hands and let the world go by as you walk through the cobbled streets. Take a romantic cruise down the enchanting Li River, veiled with mist and flanked by emerald hillsides, fantastical and fairy-tale-like... there is nothing that China honeymoons can’t offer.
Who could resist hiding away from society in the soaring emerald hills of Ubud? Prepare for the wellness escape of your dreams and an authentic Bali honeymoon. Ubud defines serenity, an unparalleled display of natural beauty with its verdant rice terraces and cascading waterfalls, and the perfect destination to fall in love all over again. Stay in a luxury hotel with a private balcony and sky-high infinity pool and find inner peace with yoga. Take a bike ride through the rice paddies with the wind tousling your hair before grabbing a table for two next to a waterfall, unbeatably romantic.
Your dream honeymoon doesn’t have to end here – just a short flight from Bali, the islands of the Philippines are perfection, stunningly beautiful with crystal-clear waters that shine like diamonds and flawless beaches. Palawan Island is incomparable and with its amalgamation of luxury resorts, there is nowhere better for your romantic Philippines honeymoon. Boasting fabulous dive sites, charming fishing villages and vibrant wildlife, you might find it hard to keep still – make sure to allocate some time to simply doing nothing on the sparkling white sands, perhaps with a sweet and colourful halo halo dessert to hand.