This postcard-perfect island destination is just the idyll stuff honeymoons are made of. But besides the obvious draws of what Mother Nature has bestowed upon this impossibly gorgeous and practically untouched part of the Sulu archipelago (think white sandy beaches, cerulean skies, nearby turquoise lagoons and tropical weather that leaves much to be desired), Amanpulo, a private island resort which sits pretty on Pamalican Island is all about five-star service, exclusivity and an inimitable romantic experience.
City of Love & Lights
Dreamy proposals aside, Paris is the ultimate honeymoon destination. One of the most architecturally, culturally and gastronomically rich cities in the world, there is no shortage of picturesque nooks, Michelin-starred restaurants or art-filled museums to visit. First-timers simply must see the Eiffel Tower up close or visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.
Hop aboard a ferry to navigate the Seine or tour the city in a horse-drawn carriage. Toast your union with a glass of rosé at a charming street side Parisian café, and then leisurely make your way to the Sacré-Coeur Square at the top of the Montmartre hill for an amorous kiss with an amazing view.
Into the Blue
Fall head over fl ippers with this amazing gem nestled in a nook of the Indian ocean. Here, Newlyweds are literally spoiled for choice with resorts but the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort or the Four Seasons in Landaa Giraavaru are right up there with the best. Get a couples massage or jump in the impossibly clear blue waters and cosy up to the friendly dolphins—an experience of a lifetime. Snorkelling and scuba diving is a must so you can meet the turtles, manta rays, nurse sharks and whale sharks around the 26 bio diverse atolls that make up the Maldives.
Kenya, South Africa
When you think of Africa your mind immediately conjures incredible images of the dramatic Kenyan landscape from famous silver screen Safari hits such as Out of Africa and Born Free. A safari honeymoon is perfect for the adventurist couple that possesses a fascination for wildlife and exploring the big wild outdoors.
Tour the Maasai Mara National Reserve for your safari fix (witness the magnificent annual migration of the wildebeest, the lionesses in an exciting hunt or admire the sea of pink of flamingoes preening and feeding on Lake Nakuru). Another must is Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and if you’ve the training, scale the majestic 17,058-foot Mount Kenya. www.a2asfaris.com
Prague, Czech Republic
What newlywed couple wouldn’t dream of honeymooning in this utterly photogenic European capital where every corner and enclave becomes a gorgeous backdrop to an envy-inducing honeymoon album? Hit the capital (which is also the largest city of the Czech Republic) and soak up the sights such as the amazing architecture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras (the historical and political centre of Prague has in fact been cited by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site).
It is a must to pay the Prague Castle a visit as is Charles Bridge, Old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter. This is a mod honeymoon destination plucked straight out of 20th-century Europe but with better shopping!
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Honeymooning history buffs will be enthralled by this spiritual city and the Khmer culture. The Siem Reap Province is essentially the cradle of the Angkorian civilisation and is home to a world heritage temple complex as declared by UNESCO, headlined by one of the most famous, the Angkor Wat Temple.
Formerly the capital of the Khmer Empire (9th-15th century), today Angkor Wat is considered one of the hottest tourist destinations in Asia and a multicultural melting pot with restaurants serving every kind of cuisine (don’t forget to try the Khmer curry!), a bustling nightlife featuring hip bars and a cool café culture. For special souvenirs from the “Kingdom of Wonder,” the Phsar Chas area is the place to go for amazing jewellery, handicrafts and woodcarving bargains.
Pour It Up
Foodie couples who eat and drink together stay together. Experience food and wine pairings like no other at any of Napa Valley’s 400 plus wineries (95% of which are family owned). Have a giggle and stomp grapes during harvest season or blend your own wine at one of the “Barrel Blending” classes at the wineries.
Sample as many of the region’s more than 125 restaurants as you can (Napa has earned more Michelin stars per capita (11 total) than any other wine region in the world!) or dine by rail on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Attempt a cooking class at a Napa Valley winery or cooking school and then treat yourselves to a yoga class or a luxurious spa treatment at one of the resorts and spas. www.VisitNapaValley.com