The Cinque Terre, Italy
The Cinque Terre region of Italy is often considered a hidden gem of the country. With its unique blend of historical and colorful hillside towns, gorgeous beaches, sun-drenched vineyards, hiking trails, fantastic restaurants, and fabulous water sports activities, The Cinque Terre is an ideal getaway for couples seeking a complete escape and a honeymoon that will be remembered forever.
The region is comprised of five remote villages clinging to the rugged hillsides along the Mediterranean Coast, each thriving since the 16th century through its fishing industry and grape growing. Even today, the villages have retained a sense of authenticity and still feel far removed from the modern world and part of a different era. In fact, you can only get to each town via trail, train, or boat. Passenger cars are not permitted within the towns.
Meanwhile, the five villages – with their pastel-colored homes seemingly stacked on top of each other – and surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park. The Cinque Terre is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region is easy going, traffic-free, and doesn’t feature any touristy museums or destinations. Quite simply, it’s a perfect destination to take it all in and unwind. The towns that make up the Cinque Terre include Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
Samoa is considered the heart of Polynesia. It has a 3000 year-old way of life called Fa’a Samoa that underpins a memorable visitor experience. Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty consisting of ten islands, each offering very distinct and different environments to explore.
Blessed with stunning land and seascapes, and friendly people who are proud of their country, there are many versions of paradise to discover. Drive around around in a day, or take a leisurely trip over a few days, or even tour by cycle over a week, or just base yourself at a resort and relax. Alofa is the Samoan word for love, and you will fall in love with Samoa as a wedding or honeymoon destination.
There are 1,190 coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls, 202 islands are inhabited, 100 are exclusive luxury island resorts. Many of these islands offer a serene paradise, making it a perfect destination for a honeymoon.
This part of the world is simply paradise. The Maldives is a desert-island dream where tiny islands are scattered like jewels across the ocean, each surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and diamond white sands. The perfect honeymoon and diving location, you’ll find resorts that exude romance and have a choice of luxurious villas, from retreats with a private stretch of beach to over-water hideaways with their own private infinity pool.
Turquoise lagoons, white sandy beaches and over-water villas are dotted throughout the dreamlike honeymoon destination, known as the Maldives. Island resorts offer honeymooners total relaxation and privacy. The Maldives is one of the most romantic locations in the world.
Truly, the most romantic island in the world. From the dramatic scenery to the privacy and amenities of the overwater bungalows, everything in Bora Bora equals a 10 on the romance scale.
Resorts have been welcoming couples for over 40 years and their special amenities have been fine tuned to perfection. From sunrise to sunset, each resort has designed their own blend of unique romantic experiences for their guests to choose from.
Iceland — the “land of fire and ice” made famous by Bjork, Game of Thrones, and an unpronounceable volcano — may not be the first place that comes to mind as a honeymoon destination, but this beautiful island is the perfect place for adventurous travelers who want to fill their honeymoon with activities like hiking, horseback riding, ice-climbing, and chasing the Northern Lights in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.
Iceland’s capital, diminutive and charming Reykjavik, is the first stop for most travelers. Home to two-thirds of the country’s modest population of 300,000, it’s a cosmopolitan city on a small scale and is known as much for its wild nightlife as its lively art, music, and literary scenes. While many visitors make only a cursory stop in the city before heading out into the countryside, those who spend a bit more time in the capital are rewarded with an up-close look at Iceland’s quirky culture, access to the country’s best restaurants, and a chance to experience some of the wildest nightlife in Europe.
Start with a history lesson at the Settlement Museum, an excavated 1,200-year old Viking longhouse, or visit the Saga Museum to hear tales of ancient Icelanders. Then immerse yourself — literally — in modern-day culture at one of the city’s dozen hot springs, which are open year round and are important centers of social life in Iceland; people come not only to relax, but also to socialize or even conduct business meetings.
For nightlife, take in a show at the Harpa concert hall, a performing arts center with a stunning glass façade, and don’t miss the best view of the city from the 242-foot (74m) high observation deck at Hallgrímskirkja Church. For the ultimate souvenir, head to Mink Viking Portrait where you’ll be dressed in authentic period garb (chainmail and all) and come away with stylized photos of your time as a temporary Viking warrior.
Magical Amalfi Coast is a magnet for travellers with a love of art, history, incredible sights and of delicious food. This seductive part of Italy, with its picturesque and diverse landscape, is one of those destinations you can just never get enough of. It’s a delightful, surprising and oh-so vibrant country.
Positano and Ravello also has a reputation for being one of the most romantic places in the world. It’s not just the beautiful scenery and great weather, but also the slow-paced, passionate Italian lifestyle that will give you that feeling of la dolce vita!
It’s really no surprise Paris made this list–it’s arguably the most romantic city in the world. Exploring the city on your way to another destination (like the French Riviera or Italy) is one way to enjoy all of its glory.
But, making it your mission to eat in all its best restaurants while indulging in a stay at one of the city’s top hotels is an enviable way to spend your post-wedding weeks.