Around the world, there are plenty of well known honeymoon destinations that couples flock to each year. From the Maldives to Bora Bora and the Bahamas, each of these locations serve up pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, five star resorts, and complete relaxation. Although these honeymoon destinations always promise paradise and never disappoint, there is a slow change in the way people are now honeymooning. From epic journeys and adventures to cool, snowy conditions, check out these new exotic travel destinations located around the world.
1. Northern Lights in Igloos in Lapland, Finland
One of the newest ways to enjoy your honeymoon is to head to the frigid northern lands of Finland to Lapland. Lapland is said to be home to Santa Clause, the northern lights, few people, and tons of snow. It is also home of the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, a one of a kind resort that has all glass igloos. While laying in your bed inside your all glass igloo, it is often possible to spot the northern lights, depending on the season. To compliment it, there is often nothing more romantic than a husky sledge ride, outdoor fires and hot tubs, romantic fireside dinners, and long walks in the snow. If you don’t mind the cold too much, bundle up, check the best time to head to Lapland to see the northern lights, and book your igloo plenty of time in advance.
2. Stroll Among History in Bagan, Myanmar
If you are looking for an unforgettable and budget friendly honeymoon, look no further than heading to the magical lands of Bagan in Myanmar. With over 2200 temples and pagodas littering the vast plains, Bagan is one of the lesser known romantic destinations in the world. With beautiful five star hotels, delicious local and authentic fusion foods, incredible service, and plenty of exploring to do, Bagan is an unusual spot to choose for a honeymoon, which makes it all the more exciting. If you are feeling extra adventurous and romantic, head out on an early morning private hot air balloon ride over the Plains of Bagan. There is no better way to see the temples than from above as the sun rises over the area and your experience will be completely unique and unforgettable.
3. Take in Nature in Provence, France
Provence is already a popular holiday destination, however not many people decide to honeymoon there as it is more of an adventure holiday. Although there are plenty of places to relax, Provence always beckons to be explored. With world class restaurants serving up local foods, endless fields of lavender to get lost in, and plenty of stunning architecture to check out, Provence is a great place to spend your honeymoon. Best of all, it is easy to rent a car to do some exploring around the area. Provence is home to many quaint and beautiful bed and breakfasts, which ensure your honeymoon stay is unforgettable and very personal.
4. Swing in Hammocks in Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia
Heading back to traditional honeymoons spent on the beach, Koh Rong Samloem serves up everything you could desire including a pristine beach, crystal clear blue waters, plenty of snorkelling, hammocks to relax in, and private beach villas. Unlike many of the more popular honeymoon destination islands of the Maldives and the Bahamas, Koh Rong Samloem is lesser known, much more budget friendly, and much quieter. It is known as one of the most peaceful and romantic islands in South East Asia. While the food many not be as good as other places, the beach, sea, ultimate peace, and daily activities more than make up for it.
5. Live Colourfully in Positano, Italy
Positano is one of those places you visit and immediately fall in love. With it’s beautifully colourful and perfectly constructed homes, shops, and restaurants all staggered on the hillside, Positano welcomes visitors in with an open heart and often makes lovers fall deeper in love with its beauty and charm. If you are looking to eat incredible food, spend your days swimming and adventuring, and learn a little history, Positano offers honeymooners all of these things and more. Picture yourself eating local dishes and sipping local wines on a candle lit balcony overlooking part of the town with the sea rolling in at nighttime.
6. Head on a Safari in Botswana
If finding total seclusion is more your thing, heading on a safari in Botswana may be the perfect exotic honeymoon for you and your loved one. Surrounded only by your private guide and hundreds of wild and exotic animals, Botswana has many differently priced safaris to choose from. Many of the resorts and lodges on safari grounds are rated at five stars and serve up incredible fusion foods with endless views of plains. Many wild animals live in the backyards of these resorts and lodges, ensuring you don’t miss anything. Furthermore, many activities are offered at each of these lodges and safaris, and on days you simply want to relax, many have incredible pools and spa facilities with spectacular views.
7. Stroll the Streets in Cesme, Turkey
Turkey has long been a honeymoon destination for people around the world. While many honeymooners head to the southern destinations of Bodrum, Antalya, and Fethiye, there are lesser known destinations that are much more authentic, peaceful, and beautiful. On the western coast of the country near to the big city of Izmir, Cesme and Alacati are two destinations that offer a unique blend of modern and traditional local Turkish culture. With beautiful streets, colourful architecture, and plenty of restaurants, shops, and boutique hotels, it is possible and easy to find a little oasis within the tiny streets of the two places. Furthermore, they are located on the coast, offering perfect beaches, crystal clear waters, and boat trips to nearby islands.
8. Relax Completely in Tulum, Mexico
If you are still looking for a traditional honeymoon spent on a sandy beach next to one of the most popular and beautiful seas in the world, consider heading to the bohemian town of Tulum. Situated south of the crazy party cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Tulum is much smaller and much more eco-friendly and focused on peace, sustainability, and romance. With many five star resorts located along the beach and in the jungle, it is possible to find your perfect balance in Tulum. The town of Tulum also has some of the best restaurants in the world, with world class dining options available. To top it off, there are plenty of ancient ruins around for sightseeing, many water sports and activities, unique shopping opportunities, and some of the most romantic dining spots in the world.
9. Taste the Port in Porto, Portugal
The south of Portugal is often seen as an exotic honeymoon destination, where many honeymooners head to Lagos and Faro. However, the north of Portugal offers a more unique honeymoon experience filled with explorations, culture, and stunning architecture. Famous for its port wines, Porto has some incredible experiences that can be tried day or night. Tours of port warehouses can be done, alongside walking tours of the city, exploring museums, and taking boat rides along the river. Furthermore, just outside of the city, there are many beautiful wine regions that can easily be seen on a day trip. If you are looking for a little more adventure in your honeymoon, consider heading to Porto, where you can get lost everyday in the windy and steep city streets.
10. Isle of Skye, Scotland
Known for its fairy pools, quaint cottages and houses, and friendly local pubs and cafes, the Isle of Skye is an up-and-coming honeymoon destination. With spectacular hillsides, views of the sea, and colourful little cottages and houses, the Isle of Skye is the perfect honeymoon destination for those looking to rent a car and explore an island. Every view on the Isle of Skye is truly magical and unique and offers honeymooners the chance to hike, get out into the great outdoors, and explore a lesser known local culture. With plenty of different ways to reach the Isle of Skye, getting there is half the fun.