9 UNIQUE HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS
When you are designing your honeymoon, Paris and Venice are nice, but when you are looking to lose the crowds and want to do something special trip after your marriage, then here are some great destinations to look forward to:
Located right in the heart of Europe, balancing western and east European sensibilities, Austria makes for a great Honeymoon destination. Vienna and its classical theatres, trams, inherent sophistication with its fancy Hofburg Architecture and its bistro cultures, Salzburg comes a close second, with its Sound Of Music hangover. If you are looking for the Austrian Alps then Innsbruck and Tyrol should be your bet. The Danube Valley will be a your high point, once you pass the village of Krems and you will greeted by vineyards of Wachau Valley.
Best time: May-August for summers | November onwards for Skiiing in the Alps.
2. NEW ZEALAND:
Oh the adventures that New Zealand offers! Food, drives, sky dives, bungee jumps, serene lakes, kayaking adventures, fjord explorations, glacier hikes, a cave filled with glow worms. Phew! So much to do, so much to experience, on this island of calm!
Best time: November- February is their summer
This coastal nation is a favourite with the backpacker, but despite being a budget friendly location, the country has plenty to offer, and for a variety of reasons it features on top choice country for a honeymoon. For those in love with the mountains can head to the highlands of Sapa. Explore the terraced rice fields and the waterfalls on a self-exploration on moped, for those looking for some mountain climes and introduction to some tribes and their indigenous culture.
Caving in the Phong Nha Ke Bang for remarkable limestone explorations, and beautiful rural life around Hoi An and its vintage charm. The chaos of Saigon is welcoming for some, but many use Saigon as a base to explore beaches of Nha Trang, or Mui Nei or Phu Quoc. From history, to adventure, to food adventures to water sports, this small country has it all, give it a shot! And its pocket friendly too, whats not to love!
We fell in love with Croatia, when we were there last year! The classical Zagreb with its bicycles and parks, and such pretty streets. Move over to the coastal Istria for a flavor of Italy without the mad rush of tourists. Rovinj is a fairy tale like town in Istria, and we wanted to set up home there.
The western coast with the beautiful islands off Split, Hvar and Bric, to name a few, and the sea organ of Zadar or the pop culture references at Dubrovnik. For those who don’t want to travel too much, Zagreb, Rovinj and Plitvice will make for a great circuit, you can rent your own car and just take off! Ad a Dober Dan it promises to be! (Dober Dan=Good day)
Best time: May-September | Autumn of October-November is great too.
5. LAPLAND, FINLAND:
A winter wonderland Finland Honeymoon promises to be. Stay at luxury cabins with unbelievable sights, Snowmobile over frozen lakes, take a reindeer-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy fells and warm up in your own personal sauna. Husky safaries,Ski trips. snowmobiling to trace the Aurora Borealis, or just take it easy by dipping yourself in a pool with your partner. For the ultimate luxury, spend the night in the Igloo Village Kakslauttanen in the heart of Lapland, Saariselka, Finland, to curl up in bed with your partner and the marvels of the Aurora Borealis.
Best time: Winter wonderland November-February.
6. FRENCH RIVIERA:
Skip the hype of the Eiffel tower, and take a short flight out to Nice, the heart of the French Riviera. Also referred to as the Cote D Azur, it includes the sovereign state of Monaco. But what's a trip to the French Riviera without a race rush at the Monaco Prix. Spend your days meandering in the old town of Nice, or get a taste of vintage on your trip to the village of Eze with its narrow alleys and vintage streets and also offers spectacular views of Mediterranean. Go for a yacht party at Cannes to hob nob with the famous, or breathe in at Perfume Central of Grasse. Do the obvious at St.Tropez, but this one is for the fashion lovers, the pleasure seekers, for those looking for pure leisure interspersed with comfort and old fashioned luxury.
Best time: June-September.
Boutique stays, lush greenery, mountains and some killer waves makes Sri Lanka a great destination. Flights can be booked as cheap as Rs 15000 and your stay there will not pinch your pocket at all. Seafoodgasms and happy smiles, luxury stays and a fort walk, a whale watching boat ride or a surfing school. Sri Lanka can be as chilled out as you may want it to be, or as adrenaline boosting! Tea estates of Nuwara Eliya, or train rides in Ella, a fort walk in Galle or a mask making workshop there. Sri Lanka is amazing, our travelers vouch for that! We hope you love it too.
Best Time: Beaches and Hill country Dec-March | East coast May-September.
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What better way to spend a honeymoon, that making a trip to a bucket list destination. Glaciers, lagoons, horses and sledges, a magical journey Iceland can be. Take a trip around the Ring road if you have ten days or more. Else spend some cosy time at Reykjavik and head off to cover the golden circle, south of the island. Visit the Geysir geothermal area, Gulfoss waterfall and the Thingvellir National Park. If you are looking for a rural experience then stepping out of Reykjavik to a farm stay nearby could also be a great start. The best thing is that, one can also make a winter adventure out of it, just to catch the Aurora Borealis.
Best time: May –August for summers | November-Feb for Aurora Borealis spotting.
9. SOUTH AFRICA:
A land of endless exploration, South Africa offers more than what meets the eye. Kruger National Park, coastal drives on the Garden Route, the fashionable Cape Town, penguins on the beach at Boulder’s beach, wine trails, and fantastic food. For the adrenaline lovers there is shark cage diving, bungee jumping, bike rides and so much more. Combine this with some fantastic boutique stays and you have a wonderful honeymoon waiting for you! Start planning right away!
Best time: May-September for Safari | Summer in Cape town is November.
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