7 Honeymoon Spots to Swoon Over
Check out these dreamy honeymoon escapes and romantic resorts to inspire your travel plans. Where in the world will you pick?
You’re about to start a new life chapter and what better excuse to visit the destination of your dreams than whilst on a honeymoon? An exotic trip with your other half will be just the tonic after a busy period of wedding planning. Whether you choose an all-inclusive honeymoon at a Mediterranean coastal resort or a couples getaway at a far-flung Caribbean island boutique, your only worry should be which cocktail to choose or which romantic beach to visit next. To kickstart your wanderlust, we’ve rounded up our recommended honeymoon spots around the globe that are ready and waiting to welcome you with open arms.
1. Crete, The Sun-Kissed Greek Isle
Few places in the Mediterranean stay as timeless as the island of Crete. Its natural beauty, untouched landscapes and wide-open blue skies are enough to make you want to cancel your flight home. This honeymoon island offers a combination of bright sunshine, fresh homegrown produce and a slow pace of life that will help you switch off and spend quality time together. It’s also the largest Greek island, leaving you with plenty of Crete day trips, activities and sites of historical interest to fill your itinerary with.
Best things to do in Crete: Samaria Gorge, Rethymno Old Town, Balos Lagoon, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Chania's Venetian Harbour, Phaistos Palace, Knossos
Where to stay in Crete: Stella Hotels Collection
Rediscover life’s natural luxuries at Stella Hotels Collection in Crete - watch the dazzling sunset turn from orange to indigo on your private balcony and wake up each morning in your honeymoon suite to bright cerulean skies and endless horizons. Situated in the coastal area of Analipsis Hersonissos, you’ll have some of the island’s best beaches at your fingertips, but that’s only if you can drag yourself away from the peacefulness of your villa’s private pool.
At Stella Hotels, the welcoming staff will go above and beyond to make your honeymoon in Greece special, with chilled champagne, breakfast in bed, romantic candlelit dinners and spa treatments included in the variety of indulgent honeymoon packages. For more adventurous couples, there is also a plethora of exciting outdoor activities to try, such as the waterpark slides, horseback riding, helicopter tours, mountain biking and exclusive sailing cruises to uninhabited Greek islands. At Stella Hotels, there’s a unique experience to be had every time you visit.
2. Rhodes, The Kingdom of the Knights
Appreciated for its rich historical past, Rhodes island is an island bursting with ancient architectural splendour and a medieval atmosphere. Picture strolling through winding UNESCO World Heritage-listed city alleyways in Rhodes Old Town and visiting majestic castles that feel as though you’ve stepped into a time capsule. Rhodes is also admired for its 300-days of sunshine a year, making it one of the most desirable honeymoon spots in Europe no matter what the season. It has the perfect mix of cultural sights, natural beauty and warm hospitality.
Best things to do in Rhodes: Acropolis of Lindos, a boat trip to Symi, Rhodes Old Town, Palace of the Grand Master, The Valley of Butterflies, Monolithos Castle
Where to stay in Rhodes: Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa
Imagine arriving at a private Mediterranean paradise where you can let go of all day to day worries and indulge in your favourite food, drink and activities at any time of day. Welcome to Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa, a premium all-inclusive resort on the idyllic southeast coast of Rhodes island. Looking out over the glittering Aegean Sea, this 5-star beach getaway offers all the facilities a couple could wish for in an awe-inspiring setting.
On arrival, guests will notice the sleek, modern interiors in the honeymoon suites that blend beautifully with Kiotari beach and 180-degree ocean views. The endless Aegean horizon in the distance instantly relaxes the senses and switches you into holiday mode. Complemented with personalised service, global fine dining and soothing spa treatments, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
3. Santorini, The Crescent-shaped Jewel
Home to some of the most dramatic and jaw-dropping scenery in Europe, if not the world, Santorini is a picture-perfect Greek island that draws travellers from all corners of the globe. Known for its deep blue Aegean panoramas and reflective white-washed buildings carved into the rock face, there are no other honeymoon destinations quite like Santorini. The island’s charms include extraordinary sunsets over the volcanic caldera, Blue Flag beaches, high-end honeymoon resorts, rustic wineries and more. What’s not to love?
Best things to do in Santorini: Oia, Santo Wines, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Santorini Volcano, Akrotiri Lighthouse, Fira, Catamaran cruise
Where to stay in Santorini: Le Blanc Resort
Elope from the rush of everyday life and enjoy pure serenity at Le Blanc Resort in Santorini. Composed of two luxury honeymoon villas just five minutes from the capital of Fira, you’ll have everything you need for the perfect couples getaway. The chosen architect, Ioanna Tsaggouli, has combined bohemian interiors with elite modern facilities to ensure a refined stay. Each villa fits harmoniously into the landscape and provides an idyllic base to explore the volcanic island.
Each residence can host up to six people, so you’ll have plenty of space to relax in seclusion or together with friends on a buddymoon. Le Blanc Resort looks forward to helping you with any requirements, such as unpacking pre-ordered shopping and booking travel arrangements. From car hire to sightseeing tours and more, nothing is too much trouble for the dedicated team.
4. Turkey, The Land of Four Seasons
This vividly beautiful and diverse holiday destination can offer couples everything from beach relaxation to ski slope adrenaline. Every corner of Turkey’s map offers a new climate and experience, which is why it’s often known as the land of four seasons. Brimming with Byzantine and Ottoman relics from a succession of empires and extraordinary landscapes that leave you starstruck, Turkey is an exciting honeymoon location straddled between Asia and Europe. The vibrant culture, delicious food and lush landscapes impress all who decide to venture there.
Best Things to Do: Istanbul, Topkapı Palace, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Pamukkale Water Terraces, Antalya, Aspendos, Pergamum, Sumela Monastery
A Room for Two: Six Senses Kaplankaya
Unwind in pure Aegean bliss at Six Senses Kaplankaya. This luxurious retreat in Turkey is a honeymooner’s delight, with a state-of-the-art hydrothermal spa, outdoor and indoor heated pools and a fitness studio, as well as three farm-to-table restaurants where you can wine and dine to your heart’s content. The Six Senses is a village-style complex, where you can roam between its remarkable facilities and enjoy romantic beach access to help you relax and reset.
The Six Senses Kaplankaya hotel residences offer a combination of total comfort and unparalleled quality of service. The welcoming staff will be on hand to assist with any requests to ensure you feel right at home from the moment you arrive. From delivering a custom cocktail to your poolside deckchair to booking an exclusive excursion to one of Turkey’s nearby cultural treasures, they are dedicated to making your trip as memorable as possible. At the Six Senses Kaplankaya, personalised luxury is redefined.
5. Sardinia, The Isle of Aquamarine Waters
With mindblowing coastal scenery, nutritious natural produce and a history spanning thousands of years, Sardinia is one of the best hidden honeymoon gems. Whether you want to spend your time sunbathing on the beach or hiking through its lush, peaceful interior, there’s something for every visitor to enjoy. Over time, various empires have left an imprint on the Mediterannean island, giving it an impressive array of Catalan buildings that differ drastically from mainland Italy. But if the unique architecture isn’t enough to draw you in, just wait until you lay your eyes on the pristine beaches and mouthwatering gastronomy.
Best things to do in Sardinia: Nuraghe Su Nuraxi, Costa Smeralda, Alghero, Beaches of Capo Testa, Bosa, Castelsardo, Tavolara’s island, Maddalena Archipelago National Park
Where to stay in Sardinia: Delphina hotels & resorts
Delphina hotels & resorts is the leading honeymoon hotel group in Northern Sardinia, speckled across the beautiful Gallura region, where powder-white beaches, national parks and crystal-clear waters await. Honeymooners are guaranteed to experience the highest levels of hospitality in one of their 5 or 4-star properties, with facilities including thalassotherapy spas, golf courses, infinity pools and personalised local excursions.
Delphina hotels & resorts are also proud to become the World’s Leading Green Independent Hotel Group at the World Travel Awards 2021. They are the first Italian hotel chain to use 100% renewable energy, which is a remarkable commitment to sustainability in Sardinia.
6. The Maldives, The Necklace of Atolls
The Maldives is a timeless honeymoon destination and it’s easy to see why. The archipelago is home to a kaleidoscope of marine life, sugar-white beaches and warm azure waters that seem to extend into eternity. With jaw-dropping scenery at every turn, it’s an extraordinary location to travel to with your loved one. Step onto the pontoon of your floating honeymoon resort and enjoy all-inclusive access to the variety of restaurants, pools and snorkelling equipment to explore the surrounding shallows.
Best things to do in the Maldives: Snorkelling with turtles and whale sharks, achieve your PADI Open Water Scuba Diver qualification, surfing, fishing, a private picnic on a deserted sand bar
Where to stay in the Maldives: Reethi Beach Resort
Located on the Baa Atoll, a short seaplane flight away from the capital of Malé, Reethi Beach is a private Indian Ocean oasis like no other. As soon as you set foot on the soft white sand, the castaway feel brings your focus to the present moment, and you start to reset to the laidback pace of island time. Whether you choose a luxury beach villa or a room suspended over the water, the accommodation options make the ultimate honeymoon hideaway.
At Reethi Beach, you’ll have full access to five unique restaurants and bars to explore as well as a calming spa to soothe the body and mind. For an action-packed experience, the hotel also offers a 5-star PADI dive centre, a water sports centre, a sports complex and a whole host of excursions to get involved in. At Reethi Beach, you can strike the perfect honeymoon balance.
7. Gibraltar, The Key to The Mediterranean
Situated on the southern tip of Spain’s Iberian Peninsula facing out towards Morocco, Gibraltar is a small British Overseas Territory known to be the southernmost point in the whole of Europe. The gigantic ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ dominates the landscape and marks its place as one of the most captivating places to experience a European honeymoon. Discover its unique military heritage, visit untouched nature reserves and meet the famous apes of Gibraltar.
Best things to do in Gibraltar: Gibraltar National Museum, Upper Rock Nature Reserve, St Michael’s Cave, Ape’s Den, Nelson’s Anchorage, O’Hara’s Battery, Great Siege Tunnels
Where to stay in Gibraltar: Sunborn Gibraltar
Wake up to 360-degree ocean outlooks and the sunrise dancing on the ripple of the water. Sunborn Gibraltar is a pioneering honeymoon concept and the world’s first 5-star floating yacht hotel. For couples who love cruising and spending time at sea, there’s no better option than to stay in this exquisitely designed yacht with comfortably appointed bedrooms, a top deck restaurant, an atmospheric pool bar and an infinity spa.
With 300 days of sunshine a year in this Mediterranean outpost, spending time onboard will snap your senses into honeymoon mode. Sunborn Gibraltar is a one-of-a-kind honeymoon hotel that makes an idyllic base for exploring the diverse landscape, alluring VAT-free shopping and incredible dining and entertainment hotspots.
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