There are certain locations that will always top lists of uber romantic honeymoon locations. However, there are many hundreds of equally exotic honeymoon destinations. Here are 10 of our favourites, which you should consider.
1. Bagan, Myanmar
The peaceful pagodas and majestic, architecturally stunning temples are bound to captivate you. There are at least 20 different temples you can visit while in Bagan – a spectacular hot air balloon ride over the tops of some of Myanmar’s most sacred sites is the highlight of this honeymoon destination. And, you can wind down with a visit to Ngapali beach, which is quiet but still well serviced – and you’ll be able to enjoy some truly one-on-one time with your better half.
2. Bandung, Indonesia
Bandung is the best destination in Indonesia – after Bali, of course, for a honeymoon. Lush greenery and kilometers of gorgeous south-east Asian woodlands and beautiful sunsets (and sunrises) are here to welcome you.
Bandung offers many camping sites that you can use as a base for your exotic honeymoon getaway and the region allows you to experience the real Indonesian outdoors, complete with bonfires, tents, trekking and climbing. And the nice thing is that local organisers provide all the amenities of a hotel stay. You have breakfast, toilets, and people to assist you.
3. Coron, Philippines
Palawan, the beautiful city of Coron truly is postcard worthy. Coron is home to several preserved lakes with the purest of waters that you can get to by renting a boat.
This stunning location is known for its many ‘pocket beaches’ where you can have a picnic lunch or watch the sunset. One of its most famous must-sees is the hot spring that you can enjoy all day that are surrounded by breathtaking views of the mangroves and, of course, Coron’s pristine ocean.
4. Busan, South Korea
Busan, a port city in South Korea, is peppered with beautiful, old world temples, beautiful beaches and magnificent mountains for your honeymoon adventure. Be sure to visit the cultural village of Gamcheon and do make time to visit Tejongdae’s lighthouse, which sits atop a rock beach, surrounded by giant pines. After your tiring trek, you may want to unwind at one of Busan’s famous spas. They’re the best in Korea.
5. Kyoto, Japan
If samurais and geishas are your thing, then Kyoto, which was once Japan’s capital, is the place for you. A trip to the city’s glittering silver and golden pavilions, is a must in this ancient city and the city’s Ryoan-ji Temple’s astounding dry rock gardens will show you just what zen really looks like.
Your next stop should be bustling Gion, which is the last geisha district in Japan. It’s here to tempt you with beautiful tea houses serving you the world’s best tea where you can dine, sitting on the floor.
6. Petra, Jordan
Ancient ruins can be quite romantic! Petra, which dates back to around 30 BC, is so utterly unforgettable and special, you’ll be glad you chose to visit it with your spouse. And it’s not just the Petra’s bright pink facade that will enchant you, there’s also the Wadi Rum, the Royal Tombs. When you’re done gazing at these wonders, it’s time to take a ‘float’, in the Dead Sea’s famous hypersaline waters which are so salty, you cannot ‘swim’ in it, but only float!
7. Bodrum, Turkey
Sunny Bodrum, in Turkey’s south-west, is a pretty special place to start a honeymoon sailing adventure. You can rent a sailboat or you can also have someone navigate for you. You can also visit the infamous St. Peter’s castle and the Bodrum amphitheater. And if the tan from sailing isn’t enough, you can hang out in Bitez beach and enjoy some tanning time.
8. Sighisoara, Romania
Fancy a trip back in time for your honeymoon? Then this hidden gem in Romania is for you. The quaint and colourful city of Sighisoara is located in Transylvania and looks like something out of a fairy tale books. There are handicrafts stores making traditional Romanian dolls. If all that doesn’t convince you, this citadel is one of UNESCO’s 1031 heritage sites, so you know it’s going worth a visit!
9. Hanoi, Vietnam
A honeymoon spent cruising Hanoi’s beautiful Halong Bay will be a truly memorable one. You can start your day with Tai Chi on the deck of your boat followed by cooking classes where you’ll be schooled in the local cuisine. After lunch, which is usually a feast of Vietnamese barbecue you’ll head off for a day of swimming and kayaking between stops at various hidden caves and pearl farms.
10. Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Trincomalee is a beach resort hidden in a jungle – and it is absolutely divine, a true paradise on Earth and the perfect place to spend your honeymoon, especially if you’re after down town with your spouse. You can either spend that time alone on its unspoiled beaches, taking in whale watching and snorkeling or dipping into one of seven hot springs in the area. Either way, you’re in for one a lot of fun and a relaxing honeymoon.