Updated: Mar 7
One of the most exciting parts about planning your wedding is planning the honeymoon. When planning a wedding, most of the decisions are based upon the wants and desires of the bride. The flowers, colors, decor, and ambiance is all centered around the dream wedding she has curated in her head since she was a little girl. The honeymoon on the other hand is 100% collaborative. It’s the first trip and celebration of your commitment to one another and you want it to be perfect for both of you.
When we were planning our honeymoon we already knew we wanted to go to Hawaii. Flying isn’t really our thing, so we felt it was close enough to where we live, Los Angeles, but we still felt like we were in our little world out in Oahu. Had flying not have been an issue for either one of us, I can’t even imagine how we would have decided on where to go. We would probably still be sitting here deciding… I am very indecisive, not my fault!
To help make your planning easier, here are 10 perfect honeymoon destinations to allow you and your loved one to celebrate in style. Enjoy suggestions on where to stay, what to do, and what to eat!
*please note, the “$” signs do not depict hotel rating. This is just to show you a “lower price point” option, a “medium price point” option, and a “high price point” option. Price points are subject to change depending on time of year*
With secret beaches, romantic dining, amazing arts and culture, and activities for any personality type, Bali is a top pick for honeymoon destinations.
What to Do/Where to Go:
– Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – Sekumpul Waterfalls – Tirta Gangga: Former royal palace of Tirtagangga – Hike Mount Batur – Vist the famous Hindu Water Temples: Pura Tanah Lot, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, and Taman Ayun Temple – Take a tour at night of the Ijen Crater
What to Eat:
– Lontong: Steamed rice stuffed inside a banana leaf. – Nasi Campur: “Mixed rice”, white rice served with vegetables, meats, peanuts, eggs, and other side dishes. – Pisang Goreng: Fried bananas. – Betutu – Richly spiced chicken or duck. – Jimbaran Seafood: Jimbaran Bay has the best seafood restaurants. You won’t regret it!
If the architecture isn’t enough of a reason, their nightlife, Gothic Quarter, and museums are perfect for a history-rich honeymoon.
What to Do/Where to Go:
– Basilica of the Sagrada Family – Casa Batllo – Casa Mila “La Pedrera” – Parc de la Ciutadella – Font Magica – Montserrat Monastery
What to Eat: – Paella: A rice dish consisting of spices, vegetables, and broth. Seafood or meat is optional. – Canelons: rectangular-shaped pasta stuffed with meat, fish, or vegetables, and covered in sauce and cheese. Yum. – Escalivada: Roasted vegetable dish. – Crema Catalana: Spanish custard similar to crème brûlée.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
There is no description needed. We are all aware of how gorgeous Bora Bora is. Let’s continue…
Where to Stay:
What to Do/Where to Go:
– Snorkeling and Jet Skiing – Off Roading – Mount Otemanu – Bora Bora Lagoonarium – Leopard Rays Trench
What to Eat: – Poisson cru: Their take on ceviche, raw fish is marinated in fresh coconut milk and lime juice. – Chicken Fāfā: Tahitian “chicken and spinach”, made with taro leaves. – Banana Po’e: Fruit pudding of banana, vanilla, arrowroot, and coconut cream to top. Good lord! – Chevrettes à la Vanille et Coco: Shrimp in a vanilla and coconut sauce. – Breadfruit: Once cooked (boiled, fried, baked, etc.) it is similar to a potato chip.
Cape Town, South Africa
Being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Cape Town offers a variety of attractions such as gorgeous beaches (one even has PENGUINS!) In addition to fantastic nightlife, incredible scenery, and delightful neighborhoods to explore.
What to Do/Where to Go: – Table Mountain – Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – Long Street – Noordhoek Beach – Cape Point Nature Reserve – Iziko Slave Lodge – Robben Island (Prison) – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – Boulders Beach (Penguins!)
What to Eat: – Fish and Chips – Bootie: Their version of a meatloaf casserole. – Bunny Chow: Hollowed out bread filled with curry… not bunnies. – Potjiekos: Vegetable and meat stew.
Depending on where you live, Maui is a great option for staying within the United States. With its short airtime you can spend more time enjoying the pristine beaches, hanging with locals, or exploring and hiking waterfalls.
What to Do/ Where to Go:
– Road to Hana – Napili Beach – Kahanu Garden – Haleakala Crater – Ka’anapali Beach – Pipiwai Trail – Snorkeling, scuba diving, submarine rides, etc.
What to Eat: – Loco Moco: Egg, meat, rice, and gravy. – Kulolo: Steamed taro pudding. – Haupia: Coconut custard. – Poke: We all know what this is now, thanks Los Angeles…
The romance city of the world, Paris is just breathtaking. Have a fast paced day exploring museums, historical sites, and the River Seine, or take a picnic to the park and people watch with a view of the Eiffel Tower, your call!
What to Do/Where to Go: – Notre Dame – Eiffel Tower – Luxembourg Garden – Musee d’Orsay – Musee de Louvre – Sainte-Chappelle – River Seine – Latin Quarter
What to Eat: – Baba au Rhum: A small cake drowned in rum… Enough said. – Pain au Chocolat: This was my go-to breakfast in France. – Cheese: Because, cheese. – Foie Gras: Don’t be a wimp, try the snails. – Macarons – Crepes
Delicious food, gorgeous coastline, and historical architecture to contribute to the creation of your gorgeous wedded-bliss memories.
What to Do/Where to Go: – Quinta da Regaleira – Caldeira das Sete Cidades – Castle of the Moors – Reales Alcázares de Sevilla (Royal Palace of Seville) – Santiago de Compostela
What to Eat: – Cataplana de Marisco: Seafood stew. – Francesinha: Smoked meats and cheese sandwich. – Sardinhas: Grilled sardines. – Açorda de Marisco: Seafood bread stew. – Pastel de Nata: Custard tarts.
Greece is one of my many destinations on the list of “dream vacations”. There is something about the gorgeous bright colored buildings against the sparkling ocean… It’s just stunning.
Where to Stay:
What to Do/Where to Go: – Venetsanos Winery – Hiking Trail Fira – Oia – Amoudi Bay – Sailing – Skaros Rock
What to Eat: – Tomato Gefthedes: Tomato fritters. – Saganaki: An appetizer of fried cheese. – Moussaka: A casserole of lamb, eggplant, tomatoes, and cheese. – Spanakopita: A pastry filled with spinach, feta cheese, onions, and egg. – Gyros: Meat wrapped in a flatbread with tzatziki sauce, tomato, and onion.
Turks & Caicos
Gorgeous beaches for pure R&R with your honey. Spoil yourself with gorgeous accommodations, spa treatments, and clear blue waters.
What to Do/Where to Go: – Visit the local art galleries – Gibbs Cay – Litter Water Cay – Leeward Beach – Chalk Sound – Shark Diving
What to Eat: – Conch Ceviche – Fish Fry – Conch Fritters
This is another place on my MUST SEE list. The fact that it is sinking makes it even more important to me. With no roads, just canals, Renaissance and Gothic palaces, and the chance to be serenaded, this spot is a no-brainer for honeymooners.
What to Do/Where to Go: – St. Mark’s Square – Palazzo Ducale – Basilica di San Marco – Canal Grande – Scuola Grande di San Rocco – Jewish Ghetto
What to Eat: – Baccala Mantecato: Fished based antipasto (AKA polenta). – Squid Ink Risotto – Bigoli in Salsa: wheat pasta with salt-cured fish and onions. – Pizza – Caparossoi a Scots Deo: Lemon pepper clams.
Are you planning a honeymoon? Where do you plan on going? Share in the comments!