Picture this. You’re newly-married and enjoying that post-wedded bliss as you embark on a new chapter in your lives. So, it’s only fitting that your honeymoon be one of the most memorable vacations that you both take together—after all, when you look back on these very cherished moments, it should not only evoke a sense of nostalgia but hark back to a time of absolute, carefree bliss. So, whether you want to dip your toes in the ocean and sunbathe on the beach, explore an exotic tropical destination together or soak in the beauty of the mountains, the options are plenty.
Here, we’ve spotlighted five destinations around the world that should make it to your travel list if you’re planning a summer honeymoon.
There’s a reason why this picturesque Alpine country courts plenty of honeymooners, thanks to its stunning vistas, postcard-perfect villages and lush greenery. During summers, snow-covered landscapes give way to glacial rivers, lakes and Alpine meadows where florals are in full bloom. Fuel your romantic adventure in Geneva, home to some of the most spectacular lakes, unwind with cocktails on rooftop terraces, visit the countryside that is peppered with wine estates, dine outdoors and cool off with the many water-based activities on offer—Switzerland is a veritable paradise during the summer season.
With its rugged coastline overlooking the Pacific Ocean, gorgeous beaches and great weather, we can think of several reasons why California makes for a perfect summer honeymoon getaway. We suggest driving down the coast as you make pit stops at charming towns along the way. Some other places worth considering are Big Sur, Catalina Island and Lake Tahoe for their scenic beauty, as well as national parks like Yosemite for a dose of adventure. And who can forget buzzing cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles that exemplify California living?!
This gorgeous European destination fits the bill perfectly for a summer honeymoon. Croatia’s glittering coastline overlooking the Adriatic Sea, oozes romance with its pristine islands, promenades, fortresses and beach clubs. Go island-hopping as you explore picturesque destinations like Hvar and Split that are also steeped in history. Dubrovnik is a must-visit for its old-world charm. The countryside offers plenty in terms of wine estates and you can go on cycle tours or charter a sail boat as you soak in the beauty of the coastline.
While the emerald isle’s southwest coast, which is lined with gorgeous beaches, faces rainfall this time of the year, it’s worth heading east towards the country’s wild landscapes. Book yourselves a safari at Yala National Park and stay in sumptuous properties such as Wild Coast Tented Lodge. Explore tea country and mist-covered hills in Kandy and for something offbeat, visit the historic site of Sigiriya and stay at Jetwings Vil Uyana, which is set amidst lush paddy fields and bucolic surroundings. It’s the perfect way to unwind in your own private sanctuary.
If it’s a tropical vacation you’re after, Bali ticks all the boxes. Book yourselves into one of the many gorgeous boutique beachfront properties that line the coast here, such as Ayana Resort in Jimbaran or Alila Villas in Uluwatu. We suggest beach-hopping and exploring the local cuisine to get a taste of life in Bali. Soak in the beauty of the lush jungles in Ubud and its picturesque rice terraces and visit Gili Islands—they make for a secluded and romantic getaway, where you’re surrounded by nothing but azure blue waters.
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