While the Maldives, Hawaii, Bali, Amalfi Coast, and Santorini are undeniably fantastic honeymoon classics, there's a whole world of romantic destinations out there waiting to be explored! So why not discover some off-the-beaten-path, but equally charming places for your romantic vacation? From the spice-infused paradise of Zanzibar to the hidden European gem of Montenegro, we've rounded up some stunning honeymoon destinations that you might have never considered. Keep reading to find the perfect spot for your romantic escape!
Turtle Island, Fiji
Known for its breathtaking blue sea and white-sand beaches, Fiji is a dreamy honeymoon spot. The stunning island country is made up of over 300 beautiful islands, including Turtle Island, an all-inclusive private island resort. Nestled in the heart of the Yasawa archipelago, it offers an intimate romantic escape with just 14 luxurious villas dotted along the famous Blue Lagoon. Spend your time on a private beach, unwind with a Fijian-inspired massage, or have fun snorkeling, scuba diving, and even horseback riding. There's so much to do and explore in this idyllic paradise!
If you seek a perfect mix of cultural exploration, world-class water activities, and spectacular beaches, Zanzibar is the answer. The best time to go there is from June to October, when the weather is warmer, less humid, and there's barely any rain – just exactly what you need for outdoor adventures! Accommodation? Zanzibar boasts plenty of options, like the popular Zuri Zanzibar Hotel, a high-design eco-resort with Afro-chick style. On your Zanzibar honeymoon, check out Stone Town with all its historic buildings and lively markets, and also take a Spice Tour to learn more about the island’s spices and herbs. For some extra romantic experience, hop on a traditional dhow boat and sail along the coastline – it's absolutely breathtaking!
Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand has a special charm. It's secluded, boasts natural beauty, and is filled with the spirit of adventure. One of the most beautiful spots in the country is Queenstown, sitting by Lake Wakatipu with the majestic Southern Alps as the backdrop. Sounds dreamy, right? Well, to make your adventure a reality, start by picking the perfect accommodation. It won’t be a problem as Queenstown is home to numerous charming hotels, such as celebs-favorite Matakauri Lodge and elegant Kamana Lakehouse. As for the activities, in Queenstown, there’s something for every couple. Enjoy a private wine tour guided by a local expert, take a scenic flight on a helicopter or pool with a view at Onsen Hot Pools. If you're a nature-loving couple, hit the hiking trails or visit Milford Sound, the most picturesque fiord in New Zealand.
Japan is a popular spot for tourism, but it's often overlooked as a honeymoon destination. And that's a big mistake! The country has so much to offer to newlyweds, especially in its historical city of Kyoto. Kyoto is known for its rich heritage, serene temples, and stunning landscapes. To fully immerse yourselves in the local culture, consider staying at a traditional Japanese inn called a ryokan. One of the best choices is Hoshinoya Kyoto, offering a perfect blend of traditional Japanese aesthetics and luxurious comforts. While in Kyoto, visit iconic sites like Kinkaku-ji and Fushimi Inari Taisha to snap some memorable photos. Also, make sure to experience a traditional tea ceremony, treat yourselves to kaiseki, and take a romantic stroll through the Arashiyama bamboo grove.
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Montenegro might be one of Europe's lesser-known jewels, but it's filled with wonders! Among its many treasures, Sveti Stefan shines brightly. Once a humble fishing village, the town now exudes luxury and romance. The Aman Sveti Stefan resort is a true testament to that, providing a top-notch setting for an unforgettable honeymoon getaway. Beyond the resort's amenities, don't miss the chance to explore the scenic local beaches and to dine al-fresco with jaw-dropping views of the Adriatic Sea. Not far from Sveti Stefan, there's the charming Praskvica Monastery, adding to the area's rich history and cultural allure. So make sure to visit it too!
Iceland is a truly amazing and unique honeymoon destination! Yes, it might not be the first place that comes to mind, but it's totally worth considering. The country will welcome you with striking black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, mesmerizing lagoons, and surreal landscapes. To get the most out of your time there, stay in Reykjavik, the capital city. For accommodation, book a room at the Reykjavik Edition Hotel brimming with Icelandic flair. While on a trip, visit a Hallgrímskirkja Church to soak in Reykjavik views from its tower, then book a whale-watching excursion and, of course, check out Perlan, Iceland's iconic nature museum.