As much as your wedding is a celebration of love, it can feel like a whirlwind. There are relatives whose names you can’t quite remember. There’s the endless planning and the pictures that didn’t quite turn out right.
In other words, your wedding may not be perfect—but your honeymoon can be.
The world is filled with natural wonders, and in each corner, you’ll find destinations that promise you’ll be gushing about your stay for years to come.
From the Caribbean to the South Pacific, the Rocky Mountains to Amalfi Coast, here are 10 hideaways that make for an unforgettable, romantic honeymoon.
Antigua | Hermitage Bay
With direct flights from New York, Miami, Atlanta, and Charlotte, Antigua is just a few hours away once you step out of that bridal suite. At Hermitage Bay, an all-inclusive boutique, you’ll find a haven that makes the most of its natural surroundings. You’ll feel like you’re walking directly from the jungle to the beach with a secluded, cozy individual cabin to return to once you get your fill of relaxation.
Belize | Cayo Espanto
The island resort off the northeast coast of Belize features a range of lodging options, all with private beach fronts and pools. Lounge as you please or take part in activities such as fishing and scuba diving. Either way, the seclusion and bungalows are more reminiscent of the South Pacific than the Caribbean, albeit with much shorter travel from the United States.
Colorado | Beaver Creek
Looking to buck the trend of tropical getaways and beachside lodging? Perhaps the Rocky Mountains provide the perfect setting for your honeymoon. Located some 9,500 feet above sea level, Trappers Cabin at Colorado’s Beaver Creek has everything for adventurous couples craving a private hideaway: a champagne greeting, fireplace, hot tub, gourmet kitchen, Wi-Fi, balcony, housekeeping services, and ski-in/ski-out access, among other amenities.
Fiji | Likuliku Lagoon Resort
If you and your spouse love each other to the edge of the world and back, you can prove it here. The Likuliku Lagoon Resort sits in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands, just west of the International Date Line. You’ll find stunning ocean and jungle views with clear blue water all around. Likuliku delivers “subtle luxury,” according to its website, although there’s nothing subtle about the location—its beauty is overwhelmingly evident.
Iceland | Silica Hotel
Once a barren outpost in the North Atlantic, Iceland has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. You can still find your escape from the crowds at the Silica Hotel. Located next to the famous Blue Lagoon, Silica provides exclusive guest access to its geothermal waters. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the Northern Lights while you’re there. No matter what, Iceland promises unforgettable experiences at every turn, from dining in a restaurant built into a lava wall to exploring the architectural delight that is the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik.
Italy | Le Sirenuse
Writing in 1953, American novelist John Steinbeck described Positano, a cliffside village on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, as “a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Le Sirenuse puts you in the middle of that idyllic setting, a historic hotel that overlooks the Bay of Positano with all the Italian cuisine and wine you could want.
Mexico | Campera – Hotel Burbuja
A honeymoon in Baja California is the ideal getaway if you’re seeking a Mexican vacation away from tourist traps and a location that is both accessible and remote. The Campera – Hotel Burbuja (literally “Bubble Hotel” in English) offers slumber beneath the stars after long days spent exploring the so-called “Napa Valley of Mexico” in the Valle de Guadalupe. The chic hotel is also less than 100 miles from San Diego, which makes travel convenient.
Puerto Rico | St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Travel to the Caribbean without leaving American soil and find paradise while you’re there. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort features two miles of secluded beaches with all-encompassing experiences at your fingertips. Go hiking, horseback riding, or explore nearby El Yunque National Forest for an active and relaxing honeymoon.
Seychelles | MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa
Arrive in style on Mahe Island, fresh from your post-wedding flight, by taking a helicopter to the MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa’s private helipad. Once on land, you’ll be greeted by a personal butler for your stand-alone villa that carries a “beyond all inclusive” package, featuring daily yoga, non-motor watersports, and scuba diving. You can’t beat the view—a secluded hillside overlooking the Indian Ocean—either.
St. Lucia | Jade Mountain
On a beautiful island, this may just be the most beautiful resort. Individual bridges lead to Jade Mountain’s “sanctuaries,” complete with their own infinity pools. Each provides open-air views of the surrounding mountainside, jungle, and, of course, beaches.
So where will you go? Wherever you choose, just know that “happily ever after” starts with the honeymoon.
Africa is renowned for its extraordinary wildlife and stunning natural wonders, and no vacation there would be complete without a multi-day safari.
Whether you’re looking for a 12-day excursion, or a small tour, here are some of the best African safaris to check out:
1. Kenya Exclusive Tented Safari 2019
This luxury safari takes guests on a whirlwind experience that marries exploration and discovery with romantic intimacy. Guests stay in tented accommodations in absolutely stunning locations. Days are filled with open-vehicle safari tours and Kenya’s most sought-after wildlife, while nights are replete with African sunsets, candlelit dinners and roaring fire pits.
2. 10-Day Cape & Kruger Safari
Explore Cape Town and Kruger like never before. Throughout 10 days, you’ll visit the breathtaking Table Mountain, winelands, and other natural wonders, while observing a vast array of wildlife, such as African penguins, white rhinos, kudus, impalas, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, reedbucks, klipspringers, and warthogs, to name just a few!
3. 8 Days Rwanda, Congo, Uganda Safari
If gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking are on your bucket list, this safari will be perfect for you. You’ll hike Mount Nyiragongo, an active stratovolcano, with its red, glowing lava creating an otherworldly vision at night. Sunset cruises, game drives, and more round out this amazing experience, along the way, witnessing lions, elephants, buffalo, baboons, hippos, crocodiles and more.
4. Serengeti and Selous: A Week-Long Safari for Families
A perfect, adventure-packed trip for families, this dream vacation even includes a private guide to help you decide your daily activities, which is especially helpful when planning around specific needs and/or children. Plane rides, open-air 4×4 game vehicles, and river rides enable you and your family to enjoy this special journey via air, land and water!
5. The Hemingway Wing Safari
A tribute to both old Africa and Ernest Hemingway’s deep love for it, this unforgettable safari features old-fashioned, three-tent camps, and five flights to showcase the very same stunning landscapes that charmed “Papa.”
6. Kenyan Safari – For the Love of Elephants
Perfect for those who want to get close and personal with African elephants, this spectacular safari is jam-packed with both thrilling activities, and plenty of time for relaxation. You’ll meet elephants, enjoy breakfast with giraffes, learn about big cats, ride camels, spend time with local Maasai & Samburu tribes, and witness the vast wilderness and wildlife of the Maasai Mara National Reserve from a hot air balloon, among much more!
7. Hwange Walking Safari
This remarkable exploration through Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe spans several ecosystems and a wide diversity of flora and wildlife, including lions, buffalo, spotted hyenas, blue wildebeest, impalas, leopards, and countless bird.
8. Luxury Jordan 2019
While not located in Africa, we just had to include this phenomenal excursion. At the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, this Arab nation in Western Asia offers adventurous travelers guided historical tours through ancient cities and ruins, exploring caves and inspecting artifacts along the way. Stops include Amman, Madaba and Petra, where you’ll visit tombs, archaeological sites, and even take a dip in the Dead Sea!
9. 7 Days Rwanda Safari Tour
Trek the gorgeous landscape in search of mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and other primates. Whether a canopy forest walk, afternoon canoe ride, or beautiful Twin Lakes, there are plenty of opportunities to spot these majestic creatures, a well as golden monkeys, vervet monkeys, rarely seen silver monkeys, owl-faced Hamlyn’s monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons, grey-cheeked Mangabeys, and so much more.
10. Madagascar Wildlife Safari
There’s nothing quite like experiencing a safari on the fourth-largest island in the world. Madagascar has something for everyone, whether you want to take in the flora and fauna, get lost inside an enchanting rainforest, or spend a few nights on the remote island of Tsarabanjina snorkeling and scuba diving. You’ll encounter include a variety of lemurs, exotic birds, reptiles, and invertebrates, among many fascinating creatures!
Destination weddings can be a lot of fun, but only if couples know what they are getting into. After all, these weddings can be a little different than a regular ceremony in a church followed by a reception at a nearby location. For a destination wedding, couples need to carefully determine who they want to invite, how they will entertain their guests before and after the wedding and figure out how to choose the perfect location.
Thankfully, there are many people who can help couples with the planning of destination weddings! Plus, there are a few tips that every couple should know before they even get this process started.
15 Wedding Tips for an Incredible Destination Wedding
- Always Choose Who Pays for What in Advance
Since this is a destination wedding, guests may make the assumption that the couple is paying for everything. Therefore, couples must decide what items they are paying for when it comes to their guests and what their guests will need to cover. It is then important to let their guests know this information prior to the RSVP date.
- Plan the Wedding Well in Advance
Not everyone has the money they need to fly partway around the world to see a couple get married, which is why couples must plan their destination wedding well in advance. This will ensure that the guests who really want to attend can do so.
- Always Choose a Meaningful Destination
While a couple may have always wanted to wed in a small town halfway around the world, it may be better if they choose a destination that means something to them both. It can also be helpful if couples make sure that the destination that they choose has the resources to give them the best wedding and reception possible.
- Keep the Local Traditions and Cultures in Mind for a Destination Wedding
Depending on where a couple has their destination wedding, they may need to be aware of the local traditions and cultures. This will ensure the couple does not do anything offensive during their ceremony or reception. The couple should also share pertinent information with their guests, so the guests do not do anything they shouldn’t as well.
- Create a Wedding Website
There is a lot of information needed for a destination wedding and the best way for a couple to share it all with their guests is via a wedding website. Guests can easily look at this website to see where they should be at what time for all scheduled activities. Guests can also learn about transportation methods, the address of their hotel, and emergency contact information all in one place.
- Think Local and Save Money
Depending on the location, brides and grooms can save a lot of money by utilizing the local ambiance for their wedding. This may mean using gorgeous flowers already in pots, or growing from the ground, down in the tropics or vines and other vineyard items for a wedding in wine country.
- Hire a Professional
Couples may think they can easily plan their wedding on their own, but it is difficult to accomplish everything when it comes to destination weddings. A professional will have completed multiple weddings in the area already and they can help couples deal with any issues that arise.
- Create a Budget
Some couples go into their wedding without a budget in mind and then realize they spent more money than they should have later on. Destination weddings are excellent for couples looking to stay on budget, but they need to have a number in mind before all the planning begins.
- Choose Attire to Match the Wedding Destination
A bride’s dress is always the most important piece in a wedding, but a bride will want to choose her dress carefully when deciding to have a destination wedding.
- Always Carry the Dress onto the Plane
As a bride is traveling to the destination of her wedding, she may be tempted to check her wedding dress with the rest of her luggage. Carrying the dress on the plane will prevent it from getting lost before the big day.
- Always Arrive to the Wedding in Advance
Couples are going to want to arrive to their wedding destination a few days before the ceremony to welcome their guests and make sure everything is ready.
- Never Do Too Much Do-It-Yourself Projects for Destination Weddings
Some couples are super creative and want to tackle many different do-it-yourself projects for their big day. This can be a mistake for many couples having destination weddings, because there simply isn’t enough time to get it all completed.
- Take Advantage of Free Perks
Couples will often get free perks when their guests all stay at the same hotel or resort. Couples should take advantage of these free perks, since it will make their experience better.
- Be Flexible
Every couple knows what they want for their wedding, but flexibility has its perks too. Sometimes lower rates are offered for different menu options, while extra photographs can be worked into an already agreed upon package.
- Don’t Worry about Those Smaller Things
Brides and grooms should never worry about those smaller things at their wedding. Something is always going wrong at weddings and couples need to forget about those items and focus on what is truly important.
These fifteen wedding tips for destination weddings will have couples enjoying every moment of their destination wedding, as well as the planning that leads up to it. While couples may not need all these tips, most of them are helpful no matter what type of wedding is being planned.
There’s more to Mexico than Cabo and Cancun. Don’t get us wrong—those places are great. But in a country with more than 761,000 square miles of coastlines, mountains, deserts, and jungles, not to mention a vibrant culture with Spanish and indigenous influences, there are bound to be some hidden gems.
Here are six extraordinary honeymoon destinations in Mexico to consider for your next trip:
Valle de Guadalupe
This Baja California locale has earned a reputation as “the Napa Valley of Mexico.” Unwind at the Monte Xanic winery, Mexico’s first boutique winery and the one that makes Valle de Guadalupe a must-visit for vino enthusiasts. Foodies will also love the Valle Food & Wine Festival, started in 2017, which attracts celebrity chefs from around the United States and Mexico. For lodging, the Campera Hotel Burbuja is one of the most unique hotels on the continent, with clear, bubble rooms—yes, bubbles—so guests sleep comfortably under the stars. Its proximity to San Diego (less than 100 miles by car) makes travel to Valle de Guadalupe a breeze.
Located in the central part of the country, Guanajuato has been called the most beautiful city in Mexico, and with good reason. The proximity of buildings creates a mosaic that explodes with color against the surrounding mountainsides. Guanajuato has something for everyone: It’s a university town with plenty of cafes, bars, and markets, and a romantic getaway where couples can secure their happiness by kissing in the Callejon del Beso. On the other side of the spectrum, el Museo de las Momias, the mummy museum, is a rather unusual tourist attraction that should be on any visitor’s itinerary.
Tulum has become a go-to destination on the Yucatán for its beautiful Caribbean beaches and variety of offerings. In search of history? Check out the Tulum Mayan ruins along the beach, or head into the jungle to Coba and climb Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid on the peninsula. On a family getaway? Xel-Há—part ecological waterpark, part natural aquarium—is home to 90-plus marine species and has activities for all ages, from swimming with dolphins and snorkeling to a lazy river. Tulum is also considered a haven for hipsters, with its vegan restaurants and yoga studios. Escape the noise of all-inclusive resorts by booking a cabana mere steps from the sand.
Travelers seeking a blend of activity and relaxation will find paradise in Sayulita. A surfing haven on the Pacific Coast, Sayulita promises fun for the aquatically inclined—fishing, snorkeling, whale-watching—as well as those more interested in rugged experiences, such as horseback riding, hiking, and jungle canopy tours. The village also boasts numerous art galleries and casual cafes, so time spent away from nature is just as worthwhile. If yoga is your thing, grab a room at the Hotelito Los Sueños.
Day of the Dead Celebration in Pátzcuaro
Looking to add some authenticity to everyone’s favorite dress-up holiday? Consider a trip to Pátzcuaro for Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. The area is filled with festivals on November 1, while come nightfall, locals on the island of Janitizio illuminate their town and Lake Pátzcuaro with candles in remembrance of deceased loved ones, a ritual known as Noche de Muertos. In addition to the traditional Mexican holidays, Pátzcuaro offers stunning mountain views and colorful markets. Direct flights from several American cities to Morelia International Airport, about an hour drive from Pátzcuaro, make travel to Pátzcuaro surprisingly inexpensive.
Whether you’re in search of cultural, culinary, or historical enlightenment, Oaxaca is the place for you. Explore the Monte Alban ruins, remnants of one of the earliest cities in Mesoamerica. Go on a mezcal tour to sample local spirits. Or wander the streets of Oaxaca City, where there’s seemingly a festival every week. Instagram users, be sure to make the trek to Hierve el Agua, a rock formation that looks like a petrified waterfall. The Templo de Santo Domingo, completed in 1731, is a must-see for honeymooners, too.