Top 5 honeymoon destinations abroad
Honeymoon. The very word conjures up images of once-in-a-lifetime destinations, unforgettable experiences and unashamed indulgence. So it’s no surprise if you feel the pressure piling when it comes to picking where you should go. But panic not.
Whether you want adventure or relaxation, at the beach or in the city, here are our picks of the best places to escape to once you’ve said your vows.
1. Mind your toes in the Maldives
Sand, sea, sunshine and silence is atop many a newlyweds’ list when it comes to their honeymoon. And you’ll find all four in the Maldives. The azure waters of the Indian Ocean lap at this collection of islands, making it the perfect place for you to enjoy water sports, as well as lazy days in the sun.
See if you can back a prize winner at the crab racing on Kuredu. Or catch feeding time with the stingrays on Sun Island. You’ll find the rays swarming their feeding spot just moments before they’re due their dinner. But this isn’t a fish pedicure. Keep your distance if you’ve grown attached to your feet.
Whether you want your desert island dreams granted on Kuda Huraa island with a stay in an isolated sea cabin, or you’re looking for pampering at every turn in an all-inclusive resort such as Meeru Island, the Maldives gives you plenty of time for some honeymoon romance.
2. Killing tunes in Dubai
You can tick all the usual honeymoon boxes with a stay in Dubai, one of the most luxurious destinations in the world. With its slick skyscrapers and sweeping coastline, Dubai gives you the best of both worlds; the fast-paced city scene and the laid-back beach life.
Indulge your inner shopaholic in one of Dubai’s famous malls. Or, if you’re feeling flash, how about hiring a helicopter for a bird’s eye view of the city?
But if a night of champagne sipping isn’t what you’re after, why not shun the city’s slick nightclubs in favour of some karaoke at the 1UP bar in Tecom? Just watch out for the creepy art work. I swear I caught The Beatles giving me the evil eye as I rocked out to ‘Hey Jude’.
You can’t visit Dubai and not go out to the desert. So make sure you swap the shiny buildings for the shimmering sand and go quad biking. Or, if it takes more than that to get your adrenaline pumping, jump on the Robotnik ride at SEGA Republic. Just don’t leave Dubai without catching the view from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa tower. And if all that distance gets your taste buds going, descend two floors for some tasty morsels at the At.mosphere restaurant. Who knew fine dining existed at 1450 feet?
3. No sex tourism in Thailand
You’ll find vibrant culture in Thailand, where astounding natural landscapes sweep towards bustling towns and cities. Search the sightseeing trail in Bangkok for famous landmarks, such as the Golden Buddha and the Grand Palace. Or have a beachside moment on Ko Samui and Phuket islands. (Just try not to call it ‘fucket’, although, even I must admit, this is much more fun than saying ‘Poo-ket’).
If you’d rather steer clear of the country’s notorious salacious side, check into The Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok, where sex tourists are not welcome. But rescued cats, terrapins and dogs are. Just try not to get flattened by a bright pink taxi cab on the way.
And be sure to introduce yourself to some of the oceanic locals by delving into Thailand’s waters. Test your steel against the whale sharks of Sail Rock, just off Koh Phangan. Or head to Hin Daeng to enjoy some leopard shark spotting.
4. Lobster loading in Mauritius
Most of us see pale sands, emerald seas and endless sunshine when we picture the perfect honeymoon. And you’ll find exactly that in Mauritius.
If you want to top up your tan, head to peaceful Blue Bay. But if you’re both looking for adventure, try delving into the waters of Tamarin Bay for some snorkelling or surfing. For the culture vultures out there, go in search of the ancient Balaclava Ruins. And if you’re total foodies, treat your tummies to dinner at one of the restaurants in Grand Bay. I’ve heard the lobster at La Langouste Grisée is well worth the boat ride.
If you’ve got energy left after all (or some) of that, take a hike to Tamarin Falls or scale Lion Mountain for a 360-degree view of the island. But if all this exertion just isn’t for you, try a Segway tour of the Casela Nature Park. Those emus won’t know what’s hit them.
5. Kitten faces in Malaysia
If you want your beach honeymoon served with a side of culture, look no further than Malaysia. Of course you can find impressive skyscrapers, duty-free shopping and luxurious hotels in Kuala Lumpur. But you can also seek out some talented coffee artists in its expanding coffee shop scene. If Komugi Cafe’s Hello Kitty coffee art doesn’t perk up your latte, I don’t know what will.
If the two of you fancy a bit of time travelling, step into Penang and explore its ancient temples and museums. And if all the sightseeing gets you a bit hot under the collar, be sure to grab a rose flavoured ice ball from a local ice kacang stall.
If you want the perfect spot for sunbathing, head to the laid back island of Pulau Langkawi. Or delve into the Taman Negara to take an adventurous walk through the world’s oldest rainforest. And, for a truly unforgettable experience, visit the Bako National Park in Borneo and say hello to the locals – otherwise known as the proboscis monkeys. Just remember to hold on to your sunglasses…
Whether you want to bring home a killer sun tan, a suitcase full of duty-free or a taste for adventure, these honeymoon destinations guarantee plenty of memories.
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