A week is more than enough to make a fairytale out of your honeymoon. There is a variety of 7-day honeymoon ideas that newlyweds can choose from, depending on their budget and individual preferences.
While some simply opt for famous European metropolises or some exotic islands such as Hawaii, others prefer to spend their romantic week in seclusion and tranquility of some remote place, far away from the hustle and bustle of major tourist spots.
Cambodia: The Land of Mystery
Cambodia embodies the uniqueness of a place still untarnished by hordes of tourists. Despite knotty political background and poverty, the people of Cambodia have remained jovial and warm. It is the atmosphere, culture, and rich cultural heritage that make this country a one-of-a-kind honeymoon destination.
In order to make the most out of your Cambodian honeymoon, on no account should you miss some of its most memorable spots. Angkor Wat, one of the biggest religious monuments in the world, is an ancient complex of temples frozen in time, located just 5 kilometers from Siem Reap. It is in this town that newlyweds can find excellent river resorts and hotels that won’t break the bank but still offer fantastic service. Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa, La Residence Blanc D’ Angkor, and Kafu Resort & Spa all have outdoor pools, lovely surroundings, and friendly staff – all it takes for an ultimately relaxing honeymoon vacation. On top of that, you can enjoy a gondola ride down the river Siem Reap as you sip a glass of sparkling wine and soak up the sun as it sets behind the majestic temples.
Just in case you’re wondering if there is more to Cambodia than its rich history, Cambodian islands are there to make you swoon over once again. Being largely undeveloped and untarnished by hordes of tourists, the islands of Cambodia make up for a perfect honeymoon location. Koh Rong Island is largely rustic and ideal for an active honeymoon, with lots of unexplored sugar-white beaches and an opportunity to spot the bioluminescent plankton during the night. The same goes for the island of Koh Rong Samloem, only this island has fewer lodging options and for that reason, the prices might be a bit higher. The beaches make up for that, though. The turquoise water is pristine-clear, with very few tourists walking around and clamoring – a unique opportunity to unwind and relax.
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South Africa: The Land of Wonders
From white-sand beaches and lush forests to breath-taking landscapes and outdoor activities, there are countless reasons why South Africa is so popular with tourists and honeymooners alike.
Thrill-seeking couples can swim with sharks near Cape Town, hike the exotic trails of the Table Mountain, or go on some of the best African safari adventures. Still, newlyweds who simply want to wind down and enjoy each other’s company may spend their week in one of the best beach resorts on South African coast. Pumula Beach Hotel, Blackheath Lodge, POD Camps Bay, and Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront receive excellent reviews year in, year out, and the prices of a room per night vary depending on the season and the booking intensity.
South Africa is equally ideal for destination weddings and honeymoons alike. For this reason, it’s not unusual that many couples decide to have both on some of the most beautiful spots in this lovely country. Weddings usually take place at some of the most romantic wedding venues, including those in provinces of Western Cape, Garden Route, KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, or Limpopo. Fantastic accommodation, premium service, and friendly staff are sure to assist you with the wedding planning and all the necessary details that make up for an ultimate romantic experience.
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Thailand: The Land of Smiles
This peculiar nickname Thailand goes by will definitely make more sense once you get to see how beautiful this country is – you won’t be able to stop smiling. For this reason, it comes as no surprise that Thailand honeymoon ideas are aplenty.
Topping the lists of the best honeymoon destinations for years on end, The Phi Phi Islands are the quintessential romance haven. Ko Phi Phi beaches cater to all tastes and preferences – from wild partying to peaceful relaxation. Phi Phi Island Village Resort is possibly one of the best, if not the best option for honeymooners but also for those couples who want to have their wedding ceremony there as well. It is in this resort that dedicated wedding planners can make your dream wedding come to life. From wedding cakes to marvelous floral displays and all the minute details, including the apparel for the mother of the bride and bridesmaids, the planners will make your big day memorable.
At a two-hour ferry ride from Ko Phi Phi is yet another tropical paradise – Phuket. There probably isn’t a more picturesque island, with its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and many high-end seaside resorts. The intimate atmosphere of the restaurants such as Mom Tri’s Boathouse, La Gritta, and Royal Kitchen is a perfect place to have a romantic dinner with your significant other. Trisara Villas & Residences, The Shore at Katathani, and SALA offer spectacular villas and rooms with premium service and glorious vistas, guaranteed to create ultimate honeymoon memories.
Greece: The Jewel of the Ionian Sea
As the cradle of ancient civilizations and home to some of the most captivating beaches in the world, Greece is undoubtedly one of the best honeymoon destinations. 227 islands in Greece are inhabited, which means there are numerous options to choose from. While some islands see a major influx of tourists every year, others remain intact and largely unaffected.
The Cyclades is a group of 220 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Still, the two most famous ones are also the most beautiful of the whole archipelago. Of course, we are talking about Mykonos and Santorini. Mykonos is famous for its bustling nightlife, ideal for a honeymoon filled with wine, fantastic cuisine, and lively atmosphere. During the day, couples who just want to unwind can soak up the sun at Platys Gialos or Ornos – quiet and couple-friendly Mykonos beaches. Quite similar and yet unique in its own right, Santorini is an island you won’t get out of your head for many months after your honeymoon has ended. This picturesque island is dotted with white-washed villas, beautiful beaches, and stunning views on every side. Many villas have plunge pools, private patios, and majestic vistas of the sea.
Needless to say, Greece has a lot more up its sleeve. Crete, Lefkada, Kefalonia, are perfect destinations and they’re equally captivating all year round. With 300 sunny days in a year, Crete is an ideal honeymoon getaway regardless of the month. Olive groves, secluded resorts, and spectacular scenery are what makes Crete a great honeymoon destination. Close to one another, Kefalonia and Lefkada are simply breath-taking. You can actually divide your 7-day honeymoon by staying a few days on Lefkada before taking a ferryboat to Kefalonia. The beauty of the beaches on these islands are unparalleled and water is the bluest of bluest, pristine clear.
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Italy: A Timeless Place
Italy is home to some of the most peaceful and picturesque European beaches, ideal for a romantic escapade, while its cities are epicenters of art, architecture, and history.
While it may not be completely true that all roads lead to Rome, this metropolitan city is definitely worth the honeymoon. Not only does it cater to anyone’s taste but it also provides countless opportunities to take day trips to Naples or the ancient ruins of Pompeii. As if this wasn’t enough, Florence is only an hour and a half away from Rome and once there, you can enjoy some of the biggest masterpieces of the Renaissance or taste some of the best pizzas in Italy.
Still, if your romance needs some peace and quiet, Sicily is just the right place. This island offers spectacular coastal resorts, such as Cefalù and Pantelleria, with fantastic villas and splendid beaches. Nevertheless, the ultimate Sicilian romantic town has to be Taormina, perched high in the hills above Giardini Naxos, with the most breath-taking panoramas of the Mount Etna.
Croatia: The Hidden Gem of the Medittarenean
This lovely European country is home to over a hundred of islets and a handful of port cities and towns, all of which are tremendously picturesque and charming. Honeymooning in Croatia may lead you to pick seaside resorts and cities or venture into its central parts – whatever the case is, you won’t be disappointed.
Hvar and Dubrovnik are No.1 getaway destinations for couples who want to get lost in the maze of cobblestone streets, historical monuments, and amazing panoramas of the Adriatic sea. Bellevue, Villa Dubrovnik, St. Joseph’s Boutique Hotel, and The Pucic Palace are said to be some of the best hotels in Dubrovnik, offering incredible views from their rooms and premium service. On the other hand, Hvar is where you can find some of the most secluded beaches in Croatia that are scattered around Hvar Town. For maximum privacy, head off to Malo Zarace or Jagodna Beach, far away from the swarms of visitors. If you want to get into the summer vibe, with lots of beach restaurants and activities, Dubovica beach is just the right place.
If beaches aren’t your cup of honeymoon tea, Croatia has you covered as well. Nature-loving couples who feel like having an active honeymoon vacation are sure to fall in love with Plitvice Lakes National park. Waterfall, lakes, and rivers amidst the amazing pine forests offer an incredible opportunity to enjoy the therapeutic peacefulness of nature, on foot or by ferry. The good thing is that you can stay inside the park – there are three lodging options. Hotels Bellevue, Plitvice, and Jezero. Due to their in-park location, the hotels can be a bit pricey so you can opt for a more affordable option by staying in guesthouses or hotels just a few kilometers outside the par.
Indonesia: The Emerald of the Equator
Indonesia is home to majestic temples, stunning beaches, rice fields, and cordial people. The sheer atmosphere of this land breathes joy and you will feel it at every step. There are quite a few honeymoon spots in this little piece of heaven, the most notable of them being Gili islands and Bali.
Gili Islands comprise three larger islands – Trawangan, Air, and Meno, all of which share the unique romantic vibe, with crystal-clear waters, high-end resorts, snorkeling sites, and exquisite cuisine. In case you want to see all three, you can take a speed boat and once on any of the islands, move around on a rented bike or just walk (the islands are rather small). Of course, Bali honeymoon is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind experience. Hopeless romantics usually pick Bali as the ultimate love oasis, with dozens of overwater bungalows to stay in and palm trees drooping with fresh coconuts.
Although it may sound too pricey, Bali has lodging options to suit every pocket. There are cheap and decent AirBnBs as well as top-notch resorts you can book as part of the best honeymoon packages. There are six main areas of Bali, and South Bali is by far the most visited part. North Bali is where Lovina is located, with its slow-paced beach towns and quiet black sand beaches. On the East Coast, you can catch sight of the mighty Mount Agung.
With all these idyllic destinations at hand, it might be tricky to pick the best one. Still, when love leads the way, it makes no difference as long as you are ready to make some unforgettable memories.