There’s no better way to recover from the mayhem of your wedding, with its multitude of guests, than to jet off for an intimate honeymoon to one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you have the liberty to travel across the globe to any place your heart desires, why not pick from tried and tested honeymoon destinations that have also found favour with your favourite celebrities?
LIVEINSTYLE.COM lists the world’s best honeymoon destinations (our top 5 follow), so you can simply choose one and get packing!
Dia Mirza and husband Sahil Sangha travelled to Turkey after their 2014 nuptials and loved every minute of it. From Istanbul — undeniably one of the most romantic places on earth — to Antalya and Cappadocia, you can crisscross the country to your heart’s delight. Everywhere you go, stunning landscapes and breath-taking architecture are par for the course, making Turkey a sensory delight.
Where to stay: Antalya’s Mardan Palace hotel boasts a zoo, an underground aquarium, a bowling alley and a nightclub, besides the expected pool and spa. Check in if gilded luxury is to your liking. In Istanbul, consider the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet — it’s beautiful and also has the benefit of being located close to many major city landmarks.
When to go: Between May and September, when it’s cool enough to walk the streets and stop in at all the little bazaar shops.
Kangana Ranaut once confessed that she is so much in love with Paris, she would want to honeymoon there as well! While we can’t say when that will be, Gauri and Shah Rukh Khan have honeymooned there already and it shouldn’t surprise you — after all, the French capital is synonymous with love. From the food to the art and the architecture, Paris offers up an unforgettable experience. Besides, the thing to do is tie a ribbon on the Pont des Art bridge, where lovers have long been attaching padlocks to the railings as a symbol of their commitment to each other.
Where to stay: Situated in the heart of haute couture, on the renowned avenue Montaigne, the elegant Hotel Plaza Athéneé is a splurge that delivers. Go the extra mile and book a suite — you won’t be disappointed!
When to go: The weather is divine between June and August, but peak season implies the city is teeming with tourists.
THE AMALFI COAST
If the azure ocean beckons, few places on earth can match the delight on offer along the Amalfi coast. Sea caves and gorgeous grottos are only a small part of the picturesque landscape, with beaches that beg you to stay a while and soak up the sun. Positano, Praiano, Ravello and Amalfi itself are all beguiling locales to visit, with food, fun and fabulous shopping at hand. Sip on Limoncello and make Amalfi memories that will bring you joy for a lifetime — just as Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth did in 2011.
Where to stay: Il San Pietro di Positano is considered the most indulgent hotel on the Amalfi Coast. Le Sirenuse and Hotel Palazzo Murat are other spectacular Positano properties, while Palazzo Avino is magnificent if you choose to pause in Ravello.
When to go: May and June are lovely months to visit, as are September and October.
Tanzania is unquestionably one of Africa’s top spots and ranks high as a honeymoon destination. If you are looking for a romantic getaway that’s a bit adventurous and you love wildlife, this is the perfect pick. Here you can enjoy a safari experience at Serengeti National Park and add a beach holiday to the mix thereafter. No wonder Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel chose Tanzania for their honeymoon in November 2012, after their destination wedding in southern Italy.
Where to stay: Follow in JT’s footsteps and check in to the Singita Sasakwa Lodge; where comfort, luxury and old-world elegance are a way of life. Each air-conditioned cottage has its own infinity pool — is there any better way to romance the pause?
When to go: Depending on what kind of wildlife action you hope to view, the right time to visit Tanzania varies. The months between June and October are generally ideal, but your best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July.
You needn’t travel to the farthest end of the world to have the most amazing honeymoon ever — Sri Lanka is literally around the corner and ticks all the boxes as a spectacular honeymoon destination. While the country’s capital of Colombo is bustling, the beaches of Bentota and Galle offer up the perfect mix of leisure and luxury.
Where to stay: Check into a themed suite at Jetwing Lighthouse for a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean or try TRI Lanka (also in Galle) — a sustainably-designed hotel that overlooks the country’s most beautiful lake. If you opt for Bentota, book early at the Vivanta by Taj resort there.
When to go: Any time between December and March is ideal if you are heading south or west (to Bentota or Galle), but if you choose to go east, plan to travel between April and September.
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