Giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, indigenous sea lions and penguins, manta rays and hammerhead sharks, flightless cormorants and frigate birds: Without a doubt, nature reigns supreme in the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's most revered yet remote ecosystems. And while conservation efforts top the list of priorities for this volcanic island chain that was all but unknown to civilization until several hundred years ago-a visit by Charles Darwin in the 1830s later inspired his most famous book, On the Origin of Species -don't think for even a second that you'll have to rough it on your Galapagos honeymoon.
Oenophiles rejoice! The U.S. packs a punch when it comes to top-notch red, white, and rosГ©. And while Napa Valley may be the most prominent domestic wine destination, it's far from the only spot worth visiting. So what are the best U.S. wine regions? These days, you can find high-quality vino all across the country, everywhere from Willamette Valley and Paso Robles to Texas Hill Country and the Finger Lakes, which means a taste bud-tantalizing glass is probably closer than you think.
Paris may be seen as the city of love, but the French Riviera has a whole coastline that'll have you falling head over heels. In between days spent leisurely lounging Г la plage, you can eat your heart out in spots where the view is as equally stunning as the cuisine. With over 30 Michelin-starred restaurants perched everywhere from the top of medieval towns to tucked-away dining rooms inside Monaco's swankiest hotels, the French Riviera offers a seemingly endless list of dining possibilities, each more romantic than the next.
Christopher Columbus's first landing point in the New World was the Bahamas, so why not follow his lead and set off on your first adventure as husband and wife to the very same spot, settling down in the capital city of Nassau for your honeymoon? Sitting on the 11th largest island in the Bahamas, the 21-mile-long New Providence, Nassau really is a couples' paradise, with its sweeping white-sand shores, pristine beaches, shipwreck-filled dive sites, and cuisine that has a flavor all of its own.
Deciding on a destination may seem like the first step when it comes to honeymoon planning, but we like to focus on what really matters: the swoon-worthy hotel you'll be sleeping in. We scoured the globe from city to shore to find the hottest honeymoon hotels for stays that will be just as exciting and new as your recent nuptials.
Michelin-starred restaurants and monasteries-turned-boutique hotels are only the beggings of a trip through the stunning wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda, just a few hours drive from Madrid. If you think Napa and Sonoma are gorgeous, wait until you see what Spain's sister wine regions have to offer.
Considering a glamping honeymoon? There's a reason the idea of glamorous camping, which combines all the natural splendor of the great outdoors with the oh-so-luxurious services of a five-star resort, has become the hottest trend for honeymooners and newlywed celebrities alike - both partners get a perfect mix of activities, adventure, relaxation and, of course, pampering.
Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat - countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needsвЂ¦how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot.
Dreaming of a seaside babymoon destination for your final trip before your family grows? Zika may have put a damper on your fantasies of jetting off to the tropics; however, there are still plenty of blissful beach destinations that are unaffected by the mosquito-transferred illness. From Bermuda to the Seychelles, here's where to go for a fabulous, Zika-free babymoon.
If it seems like everywhere you look someone you know has been to-or is going to-Croatia, you're not alone. A hotspot for the famed Yacht Week, it's become one of the top tourist destinations in the world. If you're wondering why, check out these 10 reasons to see for yourself. The Beaches With nearly 3,600 miles of coastline, Croatia offers no shortage of beautiful locales in which to swim, sun, and relax.
Chances are, you've probably been hearing a lot about Morocco lately. This culturally rich, culinarily delicious, and naturally stunning country has become a bit of a vacation hot spot among honeymooners everywhere. And for good reason: The landscape offers no shortage of diversity, and the hotels (many are what Moroccans call riads, transformed from a palatial estate with central gardens) are not only stunning but offer a great value.
It's basically fact that if you choose to honeymoon in Italy you're guaranteed a romantic time-what with it's classic architecture, candlelit cafes, and mind-blowingly delicious food and wine. But if you pick a less traveled destination, such as the adorable towns of the northwestern Ligurian Coast, you're also guaranteed a supremely unique, multi-experiential journey.
No, it's not Heaven on earth. It's Positano (вЂ¦but we're willing to bet the two look very similar). Every single online photo listed on hotel and travel websites that make your heart swoon for this little city don't even begin to do it justice - as you will see for yourself on your three sun soaked, lemon-scented and pasta filled days in Positano.
Some of the most picturesque and romantic honeymoons happen not on a powdery stretch of Caribbean sand, but at a destination with a different kind of vista: mountains. There's something so peaceful yet invigorating about being in that kind of natural setting, drenched in fresh, clean air and with a sense of adventure around every turn.
Rugged, remote and breathtakingly beautiful, the Patagonia region of South America has rightfully earned its place in the pantheon of must-see destinations for adventure seekers and nature lovers in general. And while you can camp and hike your way through different sections of Patagonia, which sprawls across large swaths of Chile and Argentina's southernmost territory, the good news is that you don't have to tent it on your honeymoon (unless, of course, you want to).
You've always dreamed of a beachy honeymoon locale, but the new Mr. is more about the mountains. Luckily this is one of the easiest newlywed compromises you'll have to make. Jet off to the South of France and embark on a road trip along the CГґte d'Azur, spending your days lounging at beach clubs sipping rosГ© and cruising through the lavender-lined roads of Provence.
Everyone knows about Blue Lagoon, Iceland's famous geothermal spa, and while it's certainly worth a visit, it can get a little crowded seeing that it's one of Iceland's most-visited attractions. Discerning honeymooners looking to escape the crowds and experience something truly spectacular should check out JГ¶kulsГЎrlГіn Lagoon, a natural glacier lagoon you can access by boat tour, cruising between icebergs while taking in the breathtaking views (bonus points if you or your new spouse are photographers-this place is an Instagrammer's paradise).
Seattle may have a reputation as a rainy destination fueled by coffee, but there's much more to the city than its notorious weather and the original Starbucks. An incredible food scene, bustling downtown set along a picturesque waterfront, and easy access to gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery make it a great choice for a honeymoon, either on its own or combined with additional stops in Washington, Oregon, or British Columbia.
Whether you're a destination bride or just looking to go big (not home!) on your wedding night, where you stay right after you get married is pretty darn important. Do you book a quaint bed and breakfast? Splurge on a five-star hotel suite? Or just grab a room in the block with all your other guests?
Sure, you've heard of the pastel-colored Amalfi coast, the glamorous island of Capri, and the foodie capital of Sicily, but what about Sardinia? One of Italy's best-kept secrets, the island of Sardinia has long been a vacation getaway for Europeans. From the high-end hotels, sprawling resorts, white sandy beaches, and high-end galleries of Porto Cervo to the surprisingly busy capital city of Cagliari (home to some of island's best gelato shops and chic museums), the island's multifaceted allure appeals to any kind of traveler, whether it's shoppers and socialites who want to be seen at the Hotel Pitraizzi or hard-core backpackers aiming to get lost in the caves of Baunei.
Your honeymoon will be all bedroom romps and luxurious lounge chairs on the beach with expertly crafted cocktails, right? Not necessarily. So what do people do on honeymoons? "Many couples naturally assume that their honeymoon will be something akin to a chick flick with all its romance and passion," says Laura Brotherson, marriage and sex therapist.