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Top Honeymoon Locations

The best night of your life is over, but now it’s time to go on the trip of a lifetime. Your honeymoon is the trip where you get to take time to explore a new place with the love of your life. There’s countless honeymoon worthy locations around the world, so coming up with a concise list to choose from can be a difficult task. We put together some of our favorite locations around the world to make your job a bit easier.

In addition, we also wanted to give you tips on how to choose your honeymoon destination:

  1. Decide what you are looking to get out of your trip.
  2. Have an open conversation with your soon-to-be spouse about what type of destination you are looking for. Do you want a relaxing beach destination or an exciting countryside to explore?
  3. Keep your budget in mind. Before you get your heart set on a specific location make sure that you talk to your spouse about how much you can spend on your honeymoon. If your parents or spouse’s parents will be paying for your honeymoon, make sure you have a conversation with them about the budget.
  4. Know how much time you and your spouse can take off work. When you first get engaged, we suggest speaking with your managers about the time you will need before and after your wedding. The more information you give them upfront, the better they can plan for your time off.
  5. Now it’s time to plan your honeymoon.

Best Beaches

Fiji

Photo Credit: Tokoriki Island Resort

There’s no better place to take a romantic beach vacation than Fiji. Fijians are well known around the world for their hospitality. To have a true once in a lifetime experience, visit Tokoriki Island Resort (TripAdvisor’s 2018 #1 Top Romantic Resort in Fiji), a private, adults only island with 36 bures and villas, lush landscapes, authentic South Pacific food, your own private pool, paddle boarding, windsurfing, snorkeling, and a variety of other activities. Tokoriki offers a honeymoon indulgence package that includes a poolside couples massage in your room, followed by a three course meal - all while watching a beautiful Fijian sunset.

Harbour Island, Bahamas

Photo Credit: The Dunmore

If you are looking to relax and enjoy time lying on beautiful pink sand beaches with your spouse, then Harbour Island is the place to go. The Dunmore offers Bahamian luxury and charm. The hotel offers beautiful cottages that make for the perfect place to spend a week in the sun.

Santa Barbara, California

Photo Credit: The Belmond El Encanto

Santa Barbara is a beautiful place to honeymoon. It is located on the beach in Southern California where the weather is beautiful year round. The Belmond El Encanto is a beautiful hotel that sits up in the hills with a stunning view of the ocean. This quiet, yet glamorous resort is the perfect place to relax as a newly married couple. If you do decide to leave the resort you can take a 30 minute drive up to Santa Ynez to do wine tasting, or you can head to the beach for the day. If you are looking for a winery to visit in Santa Ynez, you can check out Sunstone Winery. This beautiful boutique winery will not disappoint.

The Best of the South

Charleston, South Carolina

Photo Credit: Zero George

Looking for a little Southern Charm? Then, Charleston, South Carolina is the place to go. Charleston is known for its world class food and historic buildings. If you plan on honeymooning here, make sure you check out this Charleston Travel Guide from local Charleston blogger Julia Engel. Julia suggests that Charleston travelers stay at Zero George, a historic property that shows off Charleston's old world charm.

Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

Photo Credit: US News Travel

Planning to stay in-state for your honeymoon? Then, we suggest taking a 6-hour road trip to Southern Colorado to visit beautiful Telluride. Telluride’s stunning San Juan Mountains will provide views for your stay. If you plan on taking your honeymoon in the summer, you can hike to Bridal Veil Falls, or if you plan on traveling during the winter, you can hit the slopes. The town of Telluride also has quaint historic shops you can browse around. For accommodations we suggest staying at The Hotel Telluride.

Vail, Colorado

Photo Credit: Hotel Talisa

Vail, Colorado is a beautiful mountain town just a few short hours away from Spruce Mountain Ranch, but it will feel like you have traveled to a village in Switzerland. This is intentional, as Vail was modeled after Zermatt, Switzerland. Vail offers snow covered slopes in the winter and mountain biking or hiking in the summer. For accommodations, you can check out the Four Season Vail or the Hotel Talisa, which was formerly known as Vail Cascade. Talisa celebrated its grand opening in November and offers beautifully updated rooms, spas, and mountain inspired cuisine. The Hotel Talisa also offers ski-in, ski-out if you plan on traveling in the winter. This means you can hit the slopes with your new spouse in the morning, and come straight back to the hotel to enjoy a couples massage.

Asia

Chengdu, China

Photo Credit: Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

Chengdu, China is a great place for the couple who wants to adventure in the mountains. Chengdu is located in the Sichuan province, and steeped with culture, authentic food, and best of all, pandas. The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is located in Chengdu and is open to the public year round. While you’re in Chengdu you can check into Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain, which is just a short 10-minute drive from the research center. At Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain, you can take cooking classes and use fresh ingredients from the resort’s own organic garden.

Vietnam

Photo Credit: Six Sense Ninh Van Bay

Vietnam offers beautiful beaches, unique culture, and traditional Vietnamese food. One of the other aspects that makes Vietnam a top choice for honeymooning couples is that it is a relatively inexpensive location to travel to. Six Sense’s Cheng Mountain Resort in China has a counterpart on the East Vietnam Bay called Six Sense Ninh Van Bay. At Ninh Van Bay, you can experience a romantic cruise on the Vietnamese Sea, or take a fishing trip with the resort’s fishing captain.

Northeast

Bar Harbor, Maine

Photo Credit: The Bass Cottage Inn

If hiking, fishing, boating or eating endless amounts of lobster sound like your type of honeymoon, then Bar Harbor is the place for you. Maine is packed with historic B&B’s with Victorian charm. The Bass Cottage Inn is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for seclusion and serenity. Bar Harbor is a beautiful place to vacation, but the Bass Cottage Inn advises its travelers that the dress for the town is “nice casual”. There’s no need to get to fancy and over-pack for your trip to Bar Harbor.

The United Kingdom

Scotland

Photo Credit: The Ardanaiseig Hotel

Scotland’s lush green countryside is the perfect place to travel to if you are planning on honeymooning in the fall. The weather is cool, crisp, and there’s plenty of trails that you can hike to find stunning views of the fall leaves. For hotel accommodations, we recommend checking out the Ardanaiseig Hotel. This hotel is has a variety of gorgeous rooms to choose from, which all come with stunning views. This hotel also comes with an age old Celtic myth that there is a magical well of youth above the Ardanaiseig Hotel. Scotland is known for its many Celtic myths and legends, so finding out more about these myths while you’re on your trip can make for some fun adventures.

There’s plenty of beautiful places around the world that are honeymoon worthy. All you need to do is figure out what type of vacation you are looking for, how much time you can take off of work, and the size of your budget. Then, you can take the trip of your dreams.

Many thanks to our friends at Spruce Mountain Ranch for this blog. For more information, please visit them here.

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