New year, new hubby, new trip to plan. Except this time, it’s your honeymoon. We’ve sat back and watched as waves of friends have journeyed to South Africa, New Zealand, and these Instagram-worthy thatched huts over the water in the Seychelles. And while all of those trips sounds phenomenal, we’re here to bring you the up-and-comers, the new-and-notables, and the off-the-beaten-path honeymoon destinations for the year ahead. So sit back, blend up a pina colada in your NutriBullet, and relax, because we’ve got your honeymoon planning covered.
We love the Bora Boras and Fijis of the world, but how about a private island? Nihi Sumba is just that - undisturbed, off the grid, and the pinnacle of luxury. From a waterfront villa to a treehouse up in the jungle, there are a few types of breathtaking bungalows that you will never want to leave. Relax undisturbed on the beach, go for a sunset horseback ride along the surf, or even scuba dive if you’re feeling adventurous. This is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime place that you dream about coming back to.
If a spirited adventure is the name of your game, whisk yourselves off to Northern Africa for a trek through Morocco. Our top destinations are Marrakech (for the souk and Le Riad Yasmine), Chefchaouene (this is the all-blue city that you do not want to miss seeing), and a quiet stay in the Atlas Mountains (Kasbah Tamadot is pure magic, and their pool is the stuff of dreams).
Valparaiso, also known as the unofficial cultural capital of Chile, is on the the most vibrant cities in all of South America. It sits on hills along the sea, and boasts an incredible mix of things to do, see, eat, and drink. From browsing the incredible street art to catching a boat ride from Muelle Prat to look for sea lions to a 30 minute car ride to the vineyards of Casablanca Valley, there is truly something for everyone here. Post up at Hotel Casa Higueras, where the infinity pool overlooks the city (and the sea).
Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur is crown jewel of India, with many thinking it more stunning than the Taj Mahal itself. Make the Rambagh Palace your homebase, which is the former residence of the Maharaja and is fit for a king and queen. You can spend your days exploring some of the most beautiful palaces and temples in all of India (don’t miss Hawa Mahal and the Galtaji Temple), or you can camp out by the breathtaking hotel pool and indulge in their incredible spa.
If cold weather and coziness is your bag, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland is the utmost iteration of where you need to be. Their glass igloos and log chalets are the stuff of dreams, and you’ll feel straight out of Frozen as you embark on reindeer safaris and expeditions to see the Northern Lights. Coming home to a roaring fireplace and bottle of red wine with your new hubby after one of these expeditions? Priceless.
This little island off the coast of India is home to a majestic wildlife park called Yala, also know as an incredible alternative to the African safari. Stay in Yala at the Chena Huts, which are luxury thatch-roofed cabins with their own private pools, surrounded by unspoiled wilderness. The nearby national park boasts one of the highest leopard populations in the world, as well as over 40 different resident mammal species. The Great Reef also attracts humpback whales, so whether you and your partner want to go out on the water or stay inland, an unforgettable wildlife experience awaits you.
We love that this incredible country affords us the opportunity to pursue every adventure we could possibly want, all within its borders. Start off in Istanbul and explore this rich city, visiting Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, and eating your way through the Grand Bazaar. Next, head to the mountain town of Cappadocia, where you can view the incredible rock formations from a hot air balloon ride. Finish off the trip on Cunda Island, right off the coast of Turkey, for some much-deserved R&R and a swim in the blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
Tucked away on a private island in Fiji is Laucala Island Resort, which is the perfect marriage of off-the-grid sophistication and a feel-good sustainability bent. All of the produce on site is grown organically on their 240-acre farm, and the 25 Fiji-style villas are made and decorated using local, natural fibers and wood. From pristine beaches to a private golf course (and farm experiences, of course), this tiny island is big in romance and spirit.