Are you having trouble deciding on the destination for your long-awaited honeymoon? Does something feel off about following the crowds to Hawaii or Greece? Your honeymoon deserves to be a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience where you and your new spouse can treat yourselves in whatever way you see fit.
Travel is not one size fits all, so check out our curated list of unexpected honeymoon designations!
1. Europe: Algarve, Portugal
The southernmost region of Portugal, known as the Algarve offers incredible views, fun outdoor excursions, and truly some of the best beaches in all of Europe. And, the cuisine is a destination in itself. Portuguese food often includes fresh seafood perfectly paired with local wines. After your romantic dinner, be sure to save room for a few Pastéis de Nata, a decadent, traditional dessert.
Algarve is the definition of luxury travel. It’s gorgeous, unique, and the perfect place for a honeymoon. After all, one’s honeymoon is the perfect excuse to splurge and treat oneself.
2. South America: Cartagena, Colombia
Full of life, this colorful coastal city has a lot to offer for any type of traveler!
For the foodie, Cartagena is an emerging culinary city with luxury fine dining, incredible local street vendors, and everything in between. For the history buff, the walled city is waiting to be explored; this neighborhood of Cartagena was originally built 406 years ago.
Simply want to unwind? Just outside the city are coastal resorts, some offering personal over-the-water villas with private pools. Here, you’ll also find unique excursions such as nighttime bioluminescence kayak tours.
3. North America: Zion National Park, Utah
The Wild West of the United States may not be your first thought for a romantic and luxury honeymoon. You’ll be surprised to know that Utah and its surrounding states are home to some of the world’s most incredible resorts and spas nestled in scenery that will take your breath away.
Spend the day hiking or horseback riding, followed by an evening of whiskey tasting and dining with a desert sunset view. If Utah is not your style, there are nearby resorts at other U.S. National Parks that are equally intriguing.
4. Asia: The Philippines
Considering Southeast Asia but can’t decide on which country to visit? Many honeymooners flock to Thailand or Bali without reviewing the surrounding countries and all they have to offer.
The Philippines is made up of over 7,100 islands, each rich with views and culture. By avoiding the crowds of popular Southeast Asia designations like the Maldives, your money can go further. The Philippines has incredible luxury resorts that are often less crowded and less expensive than its neighboring countries.
5. Africa: Marrakesh, Morocco
For the adventurous at heart, Morocco is a country full of surprises! Rich with culture and historic architecture, Morocco transports travelers into another world. Marrakesh is especially full of honeymoon-worthy luxury hotels and spas where you’ll be treated like royalty. From Marrakesh, you can take a variety of day trips to explore more of Morocco, like the idyllic mountain hideaway, High Atlas, or even the Sahara Desert.
Choose the Destination Best for You!
Stay focused on your and your spouse’s unique goals. Don’t listen to that little voice in the back of your head that says, “that isn’t a normal honeymoon spot”. While it’s beautiful, you can go somewhere other than Hawaii or Greece. Develop a list of honeymoon goals and find the designation that is best suited for you. Most importantly, this is your chance to splurge and properly celebrate this exciting new journey you are on.