The build-up to your wedding day is the most hectic but fantastically wonderful time you’ll ever have. It’s so exciting knowing your wedding is gradually approaching even though you’ve got a million and one things to plan. Every tiny element of your special day has its importance, but one significant detail that can often pushed to the bottom of your priorities is your honeymoon ideas.
Leaving organising your post-wedding getaway until the last minute might sound completely scandalous to some, but you would be surprised at how many brides and grooms leave themselves short of time to put much thought into it. After all, they have a list as long as their arm to think about. It’s understandable that they might be struggling to settle on their dream destination.
To help avoid a little unnecessary stress in the planning process, we’ve put together some gorgeously unique ideas for your trip, from exotic golden beach holidays to scenic adventures in the snow. Have a read and get inspired!
Kenya is home to some of the most beautiful wildlife in the world. One particular Kenyan destination provides a honeymoon experience like no other. The Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel in the Langata suburb of Nairobi with a bit of a twist. As you might have guessed from its name, this hotel is part of a giraffe sanctuary and will not only allow you and your partner to see giraffes right outside of your window but share breakfast with them as well! With safari packages available, it’s the perfect getaway for animal lovers.
For those of you looking for a particularly enchanting honeymoon trip, look no further than Lapland’s Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Whether you’re staying in a cosy log cabin or a wonderful glass igloo, the sights in Finland are truly spectacular. Home to the hauntingly stunning Northern Lights and colossal, picturesque landscapes, you’ll be mesmerised every time you leave your room.
Stari Grad, Croatia
Not many people instantly think of Croatia when they’re considering honeymoon destinations. Even so, it is actually one of the most beautiful countries on the continent. As Stari Grad is the oldest town in Croatia, it is bursting with interesting culture and historical architecture. Not to mention there are some gorgeous places to stay, like cosy new retreat Hidden House. Combine this with friendly locals, delicious local wines, divine food and glorious weather and there you have it – one of the most desirable honeymoon destinations of the moment.
Makepeace Island, Australia
For those of you willing to seriously splash out, Makepeace Island in Australia offers your own heart-shaped island. It’s even complete with sandy beaches, fine dining and unbelievable accommodation to stay in. Owned by none other than Richard Branson, this perfect, secluded destination will make for the most romantic honeymoon imaginable.
Lake Kawaguchi, Japan
Camping isn’t something really associated with Japan, but just by Mount Fuji there’s a new resort providing camping with a luxurious twist, better known these days as: glamping. The amazing Hoshinoya Fuji overlooks Lake Kawaguchi, offering picturesque views, quirky cabins and plenty of outdoor relaxation. Isolated and beautiful, this gorgeous part of Japan could just be the ideal getaway for you newlyweds.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
For a tropical trip with a hint of adventure, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is the ultimate destination. Galapagos Safari Camp is a fantastic retreat for those wanting to explore the island and get away from normal life. The hotel itself is luxurious and stylish; along with fascinating wildlife and the unspoiled, raw beauty of the land, you’ll have a honeymoon to remember.
For a getaway with sophistication and beauty, there’s nowhere more fitting or pretty than Tuscany. If you picture your perfect romantic honeymoon destination, it would probably look a little something like Borgo Santo Pietro, a quaint and luxurious hotel nestled away in the Tuscan countryside. This could just be your dream location, especially if you’re wanting to stay on the continent for your special getaway.
Nelson, New Zealand
One of the world’s most stunning and tranquil countries, New Zealand is the perfect getaway for couples who want the best mixture of adventure and relaxation. It’s not only beautiful, but there are some interesting and eccentric places to stay to make your honeymoon stand out. Take The Boot for example – yes, you can actually stay in your very own huge but cosy boot-shaped holiday home!
With dramatic natural beauty and the thrill of exciting winter sports, Switzerland’s Arosa will provide a honeymoon like no other. The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is a perfect choice for this beautiful destination, with a range of incredible restaurants and heavenly spas to help you unwind after a day on the slopes. Whether you’re skiing and snowboarding or enjoying a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh, an injection of adrenaline is sure to spice up your honeymoon and Arosa is the ideal place for it.
Get your leis on and your sunscreen out for possibly the most exotic honeymoon destination imaginable: Hawaii. The Wailea Beach Marriot Resort & Spa provides a sophisticated and striking location for your retreat, with stunning infinity pools overlooking the ocean and fantastic native entertainment. If peaceful beaches and top class food and drinks are what you’re looking for, Maui is definitely worth a look.