Top 8 Honeymoon Destinations

1. Dubai
Dubai offers an array of different experiences, and is suited to any couple looking for a very special honeymoon. The tranquil, soft sandy beaches along the Jumeriah coast and the warm waters of the Persian Gulf make the country the perfect location for a relaxing retreat, or if you’re feeling active it is an ideal place to enjoy water sports. If you are feeling adventurous opt for a camel ride across the desert, or try your hand at dune skiing. For those who are keen to enjoy city life, hotels brimming with luxuries are in abundance, and the duty-free status of the city makes it a perfect shopping spot.

2. Egypt
Egypt’s enchanting coral waters and beautiful beaches make it a wonderful place for newlyweds to honeymoon. Whether you are a keen diver or want to see the magnificent historic sites or just lounge upon a white sandy beach, Egypt really does have it all. Embark on a tandem camel ride in the shadows of the Pyramids, or make a champagne toast while flying over Luxor in a hot air balloon. If you would like the ultimate romantic experience then hop aboard a traditional felucca sailing boat and cruise dreamily down the Nile.

3. Mauritius
Mauritius is a wonderful honeymoon destination, with a wide range of things to do. A carriage ride around the sugar estate at Domaine les Pailles is a wonderful way to while away your day, whilst hiking to the summit of Montagne du Lion at Grand Port is a great idea if you are feeling active. Water sports are very popular, so try your hand at waterskiing or parasailing for a thrilling experience. Mauritius also has great coral reefs and deep diving spots, which make it a perfect destination for keen divers and laid back snorkelers alike.

4. Barbados
Almost year-round sunshine makes Barbados a very attractive honeymoon choice. This small yet sophisticated expat island has a lot to offer newlyweds, from the secluded beach paradises to the livelier beaches in the south and west, and from the windy Atlantic Coast perfect for windsurfing to the tranquil Platinum Coast. Set sail on a romantic sunset dinner cruise, and indulge your taste buds with wonderful French-Caribbean cuisine.

5. China
China is the ultimate “discovery” honeymoon destination, with plenty of historic sites to discover. Use your time there to visit the Forbidden City and Terra Cotta Warriors, and of course explore the Great Wall of China, which stretches over a thousand kilometres. A trip to the city of Beijing is a great idea, where you can enjoy the regional cuisine, mingle with the friendly locals and learn about the country’s traditions.

6. Thailand
A tropical climate, beautiful beaches and an exotic cultural heritage make Thailand an ideal Honeymoon location. If you are looking for a relaxing, chilled out experience, head to Phucket where there are many scenic beaches, and paradises such as Similan Island, Phromthep Cape and Similan Island are all close enough to visit. If you are looking for outstanding beaches and attractions, Pattya is also a fabulous option, which is home to the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens, and nearby to Khork Island. If you fancy getting away from the beaches, go explore Bangkok’s numerous temples which date back over thousands of years, and visit the world’s only floating market.

7. Maldives
The 1 to 1 ratio of most hotels to islands ensures that you will feel anything but stressed if you head to the Maldives on your honeymoon. Relax and eat romantic dinners upon the gorgeous long sandy beaches, try out sailing and snorkelling and scuba in one of the world’s best diving locations. The Maldives is truly a slice of paradise, and the perfect place to sit back and soak up the rays.

8. Hawaii
Hawaii has many romantic opportunities to offer couples who choose to honeymoon there – enjoy a couple’s massage, picnic at midnight and cruise off into the sunset with your loved one. Explore volcanoes, green forests, white sandy beaches and experience Native Hawaiian tradition while on your romantic getaway – you will never be short of things to see. When you are ready to relax in the tropical breeze, take a stroll through orchids and lounge beneath the largest banyan tree. With such an array of amorous activities, Hawaii is the definitive romantic honeymoon option.

Wayne Barker writes for Portfolio of Fine Diamonds – the perfect place to find the ideal diamond wedding ring. Portfolio also stock a fine selection of unique diamond pendants.

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