Saying “I do,” is not just the script of a speech in a wedding. It is also a commitment of forever. To celebrate this huge step in a relationship, a honeymoon in the right place is the traditional send off to a lifetime of love and commitment. While others choose to spend their honeymoon in nearby resorts and hotels, others have the money to splurge on beautiful honeymoon destinations.
For those who wish to take their newlywed to a memorable, maybe once-in-a-lifetime vacation in paradise, here are 5 of the best places to start your forever.
Exclusive, beautiful and practically hidden from the mainstream market, this paradise in Palawan values privacy. The only way to get there is via a private plane from Manila. The casitas are located on the beach, on the trees or at the top of the hill, with a stunning view of the Sulu Sea. Each casita has its own buggy, allowing guests to explore the island on their own.
Guests can enjoy the pristine sand, the blue-green clear waters and personalized services. The island itself is home to lemon sharks (baby sharks that swim near the shores), excellent scuba diving and magnificent marine life.
In the French Polynesia, there lies a group of beautiful islands blessed with white sands and clear blue waters, surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. While it also has a place for singles and families simply trying to enjoy some vacation time, there are resorts that cater especially to honeymooners, providing them 5-star accommodation, delicious meals and bungalows that lay over the water.
Honeymooners can enjoy safaris to see remnants of the WWII, swimming with stingrays and sharks and romantic views of the lagoon.
This is the country of paradise. Maldives offers a wide selection of vacation houses – from small guesthouses over the public islands to the private islands with beautiful, but expensive accommodations. Guests can enjoy watching dolphins, dive with manta rays or simply bask in the sun in the long stretch of fine white sand and blue waters.
Alcohol is forbidden in public areas so it’ll be nearly impossible to run into drunken couples any time during the day. Maldives is also popular for bungalows over the water with transparent floors. Lucky honeymooners will enjoy witnessing fish glow at night, right beneath their feet.
Koh Samui, Thailand
A little less popular compared to Phuket, Koh Samui is a great place for a honeymoon. This island in the Gulf of Siam has beautiful, long stretches of white sands, aligned with coconut trees and romantic, rolling hills.
Although the island is known for the backpacker scene, the number of luxury and exclusive resorts are quickly growing, giving those who want a little bit of privacy more choices to consider.
Because the island is part of the Angthong Marine National Park, it is also just a short ride from Koh Phangan (full moon parties) and Ko Tao. Honeymooners can enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and diving in the island.
The Big Island, Hawaii
This list would not be complete without this beautiful island of the United States. Known for amazing landscape, breathtaking scenery, gorgeous beaches and magnificent resorts, Hawaii is a perfect place to start forever.
It may be a common destination for a honeymoon, but you cannot argue with the amazing services and attractive facilities of the many 5-star resorts on this island. Now the question is: which resort to choose?
These 5 places are great options for a honeymoon. But if you wish to get creative, runner up destinations include Fiji and New Zealand for romantic backdrops, Switzerland for impressive and exclusive views of the Alps and Bhutan for its exquisite cultural experience.
How about you? Where would you go for your honeymoon?
Brenna Bustamante is a lover of travel, learning and culture. In between her full time Internet marketing job she finds herself wandering in South East Asia and her home country, the Philippines. Find out more about Brenna and her travels at The Philippine Travelogue.