After the wedding day has come and gone, many couples look forward to the next step in their newlywed life: the honeymoon. While the amount of options can be overwhelming, don’t panic. You just need to figure out what’s right for you. From sunny beaches to elegance or adventure, our list of the World’s Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations for 2017 covers it all. So don’t worry folks, there’s most certainly something for everything. Enjoy these picks!
Tahiti/ French Polynesia
Crystal-clear waters, picturesque mountains, and fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving on reefs that have magnificent colors, colorful fish, and underwater volcanic formations. If Bora Bora or Moorea isn’t on your honeymoon list, they should be. Stay on the beachfront in Moorea and prepare to relax. If you really want the ultimate experience, hike up the Belvedere lookout to see breathtaking views of the famous Opanohu and Cooks Bay, the jagged peak mountains, For those who are interested in sailing, snorkeling, fishing, or going on an island tour, Cooks and Opanohu Bay are the perfect spots. At night, relax in luxury at the Sofitel or Brando hotels, or stay in an overwater bungalow and water villa resort. Image this: a resort on a crystal clear lagoon with white sand beaches and mountains behind it, reaching towards the clouds. Just off your patio, descend into the crystal-clear water and snorkel along manta rays, parrot fish, trumpet fish, and other reef fishes. Ready to jet off yet? Just go to http://www.pgcruises.com/tahiti-special-hotel-and-cruise-package
British Virgin Islands
With sugar-soft beaches, hammocks, top-notch guest services, and to-die for meals, it’s no secret that the British Virgin Islands is a top honeymoon destination. Visit the islands of Tortola or Virgin Gorda and experience all the BVI has to offer. Rent a boat and do island tours, all while basking in the lush surroundings of the BVI. While you’re in Virgin Gorda, stay at Little Dix Bay, a refined resort surrounded by infinity pools and secluded from the rest of the world. For those more adventurous, take a dive or snorkeling trip at the RMS Rhone. Since the wreck in 1867, it has been regarded as on the best wreck dive sites in the world. Continue to discover the beauty and visit the Baths, giant granite rock formations that are a well-known natural attraction of the BVI.
For couples looking for romance, lush beaches and luxury, St. Lucia is the perfect honeymoon spot for you. Full of tropical mountains, crisp dark blue water, black sand beaches and friendly people, St. Lucia is a destination created for relaxation. Indulge at the Anse Chastanet Resort and Jade Mountain with the Yin and Yang package. With the incredible Piton views and extraordinary design, Jade Mountain is one of the most romantic resorts in the world. As an added bonus, you can do a day trip or more to Martinique, a frequent destination for French tourists looking for nice beaches, good hotels, and many fun family activities to choose from.
Paris/ French Riviera
Who could ask for a better honeymoon destination than Paris, “The City of Love?” With its iconic monuments like the Eiffel tower, museums like the Louvre and the landmarks like the Cathedral de Notre Dame, Paris is always a good idea. Add in the rich culture and its title as the culinary capital of the world, Paris is a charming destination. To fully explore all Paris has to offer, take a day trip to Eze, a picturesque medieval village perched on mountain 1,400 feet above the French Riviera. After, stay at the OFF Hotel, Paris’ first hotel and bar on water. If old school glamour and elegance is what you’re seeking, take a chance at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Save your energy for after sundown in Nice, which has one of the hottest nightlife scenes in the Riviera. Like Tenerife, you are likely to benefit from some of the most favorable exchange rates that US travelers have seen with Europe in the last 20 years. For all inclusive 8 days of luxury for just $2695, check out Quest Travel Adventures at http://www.questtraveladventures.com/destination/france/sensations-southern-france
Nature, fun and sophistication- Tenerife is perfect for honeymooners who just can’t decide which they prefer. Stay at the Gran Melia, named the best resort hotel in Spain by travel agencies if you love exploring the outdoors. Or if late nights and popping champagne is more up your alley, the Hard Rock Tenerife is for you. If luxury is what you’re seeking- the Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque Resort will be the hotel to pamper yourself.
Don’t worry about what to do in Tenerife- the variety of options is endless. Visit the sun-kissed vineyard with rows of green vines and taste authentic Tenerife wines and cheese at Bodegas Monje. Add a spicy element to your tour with Wine & Sex nights, a dinner with a burlesque type show. Next take a catamaran cruise by Los Gigantes to enjoy the sunset. At night, enjoy stargazing high in the craggy landscapes of Mount Teide National Park. Adding in the current value of the euro is a bonus. Check out the official site for the Tenerife Tourism board at http://www.traveltotenerife.com
Sergio Barros represents Tenerife Tourism in the United States – He is based in Boston