The 10 best honeymoon destinations for a romantic getaway

After an inevitably stressful wedding planning period, the fundamentals of a honeymoon are non-negotiable: maximum relaxation, unrivalled luxury and swept-off-your-feet levels of romance.

A honeymoon is the opportunity to take the trip of a lifetime – after all, it’s what newlyweds deserve for making it down the aisle. But with so many intimate settings for post-nuptial escapes, picking the right place to celebrate your marriage milestone can prove tricky, and brochures of endless golden beachscapes can, unbelievably, become overwhelming.

From opulent island archipelagos to winter wonderlands and charming capitals steeped in history, these lovebird-friendly destinations champion romance to make a honeymoon memorable for adventure-seekers and luxury lovers alike.

Whether you’re looking to take a far-flung flight to the flirtiest of islands or spend just a few nights on a fairytale city break, here’s a selection of dreamy locales beyond the cliches, with impressive hotels for sleeping in – and more – after tying the knot.

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What better time to take a bucket-list safari than on a Kenyan honeymoon to one of the East African savannah’s exclusive glamping sites? Purpose-built to escape the crowds with uninterrupted wildlife views, luxurious lodges are the ideal setting to see the Big Five for yourselves. Picture regal lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants mere metres away.

Newlyweds can travel hand-in-hand on thrilling 4×4 game drives in the unusual company of big cats, with a chance to witness the dramatic Great Migration, the journey of roughly two million wildebeest across the Maasai Mara. Hot-air balloon safaris meet nights spent under swoon-worthy skies that twinkle with stars, accompanied by candlelit bush dinners to amp up the wow factor of this off-the-beaten-track couples holiday.

Angama Mara, a deluxe safari lodge suspended above The Great Rift Valley, hosts two intimate camps overlooking the great mammals of the Maasai Mara. The elegant tented suites are kitted out with floor-to-ceiling window walls that allow panoramic views of the African savannah and freestanding bathtubs, all in the classic safari shades of cream and olive green.

All-inclusive tented suites from £1,104pp per night, including guided safaris.

Considered the Paris of South America, electrifying passion is in the air in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, and culture-loving couples will find a wealth of sizzling romance, history and art in the fast-paced Latin American capital. Dotted with date night spots, including tantalising tapas tables in rosy Palermo, celebrating love by sipping sultry glasses of Malbec is an enchanting way to spend an evening – don’t miss tango shows full of sensuality, struts and twirls for the true Buenos Aires experience. Round off a romantic week in the cultural heart of Argentina with your own flirty late-night dancing at one of many milongas (tango clubs) in San Telmo, a hotspot for a hot date after tying the knot.

Palacio Duhau, Park Hyatt embodies elegance and romance, located in the shell of an aristocratic palace in the Recoleta neighbourhood. Fine Argentinian dining, spacious suites, one of Buenos Aires’ best spas and a private art collection create an unmistakable atmosphere of decadence and luxury reminiscent of the French Belle Époque era.

The heart of the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is synonymous with romance and quintessential honeymoon holidays. A tropical climate, innate spiritualism and unwavering hospitality await at private pool villas that fuse modernity and Indonesian tradition.

Canggu on the south coast is a palm-fringed haven, not only for surfers on the white sands of Echo Beach but for pairs seeking all-inclusive weeks away at resorts with world-class spas where you can bask in the benefits of a muscle-melting Balinese massage. It’s a marriage of surf-shack cool and sun-drenched luxury that begs to be visited by trendy twos that just got hitched.

COMO Uma Canggu balances beach culture with Balinese wellness and spirituality, ideal for adventurous couples looking to retreat to two-storey penthouses and private tropical courtyards after a long day on the surf.

Slovenia’s crowning jewel is its famous lakes fringed with traditional, pretty villages and Lake Bled is the picture of a town built for lovers. Framed by snow-capped mountains, the Alpine destination complete with Renaissance-style Castle Bled is a fairytale backdrop for a post-nuptial escape in eastern Europe. The lake’s glacial waters accommodate romantic boating to the 17th-century church on Bled Island, and the old-world charm extends to the handsome Baroque architecture of the resort village just an hour from Slovenia’s capital, leafy Ljubljana– a tangle of terracotta riverside cafes, markets and family-owned restaurants, with sheep cheeses and orange wine offerings for newlyweds to enjoy.

There are innately romantic five-star resorts in every corner of the Eat, Pray, Love island

Villa Adora Bled, a quaint boutique hotel on the shore of Lake Bled, offers newlyweds calm, culture and a cosy atmosphere in the warm-toned suites. Lakeside yoga sessions, seasonal tasting menus and scenic rides on traditional pletna boats all enhance the magic of a holiday to Slovenia.

Teeming with hillside vineyards, lavish restaurants and chateaux that echo traditional French architecture, California’s Napa Valley allows you to find a very special type of romance with your partner. For those with a taste for the finer things in life, balmy days spent wine-tasting fragrant grapes and charcuterie at intimate vineyards are the epitome of rural elegance.

The wine country is a haven for aspiring sommeliers yet retains the soft ambience of quaint European towns, with classic Californian sunshine as you stroll between vines and sample the famous cabernet sauvignon. Jump on a hot-air balloon or the Napa Valley Wine Train for a 36-mile round trip of the most celebrated vineyards and wineries as you celebrate your marriage.

Adultonly getaway Auberge du Soleil, or the “Inn of the Sun”, sits within 33 acres of prime Napa Valley hillside. Sophisticated residential-style suites greet honeymooners, where you can sip and savour the local wines and sprawling vineyard views – but the luxe stay in California’s wine country will require splashing some serious cash.

<p>Considered the Paris of South America, Bunenos Aires knows how to celebrate passion  </p>

Considered the Paris of South America, Bunenos Aires knows how to celebrate passion

<p>Wine and dine on the magical shores of Lake Bled  </p>

Wine and dine on the magical shores of Lake Bled

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