Try Someplace Different
Here are some of the other destinations that didn’t make the Top 10 list, but which we have found offer honeymooners a truly once-in-a-lifetime romantic experience. These destinations may require a little more time to get to, or a little more effort to uncover the treasure that awaits you, but you will be more than rewarded. We’re here to help arrange every detail to be sure you get everything these unique destinations have to offer. If straying from the beaten path appeals to you, check with us to be sure that you’re getting the destination, resorts and itinerary that’s right for both of you.
Honeymoon Season: Year Round
This archipelago necklace of islands in the Indian Ocean contends for the title of balmy perfection: transparent lagoons, coral reefs, sand like talcum powder. And no newspapers. The islands boast rich cultural traditions, a history of kings and queens, pageants, feasts and festivals, their own language and script. Of the more than 1,000 islands, 74 are given over to private-island resorts.
With a phenomenal amount of marine life, underwater visibility of up to 200 feet, and perfect conditions throughout the year, the Maldives have some of the finest diving and snorkeling anywhere. Fishing here offers the challenges of big game fishing or the relaxation of trolling and night fishing. While there’s an abundance of available sports activities and excursions to choose from, don’t be surprised if you forego them to simply relax under a palm tree at the beach by day, and unwind under the stars on the open air deck at the bar by night!
Resorts are private, built on uninhabited islands, each with its own amenities and facilities. High-rises are unknown here, and most guest rooms are beachfront. The Maldives are for that special couple seeking a seriously one-of-a-kind, off-the-beaten path honeymoon, given the 22 hours it takes to fly here from Los Angeles. Plan to stay at least 10-12 days if you want to truly experience the magic of the Maldives!
$ 10,000 – $15,000 per couple (10 – 12 Days)
Honeymoon Season: May – December
The same size as the US, Australia is just as, if not more diverse than the US. – from the tropical rainforest region in the north, the kangaroos and koalas of the Northern territory, the world’s largest coral reef system, the Outback territory with its rugged terrain and wildlife, to the Cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne, you’ll want to see it all.
You will be exposed to a different way of life and have many new experiences here. This is a once in a lifetime vacation spot, so if you believe, as we do, that “your honeymoon is supposed to be the trip of your lifetime” this definitely fits the bill!
Australians have always welcomed Americans and you’ll feel this everywhere you go. You do have to plan properly in order to make the best of your honeymoon in Australia. You need at least 2 weeks to feel like you experienced everything it has to offer. The winter months are the best time to go to Australia. Right now The U.S. dollar is very strong in Australia, so it’s also a very good value for honeymooners. Be prepared for an 18-hour flight from Los Angeles.
You’ll have a full range of accommodations to choose from, including luxurious five star resorts in the large cities, private island retreats on the Great Barrier Reef, and secluded hideaways in the middle of the rainforrest.
$9,000 – $14,000 per couple ( 14 -16 Days)
Honeymoon Season: June – October
No place in Central America offers the diversity in tropical experiences or ancient civilizations that you will find in Belize. Take off your tie, leave your pumps and high heels in the closet, and pack your swimsuit and broad-brimmed hat. Life here is casual and rewards the adventurous with glimpses of nature’s true extravagance.
Formerly known as British Honduras, this Massachusetts-sized land is devoid of shopping malls, fast-food restaurants, high-rise resorts or fast-paced night-life. In 8 days, you’ll easily sample Belize’s several “worlds”. The off-shore islands hold the wonders of the world’s second largest barrier reef – a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers, and white sandy beaches to relax on. The mainland offers miles of jungles, mountains and rivers, sheltering exotic tropical wildlife. Don’t miss the historical treasures of ancient Mayan ruins and temples!
The resorts offer everything from retreats under the canopy of the rainforest on the mainland, to your own palm-fringed private island beach resort. Many of the resorts have only 15-30 rooms, so they are small and intimate, typically with huts right on the beach instead of standard hotel accommodations. The resorts feature locally crafted handiwork, so you’ll absorb the flavor of Belize wherever you look.
Honeymooners are welcomed here because you share the native wonder for this off-the-beaten path paradise!
$ 3,500 – $5,500 per couple (8 -10 Days)
Honeymoon Season: May – October
A group of over 100 non-volcanic islands comprised of coral atolls and granite tipped peaks. Protected for centuries by their sheer remoteness, almost half have been given protected status to preserve their natural state. Here you’ll find rare birds and vegetation, plus abundantly lush bougainvilleas, frangipani and orchids.
The culture is a rich blend of African, Indian, Chinese, French and British influences which you’ll taste in the local cuisine. Curries and fresh fish are specialties, and spices are important – cinnamon is a major export crop!
The atmosphere is balmy and relaxed, the beaches are idyllic, and the waters are known for their game fishing, dolphin, tropical fish and coral. The clear waters have visibility extending 150 feet, averaging 78 degrees with more than 300 species of fish and 250 types of coral. Giant tortoises do well here, with a population five times larger than found in the Galapagos.
Here you’ll spend your days coral reef diving – fish are unafraid of humans, sailing, deep sea fishing, bird watching during migration periods (September – December), island hopping, and exploring the beaches. Choose from private island resort accommodations offering impeccable service and gourmet cuisine.
$ 9,000 – $15,500 per couple (12 – 14 Days)
THE COOK ISLANDS
Honeymoon Season: May – November
If you’re willing to forego every trace of luxury to experience the wonders of the South Pacific, the Cook Islands offer a funky alternative. Located midway between Tahiti and Fiji, they can’t be reached by any direct flights from L.A. Accommodations for honeymooners are about one step above a tent, and you won’t find what we would call a fancy restaurant anywhere. So, why put yourselves through the 10-hour trip from L.A.?
The Cook Islands offer an open door to the South Pacific – like Tahiti, Rarotonga is lush, beautiful, fringed with beaches and crowned with mountains at its center. You’ll see one of Polynesia’s most beautiful lagoons at Aitutaki, and the whitest sand beaches on the surrounding islets where you’ll enjoy picnics. The water’s high visibility offers great snorkeling. Plus you’ll be busy hiking to see the views or waterfalls, biking, and caving. You’ll dine on fresh reef fish and lobster, do some pub crawling, sample the local warm beer, and take in a traditional hip-swinging dance show.
Accommodations are mainly small hotels and cute but basic cottages. No air conditioning, no over-the-water bungalows, no fine dining. But no fancy price tags either, at least not yet. You get to truly experience the South Pacific for almost half the price of these islands’ fancier neighbors.
$ 5,000 – $8,500 per couple (10- 12 Days)
Honeymoon Seasons November-February
Talk about buzz: Thailand recently snagged the two top slots on Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Cities list with Bangkok and Chiang Mai. But there’s accolade-worthy news off the mainland as well. New direct flights to the once hard-to-access Trat islands, coupled with some recently opened top-notch resorts in the region, are turning this secluded chain of 52 isles into a burgeoning Thai destination. Our favorite: Soneva Kiri, the new Six Senses resort, comprised of 42 beachfront, hillside and clifftop villa suites with their own mini spas on the isle of Koh Kood. Active highlights here include jungle treks to hidden waterfalls, snorkel and dive excursions to reefs off neighboring Koh Mak and Koh Rang Lek, sunset and sunrise cruises, and stargazing clinics hosted at the island’s own observatory. A speedboat side trip to Mai Si’s cultured pearl farms is also a must – along with an early morning visit to the gem market at Bo Rai, where Siam ruby vendors set up shop. For an even more intimate escape, 2011 ushers in X2 Koh Kood, a Klong Chao beach hideaway housing just 14 villas, each with its own private butler.
$ 5,500 – $7,500 per couple (12- 14 Days)