A sanctuary of seclusion or a private island of adventures—find your pick from these offbeat honeymoon destinations for 2022.
For extraordinary couples, ordinary itineraries just don’t cut it when it comes to planning the perfect honeymoon together. Since the first trip together after wedding needs to be a memorable one, make sure to look beyond the obvious choices and bookmark these plush, offbeat honeymoon destinations around the world.
Pristine beaches, dramatic sunsets, palm-fringed ports—Croatia has never been short on romance. But if you are looking for a place where laid-back island life meets hedonistic nightlife, choose Hvar. Located on the rugged eponymous island, Hvar Town has been a celebrity magnet (the likes of George Clooney and Beyonce come here to unwind!), where chic bars and swanky cruises rub shoulders to make the perfect escape for honeymooners. Arrive on the island in a seaplane, pick from a variety of boutique hotels and spa resorts, take a cruise tour around idyllic offshore islets, and visit gothic palaces and chapels. Once done, rent an open-roofed car to explore far-off beaches and hidden caves scattered across the island, and spend the day snorkelling in the crystal clear waters.
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one place where you can have it all, right from basking on a beach to climbing mountains to exploring timeless ruins, making it an ideal destination for newly-weds. The adventurous couples must make time for Sigiriya when here. Around 15 km northeast of Dambulla, the eponymous impregnable citadel sits atop a mammoth outcrop of gneiss rock, rising like a dream from the denuded plains and towering about the surrounding countryside. Once a medieval capital, UNESCO-listed Sigiriya, or the Lion Rock, is a remarkable archaeological site made unforgettable by its dramatic setting. But it doesn’t end here. Next, explore the four-pool Water Gardens; a Fountain Garden with limestone-bottomed channels and ponds, and ancient fountain sprinklers; rock-cut ancient boulders and sheltered caves; the Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple; and more.
Sacred Valley, Peru
Let Peru’s Sacred Valley of Cuzco transport you to a world where you two can redefine your honeymoon in the most unique way possible. How does climbing 400 metres of via ferrata or hiking up an intrepid trail through zip lines to reach your honeymoon suite sound like? This one is the next best thing to sleeping in condor’s nest under a starlit night! At Skylodge Adventure Suites, see-through luxury capsules hang from a hilltop, offering bird’s eye view of the mystic valley below. Expect gourmet meals served with wine, cosiest bed to snuggle in, and complete privacy to spend some quality time with your partner. In the valley, experience the beautiful confluence of Inca and Spanish architectures and take a trip to the famous Machu Picchu.
The Garden Route, South Africa
Stretching from the Mossel Bay to Storms River Mouth, the Garden Route in South Africa comes heavily laden with wide sandy beaches, lakes and lagoons, evergreen forests, and protea-studded slopes. The beautiful 200-km coastal stretch is home to the patchwork Garden Route National Park and a host of protected indigenous forests, giving the romantics ample of natural beauty to take in. Add to your itinerary a rare ostrich farm tour or an otter trail, a tasting session of award-winning, handcrafted wines at Packwood Estate Winery, a tour of the magical underground Cango Caves, and idyllic strolls on the Robberg Beach watching dolphins leaping in the surf. For the perfect date, hire a canoe for the gentle Keurbooms River trail, open a bottle of bubbly on the beach, and spread a romantic picnic for two in complete isolation!
Sumba Island, Indonesia
Forget the done-to-death triangle of Bali, Ubudh, Jakarta, and live your ‘Castaway’ moment on the remote island of Sumba instead. Stay at the ultimate luxury retreat of Nihi Sumba Island, perfect for honeymooning couples. Other than untouched beaches and rideable waves, Sumba Island’s rich tribal culture, megalithic traditions, forests brimming with birdlife, and the sea swarming with tropical fish make it a hidden gem for nature lovers. Let its unspoilt tranquillity and stunning scenery win you over, as you two spend a few days, away from the world in this perfect pocket of paradise.
Noosa, Queensland, Australia
Does it sound romantic to be riding a high tide as you both balance yourselves on your surfboards or paddle boats, as the sun slowly sets behind you in a breathtaking setting? If yes, head to Queensland’s Noosa. Australia’s most fashionable resort towns, Noosa’s lush, low-rise centre backs onto pristine subtropical rainforest and the typically calm, crystalline waters of Laguna Bay. The outcome is a laid-back, intimate, and exclusive atmosphere. Stay at the romantic Makepeace Island resort where a private chef cooks gourmet meals for you, amenities like volcanic boulder bathtubs, resort-sized pool, and tennis court are great options to unwind, and free usage of a private boat takes you far and wide across the heart-shaped island.