The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

These 20 destinations will spark your newlywed wanderlust.Planning a honeymoon can be an overwhelming task for some couples, especially those in the throes of wedding planning. But it doesn't have to be. As soon as you select the destination or region where you'd like to spend your first few days of marital bliss, the rest falls into place. Not sure where to start? This list will help. U.S. News took into account thousands of traveler votes as well as expert opinions to determine the world's best honeymoon destinations. From the French Riviera to the vineyards of Napa Valley, these 20 destinations appeal to newlyweds on all budgets.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

12. Kauai, HawaiiA post-wedding escape to Kauai will leave you and your partner breathless. When you're not surveying the Na Pali Coast during your private helicopter ride, tackle the Kalalau Trail hand in hand. When you're in need of some quiet relaxation, head to Kalapaki Beach, a shoreline preferred by locals for its calm waters. If you're hoping to book one of the island's luxury resorts without spending a fortune, consider visiting in the fall when accommodation prices briefly dip.
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The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

11. Bali, IndonesiaWith its misty rainforests, tranquil temples and honey-colored sands, Bali offers an ideal getaway for newlyweds in search of a destination that delivers on relaxation and culture. For an unforgettable experience, make a trip to the Elephant Safari Park. Here, you'll have the chance to see and interact with rescued Sumatran elephants. Just make sure you time your trip with the region's dry season from April to October: You'll pay more than you would compared to a rainy season visit, but you'll also be able to laze along the beach or tour area temples in more tolerable temperatures.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

10. Amalfi Coast, Italy While the Amalfi Coast is not easy to reach (there is only one winding road for both visitors and locals to use), the area's stunning topography more than makes up for its remote location. If you can stomach the drive, you'll be rewarded with scenes of pastel-colored houses etched into craggy cliffs, secluded shorelines and beryl-tinted waters. Station yourself in Positano, which caters to visitors with more hotels than any other destination in the region, but make time to tour the neighboring towns of Amalfi and Atrani, preferably by boat.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

9. Florence, ItalyArt lovers, historians and foodies will all enjoy a honeymoon in Florence. After you've admired the works in the Uffizi Gallery, strolled hand in hand across the Ponte Vecchio and indulged in a fair amount of gelato, wine and pasta, climb the steps up to Piazzale Michelangelo, which offers panoramic views of the city below. When you're in need of a break from the stifling tourist crowds, set out on a daytrip (or two) to nearby Tuscan towns, such as Siena, Volterra and Pienza.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

8. ParisWith its cobbled streets, charming cafes and glittering Eiffel Tower, Paris doesn't have to try too hard to fulfill a romantic daydream. Plus, securing luxurious digs will be a cinch thanks to the city's abundance of lavish accommodations. In fact, Paris is home to some of the best hotels in Europe. If you have room in your itinerary, plan a daytrip to Versailles, home of the extravagant palace and immaculate gardens, as well as the estate Louis XVI gifted to his bride Marie Antoinette.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

7. MaldivesNewlyweds searching for the ultimate escape in luxury and seclusion will find it in the Maldives, a collection of island atolls that sits between the Arabian and Laccadive seas, roughly 500 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. Of course, the remote location and thatched-roof villas come at a high cost, but if you're willing to splurge, you'll be rewarded with teeming reefs, quiet beaches and a bustling but tiny capital. Keep in mind: Islam is the state religion here, meaning alcohol is only permitted at resorts thanks to a special exemption. If you explore beyond your accommodations, respect local culture and dress modestly. Women are expected to cover their head and shoulders and both men and women should wear pants.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

6. Napa ValleyConsidered one of the best romantic getaways in the United States, Napa Valley is the ideal choice for wine-loving couples who can't splurge on a getaway to Tuscany or the Loire Valley. Good wine and good food go hand in hand here, and you'll have a surplus of it, especially with the number of Michelin-starred restaurants that populate the area. Up the relaxation factor by booking a spa treatment for two at one of Napa Valley's posh resorts. Or, forgo the resort altogether and reserve a stay at one of the area's cozy bed-and-breakfasts.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

5. FijiSitting more than 1,300 miles from New Zealand's North Island in the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji promises plenty of seclusion. The islands' aquamarine waters and soft, warm sands have attracted throngs of lovebirds ("The Bachelorette" even filmed its season seven finale here), so Fiji and its luxurious resorts are well-equipped for romantic retreats. But you'll pay dearly for the remote location and five-star accommodations. Some rooms go for more than $1,000 a night.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

4. St. LuciaIf you and your partner are looking for a balance of adventure and relaxation on your postnuptial getaway, you may want to consider this luxurious Caribbean island. You'll have your pick of stunning beachfront hotels, many of which offer ready-made honeymoon packages and unfettered views of the iconic Pitons. When you want to soak up the sun, head to Reduit Beach or Marigot Bay. Then, strap on some hiking boots and tackle the trails of Pigeon Island National Park together. For some of the best rates on hotels, plan to visit between May and June.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

3. Bora Bora, French PolynesiaWhat could be more romantic than your own overwater bungalow? You'll pay a pretty penny for a honeymoon in Bora Bora, but the experience will likely be worth the high price tag. When you and your new spouse have had your fill of relaxation, trek hand in hand up to the peak of Mount Otemanu - one of two extinct volcanoes at the center of the island. For a different view of the island, book a private boat tour. Many tour companies offer packages specifically designed for honeymooners that include gourmet meals and sunset cruises.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

20. Nice, FranceWith its pebbly beaches and plethora of museums, churches and ruins, Nice appeals to culture-loving couples who also want a healthy dose of relaxation. While in Nice, plan to rent a car so you can easily venture to nearby coastal hot spots, including Antibes, Saint-Tropez and Marseilles. The only downside: A honeymoon in the French Riviera does not come cheap. For reduced accommodation rates, consider an offseason visit in September or October, or mid-March or April. Since the city sees an average of 300 sunny days a year, you won't have to sacrifice pleasant weather for a discounted room rate.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

2. Tahiti, French PolynesiaWith its warm waters, lush jungles and luxurious resorts, Tahiti has all the makings of a dream honeymoon destination. You'll likely spend plenty of time lounging with a tropical cocktail in hand at your overwater bungalow, but when you're ready for more adventure, hop a ferry to Moorea - Tahiti's sister island. Get behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle to reach the top of the island's famed Magic Mountain, which affords incredible views of the clear blue waters below. For a change in scenery, consider adding on a trip to Bora Bora, accessible via a quick 45-minute flight from Tahiti.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

1. Tuscany, ItalyAn ideal destination for newly married lovebirds who prize top-notch food and wine, Tuscany is home to a bevy of grand villas set among undulating hills, sprawling vineyards, cypress trees and medieval towns. There are charming hamlets at every turn in this region, but for an extra dose of romance, stop in Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site south of Siena. Along with its amorous street names, including Via dell'Amore (love street) and Via del Bacio (kiss street), the town served as the backdrop for the 1968 film adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet."



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

19. U.S. Virgin IslandsConsidered one of the best honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands appeals to nature-loving duos. Station yourself on St. John and you'll have plenty of quiet beaches to choose from, including Trunk Bay, as well as the sprawling Virgin Islands National Park. If you need a break from other honeymooning couples staying in St. John, hop over to St. Croix for a tour of the Cruzan Rum Distillery or a snorkeling tour through the Buck Island National Monument.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

18. Corfu, GreeceA popular choice for newlyweds seeking a more affordable alternative to Santorini, Greece, Corfu is ideal for couples who simply want to relax on their honeymoon. You'll have your pick of pebbly beaches, but if you're willing to trek to Myrtiotissa (on the island's western side in Parelia), you'll be rewarded with stunning views and a quiet atmosphere. For a better look at the island's breathtaking coastal topography, book a sunset catamaran cruise on the Ionian Sea.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

17. Loire Valley, FranceYou and your better half will be transported to a fairy tale if you choose to honeymoon in the Loire Valley. Situated a little more than an hour's train ride from Paris, the Loire Valley is home to charming medieval towns, world-famous vineyards, intricate gardens and breathtaking castles. If you really want to feel like you're in a fairy tale, plan to visit Château d'Ussé, which served as the inspiration for "Sleeping Beauty." To save money and get your heart pumping, consider touring the region by bicycle instead of by car. You'll find a cycling route made just for twosomes on the Loire Valley Tourist Board website.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

16. Cinque Terre, ItalyDeciding between Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast can be a difficult feat for honeymooners. Both destinations offer stunning coastal views with colorful seaside towns. If you and your spouse are on the hunt for challenging hikes with unbelievable scenery, small, family-run accommodations and easy transportation between the quaint villages, Cinque Terre is for you. To avoid crowded hiking paths, plan to visit in May before the summer tourists descend on the region.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

15. Maui, HawaiiConsidered one of America's best romantic getaways, Maui is the postnuptial escape of choice for couples in search of luxurious resorts, exotic jungles and charming beaches. You'll have plenty of opportunities for some post-wedding relaxation, but you'll also want to make time to experience adventurous pursuits, including a hike through Haleakala National Park and a sunrise drive along the Road to Hana. Up the romance factor by setting sail on a sunset cruise. Most tours include dinner and live music.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

14. Santorini, GreeceColorful beaches, archaeological ruins and the famous white- and pastel-hued buildings of Oia are just a few reasons why newly married couples flock to Santorini year after year. But did you also know this Greek isle is considered one of Europe's top wine destinations? Santo Wines in Pyrgos is the largest winery on the island and one of the most popular in Santorini. To avoid the peak-season crowds (and elevated room rates), plan your honeymoon for September or October. During this short window, shops and restaurants are still open for business and the heavy tourist crowds have dispersed.



The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2017-18

13. RomeIf you and your better half are history buffs, then Rome should be at the top of your list. When you're not touring ancient sites like the Roman Forum, take some time to admire all the famous artwork housed within the Vatican Museums. Need a break from the crowds? Head south of Vatican City to Trastevere - a neighborhood beloved by travelers and locals for its delicious eateries, unique shops and romantic atmosphere.
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