The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

Where is your perfect honeymoon hideaway?Walking down the aisle is serious business (not to mention a little stressful), which is why a honeymoon is the perfect way for couples to celebrate their newlywed status and unwind after the big day. Since it's the first trip as a married couple, picking the right honeymoon spot is essential. To help you and your new spouse kick off married life, U.S. News took into account accommodation options, activities and the overall romance factor of various destinations to determine the best honeymoon getaways. From tropical paradises to cultured metropolises, these postnuptial hideaways are sure to suit a variety of couples.Read more:Best Honeymoon Destinations in 2015-16



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

12. Venice, ItalyVenice has long been known
for its romantic atmosphere. This Italian city urges newlyweds to get close -- whether
it's on one of the gondolas, along the narrow cobblestone pathways or at Piazza
San Marco, known for being one of the world's best places to watch the sunrise.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Venice



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

11. KauaiHoneymooners
looking for quiet relaxation on the Hawaiian islands should settle on Kauai. The northernmost island in
the chain offers astonishing natural beauty without the tourist traps. Couples
can cuddle up on expansive beaches or explore Waimea Canyon or Kalalau Trail on
foot.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Kauai



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

10. MartiniqueThis French-Caribbean island is known
for its natural beauty: from more than 100 species of orchid to an active
volcano on the horizon, there is no place quite like Martinique. Honeymooners can
explore the rugged landscapes of the north, the romantic beaches in the south
or the historic sites on the west coast of the island, but be warned -- all
this luxury comes with a high price tag.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Martinique



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

9. ParisMany couples have the City of Light at the top of
their dream honeymoon list. And it's easy to see why: Paris' indescribable ambiance
is practically made for amorous duos. Although lovebirds can no longer place a
lock on the Pont des Arts bridge, those looking for a sophisticated metropolis have
found their match.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Paris



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

8. British Virgin IslandsThose looking for exclusivity -- and those with deep pockets -- should head to the British Virgin Islands. The duty-free group of 60 islands is known for its private luxury. If an entire honeymoon on BVI is out of your budget, many find it's perfect for a daytrip from neighboring Caribbean islands like Anguilla and the U.S Virgin Islands.Read more:Best Things to Do in British Virgin Islands



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

7. FijiLocated more than 2,500 miles southwest of Honolulu and 1,700 miles from New Zealand, Fiji offers newlyweds ultimate seclusion in the middle of the South Pacific. The main island is famous for its bures -- beachfront and over-the-water wooden huts with thatched straw roofs -- but there are more than 300 isolated islands for couples to explore.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Fiji



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

6. BaliBali is the honeymoon answer to a real life paradise.
Well-appointed accommodations in huts above turquoise waters, exotic landscapes with green
forests and volcanic mountains, and a welcoming culture all combine to satisfy
couples looking for a serene postnuptial getaway.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Bali



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

5. TahitiTwosomes looking for an off-the-beaten-path, yet romantic, getaway
should head to this
island in French Polynesia. Well-known for its aquamarine coastline and lavish
resorts, Tahiti also boasts delectable French cuisine.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Tahiti



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

4. MauiThe most-visited of the Hawaiian
Islands for the newly married, Maui
is home to popular five-star resorts
and world-class beaches, plus authentic island experiences like hidden forest
waterfalls and cultural activities. Couples can take a drive on the Road
to Hana for photo ops of breathtaking views.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Maui



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

3. MaldivesHoneymoons in the Maldives are all about luxury. The islands are made up of 26 unique atolls formed by coral in the British Indian Ocean. Resorts here promise personalized service and unique cuisine, but keep in mind that all this pampering doesn't come cheap.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Maldives



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

20. AnguillaAnguilla is
perfect for newlyweds looking for an authentic Caribbean experience. With an
embargo on cruise ships, casinos and big-name resorts, there will be nothing in
the way of enjoying the low-key beachfront with your spouse. Read more:
Best Things to Do in Anguilla



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

2. Bora BoraTahiti's sister island is smaller (it's only 6 miles long and 2 miles wide), but despite its size, Bora Bora still offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Outside of your romantic overwater bungalow, you'll find pristine lagoons, 4x4 excursions and a natural aquarium dubbed the "lagoonarium." The main industry here is tourism, so expect to be treated like royalty -- for a price.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Bora Bora



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

1. SantoriniThe No. 1 place for sweethearts to get away is Santorini. Offering the
perfect mix of peaceful island culture, mouthwatering cuisine, fine homemade
wine and a nearby metropolis, the Greek isle will help you create lasting
memories as a newly married couple.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Santorini



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

19. MadridHoneymooners seeking a culture-filled
European getaway should look no further than Madrid. Spain's largest city
may not give couples much seclusion, but the tapas are meant for sharing and
flamenco dancing will ensure newlyweds stay close.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Madrid



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

18. St. Vincent The GrenadinesWith secluded hideaways and small secret bays, this network
of 32 islands makes the perfect playground for newlyweds. Another plus: The region's
off-season coincides with prime wedding season -- May and June -- which means
lower room rates and fewer crowds.Read more:
Best Things to Do in St. Vincent The Grenadines



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

17. St. Martin - St. MaartenCouples looking for an adventure should head straight for St. Martin - St. Maarten. The dual-governed island (by the French and Dutch) has a "live and let live" philosophy that includes semi-nude beaches, heart-pumping water sports and casual open-air restaurants called lolos.Read more:
Best Things to Do in St. Martin - St. Maarten



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

16. Florence, ItalyFlorence serves as the ideal
springboard for a honeymoon set in the Tuscan hills of Italy. Teeming with
history and art, the city overflows with romantic charm. Couples can spend
their days roaming the cobblestone streets, dining on the robust cuisine and
sipping fine wines.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Florence



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

15. SeychellesFor many couples, it doesn't get more
remote and secluded than Seychelles.
This group of 115 islands set in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of
Africa is known for the enormous boulders that scatter the postcard-worthy
beaches. But newlyweds beware -- this dream honeymoon won't be cheap. Stick to
exploring one island to save in this expensive destination.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Seychelles



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

14. Turks CaicosTurks
Caicos is well-suited for honeymooners seeking a higher-end Caribbean
getaway. The crystal clear waters are lined with luxury resorts, but
you and your better half will likely spend more time below water than above it
thanks to the island's superb snorkeling and scuba diving. Don't forget to try
the conch fish that are farmed here. Read more:
Best Things to Do in Turks Caicos



The Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015-16

13. CreteCouples looking for a vacation that boasts
plenty of diverse options should look no further than the Mediterranean island
of Crete. The largest
Greek isle offers beaches, mountains, forests and modern cities, all with
breathtaking views and friendly locals.Read more:
Best Things to Do in Crete