Whether it’s running in saris with the Egyptian Pyramids in the background (Suraj Hua Maddham from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham), wearing a little red dress in the middle of the winter on the Swiss Alps (Zara Sa Jhoom Lu Main from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge) or sailing on a Venetian boat in a blue dress (Khuda Jaane from Bachna Ae Haseeno), the choices for planning a honeymoon after a grand wedding, has never been more confusing. And let’s not forget there are Pinterest moodboards and Karan Johar’s movies, responsible for the glorious question that people love asking newlyweds, “So where are you going for your honeymoon?”
But if you are confused, here is our advice: choose a honeymoon location as per your personality and you will have the time of your life! We present this year’s trending locations.
THE ADVENTUROUS COUPLE
Honeymoons are supposed to be all about relaxing, getting pampered and soaking in the romance. But for the many thrill-seeking newlyweds, the idea of lying in the sun on a vacation might be appalling. So here are two of our daring but dreamy honeymoon destinations:
An escape to the South Pacific is perfect for the outdoorsy duo as their first getaway. In the midst of undisturbed and breathtaking natural beauty, there are endless beaches and activities on offer. The itinerary would include hiking through unbelievably beautiful terrains, helicopter rides, kayaking along the coastline and waterways, skydiving, bungee jumping, zip lining or discovering the deep, dark caves of New Zealand. You’ll end up making memories that you’ll never forget.
Best time to visit: March, April and May.
An African safari, especially in Kenya, has a charm of its own. Not only is it the centre for animal safaris, there’s so much more to do, the honeymoon will be an endless exciting itinerary of fun. Imagine a safari through the wildlife sanctuaries in Masai Mara Plain, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, taking the hot-air balloon above the Masai Mara, or white-water rafting at Sagna, the options for all you thrill seekers are endless.
Best time to visit: Late June to October.
Swaying palm trees, falling sandcastles and frolicking waves are enough reasons for honeymooners to get away to a tropical island. Your best bets are:
Offering a little piece of heaven, your Sri Lankan honeymoon will be a balanced mix of beach, adventure, romance and history. From the calming waters of Unawatuna and Bentota to spotting Leopards at the Yala National Park to picking your tea straight from the ground to walking in Sita’s personal garden – Sri Lanka will be the perfect choice for your honeymoon .
Best time to visit: December through March.
Perfect for anyone who loves insanely clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, palm trees and sunshine, the Maldives is one of the most stunning tropical countries in the world. With options varying from mid-range, luxurious to even more luxurious, most resorts in the Maldives offer a little something for everyone. Spend the day wake-boarding, snorkelling, sailing, parasailing, scuba diving, dolphin spotting or just lay down on the beach. Luxurious resort brands with standout islands include LUX* South Ari Atoll, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Baros Maldives.
Best time to visit: December through April during the dry months.
Painting the perfect romantic setting to retain your wedding glow, Bali and Phuket are the perfect destinations for creating unforgettable memories.
If you’ve read (or watched) Eat Pray Love, you will recall that the “love” part of the story takes place in Bali. Idyllic beaches, luscious properties and the Indonesian culture are more than welcoming to the newly married couple. Whether you want to spend the day hand-in-hand by the beach or hiking up the Mount Batur – that’s your call, but we promise you, Bali’s enchanting clear turquoise water will have you brimming in love. The COMO Shambhala Estate is one of the most recommended properties, along with Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa and Spa, and the Viceroy Bali.
Best time to visit: All the year round but experts weigh in from April through August for the most romantic journey.
Thailand’s reputation is synonymous with bachelorette/bachelor party getaways but take a step away from the New Moon parties and loud beats, and you’ll discover a decadent experience. The resort town Phuket has exceptional properties like COMO Point Yamu, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort and The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa that give you the privacy you crave on your honeymoon, along with scenic seaside wonders and a very romantic sunset setting.
Best time to visit: November to February.
EXOTIC TRADITIONAL EXPERIENCES
For a lot of us living out of India, the intricate offerings of our country can be alluring. India does offer tantalizing and exotic blends of experiences.
Rajasthan has become well acknowledged as the land of romance with their magnificent havelis, splendid palaces, forts and luxurious heritage hotels. With picture-perfect desert stretches, scenic lakes – there is no shortage of places that will provide a serene backdrop to a romantic escape. In Jaipur, you can explore the exquisite Amer Fort and Jal Mahal; dance to the tunes of traditional folk music in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer; and ooze in the regal splendour of Udaipur’s palaces.
Best time to visit: October to March.
Charming newlyweds with its magical backwaters and a diverse landscape, Kerala has quickly become India’s most popular honeymoon destination. Snuggle up in a traditional houseboat as you cruise through the views of rice paddies and coconut groves in Kumarakom; or stay in Athirappally tree-houses facing the waterfall – both options make for a peaceful little break.
Best time to visit: September to March.