Hooray! You’re married. Now comes the trip where you celebrate your pact to experience the world together. (That was in your vows, right?) But where to endeavor for maximum amour? We polled friends near and far for the most romantic destination they’ve ever visited. Ready, set, trip of a lifetime.
Romantic honeymoon destinations
Romantic honeymoon destinations
This Cycladic island is the stuff of honeymoon dreams: turquoise Mediterranean waters, drool-worthy seafood and white villages for strolling hand in hand. (Think Santorini—without all the Americans.)
THE COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND
Not exactly beach people? This impossibly picturesque and cozy community might be just the ticket with its world-class dining and spas set against rose-covered cottages, English gardens and meandering canals.
This windswept little island offers all the New England charm (think: 18th-century lighthouses; original cobblestone streets)—not to mention some of the best beaches, hotels and fine dining in the country.
Head to this stunning expanse of Alberta for natural hot springs, luxury spa resorts, epic hiking trails and views to last a lifetime.
If you’re craving a honeymoon of the exotic variety, consider the romantically hued "Red City,” with its stunning accommodations, vibrant culture and desert adventures (camel rides!) just beyond the city.
BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
Nature lovers will swoon for this wild, achingly beautiful stretch of California coastline. What to expect? Waterfalls, beaches, mountain ranges and sublime views. Oh, and fabulous food and wine.
SAINT LUCIA, CARIBBEAN
Immaculate white sand beaches, gentle waters, secluded resorts: This is textbook upscale Bahamian holiday. (P.S. If you’re a lively duo, there’s an equally lively nightlife scene along the Gros Islet.)
This coastal Calabria town has breathtaking beaches, seafood-centric restaurants, a fairy-tale town center and get this: No cars! You’ll need a cute lil’ tuktuk for two to get around.
Vibing on a winter honeymoon? This Finnish destination boasts textbook hygge activities. Think: ice-fishing, husky-drawn sleigh rides and a remarkable vantage point to watch the northern lights.
Rainforests, reefs, postcard tropical beaches: This cluster of idyllic islands offers all the luxe adventures of a South Pacific getaway—without dealing with currency exchange. Bless.
This chilled-out beach village is the chicest resort stretch on the Portuguese coast—but without any pretense. Bliss out on life-changing seafood, and enjoy the nature: Pine forests, rice paddies and endless expanses of perfect beach.
Desert quite literally meets the sea at this unspoiled Namibian resort town, which is teeming with wildlife, colonial architecture and bonkers-delicious seafood. (Our sources tell us that Mad Max-style dune cruises are a must.)
ST. GEORGE’S CAY, BELIZE
Want to totally unplug? This private island paradise has no cars, no tourists and no cell phone service. Post up at an overwater cabana, put away your laptops and let the rest of the world drift away.
THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS, AUSTRALIA
These underrated islands offer the three “S’s” in spades: Sailing, snorkeling and spas. Spend a morning exploring the Great Barrier Reef before retiring to the white sand beaches for some R&R.
We’d be remiss not to mention this most quintessential of romantic destinations. If you don’t steal a smooch against the Eiffel Tower at sundown, are you even soul mates?