Honeymoon Travel: The 8 Most Undiscovered Romantic Destinations
A newlywed couple’s honeymoon is the chance to take the trip of a lifetime, an adventure or experience unlike any other. There are high hopes for a blissful getaway to a secluded, special spot that will leave a lasting imprint and memories.
However, it’s hard to find a destination that isn’t already overrun with like-minded romantics. That is why Booking.com used its data to compile a list of irresistibly romantic and undiscovered places, that may be far off the beaten path, but will fulfill all honeymoon criteria.
All of these destinations were approved by Booking.com’s ‘young couple’ customers, 95% of whom recommended them to other travelers.
Udaipur is often said to be India’s (perhaps even the world’s!) most romantic city. Right at its heart lies the glassy blue surface of Lake Pichola, a man-made lake that lends the city an ethereal and peaceful presence. Take a romantic boat trip across the lake and admire the grand and beguiling structures of Lake Palace, perched in the middle of the water, and City Palace on the other side. Then enjoy a rooftop dinner with a backdrop of glittering lights reflected on the water.
A captivatingly pretty, little town in northeastern Columbia, Barichara is cherished as a historical relic, with well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture and a mellow mood. Trees and flowers line the cobbled streets, as well as buildings with clay-tiled roofs and whitewashed walls. Make sure not to miss the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which blends into the warm-colored landscape in all its ocher splendor.
Palm Cove, Australia
A peaceful alternative to the better-known Port Douglas, Palm Cove is blissfully romantic. Pick a secluded spot on the long, white sandy beach and watch the sun set over the calm waters, with the sounds of the rainforest in the distance. For honeymooners willing to venture out of their paradise cocoon, visit the nearby Great Barrier Reef for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Akaroa, New Zealand
This little, sheltered harbor town on the Banks Peninsula is a fine example of the kind of breath-taking, rugged scenery New Zealand has to offer. In contrast to its dramatic volcanic surroundings, the town itself has a sleepy, yet distinctly, Gallic feel to it thanks to its history as a French settlement. Swimming with local dolphins or just sit on the rickety, wooden pier, taking in the sweeping views and the serenity of the atmosphere.
What could be more romantic than a provincial fishing village that has inspired the likes of Henri Matisse? Collioure is like the Cote d’Azur before it became a tourist trap. Rolling hills of vineyards slope down to this charming town, centered around a tiny bay, complete with a waterfront castle and church. Perfect for lovers’ strolls along the pebbly beach and through the local market to pick up some local produce.
The historic, dainty town of Delft is disarmingly pretty. Known as the hometown of Vermeer and for its own distinctive blue and white porcelain, Delft also ideal for a tranquil and romantic city break. Stroll through its intimate and infinitely attractive, leafy canals and over picture-perfect old stone bridges.
The hilltop village of Monsaraz has spectacular panoramic views out over the Alentejo region. Good food is fundamentally important here, so expect many delicious and rustic meals with some of the area’s abundant fine wines. Meals are best enjoyed while gazing out over the olive groves, vineyards and rolling green hills.
Třeboň, Czech Republic
An enchanting town of Renaissance and Baroque houses in South Bohemia, it’s surprising that Třeboň isn’t on the international tourist radar yet. An area of great natural beauty, take romantic walks along the lakes and wetlands that are home to a variety of flora and fauna. The town’s castle, along with the cobbled main square lined with pastel-colored houses boasting Baroque facades, lends the place a fairy-tale feel.