20 trendy destinations have just competed for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2018. After a three weeks’ period of online voting, Wroclaw was elected Best European Destination 2018 and won this prestigious title!
Bilbao, Colmar, Hvar, Riga, Milan, Athens, Budapest, Lisbon, Bohinj, Prague, Kotor, Paris, Vienna and Amsterdam are also among your favourite destinations for a holiday or city-trip.
With 41,148 votes, Wroclaw is awarded the title of European Best Destination 2018!
This beautiful city, called the “Polish Venice” is surrounded with canals and is dotted with more than 120 bridges that link 12 wonderful islands (among which the Cathedral island).
You will be seduced by the incredible charm of Wroclaw, the Market Square “Rynek”, its two Town Halls, the Salt Market Square, the Flower Market, the beautiful University, the covered market, the fine architecture of the Centeniall Hall, the botanical garden.
You fancy a good lunch ? Have a break at “Piwnica Świdnicka”: it is the oldest restaurant in the world! Walk around in “Ostrów Tumski”, the oldest part of Wroclaw and fall under the spell of the historical city.
Take a closer look and watch carefully : Wroclaw is dotted with emblematic dwarves. They are all different! Try to find them all: there are 350 of them in the city and there are new ones every year! You can also discover Worclaw by boat or in a city tour with electric car.
Do not miss the opportunity to discover the best of Wroclaw, its inhabitants! They are warm and friendly and will share their love for their city and its hidden gems.
Wroclaw is THE European best destination 2018!
Bilbao copyright Jon Chica
With 39,845 votes, Bilbao has just been voted second best destination at the top of travellers’ bucket list This destination is amazing ; the atmosphere in the city cannot be captured by pictures or words. Bilbao is ever changing, evolutive and open to the world ; unlike many cities in Europe it attracts families with children and grandchildren ; they enjoy the sweetness of the evenings and stroll through the nice streets and alleys of the “Casco Viejo”, the historic centre of Bilbao.
Bilbao, like Porto and Bordeaux, (awarded best destinations in Europe in 2015 and 2017), is linked to the River and the sea. The gastronomy is fine and the wines delicate.
Make the most of your stay in Bilbao and discover its main museums such as the Guggenheim or The Bilbao Fine Arts museum and beautiful landscapes as the Rioja wine region. For lovers of sustainable tourism we recommend the County of Goeirri with its local “Idiazabal cheese”. Taste the famous cuisine of the Basque Country after a visit to Guggenheim museum on this Guggenheim & Gourmet Pintxos Tour.
Bilbao is also surrounded by charming medieval towns like Balmaseda and Orduna. Do not miss the Basque coast, it is only 30 minutes away from the centre.
Bilbao is the meeting point of the Basque country and the whole world. Book your stay in Bilbao now as well as your best activities such as a Basque cooking lesson and enjoy your stay in the Basque country. We also recommend the city of San Sebastian; it is about one hour drive from Bilbao.
With 32,185 votes Colmar has seduced you ; it is probably one of the most charming, romantic and magical destinations in Europe! Tens of thousands of you voted for Colmar as one of the first three destinations you would like to discover this year. Colmar really makes travellers from all over the world dream.
Some who have had the chance to visit it, know the “Petite Venise”, the “Quai des Poissoniers”, the neighbourhood of tanners, its architecture, gastronomy and charming hotels. Colmar is perfect for young and old and the Alsace region is one of the most beautiful regions in Europe.
Come discover Colmar, its Toy museum, the Unterlinden Museum with works of art from the 12th to the 16th century or The Bartholdi Museum. Did you know that the famous creator of the Statue of Liberty was born in Colmar? This can be another reason for discovering this beautiful destination, chosen among your favourite ones in Europe!
Book your flight to Strasbourg, your stay in Colmar and your best activities such as a this traditional Wine Tasting Tour.
4. Hvar Island
With 30,023 votes, Hvar has just been voted among the best destinations to visit in Europe.
Hvar is probably the most beautiful island in Europe. Famous people, crowned heads, artists and travellers from all over the world love it and voted overwhelmingly for this destination that combines quality of life, sumptuous landscapes, crystal clear waters, sun, gastronomy and cultural heritage.
Croatia is a dream destination with cities like Zadar, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Opatija, Split and Rovinj and dream beaches like the Zlatni Rat beach a few kilometres away from Hvar or Stiniva beach on the island of Vis.
Among the thousands of islands in the country we advise you to discover Hvar and its many treasures such as the fortress of Hvar and the Franciscan monastery. For lovers of crystal clear waters, enjoy a catamaran tour and discover the blue cave. If you prefer gastronomy you will not be disappointed and will enjoy sumptuous local wines and seasonal local products on this Hvar Wine Tour with Dalmatian Dinner. Nature lovers will love walking along the lavender fields in the village of Brusje, on the hills of Stari Grad.
Book your flight to Split, spend a day or two in Split, buy your boat tickets and discover the beauties of Hvar, one of your favourite destinations in Europe! Book your accommodation at the best price guaranteed in Hvar as well as your best activities such as a full-day catamaran cruise.
With 29,456 votes, Riga, the capital of Latvia, is for the first time in the top 5 of the trendiest destinations to visit. You will be dazzled by the incredible beauty of Riga. This city has always been a crossroads of different cultures. The city is also connected to nature, water and forests. You may not know that Riga has beautiful islands, beaches and hills. Its architecture is stunning too.
Come discover superb Baroque, Renaissance, Art Deco, Romanesque and romantic buildings. Riga is at the heart of new trends.
Come discover Riga, book your flight and hotel at the best price guaranteed as well as your best activities such as this Best of Riga Food and Culture Walking Tour.
Matthieu Cadiou / European Best Destinations
With 27,129 votes, Milan joins this year again the ranking of your favourite destinations in Europe. The city has come to be selected among the best European destinations for almost 10 years!
Milan has its symbols, including the Duomo with a superb view to the whole city. You can go shopping in the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery and its chic boutiques, have a picnic in one of the many and beautiful parks in Milan or admire the Da Vinci’s Last Supper at the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church. Rememeber to book your admission in advance to see this masterpiece as at times queues can be long and you would not like to miss out on this highlight.
You can go for a drink in the Navigli area in the evening and discover the beautiful canals of Milan, nice and affordable restaurants or enjoy an evening at the famous La Scala Theater. Stroll around, ask your way, meet the inhabitants, look up and discover an incredible architecture, you will love this city which, undoubtedly could have won the competition.
Book your best activities in Milan as well as your hotel at the best price in a dazzling and welcoming city.
With 19,424 votes, Athens remains like Milan an unmissable destination. It is in the top 10 destinations every year and all year through it attracts European travellers in search of their roots but also travellers from all over the world.
The city is historic and is the cradle of European philosophy. Athens is both steeped in history and focused on modernity and tomorrow’s cultural and economic issues. Travellers love its architecture, the district of Plaka, monuments, gastronomy, trendy shops but also its nightlife; its proximity to the sea (15 minutes away from downtown) makes it very attractive too.
Most travellers appreciate the inhabitants of Athens who share, heart on hand, their gastronomical and touristic treasures. Book your flight and hotel at the best price guaranteed as well as your best activities in Athens such as a full-day trip to Meteora by train.
With 17,745 votes, Budapest is awarded among the trendiest destinations to visit this year!
Budapest is a perfect destination for friends, young couples or long-time lovers, lovers of history, culture, museums but also nightlife shopping. Creators from around the world, the greatest directors but also designers, musicians, are inspired by Budapest.
Indulge yourself and book your admission to one of Budapest’s most famous spas, the Széchenyi Spa. It is recommended to book your admission in advance as in popular times it can get busy.
Those who want to treat themselves with a getaway in a city choose Budapest. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a city where the most famous monuments meet such as Buda Castle, The Parliament, The Chain Bridge, Margaret Island, The Spas of Budapest, and an endless list of beautiful alleys and facades, atypical shops or bars, churches, parks.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable holiday by booking your flight and hotel at the best price guaranteed in Budapest as well as original guided tours.
With 13,384 votes, Lisbon, the capital of Portugal is a unique destination in the world.
Portugal today welcomes a bigger number of travellers than the number of its inhabitants and it is no coincidence: the whole country is dotted with sublime landscapes, incredible cities, dazzling architecture, sumptuous monuments, palaces, castles, medieval villages, sandy beaches, surf beaches, beaches dedicated to idleness… Lisbon, the capital, welcomes lots of travellers every year who come to discover a city with a soul, a city to be discovered on foot or by eletrico.
Lisbon has been a major destination in Europe for many years and was the first city to be awarded “European Best Destination” in 2010. Lisbon is a destination that travellers discover or keep on discovering; it is and will remain a superb getaway for those who have had a crush for Portugal.
Lisbon is surrounded by tourist jewels like Sintra, Estoril, Cascais but also the natural park of Arrabida and it is only two hours by train from the lovely city of Porto.
Stay 4 days in Lisbon and book your flight to Madeira or the Azores: you will travel from Lisbon’s Castelo Sao Jorge to the Lagoa do Fogo of Sao Miguel Island or the volcanic pool of Porto Moniz in just a few hours! Book your flight, your hotel and your best activities for a dream holiday in Portugal.
Bohinj is ranked among the best European destinations to discover this year. You are more and more numerous to discover Slovenia, every year ; the country evokes nature, forest, lakes, authenticity, outdoor activities and encourages you to recharge your batteries, disconnecting from routine.
This year again you have decided to place a sustainable tourism destination in your ranking of the best destinations in Europe. Bohinj is awarded by the European Commission for the quality of its tourist offer and respect for nature and its sustainable tourism. It is an emblematic destination of the EDEN network that gathers the most beautiful destinations of sustainable tourism in Europe.
Enjoy the quietness of nature and the everchanging landscapes. Clouds are above you sometimes and sometimes you are above them.
Enjoy the International Festival of Wildflowers, the Savica Waterfall, (78 meters high), taste local products and enjoy the beauty of the Julian alps. Come discover this destination which has just been selected by travellers from around the world as one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe.
Prague is again this year in the ranking of the best European destinations.
Prague is not a hidden treasure; travellers from around the world have loved this beautiful city for many years now. It is, as to you, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. UNESCO seems to agree with that as the whole historical centre of Prague is a World Heritage area.
Prague will seduce you, whether you are attracted by palaces, cathedrals, castles or by Kafka who has marked the history of literature. Prague is also a city for lovers who kiss on the Charles Bridge but also a perfect city for friends who love shopping and strolling in the streets of Prague to discover its nightlife. Make up your mind soon! Plan your dream trip in Prague and discover one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
The city is also nice to admire during a cruise on the Vltava river, passing by the historic monuments illuminated after dark, such as Prague Castle and the Dancing House on the Rašínovo embankment.
Book your flight, your hotel at the best price guaranteed and your activities such as a 3-hour dinner cruise.
Kotor is the dream destination for travellers from all over the world. Montenegro is authentic, unique and wild: the landscapes are breathtaking, the cities and villages stunning.
Kotor is certainly the most beautiful city in the country. Every year this destination is listed by travel professionals as one of the best destinations in the world. Kotor has a sublime bay, a historic centre: you will love the place. Discover Kotor during its International Summer Carnival with its carrnival troupes from all over Europe or in August and enjoy its famous “costumed boats parade” that makes the Bay of Kotor even more beautiful.
If you are staying in Kotor this summer you can also enjoy the Kotor Festival of Children’s theatre or the International Fashion Show, the Sera Rock Festival, … Kotor is a dynamic city that will please the whole family. The gastronomy is fine, the landscapes are breathtaking.
Kotor is the destination to discover this year! For lovers of history, monuments, landscapes, sun, gastronomy, for lovers of travel and discovery we advise you to book your flight and accommodation at the best price in Kotor as well as your best activities.
One of the most beautiful destinations in Europe is awaiting you!
Paris is one of the cities you want to discover this year. You have already been hundreds of millions to have discovered the sumptuous monuments, museums, but also the streets, alleys, shops of this open air museum.
Paris is not only a collection of monuments, works of art, it is not only a succession of the most beautiful museums in the world, it is also a lively, daring city, a city that is getting greener and greener and more and more pleasant to stay in.
Paris is synonymous of culture, haute couture, shopping, gastronomy. Paris also has beautiful parks and pedestrian quays, the Canal Saint-Martin, walks as “La Coulée verte de Renée-Dumont” in the 12th district or in the ‘Parc des Tuileries’.
Avoid the long queues to Paris main attractions and book your admission to popular sights, such as Louvre or the Eiffeil Tower, in advance
Paris also has numerous luxurious hotels like the Plaza Athénée Rue Montaigne in the 8th district or young, trendy and affordable ones like the Mama Shelter.
« Your » Paris may not be the Paris of your neighbour, but nevertheless “Paris will always be Paris”.
Book your flight, your hotel at the best price guaranteed as well as your activities such as the Moulin Rouge Show (you will be offered a glass of champagne) or a one day ticket to Disneyland Paris.
Vienna is undoubtedly one of the favourite destinations of European travellers as it is one more time ranked among the 15 most beautiful European destinations.
There are thousands of reasons to love Vienna: its culture, monuments, palaces and music, walks , waltzes , the “Prater” a sublime theme park (open from March to October).
Vienna is an open, tolerant and gay-friendly city. It is a city for friends, lovers, lonely travellers, photo enthusiasts, lovers of Christmas atmospheres (do not miss the sublime Vienna Christmas market voted among the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe).
Vienna is magical, you can visit it at any time of the year. The charm of Vienna always operates because there is always something to do and see in Vienna.
Book your flight at the best price guaranteed as well as your hotel, B&B, apartment, guesthouse and your best activities such as a ticket for a Mozart & Strauss concert in Kursalon Vienna or a ticket for a Giant ferris wheel ride.
Amsterdam is for sure one of your favourite destinations in Europe. This city has been attracting travellers from around the world for decades. Why is Amsterdam so successful? Is it thanks to its romantic channels or its openmindedness – Amsterdam organizes one of the best gay-prides in Europe – or is it due to its trendy stores, innovative hotels, or the fact that the Dutch people are very welcoming and environment friendly people?
Amsterdam is and remains a laboratory for the city of tomorrow. The Dutch people are great travellers too and they know how to welcome you with open arms and share the beauties of their city.
Book your flight and your hotel at the best price guaranteed as well as your best activities in Amsterdam such as a visit to the Van Gogh Museum or a unique Heineken experience in a former brewery.
Best Places for Honeymoon
by Maridel Reyes
10 Most Romantic Beach Honeymoons
Most Romantic: Bora Bora, French Polynesia
WHY GO: It’s the stuff honeymoon fantasies are made of: crystal-clear waters, picturesque mountains and a coral reef swirling with colorful fish. No wonder it was recently voted one of the best islands in the world by US News and World Report.
WHERE TO STAY: The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is located on a coral reef that encloses a turquoise lagoon. Swoon!
WHAT TO DO: Charter a helicopter to take you around towering Mount Otemanu, then touch down on a neighboring island for a tour of a black pearl or vanilla bean farm.
Most Romantic: Bali, Indonesia
WHY GO: There’s a reason its nickname is the “Isle of the Gods.” Even before the hit book and movie Eat, Pray, Love, the island had been a magnet for romance seekers for its mist-shrouded temples, beautiful mountain vistas and vivid arts scene.
WHERE TO STAY: A recent filming locale for ABC’s The Bachelor, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas fronts Nusa Dua coastline, which is famous for white-sand beaches and calm blue waters.
WHAT TO DO: Arrange a trip to Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple. Located atop a cliff rising 200 feet above the Indian Ocean, it has one of the most unforgettable sunset views in the world. Then, stay for the mesmerizing nightly kecak dance performance
Most Romantic: Sonoma, California
WHY GO: World-class wine, delicious food and unsurpassed scenery—what’s not to love about this pretty locale?
WHERE TO STAY: Forestville’s Farmhouse Inn just added cozy-chic barn rooms to its wooded grove. For the “In-Room Somm” program a sommelier will customize a wine tasting that will be brought right to your room. Cheers!
WHAT TO DO: Guests at Farmhouse Inn get exclusive access to wineries not normally open to the public, such as Kistler and Kosta Browne. You’ll also want to indulge in the local fare—these California chefs were doing farm-to-table long before it was a trend.
Most Romantic: Paris, France
WHY GO: Paris is synonymous with romance. It’s a combination of the architecture, the food and the art that makes this city so special.
WHERE TO STAY: When you stay at the elegant Hotel Plaza Athéneé, splurge on a three-night Suite Life package and you’ll be greeted at the airport, escorted through customs and then chauffeured to the hotel. Does the place look familiar? The property was the backdrop for Carrie and Big’s reunion in the last season of Sex and the City.
WHAT TO DO: The travel guides will talk about going to the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower—all definitely worth your time. But this is your honeymoon, so you also have to tie a ribbon (locks are discouraged now) on the Pont des Art bridge, which symbolizes your committed love to one another.
Most Romantic: Orkney, Scotland
WHY GO: Indulge in all your Downton Abbey daydreams at this northern archipelago off the coast of Scotland with green-topped islands and sandstone cliffs.
WHERE TO STAY: The family-run Kirkwall Hotel is located in a storybook-perfect Victorian building that overlooks Kirkwall’s historic harbor and is steps from shopping.
WHAT TO DO: Take a day trip and stand in awe at the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar, an ancient and eerie ring of standing stones, northeast of Stromness. Experts still don’t know how the stones were brought here or what the circle means. With the weather moving in and the water lapping at the shore, it makes for a supernatural sight.
Most Romantic: Venice, Italy
WHY GO: Italy has long been a favorite honeymoon location for newlyweds. After all, nothing says “amore” quite like a gondola ride through the Grand Canal as you sail past historic buildings.
WHERE TO STAY: The just-opened (read: stylish and modern) JW Marriott Venice is located on a private island with stunning vistas of Piazza San Marco. Pretend you’re Hollywood royalty (like Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney) as you take the complimentary 15-minute ferry ride to Venice.
WHAT TO DO: Take a romantic, leisurely stroll around Piazza San Marco to feel the true scale of the enormous domes of the Basilica di San Marco or the beautiful and ornate details of Palazzo Ducale. Then, escape the sights and sounds of the city with a dreamy boat ride to one of the unspoiled islands nearby.
Most Romantic: Harbour Island, Bahamas
WHY GO: Chances are you’ve never seen anything like this pink-sand paradise. Plus, it’s loved by boldface names like designer Diane von Furstenberg, Mick Jagger, Bill Gates and supermodel Elle Macpherson, so it must be amazing!
WHERE TO STAY: Tingum Village Hotel has just 19 airy one-bedroom suites. Each room opens to an outdoor patio or balcony, perfect for early-morning (or late-night) lounging.
WHAT TO DO: Visit postcard-perfect Pink Sands Beach and settle in among the three-mile stretch of sand and turquoise waters. Above the beach, join the jet-set for an open-air lunch at Sip Sip (the fresh menu changes daily). Then shop for a flowy caftan or other souvenirs at India Hicks’s Sugar Mill Trading Co. shop.
Most Romantic: Cape Town, South Africa
WHY GO: Can’t decide on what kind of honeymoon to take? Cape Town has you covered: glamorous beaches, big-city buzz, wild landscapes, and easy access to wine country and some of the world’s best safaris.
WHERE TO STAY: The über-stylish and secluded Atlantic House) is set in trendy Camps Bay and has only five en-suite rooms for the ultimate privacy and romance. Throw open the doors to your elevated wood deck for an “Is this real life?” view.
WHAT TO DO: Go to the ends of the earth with your honey and take a 90-minute drive to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas, located in the most southern parts of the African continent. On the way back, stop at Boulders Beach to visit the famed colony of warm-weather penguins.
Most Romantic: Savannah, Georgia
WHY GO: Get lost in the city’s slow-paced serenity—it’s the perfect antidote to any lingering wedding planning stress. Cozy inns and local restaurants flourish around the tree-shaded historic district.
WHERE TO STAY: The Mansion on Forsyth Park offers a top-notch art collection, a cooking school, spa, an outdoor relaxation pool and a popular restaurant on-site. You’ll be forgiven if you have honeymoon withdrawal when you leave.
WHAT TO DO: Take a charming horse-drawn carriage tour around the squares. Or drive 30 minutes to kayak among dolphins off Tybee Island.
Most Romantic: Santorini, Greece
WHY GO: This small volcanic island is known for its seriously gorgeous sunsets and pristine whitewashed villas.
WHERE TO STAY: Reserve the Perivolas hotel’s Perivolas Suite-its cliffside terrace provides an Instagram-worthy view of the Aegean Sea.
WHAT TO DO: Even couples who get antsy after an hour of beach time will find lots to explore. Take a scooter to the red- and black-sand beaches, check out ancient sites—like the newly reopened Bronze Age settlement of Akrotíri (oftentimes called “Minoan Pompeii”)—visit wineries, go hiking and stop in the many boutiques.
Best Beach Honeymoons
Best Beaches: Koh Tao, Thailand
WHY GO: Why settle for one breathtaking beach when you can experience a dozen? Rent a motorbike and search for your favorite with your partner.
WHERE TO STAY: The adults-only resort Koh Tao Bamboo Huts features 19 huts perched on rocks at the edge of the sea. All look out on the water, plus have an indoor and outdoor balcony and pavilion. You can also book one with a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi fit for two.
WHAT TO DO: Relax on the property’s serene private beach, or get certified in scuba diving at the nearby dive center and take your new skills for a test-drive.
Best Beaches: Aruba
WHY GO: Nicknamed “One Happy Island” for its prime location outside the hurricane belt and average temperature of 82 degrees year-round, this country clocks the most sunny days in all of the Caribbean.
WHERE TO STAY: Each room at the recently opened Ritz-Carlton Aruba has a private balcony. Book one overlooking the Caribbean Sea for truly beautiful vistas.
WHAT TO DO: Although this hotel and most others are located on Palm Beach—Aruba’s most famous—venture out one day to Arashi Beach for pure white sand and unforgettable snorkeling. Then, try your luck at the resort’s 15,000-square-foot casino.
Best Beaches: Miami, Florida
WHY GO: You’ll feel the excitement and glamour in the air when you step out onto the city’s ultra-famous beaches—made even more gorgeous with palm trees and sunshine for days.
WHERE TO STAY: The majestic and iconic Eden Roc Miami Beach is the go-to hotel for luxurious and memorable honeymoon stays.
WHAT TO DO: Guests of the hotel may arrange for ultra-personalized experiences and excursions in Miami through the concierge, but if they prefer to relax, the Esencia Wellness spa and glam poolside cabanas will leave honeymooners feeling refreshed.
Best Beaches: Florida Keys, Florida
WHY GO: The Florida Keys contain more than 1,000 islands stretched over 100 miles. The most famous is Key West, the favorite vacation spot of the kings of Spain and literary types like Ernest Hemingway (who had a home there) and Tennessee Williams.
WHERE TO STAY: The Marker Waterfront Resort just opened last winter and is the first new hotel built in Key West’s historic Old Town in 20 years (and it’s a luxe one at that!).
WHAT TO DO: Rent bikes and pedal around Old Town, filled with 19th-century architecture. Head to Mallory Square around dusk to witness the nightly sunset celebration and watch street performers as the sky turns a pretty, fiery hue.
Best Beaches: Fiji
WHY GO: The islands that make up Fiji are surrounded by coral reefs resulting in warm lagoons and beautiful coral beaches.
WHERE TO STAY: Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji on Malolo Island is the only resortin Fiji with overwater thatched-roof bungalows that are built in traditional Fijian style with local materials.
WHAT TO DO: Stroll along quiet nature trails that lead to spectacular views of the Mamanuca Islands. Visit the nearby village and immerse yourself in the rich culture and explore ancient sites.
Best Beaches: Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
WHY GO: The smallest and least developed of the three Cayman Islands, Little Cayman has a population of about 170 people—meaning that most of it is basically uninhabited beach bliss.
WHERE TO STAY: Snag a one-bedroom villa with its own ocean panorama at The Club at Little Caymanand lounge on the property’s secluded beach or cuddle up on a beachfront hammock.
WHAT TO DO: Venture to remote South Hole Sound lagoon for a just-you-two swim. Or row your love boat out to tiny, deserted Owen Island to behold nature in its most pristine form. You’ll feel like you’re the only two people in the world.
Best Beaches: Maui, Hawaii
WHY GO: The island’s clear waters, tropical sunsets and lush greenery make Hawaii a no-brainer for a romantic getaway. New luxury resorts on Maui mean the island is suddenly buzzworthy again (for the record, we never stopped loving it).
WHERE TO STAY: Staff at the all-suite Montage Kapalua Bay can arrange snorkeling trips and dreamy horseback rides along the beach. And each suite has its own balcony.
WHAT TO DO: Watch the sunrise while wrapped in a blanket at the top of Haleakala Crater, or gaze at the sunset as you cruise along the Kihei coastline. Instant romance.
Best Beaches: Ibiza, Spain
WHY GO: There’s more to Ibiza than the infamously wild, up-all-night parties. Just a few miles from the throbbing city center, you’ll find sleepy hill villages, lush forests, rolling orchards and hippie-chic farmhouses, perfect for couples looking for a little R & R.
WHERE TO STAY: The new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza boasts the longest stretch of palm-fringed beach on the island, plus a spa and two restaurants from a Michelin-starred chef.
WHAT TO DO: Take a 30-minute boat ride to the more mellow island of Formentera to find unspoiled, hidden beaches where the waters are a beautiful turquoise blue and bathing suits for you and your new spouse are sometimes optional.
Best Beaches: Punta del Este, Uruguay
WHY GO: The once-sleepy fishing village is now the St. Tropez of South America, attracting international socialites, millionaires and celebrities. Latin pop star Shakira, Argentine polo champion Nacho Figueras and British novelist Martin Amis have all been spotted vacationing here.
WHERE TO STAY: Nautical leaning, The Grand Hotel just opened on Brava Beach, one of Punta del Este’s most beautiful beaches, and is nearby the shopping areas.
WHAT TO DO: Take a trip to nearby José Ignacio for a more laid-back, boho beach scene. Or hop on a daily boat tour to visit Isla de Lobos’s colony of sea lions. In the summer, ask about the many music festivals featuring world-class performers.
Best Beaches: St. Barts
WHY GO: This island is one of the most upscale destinations in the Caribbean and its French background provides an elegant appeal similar to the French Riviera.
WHERE TO STAY: All the suites and villas at the intimate Le Sereno have private terraces and gardens—and most have an ocean view.
WHAT TO DO: Pack a picnic basket, swimsuits and beach towels and head to the insanely beautiful Colombier beach (the water is the most gorgeous shade of aquamarine you’ve ever seen), which is only accessible via boat or by foot.
Most Exotic Honeymoons
Most Exotic: Myanmar
WHY GO: Where does the couple who has been everywhere go for their honeymoon? Myanmar. Up until recently, this Southeast Asian country was shrouded in secrecy and closed off to the outside world.
WHERE TO STAY: Belmond just added a second river Belmond Orcaella cruiser to its existing Myanmar route.
WHAT TO DO: Visit ancient temples and marvel at places untouched by globalization. For wow-worthy selfies, take a hot air balloon ride over the plains around Bagan.
Most Exotic: Panama City, Panama
WHY GO: This Central American nation has the best of everything: tropical rain forests, beautiful mountain vistas, two coasts for Caribbean- and Pacific-style beaches, more than 1,000 islands, a sophisticated capital city, a vibrant nightlife, full-service resorts, exotic off-the-beaten-path getaways and historic sites. Seriously, what more could you possibly ask for?
WHERE TO STAY: The newly opened American Trade Hotel occupies a beautifully restored landmark building, providing the perfect mix of local culture and modern luxury. Book one of the top floor “Panorama” rooms for floor-to-ceiling windows that offer 180-degree views of Casco Viejo, Panama City and Panama Bay.
WHAT TO DO: Spend a day on expansive Gatun Lake where you may come face-to-face with monkeys and other wild animals. Get your blood pumping with an intense hike to the top of 650-foot Cerro Ancón or take an afternoon to explore the historic streets of Casco Viejo. At night, slip into the hotel’s Danilo’s Jazz Club for world-class music with an intimate atmosphere.
Most Exotic: Marrakesh, Morocco
WHY GO: Rock stars and fashion designers have been going to this North African city for decades to find inspiration. You’ll feel like you wandered onto a movie set complete with snake charmers, belly dancers, horse-drawn carriage rides andan extensive maze of markets.
WHERE TO STAY: Less than 10 minutes from the airport and the ancient Medina, the sultry and sumptuously appointed Selman Marrakech offers a view of the Atlas Mountains.
WHAT TO DO: Visit Yves Saint Laurent’s former home and gardens and stop by the Galerie “Love”—a collection of all of the designer’s collage posters with the word “love” scrawled on each one.
Most Exotic: Sri lanka
WHY GO: Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as one of the finest islands of its size in the world. Located just south of India, it’s an up-and-coming destination for Europeans—and is now catching on around the globe.
WHERE TO STAY: The River House in Sri Lanka’s southern province is a river-crossed, jungle-strewn, ocean-side escape. Book the spectacular Menik Suite with its plunge pool for two—seriously sexy.
WHAT TO DO: Hang out at the hotel’s pool, ensconced within the jungle greenery. It feels wonderfully private, except for the monkeys swinging from the trees.
Most Exotic: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WHY GO: Get the best of both worlds: Enjoy a taste of the glamorous city life for a few days and then head out to the desert for tranquility and romance.
WHERE TO STAY: You’ll feel like royalty at Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa. Settle into your ultra-luxurious tent accommodations, equipped with a private pool and wood deck.
WHAT TO DO: Indulge in a sunset camel ride that takes you to the crest of a dune, where you’ll pause for champagne, snacks and fruit as the light changes.
Most Exotic: Maldives
WHY GO: This remote Indian Ocean archipelago greets honeymooners with white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, atolls and secluded resorts.
WHERE TO STAY: Niyama Maldives has it all—no, really. Just a few of the highlights include a coral nursery, an underwater nightclub, a restaurant reachable only by boat and a spa where you can book a couple’s massage.
WHAT TO DO: Join the resort’s resident marine biologist and explore the underwater world during a nighttime snorkel tour. As the sun sets, you’ll observe feeding corals catching plankton and see the micro marine life glow in the dark.
Most Exotic: Cappadocia, Turkey
WHY GO: Located less than four hours from Turkey’s capital city, the wind-carved landscapes of Cappadocia are otherworldly.
WHERE TO STAY: Argos in Cappadocia is on the site of an ancient monastery with rooms that have been restored from the remains of underground tunnels and caves.
WHAT TO DO: Whether it’s high up in a hot air balloon or on foot or horseback, there is a ton of ways to explore Cappadocia’s magical valleys full of caves and rock formations, or “fairy chimneys.”
Most Exotic: Udaipur, India
WHY GO: Known as the Venice of the East, this city of palace-like hotels sits on the picturesque Lake Pichola.
WHERE TO STAY: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur overlooks pristine water and lush gardens.
WHAT TO DO: Honeymooners receive a traditional welcome with a showering of rose petals, plus a complimentary 30-minute couple’s massage.
Most Exotic: Kyoto, Japan
WHY GO: Compared with the frenetic energy of Japan’s capital city Tokyo, Kyoto moves at a languid pace. Relax and reflect at hundreds of shrines and temples or stroll through peaceful traditional gardens.
WHERE TO STAY: Take a private boat ride to the picture-perfect Hoshinoya Kyoto that’s perched on the calm Ooi River.
WHAT TO DO: Visit during the spring or fall. In spring, the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom, while fall reveals a beautiful mix of classic autumn colors. Before it gets dark, enjoy a leisurely walk around Gion, past machiya (wood townhouses), teahouses and the Shirakawa canal.
Most Exotic: Machu Picchu Pueblo, Peru
WHY GO: If you want adventure, look no further. Peru is home to some of the world’s greatest sites (Andes, Cloud Forests, Machu Picchu Citadel), making it truly the trip of a lifetime.
WHERE TO STAY: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is set on 12 secluded acres at the base of Machu Picchu and offers all the luxury amenities, as well as a vow renewal ceremony performed by a local shaman.
WHAT TO DO: A sunrise trek is totally worth the early morning wake-up call. Insider tip: The first trainload of tourists arrives around noon, but before that, the place is all yours. It’s just you, the mysterious and mist-covered ancient city and some resident llamas. The city of Cusco is also a popular pit stop for tourists heading to Machu Picchu, but it’s still full of authentic Peruvian charm.
10 Most Adventurous Honeymoons
Most Adventurous: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
WHY GO: The bucolic Galápagos Islands provide an unparalleled wildlife experience and are home to animals and plants found nowhere else on Earth.
WHERE TO STAY: The 14-room Pikaia Lodge is located on a giant tortoise reserve on Santa Cruz Island. A leisurely walk around the grounds will bring you face to face with a wild giant tortoise.
WHAT TO DO: Go island-hopping on one of the hotel’s private yachts and explore the surrounding locales. Or book a scuba diving trip—the Galápagos are one of the seven underwater wonders of the world.
Most Adventurous: Greenough, Montana
WHY GO: Outdoorsy couples will swoon over the pristine Montana wilderness and all it has to offer—from horseback riding to river adventures and fly fishing.
WHERE TO STAY: The Resort at Paws Up invented the “glamping” concept. Book a honeymoon tent (yes, a tent), complete with a gorgeous copper tub set in the middle—perfect for an indulgent soak.
WHAT TO DO: Have an enchanting private candlelit picnic dinner at Cliffside Camp, where you’ll be serenaded by sounds of the rushing Blackfoot River.
Most Adventurous: St. Lucia
WHY GO: From black-sand beaches to the wooded peaks of the Pitons, this Caribbean gem isn’t short on breathtaking landscapes. Also noteworthy are its vast cocoa plantations and charming Creole villages.
WHERE TO STAY: Each of Ladera Resort’s suites has only three walls, with an open fourth wall facing a spectacular, Instagram-worthy view of the Pitons and the sea, connecting you with nature but still allowing complete privacy for you and your new spouse.
WHAT TO DO: Take a piece of your honeymoon home and preorder a handcrafted bed, carved with your names or initials, which will be in the suite upon arrival and shipped to your home the day you depart. The beds are customized by the hotel’s on-site local craftsmen.
Most Adventurous: Hayman Island, Australia
WHY GO: This private island resort located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef may be far but it’s totally worth it. (The cast of Modern Family was recently spotted filming there!)
WHERE TO STAY: The staff at One&Only Hayman Island helps you schedule daily activities like snorkeling, diving charters, catamaran sailings and kayaking, as well as treatments at the resort’s spa.
WHAT TO DO: Ask about the Whitsunday Dream Tour, where you helicopter over the Reef (don’t miss the spectacular Heart Reef) out to Whitehaven Beach for refreshments or Hook Island for some of the best inner-reef snorkeling. Explore the island up close on one of the resort’s incredible hikes to Blue Pearl Bay or Dolphin Point.
Most Adventurous: Iceland
WHY GO: Largely uninhabited, Iceland changes scenery every few minutes. You can go from volcanic, lunar-looking landscapes or grassy, green Middle Earth to shattering waterfalls and soaring geysers or massive Blue Lagoon hot springs.
WHERE TO STAY: Chase the Northern Lights at the sophisticated and remote-feeling Hotel Búdir. It’s only a few hours drive from the capital city of Reykjavik (which also has an airport) and is set at the edge of the Snaefellsjökull National Park with animposing glacier at the center. Snaefellsjökull became well known whenit was used as the “gateway to the center of the earth” in Jules Verne’s famous book Journey to the Center of the Earth.
WHAT TO DO: Head over to the picturesque Snaefellsjökull National Park to see some of nature’s most beautiful creations, including two massive lava formations and a dreamy hidden waterfall. Then stop by the Blue Lagoon and dip in and out of the various pools and hot springs with your sweetheart. Don’t miss the opportunity for an in-the-water couple’s massage where you’ll mix a bit of adventure with romance.
Most Adventurous: Namibia
WHY GO: You’ll experience a quintessential African safari—imagine sleeping underthe stars among red desert sand dunes, surrounded by a vast mountain range.
WHERE TO STAY: Reconnect at the tranquil Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, located within the NamibRand Nature Reserve.
WHAT TO DO: Each room at the lodge comes with a skylight above the bed, so you can stargaze while you relax. Or head to the observatory and ask the resident astronomer to point out the brightest and most gorgeous constellations. Want something a little more active for daytime? Go on a quad biking adventure or hike around the property—it will allow you to explore the breathtaking scenery.
Most Adventurous: Vancouver Island, Canada
WHY GO: Love sea sports? Landlubbers? This hot spot has something for you. Surrounded by mountains on the Pacific Ocean, this city offers tons of adventure.
WHERE TO STAY: While known for its stunning beaches, surfing hot spots and outdoor adventures, the district of Tofino on Vancouver Island is the most exciting from November through February. At The Wickaninnish Inn, cuddle up to the sounds of powerful roaring waves from the comfort of your room. Each guest room features a fireplace, private balcony and view of the ocean or beach. The sounds of the wind and waves can be hypnotizing, creating a magical mood.
WHAT TO DO: Stay active during the day, hiking, biking or sailing, and head to the heart of the city at night for a cosmopolitan scene. And don’t miss an opportunity to heat things up in the hot springs in nearby Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, which is only reachable by boat.
Most Adventurous: Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica
WHY GO: With the recent expansion of the Liberia airport, access to this part of the country has become much easier. And now couples even have their pick of luxe, modern lodgings to go with the unblemished beach and rain forest adventures.
WHERE TO STAY: The new Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort combines modern and precolonial design and offers both mountain and ocean vistas.
WHAT TO DO: Try your luck in the waters with the hotel’s “How to Surf Costa Rica” guide created by twin brothers Alex and Mike Faherty, the surf enthusiasts behind clothing line Faherty Brand. Then take a two-hour day trip to the most innovative zip-lining course at Rio Perdido.
Most Adventurous: Dominica
WHY GO: Dubbed “nature island” because of its vast rain forests, which occupy more than half of this Caribbean locale, Dominica also boasts Morne Trois Pitons National Park and the world’s second-largest hot lake of its kind, aptly known as Boiling Lake.
WHERE TO STAY: Book one of only six private villas and bungalows at the eco-luxury boutique resort Secret Bay, which is nestled into a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. (Yes, it’s as dreamy as it sounds.)
WHAT TO DO: A visit to the Waitukubuli National Trail is a must at this hiker heaven. With 14 different paths stretching 115 miles, there’s a trail for every experience level, from novice to seasoned trekker. Then soothe your legs in one of the island’s many natural hot lakes.
Most Adventurous: Sedona, Arizona
WHY GO: Romance seekers have flocked to Sedona’s alluring redrocks for years for the ultimate spa, wellness and outdoor adventure.
WHERE TO STAY: Nestled in a canyon within Sedona’s red rocks, Mii amo offers an experience grounded in Native American traditions. Enjoy spa treatments themed around moon phases, walks to the “Vortex” energy center and even a meditation labyrinth.
WHAT TO DO: Book the Inner Quest, a 60-minute treatment where you’re wrapped in a blanket—mimicking the warmth of a sweat lodge—while sweetgrass is burned.