Honeymoon destinations that leave the crowds behind

18 Jan 2017

Want to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life while on your honeymoon? Here are five destinations which can make your wishes come true

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Your honeymoon is the ultimate holiday. The trip where everything that you’ve ever wanted to do can be done. It’s your once-in-a-lifetime holiday, your chance to dream big.

Of course, it’s also quality time with your new spouse, so it’s a good idea to find a corner of the world where you can eat, talk and rest amid tranquil surroundings.

If you want to enjoy white sandy beaches, serene sea bungalows and the finest food and drink in peace, read on. Paul Hopkinson, holiday expert at Travelbag, lists the top honeymoon destinations where you can escape the crowds and enjoy the most perfect post-wedding break.

Bali

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One of the most famous islands of the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is the place where you can experience everything one minute and escape to complete seclusion the next.

For honeymooners, the south of the island is the place to head to. Hotels and villas around this area are designed around honeymoon breaks so are luxurious, peaceful and undisturbed. Diving in tropical waters, incredible seafood restaurants and dramatic cliff top views are the order of the day here, in the area known they call the 'bukit'.

However, if you want to see the busy side, head towards the north where most tourists – from backpackers to family holidaymakers - gather. Upmarket designer shops, surfing spots and street festivities all combine to create a hedonistic and spiritual haven.

Ecuador

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Ecuador is slowly gathering pace as the next place to visit. With more and more flights opening up from Europe, it’s only a matter of time that people are made aware of this unbelievable corner of the world.

Combine a beach break with rainforest hikes and mountain treks and then head to Montanita if you want a good place for a Latin American beach party. Head south to Puyango Tumbes, where you can explore the largest petrified forest. Here, you can plunge into pools surrounded by fossils embedded into tree trunks while rare species of birds fly in the canopies above.

In terms of cuisine, you’re in a foodie’s paradise, where the finest chocolate, coffee and steak are a staple of this country’s economy. But it’s the national dishes that really pack a punch, and llapingachos (fried, stuffed potato patties), empanada de viento (giant fluffy pies) and seco de chivo (goat stew cooked in beer) can all be washed down with pitchers of canelazo.

Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is old Europe in a Caribbean tropical paradise setting. Ancient fortresses, beach bars and old, Spanish-style colonial buildings merge into mountains, waterfalls and tropical rainforests.

In terms of touristy crowds, stay away from the north coast – this is the party side, where music and dancing never seem to come to an end. The mainland and the south coast is where Puerto Rico’s heart is, and there are lush forests, awe-inspiring mountains and idyllic beaches to rest up if you want to shut yourselves off for a romantic week or two.

Puerto Rico is one of the up-and-coming honeymoon destinations that needs to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Sandy beaches, dramatic sunsets, crystal blue waters - no wonder it’s the birthplace of the ultimate holiday cocktail - the pina colada.

Mauritius

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Mauritius is a tropical island with a harmonious fusion of French, Indian, Creole and Chinese influences. The island is made for romance. With its stretches of white sandy beaches, dense, dark green tropical forests and dramatic volcanic peaks, it ticks every honeymoon box.

The island has capitalised on this movie production setting by creating villas, beach bungalows and luxurious hotels with honeymooners in mind. Private pools, butlers and helicopter transfers are all available to take advantage of at the lovenest of your choice.

When you want a change from relaxation, zip wire through the forests to the boisterous markets, colourful street life and lively beach parties up in Grand Baie.

South Africa

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For diversity, South Africa is high on the list. It is hard to believe that in one country alone you can witness lions on the prowl on the savannah, penguins flap along the coastline, leatherback turtles nestle on sand dunes and drive past elephants tending to their young.

Some of things South Africa does extremely well - luxury safaris, food, wine, beaches and opulent lodges and hotels – are pretty much everything you need for an unforgettable honeymoon.

While tourism is a big industry in South Africa, the size of the country means finding your own corner to soak in the rich culture of the country is extremely easy. Sleep under the stars in the ‘star beds’ of a game reserve or enjoy five-star pampering in one of the many extravagant resorts. Wherever you choose to lay your head, a honeymoon in South Africa is a holiday to remember forever.