Still indecisive on which honeymoon destination to settle on? Fancy relaxing on the soft, sandy beach whilst gazing out onto the vast, blue ocean or feeding your need for adventure whilst animal spotting in the open wild? We’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up the best alternative honeymoon destinations for 2017, with something for everyone.
1. Swap Bora Bora For Moorea, French Polynesia
Quickly overtaking Bora Bora as favourite honeymoon destination in the exotic French Polynesia, Moorea is a scenically striking island just 10 miles of the coast of Tahiti.
Considered as Tahiti’s little sister, Moorea is renowned for its golden, sandy beaches, stunning lagoons and jagged volcanic mountain range. It’s diverse landscape makes for the perfect honeymoon destination.
Stay at Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort, situated on the edge of the of a luscious lagoon overlooking the island of Tahiti, for a truly luxurious experience.
2. Swap Borocay For El Nido, Philippines
Said to be the inspiration behind the famous story, The Beach, by Alex Garland, El Nido is truly a place of magical marval. A municipality of Palawan Island, its white sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs makes it the perfect honeymoon destination for those who love the open water. From snorkelling and scuba diving to island hopping and cave exploration, El Nido is a paradise haven for those who want to escape the crowds that often frequent the island of Boracay.
Stay at Pangulasion Island, an luxury eco reort in Bacuit Bay, set against a backdrop of tropical forest which has magnificent views of both the sunrise and the sunset.
3. Swap South Africa for Tanzania, Africa
For wildlife fanatics, look no further than to a safari trip in Tanzania on Africa’s sunny east coast. Whilst South Africa is a popular destination due to it being a malaria-free zone, Tanzania is known for its vast wilderness and natural landscapes, and is the prime location for spotting elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos and rhinos, otherwise known as the ‘big five’. For the courageous, brave the mountain of Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa. Combine it with some R&R on the nearby island of Zanzibar.
Stay at the Singita Faru Faru Lodge in the heart of the Serengeti, organic and contemporary in design but with the practicality of a traditional botanist’s camp. In Zanzibar, retreat to the pavilion suites of Kilindi for spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.
4. Swap The Caribbean Islands For Galapagos Islands, South America
Located in the Pacific Ocean, 1000km off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago and a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whilst the Caribbean is known for honeymoon hotspots such as Aruba, Antigua and Barbados, the Galapagos Islands are famous for its unique biological diversity, home to many endangered species including 11 mammal species found nowhere else in the world. Tour the islands and explore the exotic marine wildlife before the island ceases to exist.
Stay in the lodges of Pikaia, a luxury eco residency, ideal for the environmentally conscious and perfect for the adventurous traveler.
5. Swap Venice For Lake Como, Italy
Set against the foothills of the snowy Alps, Lake Garda in Italy resides in the northern region of Lombardy. The third largest lake in the country, Lake Garda is surrounded by awe-inspiring, natural beauty; chic, old villas and grand palaces that make up the picturesque town. Whilst many would think of Venice and cuddling up to their loved one on a romantic gondola ride, Lake Como is famed for its glorious landscapes, wildlife, and relaxing spas, it’s hard not to see why it’s a great honeymoon destination for newly-weds.
Stay at Il Sereno Lago di Como, located on the pristine shorelines of Lake Como. Relax and enjoy it’s expansive and mesmerising view of the lake.
Whichever destination you decide on, whether you’re after relaxation or adventure, make sure you are covered by travel insurance before you set off, especially if your wedding insurance does not cover your honeymoon.