Tahiti is a splurge-worthy honeymoon for active travelers. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Summer is prime wedding season, which means it’s also prime honeymoon season. And just as weddings can take a variety of forms – from quick-and-dirty city hall ceremonies to opulent events that’d put William and Kate to shame – there are various honeymoons you can take to help you celebrate (and recover from) your wedding day.
Here are the most-searched honeymoon destinations on Yahoo Travel, and what they have to offer:
Famous for its crystal-clear waters, overwater bungalows, and hefty price tag (the airfare alone will likely run $3,000 to $5000 per couple), this South Pacific paradise is the epitome of the (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime indulgence honeymoons represent. If you and your new spouse are active vacationers, Tahiti’s for you; the nearby island of Moorea is a fantastic diving spot. If it’s delicious food you wish to dive into, Tahiti is also for you; local establishments offer a variety of American and Asian cuisines.
Where to stay: The InterContinental Resort Tahiti
Ah, Venice. The waterlogged Italian city’s reputation for romance is irresistible for honeymooners. Its unique architecture and world-famous art (and those gondolas!) helped make it one of the few cities we’ve seen James Bond visit three times! Tip: don’t make this a quick stopover as part of a tour. Venice needs to be experienced, so give yourselves a few days to fully enjoy it – or better yet, spend your entire honeymoon there!
Where to stay: Venissa Ristorante Ostello
Oia on Santorini. (Photo: Federico/Flickr)
If the bride (or groom) fell in love with this Greek island after seeing Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, then a honeymoon here can fulfill a lifelong fantasy.
The towns of Fira and Oia are the main tourist attractions here. The pics you post of you whiling away the days wandering the cobblestone streets and enjoying the breathtaking sunsets will make your friends jealous.
Where to stay: Katikies
The largest of the Greek islands. And like Santorini, amazing views abound here.
The mountains on the western part of the island and the beaches on the east can accommodate whatever kind of honeymoon adventure you have in mind – and it’s possible to experience both in a day!
Where to stay: Ammos Hotel
(Photo: Jackie Weisberg/Flickr)
Widely known as one of the low-key Caribbean vacation spots, Turks & Caicos is perfect for honeymooners looking to get away from all the other vacationers looking to get away from it all. But this (mostly) hidden gem still features all the good stuff Caribbean vacation spots are known for: beautiful beaches, wonderful diving, and otherworldly blue waters.
Where to stay: Grace Bay Club
There are vacation spots honeymooners flock to for their slow, romantic pace. And then there’s Cancun. Popular with collegiate spring breakers and hard partiers of all ages, Cancun is the place to go if you want to keep the wedding reception party going through your honeymoon.
Where to stay: Nizuc
Private islands. Miles of ivory beaches. You can dive or snorkel with whale sharks and manta rays by day and stay in a luxury villa with a private plunge pool by night. The nearly 1,200 islands (100 of which house resorts) that make up the Maldives make it a key Indian Ocean honeymoon spot.
Where to stay: The Four Seasons Maldives has two properties in the Maldives, Kuda Huraa which is closer to the capital city of Male and Landaa Giraavaru which offers more remote wilderness in the Baa Atoll (be sure to ask for their private sand bar dinner experience).
(Photo: Jo Piazza)
Honeymooners will find the best diving in the Pacific (and famously friendly locals) in the Fiji Islands. And if you and your new spouse want to have some laughs, bring a volleyball, draw a smiley face on it, and talk to it as if it were a third member of your travel party; Tom Hanks’ Cast Away was filmed on one of the islands of Fiji.
Where to stay: Turtle Island Resort Fiji
(Photo: Carolina Pastor/Flickr)
115 islands make up this Indian Ocean chain, while diving and beachgoing make up its primary activities. But this is also a good place to see exotic birds and other wildlife.
Where to stay: Banyan Tree
This Caribbean island, often included on cruise ship itineraries, is also a great choice as your sole vacation destination. White-sanded beaches ring this island, but the beaches on the neighbor island of Barbuda, 25 miles north, are more isolated — perfect for a day of romantic beach lounging.
Where to stay: Carlisle Bay