• Santina DiMaggio

10 Best Honeymoon Spots To Look Into

You've made it official–and now it's time to unwind. Whether you're the type of couple that wants to explore a once-in-a-lifetime destination, experience otherworldly food and architecture or simply veg out on one of the world's most beautiful beaches, we've got you covered. Wedding planning, while exciting, can be a major source of stress–and your honeymoon is likely going to be your first real chance to enjoy some quality time with your spouse. The trip should be relaxing, first and foremost, and suit your wants, needs and style as a couple. With that said, incorporating all of your favorite things into one trip can overwhelm, or take away from your time spent simply enjoying one another's company. Here, the 10 ultimate honeymoons to have on your short list for 2019.

#1 St. Lucia

If you're seeking a luxurious Caribbean honeymoon, look no further than St. Lucia. You'll find white sand beaches and lush mountains dotted with boutique resorts. If you need a break from the sand, visit the Soufrière area to see natural attractions, such as The Pitons, Sulfur Springs Park and Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens.

#2 Hawaii - The Big Island

Whether you're looking for a relaxing honeymoon or one filled with adventure, Hawaii's Big Island has you covered. Here, you and your spouse can relax on stunning beaches, hike to spectacular waterfalls and get an up-close glimpse at an active volcano. You may even score a deal on your room by choosing this island over its neighbors.

#3 Bora Bora

Bora Bora's jaw-dropping scenery is just the tip of the iceberg – or, rather, the volcano. Newlyweds have their pick of gorgeous beaches and lagoons for sunbathing, snorkeling and sailing, plus luxurious spas and overwater resorts. Hotel rates on this Tahitian island are high, but can you really put a price on a memorable honeymoon?

#4 Maldives

If you and your sweetheart truly want to get away from it all, head to the Maldives. This remote island chain overflows with seclusion and romance. Each resort's extravagant services and amenities will make you never want to leave your private bungalow. When you're ready to venture out, visit the Maldives' tranquil beaches and spas.

#5 Bordeaux

It's easy to dial up the romance while honeymooning in Bordeaux, France. In this historic port city, you'll find a charming downtown area, as well as a serene riverfront with bike paths and greenery. After exploring Bordeaux, head to nearby wineries like Château d'Agassac and Château La Tour Carnet, where you can enjoy tastings inside castles.

#6 Cinque Terre

Although it sees fewer tourists than the Amalfi Coast, this remote coastal region in northwestern Italy features beaches that are more suitable for sunbathing and swimming. Plus, twosomes can enjoy breathtaking views while hiking Cinque Terre's cliffside trails. But remember, the villages aren't easily accessible by car, and high-end hotels are limited.

#7 Amalfi Coast

The colorful villages, steep cliffs and rugged shoreline along the southwest coast of Italy make for a one-of-a-kind honeymoon destination. Couples can explore on foot or by boat or simply spend their vacation relaxing on one of the region's 100 beaches. To avoid rubbing elbows with hordes of tourists, try to avoid visiting in the summer.

#8 Fiji

Fiji's serene beaches offer complete seclusion for postnuptial relaxation. Luxe resorts and activities like snorkeling with manta rays in the Yasawa Islands and surfing near the Mamanuca Islands will likely be experiences you and your new spouse won't soon forget. No trip would be complete without a private couple’s massage on the beach.

#9 Santorini

Known for its brilliant sunsets, rich Greek food and romantic hotels, Santorini is almost tailor-made for newlyweds. Honeymooners can lounge on red and black sand beaches before taking in the ruins at Ancient Akrotiri and Ancient Thera. Wine aficionados will also love sampling vinos at the island's wineries.

#10 Tahiti

French Polynesia's largest island is often passed over by newlyweds, but it's just as romantic as more popular honeymoon locales. Couples can hole up in secluded resorts and sunbathe on dark sand beaches. For a bit more action, head to Papeete, the island's capital, to sample world-class French cuisine and revel in the nightlife.

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