Honeymoons come in all shapes and sizes — a beach vacation, a safari, a ski trip — and are based more on the couple's joint personality than on tradition. Newwest Travel has helped couples book the world's hottest honeymoon destinations, from sunny beaches to snowcapped mountains and even fairy-tale theme parks. Newwest Travel will make sure all the details are taken care of before you depart on your first journey together as a married couple
Newwest Travel's Top Honeymoon Spots for 2016
1. English Country Side
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin put the county of Berkshire on the map when they retired to a manor house post-wedding last year. We can see why. It’s a quick hour and a half west of London, and who wouldn’t want to feel like a titled cast member of Downton Abbey for a spell?
The royal residence Windsor Castle, one of England’s most popular sights, sits in the county as does the elite academic institution Eton. Also nearby are Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey itself, where visitors can take guided tours during public opening days.
This Honeymoon is perfect for couples who enjoy a civilized tea and love the royal treatment.
2. Phuket, Thailand
The stunning natural beauty of Thailand’s largest island has long been a draw for honeymooners. There are endless soft, white sandy beaches, electric blue waters, and some of the best sunsets in the world in Phuket. The island also holds a vibrant nightlife and plenty of great restaurants—from the high-end to simple street food stalls that showcase the enthralling, piquant cuisine of Thailand.
Cultural pleasures such as a visit to the many Buddhist temples and shrines can break up days at the beach. Other must experiences include a romantic boat ride over to the gorgeous Phi Phi Islands, and of course, experiencing the art of Thai Massage. With around 60 five-star resorts to choose from, couples are never at a loss for luxury here. This Honeymoon is perfect for couples who have a flair for the far-flung and exotic, yet who also enjoy a good day at the beach.
3. St. Barts
The Caribbean island of St. Bart’s provides plenty of eye-candy, whether its the 22 gorgeous white sand beaches, the azure blue water, the quaint architecture of its capital, Gustavia, or the fabulous celebrity who might be sunbathing alongside you. It’s a chic destination where lazy hours on the beach rule the daytime, and champagne, rose wine, and French cuisine rule the nightlife. This Honeymoon is perfect for couples who love nightlife, celebrity spotting, and recovering on a chic beach.
With its rainforests, lakes, beaches, mountains, and volcanoes, Nicaragua is the up-and-coming destination for eco-adventure lovers. Think of it as a Central American option that’s less-trodden than Costa Rica and even easier on the wallet than Belize. The coasts offer formidable surf waves, and the volcanoes are conquerable territory for hikers. And if you’re keen on wildlife, especially birds, the country is a veritable apiary, with nearly 700 different species making Nicaragua their home. Wellness travel is on the rise here, too.
This Honeymoon is perfect for couples who enjoy wellness-driven and eco-friendly travel.
Having recently dropped its $160 reciprocity fee, honeymooners can save money to enjoy some of the finer vintages around Chile’s wine country, from Carmenere to Chardonnay. There are plenty of options to choose from, as vineyards are clustered just outside of the capital city of Santiago, stretching down through the interior for about 250 kilometres. The Maipo Valley is home to some of Chile’s most famous winemakers, such as Viña Concha y Toro and Viña Santa Rita, and is an easy day trip from the city.
The Colcagua wine region to the south is also well established, producing prize-winning Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc. Further south, the up-and-coming Millahue wine region started wowing experts with 2009 and 2010 vintages from new “holistic” winemaker Vik. No matter which region you choose to explore, the landscapes throughout are full of natural beauty, upscale estancias, and activities such as horseback riding. This Honeymoon is perfect for couples who are wine lovers and also slip between a spa treatment and an outdoor adventure between tastings.