The experts at Buy Our Honeymoon are back with part 2 of their fab guide, and even more beautiful honeymoon destinations…
The uniquely flexible wedding gift list service from Buy Our Honeymoon lets you fund your dream honeymoon with help from your guests.
Instead of tea cups and tablecloths, put together a list of experiences, activities and contributions to make your honeymoon the trip of a lifetime. You can use your wedding list to take you to any honeymoon destination, using any travel provider, and you can include absolutely anything you wish on your registry.
We thought it might be fun to compile an A–Z list of some of the most popular and interesting honeymoon destinations around the globe, all chosen by real couples using Buy Our Honeymoon’s wedding gift list service. We’ve already seen the first half, so here’s Part Two…
N is for New Zealand
Spectacular natural beauty, friendly, diverse cities, and Hobbiton — New Zealand is the perfect destination for a honeymoon free of troubles and frustrations. A hiker’s paradise and a foodie’s dream, it’s peaceful, picturesque and enjoys more sunshine and longer days than the UK.
Hire a vintage campervan and explore, get your blood pumping in the birthplace of the bungee jump, or simply soak up the dramatic views around every corner.
O is for Oman
Although it’s still a little off the beaten track, the Sultanate of Oman is a fantastic choice for honeymooners, and is very much an emerging travel hotspot. It’s one of the world’s safest destinations, easy to reach from Britain, with welcoming people and a rich cultural heritage spanning more than 5000 years. Oman provides an authentic, traditional experience of Arabia and a forward-looking, open hospitality.
As well as exploring the capital Muscat and the coastline of the Musandam peninsula, don’t miss the opportunity to visit an ancient oasis town and spend a night under the stars in a Bedouin camp.
P is for Paris
As the global capital city of romance, we could hardly leave Paris out of this list. And why would we? Both magnificent and intimate, Paris is Europe at its most European. Alongside the iconic attractions of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, there’s world-famous cuisine, unparalleled shopping and countless opportunities to just relax and absorb the gorgeousness of the City of Light. As Audrey Hepburn once said: Paris is always a good idea.
Q is for the French Quarter, New Orleans
Okay, we’re cheating a little bit on the letter with this one, but Qatar isn’t on our list and the Big Easy most certainly is. The deep soul of the Deep South, New Orleans provides a feast for all your senses. As the birthplace of jazz, there’s music in the fabric of every building and in the streets you walk on, and as the home of cajun and creole cuisine, there are new tastes to be discovered on every corner.
Sample the beignets, party to Mardi Gras, immerse yourselves in the rich history and culture. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride on cobblestone streets and enjoy a sunset jazz cruise on the Mississippi. A honeymoon in New Orleans is certain to be magical.
R is for Reykjavík
A honeymoon spent under the Northern Lights will live with you forever. Iceland is the home of the midnight sun, wilderness lodges, excursions by dog sled, glaciers, geysers and geothermal spas. Plus, the world’s only penis museum (seriously).
Its capital, Reykjavík, stands proudly just on the edge of the Arctic Circle and is your gateway to the beating Viking heart of Iceland’s Golden Circle. It’s small, playful and quirky, the hospitality is warm and authentic, and the nightlife is legendary.
S is for the Seychelles
A group of more than a hundred islands in the Indian Ocean, and every one of them might be called Paradise — the Seychelles can justifiably claim to be the world’s most perfect honeymoon destination.
The beaches are soft, white and uncrowded, the water warm, turquoise and inviting. Lush, tropical forests and captivating coral reefs provide ample opportunities for eco-tourism and diving, while the year-round sun and luxurious accommodation make for a laid-back, idyllic honeymoon escape.
T is for Thailand
Ancient shrines and Bangkok bustle, tropical beaches and moonlit parties, fragrant lemongrass and powerful chillies — Thailand is a heady mix of contrasting elements and memorable variety. Thai hospitality puts you at ease while a tuk-tuk ride is oddly thrilling; you can haggle in the night markets and find serenity in the mountain temples; visit the elephant palace, dive with whale sharks, explore by waterboat and skytrain, enjoy Thailand’s dramatic landscape and its crystal-clear waters. Have it all.
U is for Ushuaia
We’ve had the world’s most northerly capital city, so let’s have the gateway to the South Pole as well. Ushuaia is right at the southernmost tip of Argentina, and offers the opportunity to hitch a ride on an expedition down to Antarctica — for a honeymoon unlike any other.
Ushuaia itself offers fantastic adventures at the end of the world, including Seal Island catamaran tours and hiking around the forests of Tierra del Fuego, while Argentina is a superb honeymoon destination in its own right. Escape to a yurt in Patagonia, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, witness the might and majesty of Iguazú Falls.
V is for Vancouver
Our top pick from the abundance of riches that is Canada, Vancouver brings you a gourmet sampler platter of every type of honeymoon you can imagine. Relaxation and adventure, city lights and spectacular nature, the beaches of Vancouver Island and the mountain retreat of nearby Whistler.
Don’t miss the frankly terrifying Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, where you can walk through a narrow canopy trail 70m high in the forest and venture onto a glass-bottomed walkway against the side of a cliff.
W is for Walt Disney World
Disney World desperately wants to show you a good time, and you don’t have to be a kid to dive right in and simply let it. The parks open early and close late, they’ve got queue management down to a fine art, and there’s just so much to see and experience.
Orlando is compact and easily-navigated, so hire a car and take in as much as you possibly can. Beyond the four Disney parks (and two waterparks), Universal’s Islands of Adventure is arguably the best theme park on the planet, and Busch Gardens in nearby Tampa is beautiful and thrilling in equal measure…
X is for Xcaret, Mexico
… though if you’re looking for candidates for the world’s most beautiful theme park, we’d urge you to consider Xcaret, just south of Cancún. It’s an eco-archaeological park featuring genuine Mayan structures, underground rivers and recreations of ancient cultural traditions.
Cancún is perfect for both relaxing on the Caribbean shoreline and exploring the vast number of awe-inspiring Mayan pyramids, temples and ruins dotted throughout the Yucatán peninsula. A honeymoon fiesta among the colours, cuisine and culture of Mexico!
Y is for New York
In a word: energy. If the idea of two weeks lazing on a tropical beach somewhere makes you feel twitchy, a honeymoon spent among the buzz and restlessness of New York City could be precisely what you’re looking for. It’s America’s cultural capital, its artistic heartland and its culinary epicentre.
Tickets to a Broadway musical and a speedboat ride past the Statue of Liberty, have brunch on the upper west side and pizza in the village, a metro card for the subway and a carriage ride in Central Park, visit the Guggenheim and Bloomingdales — your honeymoon gift list practically writes itself!
Z is for Zanzibar & Tanzania
Rounding off our list, the quintessential safari and beach combination. Fringed with mango trees, the coral beaches on Zanzibar’s eastern shore are some of the very best in Africa, and Zanzibar also offers the opportunity to visit a working spice farm and explore the Arabian fortresses of Stone Town.
Then into Tanzania, to the vast open plains of the Serengeti and the colossal game reserve of Selous. Stay in a lodge on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater and climb to the peak of Kilimanjaro. Witness the great migration and camp in the Masai Mara. Zanzibar and Tanzania give you the adventure of a lifetime.
The honeymoon gift list service from Buy Our Honeymoon means that your guests can contribute meaningfully to your honeymoon instead of buying more stuff for your home — wedding gifts that are more romantic than a new frying pan, and much more meaningful than just cash. Let your guests give you the world!
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