Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations (part 2):
In this post top travel expert, Nick Smith [insert link] gives his second instalment of Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations:
5) Tenerife. Not an obvious choice for a honeymoon, however for winter weddings or for those more budget conscious, you can do a lot worse. The island is shaking off its tacky party image and now has lots to offer the more discerning traveller. Better to avoid Playa de la Americas and head to the more upmarket resorts such as Los Gigantes.
Top tip: hire a car (which is inexpensive) and explore areas such as the stunning Masca or, for the more outwardly minded, climb the massive Mount Teide (weather permitting).
Getting to Tenerife is as easy as it gets, most low cost airlines fly direct with prices starting from around £100 pp. Alternatively, BA have direct flights for not too much more. For longer breaks, jump on the ferry to La Gomera which is very chilled out and really relaxing.
4) Paris. Always popular, the city of love has everything to offer newlyweds, from romantic strolls around the Sacre Coeur, to sipping Beaujolais wine in a brasserie on the Champs Elysees.
Top tips: always use the Eurostar to get there (look for the reasonably priced Standard Premier seats for more comfort), and stay central. There are some very reasonable offers for hotels in the Defence business district although these probably suite the business or casual leisure traveller rather than a honeymooner.
A river cruise along the Seine and a journey up the Eiffel tower go without saying.
3) Bali. A long journey but well worth it. There is so much to do here, from seeing temples in Ubut, to surfing at Echo beach, to day trips to Islands. Bali has practically everything for the
honeymooners. Top tip is to avoid the more commercial areas of Kuta and instead get a boat over to Nusa Lembongan or Gili Islands, where life are more chilled out and the area less developed. Bali is reasonably inexpensive for most things except, that is, wine. Garuda Airlines, if booked well in advance, have flights from around £550 per person although there are no direct flights as yet from UK. Accommodation is plentiful, although August is peak season so recommend booking ahead, particularly on the Islands (and the boats to the Islands).
2) Cape Verde. Always popular with honeymooners, the archipelago off the coast of West Africa is guaranteed year round sunshine and offers golden sands, warm hospitality and plenty of exploring opportunities. Each island has its own unique charm, so honeymooners can chose between beach resorts, mountains and volcanos, culture and nightlife. Not the easiest place to fly to but worth the extra effort. Reasonably expensive so if planning your honeymoon here, better save up!
1) Bora Bora. Nestled in French Polynesia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora is not on everyone’s radar. It takes around 24 hours to fly there from the UK and does not come cheap. A 10-day package starts at around £10k per person. It attracts much more curious web searches than actual serious bookings, but it probably doesn’t get more exotic than this. I saw some data that suggests whilst many people start out searching Bora Bora, they end up booking Majorca!
Top tip: unless you have deep pockets, just dream of this destination…
– Nick Smith
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Blog posted by Grant Morgan, wedding planner Provence.