Guide to Honeymoon Destinations: Best Hotels & Activities
I'm a 2024 bride who is obsessed with researching honeymoon destinations in lieu of my growing list of other wedding planning duties. I'm focused on picking the most romantic setting and setting the tone for my best vacation yet. If you're lost in the honeymoon planning process, looking for inspiration or just want a luxe vacation with your partner, you've landed on the right page and I'm excited to share my research — my wedding gift to you!
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Where to stay
Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro
Elegant property overlooking the Indian Ocean with posh rooms and two refined restaurants in Dar es Salaam.
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Singita Sasakwa Lodge
Set on Sasakwa Hill, this hotel features ten gorgeous villas and safari experiences, perfect for couples and honeymooners alike.
One&Only Gorilla's Nest
Offering once-in-a-lifetime nature retreats, this luxury property is set in the foothills of Volcanoes National Park.
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Places to Visit on a Honeymoon
Africa - Safari / Gorilla Trekking - Perfect for the nature-loving couple. Most resorts including Singita include your full itinerary included in your stay (from food and drink to twice daily game drives, you'll stay busy on this honeymoon). I would recommend hopping over to Zanzibar after the safari to relax a bit.
Thailand - Explore one of the largest cities in Asia when you touch down in Bangkok (I always go for a food tour to get my bearings and experience the cuisine). Enjoy a rooftop like SkyBar, explore Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw, and shop through the Chatuchak weekend market). Once you fly to southern Thailand you're in relaxation mode. Take a private boat ride around the island to explore hidden beaches, Snorkel in the pristine waters of Koh Tao, and dine in the tree tops.
Sardinia and Rome - Start your honeymoon by unwinding at your resort in Sardinia, which is less crowded than other Italian honeymoon hot spots and has some of the best beaches in Italy. Sardinia offers a little bit of everything, beaches, shopping, wine tasting and hiking. For life-changing Italian, search for su filindeu, aka the rarest pasta in the world (only three women know the recipe to this day, and it has been passed down for 300 years!!).
Places to eat & drink
Singita - Food and drinks are included and are out of this world. Hosts at the properties go above and beyond to provde you a 5 star cuisine experience after you embark in the heart of nature of the Serengeti.
Bangkok - Explore Yaowarat Street (Chinatown) and sample street vendors. the smells of the street are intoxicating and you're eyes will be much larger than your stomach -- worth it tho. Grab dfrinks at SkyBar for the most epic views of the bustling city of Bangkok.
Koh Samui -- Dining on the Rocks is a headline of a Koh Samui trip, located at the Six Sense property overlooking the stunning views of the blue waters of Gulf of Thailane
Sardinia - Go for su filindeu at Il Rifugio, aka the most rare pasta in the world (only 3 women know the recipe to this day and has been passed down for 300 years!!)
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This guide is part of our ongoing series on honeymoons, and part of our ongoing series on couple's travel.