The wedding is over, the guests have gone home and the rings on you and your partner’s entwined fingers are glistening. Just married, you stare into each other’s eyes; thoughts of tan skin, sand between toes and pina coladas at an infinity pool fills the imagination, and the wanderlust begins to kick in.
It’s time to escape to paradise as newlyweds, but with so many options to choose from, what are the best island honeymoon destinations? These 5 islands never disappoint, from beautiful nature and exotic adventure to luxury and of course- plenty of romance.
Island life can be enjoyed all over the world, but when it comes to romantic islands, it’s hard to compete with Mauritius, located just off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It’s called “Paradise Island” for a reason; you’ll drink in the seemingly unreal beauty of endless white sand beaches and marvel at water of every blue shade, but what makes Mauritius stand out are the adventures that allow you to really soak in the local culture and explore this untouched jewel. Comb favorite shorelines such as Grand Bay, Pereybere and Belle Mare to get that postcard appeal. When relaxing gives way to exploration, nix expensive taxis and rent a car- Mauritius is known for its capable motorway that takes you through lush sugarcane plantations and bustling markets. Visit the village of Charamel for the infamous “Seven Colored Earth” and the highest waterfall on the island.
Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
Looking for complete peace and relaxation? Then consider Koh Yao Noi for your honeymoon- It is amongst the quietest islands in Thailand. Translating to “Small Long Island”, it’s located just a 30 minute speed boat ride from Phuket, and travel time is a breeze from Bangkok to Phuket National Airport. Koh Yao Noi is for couples seeking that solitude and tranquility you think of when it comes to a deserted tropical island, as it’s far different from other popular, tourist-laden beaches of Thailand. You won’t find backpackers, bars blasting dance music or traffic jams. Instead, it’s just you and your significant other, the balmy weather and the paradise Thailand is world famous for.
Maui has consistently been rated as one of the top islands for a honeymoon, and for good reason- it’s got everything you need to plan a quick getaway without sacrificing luxury, adventure or stunning tropical scenery. It has something for every couple in terms of island resorts, with popular areas including Ka’anapali in West Maui (which has a plethora of options), Wailea (for couples seeking something more upscale), Makena and Kapalua. Embrace the “aloha spirit” Hawaii is known for, enjoying every day living in the present and sharing life energy with the person you love more than anything in the world. Explore Maui’s infinite beauty by snorkeling with sea turtles, hiking to a waterfall or taking an evening sunset cruise.
January through May is the best time to visit the “Spice Island”, when honeymooners can count on warm, dry weather to get the most out of what this Caribbean dreamland has to offer. Grenada is known for its excellent sailing conditions, and it’s popular to charter a yacht or roll in on-board your own. Besides sailing, the island boasts 40 white sand and black sand beaches that will give you that salt and sun satisfaction you crave. Hike through thick rain forest at Grand Etang National Park or relax away in the lap of luxury with numerous honeymoon packages to choose from.
Koh Samui, Thailand
If you’re looking for a more well-known honeymoon destination that still takes you and your partner to an exotic part of the world, Koh Samui is the land for love, with exceptional options and packages available, from planning a destination wedding in Thailand to booking an all inclusive honeymoon with plenty of romance. This island has a little something for everyone. Ride a songthaew to see the Big Buddha Temple at the Northernmost point and enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way. For nature buffs, there are incredible rock formations to ogle, waterfalls to cool off in and walking trails to explore at Na Muang Safari Park, as well as scuba diving and snorkeling at Ang Thong National Marine Park. If you enjoy a bit of party time, Chaweng is a popular area to grab a drink, while Lamai allows you to lay back in a hammock and enjoy the Thai tropical bliss with a fresh coconut.