3 amazing, unique & far-flung honeymoon destinations

So you’ve organised the wedding, now it’s time to think about honeymoon destinations.

Lots of couples ask their guests to donate money to help pay for the honeymoon.

This is great if you want a unique and once-in-a-lifetime holiday, but don’t want to worry about the price tag.

If you’re after something a little bit different from your honeymoon, here are a few ideas for some unique destinations.

 

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A Historic Honeymoon… Japan

Japan’s unique culture makes it an extraordinary holiday destination. From the modern, high-tech capital of Tokyo to the ancient city of Kyoto, this enthralling country has something for everyone.

Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji is an impressive sight, and a visit to one of Japan’s many onsens (hot springs) will apparently knock years off you.

Any trip to Japan should start with Tokyo. This bustling capital mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, with neon-lit skyscrapers, anime shops and temples all crammed in on the same streets.

For a calmer side of Tokyo, the breath-taking public gardens of the Imperial Palace are so tranquil you’ll forget you’re in a bustling metropolis.

Kyoto, also known as the ‘City of Ten Thousand Shrines’, is one of the best-preserved ancient cities in Japan.

There’s so much to see and do, you’ll need at least three days here, and you still might not get to see everything.

No trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to see the peaks of Mount Fuji.

Hakone is a great place to visit and some hotels there even have their own hot springs.

 

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Accommodation

Try one of Tokyo’s capsule hotels for a unique experience. You must also stay in a traditional Ryokan, which comes complete with tatami-matted rooms and communal baths.

 

A Vibrant & Exotic Honeymoon… India

India is one of the most colourful and romantic countries in Asia.

There’s so much to explore, including historic temples, vibrant cities, golden beaches, teeming markets and some of the world’s most iconic monuments.

India is such a vast place that you’d never cover it all in one trip. I suggest starting with the Golden Triangle: New Delhi, the pink city of Jaipur, and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.

If you need to relax after your whistle-stop tour, a stay in Goa is ideal. With its beautiful sandy beaches and chilled out atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to unwind.

 

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Accommodation

For 5-star luxury in New Delhi opt for The Imperial on Connaught Place. Fodor’s Travel listed it amongst the top 15 Legendary Hotels around the world.

If you want a room with a view of the Taj Mahal and to be able to travel there in your own private golf buggy, try The Oberoi Amarvilas.

Your other option, if you have the cash, is to opt for staying in a holiday home or villa.

 

A Isolated Retreat Honeymoon… The Cook Islands

For your own little bit of paradise away from the beaten track, The Cook Islands are ideal for honeymooners seeking more than the usual clichés.

There are 15 islands in total with a population of just 15,000. Its flawless beaches, dense jungle and coral lagoons will make you want to stay indefinitely.

Rarotonga is the largest and most populated of the islands and is surrounded by a beautiful blue lagoon.

The northwest side of the island is perfect for snorkelling and you can even walk out amongst the coral.

From Rarotonga you can take a flight to Aitutaki, which is ideal if you want a romantic getaway where you can lose yourself in the serenity.

 

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Accommodation

The Pacific Resort Hotel Group have quality hotels in both Rarotonga and Aitutaki.

For the perfect honeymoon accommodation try the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa.

They offer Overwater Bungalows that jut out into the lagoon and give visitors unspoilt views from the veranda.

 

How can I cut costs right at the start?

If you’re flexible, then getting cheaper deals is a lot easier. With Lastminute.com you can get bargains on flights, hotels, train trips and even restaurants.

Shop around for the best exchange rates on your foreign currency or use moneycorp who will do the searching for you.

Opt for public transport instead of taxis. It’s cheaper and you don’t have to worry about being ripped off.

 

Hopefully this guide has given you some insight on some wonderful honeymoon destinations off the beaten track to ensure you have a lifetime of incredible memories.

 

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UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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