Whisk Your Loved One Away on a Honeymoon to Remember
A honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime escape, a time to celebrate, reminisce and forge amazing memories. So rather than following the pack to traditional destination favourites, why not opt for a honeymoon experience that’s truly unique and full of undiscovered, romantic charm?
Of course, it’s not just newlyweds who yearn for romantic destinations: nearly half (49%) of travellers say that a ‘romantic atmosphere’ will be a key consideration when picking a destination this year. And we see a growing contingent of travellers planning and taking ‘romantic trips’ such as a honeymoon or anniversary: over one in ten travellers went on a romantic holiday in 2017, growing to more than a third (37%) who expect to take such a trip in 2018.
To offer some inspiration, we reveal some of the world’s top romantic gems just waiting to be explored...
Take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Sinetta, the home of huskies, reindeer and breath-taking views of the Northern Lights. Whether that’s riding through a snowy wonderland on a husky lead sleigh, visiting the Santa Claus Village or trying skiing at the Ounasvaara Ski Resort, there’s something for every kind of newlywed at this winter wonderland.
Where to stay: Get cosy with a stay in the Arctic Glass Igloos in Sinetta. These glass igloos are located on the Arctic Circle and each offer heated floors and thermal glass roofs with a view of the sky, perfect for cuddling under the stars. The igloos also have a special Aurora Borealis alarm service that guarantees guests won’t miss a sighting of the Northern Lights. Guests can enjoy a snow sauna, outdoor hot tub and can grab a bite or drink in the ice bar and restaurants.
Stranraer has a history as a ferry port, situated at the head of Loch Ryan. As well as attractions like the Logan Botanic Garden, Castle Kennedy Gardens and Stranraer Museum, visitors have a range of delicious seafood restaurants to choose from with views straight up the loch.
Where to stay: Keep your love alight with a stay at the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, which offers an idyllic getaway in the remote village of Kirkcolm in Stranraer where even the local pubs and restaurants are a drive away. With its light still beaming as a warning for ships approaching the mouth of Loch Ryan, Corsewall Lighthouse has the charm and romance of a functioning lighthouse from 1815 with all the comforts of a present-day hotel. The unique property has a restaurant on site where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an option to add champagne – perfect for toasting to your new life together!
Let love lift you up and away with a trip to Urgup, where you can admire all the jaw-dropping sites from a hot air balloon. Sail across the “Land of Beautiful Horses” and admire the famous vineyards, moon-like landscapes and fruit orchards. At the end of the trip, passengers can celebrate with a glass of champagne. Safely back on the ground, why not try a glass of the local vintage, as Urgup is the region's wine capital.
Where to stay: Asuwari Suites Cappadocia is located in Urgup and is a short walk away from local landmarks including the Mazi Underground City and Nikolos Monastery. The property itself offers a boutique experience, along with all the rustic charm you'd expect from a 110-year-old family home.
To explore the region's glistening lakes and hot springs, hike across the Saltos Del Huilo-Huilo or visit the Choshuenco volcano in Neltume for a truly remote romantic getaway. You'll be in awe of the many contrasting landscapes on offer, from serene waterfalls and imposing, snow-topped mountains to lush forests.
Where to stay: Create your own love nest with a treehouse stay at Huilo Huilo Nothofagus Hotel & Spa, within walking distance to area's rivers and lakes. The location is ideal for couples wanting a break from city life. The property features swimming pools and a spa, as well as a charming restaurant serving a variety of dishes to suit every palate. For the active couple, you can even hire ski equipment on site and take to the slopes for a completely different kind of experience.
Based on research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 56,727 respondents were surveyed (2000+ from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the US, and 1000+ each from Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, and New Zealand). Respondents completed an online survey in October 2017.