Which Destination to Choose for Your Honeymoon?

The concept of the honeymoon has evolved over time, transitioning from family and diplomatic rituals to romantic and personalized getaways. Today, the tradition continues to adapt to couples’ preferences, with an increasing number of unique destinations and tailor-made trips. Let’s take a look at a journey that’s always unforgettable…

Origins and Evolution of the Honeymoon

While some historians agree that wedding celebrations existed as far back as antiquity, it was not until the Middle Ages that noble couples embarked on journeys after marriage to visit their respective families. These trips, often diplomatic in nature, helped strengthen ties between new families.

Gradually, the diplomatic or familial nature of the journey evolved. During the Victorian era, British aristocrats and bourgeoisie would travel after their wedding to distance themselves from their families and visit romantic destinations in Europe, such as Italy and France. This new practice didn’t yet have a name, but several French authors referred to it as a “voyage in the English style”.

In the 20th century, the practice spread across different social classes and cultures. Advances in transportation allowed newlyweds to venture to more distant, often exotic destinations. The Caribbean islands, Hawaii, and the beaches of Southeast Asia became particularly popular.

Today, honeymoons are not just about beautiful tropical beaches. More diversified, honeymoons reflect the interests of young couples. Outdoor adventures, safaris, or cultural trips for some; relaxing stays in luxury hotels for others. More than ever, the trend is toward personalized travel experiences, whether through unique activities, new destinations, or custom-tailored stays.

To help you choose the perfect spot for your honeymoon, here’s a selection of the trendiest destinations for 2024. Whether you dream of fine sandy beaches, majestic mountains, or historic cities, these places that combine luxury, adventure, and romance will guide you to the perfect choice to start this new chapter of your life together.

French Polynesia

Why choose French Polynesia? Imagine paradise-like beaches, overwater bungalows, and breathtaking panoramas. French Polynesia offers newlyweds an idyllic setting. These five archipelagos, composed of around a hundred islands, promise total escapism, from snorkeling sessions and canoe rides on the lagoon to romantic walks on deserted white sandy beaches.

When to visit French Polynesia? French Polynesia enjoys a pleasant tropical climate year-round. Whether you plan your honeymoon in summer or winter, you’ll be greeted by mild and sunny weather, with average temperatures around 27°C.

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The Lofoten Islands

Why choose the Lofoten Islands? The Lofoten Islands are renowned for their stunning landscapes, with steep mountains plunging into the sea, majestic fjords, and picturesque fishing villages. The Lofoten Islands also offer one of the best chances to see the Northern Lights. It’s the perfect place for an isolated and romantic getaway in a fairytale setting.

When to visit the Lofoten Islands? The best time to visit the Lofoten Islands is generally during the summer months, from June to August. During this period, temperatures are milder, the days are long, and the weather conditions are more favorable. However, the best time to see the Northern Lights is during the winter months, from November to March.

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Mauritius

Why choose Mauritius? With its paradise beaches, turquoise waters, and luxury resorts, Mauritius is synonymous with romance and exoticism. The island also offers numerous activities for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, such as an excursion to Île aux Cerfs, a hike to the waterfalls in Black River Gorges National Park, or climbing Le Morne Brabant. You can also combine a relaxing stay in Mauritius with a few days of adventure on nearby Reunion Island.

When to visit Mauritius? The best time to visit Mauritius is generally during the austral winter months, from May to December, when the weather is drier and less hot.

View of Le Morne from Tamarin

To discover our travel journals on Mauritius, click here.

Morocco

Why choose Morocco? Morocco is a land of contrasts offering diverse experiences in a single trip. From the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the dunes of the Sahara, the Atlantic beaches, souks, and imperial cities, Morocco offers a unique blend of romance, culture, and adventure in an enchanting setting. Known for its charming riads, luxury hotels, and desert camps, it’s an ideal destination for a honeymoon rich in cultural discoveries, moments of relaxation, and unique experiences.

When to visit Morocco? Morocco is pleasant to visit year-round. However, it’s best to avoid the summer heatwaves. In July and August, temperatures can be extremely high, especially in Marrakech, Fes, and the desert. Prefer the Atlantic coast or the mountains for a more bearable climate during this period.

Selina Nomad Camp Agafay

Our itineraries and favorite spots in Essaouira and Marrakech are available here.

Belize

Why choose Belize? Belize is an ideal destination for a honeymoon, combining relaxation, adventure, and cultural discovery in a breathtaking natural setting. Explore the jungle and the remnants of ancient Mayan civilizations. Enjoy exceptional diving spots, such as the famous Blue Hole. Get lost in the cayes, a myriad of almost deserted islands, and relax on a paradise beach. Unforgettable memories are guaranteed.

When to visit Belize? Belize has a tropical climate, making it an attractive destination year-round. However, it’s best to visit during the dry season, from December to April, for the best weather conditions. September and October are to be avoided due to frequent rains and the risk of hurricanes.

South Water Caye, Belize
South Water Caye, Belize (Copyright © Olivier Delausnay)

To read our travel journals on Belize, click here.

Canada

Why choose Canada? With spectacular nature and wildlife, Canada is a paradise for adventure lovers and grand landscapes. From mountain hikes in the Rockies to kayaking expeditions in the fjords of British Columbia, to whale watching from a helicopter, the options for unforgettable experiences for two are endless. In terms of accommodation, Canada offers charming hotels, wooden chalets, suites with mountain views, and isolated lodges in the wilderness, accessible only by air or sea. For relaxation, what could be more romantic and unusual than a night in an ice hotel?

When to visit Canada? In Canada, the seasons dictate the adventures. In summer, hiking trails and clear waters invite exploration by kayak. In autumn, the patchwork of colors is best appreciated from above, by seaplane. In winter, the snowy slopes become a playground for skiers and dog sledding enthusiasts. No matter the time of year, Canada offers unique experiences and breathtaking landscapes to discover together.

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

Take a look at our travel diaries for itineraries and addresses in Western and Eastern Western.

Kenya

Why choose Kenya? Kenya is a true paradise for nature lovers and adventurers seeking grand landscapes and intense emotions. Nestled in nature, the luxury lodges and camps combine modern comfort with authentic charm, allowing you to live close to the wildlife without sacrificing comfort. Imagine waking up to the sound of birds, with a breathtaking view of the savannah, or an evening around a campfire, under the starry African sky. While Kenya is famous for its safaris, its white sandy beaches offer great opportunities to combine safari and relaxation in turquoise waters.

When to visit Kenya? During the great dry season (from July to October), animals gather around water sources and the grasses are low, making it easier to spot them. It’s also during this period that the great migration of wildebeest in the Masai Mara occurs, a natural spectacle not to be missed.

View of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park

To discover our safari itineraries and our favorite spots on the coast, click here.

Japan

Why choose Japan? Japan offers a honeymoon experience that goes off the beaten path, full of romance and sophistication. Beyond the cherry blossoms and tea plantations with Mount Fuji in the background, it’s the sensitivity of the Japanese people and the refinement of their traditions that will captivate your heart. From the ancient temples of Kyoto to the futuristic skyscrapers of Tokyo, and the serene intimacy of a ryokan, Japan promises a honeymoon rich in discoveries and wonders.

When to visit Japan? Japan is magical at any time of year, but some periods offer particularly memorable experiences for a honeymoon. In spring, hanami (cherry blossom viewing) is a must, though it’s very popular with tourists. In autumn, momiji refers to the period when maple leaves turn red, orange, and bright yellow, creating spectacular landscapes in parks, gardens, and mountains. In winter, soaking in an outdoor onsen surrounded by snow is a unique and romantic experience. The northern mountains of Japan also offer excellent ski resorts.

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Namibia

Why choose Namibia? A less common destination for a honeymoon, Namibia is ideal for couples seeking adventure and intimacy. From the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the vast Namib Desert, and the striking rock formations of Damaraland to the exceptional wildlife of Etosha National Park, Namibia offers plenty of opportunities for romantic photos and magical moments to share as a couple. Whether camping under the stars or staying in high-end lodges, the experience will undoubtedly be unforgettable.

When to visit Namibia? During the austral winter (May to October), temperatures are cooler and the days are sunny. This period also offers excellent safari opportunities as animals tend to gather near water sources.

Thailand

Why choose Thailand? Thailand offers a unique combination of paradise beaches, cultural richness, and stunning landscapes. From the rice fields and teak forests of the North to the islands of the South, from the ancient capitals of Siam to the Lana wood temples of Chiang Mai, Thailand holds all the promises of an unforgettable getaway for two, far from everything.

When to visit Thailand? The peak tourist season runs from November to February. The weather is dry and cool, ideal for exploring tourist sites and enjoying the beaches. However, this also means higher prices and more tourist crowds. The low season, from May to October, is warmer and more humid, allowing for lower prices and fewer tourists.

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Your honeymoon is more than just a getaway; it’s the start of a new adventure together, a celebration of your love and shared dreams. Choosing the perfect destination means creating memories that will last a lifetime, moments of sharing, discovery, and romance. Whether you dream of exotic beaches, cultural discoveries, or luxurious escapes, your honeymoon should be an unforgettable experience, reflecting your unique love story.

Need help planning your honeymoon? Tell us your dream destination, and we’ll take care of the rest! 😊

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