You have the rest of your life to do a quick weekend away, a domestic beach trip, or a short hop somewhere. But & now? For your honeymoon? If you have the resources, this is an excellent time to indulge in an exotic trip and explore some far-off land together. Whether you choose the Maldives, Thailand, or Bali, the excitement will mount as you board a long-haul flight to paradise.
Travelers to the Maldives, a chain of tiny islands — many of which have just one resort each — in the Indian Ocean, come for the diving, as well as the empty white-sand beaches, pale-blue lagoons, and being totally, unutterably away from it all.
Thailand offers a heady mix of beaches, a spa culture with a unique menu of local treatments, and some of the most vibrant food in the world. Yes, you can lie in the sand and snorkel in the sea, but you'll also want to get out and explore the museums, temples, and markets. Some of Thailand's best markets open only after dark; others serve guests out of boats on the river. Take a cooking class here and you'll take home an understanding of how to create these bright, intense flavors — a gift to yourselves that will last longer than any tan.
Bali is a more exotic honeymoon, perfect for couples who are excited about biking through terraced rice paddies, learning about the local religious practices, and exploring the stunning temples. Wherever you wander, you're sure to come home with an Instagram feed's worth of irreplaceable memories.
Australia and New Zealand are also worth the 12-hour-plus plane trips, and though no resorts from these bucket-list destinations made the list this year, there are plenty that would make even the pickiest traveler swoon. Check out the rest of Brides.com's honeymoon section for more!
The "2015 Brides Best Honeymoons" top-resort lists were based on the quality of TripAdvisor reviews of properties with more than 30 reviews and a significant percentage of honeymoon reviews.