The Caribbean and Hawaii are fantastic honeymoon destinations, but you don't want to have the same wedding dress as your friends, so why would you want to have the same honeymoon? Looking for a destination that's less tourist saturated? Go ahead and add these five spots to your list of honeymoon destinations up for consideration. Not only have your friends not honeymooned in any of these places, but they'll all have the FOMO when you're sharing amazing pics on Instagram.
Mainland Australia has long been a favorite with honeymooners because of the allure of the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef. However, just south of Melbourne you’ll find Tasmania, an island with a growing culinary scene, incredible wildlife (yes, Tasmanian devils), and dozens of hiking trails eager to be explored at Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Go sooner rather than later since Tasmania just took home a pile of tourism awards and may not be quite as undiscovered for long. Book a self-guided tour with Responsible Travel for a more authentic experience, thanks to meet-ups with locals, overnight farm stays, family-run B&Bs, and even a historic convict-built cottage for two.
Look beyond typical photo safaris in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Instead, consider Namibia, a country bursting with striking natural beauty that’s yet to be trampled by busloads of tourists and safari-goers. Namibia’s coastal Kaokoveld Desert offers captivating yet rugged landscapes alive with desert-adapted wildlife, including a small population of desert elephants. For adventurous couples, Wilderness Safaris’ Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is an unexpected oasis providing comfort and elegance by way of eight luxury safari tents, each with shaded outdoor decks. Enjoy game drives and nature walks, as well as excursions to the Skeleton Coast, home to a large fur seal colony, even shipwreck remains.
Your friends may have been to the Galapagos Islands, but probably not on board Grace Kelly's honeymoon yacht. Yes, the M/Y Grace is Grace Kelly’s actual honeymoon yacht, the one on which she sailed across the Mediterranean with new husband, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, in 1956. It’s hard to get more romantic. Criss-cross this famed archipelago on a seven-day sail on the M/Y Grace through Quasar Expeditions. Even better, book the new, luxurious Grace Kelly Suite. Plan on sea kayaking, island nature hikes, and snorkeling to explore the islands' wildlife, like red-footed boobies, sea lions, and giant sea tortoises.
Europe remains a popular honeymoon destination, but more often it’s Rome, Paris, and London that get the love from newlyweds. Rarely is Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, given due consideration. However, this vibrant city is a fresh and distinctive destination that’s just right for lovers of culture, design, and inventive cuisine (hello, reindeer steak). Traipse across bridges and explore romantic story-book neighborhoods across the 14 islands that make up Stockholm. Book a stay at Hotel C, home to Icebar Stockholm, the world’s first permanent ice bar, and try the Absolute Ice Experience, guided ice sculpting with an ice artist using ice blocks from the Torne River in northern Sweden.
Spend your honeymoon in the happiest place on earth. No, not Walt Disney World. Instead, think Bhutan, a country whose citizens take happiness very seriously. Bhutan’s fourth king created the Gross National Happiness Index to measure the happiness of the people, and even today, that’s still a big part of the draw. It’s not easy to get into this Buddhist kingdom on the edge of the Himalayas, but after a few days spent taking in the stunning landscapes and cliffside monasteries, you’ll be glad you put in the effort. Book a stay at the newest Six Senses luxury resort in Bhutan, which boasts five intimate guest lodges, rejuvenating spas, and personal butler service.