20 Best Honeymoon Destinations For 2017

  • DEEPAK KANNAN
  • Dec 14, 2016
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Getting married is one of the best things that can happen in one's life. But what makes the marriage complete and memorable is the honeymoon that follows. A honeymoon is also the time one can really understand each other and establish a strong bond for life. To make the most of it, you have to go honeymooning to the best honeymoon destinations. From picture perfect destinations to romantic escapades to idyllic islands to adventurous destinations to hilly terrains, we have made a list of 20 top honeymoon destinations for you to visit in 2017 for a truly amazing honeymoon experience. 

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

  

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The popular tourist destination of Reykjavik is the capital and the largest city of Iceland. Set at the heart of Iceland, the city is painted with small quaint, colorful buildings that give the city its distinct charm. Boasting of a plenty of art, music, and food festivals, Reykjavik is one of the best honeymoon destinations to visit in 2017 that sparkles full of life. Get a Reykjavik city card to experience the city to its fullest with all the favorite deals at your reach. 

Things to do: Dine at the mirrored dome restaurant of Perlan that provides a 360-degree view of the city. Cleanse yourself in one of the many geothermal springs in Reykjavik. Admire the striking sculpture of the Sun Voyager that is known as the dreamboat, an ode to the Sun and bask in the setting. When it gets dark, try stealing a kiss under the totally magical northern lights. 

Best time to visit: May - September.
 
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2. Seychelles, East Africa

Seychelles is an archipelago and a country in the East Africa, located in the Indian Ocean. Not known to many, Seychelles has inspiring shorelines and a laidback setting that is dotted with white-sand beaches, and secluded coves making it a popular destination for honeymooners who prefer a private and a tropical experience. Seychelles is totally surreal with its fiery sunsets and turquoise waters. 

Things to do: Go Snorkeling together alongside the baby sharks and colorful fishes at Sainte Anne Marine National Park. Head to the stunning Anse Lazio beach and start taking a million photographs, like literally! When you are done, hike to the Anse Georgette beach that is one of the hidden gem of a place in Seychelles. Tell your love story and befriend a giant turtle at the Curieuse Island. 

Best time to visit: April, May, October, and November.
 
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3. Jackson Hole, USA

  

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Perched in between the Teton Mountain range and the Gros Ventre range in Wyoming, Jackson Hole Valley is an ideal location for honeymooners who are looking for outdoor adventures. Considered as the mecca for snow sports lovers and mountain climbers, the valley is adorned with colorful flowers and is surrounded by massive mountains making it a picturesque location. So if you are looking for honeymoon destinations in US with a dose of adventure, Jackson Hole Valley is THE place for you.

Things to do: Take a trip to the Grand Teton National park and Jackson Hole Mountain resort that is carpeted in a diverse and an extreme terrain complete with plenty of enthralling adventure activities. From Gondola rides to air ballooning to cross-country skiing, you have it all, Jackson hole is also one of the best ski resorts in USA. To make your honeymoon extra romantic, book yourself a couple spa suite with a mountain view. 

Best time to visit: Jackson Valley is populated by varied activities both during the summers and the winters. So visit the place based on your preference.
 
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4. Carmel by the sea, USA

Characterized by quaint cottages, bohemian setting, and stone chimneys, Carmel by the sea is a coastal city in the Monterey county of California. Styled in a European fashion, Carmel by the sea is highlighted by attractive beaches and a beautiful scenery. Spend your honeymoon all poetic in this artistic destination that is rich with artists and creators and just relax in the Mediterranean setting. 

Things to do: Visit the Point Lobos that is enchanting with its dense canopy of trees. Go on a coastal drive along the 17-mile that offers some of the amazing sceneries. Catch a show at the open Forest theater which is lovely and makes up for an amazing evening experience. Take a leisurely walk across the sandy Carmel State beach and don't forget to taste the rich seafood of the city. 

Best time to visit: All year round.
 
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5. Orkney, Scotland 

  

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Situated off the north coast of Great Britain, Orkney is an archipelago in Scotland that takes you back to nature with its award winning beaches, dramatic highlands, and rugged cliffs. The constant clamor of the seabirds along with the rich heritage of Orkney adds to the character and the uniqueness of the island making it one of the magical European destinations to visit during your honeymoon. 

Things to do: Gaze at the prehistoric monument of the Standing Stone of Stenness set in the wild landscape of Orkney. Stand at the edge of the Yesnaby Cliff that is windy and catch the spectacular views of the bay. Go on a ferry ride. Take a fun tour of the Scapa Distillery and taste the freshly distilled whiskey. Experience the best coastal walk of your life at Brough of Birsay that is calming and helps you take your mind off. 

Best time to visit: May - July.
 
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6. Munnar, India

Set at a height of 1,600 meters above the sea level, the town and the hill station of Munnar in the state of Kerala is one of the most sought after honeymoon places in India. Carpeted by tea estates, exotic flora, and lush grasslands, Munnar is totally exotic and takes you closer to nature. With the aroma of the spices filling up the atmosphere, spend a tranquil and a peaceful honeymoon in the breathtaking, idyllic tourist destination of Munnar. If you prefer a honeymoon destination in Asia, choose Munnar as the place to go.

Things to do: Take a tour of the tea gardens in Munnar and pick up tea bags from the tea museum. Head to the Top station for some breathtaking views of the Western Ghats that is covered in clouds. Go couple boating in the tranquil Kundala Dam lake. Escape to the popular Mattupetty Dam and admire the dense vegetation around the place. For some amazing photographs, visit the scenic Photo point. 

Best time to visit: June - September.
 
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7. Bled, Slovenia

  

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If you are a lover of fairytales and have always dreamed of spending your honeymoon in a magical place that is totally one of a kind then you should take an escape to Bled in Slovenia. Sitting on top of the Lake Bled, the town of Bled is a paradise on earth that will surpass all your expectations for a picturesque honeymoon. Emerald green lake, medieval castle, and the rocky cliffs make Bled a must visit destination in Europe for tourists especially honeymooners who wish to see something out of the world. 

Things to do: Soak in the idyllic Lake Bled that is totally beautiful and one of the remarkably romantic places to spend your honeymoon at. Connect with the lake better, by indulging in kayaking and river rafting adventurous. Take a detour to the incredible Vintgar Gorge. Experience the true taste of Bled by munching on the sweet delicacy of Bled cream cake. Spend time admiring the wonderful Bled castle and most of it all, enjoy every ounce of Bled which is completely magical and definitely one-of-a-kind. 

Best time to visit: April, May, September, and October.
 
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8. Masai Mara National Park, Africa

Famous worldwide for its Masai Lions, Tanzanian Cheetahs, and African Leopards, Masai Mara National Park in southwest Kenya is one of the best and the most popular reserves in the whole of Africa that is incredible and temptingly special. Home to one of the biggest ecosystem including over 95 different species of mammals and 570 different species of birds, the national park is diverse. Masai Mara National Park is for couples who love to get adventures during their honeymoon and have an off-beat experience. 

Things to do: Explore the rich wildlife in the park by going on a safari or a jeep ride that takes you through the Acacia-dotted plains inhabited by the animals. Understand the Maasai culture and traditions and try implementing them. Camp in the wilderness of the park, dance around campfires, sleep to the sound of the night and wake up to the sound of the wild animals beckoning you to explore. 

Best time to visit: July - October.
 
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9. Aruba, Dutch Caribbean

  

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The island of Aruba in the southern Carribean Sea is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Adorned by plenty of powdery white beaches, divi-divi trees, and all inclusive honeymoon resorts, Aruba has a subtle beach setting that is perfect for honeymoon couples who wish to have fun and relax at the same time. Thanks to the friendly nature of the locals and a near perfect weather, Aruba has all the characteristics needed for a place to make it a perfect honeymoon destination. 

Things to do: Scan the shore lands of Eagle beach & Palm beach and witness the sight of the beautiful sunset that fills the bay with a crimson orange tinge. Bring out the child in you by enjoying the fun rides at the Palm island water park. And dive in the Natural Pool for a relaxing swim. With plenty of other activities like scuba diving to snorkeling to jeep rides, Aruba will keep you entertained.  

Best time to visit: April - August.
 
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10. Palawan, Philippines

If you want to enjoy the wild charm of a jungle, the spectacular sight of the mountains, and pristine beaches, all at a single location, then take a trip to Palawan. The tropical island of Palawan in the Philippines is one of a hidden gem of a location that is yet to be explored to its fullest. Characterized by its emerald green and blue waters, quaint fishing villages, and barracuda filled shipwrecks, Palawan is peaceful and less crowded making it one of the less commercialized honeymoon destinations. 

Things to do: Go on an adventurous tour exploring the Puerto Princesa Underground River that is really impressive with its stalactite formations. Plunge into the Tubbataha reef that is populated with colorful corals, turtles, sharks, and barracudas. Acquaint yourself with the tropical destination of El Nido and Taytay characterized by limestone cliffs and a thriving wildlife. Ride on a scooter from El Nido to the beautiful Nacpan beach. 

Best time to visit: November - May.
 
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11. Spiti Valley, India

  

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If you are a couple who loves backpacking and road travel, then Spiti Valley is definitely for you. One of the most beautiful places to visit in North India, Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley perched high in the Himalayan mountains located in between Tibet and India. Home to a seriously challenging terrain, scattered villages, ancient monasteries, and incredible landscapes, Spiti Valley is enchanting and offers one of the unforgettable experiences of your life making your honeymoon even special. Spiti Valley can be reached by road from Manali and Shimla. 

Things to do: Gaze at the incredible looking Chandratal Lake set in the middle of a vast grassland engulfed by towering mountains and perfectly laid-out valleys. Explore the rugged trails of the Spiti Valley by going on a Yak safari. Take a trek to the high mountain pass of Kunzum that offers scenic views of the valley, iced with snow on the top. 

Best time to visit: May - October.
 
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12. Habarana, Sri Lanka

Situated in close proximity to the ancient rock fortress and the castle ruin of Sigiriya, the compact city of Habarana in the Anuradhapura district of Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination for adventure and wildlife enthusiasts. And especially, if you are a safari lover then Habarana will come in as a treat for you. Given the relatively inexpensive stay and travel options inside the city, Habarana is one of the best budget honeymoon destinations. While you are there you can also plan to visit the most charming beaches in Sri Lanka.

Things to do: Go on a tour to the wonderful Minneriya and Kaudulla National parks, ride on the backs of the religiously famous Sri Lankan elephants, cleanse yourself in an elephant splash, and when you have had enough of the elephants, ride in the locally famous bullock carts for a truly authentic experience. 

Best time to visit: January - April
 
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13. Cappadocia, Turkey

  

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The geologically rich region of Cappadocia is a unique historical and cultural center in Turkey that attracts plenty of international tourists every year. Populated by cone-shaped fairy chimneys that are scattered along the terrain of the region, Cappadocia offers an other-worldly experience highlighted by a cavern architecture. Go on a honeymoon to Cappadocia for a fascinating historic experience that is second to none and awe the exceptional natural wonders. If you desire for a non beach honeymoon go for Cappadocia!

Things to do: Explore the underground caves and churches that dot the place for a totally unique and a one of a kind experience. Go floating on air balloons that soar high in the sky and proclaim your love to the world from the top. And don't forget to click 'n' number of pictures to cherish the memories for a lifetime. 

Best time to visit: All year round.
 
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14. Cape Winelands, South Africa

Cape Winelands is a district municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Romance demands wine and what's a better place to toast to a glass of wine than the popular wine destination of Cape Winelands. Lined with some of the world's best wine routes, Cape Winelands produces one of the best wines in the world. Admire the beautiful scenery along vineyard, get intoxicated by the rich taste of the wines, and have a transcending experience. 

Things to do: Hike along the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve highlighted by wonderful sceneries and aesthetically beautiful waterfalls. Escape to one of the many wineries that adorn the place and relish the warm, smoky taste of the carefully handcrafted wines. Go on a tasting tour of the Fairview Wine and Cheese farm. And make sure you pack your bags with plenty of them when you go back home. 

Best time to visit: March - August.
 
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15. Quebec City, Canada

  

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Considered as the one of North America's oldest and the culturally rich settlements, Quebec City in Canada is a French-speaking small city that welcomes its visitors with its charming atmosphere and European vibe that lingers in your hearts even after you leave the place. For a more amazing honeymoon experience, visit Quebec City during the winter season when it's snowing. During that time, the city looks extra special as it shines with Christmas and New Year fervor and the whole place looks magical with snow. 

Things to do: Take a romantic stroll along the cobblestoned streets of Quebec city adorned with quaint cafes and restaurants. Explore the city by riding on a horse-drawn carriage. Shop seamlessly in one of the best shopping centers of Quartier Petit Champlain and pick up souvenirs for your loved ones. Head to the Montmorency Falls park to have a sight of the gorgeous waterfalls amidst nature's best. 

Best time to visit: June - September and December - February.
 
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16. White House, Jamaica

Home to some 4,000 residents, White House is a settlement in Jamaica that is a whole world in itself. Served by the all-inclusive Sandals Whitehouse beach resort, White House is an increasingly popular tourist destination especially for honeymooners given the tranquility and the unspoiled nature of the destination. Disconnect from the outer world and get connected soulfully in the mythical location of White House. 

Things to do: Relax in the amazingly clean Whitehouse beach that is mild with few ripples and ideal for swimming. Go on a water adventure by booking a private Black River Safari cruise that is educational and interesting offering you a chance to witness the crocodiles in their natural habitat while showcasing you the best sceneries. Take a picnic to the lovely YS falls that is complete with tractor rides, zip lines, and rope swings. 

Best time to visit: November - December.
 
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17. Machu Picchu, Peru

  

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Standing at a height of 2,430 meters above the sea level, Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel perched on top of a Mountain Ridge that is historically significant. Encircled by majestic mountain ranges and breathtaking views, Machu Picchu is one of the most wonderful creations of mankind. Over the years, the manmade wonder has braved many natural disasters and is now one of the great monuments in the world. Machu Picchu is for honeymooners who are historic enthusiasts and love to be blown away by the beauty of the setting. 

Things to do: Trek along the Huayna Picchu and the Inca Trails that offer some of the best views and is worth every step. Soak in the tranquil atmosphere of the place that is soulful and gives you a lifting experience. And catch sight of the totally surreal sunrise and sunset that paints the horizon in all red with shades of orange. 

Best time to visit: April - October.
 
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18. Corfu, Greece

The Greek island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea is one of the most beautiful and popular islands in Greece. Highlighted by its regional and cultural significance, crystal clear seas, lovely villages, bustling nightlife, and historic monuments, Corfu is a mix of the cosmopolitan and traditional lifestyle. The island has a Venetian feel to it making it an intriguing and charming honeymoon destination to visit in 2017. 

Things to do: Drive along the fishing village and the peaceful resort of Kassiopi that comes with beautiful views. Head to the lovely Paleokastritsa Beach that has a crystal clear water. Take a trip to the historical landmark of Kaiser's Throne that is on of the highest point of the Pelekas village and observe the beauty of Corfu and the whole of Greece. 

Best time to visit: March - May & September - November.
 
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19. Cinque Terre, Italy

  

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Cinque Terre is a collection of five small villages that are set amid one of the picturesque coasts in the world. All colorful and compact, all the five villages can be easily accessed by foot moreover, it is not feasible to travel by cars. The terraced houses that look like being built one above the other, add to the character of the place and Cinque Terre has a totally unique vibe to it that is a mix of the Italian influence and nature's best. Visit Cinque Terre for a dramatic honeymoon. 

Things to do: Go on a hiking tour to all the five villages of Cinque Terre - Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, and Monterosso al Mare and understand the uniqueness of each place. Enjoy the magnificent views for Castello Doria. And when it's dark, toast a glass of wine against the sound of the crashing waves to the everlasting bond of marriage.

Best time to visit: March - May, September & October.
 
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20. Sintra, Portugal

Nestled amidst the lush green pine-covered hills of Serra de Sintra is the Portuguese fairytale town of Sintra. Decorated with a remarkable landscape, romantic and exquisite castles, mist-soaked forests, and dreamy gardens, Sintra is one of the unexplored honeymoon destinations in the world that should be explored in 2017.

Things to do: Escape to the mystical Quinta da Regaleira that is complete with gorgeous walking paths, secret doors, caves, and fountains. Hike to the Castle of the Moors that offers splendid views of the wonderful city of Sintra and the incredible skyline. Head to the small hilly town of Centro Historico de Sintra that is lined with plenty of small shops and cafes adding to the old world charm of the town. 

Best time to visit: March - May, September and October.
 
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DEEPAK KANNAN DEEPAK KANNAN

- Writer. Oldsoul. Batman fan. Deepak is an Engineering graduate, currently working as a Content Strategist in TripHobo.

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