A honeymoon is a unique travel opportunity. It’s the excuse to take the ultimate holiday of a lifetime to a far-away land that none of your family or friends have ever been to. So don’t expect to find the South of France, the Maldives or any other destination that features on your typical list of Top 10 honeymoon destinations.

Instead, we present you with our hand-picked selection of the world’s finest, awe-inspiring, alternative destinations for 2018 and beyond.

Cua Can beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

We’ve also included the Best Local Hotels with prices for standard doubles and luxury villas, Best Beaches, Best Time To Go plus Flight Times & Prices.

Good luck deciding where to go! If I were you I’d opt for a 3 week multi-destination trip.

(Incidentally, this article was based upon a client’s brief. In short, “We want to push the boat out, go somewhere different, off the beaten track… somewhere unusual, somewhere amazing.” They were open to suggestions, flexible with dates and best of all, they didn’t have a budget! The ideal kind of clients!)

Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations

  1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

  2. India

  3. Vietnam

  4. Zanzibar, Tanzania

  5. Uruguay

  6. Japan

  7. Galapagos, Ecuador

  8. St Petersburg, Russia

  9. Hong Kong

  10. South Pole, Antarctica


  • Due to the Zika virus in South America and the Caribbean, we have dropped a couple of exceptional destinations that would otherwise have made it onto our list.
  • Hotel prices apply when booking direct with hotel. Many now offer their best rates booking direct rather than through comparison sites. You may find cheaper package deals but we think it’s unlikely.
  • Flights quoted via Skyscanner.
  • Prices correct as of 13 and 28 March 2017. Exchange rate, £ to $: 1.22.

1) Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia, Bora Bora is one of the most celebrated islands in the South Pacific. Okay, so it’s not particularly alternative! However due to its inaccessibility it is an island that relatively few Brits have ever stepped foot on, hence its inclusion here.

Idyllic Matira Beach, Bora Bora

At the island’s centre and towering 2,500 feet into the air are the rugged, blackened Mounts Pahia and Otemanu – remnants of a long-extinct volcano that now support a thriving, lush-green tropical eco-system.

Beautiful coral reefs form a protective barrier around the island creating numerous lagoons of the most intense turquoise imaginable and filled with brightly colours schools of fish. And dotted around are dozens of idyllic palm-covered islets boasting some of the finest beaches you will ever see.

The island is host to predominantly super-luxe resorts that feature beautifully designed over-water bungalows and world-class spas. Possibly the most beautiful place on earth, it’s a truly magical place to visit and rightly sits at number one of our list of top ten alternative honeymoon destinations.

Best Time to Visit Bora Bora: Between May-October, with July-October the optimum months. Brief downpours can occur at any time – you are in the tropics after all. It is wet and humid November-April. Average temperature close to 30 degrees all year round.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia – image taken from space!

Best Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora

Best Hotel on Matira: InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

7 nights, peak season, overwater bungalow: £5,200.00 | Beach bungalow: £4,290.00

Best Hotel on Bora Bora: Four Seasons Bora Bora

7 nights, peak season, luxury overwater bungalow: £19,700.00 | Standard overwater bungalow: £8,575.00

Flights from London to Bora Bora, peak season: from £1,500.00 per person, takes 1 day with 2 stop overs (ok, so it’s the other side of the world – best you bite the bullet now seeing that you won’t make the trip when you’re middle aged with kids, or pensioned off!) 

2) India

Stretching from the lofty, frozen summits of the Himalayas to the deep, dark and tropical greenery of Kerala, India encompasses an unparalleled variety of impressive landscapes, ancient cultures and peoples.

Kovalam Beach, Kerala

For many it is the infamous land of contrasts where abject poverty is countered by unimaginable beauty and compelling kindness. The thought of visiting this vast country evokes intense fear and dread in some and in others, pure excitement and delight. So we accept that many of you will instantly reject India as a potential honeymoon destination. However those that do decide to travel to this ancient and incredible country find that for every preconceived reason not to visit, there are a dozen infinitely better reasons why you should.

Despite its many juxtapositions, paradoxes and frustrations, India is an utterly enthralling honeymoon destination that will positively change the way you view the world and even possibly yourself!

And I didn’t even mention the food!

Best Time to Visit India: India is at its best from November-March. Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Rajasthan and Goa and are ideal at this time. Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the South are best between January-March. And the Himalayas from April-October, with July-September ideal. Away from the mountains April-June is scorching. Monsoon rains from June-September.

Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the Himalayas, as seen from Darjeeling

Best Beach: Kovalam, Kerala

Best Hotel in Kovalam: The Leela, Kovalam

7 nights, peak season, premium suite: £3,100.00 | Standard double: £1,000.00

(Probably) The Best Hotel in Northern India: Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

7 nights, peak season, deluxe suite: £53,500.00 | Standard double: £8,600.00

(Probably) The Best Hotel in The Indian Foothills: Wildflower Hall, Shimla

7 nights, peak season, premium suite: £7,650.00 | Standard double: £3,400.00

Flights from London to India, peak season: from £350.00 per person, 12 hours, 1 stop

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