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If you’re dreaming of a honeymoon on an island, you may be overwhelmed with the options. And, there are likely to be plenty you haven’t even thought about that could just provide the perfect spot for your newly-wedded bliss. These top choices are pretty much guaranteed to provide one of the most unforgettable romantic experiences possible.
It would be hard to find a more romantic island than the island of flowers. Flores is located in the Azores, an archipelago in the North Atlantic that offers surprisingly mild weather and tropical conditions, with lush landscapes and flowers everywhere, especially in the spring. Flores is also filled with stunning waterfalls, while the town of Faja Granda, Europe’s westernmost town, is famous for is spectacular lagoons, cliffs carved by grottoes, hot springs and volcanic remains. More magazine once named it among the world’s most exotic destinations for a sexy couple’s getaway.
Located between Australia and New Zealand in the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island is breathtaking and unspoiled, nearly untouched by humans. It hosts a very small native population and allows just 400 tourists to visit each year, guaranteeing plenty of opportunities for seclusion along with the chance to swim, snorkel or dive in the crystal-clear azure lagoon among a vibrant coral reef.
Considered to be one of most romantic islands in the Caribbean with its famous Pitons towering above the sparkling turquoise sea, St. Lucia is especially popular among honeymooners. Not only does it offers jaw-dropping scenery, but plenty of luxurious resorts where you can look forward to being pampered in every way imaginable, feeling as if the island was made just for you two.
The enchanting Garden Isle, or Kauai, perfectly sets the scene for romance with some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the Hawaiian Islands. As its name belies, it’s filled with colorful gardens and also hosts more waterfalls than any other island in the archipelago. The dramatic beauty lends itself to activities for two, like secluded dips in tranquil pools, kayaking the only navigable river in the state and sunset sails along the coast. You can even join a helicopter tour over the Na Pali Coast for a bird’s eye view of what’s often named one of the most eye-popping places on Earth.
If you’re looking for pure natural beauty and a tropical climate, Palau, located in the Western Pacific is a stunning island paradise with pristine white beaches, coral reefs, abundant marine life, waterfalls and dense forest. The Rock Islands Southern Lagoon is a UNESCO world heritage site that’s surely one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Tucked between Koror and Peleliu, discover places like the Milky Way, a surreal milky turquoise with white limestone that’s famous for rejuvenating the skin.
Located in the North Atlantic, Bermuda is a sub-tropical island famous for its beautiful pink sand beaches that stretch for 21 miles along brilliant turquoise waters. Horseshoe Bay Beach, with its long, curved stretch of pale pink sands, comes complete with secluded coves for privacy. Look forward to all sorts of activities too, from snorkeling and golfing to fantastic shopping. At the end of the day, head to one of the restaurants for a romantic dinner on the beach, dipping your toes in the sand and sipping wine while watching a glorious sunset.
One of the most desirable destinations for lovers, Bora Bora is sometimes referred to as the isle of romance, with its azure lagoons and jagged volcanic peaks having an especially seductive appeal. In fact, the readers of Travel + Leisure voted it the No. 1 island for romance. It not only boasts countless postcard-perfect beaches and breathtaking sunsets, but many lavish five-star resorts and overwater villas that are especially ideal for honeymooners.
“The Nature Island of the Caribbean,” Dominica is mostly undeveloped, providing an ideal destination for honeymooners who want to enjoy secluded romance and stunning landscapes with volcanic hot springs, countless waterfalls (many with pools underneath ideal for a dip) and alluring beaches. Black Sand Beach is home to a leatherback, hawksbill and green turtle sanctuary together. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, including boutique retreats with fabulous sea views tucked among gardens, palm and coconut trees.
Aitutaki Island can be found in the Cook Islands, located in the South Pacific between Hawaii and New Zealand. Its vivid turquoise lagoon is considered one of the best spots in the world to snorkel, and inside it lies One Foot Island, which hosts a beach that’s been voted most magnificent in the entire Pacific. Look forward to romantic boat rides or paddling a kayak together across the glassy waters, and if you honeymoon in July, watching whales together too.
Moorea is another one of the world’s most stunning islands, encircled by a lagoon of translucent green and fringed by a glistening azure Polynesian sea. while dramatic emerald-covered mountains create a fantasy-like backdrop. The island is home to incredible expanses of black and white sand beaches, perfect for relaxing together or jumping into the water to snorkel among the wealth of marine life.
You can’t go wrong with any of the Fiji islands, but Turtle Island is extra special for that unforgettable honeymoon with its serene beauty, exotic flavors and ultra-luxurious accommodation. Couples can enjoy intimate moonlit dinners at the edge of the sea, horseback riding at sunrise and romantic picnics for two. A private, adults-only island, there are 14 secluded beaches to walk across and there are guaranteed to be no more than 14 couples on the island at any one time, meaning privacy is virtually guaranteed.
Often ranked as one of the most romantic places in Greece and one of the top places for a honeymoon in the world, there’s no doubt Santorini enjoys the perfect setting, surrounded by a sapphire sea while whitewashed cave homes are backed by blue-domed churches that spill down the rim of the ancient caldera. In fact, Eros, the winged god and son of Aphrodite seems to inspire passion among its visitors. There are countless resorts catering specifically to honeymooners, complete with balconies and even private plunge pools that overlook that incredible view, along with fine restaurants featuring candlelit dinners with the aromatic flavors of the Mediterranean, paired with some of the island’s famous wine.