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Not your average honeymoon: destinations for newlyweds off the beaten path
Posted on 31/05/2019

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If you're lucky enough to be organising your honeymoon, why follow the crowd to the usual lovebird hotspots? Try something new with one of these alternative honeymoon destinations.

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  • 1. Armação dos Búzios, Brazil
    1. Armação dos Búzios, Brazil

    What better place to spend your days loved-up than Brazil? 170 km north of the bustling city of Rio de Janiero, Armação dos Búzios is the ideal seaside resort for newlyweds looking for more than just a picture-perfect beach holiday.

    Yes, you'll find powdery sand and clear seas. In fact you'll be spoilt for choice with the resort's 23 different beaches, but that's not all. Armação dos Búzios, otherwise known as Brazil's St Tropez, is overflowing with upmarket restaurants, bars and boutiques on the beachfront and scattered amongst the town's cobblestone streets. The iconic Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend put dreamy Búzios on the map in the '60s, so why not follow in their footsteps?

  • 2. Kotor, Montenegro
    2. Kotor, Montenegro

    If you've always dreamt of a Lake Como honeymoon but Italy's star-clad destination is just not within your budget, Montenegro is a great alternative.

    Nestled among soaring mountains is the charming town of Kotor, a maze of ancient churches, museums, squares and Venetian palaces. Although it may lack the beaches of nearby Budva or the decadence of Dubrovnik, Kotor offers the perfect combination of history and romance for the lovebirds who wish to explore.

    Turn back time as you wander through the narrow cobbled streets of Kotor's pedestrian-only Old Town. From St Luke's Church, constructed in 1195 and the 16th century Clock Tower to the town's buzzing bars and restaurants that come to life at night, Kotor is the perfect destination to get lost in as newlyweds!

  • 3. Sacred Valley, Peru
    3. Sacred Valley, Peru

    Seeking an extraordinary adventure? Start your marriage with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Peru's Sacred Valley. Located in the Andes, this honeymoon destination provides endless opportunities for adventure.

    Climb to the top of the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu to check out the ancient Incan ruins or explore archaeological sites and the markets of nearby Inca citadels Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

    If these challenging hikes fail to satisfy your thirst for adventure, choose from a range of daring activities including rock climbing and white water rafting. For more adventurous lovebirds, the Sacred Valley is a dream honeymoon destination, but be warned. It's not for the faint-hearted!

  • 4. Cappadocia, Turkey
    4. Cappadocia, Turkey

    The fairytale-like city of Cappadocia is possibly the most magical place on earth. It's a fitting location for you to spend your first few days as a married couple. At every turn, this Turkish city feels more supernatural.

    Admire Cappadocia's peculiar rock formations while hiking amongst its endless, enchanting hills, or just spending the night in one of its many famous cave hotels.

    Don't forget to experience the city from above by hot air balloon. At a fraction of the price of a hot air balloon experience elsewhere, here newlyweds can appreciate the city's stunning, dusky orange landscape from a bird's point of view. A honeymoon here is the perfect way to take your relationship to new heights.

  • 5. The Cook Islands, South Pacific
    5. The Cook Islands, South Pacific

    After many sleepless nights and stress leading up to a wedding, a beach honeymoon is just what the doctor ordered. Forget Bora Bora or Bali, and choose from one of these 15 islands in the South Pacific, between Hawaii and New Zealand.

    The largest and most popular, Rarotonga, is the perfect escape from daily life with a distinct lack of traffic lights, fast food chains and skycrapers. Adopt the laidback island life and spend your days lounging on the island's powdery white beaches as you look over the stunning Muri lagoon.

    Or visit Rarotonga's neighbouring island, Aitutaki, one of the Pacific's hidden gems. Its breathtaking beaches are both secluded and romantic, providing honeymooners with an unforgettable slice of paradise.

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Every year, thousands of lovebirds flock to places like Venice, Bali or Paris. Sure, a gondola ride or an evening by the sparkling Eiffel Tower is undeniably romantic, but fighting crowds of tourists and forking out for overpriced accommodation isn't so lovely. Whether it be the white beaches of a private island or the green mountains of a tranquil national park, here are some surprising locations where you and your loved one can enjoy each other's company in peace.

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