After the wedding, there’s the honeymoon. You know the setup. The newlywed couple goes somewhere romantic or exotic. They spend their first few nights there, relaxing and just basking in the feeling of being married.
Of course, the honeymoon destination matters. After all, if you’re spending your honeymoon on a working vacation, that’s not very conducive to the sort of intimate bonding you’re expected to do. Picking the right place, along with the right accommodations is important.
With that in mind, where would be a good place to go for a honeymoon?
Now, nothing against Western Australia, but Ben and I wanted to go somewhere that we didn’t call home. So booking some nice homes with WA Stay was out of the question. Here’s a quick look at all the places that we did consider, and where we finally settled on.
Jamaica sounded like a great place to go.
There are plenty of great beach-side suites along the Caribbean, and Montego Bay was made famous by the lyrics of a Beach Boys song. It’s the sort of beach idyllic that puts you in a mood to curl up and relax in one of the many hammocks available.
Of course, the rest of the places in the song are good too. Aruba, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Key Largo.
Ben suggested the Riviera Maya, over in Mexico. We looked it up and found there are plenty of resorts in the area, and I’ve always wanted to see ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins. I’ve been fascinated by both the achievements and the brutality of the cultures since I was a kid.
Of course, for romantic getaways, nothing quite beats Paris.
There’s just something about the City of Lights that feels romantic. It’s the most cliched place in the world for a honeymoon, and it’s also exorbitantly expensive if that’s your plan. After much thought, I decided it was more of a 50th-anniversary spot than a honeymoon.
Italy’s also an excellent choice, and one with just as much storied history as Paris.
Personally, I’m biased towards Rome – because who doesn’t want to see Rome? Ben is fond of the Piedmont region and Tuscany. We’d both love to see Venice, too. There’s just so many places in Italy to see that it’s a little hard to choose.
I plan, for the 25th anniversary, to explore all of Italy somehow. There’s so much to see, so we’ll need a lot of time to get around to everything. Still, it’d be all worth it. It helps that we both adore Italian food.
Ben and I decided that our “lazy option” – the one we’d pick if we couldn’t decide on anything else – is scenic Tahiti. Specifically, we’d go to Bora Bora.
In the end, though, we settled on islands and history combined. We went to Greece.
Greece is temperate, vivid, and has plenty of history and beaches alike. We went there and saw all the sights in Athens. We visited a lot of beautiful beaches and even wandered around the historic spots around Crete.