Best Honeymoons 2014

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After the big day has come and gone, it’s time for the happy couple to look forward to unwinding after all the wedding stress on the honeymoon of their dreams. Couples can be stumped when it comes down to picking the destination for their once-in-a-lifetime trip – do they want to relax on secluded beaches or cross off a bucket list safari adventure?

Where’s the best place to start your-happily-ever-after? Who better to ask than our panel of honeymoon experts -- including The Knot’s editor in chief Rebecca Dolgin and cofounder of luxury travel group Black Tomato’s Tom Marchant (we had to get the groom’s point-of-view after all) -- to give couples the inside scoop on some of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Now all you have to do is agree as a couple where to go. But trust us, you can’t go wrong with any these 10 dream honeymoons.

Meet our panel of experts and see what honeymoons made the list. Hint: Our honeymoon experts are wild for Africa. And let us know if we missed a great honeymoon spot! Go to our Fan Favorite Page and tell us why your favorite honeymoon spot should be added to Travel’s Best Honeymoons.

East Africa and the Seychelles

Travel's Best Honeymoons 2014

Where is the best spot to start your happily-ever-after? From a Kenya safari to space travel, these are the top destinations that our travel experts picked for 2014’s most memorable honeymoons.
East Africa and the Seychelles

East Africa and the Seychelles

“The perfect mix of glamping and R&R, the beach-safari honeymoon is going to be huge for 2014. With luxe private island resorts and some of the most crystal-clear waters you’ll ever see, the Seychelles has serious sex appeal. Go here first to unwind, then head to Kenya for the Great Migration. You’ll see wildebeest, lions, elephants, rhinos and more,” says advisor Yolanda Crous of Brides magazine. For a mix of private and posh, stay at Seychelles’ Maia Luxury Resort and Spa on the secluded sands of Anse Louis.   960 1280

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Brazil

Brazil

“Sexy beaches, buzzing nightlife, pristine jungles -- this South American nation has pretty much everything a honeymooner could want, ” says Yolanda Crous of Brides magazine. And with the World Cup happening this summer and the Olympics coming up in 2016, this country has never been hotter. Party all night in Rio de Janeiro, soak in some sun on the laid-back beaches of Bahia, then cross off the Amazon from your bucket list with a stay at Uakari Floating Lodge. 960 1280

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Rwanda and Mauritius

Rwanda and Mauritius

“Recently, we’ve seen more of our honeymooners twinning destinations to ensure they make the most of their time away together. So I’d recommend combining 2 contrasting destinations, such as the more intrepid Rwanda with the laid-back island of Mauritius to make for one truly incredible and eye-opening luxury honeymoon,” says advisor Tom Marchant of Black Tomato. Search for mountain gorillas in the remote African republic of Rwanda, then relax on the shores of the Indian Ocean at the romantic Oberoi Mauritius resort, “ensuring you return home sun-kissed and relaxed” says Marchant. 960 1280

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Java, Indonesia

Java, Indonesia

“The perfect combination of some of the world’s best beaches, private islands, bold cuisine and ancient temples, Indonesia is a surefire hit when it comes to choosing a romantic honeymoon destination,” says advisor Tom Marchant. For 2014 forget Bali and head to Java for post-nuptial relaxation. “The term “deserted island” tends to be overused in travel literature, but Kura Kura off the coast of Java truly is just that. Located in the Karimunjawa archipelago, this island hideaway is made up of only a handful of beach cottages and pool villas, so you can enjoy the unspoiled setting without any disruption,” says Marchant. 960 1280

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Space Travel

Space Travel

“A common thing I have been hearing is that couples want to go somewhere unique -- somewhere none of their friends have gone. Well, I can promise that none of them went to space for their honeymoon! Be one of the first to experience zero-g and the incredible views from space with Virgin Galactic, and you will certainly never forget it!” says advisor Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons. Interested couples should book soon, because prices are slated to jump 25% -- up to $250,000 -- in the coming year. 960 1280

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The Maldives

The Maldives

“Want to completely disconnect and relax in secluded privacy? Jet off to the Maldives where you can enjoy the views from an overwater bungalow. There are so many romantic experiences, like watching dolphins play on a sunset cruise, picnicing on a deserted island and snorkeling at night among thousands of fish,” says advisor Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons. Couples planning a 2015 honeymoon can look forward to the futuristic 5 Lagoons project which will include a star-shaped hotel and floating golf course. 960 1280

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Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco

“Between the rolling desert, carriage rides through ancient markets, belly dancers and snake charmers, this North African city feels like an epic movie set,” says advisor Rebecca Dolgin of The Knot. Dolgin suggests taking a 90-minute car ride to the village of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains, and either trek or take a donkey up to the hilltop Kasbah du Toubkal to enjoy stunning views of Mt. Jbel Toubkal and authentic Moroccan fare at the kasbah’s rooftop restaurant. The Baldaquin Suite, outfitted with a “show-stopping canopy bed” is perfect for honeymooners, says Dolgin. 960 1280

  

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

According to The Knot's editor in chief Rebecca Dolgin, “Jackson Hole is a legendary ski slope, but non-skiers may partake in snow tubing or sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge. Year-round, hop on the mountain aerial tram for an awe-inspiring, nearly mile-long vertical trip to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain. Rustic Snake River Lodge & Spa is famed for its mountain views and honeymoon specials.” Newlyweds can now fly direct from 12 cities and get on the slopes faster with J-Cards (advanced Radio Frequency ID lift tickets). 960 1280

  

Botswana and Cape Town, Southern Africa

Botswana and Cape Town, Southern Africa

“My husband and I went to Botswana and Cape Town for our honeymoon and it changed my life. Our first day in Botswana was magical -- before we even arrived at our lodge we saw a giraffe. Then we went on “a sundowner,” our first game drive where we saw 4 of the Big 5 -- leopards trying to mate, elephants cruising around, male lions making the women kill for their dinner and Cape buffalo charging,” says advisor Julie McCully of Travel Channel. After a heart-pounding safari, head to Cape Town’s beaches and unwind in secluded paradise at Llandudno cliff resort. 960 1280

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Argentina

Argentina

“Argentina has it all for a romantic honeymoon, especially for food lovers. Buenos Aires has fabulous architecture and amazing wine and food. It's a city where you have to be careful of your waistline because there is so much good food, but you will walk it off while checking out the sights,” says advisor Julie McCully of Travel Channel. After you have had your fill of late-night dinners and dancing tango all night in Buenos Aires, head to Mendoza and be wined and dined at the luxury wine hotel and spa, Entre Cielos. 960 1280

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The Maldives

The Maldives

The most romantic archipelago on earth? The Maldives, of course. Feel like you are in your own private paradise with a stay in one of the overwater bungalows strung along the crystal-clear turquoise sea. Bask on the private white-sand beaches, feeling like you and your S.O. are in a world of your own. 960 1280

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Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Nothing says romance more than watching the sunset from Florence’s Piazzale Michelangelo. After a day ogling frescos in the numerous museums in Florence and sipping Chianti in outdoor cafes, you’d have to be dead not to feel a little amorous here in one of the most romantic cities in the world. 960 1280

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Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

Say aloha to romance on Kauai, Hawaii’s least-developed island. Kauai is a favorite for those that want to get away from the crowds and enjoy secluded, natural beaches. Get your heart pumping on a hike through the lush mountains or with a private dip in the waterfalls. 960 1280

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Carmel, California

Carmel, California

If you like rugged coastlines and isolated beaches, Carmel, CA, is calling your name. Hop in the car for a romantic road trip down the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway to this famed beach hideaway. A former artists' colony, Carmel is now a romantic refuge for those who desire a slow paced beach escape. 960 1280

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St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz, Switzerland

This Swiss resort town, famous for its “champagne climate,” is ideal for cosmopolitan couples seeking an alpine adventure. Picture a day skiing amongst snow-capped peaks, followed by an equally heart-pounding evening snuggled up on a horse-drawn carriage ride along the frozen lake. 960 1280

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Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec City, Quebec

Dreaming of a cozy winter getaway? If you and your partner aren’t afraid of a little cold then head to Quebec City, a charming French-Canadian city full of snow-covered streets, romantic restaurants and plenty of fireplaces to cuddle up by. 960 1280

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Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Only have time for a long romantic weekend stateside? A popular weekend escape for couples, Savannah puts on the Southern charm with its Spanish moss-covered canopies, cozy B&Bs and tucked-away restaurants. 960 1280

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Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Watching the sun set over the brilliant blue Aegean Sea from your own private terrace in Santorini? Pure romance. The only thing that could top this postcard-worthy moment? Never having to leave. 960 1280

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Islamorada, Florida

Islamorada, Florida

Think you can’t get away from tourists in Florida? Nestled in upper Florida Keys, Islamorada is a world away from the rowdy crowds in Key West. Named “Purple Isle” by its Spanish explorers, this hidden gem is known for its seductive sunsets and luxury resorts. 960 1280

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Majorca, Spain

Majorca, Spain

Hollywood’s elite have been spotted canoodling on Majorca, the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. With its unspoiled golden sand beaches and intimate boutique hotels it is easy to see why this island inspires romance. 960 1280

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Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao, Thailand

This tiny island in Thailand, known for its world-class scuba diving, beckons couples looking for a romantic tropical getaway. Relax on the quiet beaches or learn how to scuba dive as a couple. Then in the evening watch spectacular sunsets from lantern-lit restaurants that line the beach. 960 1280

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The Berkshires

The Berkshires

Historically a haven for writers and artists, this New England getaway nestled in picturesque rolling mountains is perfect for culture and nature lovers. Listen to classical music at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, or take a tour of Edith Wharton’s Gilded Age mansion. 960 1280

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Could you think of a more romantic boat ride than along Kyoto’s cherry blossom-lined Okazaki Canal during spring? The cherry blossoms are very symbolic in Japan – the Japanese believe the short blooming cycle of the blossoms is a metaphor for life – an annual reminder that time is precious. So plan this romantic trip of a lifetime with your partner now. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

We’d be remiss if we left Paris off this list. From sidewalk cafes perfect for getting cozy to some of the world’s most passionate art, Paris is synonymous with romance. Who hasn’t fallen in love here? 960 1280

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