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.

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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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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