Organizing a honeymoon can be as complex as organizing the wedding itself. The American publication US News has compiled a list of the 20 best places for newlyweds to relax. It is based on expert opinion and the vote of travelers. That’s where experts advise you to go.
US News & World Report is based on the feedback of travelers and the opinions of editors – both components are taken into account with a weight of 50%. Users evaluate whether to include a specific destination in a specific category (in this case, honeymoon locations). Editors, in turn, evaluate each place on a scale from 0 to 5 within the categories – cuisine, culture, shopping, romance, and so on. Here are 20 areas that were included in the list of US News in 2017-2018.
20. Nice, France
For couples who want to spend their honeymoon on the Mediterranean Sea in France, Nice is one of the most attractive places. There is the famous Promenade des Anglais, labyrinths of winding streets of the Old Town, parks, squares, museums of Chagall and Matisse. Nice is not an expensive destination. To reduce costs a bit, you can consider a trip in the low season: from September to October or in the middle of spring.
19. Virgin Islands, USA
This is a real paradise. Three islands (St. Thomas, St. John, and Santa Cruz) are washed by the waves of the Caribbean. There you will find kilometers of pristine beaches, sugar cane plantations, and rum production.
18. Corfu, Greece
Newlyweds will be able to escape from the bustle here. The lush green landscape, the smell of olives, and citrus groves will relieve any stress. Pebble beaches and azure waves of the Ionian Sea await you.
17. Loire Valley, France
There are 76 castles in the Loire Valley. Part of the region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can take a river tour or fly over the fortresses in a balloon. A budget option is to cycle through the valley.
16. Cinque Terre, Italy
This is a national park of five small cities located on the shores of the Ligurian Sea. Here, newlyweds will see stunning panoramas of colorful houses, coniferous forests, and rocks. Try to stay here for at least a few days on your trip to Italy.
15. Maui, Hawaii, USA
Here you can swim with sea turtles, sunbathe on the luxurious beaches, watch the volcanoes, take a walk in the national park and go surfing.
14. Santorini, Greece
You will see white cities against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea, stroll through the mazes of streets, try the local cuisine. Be sure to stay at the hotel overlooking the sea. You will forever remember the sunrises and sunsets that you will meet on this island.
13. Rome, Italy
Most travelers fall in love with this magical city: the Colosseum, Vatican, Pantheon, Roman Forum, squares, fountains and artifacts that are thousands of years old. Separately, US News & World Report recommends paying attention to the Trastevere district with its streets and cafes.
12. Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Waterfalls, wild beaches, canyons, aquamarine skies will decorate your honeymoon. In winter it is very expensive – this is a high season. If you want to save, choose a different time for the trip: prices fall in the fall and spring.
11. Bali, Indonesia
The island is washed immediately by two oceans: Indian and Pacific. There are many hotels offering spa treatments, ancient temples, exotic beaches, green mountains. Please note: the dry season in Bali runs from April to October, and in winter the rainy season.
10. Amalfi Coast, Italy
The best time to visit is spring and autumn, in the summer there are a lot of people. Positano is one of the most beautiful fishing cities on this coast. Do not forget to visit the remaining 12 nearby cities.
9. Florence, Italy
The city where Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, and Dante created was located among the hills of Tuscany. You will see cathedrals, famous museums, palaces, squares, and bridges.
8. Paris, France
Where, if not in the French capital, lovers celebrate the creation of a family? The city has an unforgettable atmosphere, many museums, original cuisine, palaces and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.
Ideal villas stand right in the Indian Ocean. Snow-white beaches, lots of suns, palm trees, and rich marine fauna will make you forget about boring everyday life. Local dishes are made from fish and rice. Please note: the official religion is Islam, which imposes a number of restrictions outside the resort areas (in particular, on clothing and the sale of alcohol).
6. Napa Valley, USA
Here are California vineyards, villas, and gourmet restaurants, including Michelin stars. The authors of the study write that Napa is considered one of the most romantic places in the United States.
The country consists of more than 300 islands, of which only a third is considered inhabited. This place is for those who love adventure and wildlife. There is where to swim for divers and surfers. You will have to spend money on a remote location and five-star accommodation: prices for some rooms exceed $ 1000.
4. Saint Lucia
Visit the gorgeous beaches, swim in the Caribbean, take a trip to the mountains of Petit Python and Gros Python – the symbols of the state, see parks and waterfalls. The period with the most moderate hotel prices, according to the compilers of the rating, is from May to June.
3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
A small island of 38 square meters. km attracts newlyweds from around the world. There is a lush jungle, bright beaches, turquoise water of the Pacific Ocean with a rich underwater world. Cons – a very high cost of travel and a long flight.
2. Tahiti, French Polynesia
This is an island formed as a result of a volcanic eruption. Around – coral reefs. Beautiful mountains, exotic gardens, and original local cuisine await you.
1. Tuscany, Italy
There are many castles, vineyards, wineries, the sun, cascading hills and cozy hotels in this region. This place is for those who want to escape from bustling cities to cozy Italian villages. Of particular note is Pienza, the city where the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet was shot.