To tell you the truth, most couples would rather go to unconventional cities than done-to-death honeymoon destinations. Honestly, if only we had a dollar for every time a couple booked a return flight to Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, and those conventional teeny-tiny countries in Europe! Le sigh. Therefore, we decided to do an all new roundup of some of the hottest countries you can spend some quality time with your spouse. The best thing is, some of the following don’t even require a lot of moolah; all you need is some planning, and a will to explore the unknown. So, jet set, shall we?
Picture Credits: Globaltravelalliance Closer to home, and one of the liveliest countries you could explore! From its ancient Chinese history to the much-touted urban locales, China could turn out to be one of your life’s most ethereal experiences.
Places to see: The Ancient City Wall in Xi’an, Yangtze River, Shanghai’s colonial architecture.
Picture Credits: Aplusok If you and your partner are hardcore foodies, Japan can be just the gastronomic escape you need. Luxury at every step, traditional hotspots, and impeccable hospitality – oh, you’d never want to come back to India.
Places to see: Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites, the beautiful island of Naoshima, volcanic landscapes at Kurokawa Onsen.
Picture Credits: dxnews Unbelievably romantic, the Seychelles islands are quickly becoming a hot favorite among couples to go on an extended, relaxing honeymoon. Whether it’s secluded hideaways you seek or some real adventures along the beach, this archipelago of 115 islands has it all.
Places to see: Mahe Island, Anse Lazio (Praslin Island), the giant tortoises at Curieuse Island.
Here’s an opportunity to explore the grandeur of Turkish architecture without breaking the bank. The city of Istanbul features the remnants of Greek and Roman architecture, along with spectacular domes and cathedrals. If you’re an avid traveler, this city is truly full of surprises.
Places to see: Basilica Cistern, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar.
Picture Credits: MayanHolidayGateways One of the easiest non-conformist beach honeymoon destinations in the world, Costa Rica is preferred by couples solely for its incredible hospitality, pristine beaches, and abundance of wildlife. Away from the grind of city life, this destination is a must-visit for couples who’d like to spend quality time together with zero trace of hustle-bustle.
Places to see: San Jose, water-based activities at Quepos, rain forests at Tortuguero.
Picture Credits: Traveller 333 incredibly beautiful islands. Enough said. Imagine the possibilities, eh? Full of natural beauty, adventures, and culinary treats, the Fiji islands are cast aside from the urban city sprawl, lending you a romantic experience you’re never going to forget. When done with walking by the beaches, don’t forget to explore the vibrancy of tiny villages on the islands.
Places to see: The forests of Sabeto Range, cultural exploration at Nadi, Monuriki Island (Tom Hanks’ movie “Cast Away” fame)
Picture Credits: Stuckincustoms Experience the pulse of Morocco racing through the atmosphere of Marrakech, one of the hottest South African destinations for honeymoon couples this season. From lovely carriage rides to the best of belly dancing experiences and diversified markets, Marrakech gives you the best of exotic city life with little effort.
Places to see: Atlas Mountains, Marrakech Museum of Moroccan Arts, Old Marrakesh surrounded by 12th-century fortress walls and ramparts, Souks
Picture Credits: Businessinsider King’s Landing, anyone? Made immensely popular by Game of Thrones, Croatia is a must-visit if you’re an ardent fan of the GOT universe. European at its heart, Croatia exudes pure seduction in its architecture, city life, and natural view. Who knows, you might stumble upon the crew shooting for the upcoming season of the epic series!
Places to see: Dubrovnik, Motovun, the peninsula of Istria, Kornati National Park.
Picture Credits: Pre-tend “Feeling hot, hot, hot!” Yep, that’s the tune you’d be humming along as soon as you land in Jamaica! That, and Bob Marley’s evergreen Reggae hits! Let the punch of Jamaican cocktails refresh your senses as you take your picks from embarking on the adventures laden in front of you. Make sure you purchase a cool conch shell on your way back. That, after all, is the ultimate souvenir.
Places to see: Montego Bay, Negril, adventure sports at Port Antonio, architecture at Spanish Town
Picture Credits: Youngxdreamers One of the most underrated honeymoon destinations in the world, it’s time Sri Lanka got its due! A paradise of foliage, Sri Lanka has nature at its heart, and pristine beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean. Whether it’s in the lap of nature you wish to relax, or it’s the ridiculously good architecture and cultural hotspots, Sri Lanka is an absolute frugal delight.
Places to see: Colonial architecture of Colombo, Galle, Bentota, and Negombo beaches, Wilpattu National Park. Featured Image Credits: Rohan Mishra Photography