Your honeymoon destination should ideally be a reflection of who you and your partner are as a couple.
At the same time, your honeymoon destination also needs to have a once-in-a-lifetime quality that you'll look back on with fond memories as the years' pass.
You might be a couple that wants a honeymoon overflowing with fun activities and things to do outdoors. On the other hand, after planning and having a huge wedding, you might actually be looking to keep your honeymoon low-key. A beach, nice weather to luxuriate in, and your favorite drink might be the way to go in that case.
No matter the level of activity you decide on, the location is key. The world is at your fingertips, so make it memorable! Below you'll find a few options for unique, beautiful honeymoon hidden gems. Possibilities in locales that other honeymooners might have overlooked but are nonetheless absolutely gorgeous. A hidden gem could well await in...
If the idea of curling your toes in the sand and watching the ebb and flow of the relaxing surf captures your heart, then Algarve might well be a prime place to consider.
A yacht goes directly to a popular oceanfront restaurant (Arte Nautica) on Armacao de Pera Beach. Sandy coves await exploration and cruises full of dolphins splashing in royal blue waters await!
You might instead want to hear over to the world-famous spa town of Caldas de Monchique. This town was used by Portuguese royalty for centuries and the Romans as well. There must be something to it!
If you're looking for a bit more culture, an area of Algarve known as Alcoutim features a castle from the 1300s. From the ramparts, you can see the Guadiana River, which separates Portugal from Spain, and take in the cobblestoned village of Sanlucar de Gaudiana.
A honeymoon to Algarve wouldn't be complete, though, without a stop to Olhao, home of Algarve's main seaside fishing port and Algarve's main thoroughfare of Avenida de Republica. Overall, Algarve is a wonderful mix of living history and uniquely gorgeous beaches.
Queenstown, New Zealand
This location has breathtaking beauty and scenery for miles. But instead of exclusively serving up a place to lounge and relax the day away - though Queenstown definitely affords those opportunities - most travel experts view Queenstown as one of the best honeymoon locations when it comes to capitalizing on hiking and outdoor activities.
The way to kick things off in style might be by bungee jumping off of the Kawarau Bridge.
This is the "original 43-meter bungee" that will set your heart aflutter with your partner as you both take the plunge, so to speak. You can actually decide to do just that and get your toes wet since the Kawarau Bridge bungee jump features a water-touch option for the truly daring.
Queenstown also offers canyon swings and river surfing as well as paragliding and ziplining. For an outdoor couple, this would be an awesome option. Even if you want to keep your feet (mostly) on the ground, Queenstown has golf, biking, and hiking.
This spot is for honeymooners looking for a more secluded, relaxing locale to connect with each other. In Sapa, you'll find gorgeous forests and lush national parksoff the beaten track. The Hoang Lien National Park overlooks terraced fields and amazing waterfalls.
Sapa Lake, Silver Waterfalls, Heaven's Gate, and Love Waterfall (real name...) await honeymooners.
Although Queenstown and Sapa clearly have different vibes, both New Zealanders ("Kiwis") and Vietnamese locals are very kind and hospitable people. For hiking, visiting local villages, or enjoying a highland cup of coffee on your hike, there are few hidden gem spots quite like Sapa, Vietnam.
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