Planning your honeymoon and looking for the best destinations to give you the maximum experience in 2014? Well, Lonely Planet has revealed the 10 best honey destinations for the year. As you are already aware, a honeymoon is a once in a lifetime moment, therefore, care needs to be taken in choosing the right place. And according the ‘Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014’, these 10 honey destinations are sure to provide you with a “lifetime’s worth of romantic memories.”
Check out these 10 destinations below to see the one that will make you shoot for the moon by travelling further, staying longer, eating more and bringing home a lifetime’s worth of romantic memories.
The fairy chimneys of Turkey’s Cappadocia are stunningly eccentric, one that needs to be shared. The area offers a wide range of ways to explore it on foot or by car. However, if you you really want to get the best out of the place, you will have to get up before dawn and take a balloon ride over the spiky landscape and breathtaking architectural designs.
After having your afternoon-nap, you can watch the sunset by climbing the stairs up to Uchisar Castle, the highest of the area’s tallest fairy chimney. It is the place where Cappadocia mixes with the clouds and everything from Mt Erciyes to the Pigeon Valley is in a spectacular panorama view.
A great place to stay in Cappadocia is Argos. It was once a monastery but has been turned into the most stylish and charming hotel in Cappadocia.
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The football World Cup has generated a lot of excitement for Brazil. Copacabana and Ipanema have their charms, however but the fantasy is a remote stretch of coastline where it’s just you, a few locals, hammocks, and caipirinhas. the world around Paraty, concerning midway between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, fits the bill: remote, uninhabited and with one of the most pristine coastlines you can find around the world.
Pousada Picinguaba (www.picinguaba.com) is AN completely charming 10-room pousada in a very sleepy-eyed fishing village wherever the sole tourists square measure edifice guests.
The area around Paraty, a region between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, has the right ingredient to suit your your honey moon needs. It is remote, scantily populated and has one of the most spotless coastlines you can find anywhere.
You can lodge at Pousada Picinguaba. It is an utterly alluring hotel with just 10 rooms located in a sleepy fishing village where all the guest are tourist lodged in a hotel.
unarguably one of the most colourful and romantic cities on earth, metropolis is redolent with Arabian spices and rose petals, lit by lanterns and soundtracked by Gwana music. The medina is almost impossible to navigate. As a result, you’ll have to add getting lost to the experience you’ll be having there. You can also stop and enjoy some mint tea or strong coffee, bargain in the souqs and watch snake charmers in Jemaa al Fna, the central square.
A nice place to lodge is La Maison Arabe. The lodging combines the captivating charisma and secluded spaces of a riad with the comfort of a full-service hotel.
The Caribbean islands are well known for their rum punch, white sand, crashing waves and stunning vistas, and it is no different with St Lucia. But there is something special about this place that sets it apart from the rest of them. The place is filled with lush forests, striking silhouette of the Piton mountains (a Unesco site) and lots of adventurous activities. Sharing physical challenges and satisfactions is a great way for a couple to begin their life together and St Lucia is a great place to do that. You can climb the 786m Gros Piton, dive, snorkel, zipline and try the island’s unique scuba-snorkel hybrid called Snuba.
You can stay at Ladera. The rooms have three walls and lies smack between the Pitons. The Paradise Ridge suites up the ante on romance and luxury.
Having an alfresco lunch under the sunny skies at the olive orchards of southern Spain is an experience not to be missed. You can have a jamón ibérico, olives, manchego cheese and local Jerez sherry on a blanket woven by hands, which can be followed by a leisurely siesta. Outside Seville, the wild mountains provides the perfect setting for a heavenly and an isolated fiesta. For a night time outing, see flamenco, the dance of love and passion. Some of the world’s most talented flamenco dancers such as Joaquin Cortes, Isabel Pantoja, Rocio Jurado, Miguel Rios, and Joaquin Sabina, are from Andalucía.
Trasierra, a quirky hotel that’s about an hour from Seville, does delicious picnics. Another great place is Corral del Rey, it is a boutique town hotel close to Seville’s best tapas bars and flamenco clubs.
Filled with juicy mangoes, night-blooming jasmine, technicolor sunsets, Bali is unarguable the world’s most captivating island. In their culture, the days begin by making flower offerings to their Hindu deities at roadside temples. And it is a place where every visitor is greeted with a smile, but sensual undercurrents flow. Bali is also well known for indulgent spa treatments, like floral baths or spice body scrubs, and of course couples’ massages.
Hotel Tugu (in Canggu) is filled with art and antiques that bring back to life forgotten tales of the romance of Bali and Java.
While tropical beaches can be great places to have a refreshing holiday, they are not the perfect place for all kinds of occasion. There are moments that all you really want to experience is a bit of drama and power, majestic cliffs, moody fog and awesome (in the old-fashioned sense) waves. There’s something undeniably romantic about a cool-weather beach, and Big Sur is as good as that gets. Away from the sea, you can visit national parks with towering redwoods and plentiful hiking trails. There are also outstanding restaurants (California cuisine lives up to the hype) and a New Age healing culture.
Perched on cliffs 350m above the Pacific with 39 rustic-luxe cabins, Post Ranch Inn is a trip-of-a-lifetime hotel.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Adrenaline is as important for bonding as the love drug oxytocin and New Zealand’s South Island – is the best place to get it pumping. Queenstown is not only the birthplace of bungee jumping, but also the home to jet boating, paragliding, Zorbing, as well as epic hiking and skiing. Loads of new mountain bike trails are opening in 2014. If you get tired of all those activities, there are helicopter rides over the Southern Alps to stunning Milford Sound, as well as a sophisticated food and wine scene.
Matakauri Lodge (www.matakauri.co.nz) has drop-dead views of the Remarkables range and Lake Wakatipu; not so far away from the town but blissfully remote.
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Off the beaten track for food and wine tourism, Chile’s main grape-producing region, about two hours south of Santiago, is blissfully and scantily populated. It is impossibly stunning, with the Andes’ jagged snowcaps rising above the rolling vine-covered hills. Along with tasting world-class Carménères, Malbecs, Cabernets and Syrahs, visitors can hike, bike and ride horses (the area is home to Chile’s huaso, or cowboys), tour colonial towns, as well as visit an exceptional museum owned by Carlos Cardoen, a former arms dealer.
Casa Lapostolle (www.relaischateaux.com) is intimate and spectacular. It has four large casitas offering to-die-for views from the baths and great food.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado, USA
A stay in this singular resort in remote southwestern, Colorado, is an opportunity to really escape all the hustle and bustle of modern life. The owners acquired a derelict mining ghost town, gussied up the 13 homestead cottages on the site and recreated the romantic ideal of the American frontier: rugged mountains, simple living, hiking, fly-fishing, riding and taking a step back in time – but with creature comforts such as heated floors and fine linens – as well as staffs ready to cater to every whim. New (from summer 2013) is bona fide glamping, with eight luxury tents along the river at the Cresto Ranch camp down the road from the main town.
Snow-covered winter is a magical time to visit, when the hot springs feel extra steamy and activities include dog-sledding and heli-skiing.
Source: Lonely Planet