The big day is over, the dress is being tucked away in storage, the repeat presents are being returned and the photos are being sorted through and carefully displayed around the house. But there is one more treat in store before you start your happy domestic years of married life. The honeymoon.
We all know that however you met, whether through a singles Liverpool website or through friends, this is the part of the wedding ceremony you’ve been secretly looking forward to the most. But sometimes honeymoon planning can be overlooked in the chaos of throwing together the enormous event of a wedding. When the crucial time comes, will you have chosen the right place? Here are five knock-out honeymoon destinations to choose from if you’re still deciding…
If you’ve read Captain Corelli’s Mandolin you’ll be at no loss to understand why this quaint Greek island made it on to this list. For Cephalonia is the setting of De Burnier’s heart-wrenching tale, and his description of the place would rouse anyone’s curiosity. A place of simple village life, of snails and goats, of stunning beaches, of crystal clear waters and sunlight of such intensity it takes days to acclimatise to. What better place for a romantic honeymoon?
Sitting just below Corsica, this Italian island is the second largest in the Mediterranean Sea. Famous for its seafood and a strange-tasting berry they use to make particularly pungent liquor, Sardinia is the perfect place to imbibe the alternative side of Italian culture. A year-round relaxed atmosphere permeates the island, ideal for a honeymoon of watching sunsets and savouring delicious meals by the lapping ocean.
If you want an off-the-beaten-track honeymoon adventure then look no further than Sri Lanka. This teardrop-shaped island tucked in beside India is a wonderfully varied country. From its gorgeous Southern beaches to its cooler central mountainous regions, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. See the mile-long carnival of elephants, musicians and fire dancers in Kandy. Visit a Buddhist temple at the full moon and join in the nationwide celebrations of that day. For excitement in a whole new and different culture, Sri Lanka is the place to be.
Another alternative honeymoon island, Bali, will also throw you headlong into another culture. But that’s not to say tourists aren’t welcome here, this is a very popular destination for many travellers, especially backpackers. Temple ceremonies, dances, volcanoes, unforgettable beaches – this Indonesian island may be small but it has everything.
On almost exactly the other side of the world from us sits the collection of islands known as Fiji. This idyllic country would suit any honeymooner, whether you met on an eHarmony UK dating site or at school. Here you will find white beaches, blue seas and an amazing variety of vibrant marine life. Fiji is the ultimate and most convincing honeymoon cliché. But it’s just low enough on the radar not to have been ruined by popularity.
Any of these five locations would be perfect for an exotic honeymoon. Just make sure you don’t rush the decision or leave it to the last minute.