Romantic Getaways

Here are a few international honeymoon destinations that will provide couples a perfect setting for privacy, intimacy and romance

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Marriage is one of the most sacred bonds between two people. Though it is often believed that marriages are made in heaven, they can be made special right here on earth! The best way of celebrating this union is by setting out on a romantic, relaxed, and luxurious honeymoon. Newly-married couples look forward to this time with a lot of excitement. After all, honeymoon is a wonderful and significant period in one's married life during which the bride and groom spend quality time together and truly get to know one another.

The tradition of going on a memorable, after-wedding vacation is ageold. However, what is new is the growing trend of newly weds opting for exotic international destinations for their honeymoon as compared to places within the country. Many factors contribute to such a change, including a boom in the Indian economy, cheaper international travelling rates, as well as the irrepressible call of unexplored and distant lands!

The task of narrowing down to one ideal honeymoon destination may not be easy for the newly weds. However, with a little bit of planning and research, couples can select such a luxurious destination that engulfs them in its beauty and provides a perfect setting for privacy, intimacy and romance.

Here are some of popular International honeymoon destinations which are guaranteed to charm and fascinate you.

Sensational Singapore

It is a beautiful amalgamation of the modern and the traditional, the natural and the man-made and offers an unimaginable variety of places to see and things to do. Honeymooning couples find Singapore alive, reverberating and every bit fascinating, with its varied attractions, parks, gardens, restaurants and nature reserves. The four Isles of Singapore act as the perfect weekend getaway, Sentosa being the most favourite. Known as a themed attraction, Sentosa is a nature park, tropical resort and heritage centre all in one!

Enjoy a romantic walk along the Singapore River or stroll across the Anderson Bridge which is considered to be one of the most romantic spots in Singapore. For some laid-back pampering, spend a day with your beloved in any one of the luxurious spas here. As evening falls, enjoy the myriad views of the city in a twilight cruise on the Singapore River. For a little bit of adventure, you might want to indulge in the famous Night Safari Tour, and visit the Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoological Gardens. If you're missing India, head towards 'Little India' to get a real feel of home even while away from it! Enjoy the sights and sounds of Singapore as you walk through Orchard Street and take your pick from a variety of swanky restaurants serving some of the most mouth watering delicacies.

Accommodation: There are plenty of accommodations to choose from.

Getting There: Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines

Summer Honeymoon Destination; Best Time to Visit: November to December and March to April

Scintillating Switzerland

Located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland, the land of the Alps is closest to being a paradise on Earth with its breathtaking natural beauty; snow capped lofty mountains, awe-inspiring landscapes, lakes, waterfalls as well as captivating cities and towns. The picturesque beauty and serenity of Switzerland makes it an extremely romantic country and an obvious choice for honeymooners who want to experience absolute bliss. Also known for its Swiss chocolates, cheese and wine, Switzerland has plenty to offer to couples in love! Its well-integrated public transport system makes travelling easy. Plan your stay at any holiday resort such as one at the base of Mt.Titlis and spend beautiful moments with your beloved as you gaze at the lovely mountains. For sightseeing, you can visit enchanting villages and cities of Bern [capital of Switzerland], Jungfraujoch, Lucerne, Montreux, Basel, Gstaad, Zermatt, Zurich and Geneva.

Accommodation: Plenty of top class hotels, holiday retreats, ski resorts and lodges.

Getting There: Swiss International Airlines, Airports here include Flughafen Bern-Belp, Zurich International Airport, Geneva Airport and others.

Winter Honeymoon Destination — Temperatures differ at varying altitudes. Daytime temperature ranges from 18o C to 28o C from July to August and -2oC to +7oC during January and February.

Terrific Thailand

It is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and is an amazing honeymoon getaway for couples who are looking for a blend of the natural and modern. Its varied topography lends a distinctive beauty to each region - the Northern Mountains and forests, the Central Plains, the southern coastline and the Northeast plateaus. You will be swept off your feet as you witness the breathtaking greenery and beauty of the rain forests, enchanting temples as well as the sandy beaches and mouth watering cuisine. The capital city of Thailand is Bangkok and is a must-visit with its buzzing nightlife and tourist attractions. Other places to visit include Ayutthaya, Cha-Am, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Hua Hin, Kanchanaburi, Khorat, Pattaya, Phi Phi, Phuket, Satun and Sukhothai.

Accommodation: Resorts and hotels

Getting There: ThaiAir, Don Muang International Airport, Bangkok

Tropical climate

Mesmerizing Mauritius

MauritiusIt is an extremely likeable tropical island that boasts of stunning beaches, attractive retreats and fascinating blue sea. With a long and vivid coastline surrounded by coral reefs and lagoons, Mauritius provides an out-of-the-ordinary setting for honeymooning couples looking for some uninterrupted solitude. Located in the waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius offers the best of both worlds – a laid back ambience ideal for spending quiet moments looking into your beloved's eyes and the opportunity to indulge in some exciting water sports. Some of the popular beaches include the La Cuvette beach, the Pereybere, Belle Mare, Le Morne and Tamarin. Must-visits for sight seeing, adventure and shopping include the Grand Bay One, the Dutch Ruins, Mt Limon, Mahebourg, Black River Gorges, the Flacq Market, Rodrigues, The Waterpark and the Leisure Village. For some relaxation and mouth watering cuisines, you can make your way to Port Louis which is the capital of Mauritius.

Accommodation: Choose from a variety of small hotels as well as luxury beach hotels.

Getting There: Air Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Port Louis, Mauritius

Mauritius enjoys tropical climate. June to September is a good time to visit. It is known as a Spring Honeymoon Destination.

Amazing Australia

It is the sixth largest country in the world and owing to its sheer vastness; it is no wonder that there is a lot you can do here including sight seeing. From lush green rainforests to beautiful islands, tropical sandy beaches, rugged out backs and blue lagoons – the laid back charm and vividness of this wonderful country will ensure that each moment spent here with your loved one is every bit memorable. The vibrant and wonderful cities of Australia such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin etc promise to offer experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime. Many couples choose to spend their honeymoon in the mesmerizing city of Sydney which is the biggest and most fascinating city of Australia. Some of the must-visits in Sydney are Sydney Opera House, City Centre, Darling Harbour, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Olympic Park, and Paddy's Market etc. The Phillip Island in Victoria is a great choice for spending romantic moments with your partner. Places to see in Australia include the Queensland Islands, Nature Reserves, Sunshine Coast, Kakadu National Park, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs, Adelaide Hills, The Kangaroo Islands, Margaret River, the Coral Coast, Blue Mountains, The Coffs Coast, Macedon Ranges and many more.

Getting There: Canberra International Airport - other City Airports include Sydney Airport, Melbourne Airport, Adelaide Airport and others.

Inimitable Italy

It is located in Mediterranean Europe and shares its borders with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. It is one of the most exotic countries in the world, resplendent with beautiful green landscapes, valleys, beaches, serene lakes, islands and abundant natural parks. Romance is in the air in every inch of Italy, making it an ideal destination for newly married couples just beginning to explore their new formed relationship.

The surreal beaches, Alps and placid lakes of Italy [Lake Garda, Lake Como, Lake Trasimeno, and Lake Vico] are a sight for sore eyes. Rome, the capital city of Italy is an enchanting mix of the then and now - world famous sites such as National Museum of Rome, the Borghese Gallery, Vatican City, City Centre, the National Gallery of Modern Art and St. Peter's as well as restaurants and a lively and reverberating night life. As you walk through the streets of Rome with your bride, you will be enchanted by the magical aura of love!

The cities of Florence, Milan, Venice, Sardinia, Tuscany and Portofino are every couple's dream destination. Make wonderful memories with your darling as you go cycling through the hilly terrains or glide through the Venetian Canals in those lovable gondolas.

Accommodation: There are many thousands of hotels in Italy to suit every budget. From 1-5 star hotels to resorts and Bed and Breakfast inns.

Getting There: International Airports in Italy include Rome's Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Milan Malpensa International Airport serving northern Italy, Trieste International Airport serving northeast of Italy, etc.

You can make your own travel plans or choose from a variety of tour packages, guided tours and planned holidays organised by travel agents. Plan in advance and make sufficient enquiries regarding the visa requirements and other documents needed before finalising your trip. Wherever you finally choose to go, remember to live every moment to the fullest!

Bountiful Bahamas

The 700 exotic Islands of the Bahamas spread across 100,000 sq miles of the North Atlantic Ocean rank high on the list of tropical Caribbean destinations ideal for a romantic honeymoon. Accessible by both Air and Sea, each island of the Bahamas including The Abacos, Acklins / Crooked Island, Andros, Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exumas, The Grand Bahama, Inagua, Long Island, The Out Islands, Mayaguana, Nassau / Paradise Island [capital city] and San Salvador has something unique and priceless to offer — amazing sights and activities to indulge in. From world class resorts to fascinating beaches, gardens and National Parks with rare species, casinos, spa services, fishing, boating and sailing options as well as fine dining — this chain of Bahamian Islands will fulfil your every desire.

As you discover each Island, you will be spellbound by the warmth of the people here. For sightseeing, you can visit Hermitage in Cat Island, Hope Town Lighthouse at The Abacus, Radio Beach in Bimini, The Caves at the Grand Bahama Island, Watlings Castle at San Salvador, Gaulin Cay at The Exumas, and Deans Blue Hole in Long Island. To take back some souvenirs like ceramics, crafts visit the straw market at Bay Street, Nassau, Port Lucaya Marketplace in the Grand Bahama Island and the Center at Festival Place, Nassau. You could go Kiteboarding, snorkelling or Jet skiing in Nassua, Scuba Diving in the Abacos or deep sea fishing in The Crooked Islands. Couples on their Bahamas Honeymoon Cruise can rest assured of having the time of their lives!

Accommodation: The Islands of the Bahamas offer interesting accommodations such as Suites, Inns, Beach hotels, motels and resorts.

Bahamas Air is the National Airline and operates National, regional and domestic flights. Inter-island mail-boats and charter flights operate between different Islands. For travel within an Island, there are buses and taxis.

You can make your own travel plans or choose from a variety of tour packages, guided tours and planned holidays organised by travel agents. Plan in advance and make sufficient enquiries regarding the visa requirements and other documents needed before finalising your trip. Wherever you finally choose to go, remember to live every moment to the fullest!

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