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Top Honeymoon Destinations in Paradise

This spring and summer, traditional honeymoon trips are back on the rise after so many celebrations were canceled during the pandemic, and the typical wedding season has been extended well into the fall months of September and October. Here are some of the most popular places people are booking, based on research by travel experts at Honeymoon Always, and some of our expert tips on where to stay for that once-in-a-lifetime post-nuptial journey. 

Couple snorkeling in Bali

Based on analyzed Google Trends data, Honeymoon Always has established the most-searched-for honeymoon destinations from couples traveling from the U.S. Coming out on top was Indonesia, with the most interest in Bali, as the most sought-after honeymoon destination in eight US states. Our Paradise Expert Guide to Bali recommends booking the Madapa Ritz Carlton Reserve or Padma Resort Ubud for a Zen getaway. Check here for the full recommendations including where to dine, drink and play.

According to Dan Bagby of Honeymoon Always,  “We always have a pulse on what destinations are the most popular for honeymoons, but studies like this are always fascinating to see where people are interested in visiting. While a relatively small percentage of people actually make it to Bali, it’s clearly a popular dream destination where hopes may be tempered once the cost and flight times are understood.”

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Hotel Xcaret Arte in Mexico

Mexico is the most Googled honeymoon country in seven states, with the Tulum area continuing its surge in popularity, being the top destination. Based on this year’s top travel trends, travelers and honeymooners also care deeply about the planet and want to do their part when it comes to sustainable tourism. From its founding, Grupo Xcaret, has been Mexico’s leader in sustainable tourism for more than 30 years. The group focuses on a vision for sustainability based in projects and programs that support the conservation of the environment and demonstrate respect for the natural resources and traditional communities in the area.   

Pool view at Xcaret

With three all-fun inclusive® luxury and ultra-luxury resorts in front of the Caribbean Sea and nestled deep in the Mayan jungle, Hotel Xcaret MexicoHotel Xcaret Arte and La Casa de la Playa, feature eco-integrating architecture and design infused with a respect for nature. Some of those include the Sea Turtle Conservation Program with four turtle camps along 13 beaches in the area; initiatives for the restoration of coral reefs; endangered bird species born under human care, the Red Macaws Conservation Program breeds the species in Xcaret, releases them in areas where they were once extinct 

and monitors their well-being; and a Wildlife Hospital with the necessary equipment and specialized human talent needed to attend the needs and emergencies of the wildlife inside and outside the properties.

Colorful dining and drinking options abound at Xcaret Arte

The Caribbean Islands continue to attract honeymooners, being the most Googled honeymoon country in seven states. The first Caribbean destination to appear on this list is St. Lucia. Highlights of the island include BodyHoliday wellness resort and the chocolate alchemist at Jade Mountain Sanctuary which can offer classes and tours as well. 

Greece is also one of the most Googled honeymoon spots with Greek Islands of Santorini and Mykonos being top destinations. The Maldives was also the most sought-after location for those looking to book a honeymoon from Alaska, proving that opposites attract even when it comes to global climates.

Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Tahiti in French Polynesia is another favorite and we rounded up an island guide at Paradise that will help you plan the most romantic perch whether you are going to charter a yacht and sail to a private island, stay at eco-friendly The Brando, or at the Four Seasons on Bora Bora.

For Francophiles, perennial favorite Paris continues to be a top destination, so we researched five hotels that won’t break the bank if you’re on a budget, or splurge at COMO Hotels and Resort’s first property in France. COMO Le Montrachet, located in the charming village of Puligny-Montrachet, in the heart of Burgundy, opened in April. You can expect some of the most prestigious wines and French gastronomy in a chic-boutique property housed across three heritage buildings that you will never want to leave.

COMO Le Montrachet

There is no denying that Italy remains one of the most popular parts of Europe and the world, no matter the occasion, but especially for romance. Standing above the picturesque village of Moltrasiom, one of Lake Como’s legendary properties, Passalacqua, reopened its doors this spring, and that is good news for honeymooners. With five acres of terraced gardens sweeping down to the lake’s shore, this 18th-century villa steeped in history is the perfect setting and an idyllic honeymoon destination. Born and brought up on Lake Como, owners, the De Santis family and their team of experts have curated a range of pastimes and experiences to showcase the pleasures of villa living and give a taste of real local Lake Como life. 

Villa Passalacqua. Photo by Ricky Monti.

Guests of Passalacqua can lounge on the villa’s grounds which are teeming with azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias in bloom surrounding 15 water fountains and centuries-old trees and an alfresco gym overlooking an olive grove. Foodies can enjoy an elegant and delicious ‘chic-nic’ – a supremely elegant, elevated picnic freshly prepared by the expert culinary team or take a gelato making class. Other romantic options include exploring the region on a wooden traditional boat for a Champagne cruise, hiking or on foot for a panoramic lakefront sunset stroll. There is also an opportunity to visit the Medieval St Agatha Church’s Romanic frescoes with a local private guide, which is located steps from the entrance to Passalacqua, and it just might inspire you to have another wedding ceremony or renew your vows already.  

Villa Passalacqua Lake Como view. Photo by @Stefan Giftthaler.

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