It's arguably the most important holiday of your life and yet, amid the craziness of planning a wedding, the honeymoon can get a little lost. But don't panic! This is where we step in as your honeymoon gurus; our team of experts will help you identify the perfect destination to fit your needs, which might not necessarily be the one you were thinking of. Yes, the classics are the classics for a reason but if there's ever a reason to do something a little differently, it's your honeymoon. What's more, we'll be there to make sure everything goes off without a hitch and even add in a couple of surprises along the way - this is your honeymoon after all.
So without further ado, here's our pick of the most romantic alternative honeymoon destinations for 2019...
Start the honeymoon in style in Rio, settling into married life with a couple of days in this incredibly cool city carrying on the celebrations after your big day. Take in the views from Sugarloaf Mountain and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, sip beachside cocktails and get to grips with the vibrant foodie scene. Next up, head west to Iguacu Falls on the border with Argentina and spend a day or two exploring the thundering falls while spotting glistening rainbows and an abundance of butterflies. Finally, top off the honeymoon with a blissful beach break in beautiful Buzios, a charming bohemian fishing town just north of Rio.
Most people equate travelling to Australia with visiting the beautiful beaches and vibrant cities along the east coast but, thanks to the introduction of a new direct flight from London to Perth, the sunny west is finally being given the attention it well and truly deserves. Start in a revitalised Perth which now sports a food and drink scene to rival anywhere in the world before heading south to Margaret River, one of the best wine regions in the country. It also happens to be within striking distance of some seriously stunning beaches - another critical tick for the honeymoon list. To top it off, fly north to Sal Salis on the Ningaloo Reef coast to stay in safari tents in white sand dunes, just feet from the water's edge. Australia, and Australians, are all about action so spend your days sea kayaking, gorge walking and, depending on the season, swimming with either humpback whales or whale sharks.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Namibia in the lead up to a certain royal honeymoon and, even though it didn't turn out to be the destination of choice, Namibia remains a favourite of ours. In fact, with UNESCO-protected dark sky reserves, stunning desolate landscapes and unique wildlife aplenty, Namibia is one of the most romantic destinations we can think of. Spend your honeymoon self-driving along the wide empty roads, stopping at luxurious camps (such as the new Hoanib Valley Camp or Shipwreck Lodge) and trying to avoid having your first ever married 'cargument' - because if you can survive navigating a road trip together (and the associated backseat driving), you can survive anything.
Deep South USA
Music loving honeymooners need look no further than the USA's Deep South, which can now conveniently be accessed via direct flights to both New Orleans and Nashville. Once you're on the ground, hire a car and spend a week or two cruising between cities including New Orleans, Natchez, Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta. The music scene here is incredibly rich and diverse and on every night of the week you'll find blues, country, soul or jazz leaking from doorways throughout each city. Between gig-hopping and dancing the nights away there'll also be plenty of time to sample the full flavours of the local cuisine and learn about the area's troubled history too.
After the busy build up to the wedding most honeymooners are, quite understandably, looking for a spot of well-deserved rest and relaxation. Hop on a short, direct flight to Corsica where you can quickly indulge in just that, on some beautiful and amazingly unspoilt beaches. With a mixture of French and Italian influences the cuisine here is just as beautiful as the beaches, and evenings can be spent simply enjoying the food, the views and each other's company. Once the novelty of idleness wears off there are also plenty of stunning mountain hikes, quaint towns and lively festivals to keep you entertained.
Thanks to a fluttering of luxurious new beach property openings (Six Senses Krabey Island and Alila Villas Koh Russey, we're looking at you) Cambodia is finally being recognised for the diversity of experiences it offers. Start the honeymoon on the beach, where you'll find soft white sand and pristine mangroves with virtually nobody else around. Next, get your fill of culture in Siem Reap where you can visit the Angkor complex, meet the villagers who live in floating houses on Tonle Sap Lake and indulge in some of Asia's best food. For the active among you, a few days hiking in the Cardamom Mountains and a stay at the new Shinta Mani Wild is the perfect conclusion to the trip.