The 5 best undiscovered honeymoon destinations you’ve never heard of1st July 2015 by Showtime Photo Booth
Your honeymoon destination is one of the toughest travel choices you may ever have to make. After the pressure, stress and magnitude of your wedding day, not to mention the effort that went into planning it, you and your newly betrothed deserve a truly special holiday. Somewhere that suits both your tastes for culture, activities and climate – and somewhere that’s going to look great in your honeymoon snaps. So if you’re short of ideas, here are some of the best hidden honeymoon gems on the planet.
Colourful, charismatic and cosmopolitan, Quebec City is hidden in plain sight, right in the heart of Canada’s most densely populated region. Less than 3 hours drive from the United States, Quebec city is the only walled city north of Mexico, boasting 4.6 kilometres of historic stone walls – a perfect day’s walking. A brilliant destination for fine dining, the New York Times has noted not one but five unmissable restaurants. Visit in July and you can enjoy temperatures of around 25 degrees – perfect for enjoying the breath-taking beauty of the vast surrounding wilderness, or just enjoying a spot of lunch on the charming cobbles of the UNESCO world heritage old town centre.
The fact that Croatia remains largely unexplored by us Brits is bordering on criminal when you see how much it has to offer. If you love the sun, Hvar’s coastal setting is perfect, with temperatures reaching about 30 degrees in high summer, and wall-to-wall blue skies most days. The old town is charming and romantic, full of colour and aroma, with lots of delicious, local food to be found. And if you fancy a day out, you can hire a car to explore the island at your leisure, sampling ancient settlements, rustic vineyards and stunning medieval architecture. A perfect compromise for sun-seeker and culture vulture.
For those newlyweds who are looking for somewhere sunny, quiet and romantic where you can really relax, the small Greek island of Folengandros is simply idyllic. Offering little in the way of package holidays, the island instead offers a slice of real Greek life in this richly historic part of the world. With the main town of Hora closed to cars and motorcycles, you can really feel like you’ve stepped back in time, making it perfect for those romantic honeymoon dinners. Watch the sun setting over the ocean, behind the picturesque village streets, and you’ll wish you never had to go back home.
A little taste of France in the Caribbean, Martinique is known as the ‘island of never ending summer’, with an average year-round temperature of 26 degrees. A beautiful mixture of culture and countryside, this island paradise boasts over 400 square miles of forests, rivers, rugged mountains, beaches and charming little towns. Renowned for its rich history of literature, arts and crafts, it’s a melting pot of everything American, European and African. The sparkling clear ocean waters are as perfect for scuba diving as they are for swimming, or if you prefer, simply listening to the waves lapping from the simple comfort of a rustic beach cabin. A day visit to Saint-Pierre, at the foot of Mount Pelee – the island’s famous (dormant) volcano is highly recommended.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
But if you’re looking for something that’s truly remarkable, other-worldly even, you simply have to see Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Not for the faint-hearted, and definitely not for sun-seekers, this resort is freezing cold, even in high summer. Venturing outdoors to enjoy regular displays by the awe-inspiring aurora borealis is an absolute must, but be warned: you should probably pack your thermals. Despite the chilly climate, the accommodation here is warm and comfortable, whether you choose a rustic log cabin or a glass igloo, you’ll be treated to unforgettable views of the wild, white wonderland that is arctic Finland.
And if that little lot’s not undiscovered enough for you, you’re just going to have a long wait before there’s such a thing as a honeymoon in space. Until then, happy holidays, and don’t forget to take your camera!