The World's 8 Most Underrated Honeymoon Destinations
Planning a honeymoon is full of pitfalls. That's why we warned you about these mistakes you might be making. It's also a major responsibility that, if done wrong, can start your marriage out on a less-than-perfect note.
But how do you keep it from going wrong? Well to start, by choosing the right location. Sure, there are plenty of places around the world where you’ll have a can’t-miss romantic time -- like Hawaii or Florida or Vegas (no, seriously, Vegas) -- but the problem is, everyone else knows that! And the next thing you know, you're trying to avoid other newlyweds eager to regale you with tales about their new-aged wedding ceremony while you're standing in line at the all-you-can-eat resort buffet.
To help you avoid said newlyweds -- and score major points with your new special life companion -- we've compiled this list of the world’s eight most underrated honeymoon destinations.
Antalya, TurkeyWhile a honeymoon on the Mediterranean is about as original an idea as a bridal party walking the aisle in "cool" sunglasses, this small city on the turquoise coast is often overlooked by honeymooners. It’s got all the deep-blue waters, cliffs, and beaches of its better-known neighbors, but also has waterfalls careening off the edge of the city, one of the best-preserved and un-touristy old cities in Europe at Kaleici, and entire stretches of coastline that are undeveloped. Also, you and your new life partner can stroll some (or all, if your idea of romance involves leg cramps) of the 320-mile Lycian Way, checking out ancient ruins along the way. Possibly the best part of Antalya, though: a five-star hotel will run you about $120 a night.
Kerala, IndiaThough it somehow just missed our list of the world’s best canal cities, the place known as “God’s own country,” boasts some of the most serene, fascinating canal cruises in the world. Multi-day boat trips (some on houseboats that would rival any US luxury hotel) take you through backwaters where you’ll see Indian life at its most raw. Or if you wanna get off the water, India’s best beaches are also in Kerala, and many of them are as remote as those you’d find in the South Pacific. There's also the nearby Western Ghats, a mountain range with sweeping views and bright green tea plantations. Be sure to hit Eravikulam National Park, a 37-square-mile swath that sits entirely above the tree line.
Phi Phi Island, ThailandWhen you threw out hypothetical ideas for honeymoons and said, “Why don’t we just get a little hut on a beach and spend a whole week... discussing Russian literature,” this is exactly the place you had in mind. An only-accessible-by-ferry island with few hotels that's best experienced by staying in one of the private beach huts that stretch along Ko Phi Phi Don.
If you get tired of "chatting about Tolstoy," the nearby town is full of crazy spicy seafood restaurants, while the other island that makes up Phi Phi -- Ko Phi Phi Leh -- is only a short boat ride away. You can also hike the massive emerald cliffs or tour them on a private boat.