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The ultimate honeymoon bucket list

Santorini, Paris, Bora Bora... there’s a reason why these destinations pop up on honeymoon itineraries time and time again: because they’re pretty amazing. 
Come on, who doesn’t want to spend a week or two catching some rays on a blindingly white-sand beach, or eating their body weight in baguettes and macarons? But just in case you still need convincing, we’ve rounded up our top 10 romantic spots around the globe, complete with all the lovebird clichés – as well as some lesser-known gems to check out while you’re there.  

Paris, France

As if we could start with any other city. Picture walking down cobblestone streets, climbing the Eiffel Tower, locking a symbol of your love onto the famous Pont de l'Archevêché bridge and exclaiming “ooh la la” at every given opportunity. You won’t struggle to find a textbook honeymoon moment in the City of Love, but there are also plenty of experiences you haven’t seen on Facebook yet. Instead of strolling the banks of the Seine, why not stay right on it in a houseboat? See airbnb.com.au for more info.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Make like an A-lister and head for the 5-star accommodation and abandoned beaches of French Polynesia. Popular pastimes in this dreamy location include a gourmet picnic lunch on a private beach and breakfast in your overwater bungalow. While you’re there, why not take a romantic sunset sail on a private catamaran? Think four-course dinner, live Polynesian music and dancing. If you’re itching to do something way outside the box, head inland for a 4WD safari tour. Kim Kardashian, eat your heart out!

Santorini, Greece

Precariously perched white stone buildings overlooking ridiculously blue water – it really doesn’t get more Instagram-ready than this. Take a sailing trip from Santorini to see volcanoes and snorkel at iconic beaches before returning to the island for a taste of its famous white wines. To get off the beaten track, make the trek along the isle Kos, located in the Dodecanese islands. Home to peaceful beaches and hot mineral springs, it’s perfect for a more private getaway. 

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Maui, Hawaii

We’ll level with you – once you’ve found a perfectly positioned sun lounger by the pool at one of Maui’s amazing resorts it’s going to be hard to leave it, but you can’t go to Hawaii and not attend a luau. Locals will have you sorted with a delicious feast, beautiful lei and jaw-dropping cultural demonstrations. Make sure you experience Hawaii’s hidden gems by taking a horseback tour of the hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, or see the sunrise at Mt Haleakala’s summit – a whopping 3000 metres above sea level. 

Fiji

Choppering in to an island resort, sipping cocktails by your (private) pool, a couple’s massage and sunset canapes. Sound like total bliss? Yes, yes it does. But don’t get so caught up in the oh-so-relaxing itinerary that you overlook the adventures to be had – because trust us, there are plenty of them. For water babies, riding a jet ski, diving in the perfect water, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking are all possibilities. As for the land lovers, you can hike and zip-line through stunning scenery. 

Venice, Italy

You don’t need to get too fancy here – the classic Venetian experience is as simple as venturing through the sprawling maze of alleyways and canals by foot and gondola, then finishing the evening with a classic Italian dinner (Do. Not. Forget. The. Gelato… just don’t). For an element of the unexpected, head over to the 17th-century Palazzo Pisani Moretta. It was the location for an epic shoot-out in Casino Royale, so dust off your best James Bond impersonation before joining locals for an evening drink in bars close to the Rialto Bridge (shaken, not stirred). 

Seychelles

Pronounced ‘say-SHELL’, topaz water, white sand and lush greenery are all just part of the deal on these uber-ritzy islands. Do the ‘done thing’ by taking an ocean charter off the pristine beaches and enjoy a drink on crystal waters. Or, you can get out of your comfort zone and go rock climbing on the natural granite outcrops. To really get back to nature, take a tour of the exotic plants and wildlife. 

Sicily, Italy

OK, so we’ve snuck in another Italian must-visit, because any honeymoon bucket list has to include the quaint buildings and clear waters of Sicily. For an authentic Italian ordeal, ride the Taormina funicular down to the beach and sunbathe for hours (sun smart rules are still non-negotiable). Maybe you’ll take a day to climb Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, or watch a performance in the remains of Taormina’s 7th-century theatre. Be sure to also make your way to the sleepy island of Levanzo and check out the ancient illustrations of prehistoric man and animals in the Cave of Genoese.

Mauritius

If you’re expecting another typical tropical escape, think again. Sure, you can cross off all the usual favourites  – swimming with dolphins, cocktails and snorkelling on Ile aux Cerfs Island. But there is So. Much. More. When it comes time for a safari, skip the usual Jeep and take a Segway instead (yep, you heard us) for a totally unique experience in the Yemen nature reserve. You’ll get an hour to explore 4,500 hectares and encounter Java deer, wild boars, macaque monkeys, zebras and ostriches, just to name a few. 

Costa Rica

A little nugget of paradise in Central America that offers day spas, bird watching and canopy tours through the tropical forests – if you want tranquillity, you’ve got it. But after some much-needed down time, release your inner adventurer and go white water rafting or waterfall repelling. If you didn’t know that abseiling down a waterfall was an actual thing, don’t worry, neither did we!

What’s on your honeymoon bucket list? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter using @brideaustralia and #brideaustralia.

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