When you’ve just tied the knot, you’ll want your marriage to get off to a good start, and have plenty of time to relax and spend with your new spouse. There’s no better way than the tried-and-true combination of sun, sand and cocktails to set newlyweds at ease. Here, we’ve rounded up the best five islands for honeymooners.
If privacy and isolation is what you seek, the Maldives is the place for you. Set over 90,000 square kilometres, the Maldives is made up mostly of water dotted with 1,190 coral islands, only 200 of which are inhabited. Head out to one of the uninhabited islands for the day to truly bask in one another’s company, then retire to your hotel suite for a rejuvenating spa treatment. Top it all off by dining under the stars while the warm glow of candlelight bathes your partner’s face. And that’s just one day – imagine what a couple of weeks could offer.
Known as the romantic island in the Tahitian chain, Bora Bora offers idyllic honeymoon accommodation: over-water bungalows. Ranging from rustic cabins on stilts to luxurious pamper pads, these bungalows simply drip with exclusivity. Snorkel in your own private slice of the lagoon, gaze over the pristine turquoise waters while feeding each other fresh fruit, or wallow in the private plunge pool included by several resorts. If for some reason you tire of your room, head inland for a hike to panoramic lookouts, with the help of a local guide.
For a taste of France in the Pacific, head to New Caledonia. Noumea is the sophisticated capital that marries the best of both local and French traditions. It’s brimming with life – from the bustling shops and restaurants to the casino and nightclubs. The two main beaches of New Caledonia, Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata, are separated by a strip of fine restaurants, so you’re never far from a gastronomic sensation. The Grande Terre’s east coast is worth a road trip to check out the dramatic, rugged scenery.
If you and your new spouse enjoy scuba diving, look no further than the largest of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman. Off the coast of Seven Mile Beach lies the former US naval vessel USS Kittiwake. The five-level and 76.5-metre ship was sunk deliberately in 2011, creating a fun environment for curious divers to explore. Goliath groupers, urchins, squirrelfish and rare sponges have made the wreck their home and offer wonder and delight to anyone who wishes to give an underwater hello. If shallower tides are more your style, go to Stingray City. It’s a sandbar where waist-high waters enable you to keep your feet on solid ground, while you’re greeted by friendly stingrays looking for a bite of squid.
Before you look too far afield, don’t forget Australia has its own array of romantic paradises. Nestled in the Whitsunday Islands, off the coast of Queensland, is Hamilton Island. This island is a yachter’s dream, offering twilight sails and catamaran adventures as well as Great Barrier Reef cruises. If you prefer to explore the natural bushland, you can don your walking shoes and wander over more than 20 kilometres of trails, hand in hand.