Honeymoon

Far flung fun – The most romantic Indonesian honeymoon locations

The big day has come and gone, the planning, the chaos, the nerves, the anticipation. Your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life but can take its toll on your stress levels, so it’s fantastic to know after a job well done, you can relax and understand the honeymoon is just around the corner. There is is nothing quite like being newly married though. Knowing you are starting your new life together, and a world of adventures await, can feel incredible and is a feeling worth savouring. Don’t allow the passion to prematurely dissipate by letting yourself to be sidelined into choosing a mediocre honeymoon destination.

The archipelago of Indonesia steps as far away from mediocre as you can get. Hundreds of islands, all with silver sandy beaches, luscious terrains, wondrous woods, and sparkling glassy waters qualifies Indonesia as the destination with a difference, a haven of tranquillity, passion, romance and beauty, perfect for honeymooners.

Where to go? Here is a handy guide for the most love up locations for you and your partner.

Bali Island

Bali has long been known as the ideal honeymoon hideaway for nature loving newlyweds. There are very few locations that can match Bali for its tranquillity and seclusion. For many visitors, Balinese wildlife doesn’t extend far beyond tiptoeing through the trollops in Sanur, but trekkers and orchid lovers alike should head to Munduk in the north of the island. In the midst of these flourishing highlands, you can leave the world behind and enjoy waterfalls together, retreats to the temples and be in awe of an abundance of wildlife.

Surabaya

Surabaya is yet another of the more popular places to choose to go honeymooning in Indonesia. Famous for its cultural architecture in the form of impressive mosques and magnificent monuments as well as culinary delights to tempt the most particular of palates.  Witness the goods being transported around China Town by becak and hand-pulled carts, a taste of the old world meets modern day, experience Cantonese culinary skills and enjoy a taste of the Orient. As well as an abundance of hotels, there are beautiful apartments to rent at https://rumahdijual.com/surabaya/. Surabaya really does offer the honeymooning couple plenty of opportunities to experience the real heart of Indonesia.

Moyo Island

A small island north of Sumbawa Island, Moyo Island is a top class visitor destination, well known for its quiet beauty and simple charm. The isle itself is tiny, it’s entire area reaching only 30,000 hectares. Despite its diminutive size, its draw lies in its exceptional measure of untouched natural beauty.  This measure of such splendour can make a couple of in love feel like they are the only two in the whole world, a perfect start to married life together. The serenity of this island is not only about the white sandy beaches and azure seas but also the untouched woodland, where secret waterfalls and rivers run.

Banda Islands

In direct contrast to the more traditional way of life of Bali Island, the lush green Banda Islands positioned in the heart of Maluku province amidst the Banda Sea offers a marine life and diving experience the more active and adventurous honeymooners won’t want to miss. If you can imagine yourselves spending a week taking in the incredible views of  Mount Api, an active volcano 2,200 feet high in elevation, or even descending into the crystal waters, of this archipelago then Banda Island may well be perfect. Made up of the islands of Neira Island, Lonthoir Island, Pisang Island, Hatta Island, Ay Island, Rum Island and Mount Api itself, the island group offers divers and visitors alike the chance to see Mandarin fish, enormous table and soft corals as well as a vast array of pelagic fish if you visit any of the many dive sites.

Sampireun Village, Garut

It may sound farfetched, that you can find an idyllic and peaceful retreat within the chaos of West Java, yet there is one destination filled with romantic charm and yet retains its rustic character. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the bustling towns of West Java, Kampung Sampireun is a floating retreat, decked out with gazebos, where the sounds of Sudanese music floats across the street and where you can experience the unique menus on offer.  Equal measures of homeliness and extravagance intertwine, making this village a perfect choice for romance inspired couples looking to take their adventure to new heights.

Lombok Island

Lombok Island is, again, a haven for divers and lovers of all things underwater and has the genuine atmosphere of love. The waves lap serenely, and as they caress the shore, it’s ambient sounds adding to the romance of your honeymoon. Beauty, calm and tranquillity, perfect for the couples looking to get away from it all and everyone.

Bintan Island, Riau

Bintan Island is exquisite, an outstanding area of natural and real beauty. Almost picture postcard perfect in its gorgeousness, there are shimmering white sands,  crystal blue waters, stunning greenery. For couples who need nothing more than scenery and each other, this is the choice by far.

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is undoubtedly one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations for newly-weds in Indonesia, if not the world. The island is teeming with relics of its rich and diverse history culture as well as reminders of its grand days of yesteryear. If you fancied a visit to Kaliurang, there is an opportunity to snap some incredible shots of you and your brand new spouse aside the frothing waters of Hawanya stream. Nestled within the stunning and luscious backdrop of the mountain valleys,  Kaliurang is less than 30 kilometres north of Yogyakarta city centre.

Belitung Island, Riau

The striking scenery on Belitung Island is almost unique, something you will struggle to find anywhere else. Dominated by beautiful coastal panoramic views, azure water and beaches with sands so white and soft they could almost be made of talcum powder, the island is breathtaking. There are also some calm water bays allowing for water-based sports and sailing for couples looking to take to the sea.

No matter what you are looking for, whether it’s sun, sea and sand or a little more adventure, Indonesia would be the perfect place to begin your married life together. It simply has it all, all you need to say is I do!

Top 5 Honeymoon Locations in Thailand

Choosing the location for your Honeymoon can be a bit of a mind field. Unless you have always had your heart set on a destination, when you start to look at different places it can become a little bit over whelming. So to add to that have you thought about traveling to Thailand on your honeymoon?

Thailand is often thought of as a backpackers stop off, which often it is however it is also so very much more. Offering those beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise sea, luxury accommodation and amazing food, I truly believe it could be the prefect location for your honeymoon. I have put together my top 5 honeymoon locations in Thailand.

Phi Phi

Phi Phi is a collection of islands located to the west of Phuket, and only accessible by boat. Making it the perfect romantic get away. Phi Phi is a relaxed island, with beautiful sandy beaches and clear turquoise sea, paradise at it’s best. Phi Phi offers many different types of accommodation from budget to luxury hotels, there is also a variety of restaurants and bars for the evenings. Phi Phi not only is a stunning collection of islands it also offers plenty for you to do, including amazing snorkelling, shark watching tours, rock climbing not various boat trips. Phi Phi is popular with people popping over for a couple of nights, why not book one of the many luxury hotels for a couple of nights of paradise before heading back to mainland Thailand.

Karbi

Karbi is a collection of small islands located around 400 miles south of Bangkok. The islands not only have those stunning beaches and turquoise sea, there are also lime stone cliffs for those who love to rock climb and rainforests, with a wealth of historic monuments to visits. The islands are home to many small fishing villages where you are able to taste lots of local produce. With numerous different excursions to take part in you will never be short of something new to do while staying in Karbi.

Hua Hin

Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s oldest resorts, it offers something slightly different with a real mix of old world charm and modern living. The beaches in Hua Hin are as beautiful as the smaller islands, with water sports being very popular in this area. Of course there are plenty of adventures to be had in Hua Hin, with caves and waterfalls to explore. As Hua Hin is a fishing town there are so many restaurants for you to be able to try the catch of the day not forgetting the traditional Thai food. Hua Hin is a great place for you to visit while on honeymoon with various accommodation types to fit your budget.

Khao Lak

Staying in Khao Lak gets you away from the busier resorts in Thailand, like most of the resorts it offers beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants and accommodation types to suit any budget. One thing that makes Khao Lak a must have visit for me, is that it is located near to the Khao Lak­ Lam Ru National Park. Giving you the chance to see wildlife at home in its natural environment, elephants, tropical birds, monkeys and so much more. If you are planning on doing some island hoping Khao Lak is a great place to start with regular boats leaving to various islands. Why not use Khao Lak as your base and spend a few days visiting the different islands.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the third largest off the islands of the east coast of the main land. Koh Samui is becoming increasing popular with honeymooners, an island that offers everything you could wish for. Beautiful beaches, fishing villages, luxury hotels and history with various Buddhist monuments and temples around the island. If like me your partner is more interested in exploring the island and the cuisine than reading a book on the beach or by the pool, then Koh Samui would be perfect for you as it offers both. Take a boat to out to the marine national park to see the conservation work that is happening to protect the marine life around Koh Samui.

All of these locations offer just about everything you could possibly want from a Honeymoon, activities, relaxation, luxury and not forgetting making amazing memories. Which of my top picks would you chose for your Honeymoon to Thailand?

*This post was made in collaboration with Destination2.co.uk holidays. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Dreaming of a Honeymoon in the Maldives……

 

honeymoon in the maldives

Honeymoon in the Maldives

When someone says honeymoon, I instantly think the Maldives. I think that’s because, since being young I have always dreamt of a honeymoon in the Maldives. Unlike reality, which was a week in Devon (which was wonderful by the way).

honeymoon in the maldives

The Maldives

The Maldives are a collection of more than a thousand coral islands. The main island of Malé is home to a busy fishing market, lots of restaurants, shops and the airport for the islands. The Maldives are famous for their beautiful beaches, blue lagoons and stunning coral reefs.

Many private islands are covered in beautiful white sand and surrounded by the clear blue ocean. Lots of the islands have their own coral reef. So there are plenty of amazing diving and snorkelling opportunities to be had. With their own personal reef, you don’t have to swim out far to find yourself submerged with marine life. Some of the best in the world.

honeymoon in the maldives

Stunning Accommodation

There are so many styles of accommodation to choose from. All-inclusive hotel resorts, with every kind of facility you could ever want. Exclusive pool villas, set within resorts so you have access to hotel facilities. Tiny boutique hideaways. Garden Villas set in the stunning gardens of the resorts. Beach side bungalows, where you can step out of your bungalow straight onto the beautiful sand, and of course the amazing over-the-water bungalows, set out in the lagoons.

accommodation types in the maldives

accommodation types in the maldvies

Top things to do in Maldives

I’m sure that when people think of the Maldives, they think about drinking cocktails on the beach, and jumping into the sea for a swim whenever the mood takes them. However there are so many other things to do while in the Maldives. I have put together a list of ‘musts’ while you’re there.

  • The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – off the Island of Rangalifinolhu.
  • Underwater Spa.
  • Private candlelit beach dinner.
  • Diving – the Maldives offer some of the best diving in the world.
  • Learn to dive.
  • The Dolphin excursion.
  • Island Hopping.
  • Surfing – people travel to the Maldives to enjoy some of the best surfing around.
  • Paddle Boarding.
  • Beach side Balinese couples massage.
  • A scenic flight over the islands.

top things to do in the maldives

underwater restaurant maldives

With so many different islands to choose from, which one will you choose for your honeymoon destination?