After the overwhelming experience of a wedding, a honeymoon is a welcome haven. The world is your oyster and with these exotic honeymoon destinations on your doorstep (not quite literally), any one of these top far-flung jewels can be your home away from home for a few weeks.
1. Venice, Italy
With its gushing canals that claustrophobically wind into narrow corridors of old Italy and spill immediately out into the opulent Grand Canal, Venice is an old world treasure that retains its exquisite antique charm. Italy is synonymous with passion, romance, adventure and love, and Venice, with its extravagant masks, mysterious nooks, winding walkways and gorgeous gondola rides is one of the most exotic and luxurious honeymoon destinations worldwide.
Where to stay: If you have a big budget and fancy treating yourself like a superstar, the Aman Canal Grande Hotel offers decadent interiors, charming views of the Grand Canal and an enchanting roof terrace for bottles of bubbly.
Mauritius and honeymooners go hand in hand. This captivating paradise is fresh from only the wildest of dreamscapes; butter blonde sands, softly encroaching waters and verdant green hideaways, Mauritius is number one for an escape that you'll never want to return from.Where to stay: Villa Anakao offers 5 star luxury in the Port Louis region.
3. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka offers an innovative, exciting and intimate mix of exotic features that make it truly ensnaring on the senses. The gargantuan landmarks, teaming wildlife, crystalline waters and boat loads of culture and history makes this environment a peculiar and yet tantalising moreish mixture of old and new.Where to stay: The Fortress Resort and Spa merges Dutch and Portguese style to awe-inspiring effect. As the name suggests, this fortress will protect you from intruders and outsiders and envelope you in a warm, cosy embrace; just what you need after months or years of wedding planning!
Thailand exemplifies everything exotic in one tourist friendly space; home to a myriad of islands readily available to be explored, striking elephants and utterly spellbinding views offered by Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Maya Bay, Thailand is perfect for all honeymooners. Whether you crave relaxation, adventure or simply cheap beer and scrumptious eats beside emerald seas, Thailand is a true paradise.Where to stay: The Centara Grand Beach resort, located on the island of Krabi offers 5 star luxury. Krabi is where the action is but this resort offers seclusion, serenely nestled in a private cove and flanked by tropical forests. The food is pretty awesome too...
Jamaica has always been famed for its laid back island pace and for boasting beautiful beaches. White sands, baby blue waters and island horseback rides make Jamaica a number one spot for the more laid back honeymoon style as well as for James Bond inspired adventures.Where to stay: Couples Negril comes highly ranked on Trip Advisor. Boasting a large pool, gorgeous rooms and plenty of wildlife, including dolphins, this is the perfect sensory escape tailored to the unique needs of couples.
Paris is the capitol of love and perhaps always will be; its antique architecture, surreal staples including the Eiffel Tower and of course the poetic language of the French language transport visitors to a land of love and longing. For that old fashioned sense of romance and passion, Paris just can't be beaten.Where to stay: You'll want to stay near the Eiffel Tower that's for sure! Paris literally flaunts a gorgeous array of hotels on every corner so refining the search can be challenging. For luxury, try Saint James Paris, for mid-range budgets opt for Hotel du Petit Moulin but for views of the tower itself, try the Hotel Duquesne Eiffel or the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel.
Madagascar is still a largely uninhabited, unvisited island teaming with unique and unusual animals unseen anywhere else in the world. If you're most familiar with Madagascar from the movies, then you might want to consider broadening your line of vision and heading there for your holidays. You can even go on a honeymoon safari!