Underrated honeymoon destinations worth considering

Posted on 15 May 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

After the successful planning and execution of your big day, you deserve to relax at an idyllic destination alongside your lover.

A honeymoon is the perfect time to bond with your eternal plus-one as you celebrate your love journey and the new chapter of your lives.

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Although heading to popular honeymoon destinations is great, there are plenty of underrated gems where newlyweds can enjoy special and memorable experiences. Consider these underrated local and international honeymoon destinations:

Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey’s Istanbul is a destination that is nothing short of captivating and historic. It straddles Europe and Asia, boasting many interesting experiences and attractions. Although Istanbul might not be top of mind for many honeymooners, it is one of the most romantic cities in the world. At the destination, you can experience an unforgettable, romantic and relaxing spa day. A Turkish bath is also a great idea to unwind from all the stress of wedding planning.

Istanbul. Credit: Unsplash

If you are a couple that enjoys journeying back in time, you can blissfully stroll through Istanbul as you explore some of its historic sites. For some fun in the kitchen, attend a Mediterranean cooking class and learn to create dishes which will transport you back to your honeymoon through memories when you’re back home. The often underrated honeymoon destination also offers magnificent sunsets over the city’s recognisable skyline, as well as an overall breathtaking honeymoon experience to remember.

Dullstroom, South Africa  

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Dullstroom (Picture: Getaway Gallery)

Nestled in the Mpumalanga highlands, the charming town of Dullstroom is perfect for honeymooners. After all, who wouldn’t want to wake up in the heart of nature with their lover by their side?

The tranquil destination has a number of activities to make your honeymoon a special experience to remember. These include fishing, a good game of golf, as well as some horse riding. You can also hike the wedding stress away as you take in the gorgeous scenery. For some pampering and relaxation, rejuvenating spa experiences await. An art gallery visit is also a must-do, as is a peaceful and romantic stroll along the river or around the town. Be sure to grab a delicious bite at one of the many restaurants.

Banff, Canada

If you and your significant other are crazy about the outdoors, you will love Banff. The small resort town is located between the Rocky Mountains and offers scenery that is impressively picturesque.

Honeymooners can spend some time enjoying activities such as hiking, swimming, skiing and some chalet-style relaxation. If you aim to splurge, a stay at the luxurious Fairmount Banff Springs is worth considering. The landmark hotel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can elevate your honeymoon through a number of exclusive and luxurious experiences.

Rosendal, South Africa

Fondly known as the Free State’s best-kept secret, Rosendal offers a honeymoon experience which oozes beauty and tranquility. It is the perfect place for a time filled with peace, romance and relaxation. Visit the town’s art galleries to tap into the creativity it has to offer. Enjoy a scenic hike alongside your partner, or even an unforgettable romantic picnic.

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It is also worthwhile to explore the local restaurants and gift shops. Who knows? You might find a significant souvenir to remind you of your special time at the destination.

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