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For many couples, their honeymoon is the single most significant vacation they’ll ever take together. So of course awe-inspiring destinations like the Maldives, Fiji and Bora Bora will always rank high on the list of honeymoon hot spots, as will glamorous cities such as Paris, Kyoto and Venice. And while places like Bolivia and Switzerland may not be the first destinations that come to mind, you may want to reconsider after reading this list of couples-worthy locales that are currently rising in popularity. Here are 9 trending honeymoon locales that should be on your radar if saying “I do” in 2020.

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Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast

“A classic honeymoon destination, Italy is the epitome of romance,” says Black Tomato travel expert Sunil Metcalfe. “These regions create a lovely cadence for an unforgettable journey rich with fine culture, gourmet cuisine, incredible wine and picturesque coastlines.” Embrace la dolce vita in Tuscany by devouring homemade pasta and truffles at every meal while surrounded by rolling verdant hills, or spend lazy days lapping up rosé while gazing out at crystal clear waters in Positano. April through October is an ideal time to visit Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, and our top picks for where to stay are COMO Castello del Nero and Casa Angelina. Not only because they’re incredibly luxe (and befitting of 1:1 time), but because of their honeymoon offerings. For example, you can take a private cooking lesson and learn to create Neapolitan specialities with hotel Casa Angelina’s chef Raffaella D’Esposito.


Sandy Ground Bay, Anguilla, English West Indies

With a record breaking 73,633 bookings in 2019 (their highest number to date since they started recording tourism data 27 years ago), the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla shows no signs of slowing down. Why would they? With tranquil blue waters, pristine powdery stretches of sand, plus adventure, gastronomy and wellness options galore, the Eastern Caribbean island is an adult playground. As for where to check in to celebrate your newly minted nuptials, there’s 76-room Zemi Beach House & Spa (located right on Shoal Bay Beach), as well as the must-see villa Altamer (Antilles Pearl) on Anguilla’s West End. Zemi’s Celebration Suite also boasts a private terrace and plunge pool overlooking the ocean, so you’ll be able to soak up epic sunsets as you relax on your own rooftop oasis. Pro tip: To avoid hurricane season and take advantage of great deals, visit May through August.

Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne was just named the world’s best small city, according to a recent Monocle report, so just as San Miguel de Allende saw a rise in tourism after receiving the same honor, now’s the time to visit. Nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, a stay at the 5-star Royal Savoy Lausanne is a must for cushy quarters, an outdoor pool, close proximity to Ouchy Port, and a bevy of VIP arts and culture tours operated by Plateforme 10. Indulge in cocktails and panoramic views at Sky Lounge, extreme pampering in their state-of-the-art wellness facility, and local specialties prepared with regional ingredients at Brasserie du Royal. Pro tip: June through September provides the most optimal weather for roaming Lausanne’s quaint streets and sightseeing aboard Lake Geneva’s famed steamer boats. And whatever you do, don’t forget to use your hotel-provided metro card to explore the nearby Olympic Museum.

José Ignacio, Uruguay

“Our trip designers are finding that honeymooners are really interested in exotic beach destinations,” (i.e. Sumba Island in Indonesia, Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand and José Ignacio, Uruguay) says Melissa Biggs Bradley, founder and CEO of luxury travel company Indagare. “They want the warm weather, but are steering away from the comforts of the Caribbean and exploring beach destinations around the world.” Quaint fishing town turned ritzy resort village José Ignacio offers all the comforts twosomes could want on a ‘moon: 5-star resorts with posh suites, over-the-top spas, fine dining and casual, albeit trendy, beach clubs like La Susana and Anastasio Playa Hotel & Beach Club. When it comes to top hotels, we’re big fans of Vik Retreats Playa VikBahia Vik, and Estancia VikPro tip: Uruguay’s summer is the opposite of ours, so you’ll want to holiday during the warmer months of December to March, and if you’re feeling adventurous and up for seeing more of this enigmatic, wonderful country, it’s worth the trek to the uber romantic Narbona Wine Lodge in Carmelo.

Kenya and the Seychelles

An African safari may not be a completely novel idea for the ‘moon, but Black Tomato travel expert Amy Hellman suggests combining the classic Kenyan adventure with the meditative effects of the Seychelles. “There’s not a more postcard perfect honeymoon destination pairing than this one,” she says. “Ideal for a couple torn on the type of trip they’re keen on, this multi-destination journey through sub-Saharan Africa will please everyone and surprise you both.” Check into the Fairmont Mara Safari Club and spend your days spotting rhinos and other exotic creatures in the bush, followed by a hot air balloon over the plains. Then switch gears to the luxe life in the Seychelles (at the ever-chic Four Seasons Resort Seychelles), where your day begins with an epic breakfast buffet fit for royals, followed by lavish spa treatments, fresh catch of the day lunches, sunbathing, and island hopping around the Indian Ocean. Pro tip: June through October is when you want to go, but since flights are seriously long to these parts, plan for at least a 13-night trip.

St. Barth’s

According to Doug Knight, managing partner at World Tek Travel and Event Management, the island has made a big comeback from Hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017 and is ready to welcome honeymooners in classic Saint Barthelemy fashion once again. “The Oetker Collection property Eden Rock – St Barths has finally reopened after an extensive two-year renovation and boasts a private beach bordering St. Barth mainstay Nikki Beach and the celebrity-splashed St-Jean Beach.” There’s also unparalleled culinary creations by master chef Jean-Georges in the Sand Bar restaurant, bespoke cocktails made for sunset sips at Rémy Bar and custom treatments for two at the new Eden Spa. Pro tip: The best time to go is… anytime! But Knight suggests avoiding August through October, since everyone is gone and there’s the threat of storms and hurricanes to contend with. Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa and Hotel le Toiny offer a quieter, more romantic scene for an intimate getaway.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

According to Black Tomato travel expert Diana Wrangham, the dynamic country of Bolivia is a powerful place to begin the journey of marriage. “The Latin American country provides the opportunity for newlyweds to spend quality time alone in an otherworldly environment—with an endless expanse of showstopping landscapes,” she says. “And some fine wine in the city of La Paz presents a phenomenal way to toast to your new life.” As for her must-dos, Wrangham recommends cruising across the lunar-like, Bolivian salt flats made famous by Instagram, perfecting your photography skills (and #couplegoals pics) deep in the heart of the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, and heading to Laguna Verde salt lake, where you’ll witness emerald green waters against snow-white shores. If you want a truly immersive stay, look no further than the five-star Hotel Palacio de Sal on the banks of the Salar. The unforgettable property is built of salt bricks, features igloo-shaped rooms and is even decorated with some salt furniture. Pro tip: If you want the best weather, plan your trip between September and November. But if you want to see the cool mirror effect on the wet salt flats, come between December and April. To get the best of both worlds, plan for an April trip.

Paris, France

Clearly no honeymoon list would be complete without an appearance from the City of Lights (and love). If you’re considering an elopement merged with a mini- or full-fledged ‘moon, this is the place. Between the Michelin-starred restaurants, swanky suites on prestigious avenues, and bustling art, fashion and nightlife scenes, there’s no shortage of itinerary options to choose from. Among our favorite haunts: Crazy Horse for the city’s best burlesque shows, Hotel Vernet for its ritzy Champs Elysées address and well-appointed rooms, Hôtel Plaza Athénée for their red awning balconies overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Dior Institut, and world-renowned restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation—Paris’ buzziest new museum. Pro tip: Book your trip during the months of April to June, or October to early November. We also recommend purchasing your tickets to popular attractions like Versailles and the Louvre ahead of time on Orbitz so you can skip the line.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

“The caldera created by a massive volcanic explosion, one of the strongest explosions in earth’s history, formed the basin for what is today arguably the most picturesque lake in the world: Lake Atitlán in Guatemala,” says Kathleen Pedicord, travel expert and editor at Live and Invest Overseas. “Aldous Huxley famously described this lake as, ‘really, too much of a good thing’ as it’s beautiful by day, stunning at sunrise and sunset, and offers a near-perfect, refreshing climate.” We suggest spending an ample amount of time relaxing at Hotel Atitlán, or seven-room Relais & Châteaux Casa Palopó in the Guatemalan Highlands, then exploring the UNESCO-recognized Mayan ruins—all accessible within a few hours by plane, car or helicopter. Known as the “land of eternal spring” for its year-round mild temperatures, this Central American gem is home to world-class cuisine, black sand beaches, coffee plantations, and all of the laid-back luxury, adventure and culture that couples crave, without breaking the bank. Pro tip: While December and January really are ideal for clear skies and verdant landscapes, visiting at the beginning (or end) of their rainy season is advised if you want more privacy and less crowds.

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