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The Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

These 10 stunning holiday destinations have been popular picks for Irish couples in recent years. Choose from one of these dreamy locations and spend the trip of a lifetime with your new spouse.

Couple walking along a beach, hand-in-hand

Couple walking along a beach, hand-in-hand

You've planned your wedding and taken care of all the details and timelines of how your big day will go from start to finish. Now it's time to choose where you're going to go while you're basking in that post-wedding glow! What better way to celebrate officially tying the knot with your other half than going on the holiday of a lifetime with them?

Choosing a honeymoon destination may be trickier than you would think. Trying to decide on a place you both would enjoy, whether you want a city adventure or a relaxing beachside retreat, these are all points you should think about before checking out prices, flights, and all the nitty gritty details.

Luckily, we've done some of this important research for you! We have compiled a list of amazing honeymoon destinations for all different kinds of couples. From Italy to Iceland, all of these popular options have fabulous traits that will surely stick out to you and will hopefully make this tough decision that little bit easier.

View of private resorts on the water

The Maldives

Situated in the Indian Ocean, The Maldives is a tropical Island that offers sun, sea, and a guarantee of relaxation and serenity for your honeymoon. This location is unique as each resort is located on its own private island, ensuring an exclusive and extraordinary experience. Stroll along the street markets and immerse yourself in local culture, or just laze by the beach and savour the sunshine on your long-awaited break. After all the hectic wedding planning in the weeks previous, The Maldives may be just what you need to take a well-deserved breather.

A view of colourful houses on the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Stay closer to home and plan an idyllic Italian break in this stunning tourist attraction. Stretching along 50km of the southern coast of Italy, The Amalfi Coast features plenty of delightful vistas and towns for every kind of visitor. Sorrento is the official starting point of this region and makes the ideal base for your travels with many sites of interest within close proximity. Known for its exquisite pastel houses that are stacked down its vertical cliffs, Positano is the perfect backdrop for those much coveted holiday snaps to share with your friends and family.

Houses in Santorini at golden hour

Santorini, Greece 

Known for its extraordinary scenery, picturesque sunsets, and long volcanic beaches, on Santorini, your honeymoon will be nothing less than a fairytale. The vast vineyards and boutique wineries are must-see destinations for any wine buffs, offering the ultimate couples’ experience. There are also many villages that will take you back in time with their amazing architecture and traditional roots. Bring your partner to live out your Mamma Mia fantasy on an island holiday you’ll never forget. 

Couple sitting by a waterfall in Portugal

Azores, Portugal 

The Azores are made up of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. They include Corvo and Flores to the west; Santa Maria, São Miguel, and the Formigas islets to the east; and the beautiful Graciosa, Faial, São Jorge, Terceira, and Pico in between. This family of Portuguese islands are characterised by magnificent landscapes, rolling green pastures, and off-the-beaten-track hikes. Enjoy the beauty of nature and partake in a spot of whale and dolphin watching, as this archipelago is a pit stop for about one third of the world's cetacean species. This destination is ideal for the outdoorsy couple and each island brings something unique and fantastic to the table. 

The coastline and beaches in Cancun

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun is a popular holiday destination for newlyweds, with its white sand beaches, turquoise blue sea, and a choice of luxurious resorts and hotels. This city is a haven for water sports lovers. Located close to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Cancun boasts numerous water-related attractions, with everything from scuba diving to windsurfing available. There are also many historical sites to explore, including Tulum or Chichen Itza, which are home to ancient Mayan ruins. Cancun is a great choice for honeymooners seeking convenience and a paradise-like setting.

People relaxing on a beach in Nice

Nice, France

While Paris is widely known as the “City of Love”, Nice is also a popular vacation spot for honeymoon-goers who wish to relax as well as enjoy a city full of amazing culture. Situated in the South of France, vacations don’t get much more romantic than the French Riviera. An abundance of fantastic eateries and bars along with excellent site-seeing opportunities will be at your fingertips on this phenomenal sun holiday. Nice also boasts mild temperatures year-round, so it’s a great option for both summer and winter getaways.

Singapore beach


A melting pot for cultural diversity, this tropical island offers something for every holidaymaker to enjoy. Take a romantic walk along the famous Changi Point Coastal Walk for beautiful views of the glimmering coastline, lush trees, and enchanting sunsets. You can also cruise down the Singapore River on colourful bumboats and experience amazing landmarks and historical sites as you sail along the iconic body of water. If you’re up for a shopping spree, visit Orchard Road for an amazing retail experience featuring luxury brands as well as high-street shops, bars and restaurants.

The Northern Lights shining over the ocean

Reykjavik, Iceland

It may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of a honeymoon, but what’s more romantic than seeing the northern lights with your other half? Time your trip right, and you can share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with your partner for a honeymoon like no other in Iceland’s capital city. Enjoy some one-on-one time while exploring the welcoming culture, stunning landscapes, enthralling nightlife, and wide range of exciting adventures to take part in. You can even take a short trip to visit the famous Blue Lagoon,a geothermal spa in a lava field near the town of Grindavík.

Hiker looking down at Cape Town from a moutain

South Africa

Amazing safaris, unique beaches, national parks, and countless sights to see, a South Africa honeymoon will be a couple’s adventure you’ll remember forever. Road trip around the magnificent country for many different experiences, or spend your holiday in a popular destination like Cape Town to absorb all that the beautiful city has to offer. Kruger National park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves and with a diverse range of wildlife making this park their home, it’s the ideal place to see ‘the big 5’ up close. There are also many iconic sites and museums including Mandela's House,The Iziko South African Museum, and The Apartheid Museum that can allow you to learn more about the history and culture of South Africa.

Colourful houses in Cobh

Cobh, Cork 

Why not stay close to home and enjoy a break in the Emerald Isle itself? The colourful town of Cobh is a stunning seaside spot located on an island in Cork city’s harbour. Cobh boasts fantastic views, a peaceful setting, as well as a range of activities to keep you occupied during your visit. Cobh was the Titanic’s last port of call before it set sail and Titanic Experience Cobh is located in the former White Star Line ticket office, where you can experience the history and learn more about the iconic event in history. You could take a trip to Fota Island to visit all the magnificent animals at the wildlife park, and take a stroll around the historical Fota House and gardens. Visit Spike Island and learn all about the rich history of the 103-acre isle. Known for its beautiful multicoloured houses and spectacular vistas, there will never be a dull moment on your honeymoon in Cobh.