Palawan: Paradise Found
The Palawan islands in the Philippines are just the idyll stuff honeymoons are made of. Besides the obvious draws of what Mother Nature has bestowed upon this impossibly gorgeous and practically untouched part of the Sulu archipelago (think white sandy beaches, cerulean skies, nearby turquoise lagoons and tropical weather that leaves much to be desired), Amanpulo, a private island resort which sits on Pamalican Island, is all about five-star service, exclusivity and an inimitable romantic experience. aman.com/resorts/amanpulo
Paris: City of Love & Lights
Dreamy proposals aside, Paris is the ultimate honeymoon destination. One of the world’s most architecturally, culturally and gastronomically rich cities, it has no lack of picturesque nooks, Michelin-starred restaurants and art-filled museums to visit. First-timers must see the Eiffel Tower up close and visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. Hop aboard a ferry to navigate the Seine or tour the city in a horse-drawn carriage. Toast your union with a glass of rosé at a charming street side Parisian cafe, then make your way to the Sacré-Coeur Square at the top of the Montmartre hill for an amorous kiss with an amazing view. en.visitparisregion.com
Maldives: Into the Blue
Fall head over flippers with this gem nestled in a nook of the Indian Ocean. Newlyweds are spoiled for choice with the range of resorts to stay at, but the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort and Four Seasons in Landaa Giraavaru are among the best. Have a couple massage or jump into the clear blue water and cosy up to the friendly dolphins—an experience of a lifetime. Snorkelling and scuba diving are must-dos so you can come up close with the turtles, manta rays, nurse sharks and whale sharks around the 26 biodiverse atolls that make up the Maldives. visitmaldives.com
Kenya: Wild Wonder
When you think of Africa, your mind immediately conjures incredible images of the dramatic Kenyan landscape from famous silver screen safari hits such as Out of Africa and Born Free. A safari honeymoon is perfect for the adventurist couple with a fascination for wildlife and exploring the great outdoors. Tour the Maasai Mara National Reserve for your safari fix where you could witness the magnificent annual migration of the wildebeest or lionesses in an exciting hunt, or admire the sea of pink of flamingoes preening and feeding on Lake Nakuru. Another must-see is Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, and if you have the training, scale the majestic 17,058-foot Mount Kenya. magicalkenya.com
Prague: Bohemian Rhapsody
Which newlywed couple wouldn’t dream of honeymooning in this utterly photogenic European capital where every corner and enclave becomes a gorgeous backdrop to an envy-inducing honeymoon album? Hit the capital (which is also the largest city of the Czech Republic) and soak up the sights such as the amazing architecture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras (the historical and political centre of Prague has in fact been cited by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site). Include in your itinerary visits to the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter. This is a mod honeymoon destination plucked straight out of 20th-century Europe but with far better shopping! prague.eu
Angkor Wat: Enchanted Kingdom
Honeymooning history buffs will be enthralled by this spiritual city and the Khmer culture. The Siem Reap Province in Cambodia is the cradle of Angkorian civilisation. It is home to what UNESCO has declared a world heritage temple complex, headlined by one of the most famous temple, the Angkor Wat Temple. Formerly the capital of the Khmer Empire (9th-15th century), Angkor Wat is now considered one of the hottest tourist destinations in Asia and a multicultural melting pot with restaurants serving every kind of cuisine (don’t forget to try the Khmer curry!), a bustling nightlife featuring hip bars and a cool cafe culture. For special souvenirs from the “Kingdom of Wonder”, the Phsar Chas area is the place to go for amazing jewellery, handicrafts and woodcarvings. tourismcambodia.org
Napa Valley: Vintner's Dream
Foodie couples who eat and drink together stay together. Experience food and wine pairings like no other at any of Napa Valley’s 400-plus wineries (95 per cent of which are family owned). Have a giggle and stomp grapes during harvest season or blend your own wine at one of the “Barrel Blending” classes at the wineries. Sample as many of the region’s more than 125 restaurants as you can (Napa has earned more Michelin stars per capita—11 total—than any other wine region in the world!) or dine by rail on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Attempt a cooking class at a Napa Valley winery or cooking school, then treat yourselves to a yoga class or a luxurious spa treatment at one of the resorts and spas. visitnapavalley.com.
This article first appeared on sg.asiatatler.com.