Top five overseas honeymoon destinations
Choosing an overseas honeymoon destination often depends on your budget, how our currency is faring in the international markets and how long you can be away for. But what if none of those things mattered and you could just pick an option out of a hat and go there?
And what if you could only choose from the most clichéd honeymoon spots the world has to offer? Completely for fun, we’re about to let you in on the 5 most clichéd overseas honeymoon destinations, according to us.
You may not go there but at least we’ll get you thinking and smiling, right?
The razzle dazzle of Las Vegas
It’s an oldie but a goodie and it definitely qualifies as a cliché. Nothing says commitment like a casino! Ok, we jest a little but the fact is, Las Vegas has long been a favourite place for newlywed couples to kick up their heels and let their hair down after the stresses and busy schedules of planning a wedding. There’s so much to do in Vegas that you really will have to leave the bridal suite to experience even a fraction of it.
Catch a live show, play the tables, laze around the pool or get married all over again – just for fun – in one of the myriad wedding chapels in this crazy town (even a drive through one!). Or, gorge yourselves at one of those ridiculously full-on all-you-can-eat buffets now that you don’t have to fit into your wedding gown anymore.
‘Sin City’ is full of hotels of eye-popping themes, light shows and varying degrees of luxury. You could pretend you’re honeymooning in Venice or Cairo, or you could splash out and take up residence for a night or two in a penthouse. Who wouldn’t love to call the Bellagio’s penthouse suite home for the night? It even includes access to the exclusive Chairman’s Lounge where you will be treated like royalty.
C’est la vie in ‘gay Pareee’
Yes, that’s life indeed. Apart from the fact that ‘cliché’ is a French word, Paris is the pinnacle of romance, particularly for couples who may have met there, had their proposal atop the Eiffel Tower or simply daydreamed about it as children. The City of Lights has much to offer as an overseas honeymoon destination. Even the simplest pleasures are momentous, like sharing a wine and cheese picnic on the banks of the Seine or taking une tasse de café au lait in one of the many open air sidewalk cafes in the city.
A visit to the Palace of Versailles is surely not to be missed for its extravagance and romance, and don’t forget to enjoy the manicured gardens and breathe in that unique French ambience. Art and history lovers wouldn’t bypass the art galleries and museums, or deny themselves a tour of the city’s cathedrals, most notably, the Notre Dame.
If you fancy a bit of celebrity-gazing, then head to the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore where the likes of Kimye, Beyonce and J. Lo shop for Cartier and Saint Laurent treasures on their days off.
After the most grown-up event in your life – your wedding – why not indulge your inner child and visit Paris Disneyland for unbridled, innocent fun? Play, dine, ride and stay there; it’s all up to you.
Ahh, Venezia, a gondola ride to romance
Where else would you go in Italy for good old fashioned romance but Venice, with its winding canals and world famous Rialto Bridge? Basically, you can’t say you’ve been to Venice unless you climbed aboard a gondola and floated along the water between the ancient buildings. It is, of course, a cliché of overseas honeymoon destinations but you know what they say … when in Rome, do as the Romans do. So when in Venice, well you know. Even Shakespeare featured this historic city in his writings, so entranced was he with its mystery and beauty.
Another wonderful thing about the canal city is its abundance of romantic boutique hotels. One of the most romantic is the Ca’ San Giorgio, which is set in a lovely brick building that used to house a convent. Rustic and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city proper, this Bed & Breakfast has special charms all its own. Reviewers comment that it is well run, that the breakfasts are delicious and the rooms are spacious and clean.
Fall in love all over again at Niagara
With its sheer spectacle to gaze upon, Niagara Falls is as much a cliché as an overseas honeymoon destination as it is an uncertified wonder of the natural world. What makes it romantic is that if you get close enough – and why wouldn’t you? – you’ll feel the droplets splash upon your skin and the mist cling to your clothes. That is the international signal for a cuddle!
Known as the ‘honeymoon capital of the world’ for over 150 years, Niagara Falls gives starry-eyed newlywed couples the overwhelming feeling that love can conquer all. Around fifty thousand couples per year honeymoon there and the local Tourism Board even hands out certificates which are signed by the mayor. You can stay at five-star global chain hotels or a quaint little B&B, but whatever you do, don’t miss visiting the falls themselves!
Hawaii is so cliché as overseas honeymoon destinations go, but the fact is, it’s quite affordable and when you’ve just poured a whole lot of money into a wedding, what you need is something that doesn’t make you feel as though you have to eat burgers and fries for every meal. Think of the beaches, think of the glorious weather and think of the interesting geography. You can go hiking, swimming, snorkelling, diving or even get up close to an active volcano. There are spas where you can have couples’ massages, you can hire a tandem bicycle, take a hula lesson together or simply soak up the rays around the pool and snooze your cares away.
Of course if you’ve saved your pennies and want to enjoy luxury accommodation, then there’s plenty of that too.
Embrace the cliché
The reason these overseas honeymoon destinations have earned the “cliché” adjective is because they have been so popular throughout the years. That has to be a good thing!
So why not plan to embrace your cliché honeymoon and set off for one of these five spots where newlyweds have proudly gone before you?