Once you’ve tied the knot, you’ll finally have a chance to relax on your honeymoon. Whether you prefer sandy beaches or mountain views, your honeymoon destination is totally up to you.
To make the decision a bit easier, we’ve consulted Fodor’s, Harper’s Bazaar, The Knot, and Travel Channel to bring you some of the the top trending honeymoon destinations of 2016. While where you decide to honeymoon is ultimately a personal choice, chances are you’ll find an ideal destination on our list.
Some of these you probably know, while others you may have never heard of. All, however, are sure to jump-start your “happily ever after.”
Bali, Indonesia — Unwind from the stress of your big day at a meditation retreat followed by a dip in an infinity pool. You’ll want to check out the area’s forested volcanic mountains, beaches, and coral reefs, along with the thousands of religious temples found throughout the island.
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Paris, France — There’s nothing more romantic than a honeymoon in Paris. Explore the streets and sights of the City of Love while sipping French wine and sharing a fresh baguette with your new spouse.
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Ireland — Book your flight to Dublin and head straight to an authentic Irish pub to toast the start of your life together. While you’re there, take in the cultural landmarks, live music, and beer selection. Head to the countryside to see the famous Irish cliffs, or spend a night in a historic castle for the real royal treatment.
New Orleans, Louisiana — If you’re looking to stay stateside, look no further than New Orleans. Party your way through the French Quarter while dining on Cajun gumbo and sipping specialty cocktails. After all, a honeymoon is something to celebrate.
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Florence, Italy — If you two share a love for art, culture, and delicious Italian food, Florence is the honeymoon destination for you. Be sure to see the picturesque Duomo and the impressive Uffizi gallery. You’ll feel like royalty among the beautifully painted frescoes and stunning marble statues.
Mozambique, Africa — Take in beautiful beaches, deep-sea fishing, and marine safaris in this African island paradise. Mozambique’s mild climate makes this destination ideal for whichever season you choose for your big day.
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Petra, Jordan — To satisfy your inner explorer, travel through the rocky tombs and monuments carved into Petra’s mountains in southern Jordan. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Dead Sea and the Wadi Rum desert.
San Sebastian, Spain — Foodies, rejoice: San Sebastian has you covered with some of the best culinary offerings in all of Spain. Be sure to try the pintxos, a tasty version of tapas made with sliced bread and a variety of toppings. Take in the aristocratic heritage of the city while touring old Spanish palaces.
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Croatia — Bring your camera to capture the clear water surrounding Croatia’s beaches. You’ll fall in love with the city of Rovinj as you sip champagne and watch as the sun descends on the rocky city.
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Bhutan — If you’re a couple that seeks adventure, head to the Himalayas to hike the hills of Bhutan. Explore the outdoors while mountain biking, rock climbing, river rafting, and fishing, and take in Bhutan’s scenic views of valleys and temples hidden within.
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Lagos, Portugal — Unwind in the beautiful coastal city of Lagos while taking in the exciting Portuguese culture. Head to the beach and see the Ponta da Piedade, a series of uniquely shaped weathered cliffs in the ocean. Dine on fresh seafood and let loose at the local watering holes.
Banff, Alberta — If you’re looking for luxury lodges, fine dining, and adventures in nature, escape to the resort town of Banff in Alberta, Canada, to fulfill all of your honeymoon dreams. Go river rafting or take a bath in the hot springs for a chance to see plenty of wildlife in their natural habitat.
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British Virgin Islands — All newlyweds vacationing in the British Virgin Islands should be sure to stop by Honeymoon Beach on St. John. Take advantage of all of the exciting water activities available, from scuba diving to kayaking.
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Tanzania, Africa — Take in the beauty of the Serengeti on a safari to celebrate your recent nuptials. Tanzania has plenty of adventure-packed activities you can do with your spouse, and while you’re having a blast, your travel funds will help contribute to the region’s conservation efforts.
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Fiji — Dive into the island’s deep blue lagoons and unwind on the palm-lined beaches. You’ll stay busy with outdoor activities like surfing, mountain climbing, soft-coral diving, and zip-lining.
Luxembourg — Feel like royals during your honeymoon in Luxembourg. With more than 100 castles spread throughout the tiny country, you’ll have plenty of stunning architecture to explore. While in Luxembourg City, take a romantic bike tour and stop by the Grand-Ducal Palace, or venture north to the breathtaking Vianden Castle.
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Atacama, Chile — Take in the stunning Atacama sunsets with your new spouse on this desert honeymoon. Trek to the Andes mountains or head to the Salado River on a horseback tour. End your days with a massage for two in the traditional turi puri setting.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Head to Dubai for a honeymoon packed with lively nightlife, luxury shopping, and ultramodern architecture. There are plenty of lavish hotels and posh restaurants to choose from, and lots of history to take in. Just remember to leave any revealing clothing or alcohol in the hotel room.
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