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Paris is overdone, Switzerland is passe and island getaways are no longer the popular choice. Honeymooning couples are increasingly looking at destinations that are different and offer more than beautiful locales. If you are chalking out your getaway, this list will help. We asked three well-known luxury travel planners to give us the lowdown on the honeymoon destinations that will be all the rage in 2019.

A Travel Duet: Central America (Mexico and Costa Rica)
Nayara Springs in Costa Rica
Nayara Springs in Costa Rica

While the obvious beach honeymoon sounds perfect, wild escapes filled with adventure add a lot more pizzazz. Central America has it all. In Mexico, tropical jungles, quiet beaches, and Mayan ruins give you a headstart on a holiday that is sure to be full of surprises. Choose to spend time in bio-luminescent bays, snorkeling with whale sharks and kayaking through mangroves, before cosying up at the beautiful adults-only Rosewood Las Ventanas. From romantic dinners to movies on the beach, Las Ventanas has some of the most unique offerings and an unwavering attention to detail.

Costa Rica on the other hand is a tree-covered jewel. And with all that lushness comes unique wildlife (sea turtles, sloths) and beaches with water activities. There’s also sky-diving on offer, waterfalls for a quick swim, lava fields you can walk through and a whole lot of exploring before you sink in for a romantic evening of relaxation at Nayara Springs, an intimate, luxurious, adults-only getaway that has one of the best spas in the world.

Custom Holidays: South America and East Europe

More and more couples are looking at a well-rounded honeymoon experience – the perfect mix of luxury hotels, scenic diversity, exotic culture, adventure and culinary delights. Destinations like Cuba, Peru and Slovenia with Istria are ideal for honeymooners because of their picturesque diversity and thriving culture. 

Cuba is an option for couples looking for adventure. Havana’s vibrant atmosphere and Santiago de Cuba’s romantic energy are infectious. There are plenty luxury stays to choose from, be it  city hotels like the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski in Havana to Melia Buenavista, which is more secluded. One can also head to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for horse-riding and exploring waterfalls, or escape to Varadero, a popular beach resort town.

Heavens Portfolio: Ireland & wellness honeymoons in Hua Hin

Belmond Grand Hibernian, the luxury train service in Ireland

Picture courtesy: Heavens Portfolio

If it’s unique experiences you are looking for, we recommend a honeymoon on a luxury train. Head to Ireland – a romantic destination with amazing views and luxury hotels – aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian, the luxury train service in Ireland. Another option is the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, a wonderful way to see the countryside and take in the beauty of the mountains, Irish castles, Glencar Waterfalls and River Shannon.

Another amazing way to spend one’s honeymoon is at a wellness retreat. Couples are increasing looking at honeymoons which serve healthy food and offer sessions with personal trainers. Chivasom in Hua Hin has a holistic approach to health, with an all-new wellness cuisine and the best spa treatments.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.