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Five Honeymoon Destinations for Beach Lovers

Ah, the honeymoon!

After the rush of wedding preparations, this is the time for you and hubby to spend some serious one-on-one time together. And for a lot of people, the beach is their number one choice for a honeymoon location. And we can’t argue with that! Here are five of the most fabulous beaches around the world to help you with your honeymoon planning:

The Maldives

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What it offers: More than 1,000 coral islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. Each is so tiny you can have your very own private island resort. Gives a castaway feel to your honeymoon, where it’s just you and him away from the rest of the world.

What to do: Snorkeling and diving to see the marine life and coral gardens. Or go windsurfing, night fishing, or just lay on the palm-fringed white beaches, soak in the sun, and breathe in the fresh ocean air.

Where to stay: The Conrad Maldives, a resort set on two private islands where they also have an out-of-this world underwater restaurant. Marvel at the 180° views of the deep sea while sipping on a glass of wine. Then take some real time-out and indulge in a luxurious one-day spa relaxation program.

Bora-Bora

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What it offers: This island in the French Polynesia is teeming with lush tropical slopes and valleys of wild flora. Surrounded by closely spaced coral islets called motu, from the air it has the appearance of an emerald set in a sea of turquoise, encircled by a necklace of pearls.

What to do: Watch local divers feed sharks and rays in chest-deep waters, saddle up for a horseback ride along the beach, rent a 4×4 for an island tour, go parasailing and jetskiing, and then together feast on lobster, crab, roast pig, fresh fruit, and champagne in your own private motu picnic.

Where to stay: The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort offers views of Mount Otemanu piercing the sky above the crystal blue lagoon. Choose from an over-water bungalow, a beach bungalow, or a garden pool suite. Relax in their huge freshwater pool with a jacuzzi in the center, and then see the old classics and the most recent releases in their 40-person capacity movie theater.

Great Barrier Reef

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What it offers: One of Australia’s greatest natural resources, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, comprising of more than 3,000 individual reef systems. It is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, even larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from outer space.

What to do: Go diving and see some seriously gorgeous marine life or go white-water rafting, or horseback riding through native Australian forests, or bungy jumping at the Cairns Bungy Tower. But if you want to grasp the sheer magnitude of the Reef, view it from above! Let your feet leave the sand beaches and take to air with a hot air balloon, a private plane, or a helicopter.

Where to stay: Peppers Coral Coast Resort overlooks the majestic Whitsunday Passage, and a short walk will bring you to Arlie Beach, a charming seaside village. Go on the Yellow Sub tour where you can explore the inner islands on the Great Barrier Reef and sub and snorkel till your heart’s content. Or do the Eco Jet Safari, a guided Jet Ski adventure tour, where your playground is the beautiful and unspoiled Northern Whitsunday area.

Vanuatu

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What it offers: Located in the South Pacific Ocean, this island nation has many fascinating surprises. The friendly people are a delight to be with, as there are no hawkers who go after tourists, and no pressure to buy.

What to do: Witness cultural ceremonies and traditional dances on the island of Malekula and visit the world’s most accessible active volcano on Tanna island. Go diving and see the shipwrecked Star of Russia, a grand old ship from the same people who built the Titanic. The cave, river, canyon, and waterfall tour is also worth a try but is not for the faint of heart—but it’s all right since you’ll have your sweetheart right beside you.

Where to stay: Iririki Island Resort, one of Vanuatu’s oldest and most famous resorts. It has been completely renovated and there is now a modern water sports centre—for catamaran sailing, kayaking, and snorkeling. They also have a seaplane available if you want to go sightseeing around the capital city, Port Vila.

Seychelles

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What if offers: An archipelago lying in the Western Indian Ocean, 114 granite islands surround the main island Mahé. Your delicious dilemma will be asking which island to visit. But there’s no need to choose because the most popular activity here is island-hopping.

What to do: Be amazed at the rows and rows of coco de mer—the legendary tree of “the forbidden fruit”—swaying along the powdery shores. Hop on board a luxury catamaran or a custom-built yacht to stop by at the islands for some lounging around, snorkeling, and fishing. If sailing is a bit too laid-back for you, island-hopping by plane is also an option.

Where to stay: The Desroches Island Resort is 230km southwest of Mahé and is a coral island surrounded by white sand beaches and dense vegetation. Take advantage of the complimentary bicycle service to circle the island and pass by the many secluded beaches. Interact with an ancient tortoise colony in their Tortoise Sanctuary, and finally dine on some authentic Creole cuisine at the Restaurant or make private dining arrangements in your villa or anywhere on the island.

{First image via Conrad Maldives; second image via Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort; third image from Great Barrier Reef Now; fourth image via Iririki Island Resort; fifth image via Desroches Island Resort}

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”