If it's far flung exotic locations and other-worldly scenery you and your partner are longing for, then you best make your way to the incomparable honeymoon and romance destinations peppered throughout the regions of Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean.
Have you ever dreamed of reclining on a sun lounger on the dazzling shores of the Maldives? The Maldives is truly one of the most romantic island destinations in the world and are at the top of many honeymooners wish-list. The sheer beauty of these nearly 1200 islands that makeup the archipelago have attracted honeymooners and loved-up couples for decades – think pearly white beaches, gin-clear waters and palm-tree lined islands. Today, some of the most luxurious resorts are located here in The Maldives – honeymooners should seek out one of the resorts designed especially for romance and couples getaways (think adults only!). Stunning over water bungalows, beachfront luxury, surf resorts, and private honeymoon bungalows are all available in The Maldives, so regardless of your style you will find your own tropical paradise.
Spend your days surrounded by gorgeous beaches, warm and inviting lagoons and luxurious spa facilities. Relax on the beach, explore miles of bright underwater coral and swim right alongside schools of fish in this island paradise. Follow this up by treating yourself with a locally-inspired Maldivian coconut oil body treatment for a real taste of bliss.There is no doubt that the islands of the Maldives are an idyllic place to spend a couples' getaway.
Mauritius is an unforgettably romantic – and multicultural – island nation, and yet another gem of the Indian Ocean. Even the sound of its name – Mauritius – conjures up images of warm, blue lagoons, golden beaches, endless sunshine and laughter, of smiling, friendly locals. Add to this intoxicating mix an abundance of exotic fruits, stunning sunsets and long, romantic dinners under clear, starry skies and you've found your perfect tropical island honeymoon destination!
Mauritius is truly an island paradise and lies 800 kilometres east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. When you start researching a honeymoon in Mauritius, you will soon notice that some of world's most luxurious resorts are found here so you will have no problem with discovering your own honeymoon or romantic hideaway, especially suited to you and your loved-ones needs. A side note- weddings in Mauritius are huge, easy and legal. Many resorts actually have wedding planners to assist destination wedding couples plan the ultimate tropical island wedding.
Mauritius is a some-what sophisticated destination, having attracted the well-heeled and famous socialites of Europe for decades now – you will indulge in world-class food and wine, spa treatments and massages of the highest standard, and service that is slick and attentive if you choose to spend your honeymoon or special occasion (an anniversary coming up, perhaps?) here. While Mauritius has been a favourite for couples from Europe for decades, it is finally very accessible to Australians and couples in Asia looking for a romantic escape that does not compromise on luxury and style, with regular direct flights or easy connections available.
Be sure to visit the mouthwatering restaurants of Grand Bay and shop til you drop at its opulent boutiques. Stop by the Pereybere Beach and spend a leisurely afternoon sipping on cocktails, or explore the island's Labourdonnais Orchards, bursting with colourful fruit trees and eye-catching exotic flowers. Hire a bicycle and cycle to see the sights, or simply amble your way across the island – the pace of life is delectably slow here.
If your honeymoon or holiday images include you and your loved one whiling away the days lounging on a stunning shoreside or taking in beautiful natural sights, you may have found your ideal romantic destination with Mauritius.
Those on honeymoons and romance holidays also flock to the island of Zanzibar off Africa's east coast - another Indian Ocean island gem. This exotic island destination is packed with picture-perfect beaches - the perfect destination for a relaxing trip that you will both never forget. Hide away on the shores of Nungwi Beach with its banana palms and coconut trees, or head to Mangapwani beach for even more bursting bright blue ocean views. Wander through quaint fishing villages or head to the outer islands for a day trip in a truly remote locale.
Couples visiting Zanzibar should stop by Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and cultural hub. Impressive stone buildings form a labyrinth of alleys made up of markets, mosques and homes with intricately carved wooden doors. It's a truly unique and unforgettable site.
And Africa... is there a honeymoon that is any more unique or memorable than a safari through one of the world's most iconic locations? Another star on most couples' bucket-list – a place just as perfect for 20th or 40th wedding anniversaries as it is for a honeymoon or general romantic getaway – Africa has it all. Exotic wildlife, luxurious resorts located amongst epic landscapes, adventure... there is nowhere else quite like Africa. From the incredible Masai Mara National Park to South Africa's gourmet destination Cape Town and further north to Egypt there is no doubt that the continent of Africa holds myriad unforgettable experiences for couples looking for the ultimate honeymoon or holiday.
There are plenty of other luxurious and exotic destinations to discover in this magical part of the world – think Seychelles and Sri Lanka as just two incredible Indian Ocean Islands not covered here – so why not choose one of them for your honeymoon or next couples' getaway? You're guaranteed an original and authentic experience with all the indulgence and trimmings you could dream of for a holiday with your loved one. Start researching and you won't be able to resist the charms of this special corner of the world.