In 2014 more people have searched the term ‘honeymoon’ on the internet, than at any other time in history. With that in mind we decided to see what people are looking for, and give you a Holidays Please round up of the most searched honeymoon destinations of 2014 so far.
Our top 10 honeymoon destinations of 2014 is packed with heavyweight honeymoon locations and also a few surprises. If you’re thinking of booking a honeymoon you cannot ignore this list.
Number 10 – USA
The USA is a nation where you can experience so much in one incredible trip. You get amazing landscapes, cities packed with culture and amazing marine wildlife. You’ll probably come across many of the places you’ve seen in films, but nothing compares to seeing them in person.
Best time to go? June through to August enjoys the best weather, but be aware it’s also the most expensive time to visit. Try April and May or September and October for a slightly cooler climate and a few better deals
Number 9 – Mauritius
Mauritius is one of the most romantic places on the planet, and perfect for those wanting a honeymoon that’s layered with luxury and tranquillity. Spend the days lazing on the beach with the one you love, palm trees swaying whilst watching the ocean’s beauty with a cocktail in hand.
Best time to go? During its winter months (May-October) the temperature is much cooler and it also rains less – even when it does rain it’s mainly in the evening or just a passing shower during the day.
Number 8 – Tahiti
Tahiti is the capital of French Polynesia and people tend to search for Tahiti when they are looking for places like Bora Bora. The intoxicating culture, the history of the indigenous tribes coupled with stunning beaches and amazing resorts make Tahiti a world class honeymoon destination.
Best time to go? The dry ‘winter’ from May to October is an excellent time to visit. Despite it being slightly cooler, the rainfall is much less. Temperatures rise from November to April but it can become humid, cloudy and very wet.
Number 7 – St Lucia
Often referred to as the jewel of the Caribbean, St Lucia has been a popular destination for many years. The friendly locals, the magnificent Piton Mountains and of course those palm fringed beaches. It’s also great for those who like a little adventure with zip lining through tree tops and quad biking.
Best time to go? As with many of the Caribbean islands the most popular season to visit is in winter. The average winter temperature is 27°C offering sublime conditions. Hurricane season falls between June and October so expect more rain and a storm or two during this period.
Number 6 – Mexico
Mexico has enjoyed decades of honeymooners flocking to its pristine beaches, and it’s ranked highly on the most searched honeymoon list. But Mexico isn’t just about all-inclusive resorts and clear blue seas, the surrounding Mayan ruins, jungle rainforests and local cuisine all add to this excellent destination.
If you’re looking for pools with swim-up bars, festive nightclubs, excellent shopping, spa treatments, and activities like golf, jeep adventures, and parasailing, then Mexico ticks all the boxes.
Best time to go? Mexico offers good all year round weather so no time is really a bad time to visit. The coastal and low lying regions (southern half of the country) do get very hot from May to September making it perfect for sun seekers.
Number 5 – Thailand
Thailand is home to the popular islands of Phi Phi, Phuket and Ko Samui. A Thailand honeymoon wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the nation’s capital of Bangkok and the Golden Triangle (Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai). This combination gives you a cosmopolitan city with amazing food, scenic mountains and stunning beaches.
Best time to go? Between November and February has the least rainfall, and it’s also the festival season in Thailand. One festival during this period is the must see Loi Krathong.
Number 4 – Bali
Bali has become a show stopping destination that has quickly become one of the world’s finest honeymoon destinations. Bali is probably the best known island of the 17,000+ islands that make up Indonesia’s archipelago, with places like Kuta and Bukit popular for the beach and surf enthusiasts. For those looking to combine luxury with culture head to the Ubud area and the breath-taking Monkey Forest.
Best time to go? Being close to the equator Bali has an even climate all year round, and only has two seasons. One is the wet season which falls between October and April and the other is dry between May and September – the latter being more popular.
Number 3 – New Zealand
New Zealand is affectionately referred to as the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ and has seen a huge surge in honeymoon searches since 2013 – This was enhanced further by the ‘Royal Tour’ with many people falling in love with the diversity that New Zealand has to offer.
You have the beaches for sunbathing, freshwater lakes for fishing, rivers for rafting, mountains to climb and of course epic bungee jumping locations (The bungee jump was pioneered in Queenstown). New Zealand is also the only place on the planet where you can see flightless birds like the Kakapo and Kiwi.
Best time to go? The warmer season months last from November to April and are perfect for those wanting to explore outdoors. The summer months of December and February are when New Zealand sees an array of food and wine festivals, sporting events and concerts.
Number 2 – Hawaii
Hawaii is famous for everything you can enjoy offshore and onshore – with an intoxicating mix of beautiful beaches, stunning volcanoes and breath-taking landscapes, combined with amazing surf and unique marine life. Hawaii is a destination that has it all.
Best time to go? Hawaii is blessed with warm weather almost all year round, with the coastal areas averaging a high of 28°C and a low of 20°C. Summer and autumn are the driest seasons and winter the wettest.
Number 1 – Maldives
The number 1 on our list won’t come as a surprise to many, but the Maldives is honeymoon heaven. With over a thousand islands, the Maldives is located around 500 miles southwest of Sri Lanka (great multi-centre option). We advise the ‘Sea Plane’ transfer for breath-taking views to start your honeymoon off in style.
The Maldives has excellent diving, beautiful beaches, picture perfect sunsets, sea turtles, friendly whale sharks and lots of colourful fish – add those to luxury accommodation and exquisite dining experiences, it’ll be hard to find a better way to start married life.
Best time to go? Maldives is an excellent option for anyone wanting to escape the UK chill. High season tends to run from December to April with little rain and lower humidity. February to April sees the hottest temperatures, with ‘surfing season’ running from March to October.
Your honeymoon is arguably the most important holiday of your life, so getting it right, and starting married life off in the best possible way is absolutely paramount – If you need any further information visit our honeymoon section.