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The best honeymoon destinations according to the experts

Travel insiders give us their holiday destination tips

With images of paradise islands and faraway adventures filling your social feeds, it’s tricky to decide on one epic location for a once-in-a-lifetime trip – but we’re here to help!

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We’ve asked a range of holiday industry insiders to give us the lowdown on their own ultimate destinations. Get your passport ready and let our pros convince you where to go…

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Head to The Bahamas for sun, sea and sand! Image: Getty Images

The Bahamas

Olivia Knight, wedding brands manager at Sandals recommends the sunny shores of The Bahamas.

The vibe
These special islands are awash with pristine beaches and turquoise waters. Life here is relaxed and care-free.

What to do
Swimming with the legendary beach pigs should be top of your bucket list (don’t forget the GoPro to capture it all). After you’ve had your fill of water-based fun, head to Stocking Island to watch the sunset with your beloved.

What to see
The best of the Bahamas action is below sea level. With wrecks, caves and spectacular creatures, the ocean is the place to go for serious sightseeing. At Sandals, we offer two free dives a day, so it’s definitely something worth taking advantage of!

I love
That island life can be whatever you want it to be – from sun-worshipping, to fast and furious water sports.

Best for
The ultimate luxury escape.

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Sunset on the Amalfi Coast
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Italy

Collette & Scott Stohler, full-time travellers at roamaroo.com would choose a short-haul stay in Italy.

The vibe
Italy defines la dolce vita. Romantic, beautiful, and home to many fabulous foods and wines.

What to do
It would be rude not to dedicate a serious amount of your trip to eating and drinking. Rent a vintage Alfa Romeo and drive along the Amalfi Coast, sampling delicious
dishes along the way.

What to see
To enjoy unspoiled and untouched Italy, head down to the Puglia region for stunning scenery. Positano is another must-visit area – the views of the brightly coloured houses perched on the cliff side are just waiting to be Instagrammed.

We love
The romantic feel of this country – from the dining experiences to the epic views, Italy is made to be enjoyed with a loved one.

Best for
Italy is perfect for newlywed sweethearts who enjoy the finer things in life.

WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE TO HONEYMOON IN ITALY

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Crystal clear waters in Mauritius

Mauritius

Lauren Singleton, senior press officer for TUI (formerly Thomson) selects Mauritius for her dream getaway.

The vibe
This is an island that’s bursting with personality and adventure.

What to do
Be Jane and Tarzan as you try Casela’s epic zipline. But if you want something a little more low-key, you can always retreat to Flic en Flac for a day of beach-side lounging.

What to see
The views in Mauritius are great from every angle, but to really hit the photo jackpot you may need to lace up your hiking boots, as the views from Lion Mountain are insane! Mauritius is also surprisingly green, with a thriving forest interior – so take a trip inland to see the most amazing wildlife.

I love
The unspoilt nature of this gem in the Indian Ocean.

Best for
Couples who love high-octane adventure.

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Animal spotting in Kenya

Kenya

Kerry Finlay, personal travel expert for Kuoni picks a Kenyan Safari.

The vibe
An authentic safari destination where you can see incredible wildlife close up.

What to do
While you’re in Africa, you’re going to want to go on as many game drives as possible to see all of the animals. But if it’s extreme adventure you’re after, you could partake in whitewater rafting down the Tana River, or tackle a hike up Mount Kenya.

What to see
The iconic Maasai Mara plays host to part of the annual Great Migration, which has been hailed as ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’. If you stay at Mara Bushtops from July to September, you can experience it. The luxury resort is also fantastic for stargazing, as the skies over the Mara are some of the clearest in the world. It’s so romantic!

I love
The fact that you can see spectacular animals right on your doorstep.

Best for
Adventurous couples who want a holiday they will never forget.

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Sri Lankan sunsets

Sri Lanka

Tom McKee, honeymoon specialist with Turquoise Holidays sees Sri Lanka as a dream honeymoon destination.

The vibe
A laid-back, live-like-a-local kind of destination, with so much to see and do.

What to do
Sri Lanka has so many must-dos, including a safari in Yala National Park, visiting the ancient city of Galle, and climbing Sigiriya.

What to see
The hill country surrounding Ella and the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya are just breathtaking, and the never-ending beaches of the southwest coast will amaze you.

I love
Above all else, the people. This island will actually feel like a home-from-home, thanks to their friendliness.

Best for
Sri Lanka is best for those couples who love to immerse themselves into the culture of a country when they visit.

TWIN-CENTRE HONEYMOON IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOU

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The beauty of Japan
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Japan

Kallsy & Logan Page, bloggers at pagesoftravel.org loved their experience in Japan.

The vibe
Visiting this country is like coming to a whole new world. By day, you find yourself walking among beautiful sakura trees, but by night, the streets come alive!

What to do
Kyoto is a hub of activity – your first stop when you arrive should be to take a dip
in a natural hot spring, known as an onsen. Then, after you’ve worked up an appetite, you can eat your way through what’s on offer at Nishiki Market, with its abundance of deliciously fresh Japanese cuisine.

What to see
In Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari Shrine needs to be seen to be believed – and we wouldn’t leave the city without paying a visit to the temple of Kinkaku-ji. We love The eclectic mix of history, culture
and food that Japan has to offer.

Best for
Any couples who hate the thought of a ‘fly-and-flop’ destination.

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