Honeymoons are a golden opportunity to design your ultimate holiday: something completely unique which reflects both your personalities.
So shun the brochure and let us create the bespoke, once-in-a-lifetime trip you deserve! Are you adventurous and enjoy trekking up active volcanoes? Or would you rather spend your days in an infinity pool overlooking a pristine beach? Why not include a bit of both? Anything is possible here at Temple World. We have a huge range of ideas for the adventurous, for pure beach bliss, and for couples that would like to combine both ideas into one trip.
We always take the time to get to know our honeymoon couples before starting to work on honeymoon ideas, but just as a taster, have a look some of our favourites below for inspiration. Your honeymoon is one of the most important trips that you will ever plan, so let Temple World’s experts make the experience easy and fun. For now, sit back and imagine yourself in one of these dreamy destinations below. We can take you there as soon as you are both ready.
THE ADVENTUROUS HONEYMOON: JAVA, FLORES & BALI
Indonesia is home to thousands of volcanic islands packed with temples, wildlife and gorgeous white sand beaches. Trek up active volcanoes in Java, discover the Komodo dragons over in Flores or immerse yourself in the colourful culture of Bali. Island-hopping in Indonesia offers a culturally fascinating and explorative adventure for any couple looking to do something a little different and intrepid, with no compromise on comfort—you can stay in romantic, world-class hotels throughout. Even adventurous couples need a bit of R&R and the beauty of Indonesia is that it has so many beaches to relax at, as well as superb opportunities for snorkelling and diving.
Best for: Adventure, culture, beach, wildlife, fauna & flora, spa
When to go: Best time to travel is between April and September (avoid July & August if possible due to school holidays)
TW’s favourite romantic hotels: Amanjiwo (Java), Plataran Komodo (Flores), Alila Uluwatu (Bali)
THE BEACH BLISS HONEYMOON: SPOTLIGHT ON SONEVA JANI, MALDIVES
For pure beach bliss (and yes, even your own private slide that plunges straight into the sea because: why not?) we recommend heading straight to the Maldives. You’re spoiled for choice here, but we particularly love Soneva Jani, because it’s just so fun. Wake up to endless views of the surrounding turquoise lagoon in your overwater bungalow, skinny dip in your private pool or open the retractable roof in your bedroom to sleep under the stars. This barefoot paradise offers couples complete privacy and ultimate luxury—you even get your own butler. If you’re feeling active then kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing and catamaran sailing are all available. Or you can just lie back on a beanbag and enjoy watching a movie at the resort’s overwater cinema with a cocktail in hand as the sun sets each evening.
Best for: Pure relaxation, beach, swimming, snorkelling, spa,
When to go: November to April, avoid May to October as it’s rainy season
TW’s favourite romantic hotels: Soneva Jani, Milaidhoo, Gili Lankanfushi
THE CITY AND BEACH HONEYMOON: DUBAI & THE SEYCHELLES
If you are the type of couple who enjoys the best of both worlds, with city life and beach bliss mixed into one, we recommend combining Dubai with the Seychelles. Dubai offers glitz and glamour with a dizzying array of high-end restaurants, bars and boutiques. Dine high in the sky at Burj Khalifa or shop till you drop at the Dubai Mall. Then head to the Seychelles for some well-earned relaxation amidst totally unspoiled surroundings. There are lots of incredible options here, including private island resorts, but we particularly love the Banyan Tree here at Temple World—the romantic villas with pools are wonderfully private, and when you do venture out there is also superb dining, an outstanding spa and a 47-foot catamaran with which to explore blissfully quiet coves.
Best for: High end dining, culture, beach, spa, wildlife, snorkelling
When to go: Dubai (October to March) Seychelles (Year round)
TW’s favourite romantic hotels: One & Only Royal Mirage, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (Dubai), Banyan Tree (Seychelles)
THE ULTIMATE HONEYMOON: CAPE TOWN, SAFARI AND MOZAMBIQUE
This might just be the best honeymoon ever, as it combines one of the world’s most beautiful cities with the world’s best wildlife and one of the world’s most exclusive barefoot luxury beach experiences. Start with Cape Town, where you can enjoy world-class food and wine, hike up to Table Mountain and if you’re feeling brave enough, dive with sharks at Gansbaai! Then head to the exclusive Sabi Sand concession of Kruger, home to the highest density of the big 5 game in Africa. Stay in an exclusive safari lodge, with gourmet meals and with leopard sightings all but guaranteed. As if that’s not enough, fly by helicopter to spend the last days of your honeymoon on a castaway desert island archipelago in Mozambique. Relax on the totally unspoiled beaches and if you’re lucky, you may even get to swim with whale sharks.
Best for: High end dining, wine-tasting, wildlife, scenery, beach, adventure
When to go: April to November
TW’s favourite romantic hotels: Camps Bay Retreat (Cape Town), Ivory Lodge Sabi Sands Game Reserve (Kruger) Azura Benguerra/Quilalea (Mozambique)
THE MINIMOON: LONG WEEKEND IN ALMALFI
We love a minimoon here at Temple World and believe that you should have as many ‘moons’ as you can get away with! One of our favourite destinations for a shorter honeymoon is the Amalfi Coast, which starts your married lives off in complete style, offering breath-taking scenery, outstanding cuisine and incredibly romantic accommodation. Visit picturesque Ravello, take a boat ride along the coast, stroll the cobbled streets of Sorrento or nip over to Capri for the day to drool at the mega yachts. The adventurous should hike the ‘Path of the Gods’ from Agerola to Positano for simply spectacular sea views scented by lemon groves and wild thyme. And of course a day in Amalfi wouldn’t be complete without dining on an insalata caprese at one of the many waterside restaurants, finishing with a refreshing Aperol Spritz.
Best for: Scenery, romance, food and drink, boat trips
When to go: April to September
TW’s favourite romantic hotels: Belmond Hotel Caruso, Hotel Santa Catarina, Il San Pietro di Positano
We hope you’ve enjoyed browsing this small selection of our honeymoon recommendations. There are too many incredible places, experiences and luxury hotels for us to detail them all here, but trust us when we say: if it’s a luxury honeymoon, we do it. Whether it’s a mini moon, honeymoon or even familymoon with the kids in tow, we have the expertise to hand-pick every hotel and experience to create an unforgettable, personalised honeymoon of a lifetime.