The mesmerizing glitter of the jewels, the tinkling of the anklets, the naughty giggling of the brides’ sisters and friends, the laughter of the elders, the watery-eyed smile of the brides’ mother, and the khatti-meethi nok-jhok of the relatives, Indian weddings are a plethora of fun, excitement, and above all the pure bond of husband and wife.
Amidst the extravaganza of the wedding, turning pages from one travel magazine to another, finding picturesque places to stay, planning the perfect romantic honeymoon is just not possible.
We understand that, and here we are, presenting to you, seven places in the world, where you can start a new life with your beloved partner.
Orkney Islands, Scotland
Why worth a shot? : Orkney Islands an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, United Kingdom, situated off the north coast of Great Britain is famous for its green-topped islands and sandstone cliffs.
Place to stay: Nothings beats a hotel carved out of Victorian building, overlooking Kirkwall’s historic harbor, the ancestral Kirkwall hotel is just fairy-tale perfect.
Things to do: A bag-packing day trip, it’s as romantic as it gets. A day trip to the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar, an ancient and eerie ring of standing stones, northeast of Stromness is a onetime experience in itself.
Why worth a shot? : The everlasting, ever-intriguing combination of architecture, art and food in the city that brims with romance.
Place to stay: A three-night Suite Life package, at the ever elegant Hotel Plaza Athéneé, is a delight in itself.
Things to do: Take a guided tour of the city, to the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, and experience its magnificence in your life thereafter. But do not forget to tie a ribbon (locks are discouraged now) on the Pont des Art bridge, which symbolizes your committed love to one another.
Why worth a shot? : Say “amore” during the gondola ride through the Grand Canal as you sail past historic buildings. After all, Italy is the ever famous, favorite honeymoon destination.
Place to stay: Ever wanted to live on your own island, well here’s the dream come true. W Marriott Venice is located on a private island with stunning vistas of Piazza San Marco. Devour in the pleasures of taking a five minute ferry ride to Venice.
Things to do: A romantic, leisurely stroll around Piazza San Marco to feel the true scale of the enormous domes of the Basilica di San Marco or the beautiful and ornate details of Palazzo Ducale.
Cape Town, South Africa
Why worth a shot? : Glamorous beaches, wild landscapes, and easy access to wine country and some of the world’s best safaris, Cape Town has it all.
Place to stay: The stylish and secluded Atlantic House set in trendy Camps Bay and has only five en-suite rooms for the ultimate privacy and romance.
Things to do: Start your new life with hope, by visiting Cape of Good Hope, and Cape Agulhas, the tips of the South African continent. On the way back, stop at Boulders Beach to visit the famed colony of warm-weather penguins.
Why worth a shot? : Slow-paced serenity, the perfect antidote to any lingering wedding planning stress. A place so peaceful, you’d never want to leave.
Place to stay: A top-notch art collection, a cooking school, spa, an outdoor relaxation pool and a popular restaurant on-site, is that on your list? The Mansion on Forsyth Park is your go-to place.
Things to do: Drive 30 minutes to kayak among dolphins off Tybee Island. Or take a charming horse-drawn carriage tour around the squares.
Why worth a shot? : If you’re looking for amazingly gorgeous sunsets and pristine whitewashed villas, this place is perfect for you.
Place to stay: Ever wanted a cliff-side view from your window? The Perivolas hotel’s Perivolas Suite, provides you with the breath-taking beauty.
Things to do: A scooter ride to the red and black sand beaches, hiking, checking out ancient sites, and a lot of beach time, this place has a lot to offer.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Why worth a shot? : Voted one of the best islands in the world by US News and World Report, Bora Bora has everything that makes it a heaven to devour. Crystal-clear waters, picturesque mountains and a coral reef swirling with colorful fish all honeymoon fantasy stuff.
Place to stay: Enclosing the turquoise lagoon, The Four Season Resort, Bora Bora is the place to stay!
Things to do: Charter a helicopter, around towering Mount Otemanu, then touchdown on a neighboring island for a tour of a black pearl or vanilla bean farm.