The bride and groom are the stars of the wedding, but the location is everything when it comes to the honeymoon! This is the new couple’s chance to deeply enjoy each other’s company and affirm a commitment that will last. Prime honeymoon destinations change every year as new locales move up the line with better offers and more vibrant social milieus, and 2016 is no exception.
1. Sonoma County, California, USA
For oenophiles, that is, wine-lovers, Sonoma is an easy choice, but even for those who prefer a different brew, this region has it all: a gourmet farm-to-table restaurant movement, bed and breakfast options from posh to primitive, and long walks on the rocky shores of the Pacific.
2. Venice, Italy
A dreamy moonlit gondola ride through Italy’s most romantic metropolis is the quintessential honeymoon moment. Mix up the mood with a stay in one of Venice’s ultra-modern hotels, or keep it low-key in one of the city’s many traditional mama-and-papa restaurants.
3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For the high-energy couple, there is no city like Rio. February commences with the colorful days and long nights of Carnival, but any time of year is bursting with the sights, smells, and rhythms of the tropics. And when the revelers are ready for a change of beat, sugary beaches beckon.
4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architecture buffs will marvel at the engineering genius of Dubai’s skyline, which features crown jewels from some of the globe’s most accomplished architects. But anyone who appreciates the finest things in life will find every luxury to delight the senses. The golden light and soulful silence of a desert sunset is just a camel (or Rolls Royce) ride away.
5. Kyoto, Japan
This ancient city is most famous for its shrines and temples. Visitors will gaze into pools where koi turn languidly in the water and the smell of cherry blossoms perfumes the air. Of course, a honeymoon in Kyoto is not complete without a tea ceremony in one of Japan’s renowned teahouses.