Saint Lucia, Paris, Iceland and Dubai are the best honeymoon spots.
(Family Features) Wedding season is in full swing as many lovebirds resume wedding and honeymoon plans after two years of pandemic restrictions. With an estimated 4.7 million weddings expected in 2022 and 2023, according to The Wedding Report, newlyweds are eager to celebrate their special nuptials with unique journeys.
In fact, according to a survey of 1,500 couples by travel giant Expedia, 53% of couples plan to spend more on their honeymoon than originally planned, and 59% are interested in visiting a must-see destination. Additionally, 65% are more likely to add a honeymoon fund to their wedding registry, prompted by the pandemic to prioritize a once-in-a-lifetime trip over traditional registry items.
For travelers planning an unforgettable getaway, consider these popular international destinations and find the full list and itineraries — complete with couples-friendly hotels and activities for two — on Expedia.com.
Straddling the beach and the big city, Dubai, located along the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Desert, offers a luxurious recipe for romance. As the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, there is plenty to see and do including spending days at the beach, shopping, going on a camel safari in the Red Dunes Desert or exploring Abu Dhabi nearby and must-sees like the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. and the Emirates Palace.
Located on the Seine, Paris is one of the most romantic places in the world for a honeymoon. If food is part of your love language, go where the locals eat like Du Pain et des Idées for bread and pastries or Chez Imogene for pancakes. Plus, no honeymoon is complete without a kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower – or views of the iconic landmark from Le Meurice, an Expedia VIP hotel in the heart of historic Paris – and a visit to one many museums such as Musee du Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay.
Spectacular volcanoes, lush jungles, pristine beaches and a wide array of boutique-style luxury hotels come together on one of the most accessible islands in the Caribbean. A nature lover’s paradise, days can be spent lounging on Sugar Beach or on the water. Aboard the Tout Bagay catamaran cruise and excursion, you can explore the coast and the historic town of Soufrière, take a mud bath in the only volcano accessible by car in the Caribbean, snorkel, swim and see Margot Bay and the twin peaks of Petit and Gros Pitons.
With spectacular, otherworldly landscapes filled with glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls and fjords as well as urban action, outdoor activities and spa experiences, the “Land of Fire and Ice” offers a perfect assortment for a honeymoon. Celebrate your nuptials Icelandic style with the seven-step ritual for two at Sky Lagoon, located just south of the capital Reykjavik, which is also home to Hotel Borg, a 99-room hotel with a full-service spa located near attractions additional. Or maximize your time with a walk around the Golden Circle, a 300 km route with views of Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall, three of the greatest natural wonders in southwestern Iceland.
With over 1,200 islands, the Maldives offers a plethora of luxurious all-inclusive properties, most of which are on their own private islands. All resorts offer aquatic experiences ranging from beginner snorkeling and searching for sea turtles to world-class diving with hammerhead sharks as well as spas with everything from over-water treatment rooms with glass floors to private couples pavilions and romantic rose petals. -bathtubs filled.