The way we honeymoon is changing; it's no longer lounging about on a beach. Today couples might want to get off-the-beaten track or even take the kids along too.

If you’re planning to tie the knot in 2020, then it’s a fairly safe bet you’ll also be planning a honeymoon – those heady, first days of married life, when it’s just the two of you, somewhere exotic. But the way we honeymoon is changing, with many people choosing adventures over beach breaks, off-the-beaten track destinations instead of the Med, and even taking the kids along. Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons shares 2020's top destinations for the newly married.

A Joint Adventure

Many couples want to kick off married life with a proper adventure, and a honeymoon can be the perfect opportunity to live out your travel fantasy.



If you’re thinking long-haul, Costa Rica is bang on trend; choose from yoga retreats, rainforest eco-escapes or gorgeous beachfront boutique hotels, all run along sustainable lines. Or build a multi-country itinerary; combine the beaches of Thailand with Cambodian temples and Myanmar jungle on a trip through Indochina.



Adventures don’t have to be land-based; spend a week cruising the Greek islands on your own crewed yacht with a second week on the dramatic island of Kefalonia, perfect for mountain hikes or cycling.

Familymoons

For those on their second time around, or who have chosen to tie the knot post-children, a ‘familymoon’ can be a fantastic way to celebrate with all those you love most.



If you’re thinking of taking the kids, it’s hard to beat the Maldives for the range of activities (them) and beautiful beaches to relax on (you). The newly-reopened Gili Lankanfushi, has brand new family villas, all with two bedrooms, a private pool and rooftop terrace. Mauritius is another great familymoon destination, with the chance to all learn a new watersport together, go diving, hiking or simply chill out on the beach.



Or, keep it short-haul with a week or two in Greece. The Ikos Aria is a newly-opened all-inclusive resort that stretches along a gorgeous 850-metre beach, with an array of activities to suit everyone.

Back on the Map

2020 is set to be a big year for Sri Lanka, now considered safe to visit by the Foreign Office, and the island makes an exotic honeymoon choice, with its mix of temples, beaches, tea plantations and bustling towns and small cities.



Or head to Egypt, safely welcoming tourists again, and in the news due to the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo early next year; combine time in the city with a luxury Nile Cruise.



Or, if all you really want is a lazy week on a gorgeous beach, Turkey is back on the mainstream map in a big way for 2020; stay in a stylish villa for two in buzzy Kalkan, or a small boutique hotel on the tranquil Bozburun peninsula – the perfect romantic escape.

Go Green

Eco-travel is one of the fastest developing trends in travel, and honeymoons are no exception. If you don’t want to compromise on going somewhere far-flung and exotic, Bhutan has to be top choice; the world’s only carbon-negative country will also become the world’s first fully organic nation by 2020.



Stay in luxury spa hotels, explore beautiful hill-top monasteries and relax in the happiest country in the world. Closer to home, rail travel is increasingly being offered by tour operators to Italy; plan a romantic week on Lake Como, and enjoy the journey – from London via Geneva – as much as the destination.



Of course, the most eco-friendly honeymoon destination is a cottage in the UK; head to rural Suffolk to stay in the aptly-named Fairytale Cottage – it’s electricity free, so your entire stay will be lit by romantic candlelight.

Beachfront Bliss

If all you really crave is a week or two on a beach, it’s hard to beat the Caribbean. Jamaica is having something of a renaissance; stay at the historic Jamaica Inn for a traditional feel, world-class service, pampering spa treatments and a stunning private sandy cove for swimming.



For a real sense of escape, head to tiny Anguilla – back on the map in serious style after Hurricane Irma – stay at Malliouhana for the last word in tropical luxury.



It may be small, but Montenegro is fast becoming the hippest place to holiday in the Med; choose from the spectacular coastal scenery of the Bay of Kotor, or the lushly unspoilt villages and mountains inland.

January 2020