Honeymoons for sun-seekers
Caribbean low budget: George Town, Grand Cayman
Cruise ship daytrippers swarm downtown George Town, so bypass the crowds by laying out on the public beaches behind hotels like the Ritz-Carlton and the Marriott . In-the-know snorkelers hop on the inexpensive bus to the lesser-known Cemetery Beach, where squid and butterfly fish abound. It may be touristy, but the Stingray City excursion is great fun for new couples. It is a bonding experience to feed the slick and surprisingly friendly fish right out of your hand. A week in Grand Cayman is more than enough, and you may want to avoid the island during the summer hurricane season, despite any bargains you may find.
Asia-Pacific high budget: Bora Bora, Tahiti
If French Polynesia’s lush tropical paradise does not fulfil the honeymoon remit, what will? With Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu as a permanent backdrop, the highlight of this South Pacific experience is a private motu picnic through the Kieshi tour company. Set on one of the many small islands or “motu”, the picnic includes a Champagne barbecue served at a table set up in the shallow water, a boat ride and snorkelling with tropical fish, sting rays and reef sharks. Of course, in a magical place like this, your number one priority should be relaxing. Just find a spot with a view of Mount Otemanu — ideally from an overwater bungalow deck at the St Regis or the Four Seasons — and get lost in it, not to mention each other. There is not a bad time of year to visit Bora Bora, but it is best in September when the island is warmest and driest. And given the long flight, you will want to stay as long as your wallet allows.
Asia Pacific low budget: Boracay, Philippines
Boracay is not historically considered a honeymoon destination — but that is changing due to the island’s world-class beaches and affordable hotels, like the Argonauta. While you are there — you will want to stay at least a week — check out Ariel’s Point, a cliff-diving spot with five platforms of varying heights. If you are adventurous, try diving from the top; if not, you can applaud those who do. Skip Boracay between July and November when it is possible a rare typhoon will rain on your honeymoon parade.