5 luxurious honeymoon trips
An outrigger canoe in Cook's Bay, on the French Polynesian island of Moorea, in the South Pacific (Toni Stroud/Chicago Tribune)
Hawaii, with its tourist-friendly islands and exotic feel without the passport, gets a lot of attention from honeymooners. But there are other scintillating destinations you don't want to overlook in your search.
Jacqueline Gifford, travel editor of Brides Magazine, offered these unforgettable honeymoon ideas:
French Polynesia—In a relaxing contrast to Hawaii's big waves, the blue lagoons of French Polynesia provide calm waters. Tahiti and Bora Bora stand out as favorites among the nearly 130 islands that make up the archipelago. "It's all about the overwater bungalows," Gifford said. "They have amazing rooms, and you're able to jump right off your deck and go snorkeling."
Fiji—If you've ever imagined your honeymoon as a secluded escape, Fiji's private island resorts are just what you're looking for. "It's the ultimate 'Gilligan's Island' fantasy come to life," Gifford said.
Italy—When it comes to romantic honeymoons in Italy, couples tend to think of the coast or major cities such as Rome. But venturing off into the Tuscan countryside or the northern Lake District makes for equally scenic getaways, Gifford said.
Bali—If planning your wedding was a little too hectic, then Bali, the ultimate relaxation destination, is for you. Said Gifford: "You're enjoying a blissful culture and looking out over serene rice paddies."
Bermuda—Often associated with the Caribbean, Bermuda actually sits about 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina. For couples taking a "mini-moon," Bermuda is a weekend getaway where you can still make it back to work Monday.