5 Best Alternative Honeymoon Destinations


The world is full of honeymoon destinations where you and your partner can enjoy your newly declared partnership. But most of these destinations are so popular it’s hard to have alone time. 

If you don’t want to share your honeymoon experience with a crowd of tourists, then these 5 best alternative honeymoon destinations might just work for you:


On a budget? Zimbabwe is one of the best places to spend a honeymoon on a shoestring. Apart from being incredibly affordable, the country has a lot of stunning landscapes and exotic wildlife waiting for you and your partner to discover.

Zimbabwe also offers features remote and gorgeous locations that will surely add some thrill and excitement to your romantic escape. Take a safari ride in the wilderness or marvel in the charm of the densely forested eastern highlands.


Vietnam has all the makings for a remarkable and memorable Vietnamese honeymoon experience: colorful culture, pristine beaches, sophisticated locations, Buddhist pagodas, and of course, tasty cuisines!

Head to Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) if you prefer exploring the metropolis or Hoi An if you want a more rural charm. Visit the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay if you want you and your partner to enjoy a secluded coastal hideaway.

The best months to plan a honeymoon in Vietnam and have great weather are between December to April or March to April.


Croatia is one of the best honeymoon destinations for couples who want to explore historical sites and ruins as well as magical crystalline terraced lakes. Despite having that Greek Isle-like appeal, Croatia has its own distinct culture and flavor to offer. You can take a bespoke Croatian honeymoon cruise and sail between its many islands such as the Pakleni Islands, take a stroll along Hvar’s cobbled streets, or explore Korcula which is where the supposed origin of Silk Road was located.

At night, revel in the old city lights for a romantic evening with your hubby.



The Philippines offer a plethora of honeymoon choices at very affordable prices, including amazing Spa experiences and cheap living costs. There’s the widely popular Palawan island which offers several islands that are nothing short of majestic, each having their own sugar-white beaches and crystal clear waters. If you and your partner are up for surfing, check out Siargao which is known as an excellent surfing spot in the country.  


If you prefer a romantic getaway away from the masses, then Scotland should be on your list! Not a usual holiday destination, in Scotland you have the opportunity to spend a romantic and intimate honeymoon in one of the country’s many castles, whilst being stunned by the surrounding secluded scenery.

You can also revel in its unparalleled night skies and get captivated by their breathtaking beauty. From the wooded wonderlands such as the Cairngorms to the pristine lakes and verdant alleys, there will certainly be something in Scotland that will suit your taste!

That wraps up our list of the best alternative locations for a romantic honeymoon experience. We hope that we have provided you with some inspiration so you can create lots of lovely memories along with your partner.

Do any of these destinations strike your fancy?



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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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