6 Tips for the Best Honeymoon

As you start your new life together, it’s important to take a quick detour to soak up a little sunshine, swim in clear blue water, and enjoy time for just the two of you. We talked with travel pros about making the most of your vacation.

6 Tips for the Best Honeymoon

1. Meet your match

Are you adventure lovers, die-hard beach bums, or somewhere in between? No matter your mindset, there’s a place that’s just right. Carrie Barrett of Couples Resorts says each property has a distinct personality. Couples Swept Away, for instance, is all about action, with a sports complex and tennis courts, while Couples Sans Souci is pure romance, with hidden nooks and crannies, hammocks, even mineral pools—perfect for canoodling.

2. Plan to unwind

Getting married is thrilling, but it’s also exhausting. Schedule time to decompress and relax after the hullabaloo. Marilyn Cairo of Paradisus Resorts recommends couples keep the first two days and last day or two free. In between, alternate exploring with lounging at the beach or pool. You want to have fun and feel rested and reconnected when you’re forced to return to the real world.

6 Tips for the Best Honeymoon, Cartagena, Colombia
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3. Broadcast your news

Most destinations offer a variety of packages and perks just for newlyweds, like champagne upon arrival and breakfast in bed, so be sure to share your status when you make reservations. And if you’re staying for seven nights, you may be able to get complimentary upgrades, including a couples massage and dinner on the beach. It doesn’t hurt to drop the word “honeymoon” to other hotel employees, too—waiters, bartenders, and other staffers at many resorts want to ensure your stay is as special as possible.

4. Ask & you shall receive

You can only fit so many pots and pans in your kitchen—why not add an experience to your registry? Several spots, including Paradisus Resorts, let you set up a honeymoon wish list. Want to indulge in dinner on a private island? Or finally learn to surf? Put it on your registry so Aunt Betty can buy you a meaningful memory instead of yet another toaster. Cairo says couples don’t take advantage of this option nearly enough!

5. Make memories

Aim for at least one unforgettable adventure on your honeymoon—the kind of activity you can’t do anywhere else. In the Bahamas, for example, swimming with the pigs is “the greatest craze,” according to Freda Madrisotti, director of weddings and honeymoons for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. (It’s like swimming with dolphins, but substitute adorable oinkers who paddle out to boats in search of grub.)

6. Pack smart

The best way to ensure a smooth honeymoon: Come prepared. Barrett recommends connecting with your resort on social media before you visit to get a feel for the dress code and familiarize yourself with the atmosphere. It’s also not a bad idea to bring a mini first-aid kit. Cairo points out that over-the-counter products like Pepto-Bismol and aloe aren’t always readily available in international destinations.

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