Celebrate the love in the best unusual destinations

What was once the totally exotic and unreachable location is now a realistic honeymoon destination for many couples. With more options than ever, each honeymoon can be prepared for the couple’s specific interests and desires. 

Whether you’re the type who wants to explore a once-in-a-lifetime destination, taste local food and architecture or simply spend all the time on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, we’ve got your back.

Here are the top picks from Milla Nova team for once in a life-time escape.

1. Banff National Park, Canada

What can be better for the newly married than to escape from everyone and dive into the isolated beauty of nature? The first Canada National Park is exactly this kind of place. 

Nowadays, Banff is one of the world’s most desired destinations, offering an area of great and magnificent mountain scenery. 

Open all year around, Banff can offer sightseeing activities, dining options, shopping any time!

If visiting in winter you are able to ski on one of the three ski resorts there. The ski season works from November to May and is one of the longest in North America. 

Summer is the best for mountain biking, climbing, photography, hiking and paddling.

What are the main things to do in Banff?

Go to Cave and Basin Hot Springs. Though it is not possible to take a dip in the soothing waters today, just 10 minutes away is Banff Upper Hot Springs. They offer a spa with outdoor pools, changing rooms and a café.

Visit Lake Louise. Named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, the magnificent alpine lake is a bit cold for swimming but ideal for water sports in summer or lake fishing and ice-skating in winter.

Of the many hikes, the area proposes, Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail is the most popular one. A round loop goes along the lakeshore and up to a glacial valley. 

Drive the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), which straights 270 kilometres through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Flanked by snowy peaks, more than a hundred glaciers, rivers and waterfalls, the route offers plenty of reasons to pull over, snap a picture, take a short walk or simply stay and take a look at picturesque gifts of nature.

When to go: all year around. 

2. Patagonia, Bariloche 

Patagonia covers some 400,000 square miles so you’d better choose the trip destination in advance. 

For the first time, we recommend starting with Bariloche, a major town on the banks of the immense Nahuel Huapi lake, a base for trekking and mountain biking. 

South of Bariloche is a string of pleasant towns, including El Bolsón, a former hippy spot which is still popular with Argentinian campers. Close by is Los Alerces national park which has some of the nicest campsites in Patagonia, especially those on the edges of Bahía Rosales and on the Kruger and Rivadavia lakes. 

Continuing south, you arrive in the extraordinarily beautiful Los Glaciares national park, a huge area of the ice field. Many travellers come here to see the world-famous lake’s glacier, Perito Moreno.

The most populated and developed area of Patagonia is the lake district of Río Negro and Neuquén provinces. The spot is more popular with locals than tourists and the small towns along are good bases for camping, hiking, trout fishing, horse riding and quad biking. 

A photogenic drive here is the Seven Lakes Route, which winds for 110km between a series of lakes surrounded by Andean peaks and forests.

When to go: September to November, March to May. 

3. Whitsunday Islands Australia

There’s so much of peacefulness in the Whitsundays! One of the most remote and intimate places in the world.

74 islands, most of which are national parks and surrounded by white sand beaches and colourful reefs.  Other which are inhabited offer the best so you have a variety to choose the perfect stay for yourselves. They range from fully-developed holiday spots to the hidden and mostly uninhabited places. There are some car-free islands as well. 

One of the islands is the award-winning seven kilometres long Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island that’s been named one of the best in the world. 

When deciding where to stay you can choose between exclusive boutique resorts, luxury eco-lodges to back-to-nature bungalows and beachside campsites. 

The best way to really appreciate the beauty of this island paradise is on a sailing trip or high-speed cruise. 

When to go: between May and October.

4. Iceland

Honeymooners will find no better location to celebrate their recent wedding than Iceland, a land famous for its ethereal landscapes, spa choices and wide range of exciting tour activities.

Iceland is small but very accessible and amazing, travelling through by car makes it easy to move between must-see sights.
Spend a day or two in Reykjavik, then make a circle around the whole of Iceland. Stay at amazing hugge hotels or Airbnb, make sure to stop near natural hot springs. You can climb the glacial wonderland of Sólheimajökull or have a super jeep excursion to Jökulsárlón, visit the shimmering glaciers of Vatnajökull National Park. 

Iceland appears to be one of the most common places on Earth to catch a regular display of the Northern Lights. Make sure to cosy up in a Blue Lagoon (book one month in advance), chase the Northern lights (again), step into a magical ice cave or visit the most romantic waterfalls. Also, remember to visit the Game of Thrones scene shooting spots.
The Milla Nova’s team suggests you head east from Reykjavik and start with Blue Lagoon. Thus you will avoid crowds on all famous spots as everyone starts from travelling west. 

When to go: from April to October. 

5. Lake Como Coast

The favourite place of celebrities and there’s no possible way you could have prepared yourself for the beauty of Lake Como.

Choose whatever town to live on the shore and be ready to receive all the privacy in the world when you want it.
We suggest booking a place outside Como city. It will be cheaper but not less beautiful, you will avoid tourists and have more possibilities to find non-touristic magnificent spots. 

Rent a car, drive the small towns such as Lecco, Varenna, Como, stop wherever you see “Public Beach” sign. Eat spaghetti carbonara from handsome elder Italians in truly local places. Wherever you go you are surrounded by water and Alps. Don’t forget to rent a boat, buy wine and have a picnic while sailing on the lake and live your dolce vita honeymoon. 

When to go: a week before Easter till the end of October. 

6. Bali

Bali becomes more and more popular honeymoon destination because of all things the beautiful island can offer. It is breathtaking, exotic, relaxing, fun, and adventurous all at once — everything you could possibly want in a honeymoon. And with incredible accommodations on every budget, to be specific! Because even on the smallest one you can live like a king and a queen.

We bet that this is what you think about Bali: lush jungle, beautiful waterfalls and zen unlike anywhere else in the world. And yes, you are right! To be precise this is all about Ubud, a must on any Bali trip and a perfect honeymoon location.

Another spot is the stunning coast of Uluwatu. With the perfectly clear blue waters and the calm isolated vibe, this is what you would want in a honeymoon. Your days will be filled with rolling waves, cold tropical drinks, and epic sunsets that light the sky on fire.

Next to perfect honeymoon destination is Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is just one of the three Nusa islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Cenigan, but it’s the one with the most going on and best places to stay. Nusa Lembongan is around 8km square in size and is easily the most popular of the three islands. And it’s not a surprise because here you can dive or snorkel, do yoga, rent a bike, or just sit back and enjoy some cocktails and sunsets on the beach.

Nusa Penida is magnificent and well worth a day trip.
Nusa Dua is a walley of gorgeous 5-star luxury resorts in Southern Bali. The area is known for its white-sand beaches, sprawling golf courses and beautiful resorts, and it’s often where people end up staying when they come to Bali.

When to go: the best time to come to Bali is April, May, June and September, just before and just after high season. 

7. Dominican Republic

A honeymoon in the Dominican Republic is a choose-your-own-adventure kind of trip

With their sandy stunning beaches, a huge amount of affordable resorts and breathtaking natural beauty this place is a true honeymooners’ paradise. The wonderful weather year-round and the various areas of the island that include hills and coastlines is a tempting destination for honeymooners from all over the world.

The aqua-blue water and white sandy beaches make a romantic paradise. And there are plenty of them. Plus the Dominican Republic is a hot spot for golfers who love the game and pretty courses. 

The perfect hideaway escape is Punta Cana. Located on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean, the location is known for its clear waters and pristine stretch of beaches. The experience here all-inclusive luxury resorts, adventure travel excursions, safari rides and exotic marine life.

Take a tour through the oldest and a truly wonderful city of America Santo Domingo which will open your eyes to the history and heritage of the Dominican republic. It is a cobblestoned place with buildings dating back to the 1500s and now is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, baseball culture and bachata music. 

When to go: between March and May but keep in mind that hurricane season which lasts between June and November.

8. Round the world cruise. 108 nights circumnavigating our planet

Perfect trip for those adventurers who have a lot of time and want to see everything at a time. 

108 nights, 964.5ft length Queen Victoria’s ship, 2061 guests, 981 crew.

Departs from Southampton, England, UK and arrives in Southampton as well. 

This incredible round- trip takes in the Caribbean, Australasia, Asia and Africa. Overnight stays in Honolulu, Singapore, Hong Kong and Cape Town bring richer day-to-night experiences. 

A bottle of sparkling wine is gifted to welcome you to your inside stateroom.

You will have main dining, alternative dining, nightlife, wine programs and other different things. 

When to go: The next planned cruise is in 2021. 

9. Sao Tomé & Principe, off the coast of Africa

Celebrate love on a pristine island surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. 

Honeymoon off the beaten track is about one of Africa’s least visited countries, São Tomé and Príncipe is made up of two major volcanic islands surrounded by eight small islets, six of which are inhabited. Both of them are ringed by fascinating lines of sand which are uncrowded during the weekdays, except for two fishermen.

This remote island nation, nicknamed Africa’s Eden, has been chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the top destinations to visit in 2019.

São Tomé best are Praia dos Tamarindos, a good swimming spot on the northern coast; and Praia Santana, just outside the city centre.

It is true that São Tomé’s beaches are pretty but Príncipe’s are even more pristine. If you can remember Bacardi rum adverts from the 1990s with the crystal clear water and postcard-perfect sand, you should know they were filmed on Príncipe’s Praia Banana. It is today just as amazing with unspoilt and pristine nature.

For those couples who search for some spectacular landmarks and a few historical facts, they will find the Colonial “Roca” and Plantation Houses interesting places to spend time.

When to go: March- October.

10. Manta Resort, Zanzibar

2019 Winner Best Brand Africa Innovation Awards.

Looking for a honeymoon that’s remote, hot and full of activity and/or relaxation? This is the one. Like literally remote as you will stay in the underwater room to become the one with the surrounding ocean.
Manta is a stunning property on a remote island that is largely untouched. Feedback says that the food is amazing and is tailored to any requirements or allergies.
Every day spa treatments are included as well as a beautiful sunset cruise on a local sailboat with hundreds to beautiful tuna fish jumping out of the water.
You will experience the fascinating shifting lights of the water and subject to the curiosity of the fishy inhabitants of another dimension. 

More! The snorkelling is breathtaking too. There’s a dive centre, a pool and a beach bar with beautiful views in addition to the endless sea view from the room. The whole point of this place is to disconnect and unwind.

When to go: from June to October