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Indagare Matchmaker: Best Honeymoon Destinations for All Kinds of Newlyweds

Why? South Africa

tops many honeymoon lists, in part because of the level of luxury lodges and the incredible variety one trip can include — from vibrant Cape Town and the romantic Winelands to mesmerizing wilderness safaris and Indian Ocean hideaways.

Who? Couples looking for a fabulous introduction to southern Africa, combining culture and sightseeing in Cape Town, culinary exploration in the Winelands and seeing the Big Five at some of the region’s most sumptuous game lodges.

When? The best time to visit South Africa is between November and April. December and January are peak season, so many travelers prefer to visit in the less-crowded months of February and March.

Related: All Eyes on Cape Town

The Indulger: Thailand

Why? Thailand

has all the ingredients for a great honeymoon: stunning island resorts, romantic jungle hideaways, incredible food and some of the best service in the world.

Who? Couples looking for an exotic, far-flung destination with lots of different experiences, including a vibrant city (Bangkok), adventures in the jungle (Chiang Rai) and a glorious beachside ending on one of Thailand’s acclaimed islands.

When? Between November and April, when temperatures are bearable, and there is little rain. Year-round, temperatures range between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that the yearly crop burn begins in late February, so air pollution becomes an issue.

Related: Just Back From...Thailand

The Style Maven: South of France

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Couples looking for a winning combination of laid-back country charm (Provence) and a stunning coast, all with world-famous resorts (St. Tropez), incredible food and wine and stylish hotels.

When? The most idyllic months for visiting the south of France are May and June. Blooming flowers along country roads make for beautiful drives and the days are long. July and August are more crowded, so a well mapped-out itinerary is key. September is another good option.

The Adventurer: New Zealand

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="620"]Helicopter with 4 heli-skiiers at Glacier Southern Lakes in New Zealand Courtesy Pure New Zealand, Fiordland Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters[/caption]

Why? New Zealand is one of those rare places where the reality actually surpasses the fantasy, be it in the drop-dead beauty of the nature, the amazing breadth of experiences or the quality of the country’s incredible super lodges. Outdoor enthusiasts and active couples will be in heaven, especially on South Island with its Lord of the Rings landscapes, and the adventurous experiences are rounded out by great food, wine and luxury accommodations. For those who want to relax somewhere tropical after a trip of adrenaline-pumping activities, spectacular South Pacific resorts like Laucala or The Brando await.

Who? Couples looking for a far-flung, activities-heavy honeymoon that can include spectacular nature hikes, fly-fishing, golf, helicopter tours, rainforest exploration and seaside relaxation.

When? New Zealand has a temperate climate with moderately high rainfall and many hours of sunshine. The best time to travel to New Zealand is between November–April with January and February being the warmest months (70-90°F) and July being the coldest (50-60°F.)

Related: Indagare Matchmaker: New Zealand

The Culture Lover: India

Detail of decorated gateway at Amer Fort in Amer, Rajasthan, IndiaWhy?

Few countries in the world stimulate the five senses in such a vibrant way as does India. The riot of sounds, the richness of traditions, the vivid colors and the complexity of languages and religions add to the intoxicating mix of culture, chaos and beauty. The country is filled with incredible destinations from the pink-hued city of Jaipur and the magnificent palaces of Rajasthan to the historic sites of Old Delhi and the timeless, stupendous beauty of the Taj Mahal.

Who? Couples looking for a new cultural experience with ample sightseeing opportunities, best-in-class luxury accommodations, great shopping and a touch of adventure.

When? The best time is during the cooler winter months between October and April when temperatures are comfortable. Monsoon season (June-September) should be avoided.

Related: Just Back From...India

The Tropical Explorer: Hawaii

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="620"]Pool at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii Courtesy Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii[/caption]


With wild terrain, active volcanoes, pristine beaches of red, black and white sands and a unique culture, Hawaii's allure lies in its spectacular tropical landscapes and wecloming aloha spirit. Each of Hawaii's five main islands - the Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Oahu and Kauai - offer countless adventures, beautiful vistas and pampering, five-star properties.


Unparalleled in its splendor, Italy is simply magical. From the centuries-old vineyards of Tuscany to the enchanting waterways of Venice and the cobblestoned streets of Florence, the country's charms are no secret. Days can be spent exploring medieval villages tucked in the lush countryside or cruising the Floating City's romantic canals fronted by exquisite palazzos.

Who? Couples who seek a wonderful mix of city, country and coast, all stepped in rich history, fantastic shopping and unmatched food and wine.

When? April to October boasts the loveliest weather, but summers in Venice and Florence can get very hot and crowded.

Related: Why We Love Italy

The Oenophile and Foodie: Napa and Sonoma


The California wine country with the bucolic hamlets of Napa and Sonoma has long lured oenophiles and foodies with vineyard-striped hills, charming towns, restaurants at the forefront of culinary innovations and sumptuous retreats.

Who? Couples looking for an opportunity to unwind in a beautiful setting with incredible wine and dining balanced by spa and wellness experiences and outdoor activities in a sophisticated rural setting.

When? April to November, from the spring grape harvest to the fall crush.

Related: Indagare Matchmaker: Napa Valley

Published onJune 12, 2017

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