Choosing from countless honeymoon destinations can be overwhelming when all you really want to do is to soak in that newly-wedded bliss with your partner. To make your travel planning a whole lot easier, talk to your spouse about the factors that you need to consider.
Start by setting your budget and determine your trip length and theme. Then, take into account the atmosphere, season and current situation in your prospective destination. Lastly, list the amenities that you need and want in a hotel to make the most out of the great deals that you will find.
Once you have made up your mind, take your time in scanning different destinations. For a sweet escape, take your pick (or picks!) from this list of breathtaking island destinations in Asia for your honeymoon.
Gili Islands, Indonesia
Also known simply as the Gilis, these islands don’t allow cars or motorized vehicles so you can sit back and relax in any of the numerous restaurants that range from casual to high-end dining.
For adventure, go ahead and dive, but keep in mind that the locals are now rather protective of the reefs because of previous environmental damage.
Boracay Island, Philippines
One of the world’s best beaches, this stunner never fails to amaze. Its sand, especially on the White Beach, is so fine that it almost feels like baby powder on your bare feet!
Thrill-seekers will love the land and water adventures on offer while those who prefer utmost relaxation can find numerous luxurious and affordable accommodation options. Alta Vista de Boracay is a popular choice as a honeymoon destination. Again, make sure that you and your spouse agree on your plans to avoid a stressful travel experience.
Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Consisting of two islands, this tranquil sanctuary was unknown until it was made famous by the 2000 film “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ironically, the movie featured inhabitants who fiercely shunned outsiders to protect their island. But don’t worry, in real life, the island hosts tourists who may want to watch mantarays and whale sharks in Hin Daeng or harmless blacktip reef sharks in Shark Point.
Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India
Dive, snorkel, explore uninhabited islands and more when you visit Havelock Island, the largest of the Andaman Islands in India. A dream come true to marine life enthusiasts and backpackers alike, Havelock Island is one of the few places in Andaman where tourism—specifically ecotourism—is encouraged.
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
It is a wonder that Vietnam’s largest islan, which is almost the same size as Singapore, is a hidden gem for those who yearn for a getaway paradise. Nevertheless, enjoy peace and quiet on the island’s long and mainly undeveloped stretches of beach.
Koh Lipe, Thailand
Thailand’s smallest island is so small that you can walk around it in just one hour. But don’t underestimate this island just yet. You can dive and snorkel to your heart’s content. If you want to challenge yourself, you might want to swim from this island to nearby islands, which are not that far.
Consisting of a hundred islands, Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah—more commonly known as Langkawi—drifts peacefully in the Andaman Sea. A rich wildlife abounds in its largest island, the Langkawi Island, earning it UNESCO World Geopark status. This eco park is best seen from the Langkawi Sky Bridge.
If you and your spouse need quality rest and relaxation after all those wedding festivities, then head to this yoga and meditation center. Aside from soothing activities, you can also explore the island’s forested volcanic mountains, rice farms and marine life.
Pulau Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
This paradise, located in West Malaysia, has two main islands that cater to different tastes. If you are up for a backpacking adventure, head to Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian). If you are into luxurious and relaxing accommodation, go to Perhentian Besar (Large Perhentian). Regardless of which island you choose, bask in the sun’s goodness while treading the heavenly white sand and enjoying the marine life while diving.
Koh Tao Island, Thailand
Bask in the sun’s goodness on this turtle sanctuary located in the Gulf of Thailand. Stroll its white sand beaches, explore the steep hills that surround them and dive in Chumpon Pinnacle where whale sharks and bull sharks abound.
Lombok Island, Indonesia
Located near the Gili Islands, this paradise offers deep blue waters that are perfect for surfing. Divers and snorkelers find the Sekotong area an ideal spot for its variety of soft and hard coral reefs.
Jeju Island, South Korea
Included in the seven wonders of nature in 2011, Jeju Island attracts thousands and thousands of tourists all over the world with its sights. Explore South Korea’s highest mountain, the dormant volcano Hallasan, which is also a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Swim in the exquisite beaches and walk picturesque trails. You can also really get in the mood for love at Loveland, Jeju’s theme park for adults.
Get inspired with these top Asian island destinations for your honeymoon, but remember to plan your destination with your partner. After all, honeymooning is one of the first activities you will enjoy as newly-weds. Communicating clearly with your future spouse will make a whole world of difference as you go globetrotting on your honeymoon.
Do you have any other Asian honeymoon spots to add to this list?