Honeymoon Hotspots

Catering to those in the mood for romance, a number of local hotels offer private dining experiences, guaranteed to woo your lover.

Playa del Carmen | Mexico 

Claim a sunlounge, order a margarita, and kick back watching the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean lap at Playa del Carmen’s champagne-colour beaches.  Pure bliss! 

A major Yucatan Peninsula tourism hub that retains an authentic village feel, Playa del Carmen is a storybook-perfect honeymoon destination. The Mexican hotspot appeals to modest and flashy travellers alike, with its idyllic beaches, colourful markets, ample dining options, impressive nightlife and vast variety of hotels. 

Do and See

Stroll 5th Avenue, stopping to buy souvenirs, dine or order a drink. Soak up the sun on a local beach. Take to the water and try your hand at snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing or parasailing. Discover the area’s long history with a day-trip to nearby Tulum and its ancient Mayan ruins. Stay up late and indulge in the city’s vibrant nightlife, sampling everything from salsa venues to rock clubs to the famous Coco Bongo disco-theatre. 

Eat and Drink 

Playa’s main drag, 5th Avenue is home to a huge variety of eateries, covering everything from Italian to bar meals and Mayan dishesbest experienced at Yaxche on the corner of 22 Street. Venture two blocks west to sample authentic Mexican specialities like tacos and fajitas, served from modest street cantinas. Catering to those in the mood for romance, a number of local hotels offer private dining experiences, guaranteed to woo your lover. Wrap up the night watching the lull of the ocean sipping tequila or cerveza at the beachfront Blue Parrot.

Stay and Romance 

Tucked away on one of Mexico’s most pristine beaches, the AAA Five Diamond resort, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is the perfect setting for relaxation and romance. The adults’ only, all-inclusive resort exudes luxury with elegant accommodations, gourmet dining options, a world-class spa and exemplary personalised service. 

Plan Your Playa Del Carmen Honeymoon 

  • Flights to Playa del Carmen: Playa Del Carmen is located an easy hour-drive south of Cancun. Together with partner airline Delta Air Lines, Virgin Australia operates flights to Cancun, via Los Angeles, from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. 
  • Stay at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun: Our hotel partner Agoda offers great deals on accommodation at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun. 

Hoi An | Vietnam 

Meander colourful shop-lined streets, chat to friendly locals, order tailor-made garbs, and soak in the easy-going atmosphere of Vietnam’s most charming town, Hoi An. 

Exceptionally well-preserved, the ancient town is a World Heritage Listed Site with a lot to offer to honeymooners. The delightful riverside setting is home to grand architecture, temples, pagodas, old canals and markets, and void of the frantic pace, traffic and pollution associated with Vietnamese cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. 

Do and See 

Explore the Old Town and its incredible legacy of Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples, ancient tea warehouses and French-colonial mansions. Purchase a multi-entrance ticket to visit some of the precinct’s most exciting landmarks. Walk the streets and stop in at art and craft shops and tailorswho produce made-to-measure clothes for a fraction of what they would cost in the west… you’ll wish you came here before the wedding! Relax on nearby China Beach and engage in activities like windsurfing and snorkelling. Visit neighbouring islands An Hoi and Cam Nam. Day-trip to Vietnam’s  former imperial capital Hué or to the 4th century temple ruins of Mỹ Sơn. 

Eat and Drink 

Hoi An is an ideal destination in which to sample authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Eateries can be found on land, by the river and floating on the river, and serve everything from ‘fast foods’ to five-star feasts. A great way to experience local food culture is to tour the lively Tan An Markets, where stall holders passionately spruik their produce and dishes. For a meal to remember reserve a table at the famous Morning Glory restaurant, and taste a menu championed by the internationally renowned, Ms Tring Diem Vy. Hoi An is also great place to learn how to cook real Vietnamese cuisine. Plenty of local restaurants  like the famous and picturesque Red Bridge  offer cooking classes. 



Stay and Romance 

Located on pristine Hoi An Beach, surrounded by a lush landscape, the visually-striking string of villas that make up The Nam Hai offer one of Vietnam’s foremost luxury experiences. Boasting impeccable service, gourmet dining opportunities, an 18-hole golf course, unobstructed ocean views and easy access to Hoi An’s vibrant culture and history, the serene resort is an ideal honeymoon hotel. 

Plan Your Hoi An Honeymoon

Flights to Da Nang: Hoi An is located a quick 40-minute drive south of Da Nang. Together with partner airlines Singapore Airlines and Silk Air, Virgin Australia operates flights to Da Nang, via Singapore. 

Stay at The Nam Hai: Our hotel partner Agoda offers great deals on accommodation at The Nam Hai. 

Noosa | Australia

Take a dip in the calm waters of Main Beach, and feel the sun on your back as you stroll along the boardwalk before perusing Hastings Street’s designer boutiques and speciality providores.  

More relaxed and low-key than the Gold Coast, but with just as many things to see and do, Noosa is a great local honeymoon location. Boasting beautiful beaches, colourful bays, lush green hinterland and national park lands, and a cosmopolitan lifestyle and lively calendar of events, the Sunshine Coast hotspot offers an unforgettable escape.

Do and See 

Experience Noosa’s awe-inspiring natural appeal with a romantic walk along Main Beach. The southern end of the beach is fringed by Noosa National Park, which is dotted with picturesque bays like Little Cove and privy to a soundtrack of gentle crashing waves and bird song. Indulge in the glitzier side of the town, with a stroll along main drag, Hastings Street. Scan the racks of world-famous and locally-acclaimed fashion labels and sample home-grown goods. Treat yourself and your partner to pure relaxation. The area is home to a number of world-class spas and health retreats. Day trip into the rolling green hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Quaint towns like Maleny and Montville offer wonderful locations for romantic meals. 

Eat and Drink 

Despite its relative small size, Noosa bustles with outstanding dining opportunities. Hastings Street, Thomas Street and the Noosa River precinct are the town’s most frequented eating haunts, home to award-winning and innovative restaurants. Holding absolute beachfront position, in the middle of Hastings Street, Bistro C is the perfect setting in which to enjoy a sunset cocktail or an extravagant moonlit dinner. The region’s riches can be explored by way of the Winery & Gourmet Trail in the picturesque Blackall Range. Seasonal specialties are best experienced with a trip to the famous Eumundi Market. 

Stay and Romance 

Nestled beside national park just a 500-metre stroll from Hastings Street, Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa offers a refreshing, yet indulgent honeymoon escape. The resort sees nature meet luxury in a truly captivating setting  with beautifully-appointed accommodations, premium facilities and world-class service  perfect for retreating, relaxing and recharging. 

Plan Your Noosa Honeymoon 

  • Flights to Noosa: Noosa is located a quick 30-minute drive north of Sunshine Coast Airport. Virgin Australia operates flights to Sunshine Coast direct from Sydney and Melbourne. 
  • Stay at the Outrigger Resort & Spa Noosa: Our hotel partner Agoda offers great deals on accommodation at Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa. 
Words by Alice Nash - Published 12 August 2013
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Time Zone GMT +10
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