For most couples, to get married to their significant other is the happily, ever after they’ve always been dreaming about. And once the deal is sealed, it's time for the first most important trip together - the honeymoon!
This once-in-a-lifetime experience deserves only the best! Whether you’re an adventurous couple or a couple who would like nothing better than to just relax at one of the world's most beautiful beaches, we’ve got you covered with these top 8 honeymoon destinations for Muslim couples in 2019 ?
1. New Zealand
Boasting some of the world's most beautiful natural landscapes, New Zealand is a picturesque honeymoon destination that is chock full of adventure. Offering honeymooners with attractions such as the highly rated Lord of the Rings tour, beautiful island sanctuaries, unreal glacial valleys, and vast national parks, New Zealand is the perfect place for active couples who also enjoy photography.
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Since New Zealand is also home to quite literally every adventure sport you could ever think of (and a few you’ve probably never even heard of), suffice to say that there’s plenty to keep you occupied! Try bungee jumping and jet boating in Queenstown, or go whale watching in Christchurch. If you’re a fan of dolphins, you can even jump right into the water and swim with them ?!
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But if you want a more relaxed trip that involves more sight-seeing, take walks by the coast or up the Nugget Point Lighthouse. Famous landmarks like Mission Bay, the Sky Tower, One Tree Hill and the Rose Garden of Parnell are also must-visit places during your honeymoon!
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And don't you worry about having to plan too much for this trip of a lifetime, because we've got you all settled with this Muslim-friendly New Zealand itinerary ?
2. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is an increasingly popular destination for Muslim couples, and with good reason! With 2500 years of history, culture, tradition and stunning views, this transcontinental metropolis is full of promise and potential for honeymooners across the globe ?
Visit some of Istanbul’s most well known and beloved landmarks such as the gorgeous Hagia Sofia Museum, the historic Sultan Ahmet Mosque and the iconic Grand Bazaar!
If you’re looking for something with a bit more of an adrenaline kick, take a Hot Air Balloon ride over the High Plateau of Cappadocia and enjoy the breath-taking scenery with your other half ?
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Whichever you choose to do, being on a boat before sunset is always a good idea. Experience all the changes in the sky while watching the bridges and mosques as they light up. I mean, nothing can get more simple and romantic than this ?
3. Kapas Island, Malaysia
This is the place for a beautiful and relaxing beach honeymoon! Located just a few kilometres off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia (in the Terengganu province), Kapas Island or Pulau Kapas is an island paradise left mostly untouched by rampant development. With its soft, white sand beaches lined with coconut trees and its crystal-clear waters, newlyweds will be left in awe of the sheer beauty the island has to offer?!
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But if you're not into just chilling out, there's still plenty of fun and outdoor activities to try here. One of the main draws of the island is snorkelling! Kapas Island has amazing biodiversity. Spot colourful schools of fish, gorgeous corals, majestic turtles and even sharks ?
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If you don’t feel up for a dip in the sea, opt for a romantic walk on the beach. Fortunately, all the hotels and eateries are located on the same side of the beach, so it’s pretty easy for couples to walk from one end of the beach to the other.
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Plus, there are plenty of other fun activities that you can include to your honeymoon itinerary here, like scheduling a day trip to Gem Island, going jungle trekking or just chilling out in a hammock to soak up the soothing vibes and to enjoy each other’s company.
4. Santorini, Greece
Santorini (also known as Thera in Greek) has long been a popular honeymoon destination full of romantic charm and mythical allure. With spectacular sunrises and sunsets, gorgeous beaches and unique architecture, there's no question that Santorini will make your honeymoon a trip to remember for life!
For Muslim couples who want to wake up to the pure white buildings with colourful roofs that are typical of Greek architecture, Oia is the perfect place to stay! Plus, it can afford you with a bit more privacy on the otherwise busy island. It also doesn’t hurt that by staying in Oia itself, couples can take romantic sunset strolls and explore the city streets at night without having to worry about a hoard of other tourists.
#HHWT Tip: Check out these Muslim-friendly accommodations in Greece for the best vacation ever!
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Unlike other beaches filled with white sand, the beaches at Santorini are super unique! Take a romantic stroll along the beautiful black beaches of Perissa or Perivolos. Alternatively, go swimming or cliff diving near Amoudi Bay if you want to experience something a tad more thrilling!
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Be sure to add Thira, the capital of Santorini on the west coast of the island, to your itinerary! Here you will find a wealth of gift shops, clothing stores as well as restaurants and cafes that serve magnificent meals (mostly seafood) with a view to match ?
5. Bandung, Indonesia
Known as the city of flowers, Bandung is blessed with fresh and cool weather; making it a top spot for honeymooners who don't have the means to travel far but still wish to escape the tropical heat. Located in West Java, the city boasts beautiful colonial and art deco style architecture, an abundance of shopping outlets, delicious halal food and plenty of natural attractions set against a majestic mountainous backdrop ?.
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Take a scenic trip to the White Crater (known as Kawah Putih to locals) and be transported into a totally different realm. The crater and its surroundings are predominantly a pale white colour, giving it a rather otherworldly ambience. Adding to the mystical allure, the volcanic crater is also filled with surreal, turquoise-coloured water and tree-clad cliffs surrounding the crater - making for a stunning backdrop especially when the clouds start to roll in!
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For couples who love nature, make sure to visit gorgeous Dusun Bambu! This leisure park sits at the foot of a mountain with the most incredible picturesque surroundings. Couples can choose to either take a shuttle or walk along the paths surrounded by lush green foliage, fantastic bamboo structures and giant art sculptures made from nature ?
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There's really no reason to feel bored here as the things you can do here are limitless! Visit the magical Dago Dreampark, go off-roading, visit museums, drop by the Lembang Floating Market and go outlet shopping ?
6. Costa Rica, Central America
Now, most of you might be wondering if Costa Rica is a suitable place for Muslim couples to spend their honeymoon at. And the answer is a resounding yes! With the multitude of cultures there, the people are very laid-back, friendly and welcoming to foreigners, regardless of religion ?
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This tropical paradise hosts 5% of the world’s biodiversity, and in terms of accommodation, this is the place you can fulfill your childhood dreams of staying in a treehouse! There are many amazing eco-lodges around the country so just take your pick ?️
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As for activities, visit the nation's most famous beaches, go on a bike tour or trek some of Costa Rica's national parks like the Arenal Volcano National Park, Corcovado National Park, La Fortuna Waterfalls and Monteverde Cloud Forest Park!
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Halal-certified food might be hard to find, but there are plenty of seafood and vegetarian options around. We'd say it’s a pretty small price to pay when you get to experience a slice of paradise ?
Ah, the Maldives. No honeymoon list is every complete without this gem. With its soft white sand and azure blue seas, the Maldives perfectly embodies the term ‘island paradise’. Left relatively untouched by man, the country affords romantic, luxurious, and private experiences for couples seeking to spend their honeymoon away from the hustle and bustle of big cities and distracting tourists ?.
Go island hopping with your loved one and see all that the country has to offer! With about 1,192 coral islands, there's no reason why you can't wake up to a different, but no less beautiful sight every day ?
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The islands are not only gorgeous in the day but also equally stunning at night! The famous Vaadhoo Island, known as the glowing beach, have rare glowing tides that rinse the shore at night ?. Other attractions include a plethora of water activities such as spotting spinner dolphins, going night fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling!
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Be sure to spend a day in the capital of Maldives, Male, and do some sight-seeing! You can't miss the Maldives Grand Friday Mosque, Maldives Fish Market, and the Esjehi Art Gallery.
8. Da Lat, Vietnam
Known as the capital of Lam Dong Province in Vietnam, the city of Da Lat is located in the Southern Central Highlands. What you probably don't know is that this city is also known as the ‘Honeymoon Capital’ and ‘The City of Eternal Spring’! It's temperate climate, gorgeous scenery, breathtaking palaces and bustling shopping districts make Da Lat a perfect potential honeymoon destination for newlywed couples ?.
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The near magical looking lakes and gorgeous waterfalls have long been Da Lat's top attractions, while Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace and the grand looking Buddhist pagodas are just as popular. As for food, there’s plenty of Muslim-friendly, vegetarian restaurants like Thien Duyen Vegetarian Restaurant, Tu Hanh Vegetarian Restaurant, Thanh Tinh Vegetarian Restaurant and Hoa Sen Vegetarian Restaurant that offer tasty meals!
Couples cannot miss paying a visit to Thung Lung Tinh Yeu. Known as the Valley of Love, it's located just 5 km away from the city! The Valley is home to Niagara Falls of Vietnam and lives up to its name with its beautiful landscape, magnificent flower gardens, tranquil lake and peaceful atmosphere ?
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Be sure to stop by the beautiful Prenn Falls and go shopping at the Da Lat Market!
Well, now that you have a list of fun and exciting potential honeymoon destinations for 2019, it's time to start dropping those hints to your partner ? Honeymoons don’t plan themselves after all and it’s about time to make your dream honeymoon a reality!