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Top Five Honeymoon Destinations of 2016

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

For the couple seeking more of a once-in-a-lifetime experience than an easy, direct flight to an all-inclusive, the adventurous activities and safaris in the Serengeti make for the ultimate in honeymoon bragging rights. To top it all off, your travels will also contribute to the region's ability to keep up its conservation efforts, which are largely funded by tourism revenue.

Where to Stay: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Wake up every morning to a parade of elephants at the watering hole before a dip in the pool, a visit to the spa, or heading out on a game drive across the Plains. The recent launch of their Honeymoon Package, which includes upgrades like a candlelit dinner and complimentary massage, makes this top notch stay that much sweeter.

Best Time to Go: June-October, the region's rain seasons typically fall between March and May, November and December.

 

Lagos, Portugal 

The chic cosmopolitans of Lisbon head to the Algarve for surfing and its beaches, and Lagos likely sits at the top of their lists. A seafood mecca, this town's low-key vibe walks the fine line between catering to visitors and remaining unaffected by tourism, resulting in a fun nightlife scene, high-quality eateries and hotels, and an English-speaking population that is rife with chic ex-pats.

Where to Stay: Casa Arte. A small, boutique hotel and villa comprised of only five rooms, this respite from the typical resort scene is well worth being a bit farther from the beach. While the food at the hotel is top notch, heading into town for the nightlife after-hours and the chicken piri-piri at Mullen's is a must.

Best Time to Go: This is is truly a year-round destination. While Spring and Summers' surf draw a a bigger crowd, the Winter months are the best time to score off-season rates.

 

Croatia

Beyoncé and Jay-Z traveled here before it was cool, and we know why: it's by far one of the most romantic destinations out there. The scent of pine trees pervades the mountainous beaches of Vis, whose clear water astounds most of its visitors. Other towns, like Rovinj, will have you sipping champagne at sunset on its rocky cliffs. You'll appreciate Croatia's lack of major must-see landmarks that in any other European city would make traveling there just for the beaches something your friends would hold against you.

Where to Eat: Fort George. A gallery, restaurant, bar, and venue, this converted military fort in Vis speaks to all your senses. For wine lovers, this city is home to some of the region's most distinctive varietals, and the Fort is a beautiful spot to sip them.

Best Time to Go: July and August are high-season on the Adriatic Coast, but extending your dates to some time between June-September will allow you to experience the country when it's less crowded and temperatures are milder.

 

British Columbia, Canada

The unexpected trip for the couple that wants a quick flight, British Columbia is best known for its landscape, food scene and adrenaline-junkie appeal. Whistler's slopes and Vancouver Island's artsy vibes are main attractions, while chartering a boat to take in it's natural beauty is a romantic activity worth splurging on.

Where to eat: Tojo's. The Asian influence on this region comes to life in fine eateries like this one, and those in-the-know recommend trusting the chef entirely and opting for the Omakase menu.

Best Time to Go: March through May and September to November are when the weather is tepid, and Summer is popular due to the nice weather. But–if you're a snow bunny–head there mid-Winter when the slopes are at their prime.

 

Israel         

Start your trip in the bustling-metropolis-meets-beach-town of Tel Aviv, or touring the historic sites of Jerusalem. Then, choose your own adventure: head north to experience jeep rides and hikes in the mountains of the Golan, or south to the world renowned dead sea spas and to take in the serenity of the desert.

Where to Stay: Hotel Beresheet, Mitzpe Ramon. Located 800m above sea level on sky-high cliffs that slope down into the desert lands of the Ramon crater, this luxury resort-meets-natural-phenomenon is the kind of experience that will have you wanting to stay there forever.

Best Time to Go: Spring, May in particular, is the best time of year to visit Israel. In April through mid-June, the weather is not too hot (important when traveling in the desert) and not too cold or rainy.

 

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