From the white-sand beaches of the Caribbean to the northernmost capital in the world, the following countries and cities rank among our must-visit honeymoon destinations for 2017.
Home to awe-inspiring natural wonders (including the Northern Lights), one-of-a-kind outdoor pursuits (like taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon), and a captivating capital, Iceland lands as one of our must-visit honeymoon destinations in 2017. It's also never been easier to visit, as many major U.S. cities now have direct flights to Reykjavik throughout the year, including New York, Boston, Denver, Washington, and Seattle. Meanwhile, be sure to check out our Instant Registry for Iceland by visiting the "Item List" section of your Traveler's Joy account.
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada as a country. To help celebrate, admission to all national parks will be free. Take advantage by visiting Banff, one of North America's ultimate mountain destinations. The quaint town is the perfect home base for exploring Banff and Lake Louise National Parks, home to an endless list of outdoor activities, unspoiled wilderness, and spectacular scenery. Drop your bags at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise resort, one of our favorite hotels in the world with a view.
On the heels of a lengthy renovation, Four Seasons Resort Lanai reopened last year. The resort, which overlooks Hulupoe Beach, has a brand new pool area, a wide array of dining options (including dynamic Japanese cuisine at Nobu Lanai), and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. If the $1,000-per night room rate is too much, the resort's cultural programs, horseback riding, and off-road tours are all open to the public. Meanwhile, Hotel Lanai, built in the 1920's, is an affordable option for newlyweds and offers 11 charming guest rooms.
Between amazing wine country retreats, quaint seaside villages, and big city offerings, Portugal packs in a ton of unique experiences for honeymoon couples. Be sure to visit the bustling cities of Porto and Lisbon before taking in breathtaking historic towns like Evora, Sintra, and Monsaraz. Also, don't miss a visit to Six Senses Douro Valley, situated among the vineyards and rollings hills of the picturesque Douro Valley.
Huge fan of the Broadway musical Hamilton? Trace Alexander Hamilton's footsteps on the island of Nevis while enjoying a spectacular honeymoon getaway. The founding father grew up on the island and visitors can tour the Georgian-style building where he was born.
Local resorts have also gotten into the Hamilton spirit with special deals and packages. For instance at Montpelier Plantation & Beach, the Alexander Hamilton package includes a four night stay, half-day excursion to tour his house and other historical sites, a couples' massage, and a signature nightcap cocktail "Brandy Alexander Hamilton", which blends local brandy, white rum, and passion fruit juices.
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