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Honeymoon, where for art thou Honeymoon?

We need to book it. And kinda fast.  

My initial thoughts were to go to the States (seeing as the euro has a fabulous rate against the dollar these days) and get a whole lot more bang for our buck.  I was thinking a road trip round and down the central west coast (San Fran to LA with a bit of Napa Valley and Yosemite National Park thrown in) topping it all off with a few relaxing days on a Hawaiian beach.  

I love the states, no doubt about.  Our trip to Florida, almost 3 years ago was the best holiday of my life (skydiving, swimming with dolphins, Universal Studios - minus the queues - and deep fried plantains) and I continue to believe you can't go wrong with a holiday out there.  And that way, we get a bit of city, adventure and beachside relaxation all rolled into one.

But the Mister wants something a little more exotic then all that.  I agree.  This is the one holiday in our lives where we're entitled to go absolutely all out.  Extravagant, over the top, no holds barred opulence and luxury.  Anywhere in the world.  I've always been one to make life lists and get them ticked off.  I've done well so far - ticking quite a few off during our Florida trip and I don't see why our honeymoon should be any different.

If we're going down the exotic route, these are my requirements:

Go scuba diving.
Swim under a waterfall.
Aromatherapy-esque spa treatments.  I want to smell like coconuts.
Unparalleled breakfast buffets.  Must have pancakes.
White sandy beach (complete with swinging hammock).
Volcano or jungle hike and/or kayaking/white-water rafting activities.
If we're going somewhere with elephants, I want to ride one.
Not a deal-breaker but if there are ancient temples, that would be nice.

I'm a barrel of fun,  aren't I?

So, I've narrowed it down to the following locales:

Land of a thousand islands

Matangi Island Resort

Liku Liku Lagoon - The only resort on the Fiji islands with overwater bungalows

Home of the over-water bungalow and under-water spa

Caribbean Dream

Point Grace

Seven Stars Resort & Spa

Just like in the movies 

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

Hana Maui Hotel

Typically beautiful in every way 

Six Senses Yao Noi

Rayavadee, Krabi

Because I love coffee that much

Finca Rosa Coffee Plantation & Inn

Ideally, I would prefer somewhere off the beaten track. Somewhere with a little more privacy and a little less golf course. Reasons why I'm leaning towards Fiji.  

Some of the sites I used to consider honeymoon options:
Where would you go? Have you been to any of the above? Any tips?

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  1. Wow all those destinations are sooo beautiful! I don't think I'd be bothered which I went to! I am now officially starting a mental list of places to go on honeymoon :) When you getting married?

  2. I'm so not fussed about where we go - I mean, how you could possibly pick from those gorgeous destinations. One's more beautiful than the next. Getting married this August and planning to go on Honeymoon in October. It's all just too exciting :)

    Maria xx

  3. You selected some amazing places and I am about to throw another suggestion into the mix for you. This place is beyond amazing and in St. Lucia:


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