Guest Author - Kara Williams
Modern Bride magazine unveiled "The World's 50 Best Honeymoons" in the August/September 2007 issue's 11th annual honeymoon survey. The magazine polled the prestigious Virtuoso network of travel specialists, which is made up of more than 6,000 elite travel agents, including Stacy Small, who is featured in a BellaOnline.com Honeymoon Travel Q&A (see link below).
Italy knocked Hawaii from the top spot that it had held for the previous 10 years. Not surprisingly, though, Hawaii ranked second, followed by some other worldwide beach destinations.
The top 10 honeymoon destinations are:
4. Costa Rica
The magazine went on to list a total of 50 popular honeymoon destinations:
11. St. Lucia
12. St. Barths
13. Turks & Caicos
16. British Virgin Islands
18. South Africa
24. U.S. Virgin Islands
26. Antigua & Barbuda
28. New Zealand
31. Cook Islands
33. Cayman Islands
34. St. Maarten/St. Martin
36. New York
40. St. Vincent & the Grenadines
43. Dominican Republic
47. Las Vegas
Modern Bride also highlighted some other favorites, such as the best up-and-coming locale: Dubai.
Best destination for affordability: Mexico.
Best spot for snorkeling & diving: Belize.
Best honeymoon nightlife: Las Vegas.
Best city for a honeymoon: Paris.
Best destination for adventure: Costa Rica.
Best destination for good food: Italy.
Best secluded destination: Maldives.
Best beaches: Turks & Caicos.
Favorite cruise line for honeymooners: Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Favorite airline for honeymooners: Singapore Airlines.
Best hotel brand: Four Seasons.
Best all-inclusive brand: Sandals.