6 Hot Honeymoon destinations for 2013

6 Hot Honeymoon destinations for 2013

Searching for honeymoon inspiration? Here are six suggestions of where’s hot to honeymoon in 2013

1. Pantanal, Brazil

Brazil's Pantanal is the hot destination for wildlife lovers in 2013. Why? It's all about the elusive feline of South America: the jaguar. By far the best and most reliable place to watch the cats is Puerto Jofre and the adjacent 'Jaguar Zone' on the Pantanal's Cuiabá River, with 50-100 habituated cats in residence. You'll be hearing a lot more about Brazil over the next couple of years - starting with Michael Palin's four-part TV new series, and culminating (probably) in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Check out Brazil trips on out the Honeymoon Finder

2. Malawi             

In August 2012, a small group of lions were reintroduced into Malawi's Majete Wildlife Reserve, capping a remarkable turnaround for the park, which was left ravaged by poachers only a decade ago. Overseen today by the philanthropic African Parks network, Majete is now Malawi's only Big Five reserve or park, and is looking set to become the hottest safari destination around. Just as well there are plenty of stylish safari camps and chic beach lodges!

Not sure where to start on safari? Have a look at our Safari Q&A for some good general info… or if your hearts are set on Malawi, Audley (one of our trusted operators) run honeymoon trips there - head to the Honeymoon Finder to see what's on offer.

3. Bolivia

This colossal and landlocked country was recently on the cover of Wanderlust magazine issue 131 - and with its staggering scenery (like Uyuni - pictured - the world's largest salt flats) and its rich and colourful folklore, it's easy to see why! There's plenty of romantic things to do on honeymoon there too, from stargazing in the Altiplano to relaxing by the shores of the iconic Lake Titicaca.

Breathless at the though of a honeymoon in Bolivia? Check out your honeymoon trip choices here, or see what else is romantic in Latin America...

4. Kilpisjärvi, Finland

2013 will provide the best Northern Lights-viewing opportunity in a decade, don't spoil the honeymoon mood by watching them with the crowds - head out to one of Lapland's most remote spots. Truly far-flung, the Finnish Lapland town of Kilpisjärvi sits by a three-country border with Norway and Sweden and boasts remarkably regular Aurora Borealis sightings.

Seen the light? See where else Arctic expert Will Gray recommends for watching the aurora.

5. St Vincent & The Grenadines

St. Vincent & The Grenadines will be getting a new airport by the end of 2013 - able to handle five times as many as the islands' existing international airport. You've got two options: go in advance before the masses arrive (maybe a Digital Detox get-away-from-it-all honeymoon?), or wait until St Vincent becomes the latest Caribbean paradise du jour. Which won't take long if our honeymoon predictions are right…

Love the idea of an island honeymoon? Get some inspiration from Antony Mason's new Dream Islands book,  check out our ideas for 12 alternative things to do in typical honeymoon destinations, or lap up the glamour with our guide to how to honeymoon like a celebrity!

6. Costa Alentejana, Portugal

The rural Alentejo region produces 46% of Portugal's wine - and it's starting to be recognised as a rising star. It's home to a number of hidden yet high-end vineyards, including the vast and sustainability-focused Herdade da Comporta. Plus, the coastal part, the Costa Alentejana, has glorious beaches and craggy coves - and a new long distance walking route, which you can read all about in Wanderlust issue 132 (on sale 15 November).

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