After dark… best honeymoon experiences when the sun goes down

After dark… best honeymoon experiences when the sun goes down

Well yes, there is that… But after a long day of relaxing, there’s the whole evening to enjoy before heading back to your hotel room. Here are five evening ideas for romance after dark

1. Soak up the sunset

There aren't many more romantic things than watching the sun go down, and the best thing that is wherever you head for your honeymoon there'll be a sunset. My favourite place to watch dusk turn to twilight is floating in the warm, theraputic waters of the Nature Baths, Lake Myvatn in Iceland. They're open until 10pm in winter (midnight in summer - but the sun barely sets then) so once the sun goes down, around 3.30pm in mid-winter, you're also in the perfect place to watch the Northern Lights.

After dark alternative…

The view from the Asian side of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, with the sun setting behind Hagia Sofia, is breathtaking. Sip a traditional sun-downer on the Masai Mara or the Serengeti for silhouettes of giraffe and thorn trees against an intense orange sky. And take in the mysterious desert splendour of the Valley of the Moon in the Atacama desert, Wadi Rum in Jordan and Oman's Empty Quarter.

2. Dine under the stars

Get the thrill of a real Arabian night with some 'sand dune bashing' through the deserts of Qatar, culminating with a traditional Arabic meal and camping under the stars at the Inland Sea, Khor al Udied. 

After dark alternative…

You could do it on the beach, out on the savannah, at a ruined temple or out in the mountains… There are plenty of options, and dining under a twinkling canopy of starlight (whether it's a five-course extravaganza or a simple picnic) is always going to be a romantic option.

3. Light up the night

Some cities come alive after dark - Hong Kong, for all its daytime bustle, is one of these. Watch the nightly laser show (the corny titled 'Symphony of Lights') light up the night sky - cross between Kowloon  and Hong Kong Island on the Star Ferry for the best reflections, or stay land-locked watching from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.

After dark alternative…

Stay up all night in NYC, the city that doesn't sleep; get dazzled by neon at Shinjuku, the busiest neighborhood in Tokyo; or in the Southern hemisphere Sydney Harbour after dark is a real beauty.

4. Check out a night market

Night markets are a great place to soak up a city's culture, haggle for mementos and grab a cheap and (usually) delicious dinner. Taiwan has some of Asia's best night (or 'ghost') markets - Shihlin is Taipei's most famous and most popular night market. It's made up of two different sections - the food vendors outside Jiantan Metro Station and the stalls around Yang Ming Cinema, which sell pretty much everything.

After dark alternative…

It's organised chaos at Djaama El-Fna Square in Marrakesh - hundreds of stalls to entice you, and once you've eaten head to the bar at La Boheme for great views. Richmond Night Market in Vancouver is North America's most popular night market - it runs over the summer from May until October.

5. Take a night safari

Take an evening walk in the Madagascan jungle, searching out nocturnal species like (the weird looking) Aye-Aye and a variety of lemurs. Soak up the sounds of the jungle at night and watch out for the flash of eyes in the foliage… 80% of Madagascar's wildlife is endemic, and there's plenty to do during the daylight hours too.

After dark alternative…

Any African safari camp worth its salt will have dusk game drives or bush walks - Wolwedans in Namibia and SabiSabi in South Africa are two of our favourites. Night time is often a good time to head into the jungle worldwide. Test your intrepidity searching for jaguar in South and Central America or leopards and giant squirrels in Borneo.

6. Snorkel after dark

Snorkelling is no longer just a day time activity in the Maldives. Once the sun dips over the horizon at the W Maldives resort, a guide will escort you underwater to witness marine life like never before. Equipped with a special black light and filter that sits on top of traditional snorkelling mask, you'll see the reef under a new light as marine life and coral reveals their fluorescent magic.

After dark alternative...

The fishy fluorescent colours of the reef shine like an underwater disco... though if you want to boogie beneath the waves, you don't have to get wet to do so. Subsix, an actual underwater nightclub, is now open.

 

Image courtesy of Myvtan Nature Baths

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