10 of the best twin centre honeymoon destination ideas
Whether you're looking to break up a long haul journey or want to add a bit of variety to your honeymoon, a twin centre holiday could be just the ticket. How you plan your twin centre honeymoon depends not only on the weather, but also on the flight routes for your chosen destination. So, to help you plot the perfect route with an exciting stopover, here are some top twin centre honeymoon to consider for 2018.
1. Heady heights of Hong Kong + pho in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hong Kong is a popular stopover point for UK travellers heading to the Far East. This sprawling harbour city state offers plenty in the way of swanky five star hotels and skyscraper cocktail bars. There's loads to pack into an itinerary, including the Tian Tan Buddha statue, traditional dim sum joints, and dizzying Victoria Peak.
Pair a stop in Hong Kong with a trip to Vietnam, a country that mesmerises with bustling Ho Chi Minh City, its tantalising cuisine (think goi cuon, pho and banh mi), long sandy beaches, and staggering Halong Bay.
2. Historic Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia + stylish Sydney, Australia
Home to the Cameron Highlands, beautiful beaches of Pangkor, and dreamy islands like Langkawi, Malaysia is a honeymoon destination in itself. If you're en route to the Land Down Under however, Kuala Lumpur is a perfect stopover thanks to its mix of ultra-modern and British colonial architecture.
Visit Petaling Street for a signature rendang curry and at night, head to SkyBar at Traders Hotel or Marini's on 57 for epic city views. From KL, it's an eight-hour flight to Sydney or Melbourne where you could road trip your way through the wine regions or take a connecting flight to Queensland and the tropical Gold Coast.
3. Swimming in the Maldives + colourful Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Maldives offers the quintessential honeymoon experience. Couples who come here enjoy romantic sunset cruises, couples' spa treatments, and luxurious overwater villas.
If you want to jazz up your holiday with a city stopover, consider Colombo in Sri Lanka, a mere 90-minute flight away from the idyllic atolls. You could easily spend a day or two hours exploring the Buddhist temples and colonial landmarks of this tuk tuk-filled city - consider a seaside stay in nearby Negombo or a day trip to the Millennium Elephant Sanctuary.
4. Luxurious Seychelles + action packed Abu Dhabi
The Seychelles has everything you need for a romantic honeymoon - eden-like scenery, infinity pools, and beautiful coral reefs. But before you touch down in Mahé, what about a stopover in Abu Dhabi?
This wealthy Emirate plays home to Michelin-starred restaurants, world class museums, and the famous Yas Marina Circuit. On Bani Yas Island you can, amazingly, go on safari, and the Al Ain Oasis - a sanctuary of date palms fed by an ancient irrigation system - offers a fascinating day trip.
5. Beaches of Bali, Indonesia + Singapore slings
Thanks partly to its stunning rice terraces, mist-cloaked forests, and pristine beaches, Bali has become a honeymoon favourite. The downside to this relaxing archipelago is it takes more than 18 hours to fly there, with no direct routes.
Consider spending a day or two in Singapore en route. Whether it's sampling a Singapore sling cocktail in Raffles Hotel or visiting the Gardens by the Bay, there's plenty to see in this super-slick city. It's then around a two-hour flight to 'The Island of the Gods', where that Balinese massage awaits.
Planning a twin centre holiday? Don't miss our ultimate guide to stopovers with full details of airlines that offer specific packages.
6. Livin' it up in Vegas, USA + chillin' in Cancun, Mexico
If you want to let your hair down after the wedding, the adult's playground we know as Las Vegas should be a serious contender. It's also a really convenient stopover location for visiting the Caribbean side of Mexico.
After all the kooky stage shows, glitzy hotels and hair raising rides, you can enjoy some of the Yucatan Peninsula's manmade and natural wonders - explore Mayan temples, swim in mysterious caves and perhaps even dive with whale sharks. Alternatively, carry on the hijinks in the party capital of Cancun.
7. Safari in South Africa + natural wonders of Mauritius
South Africa is a great place for your first safari, and the Kruger National Park offers private game drives, incredible stargazing, and romantic safari lodges perched above the bushveld. It's just a four hour drive, or short connecting flight from Johannesburg, which is then only a four hour hop to the white sands of Mauritius.
Mauritius promises delicious Creole curries, beautiful overwater villas, and the wildlife-rich Black River Gorges National Park. If you want to add on another stop, take the 30-minute flight to the sister island of Réunion for its impressive volcanic scenery.
8. Wildlife in Kenya + white sands of Zanzibar, Tanzania
Bush breakfasts, seeing the Big Five, and stargazing around the campfire are just some of the honeymoon experiences you'll have on safari in Kenya. If you go high end, many safari lodges in the Maasai Mara also come with private plunge pools and views of the wildlife.
Many twin centre honeymoons will pair a safari in Kenya with a trip to Zanzibar, and rightly so. You'll relax on sensational beaches, explore the Jozani Forest, and discover an intriguing Swahili-Arab culture in Stone Town. You can take a safari plane direct from the Mara or fly via Dar es Salaam.
9. Cruising in west California + hula in Hawaii, USA
West Cali's rugged coastline, cool cities, and fantastic national parks make it a top choice for road-tripping honeymooners. Depending on where your interests lie, you can fill a few days with designer shopping in Beverly Hills, whale watching in San Diego or maybe a Sideways-style wine tasting trip through Napa Valley.
Consider pairing West Cali with a trip to Hawaii - the home of 'hula', surfing, and Polynesian culture - which you can reach from LA in around five hours. Enjoy incredible volcanic scenery, stunning beaches, delicious Poke, and a mai tai or two to toast your honeymoon.
10. Street food in Toronto, Canada + culturing in New York, USA
If cities do it for you, consider a twin centre honeymoon to Toronto and New York. The flight to Toronto from the UK is around eight hours and, once you're there, you'll have craft breweries, St Lawrence Market (foodie heaven), and a world class theatre district all on your doorstep. If you do want to explore Ontario's natural wonders, the wildlife-packed Algonquin National Park is a three hour drive away, and you're a stone's throw from Niagara Falls.
The flight from Toronto to New York is around 90 minutes, and you can easily spend a few days here ticking off the most famous sites and museums. Alternatively, go beyond Manhattan to explore the Greek restaurants of Queens or Yankee Stadium in The Bronx.
Read more: 10 dos & don'ts of planning the perfect honeymoon | Top 15 long haul honeymoon destinations
If a twin centre honeymoon sounds like your kind of romantic break with a difference, check out our stopovers page for more information on airlines that offer specific deals and packages on long haul flights. You can also use our honeymoon finder to search for other destinations based on your preferred weather. Lastly, head to our travel deals section for the very latest offers on flights, holidays, hotels and more. There are so many ways to honeymoon, so make sure you do it your way in 2018/2019.
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