Honeymoon hotspots for 2014

Honeymoon destinations for 2014Pic: Corbis

A honeymoon is not just a holiday. It's a chance to take those first steps into married life at a location that's not only romantic but a once-in-a-lifetime destination.

If you're planning on getting hitched this year, these are some of the top destinations for 2014 newlyweds.

The Far East is another world for most Europeans, and while Japan may not be your first thought for a romantic destination, it offers everything from stunning romantic beaches and forest-clad mountains to bustling cities and rich culture. Tokyo is an unmissable hotspot, with its hectic shopping districts, sightseeing in the form of stunning formal gardens, temples and shrines, and busy nightlife. After all the hustle and bustle of the capital, head to the Okinawa islands to relax and enjoy a spot of snorkelling.

New Zealand
Its beautiful countryside was made world famous by the Lord of the Rings films, and with volcanoes, rainforests and beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, the scenery certainly makes New Zealand a top class honeymoon destination. But NZ is known not just for its dramatic scenery - it is an adrenaline junkie's paradise, with white water rafting, snowboard, surfing, abseiling and bungee jumping just a few of the extreme sports on offer.

Cappadocia, Turkey
Flagged up by the Lonely Planet as one of this year's top locations for honeymooners, the bizarre, natural phenomena of the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia in Turkey are an unforgettable sight. The jagged rocks that litter the landscape can be explored on foot or with the help of a hire car, or for a truly romantic experience, book a dawn balloon ride over the stunning landscape, or climb the Uchisar Castle for a view to die for.

From the 1950s cars and atmospheric bars with their bands of musicians to the white sands and crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, Cuba has long been a popular tourist destination. And the island is perfect for newlyweds too, who can spend their days exploring the sights and sounds of Havanna or enjoying lazy days on the beach, before soaking up the salsa, cigars and sounds of the buzzing nightlife.

Cook Islands
If it's the desert island getaway atmosphere you're after for your honeymoon, the Cook Islands is hard to beat. A tropical paradise of white sands, palm trees, coral reefs and lagoons, these South Pacific islands are guaranteed to take you far away from all that pre-wedding stress. Snorkelling, sunshine and dinner on the beach are the order of the day, and a traditional Polynesian beachfront bungalow is one of the best places to wake up.

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