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Ten of the best honeymoon islands
  • This paradise island is part of French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean, and its over-water bungalows, azure-blue sea and rich culture have long been attracting hordes of honeymooners. From watersports (jetboating, snorkelling, waterskiing), and adventure (4x4 safaris, shark and ray feeding, hiking) to relaxation (private lagoon tours, massages, sunset cruises) and culture (local art galleries, Tahitian dancing), this island's got it all.
    Best time to go: May to October. Visit boraboraisland.com
  • Coral reefs, tropical beaches, endless sunshine – it's not hard to see why the Whitsundays , a collection of 74 islands in the Great Barrier Reef just off Queensland, has honeymooners going weak at the knees. Hamilton Island is the most popular holiday choice, where you can indulge in watersports of every form, tour the beautiful lush green forests flanking the soft white sands, enjoy the new golf and yacht clubs, or take part in one of the many events, from half marathons, to celebrity chef masterclasses and photography workshops. The best bit? There's accommodation for every budget, from three-star hotels, to all-out luxury.
    Best time to go: September to May. Visit whitsundaysaustralia.com
  • Want unadulterated relaxation? You'll find it hard to beat the serenity and paradise of the Maldivian islands, set in the Indian Ocean south west of Sri Lanka. Of its 1,190 coral reef islands, 44 are now luxurious holiday resorts, so there's plenty to choose from! There are 26 atolls (groups of neighbouring coral islands), of which the Male' Atoll is one of the largest. Here you'll find accommodation of varying price points, from the three-star Asdu Sun Island, to the plush Huvafen Fushi or Four Seasons. Adventure seekers be warned: this is a holiday for sun-worshippers and laidback-lazing.
    Best time to go: November to April. Visit themaldives.com
  • Located in the South Pacific 2000km north of New Zealand, Fiji – a collection of 330 islands – is a do-it-all or nothing-at-all honeymoon hotspot! There's all the usual relaxing rituals (exclusive resorts offering unwinding massages and luxury facilities), but Fiji is so much more. Immerse yourself in the unique culture and history: see local ladies creating mats, masi (tapa) hats, fans and baskets from natural materials; see pottery made the traditional way or attend a talanoa (storytelling) session about history, legends and traditional local medicines; and attend the mekes (traditional song and dance). Go white water rafting and diving, take in a cruise, trek the National Parks, or even take the only hot air balloon ride in the South Pacific. Fiji really has got it all.
    Best time to go: March to November. Visit fijime.com.
  • An upmarket Mediterranean island just off the coast of the south of France, Corsica is a well-to-do destination. As well as the all-important 's' activities – sunbathing, surfing, swimming, snorkelling – you can also go hiking in the beautiful surrounding mountains, or visit the old towns and ports , like Bastia and Ajaccio - for a culture burst.
    Best time to go: May to September. Visit corsicatravelguide.com
  • Greece has a host of beautiful islands, but Santorini remains one of the most enduringly popular. Why? Its stunning landscape. Thousands of people flock here to see the submerged 'caldera', the volcano crater, which sits in the middle of a 32-mile basin of water, where you can swim in hot springs. Around the basin, sitting high up in the cliffs, you can see some of the most stunning traditional villages in Greece (think small white houses with blue shutters on narrow paved streets). Whether you want to visit museums, eat mouthwatering Greek fare at traditional tavernas, or sunbathe poolside while soaking up the view, Santorini's a honeymoon heaven. But beach-lovers take note, the sand here is black, so probably not for you.
    Best time to go: April to September. Visit santorini-island.biz
  • Thanks to their white sandy beaches, lush forests, volcanoes and rich cultural history, all of Hawaii's islands – Maui, Kauai, Big Island, Lanai, Molokai, and Oahu – would make fabulous honeymoon spots. But Kauai offers some of the best beaches and whale and dolphin-spotting opportunities in Hawaii. You can also check out fab views of the Makaleha Mountains at Opaekaa Falls, visit Kappa Town to pick up native crafts and jewellery, or head to Poipu Point to enjoy secret, secluded beaches. Need more? There's also magical waterfalls, horseriding trails, picturesque villages, brilliant surfing and luxury resorts. Perfect. If you're looking for a bit of after-dark dancing, Maui might be more up your honeymoon street. Or choose Oahu's Waikiki Beach if you're real surfing nuts.
    Best time to go: May to October. Visit honeymoonersreviewguide.com
  • As it has some of the most luxurious resorts in Thailand (Sarojin, Banyan Tree, Amanpuri, Aleenta), Phuket is widely thought of as the country's top honeymoon getaways. Don't be put off by its development (yes, there is a MacDonald's here), there's still some beautiful peaceful beaches, romantic seafood restaurants, and protected nature areas. If you want to avoid the partying, head away from Patong Beach towards the north of the island, where you'll find pineapple plantation, deserted beaches and rural villages.
    Best time to go: November to March. Visit phuket.com
  • When it comes to the Caribbean, your simply spoilt for honeymoon choice. In fact, it's a feature all on its own. You could choose from Anguilla, the Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos and more. But we're in love with the Antigua, where you'll find some of the friendliest people and softest white-sand beaches in the world. You can choose from fabulous all-inclusive resorts (Curtain Bluff), to modern, cool (Carlisle Bay), and private island world-class wow-factor (Jumby Bay).
    Best time to go: December to April. Visit antigua-barbuda.org
  • If you've recently won the lottery, the private Fregate Island – part of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean – is where you should be jetsetting. The last word in luxury, celebrities like Salma Hayek and her hubby Francois Henri-Pinault, and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston enjoyed a honeymoon in this tropical paradise, which features only 16 villas with seven dreamy beaches.
    Best time to go: November to March. Visit fregate.com