Sri Lanka tops the list of world’s hidden-gem locations for perfect romantic honeymoons


Glamour and luxury-lifestyle website Coveteur is spotlighting Sri Lanka as one of the top places for a perfect romantic honeymoon.

A piece by staff writer Gabby Lester-Coll asks: “Where do you start? How do you choose a location, or a hotel? Plan an itinerary, and make it as dreamy and ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ as humanly possible?”

To find out, she chatted with “the man who knows exactly how to make that happen: Tom Marchant, co-founder of Black Tomato, the luxury travel company that specializes in planning the honeymoon you didn’t even realize you had been dreaming of your entire life”.

She asks: “What are some of the best hidden gems around the world to honeymoon to?”, and Sri Lanka tops the list for “off-the-beaten-track adventures, extraordinary flora and fauna, riveting cultural offerings, and coastal spots that are great for surfing and chilling out”.

Says Tom: “Sri Lanka is a destination perfect for honeymoons with diverse landscapes, adventurous activities, vibrant new hotels, and intriguing food & bev scenes.

“Try an overnight trek to Adams Peak in the Tea Country, safari through Yala National Park to check out leopards and blue whales, and head to the white beaches of Tangalle or the Maldives for some uninterrupted beach time.”

He also has some sage advice and three rules to planning a perfect honeymoon:

Start with a blank slate: “Our first recommendation is to drop every preconceived notion of what a honeymoon should be. We recommend couples think first and foremost about what they want to get out of their honeymoon, to really reflect and seek out the emotional elements of an experience before picking the destination.”

Be realistic: “As the buildup to the wedding can be an exhausting time for couples, try beginning your trip with relaxing elements like the beach or a spa stay, and then embark on the more adventurous or experience-based part of the trip.”

Get help from the pros: “Work with an operator who can intuit which destinations, activities, and accommodations suit your needs and budget—a lot of hotels offer activities to suit a range of interests, such as in the Maldives, where some have access to amazing spas and yoga facilities as well as heli-surfing and diving schools.”

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