If a honeymoon is meant to be a celebration of love in an intimate,secluded, and most importantly, beautiful setting, then Istanbul and the Maldives are the world’s best places for all these things. There are endless ways to let the magic dazzle you on your holiday as a couple.
Spend sunny days and food-and-music-filled nights in a peaceful oasis and Ottoman landmark in the heart of Istanbul’s historic centre.
Have a dinner under the stars with the occasional flicker of candle light, a daring getaway to a nearby uninhabited island all by yourselves for the whole day, or enjoy the endless turquoise waters of Maldives.
Day 2 – 4 Istanbul
Spend 3 days in Istanbul.
One of the most romantic things to do in Istanbul is definitely being on the water. A good idea is being on a boat before the sunset and experience all the changes in the sky and watch the bridges and mosques as they light up. A glass of champagne would complete the moment really nicely.
Another one is taking the ferry to the Prince Islands and spending the day walking around the island. For sunset, climb up to the Aya Yorgi hill and feel as if the day is ending in the Aegean sea.
If you think that sea alone is enough for romanticism, then the Bosphorus is the best choice for you. Along its long coast, there are many places to drink and eat. You can walk by the sea with your partner and get away from the noise of the city.
Day 5 – 11 Maldives
Days to relax .
With romantic thatched-roof bungalows and private beaches dotting the islands, the Maldives have earned a place in the honeymoon hall of fame.
Top off that romantic day with a well-lighted submersion in the ocean. Descends into the blue for a 45-minute peek at everything from sharks to shipwrecks.
You could also chose to parasail, kayak, kite-surf and jet-ski whether you want to spend the day snorkeling and meeting glances with wide-eyed fish, or feeling the wind in your hair on a windsurfer or catamaran.
Or just lying on a deserted beach of a Maldivian island, taking in nothing but the continuous rhythm of the waves, the sea salt in the air and feeling the soft white sand on your bare feet is enough to sooth your senses.
The ultimate romantic experience to remember forever is breakfast, lunch, a picnic, or a leisurely dinner on the sandbank.
It may not be the official capital of Turkey (that honor belongs to Ankara), but Istanbul is undoubtedly the country’s epicenter. The vibrant city, which straddles two continents—the majestic Bosphorus bisects it to place half in Europe, the other in Asia—artfully blends old and new. Ornate mementos from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras remain visible at every corner, coexisting with the modern additions. Most importantly, Istanbul is undeniably romantic: With the classic appeal of Paris and the exotic lure of Marrakesh, it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.
It’s possible to visit Istanbul at any time of the year, although the optimum times are during the spring and autumn months as the city is a pleasant temperature and the major sites are less crowded. Summers in Istanbul can be very hot while winters are usually rainy and quite cold with occasional snowfalls.
The Maldives, a group of about 1,200 islands, separated into a series of coral atolls, is just north of the Equator in the Indian Ocean. Only 200 of the islands are inhabited. Many of these tropical atolls and islands are simply gorgeous, with swaying palms, white sandy beaches and deep-blue lagoons; none of the islands rise higher than 7.8 ft. above sea level.
Aside from making the water bungalow rock on your honeymoon, the primary activity on the Maldives is scuba diving. The atolls are all coral reefs hundreds of kilometers away from any major landmass, meaning that water clarity is excellent and underwater life is abundant. Manta rays, sharks, even a few wrecks, you name it, you can find it in the Maldives.
The Maldives is becoming an increasingly popular surfing destination. Turquoise water and perfect waves makes it an ideal and uncrowded destination for surfers looking for smooth surfing conditions.
The best period for surfing in the Maldives is between March and October; the biggest waves occurring in June, July and August. This paradise is exposed to the same swells as Indonesia is, except that its higher latitude and its South-East exposure offers cooler and less hardcore surfing. The recent O’Neil Deep Blue Contests held in the Maldives has placed Maldives firmly on the world’s surf map. While most of the recognized surf breaks are in Male’ Atoll, there is certainly more to be discovered.