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Hidden Gem Honeymoon Destinations for 2023

Discover some of the best hidden gems for honeymoon destinations. Explore the many options and book a dream location for your 2023 trip.

By Enrique Aguilar

Want to make your honeymoon an unforgettable experience? Perhaps you and your partner want to unwind at a private beach or discover a local town, hidden from all the tourists. I mean, the purpose of a honeymoon is to get away from any distractions and just focus on this new chapter of your lives. In many ways, booking a honeymoon destination can be a bit challenging, particularly when it comes to settling on a location. 

Not to worry, we got you covered! We’re here to share some of our underrated honeymoon destinations that you can explore in 2023. Discover romantic getaway locations that include hidden tropical beaches and one-of-a-kind private villas. Even if these destinations may be out of the way or hidden in plain sight, you’ll find they all offer something special that will make your honeymoon memorable.

2023 Best Hidden Gem Honeymoon Destinations

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

birds eye view of pool surrounded by trees

Photo Credit: Nayara Gardens

The first of our recommended nontraditional honeymoon destinations is Costa Rica, home to untouched jungles, comida deliciosa, and some of the best surf spots in the world. Along with their laid back culture, you'll find this is the ideal destination for adventure seekers looking to truly escape and be free.

Where to stay: Nayara Gardens

Enjoy the privacy of your own garden among the untouched jungle while staying at Nayara Gardens. Hear birds sing as you awake to sunny blue skies. Some highlights of this Costa Rican resort include their romantic multi-course dinner meant to enlighten your taste buds. You can also explore the pool bar and sip on some tasty tropical cocktails. 

After that, relax in one of their hammocks as the gentle breeze gently rocks you for a midday siesta. You can stay in one of their signature casitas or book a lovely rainforest pool villa, equipped with a private plunge pool and rain shower. This undiscovered paradise will check off everything you can ask for a honeymoon getaway.

Montpellier, France

waterfront monument

Montpellier is one of our top underrated honeymoon locations, offering:

  • Magnificent architecture
  • Exciting local activities
  • A vibrant atmosphere

Walk down their famous medieval alleyways and discover hidden boutiques and restaurants. You can also find a selection of French museums, such as La Panacée, that offer eye-catching exhibits.

Where to stay: Hôtel Richer de Belleval

Enhance your honeymoon to the fullest when booking a stay at this gorgeous boutique hotel. They offer expansive suites with stunning decor that are perfect to relax in. Once you and your partner are ready to grab a bite, head over to Jardin des Sens for an exquisite culinary experience. 

Taste the delightful French flavors that Chef’s Jacques & Laurent Pourcel have so thoughtfully created. For a fun activity, rent a couple bikes and explore the city’s historic streets as you soak up the breathtaking views.

Mt. Fuji, Japan

waterfront villa with view of mount fiji

For a more peaceful retreat, think about booking a stay near Mt. Fuji. As you stroll through the surrounding town, you’ll find many local shops and small diners ready to serve you up delicious traditional Japanese meals. If you decide to stay by the famous Lake Kawaguchi, you can opt in for a sightseeing boat tour and get an up close look at Mt. Fuji.

Where to stay: Kukuna Resort

Get a taste of luxury as you dive into your private onsen, paired with a lovely view of Mt. Fuji. Kukuna offers multiple suites with breathtaking views and luxurious amenities. For dinner, make a reservation and get served by traditional Japanese chefs in a Teppanyaki style experience. 

Their wide selection of food reflects each season and blends both Japanese and Western flavors beautifully. As Japan has now recently opened their borders, we predict this hidden gem won’t stay hidden for much longer. If you’re already thinking about making plans for your honeymoon, get started on adding this stay to your honeymoon registry.


mountainside lake homes surrounded by trees
Photo Credit: Unsplash

Honeymooning in Portugal is a great choice for couples that enjoy adventure. Whether you book a tour at an ancient castle or visit the beloved wine country, there is so much to admire about this charming destination.

Where to stay: Six Senses Douro Valley

Set your sights on this beautiful 19th-century manor house, situated on a high hill overlooking the Douro Valley. Boasting impressive views, you’ll be inspired to romanticize every part of your honeymoon trip. When it comes to activities, there is something for everyone here, including: 

  • Culinary workshops 
  • Kayaking 
  • Tree climbing 
  • Tile painting 

The tranquility of Portugal is yours to enjoy at this one-of-a-kind manor estate.

Verona, Italy

city view during sunset

For centuries, we’ve come to know Romeo and Juliet as one of the most timeless love stories. Get a chance to immerse yourself in the story's origin city, Verona. The ‘city of love’ is famous for its many cultural attractions and delicious Italian cuisine. It is the ultimate destination for couples who have a taste for classical romance and an appetite for adventure.

Where to stay: Villa Cordevigo

Centered in the rolling hills of Cavaion, you’ll find this incredible villa minutes away from Verona and Lake Garda. This mansion has great features, such as a:

  • Contemporary spa
  • Gourmet restaurant
  • Lovely wine estate 

An ideal location for a relaxing stay and a chance to experience Italian culture. Set to open their reservations starting in March, this is the perfect time to book a stay at their very coveted honeymoon suite, which treats you with a large space, hydromassage bath, and luxurious decor.

Begin Planning Your Honeymoon Getaway

Now is the perfect time to start planning your honeymoon vacation. Begin narrowing down your ideal destination and the activities you and your partner most want to do. This way, you won't have to worry about missing out on anything during your trip. If you want to make sure you get the perfect trip to one of these uncommon honeymoon destinations, create your personalized honeymoon registry today!

Ready to start planning your trip? When you book with Celebration Wishes Travel you can rest assured that every single detail of your trip will be handled with care. Fill out our interest form to learn more today!

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