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7 Amazing Islands To Celebrate Your Honeymoon

7 Amazing Islands To Celebrate Your Honeymoon

There is no doubt that a honeymoon is one of the most special times in a person’s life. For every newly married couple, this is the time to celebrate their love and embark on a meaningful journey together. Honeymoon destinations can be exotic and romantic, so couples will enjoy and remember them for a lifetime. The places listed in this article are all islands, so if you are beach-type of person, then you should seriously consider one of these places for your romantic getaway.

1. Bali

Bali is an Indonesian volcanic island with beautiful white-sand beaches, stunning sights, incredible buildings, culture, art, and performances. Couples could choose to partake in a Balinese massage, a perfect way to pamper and relax. Bali has many spas to visit that offer a range of treatments and yoga. If you enjoy water-slides and rapids to relax and cool down from the heat, you could visit a water park such as the Waterbom Bali. You can go scuba-diving or snorkeling in Labuhan Lalang. The Sekumpul Waterfalls in Singaraja are a beautiful picturesque place to visit. If you’re an animal lover, there’s the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud with over 600 Balinese macaques; Ubud is also known for its Hanging Gardens. Bali has tropical jungles, exotic wildlife, green pools, spacious white-sand beaches, and magnolia trees. You will often find yourself entertained by dancers and musicians.

2. Mauritius

Mauritius, based in Africa, is a beautiful location. Its capital is Port Louis, which has a stunning waterfront harbor and a bustling market with a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, and spices. It’s possible to view Port Louis from the Citadel—an old-fort—or from the church of Marie Reine de la Paix located at Signal Mountain—both give stunning high-up views over Port Louis, with hills on one side and the sea on the other. If scuba-diving is of interest, then Flic-en-Flac is a popular destination. Other water sports such as surfing, snorkeling, glass-bottom boats, watching whales or dolphins, parasailing, submarine trips, and kitesurfing are also available in Mauritius.

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If you’re looking for a more peaceful destination, then you could choose Trou aux Biches, a small non-commercialized town on the north coast of Mauritius that used to be a fishing-village; it has a 2km white-sand beach that is shaded by trees. If you enjoy deep-sea fishing, then Riviere Noire is a perfect location for that. Chamarel is worth a visit to see the stunning view of the Seven Colored Earths (Terres de 7 Couleurs), which is surrounded by tropical forests and has an 83-meter-high waterfall; it’s also near the Black River Gorges National Park. Mauritius has white coral sand beaches (to the north), lagoons (to the east), and is surrounded by mountains.

If Bali or Mauritius doesn’t sound right for your honeymoon, don’t worry: the next five islands on this list are also magnificent.

3. The Cayman Islands

There are three Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman)—the sea surrounding the islands is beautifully clear, which means that honeymoon couples can go diving and see a wealth of underwater marine creatures, including turtles and tropical fish. Seven Mile Beach at George Town (actually only 5.5 miles) has beautiful white sand and is non-touristy. Stingray City is a location where you can swim among, hold, and even feed stingrays; you’ll also get the opportunity to see coral gardens and the Barrier Reef. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, as well as having an array of beautiful plants and flowers, has parrots, other birds, and a conservation area for blue iguanas. Little Cayman is very tranquil and peaceful; the native iguanas outnumber the 150 residents. The Cayman Islands has many incredible restaurants for a wonderful romantic meal for two. In Grand Cayman, you can treat yourselves to a lovely massage and spa visit. You could also take an excursion into a tropical rain forest. Cayman Brac has 170 caves, and you will see fruit bats, herons, and green parrots there.

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4. Hawaii

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii has a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for relaxing after your wedding. Guava fruit grows on trees near the beach. Haleakala National Park is worth a visit to see endangered species, volcanic landscapes and rain forests. You can see the vibrant emerald river valleys in Kaua’i and vividly colored coral reefs. Hawaii has an abundance of stunning waterfalls, volcanoes, and ancient lava flows. Hawaii is a photographer’s paradise, for all the beautiful diverse scenic backdrops there, just waiting to make some lasting memories.

Hawaii is ideal for surfing, with its big waves, as well as for kayaking, outrigger canoeing, swimming close to manta rays and turtles, snorkeling, whale-watching or seeing the spinner dolphins, diving, sunbathing, and fishing. You could pick up a homemade ice cream with delicious flavors of macadamia nut or Kona coffee. If you visit Hawaii in July, there’s a Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival with steel drums, ukuleles, guitars, and singing. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, a farmer’s market takes place in Hanalei, a beautiful environment surrounded by mountains, where you can buy organic produce, such as feta cheese and frozen chocolate bananas; you may also purchase local arts and crafts. Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens is worth visiting to see monkeys, sloths, parrots, reptiles, and a white Bengal tiger. What could be more romantic for a honeymoon couple than watching a sunset or sunrise in Hawaii?

5. Santorini

Santorini in Greece is a beautiful volcanic island. It is famous for its many white villas with colored roofs on the cliff tops, which give it a picturesque backdrop. Santorini is on the edge of the beautiful blue Aegean Sea. The beaches contain striking red sand at Akrotiri and black volcanic sand at Perissa and Kamari. Also at Kamari are Greek ruins and an open-air cinema, which can make a lovely romantic date night. Ancient sites, such as the Bronze Age settlement called Akrotiri, which also goes by the name of the Minoan Pompeii, is a stunning place to visit for anyone with an interest in archaeology.

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Santorini is a beautiful place to go for cliff-top walks. If you enjoy wine, you could visit a winery and tantalize your palate with some wine tasting. Santorini has a giant lagoon in the Cyclades island group, approximately 12km by 7km. With high cliffs surrounding it, the lagoon acts as a harbor and port, and has a new marina. There’s a hilltop village of Oia. Santorini has many wonderful restaurants, and for a young-at-heart couple who also want to enjoy some nightlife, it can make the perfect honeymoon destination.

6. Seychelles

The Seychelles are a group of more than a hundred islands. They’re based in the Indian Ocean and have palm trees, secluded white-sand beaches of Beau Vallon on Mahé or Anse Lazio on Praslin, lagoons, and a turquoise sea. Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue has very vivid pink sand and is a beautiful beach, containing boulders too. Wildlife is abundant, including turtles, tortoises, and birds. The coral reefs in the Seychelles have so much marine life to see, with beautiful brightly colored fish and a variety of corals. North Island is three kilometers long and contains just 11 villas for guests; it’s a very private and exclusive retreat that has been used by royalty. North Island has been especially stocked with endangered plant species to conserve them.

The Seychelles has private islands, such as Fregate with treetop dining and Denis Island, where it is possible to go diving and snorkeling with sea turtles. Morne Seychellois National Park is worth visiting in Mahé, especially if you’re a keen walker. If nature and wildlife interest you, the Vallee de Mai has the rare coco de mer palm (which produces a fruit that looks like a double-joined coconut) and is a well-known site for such birds as the bulbul, the blue pigeon, the endangered black parrot, and the Seychelles warbler.

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7. Maldives

The Maldives are a perfect location, with warm water to go scuba-diving, snorkeling, waterskiing, jet skiing, parasailing, paragliding, or you may choose to go on one of the many boat tours. Beautiful white-sand beaches make a lovely place to go for a romantic stroll hand-in-hand, such as at Veligandu Island Beach or Alimatha Island; or in the evening you could visit the bioluminescent beach, which looks as though the sea is filled with tiny blue lights. You could relax with yoga and Pilates. The Maldives has a huge selection of spas, where you could have a romantic massage.

You could decide to visit the National Museum to soak up some Maldivian culture and see items from royalty of the past. clothing, statues, Buddha statues, and engravings. The Maldives has over 1,000 mosques to visit; the mosque in Hulhumale is striking, with its huge gold dome. Local markets in Malé sell fish, fruit, and vegetables. At various reefs you can see amazing sea life with schools of tropical fish, manta rays, and turtles: the Banana Reef at the North Malé Atoll, Manta Point, and HP Reef. If you’re daring you could go diving with sharks, such as the hammerhead sharks or a whale shark.

After you choose your destination, the next step is to do some planning for a memorable honeymoon and begin your romantic journey.

Featured photo credit: tigertravel via pixabay.com

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How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

1. The Inner Critic

This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

  • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

2. The Worrier

This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

4. The Sleep Depriver

This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

How can you control these squatters?

How to Master Your Mind

You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

There are two ways to control your thoughts:

  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

For the Inner Critic

When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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“Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

  • They rile up the Worrier.
  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

For the Worrier

Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tense

Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

“Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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For example:

If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

“I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

“Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tension

I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

Breathe in through your nose:

  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
  • Focus on your belly rising.

Breathe out through your nose:

  • Feel your lungs emptying.
  • Focus on your belly falling.
  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

For the Sleep Depriver

(They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
  2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

You can also use this technique any time you want to:

  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
  • Shut down your thinking.
  • Calm your feelings.
  • Simply focus on the present moment. 

The Bottom Line

Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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