Still figuring out where to go for your honeymoon this holiday season? We present you with six vacation ideas here and within Asia to celebrate your new union.
Longing to cozy up with your hubby in someplace warm? Book a trip to Bohol.
Bohol is the 10th largest island in the Philippines, and a favorite destination among eco-tourists and honeymooners. Tour around the mainland island and have your photos taken at historical spots such as the Baclayon Church and the Blood Compact site. You may also have lunch aboard a floating restaurant along the Loboc River, take in views of the famed Chocolate Hills, and search for the camera-shy tarsiers. If you're beach lovers, you may go island hopping around Panglao Island, dolphin watching at Pamilacan Island, or snorkeling and diving at Balicasag Island.
Slow things down and warm things up with your honey at your resort of choice; enjoy each other's company and simply lose track of time.
For accommodations and sample itineraries for your trip, visit TravelBook.ph.
2. Lake Pinatubo
Searching for a quick (and relatively easy) eco-adventure? Visit Lake Pinatubo.
A ride in a four-wheel vehicle and a couple hours of trekking will lead you to Mt. Pinatubo's famed crater lake. There, amidst a wide area of sandy grays and the occasional patches of green lies Lake Pinatubo, a hidden yet breathtaking attraction.
Now is the best time to visit, as it is a fairly dry season and the sun's rays are not as harsh. Note too that Pinatubo's caldera is gradually eroding; very soon the lake's walls may collapse and the lake may no longer exist.
After taking in the beauty of Lake Pinatubo, massage your sore muscles at the nearby spa that uses volcanic ash, or take a drive further up north and stay in nearby provinces' resorts or hotels.
3. La Union
Wishing to maximize your honeymoon but can't spend too many hours or days traveling? Take a mini-moon in La Union instead!
La Union is famous for it's surf spots, but it's also a haven for those who want to unwind. A quick plane ride to San Fernando, La Union will bring you to Thunderbird Resorts-Poro Point, where you can make like marooned honeymooners at this resort inspired by the Greek island of Santorini. Be taken away by the views of the South China Sea, and be spoiled with the amenities of the only five-star hotel in the north. Special holiday lunch and dinner feasts are prepared for you at their Olives Restaurant, Patio Santorini and at the Vegas Café and Cabana Bar.
Thunderbird Resorts-Poro Point has holiday promos awaiting you. You can get in touch with them by viewing their directory listing here.
4. Hong Kong
Eager to spend some of that wedding gift money you received? Fly to Hong Kong.
Once you've had your fill of buying stocking stuffers at the mall stores that are on "winter sale," stuff yourselves by sampling winter feasts prepared by participating restaurants. After that, head off to Central and be dazzled with the Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree. It's over 30 meters high and was made with more than 20 million pieces of Swarovski crystals. At night, over 200 pieces of the 2010 edition Christmas ornaments project interactive lighting effects.
You may also join the New Year Countdown Party at Victoria Harbour, and watch the pyrotechnics display from the major buildings along Hong Kong Island.
For a complete listing of Hong Kong's events and promos for the season, check out Discover Hong Kong's site.
5. Harbin, China
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Head to Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China.
This "Ice City" of northeastern China is famous for its winter activities like the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. The 27th festival will begin on January 5, 2011, and will last for about a month.
Harbin is also referred to as the Oriental St. Petersburg. Since the city was the terminus of Russia's Middle East Railway in the 19th century, many Russian and European influences remain. While at Harbin, visit the St. Sofia Orthodox Church and walk through its Central Street (Zhong Yang Street) for a sampling of the city's east-west cuisine.
All bundled up and ready to go? There are flights to Harbin from key cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
6. Star Cruises Asian Cruise
Craving to tour South East Asia in style? Go on an Asian cruise.
Star Cruises can take you to seven countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) in Asia. Your chosen cruise can even have as many as 12 port destinations in between.
Aside from getting to visit the lovely destinations, you're in for a treat with the cruise's on-board activities such as White Christmas (with real snow!), dance classes, and themed night parties (such as Wild West, Hawaiian, Pirates).
Begin your unforgettable journey at the following embarkation ports: Hong Kong; Penang, Malaysia; Singapore; and Keelung or Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Also, as befitting your special time as newlyweds, you may want to splurge on Star Cruises' Balcony Class, which includes six meals a day; complimentary use of the sauna, steam rooms, and Aquaswim facilities; and premium seating during dinner and shows.
Check out Star Cruises' website for this holiday's itineraries and tariff rates.