With the increasing number of gay weddings and civil unions across the globe, gay and lesbian couples are looking for romantic holiday destinations to spend their honeymoon. The gay travel market is starting to cater more and more for gay honeymooners and it is getting easier for gay couples to find places to visit.
We have created a list of the best gay travel destinations for gay couples to spend their honeymoons. The gay friendly destinations are listed by month to make it easier for you to see which places would be best to visit at times which work well with the date of your gay wedding ceremony.
Maldives are the perfect destination to visit in January and have been a popular location for honeymooners for a long time. However homosexual sex is illegal. So gay honeymooners visiting the resort will find that when doing so they will have to do so incognito.
For gay couples looking to honeymoon in January instead take a look at Cape Town, South Africa. The weather will be perfect and you will find a warm welcome for gay and lesbian newly weds. Gay visitors to Cape Town will find much to see and do in this exciting destination. The destination has wonderful beaches, a vibrant gay nightlife scene and vineyards for you to visit and sample a glass or two at. Gay travelers will find Cape Town to be a modern and cosmopolitan city. It is the premiere destination in South Africa for gay travelers, a must visit destination.
Gay travelers should check out the Glen Boutique, a premiere boutique hotel in a the tropical paradise of Cape Town. This 4 star gay hotel offers fifteen individually styled en-suite rooms, with a balcony or garden terrace offering views of the sea or the mountains. The hotel also has a Spa on site, here you can choose to pamper each other or keep in shape. Relax in the Moroccan style steam room or the traditional Swedish sauna, take a dip in the jacuzzi or splash around in the outdoor pool. For those looking to keep active, you can use the nearby Virgin Active gym, which is available to guests of this gay hotel.
Sun is not always the order of the day, even for a honeymoon. Gay travelers who would like to take to the slopes should check out Whistler in Canada. The resort has dedicated gay ski weeks each year, which highlights it welcoming nature to gay and lesbian tourists. Whistler in British Columbia is a popular ski resort with over 7000 acres of terrain for you and your partner to ski. Here you will find more than 200 runs to enjoy.
Accommodation wise the Sundial Boutique hotel is a great choice for gay honeymooners, situated in the hear of the Whistler village resort you will find this 49 suite hotel is ready and waiting to welcome you. The hotel is just moments away from both the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas, a superb location for gay ski fans. They pride themselves on the personal service they offer, all year round. Inside the hotel you will find roomy one or two bedroom suites with full kitchens at hand, lounge areas and fireplaces for newly weds to warm each other up in front of.
After an exhilarating day on the slopes, enjoy fantastic mountain views from the Sundial’s rooftop hot tub or – better yet! – soak in one of the eight private hot tub suites. Dine in one of the Sundial’s four on-site restaurants or explore the shops, restaurants, and non-stop action of Whistler Village, just outside your door. Whilst staying at the hotel don’t forget to check out the rooftop hot tub, an ideal spot after a day on the slopes.
San Jose in Costa Rica has a great reputation for welcoming gay and lesbian travelers and March is a great time to explore this. This Central American paradise has a great deal to offer gay and lesbian honeymooners. San Jose is the most visible gay and lesbian destination in the country of Costa Rica, and visitor will find it a perfect base to explore the whole country. San Jose has a wealth of gay and lesbian clubs and bars for newly wed gay couples to explore along with a number of great restaurants for you to enjoy.
Staying in San Jose gay couples will find many gay hotels and gay friendly hotels to choose from. The Colours Oasis Resort offers an perfect home for gay travelers, and as they describe themselves this place is indeed a hidden gem. When approaching the hotel it is hard to imagine the oasis that lies beyond the walls is this wonderful gay and lesbian resort. This boutique hotel has everything a newly wed gay couple could want, the terrace is a sun trap and the pool is heated by solar panels and you will also find a hot tub for you to enjoy in its own secluded spot. The resort has its own bar and a restaurant on site, you will also find a mini gym (with the emphasis on mini, but who wants to workout when on honeymoon?).
What could be more romantic than April in Paris, walking hand in hand with your partner through the historic and picturesque streets of the French capital. Gay couples will find the weather starting to get warm in Paris at this time of year, and better still wont find it over crowded with tourist form all over the world who flock to the romantic destination. Gay newly weds will find plenty to see and do in Paris, whether you like art (modern or classical), great food or romantic walks along the Seine.
A short taxi ride (or walk) from the Eurostar terminal you will find the Kube hotel, the perfect accommodation for gay or lesbian newlyweds who want to be at the heart of the action. Check in via the glass ‘Kube’ in the hotels courtyard, once inside you will find a bar/ restaurant are which looks like its robbed a Muppet of its skin. Upstairs the hotel has its own Ice Bar, an great place to either start of finish you evening. The rooms in the hotel are beautifully set out, with every detail catered for. The bathrooms are open to the room, giving you lots of opportunity for naughtiness with your new partner.
Venice competes with Paris to be the ultimate romantic destination in Europe, and gay travelers will no doubt have one they like most. Venice is a great city for a newly wed gay couple to visit, take a Gondola ride on the canals and be amazed at the architecture of this magical place. If the water isn’t your thing, then I may politely suggest you go somewhere else. For those who visit and feel they want to give the water a miss for a while, then wander on foot through the tiny streets of Venice. Stop off at a local restaurant, or pay the hiked up tourist prices on St Marks Square – what better way to say I love you than with a drink four times the price of anywhere else in Venice.
For gay travelers choosing to honeymoon in Venice check out the Bauer Palladio Hotel, housed in a 16th century Renaissance palace, this place has romance written all over it! The hotel is situated on Giudecca Island just 800 meters from the Bridge of Sighs, another great romantic location in Venice. The hotel offers gay honeymooners wonderful accommodation and spa, where you can relax away from the tourist crowds that seem to always be around in Venice.
Although the saying is ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’, this is not just a resort for single hedonists. Gay and lesbian newly married couples will find plenty to amuse and entertain themselves in this party central. Las Vegas has obvious attractions for those who love to gamble, but don’t be fooled into thinking that is all it has to offer. Gay and lesbian couples will find a whole host of shows to entertain them, with productions which are envied the world over. Whether you like comedy, music or dance you will still have a hard time choosing which shows to see. Gay honeymooners should make sure they include a trip to the Grand Canyon on their holiday agenda. A romantic helicopter ride, plus a picnic at the bottom of the Canyon is a great way to spend the day.
Gay newly weds choosing to stay in Las Vegas will be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation. The hotels along the strip are some of the most amazing in the world, and certainly place you at the center of the action. Most tourists find that they will travel in between most hotels, checking out their shows, playing games in their casinos and eating at their restaurants, so you could argue it is OK wherever you choose to stay. The Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, is an hotel for gay and lesbian honeymooners who are seeking out a little bit of luxury. This is a five star hotel, which has all the amenities you could want. A fitness center, pool, cabanas, shopping arcades, a salon and a spa are just a few of the places. This is a word within a world, a place to get comfortably lost and a place to really feel at home.
July is the mid summer mark for many European destinations, making the continent of Europe an ideal place for gay honeymoon couples to explore in July. A very popular destination for gay travel makers is Tel Aviv, Israel. the city competes with Eilat to be the most friendly and welcoming destination for gay and lesbian tourists. Tel Aviv offers gay beaches for you to show some skin on and to feel safe showing affection for your new husband or wife, regardless of your sexuality. The night life in the city is extremely lively, with most night clubs and bars offering gay and lesbian parties. In the summer months a number of these gay parties are held on the beaches of Tel Aviv, what better way to spend the night. Tel Aviv also offers world class restaurants, perfect for gay couples to visit for a romantic meal during their honeymoon. Gay and lesbian tourists who base themselves in Tel Aviv will find this is a perfect place to explore both Bethlehem and Jersusalem from.
Staying in Tel Aviv, you will find a small number of gay hotels and a number of gay friendly hotels. The ideal place for gay and lesbian honeymooners to stay is the Shalom Hotel in Tel Aviv. Gay and lesbian newly weds will find this a relaxing hotel in heart of the city, with a beach house style. From here you can enjoy the cool breeze from the ocean and witness the beautiful sun setting over the Mediterranean sea. The hotel offers just over 50 rooms, and they are all designed with your pampering needs in mind. Some rooms have bathrooms which look out to sea, check out the hotels unique romantic spa rooms, where you can spend some time in a Jacuzzi, whilst looking out at the wonderful view. The most appealing part of this hotel has to be the rooftop lounge terrace, with its large Jacuzzi offering a perfect spot for some relaxation.
Greece has a very healthy homosexual past, and it has remained a great destination for gay and lesbian travelers. The island of Mykonos has long been a gay travel mecca and this can make for an ideal destination for gay or lesbian honeymooners to travel to. Here you will find plenty of gay bars and clubs to frequent, along with picture perfect beaches for you to perfect your tan on. An alternative Greek destination for gay and lesbian newly married couples to get away from it all is Santorini. This is a resort which is taking a number of gay tourists away from Mykonos. Santorini is a peaceful oasis, ideal for gay honey moon couples to have no distractions just each other. The island does have lots to do, but the best thing is simply admiring the beauty of this idyllic island.
For gay and lesbian couples looking to spend their honeymoon on the island of Santorini check out Heliotopos. This Boutique hotel will guarantee you spend your honeymoon in style. This a totally gay friendly place to stay, in fact you can even arrange for a gay civil union ceremony to be held at the hotel. The hotel offers excellent views of the island, located at the highest point of the crater top. The hotel has won awards for being the most romantic hotel in Greece, which is reason enough for you to spend your once in a lifetime gay honeymoon at the hotel.
What better place to spend a September honeymoon than New England, the beginning of the month sees the 3 day Labor Day holiday weekend, at time when you will find lots to do in New England. The busy tourist season has just passed and gay and lesbian tourists will be able to enjoy the area with much more freedom. September weather in New England is very good, with moderate temperatures and low chance of rain. New England offers gay travelers the options of seaside resorts and mountain getaways, something to please all tastes. The magnificently picturesque New England fall starts around mid September, offering a romantic setting for newly wed gay couples to walk in. The fall season starts in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine them starts its spread south.
For gay honeymooners staying in New England you will find all locations offer great standards of accommodation to match all budgets. For gay newly weds visiting Vermont an ideal place to base yourself is at the Basin Harbor Club and Resort. Here gay and lesbian tourists will find a unique destination on the shores of Lake Champlain, which has been attracting travelers for to their escape from the hectic world hotel for more than 125 years. The hotel is set in a stunning location and offers unparalleled service and amenities to guests, you can even take your dog along. This is a perfect resort for golf or tennis fans, or maybe you would like to partake in chocolate or wine classes (or both). One thing is for sure your will feel well looked after at this Vermont resort, where gay and lesbian tourists will find nothing is too much trouble.
The summer is just about to start in Rio, making it a great time to visit this Brazilian hot spot. Rio has been a gay travel destination of choice for many years and gay and lesbian honeymooners will find plenty to see and do in this coastal city. Beach wise you can choose from the excellent gay beaches at either Copacabana or Ipenema, where you can sit in the most perfect setting watching the world go gently by. In Rio you will find a small number of gay bars and gay clubs, enough to keep you occupied whilst on your stay in Brazil. Tourist sites are plentiful, and for a romantic day trip make sure you visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, this offers excellent views of the city below. Make sure you check the weather before your big climb, as the clouds seem to love the statue as much as the tourist and this is a fight you just wont win.
Rio offers many great places for gay and lesbian honeymooners to stay, most of the hotels are within easy walking distance of the beaches and close to fine restaurants and bars. For gay or lesbian couples who are looking for a hotel which offers them the style they wish to be part of as they begin their married life together, check out the Copacabana Palace by Orient Express. The hotel offers a great location (just across from the gay beach at Copacabana) and the most amazing setting. the hotel takes prime position overlooking the sea, and is an iconic building in Rio, offering a welcome to the rich and famous (and you) since 1923. Guest at the hotel have included Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, as well as rock band The Rolling Stones. Guests can lounge in the magnificent hotel pool, if the walk to the sea is simply too much! Mix with Brazil’s ultra cool set in the hotel bar or simply soak up the sun on the terrace.
This is a great time to visit New York, a destination that is perfect for a newly wed gay couple. The city has a fine reputation for welcoming gay travelers and is also a romantic place to stay. From walking hand in hand through Central Park (which is now smoke free!), or climbing to the top of the Empire State Building and recreating a gay version of Sleepless in Seattle, you can decide which one plays Tom Hanks and who plays Meg Ryan (I know who I want to be). Visiting in November you will find the city in a festive mood, the Christmas decorations are up and Thanksgiving is on its way. You will get the chance to skate at either Central Park or the Rockerfeller Center, or cuddle up close as the winter wind in November can be bitter.
If you want somewhere special to stay that is close to the action, check out the newly opened Mondrian Hotel in Soho. The Mondrian already have a number of hotels in New York, all of which have fine reputations, this is the groups first move into Downtown New York. The hotel offers 270 tastefully designed rooms, a seafood restaurant and two bars, so you may never need to leave your hotel – room service anyone?
Gay honeymooners heading to Sydney, Australia will find the summer here in full swing. This is a perfect destination for gay honeymooners who come from north of the equator. Escaping your winter for a gay trip to the sunshine of Australia, knowing that your wedding guests will be freezing at home, if the perfect wedding gift to yourselves. Sydney has a fantastic reputation for welcoming gay and lesbian couples and you will certainly find plenty to keep you occupied once in the city. For the active you could choose to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge or see it from a leisurely boat cruise, which will take in the Sydney Opera House too. The beaches of Sydney are world famous and a trip to Bondi is a must, join locals and eat outdoors with your own BBQ.
Where to stay in Sydney can be a nightmare and at peak times you will need to book ahead as this is a very popular destination at this time of year. For gay and lesbian honeymooners who are looking for comfort and style with a personal touch check out Morgans Boutique Hotel. Here you will find serviced apartments in the heart of the cosmopolitan district of Darlinghurst. This area offers many fine dinning options, and numerous bars and cafes for gay travelers to the city. This area has the style your honeymoon deserves. Morgans offers a great base for you to explore Sydney from, just a five minute ride to the majority of the major attractions in Sydney. Make sure you check out the roof terrace at the hotel.
The setting is intimate and personalised… a great base from with to explore Sydney’s inner city and its charms.
Located in Darlinghurst, just minutes from the CBD, Morgans is in one of Sydney’s most popular inner eastern suburbs. The area is renowned for its vast array of bars, cafes and restaurants and vibrant bohemian atmosphere.
Morgans is centrally located within 100 metres of major public transport facilities and the Airport Express. Only five minutes ride to all of Sydney’s major attractions – Opera House, Darling Harbour, Harbour Bridge. Only 30 minutes to the Domestic and International Airport Terminals.
Morgans of Sydney is an Art Deco boutique hotel and restaurant on the cafe strip in Victoria Street Darlinghurst. 26 suites with kitchens, ensuite bathrooms, free-to-air TV and Foxtel, air/cond and video intercom security. Roof terrace for the use of in-house guests offers views to Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.