You may have taken vacations with your fiancé before. And you definitely will go on couples’ getaways again. But after all the stress of wedding planning, you deserve a memorable honeymoon. Here’s what to do to make it an unforgettable trip.

Get intimate

This is unspoken for. It is practically the only think you should be doing before getting back to the hustle and bustle of married life and families.

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Do something you’ve never done before

You can try kayaking in the sea. The waves may carry you a little further out than you would like but you don’t have to worry because the water sports guy will be looking out for you on his speedboat, but you can be assured it will be fun and exciting.

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Order room service

There is nothing exciting as compared to being pampered in a hotel/resort. Enjoy your meals sent straight to your room is most exciting if it is overlooking the sea.

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Eat and drink decadently

You can try this every night–after all, it is not like you have a wedding dress to fit into anymore! But if your meals aren’t part of the hotel deal, make sure to squeeze in at least one crazy delicious and filling dinner during your stay. And if you’re in a tropical locale, by all means, order a fruity cocktail that comes with an “umbrella” in it.

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Go dancing

Find a local spot near the hotel with dancing and hit the dance floor together. Dancing is sensual and a great precursor to other (ahem) nighttime activities — just make sure to do a little research before you go. Find a spot that’ll be relatively crowded so there’s no need to feel self-conscious about any subpar dancing skills. And stay safe too: If the crowd makes you feel uncomfortable at any time, take that dance party back to your hotel room.


Read (Or Listen To) a Steamy Book

For some adult-only reading that will most likely keep you up rather than put you two to sleep, pack along a pillow book or two. The Kama Sutra is a classic, but there are plenty of other options to choose from, like Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, if you haven’t read it already, or Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence if you’re literary buffs.

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Watch a Sunrise

While sunsets have their charm, a sunrise can be far more exciting and interesting. At that hour, chances are you’ll have the whole sun to yourself, and the beach, pool or any other gazing point will be virtually deserted. Afterward, hightail it back to your room and order breakfast in bed and see where that leads.

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Take Boudoir Photos

Create a little photo session of your own and snap a few of each other in the privacy of your room. After the trip, make a mini photo album exclusively of your risqué photos (your at-home printer will do!). Keep it in a safe place and sneak a peek every once in a while to remember your trip.

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Book a Couples’ Massage

A massage is a great way to relieve stress and tension from the wedding day. If having a stranger rub you down isn’t your idea of fun, then take turns giving each other massages in the comfort of your hotel room or villa. Buy or bring along your own massage oil and plan to make use of it long after the honeymoon.

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