Instagram has become a search engine for all things beautiful. The world's most stunning travel destinations are featured frequently on the popular photo-sharing site. You have probably seen some of those beautiful travel pictures, and now it's your turn to dream, plan, experience and share your honeymoon via Instagram. Where are those most-liked, most-commented on, new-follower-gaining photos coming from? We want to share our list of our favorite Instragram-worthy honeymoon destinations.
It's no surprise that the #maldives is a favorite on Instagram. These islands have mind blowing images of crystal blue water, overwater bungalows, pretty girls swinging on hammocks and pure white sand. Even if you don't use a filter, your followers may think that your Maldives photos are fake, filtered or taken by a professional. But the reality is that the islands are so beautiful that you can snap away with your phone (or any old camera) and capture a photo worthy of the pages of Travel and Leisure Magazine.
Where to Stay
Gili Lankanfushi- Gili Lankanfushi offers just 45 overwater bungalows. Even the smallest of these have over 2,000 square feet of space. A glass-bottom bathroom, open showers, a rooftop patio and outdoor beds are just a few of the luxurious amenities included in each bungalow. Consider splurging on the villa, which also includes your very own waterslide right over that crystal clear water. Talk about Instagram perfection!!
South Africa is simply amazing. You climb to the top of one the Seven Wonders of the World (Table Mountain), play with penguins on the beach, visit some of the most breathtaking vineyards in the world, and stay in luxury safari camps where you can spot the Big Five. South Africa is literally filled with Instagram-worthy spots.
Where to stay
Singita Lebombo Lodge – For an all-inclusive luxury experience, Singita is arguably your best option in the entire country. No professional photography equipment is needed to capture the stunning property and the exotic wild animals. Be prepared to get up close and personal with elephants, lions, zebras and giraffes. If instagramming food is of interest to you, Singita is also a culinary haven.
From the Amalfi Coast to the hills of Tuscany, Italy has Instagram opportunities galore. You can spend your honeymoon snapping pictures of bright-colored buildings, cobblestone streets, vineyards, colorful coastlines, pizzas, glasses of wine, pasta, museums, local people and so on.... There is no shortage of moments to capture, and whether you share a photo of Cinque Terre or a slice of artisan pizza, expect an abundance of likes and new followers from your Italy pictures.
Where to Stay
La Bandita Pienza - For your honeymoon, you can rent a car and head to the tiny Tuscan town of Pienza. You can stay at the Bandita Townhouse or at their sister property, La Bandita Villa. Stroll the cobblestone streets, eat lots of pecorino and soak in the panoramic views of vineyards and wheat fields.
From the rice paddies of Ubud to the picturesque swing in Gili Pallagawan, Instagram photo options are everywhere on the Indonesian island of Bali. Be prepared to take swimming pool shots with beautiful landscapes in the background. You will also have a chance to snap one-of-a-kind photos during your Bali honeymoon: with a monkey on your shoulder, lounging in a beachside hammock, biking in between tiered rice paddies, and riding elephants into the sunset.
Where to Stay
Alila Villas Uluwatu- Alila Uluwatu is an architectural masterpiece set in the picture-perfect coastal town of Uluwatu. Instagram-worthy photo ops are in abundance here. Alila Uluwatu is one of four Alila properties on Bali; it is the best option for honeymooners looking to experience all the island has to offer.
Patagonia - Chile & Argentina
If you think of yourself as an adventurous instagramer, consider an off-the-beaten-path honeymoon in Patagonia. Patagonia covers the southern point of South America in both Chile and Argentina. By sharing photos of the Andes Mountains, the lakes, the endless grasslands and the unique eco resorts, you will give your Instagram followers a serious case of wanderlust. Patagonia can easily be tied in with a stop in Buenos Aires or Santiago for a little urban fun before your wildness honeymoon. Or you could take a trip to Mendoza to enjoy some of Argentina's world-class wines.
Where to Stay
Cavas Wine Lodge - Cavas Wine Lodge is located in the wine region of Mendoza. This venue offers a unique wine experience with unforgettable views of the Andes Mountains. Cavas Wine Lodge has 14 adobe-style suites set on 54 acres of pristine vineyards.
EcoCamp Patagonia - If you are hoping to have one of your Instagram photos shared on Nat Geo or Travel and Leisure, then EcoCamp Patagonia is the place to stay. The unique "eco domes" offer a luxury camping (glamping) experience in the middle of the most beautiful section of Patagonia.
Sri Lanka is often overlooked as a travel destination. However, the South Asian island nation has some amazing, Instagram-worthy sites. Sri Lanka is also only a one-hour flight from the Maldives. If you want to really make your followers jealous (and gain a bunch more new followers), consider a honeymoon itinerary that includes both the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka offers beautiful beaches, safari camps, elephant sanctuaries, temples, photogenic (and delicious) food, tea trails, culture and wildlife.
Where to stay
A visit to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a stop at the Ceylon Tea Trails. Here in the Sri Lankan highlands you will find miles and miles of trails, tea plantations, and picturesque views from every angle. Ceylon Tea Trails offers four unique cottages that are scattered throughout the trails. All these accommodations offer breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery. Ceylon Tea Trails is an all-inclusive experience, so once you arrive you can sit back relax and not worry about anything but capturing that perfect Instagram shot.
Not sure how to get your amazing photos seen? We have compiled a list of helpful tips for getting your photos shared, gaining followers and getting those all-important likes. Tune in tomorrow to learn how to get thousands of eyes on your honeymoon pictures.