Best honeymoon destinations for 2016

Once the wedding is over and the last guest has left, most couples look forward to their honeymoon: five days, a week, maybe more, of unwinding, relaxing and spending quality time together in an exotic spot somewhere around the world. Honeymoons come in all shapes and sizes: a beach vacation, a safari, a ski trip and are based more on the couple's joint-personality than on tradition. This list is just a snapshot of 5 of the world's hottest honeymoon destinations for 2016.

Cappadocia - Turkey

The fairy chimneys of Cappadocia are spectacularly peculiar, a sight that needs to be shared. The region offers plenty of opportunities to explore on foot or by car, but the best way is to wake up before dawn for a balloon ride over the jagged landscape and fantastic dwellings. Post-afternoon-nap, climb the stairs up to Uchisar Castle to watch the sunset from the top of the area's tallest fairy chimney, where Cappadocia mingles with the clouds and everything from Mt Erciyes to the Pigeon Valley is in view. Stay at Argos in Cappadocia, a former monastery that's been turned into the sweetest and chicest cave hotel in the area.

Marrakech - Morocco

Hands-down one of the most romantic cities on earth, Marrakech is redolent with Arabian spices and rose petals, lit by lanterns and soundtracked by Gwana music. The medina is virtually impossible to navigate, so it's best to accept getting lost as part of the experience, stopping for mint tea or strong coffee, bargaining in the souqs and watching snake charmers in Jemaa al Fna, the central square. La Maison Arabe combines the seductive charms and secluded spaces of a riad with the conveniences of a full-service hotel.

St Lucia -  Caribbean Sea

Rum punch, white sand, crashing waves and stunning vistas are abundant on just about any Caribbean island. What sets St Lucia apart are its lush forests, striking silhouette of the Piton mountains (a Unesco site) and adventure opportunities - sharing physical challenges and satisfactions is a great way to begin life together. Climb the 786m Gros Piton, dive, snorkel, zipline and try the island's unique scuba-snorkel hybrid called Snuba. Ladera, where the rooms have three walls, lies smack between the Pitons. The Paradise Ridge suites up the ante on romance and luxury.

Andalucia - Spain

Few things are dreamier than an alfresco lunch under the sunny skies at the olive orchards of southern Spain. Think jamon iberico, olives, manchego cheese and local Jerez sherry on a hand-woven blanket, followed by a languorous siesta. The wild mountains outside Seville provide the perfect setting for idyllic, isolated feasts. By night see flamenco, the dance of love and passion, some of whose brightest stars - Joaquin Cortes, Miguel Rios, Rocio Jurado, Isabel Pantoja and Joaquin Sabina - hail from Andalucia. Trasierra is a quirky hotel an hour from Seville, does delicious picnics. Corral del Rey is a boutique town hotel close to Seville's best tapas bars and flamenco clubs.

Bali - Indonesia

Juicy mangoes, technicolor sunsets, night-blooming jasmine: Bali is quite possibly the most seductive island on earth. This is a culture where days begin with offerings of flowers to Hindu deities at roadside temples and where every visitor is greeted with a smile, but sensual undercurrents flow. It's also the place for indulgent spa treatments, like floral baths and spice body scrubs, and of course couples' massages. Hotel Tugu (in Canggu) is filled with art and antiques that bring back to life forgotten tales of the romance of Bali.