Relax, unwind, spend quality time and explore a new place with your brand new better half; that’s what most newlyweds would like to do! Why not spend some time together in exploring your own city? You will be surprised how much of your city that you still do not know enough. This is a great opportunity to do so with your new partner in life!
Another option is to have a staycation - a holiday in your own town; just two of you. Here are some tips to get the best out of a staycation.
Exploring another city, not very far from where you live, is another great way to enjoy each other’s company in a known and a familiar environment. With no worries of trying to understand the cultural nuances of a city or food, you will have all the time just getting to know each other.
If exploring a completely different environment is what you are looking for, here are Crescentrating’s 10 destinations for newlyweds in 2013, where you can spend some quiet and quality time discovering each other.
Istanbul is a city where you could take leisurely walks or sit around for hours in surroundings steeped with rich cultural heritage. There are multitudes of magnificent Museums and Mosques to keep you occupied with discovering Turkey’s Islamic heritage. Grand Bazaar is a good place to get to know each other’s shopping and bargaining Skills!
Istanbul at night is a visual treat! Take a walk around the Bosphorus bridge and enjoy the local food. Being a Muslim majority country all food is considered suitable for Muslims.
Whether you are on a cruise along the river, having a truly Turkish meal, haggling in the Grand bazaar or exploring the Mosques & Museums, this city would leave you with lots of fond memories to tell your grand kids, Insha Allah!
Paris offers a similar experience but in a completely different surroundings and cultural setting. It’s endless museums, art galleries, Eiffel tower and architecture will take you on a journey through years of European History.
Taking a cruise along the Seine is a must. But walking along the banks of the Seine, you will find plenty of places to sit and plan your next stage of life in a truly romantic setting! If that is not enough, there are plenty of beautifully gardens to entice you to take long walks right in the middle of Paris.
Finding Halal food is becoming easier in Paris now. Visit the grand Mosque of Paris and take a walk around the quarter.
Fez is a beautiful city in Morocco, frozen in its old world charm, has a lot to offer for the newlyweds if you are really looking to be away from a modern city environment! From exploring the walled city of Medina or getting a unique shopping experience at the souk, you can while away your time leisurely.
To truly enjoy Fez, stay in a Riad, a traditional Moroccan house. Take a walk down the very narrow streets of Fez! This city would take you to the old world with its charm and antiquity, allowing you to get to know each other without the constant reminder of sights and sounds of a modern city.
By the end of your stay, you would be already planning to come back with your kids, Insha Allah!
Krabi is a beautiful and a secluded Island in Thailand, ideal for spending some great time at the beaches with some level of privacy. The beaches are some of the best in the region, with hues of green and blue seas. The island has some amazing resorts where you can really be pampered.
Krabi has a large population of Muslims and as such, Halal food is easily available. Pay a visit to the local Masjid as well.
A great destination, if you wish to discover each other while gazing at the breathtaking sea views.
Mauritius is another destination that you will be able to spend time enjoying the beaches, with a lot of privacy. It is a beautiful Island of blue lagoons, white unspoiled sands, coral islets and multi - cultural atmosphere that will leave you lost in this far away island. It also has many Spas to get you pampered and refreshed.
Finding Halal food at the resorts may not be straightforward. You might have to make prior arrangements with the hotel or stay vegetarian! Halal food is available in localities where there are Muslim communities. Take a bit of time out and visit those areas to get a taste of local Muslim food.
Maldives does not need an introduction as a destination for newlyweds! The Island in this Indian ocean of turquoise beach, white sands and scenery of the sun sinking beyond the horizons could not make a better backdrop to let you get to know each other. If you want to be adventurous on your first trip together, then you could try some of the water sports!
Although Maldives is a Muslim majority country, it is advisable that you make sure the food at the resort is not prepared along with non-halal food. Take some time to visit the beautiful Masjid in Male known as the Islamic Centre or Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam.
With beach fun, undersea adventures and private pools that many resorts offer, this island is for those who want to spend time away from the world and just be.
With lush mountains, rainforest landscapes and the beautiful beaches this island of Langkawi is sure to make you feel close to nature. You will have plenty of private time together while island hopping.
The beauty of the islands and beaches would only make you remember your first time together in shades of all the magnificent colours of nature! Being in Malaysia, you do not need to worry about finding Halal food, allowing enough time to discover each other.
If a faraway place is what you are looking for, then Fiji in the Pacific Ocean is a place to explore. A nature’s delight with several Islands, rainforests, Fiji is for the nature lover and the adventurer.
Several activities like diving, snorkelling over a shallow reef, trekking in the tropical rainforests, rafting and sailing will allow you to bond with your partner amidst the adrenaline rush.
There are a few Mosques in Suva and few Halal Certified restaurants in Fiji.
Whether it is modern Malls or Souks, there is no better place than Dubai to really shop till you drop! A good place to start understanding each other’s spending skills!
Of course, Dubai offers much more than shopping. Its modern attractions and some of the beaches are also great places to enjoy each other’s company. When it comes to food, Dubai will definitely allow you to know what type of cuisine each of you enjoy most.
Be it a stroll down the Jumeirah beach together, or endless shopping for a new makeover, it is definite to give you an experience to understand each other better.
Perth is a calm city with its beautiful landscaping and lot of activities. You can spend an evening along any of Perth’s 19 beaches with the beautiful sun setting - the perfect sight to behold or taking a cruise down the swan river.
If you are looking for a modern city with all its comforts but without the hustle and bustle, this is the place to spend some time getting to know each other. The city is also known for its fine dining options and high end brands & latest fashion for shopping.
There are some Halal restaurants in Perth and the Perth Mosque is located in the heart of the city.
Well, that is our list of 10 destination for the newlyweds this year. If you visit any of these destinations, share with us your experience
For all the newlyweds, from all of us at Crescentrating:
بَارَكَ اللهُ لَكَ ، وَبَارَكَ عَلَيْكَ ، وَجَمَعَ بَيْنَكُمَا فِي خَيْرٍ
"May Allah bless for you (your spouse) and bless you, and may He unite both of you in goodness”
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