Couples in the midst of planning their honeymoons need look no further for inspiration than Tahiti, which has just been named the top honeymoon destination for 2014 by Brides magazine.
Thanks to its winning formula of sun, sand, crystal clear waters and palm trees, the 118 islands and atolls – which are also referred to as French Polynesia – were determined the most romantic spot to enjoy the newly-wed feeling by the publication.
Brides conducted a survey in which it asked a selection of travel agents employed by Virtuoso to determine where they would recommend loved-up couples to spend their first holiday together as a married couple.
"On behalf of Tahiti Tourism and the Islands of Tahiti, we are honoured to be recognised as the best honeymoon destination in the world,” commented Jonathan Reap, managing director for Tahiti Tourism.
"The islands truly offer the ultimate in romance from the stunning backdrop of lush mountains and turquoise, lapis and aquamarine lagoons, iconic overwater bungalows, world-class resorts and quaint French-inspired restaurants, all add up for the ultimate private honeymoon."
Prominent reasons for selecting Tahiti as the perfect honeymoon destination included the varied landscapes across the islands, from just-above sea level coral atolls and volcanic mountain peaks to long crescents of perfect sand and spectacular turquoise lagoons.
Notable follow-ups on the survey included Italy in second place, with Hawaii beaten into second and then the Maldives and South Africa.
If you're yearning for something a little different on your honeymoon, why not consider seeing the best of Tahiti via a Tahiti Society Sailing Cruise? Aboard the comfortable and stylish catamaran, you can be sure of an intimate and memorable experience as you explore every inch of this spectacular island paradise.
Those interested in the runners-up are urged to check out Seafarer's holidays in Italy, the Maldives and the Rivers of Africa.