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It's now three years since the introduction of same-sex marriage laws in the UK but sadly some parts of the world are still lagging behind in recognising gay and lesbian tourism. That's why LGBT travel expert Darren Burn has picked out the best places when it comes to gay-friendly honeymoon and wedding anniversary destinations.
Burn, the founder of LGBT-friendly luxury travel service OutOfOffice.com, has used his specialist knowledge of the industry to come up with some spectacular locations for a celebration getaway.
Hawaii might be a bit big to come under an 'islands' destination section, but the eight individual parts of the far-flung US state each have their own unique character. A mix of geological reserves, urban city vibes, jungles, beaches and luxury hotels all come together to make Hawaii a favourite on Burn's list.
The travel expert says that Bora Bora is "located in the middle of nowhere but probably one of the most romantic destinations in the world" and actually names it being at the top of his honeymoon list. Although flights are via LA and Tahiti the trek is worth it as Bruns says "it is extremely welcoming for LGBT travellers too with French Polynesia allowing same-sex weddings."
South Africa and Mauritius
According to Burns, Cape Town is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world and is a perfect destination for a newlywed same-sex couple. He suggests a twin-centre honeymoon taking in both South Africa and Mauritius, spending a few days in the city before heading to the wine lands of Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. Finishing with a week in Mauritius just a short flight away means having a choice of five-star resorts with many honeymoon benefits on offer to same-sex couples.
In the Med
Closer to home is the Greek islands, where Burns says the majority are very gay-friendly even though same-sex marriage has yet to be legalised in Greece.
"You’ll always find the locals welcoming to LGBT travellers," Burns explains, adding that Santorini is all about the romance and Mykonos with its tavernas and beautiful beaches offers an excellent level of honeymoon luxury.
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Date Created: 30/03/2017