Why settle for anything less than the thrill of a lifetime on your honeymoon? These 10 honeymoon destinations will have you itching to get hitched!
Saying “I do” should be the first of many exciting adventures you share as a couple. Although many newlyweds opt to spend their honeymoon relaxing poolside at a luxurious resort, who says you can’t spend it seeking an adrenaline rush? Not all honeymoon destinations are created equal!
Your honeymoon should be spent doing exactly what you love to do, and for some couples there is nothing better than constant activity. Honeymooners have begun to shy away from the traditional tropical vacations – now, more and more couples are opting to plan the adventures of their lifetime! But where to go?
Here are 10 of the most riveting and unforgettable honeymoon destinations to check out with your husband or wife.
Destination #1: Cape Town, South Africa
What to do: You need to be pretty adventurous to do some of the activities Cape Town has to offer, some of which include cage diving with great white sharks and paragliding. Another popular attraction is hiking Lion’s Head, a mountain forming part of the dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. If you’d rather not partake in a lot of physical activity, there are safari trips offered to the renowned Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves.
Where to stay: The Last Word, Constantia, a private luxury boutique hotel at the centre of the Cape Peninsula. Its breathtaking views will offer all the solstice you need after a long day of exploration.
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Why here? With its combination of daring feats and luxurious tranquility, Cape Town is one of the best South African honeymoon destinations for adrenaline junkie newlyweds.
Destination #2: Emerald Coast, Nicaragua
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What to do: Here’s one of many honeymoon destinations with a variety of activities to enjoy. There’s surfing, helicopter rides over Emerald Coast to Ingenio San Antonio, and sandboarding. You can also immerse yourself into the wild if you’re more interested in hiking through the 1,670-acre reserve of Guacalito de la Isla, which is home to monkeys, sloths, iguanas and tropical birds.
Where to stay: Mukul Luxury Resort & Spa, Guacalito, Nicaragua is remote and intimate, and is also owned by Carlos Pellas, the wealthiest name in the Nicaragua.
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Why here? Anyone who loves exotic travel would love this destination. You’ll have access to a variety of activities around the island with an opportunity to explore the local history as well. Additionally, there is a lot more privacy for you and your loved one here. “Nicaragua is never crowded with tourists like Costa Rica, Belize or Honduras. Even at its peak season (December through March) the crowds are light,” according to theplanetd.
Destination #3: Tokyo, Japan
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What to do: Hiking to the summit of Mt. Fuji, Japan’s highest and most prominent mountain. Now that makes for a great story!
Where to stay: The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo has dramatic views of Tokyo’s cityscape and occupies the top floors of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, one of the tallest skyscrapers in Tokyo. The interior design is meant to evoke the feelings of “Forest and Water,” perfect for any nature-lover Mr. and Mrs.
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Why here? The views from Mount Fuji can make for lifelong memories, and having that experience together as a newly married couple will be incredible. Tokyo is the perfect combination of exotic culture and romantic moments of escape, making it one of the most unique honeymoon destinations for adventurous couples.
Destination #4: Queenstown, New Zealand
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What to do: Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers an abundance of fun things to do, including skydiving, bungee jumping, and white water rafting.
Where to stay: Matakauri Lodge is the perfect romantic getaway for newlyweds. This hotel overlooks towering mountains as well as the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and offers fresh cuisine, sleek interiors, and a cozy serene setting for two, as it is in the middle of the native forest.
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Why here? Queenstown’s luminous aqua lakes, snow-capped mountains, and rolling green fields make it incredibly picturesque. You will never run out of things to do and see here!
Destination #5: Lapland, Sweden
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What to do: This is the perfect place for a couple who loves a little “chill time.” Dogsledding (and a Northern Lights Dogsledding Tour!) are very popular activities.
Where to stay: IceHotel, Lapland is a world famous hotel and art exhibition made of ice and snow, reborn every winter in a Swedish village about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.
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Why here? The hotel alone is such an unforgettable experience, and certainly one that will be unique to the two of you. “I went into our stay at the ICEHOTEL thinking it was a once in a lifetime experience we were lucky to be able to enjoy, and I left feeling the exact same way,” said Katherine Belarmino. Plus, when you’re feeling cold on this trip, you can just curl up with your loved one!
Destination #6: St. Croix
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What to do: Take advantage of a honeymoon on an island set along the Caribbean Sea. With its turquoise water and pearly white beaches, St. Croix is popular for its scuba diving and snorkeling.
Where to stay: Sugar Beach Resort, Christiansted, Saint Croix Island will set the stage for your magical Caribbean honeymoon.
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Why here? If you are more of a tropical fan but you also crave some excitement, St. Croix is the destination for you! St Croix’s crystal clear waters and colorful marine life will make for the most jaw-dropping trip you can imagine. There is so much to do and explore on this island!
Destination #7: Uluru, Australia
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What to do: There’s plenty to do in this breathtaking city, including helicopter rides, camel rides, and hiking in Kata Tjuta, also known as “Valley of the Winds.”
Where to stay: Longitude 131 is a five-star glamping hotel with stunning views of Uluru. It is one of Australia’s most exclusive resorts.
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Why here? Not very many honeymoon destinations truly offer solitude, which is why Uluru is so such a great place to go. Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago. There is something so mysterious and romantic about being in the middle of nowhere with the person you love most. That along with the breathtaking sights will make it the trip of a lifetime!
Destination #8: Chamonix, France
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What to do: Skiing at the sharp end of the Alpine is very popular here, seeing as Chamonix is known for hosting the first Winter Olympics in 1924.
Where to stay: Les Aiglons Resort and Spa is an eco-friendly resort providing contemporary rooms and a beautiful spa space. What more could you ask for after hitting the slopes all day?
Why here?: A mix of history with a cosmopolitan feel, you’ll have the best of both worlds here. The town of Chamonix is known for its charm and is full of shops, galleries and restaurants. This is the perfect quaint location for a honeymoon with a side of awesome adventure.
Destination #9: Ireland
What to do: Hike the cliff-lined coastline of course!
Where to stay: The Ashford Castle, an 800-year-old castle an hour outside of Galway. It has antique furnishings, large fireplaces, and soaring ceilings, perfect for a couple looking for some down-time in a historic and equally gorgeous setting.
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Why here? Scenic beauty and centuries-old villages are all part of the romance of Ireland. Not to mention the Emerald Isle has some of the warmest people known to man. You’ll feel right at home here!
Destination #10: Chiang Mai, Thailand
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What to do: Elephant rides through the Thai jungles! According to Bon Voyage Thailand, “If there’s one animal that comes to mind when you first hear or read the word ‘Thailand’ it’s elephant. So it’s no surprise that elephant tours are some of the most anticipated activities for travelers visiting Southeast Asia.”
Where to stay: The Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai provides an abundance of romantic activities tailored specifically to honeymooners.
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Why here? Known by its locals as “the rose of the north,” Chiang Mai is perfect for a couple seeking a combination of adventure, culture, and relaxation.
While there is nothing wrong with sipping margaritas on the beach for two weeks, there are many other unique options out there if you want to have a bit more adventure as you honeymoon. Adrenaline junkies, or even just two people that love seeking new thrills, have a plethora of incredible honeymoon destinations to choose from.
And what’s most important, the memories you will make will last a lifetime – something truly special a husband and wife can share together.
For more suggestions on where to go for your adventurous honeymoon, check out our Pinterest Board on Adventurous Honeymoon Destination Ideas.
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