We’ve heard of the simple beach getaways for two and the private log cabin romp for frisky newlyweds, but with more thrill seeking couples tie-ing the knot, honeymoon travel is taking a more exciting twist. Not sure where to go, we’ve rounded up a hot list of destinations for couples who love adventure.
You and your honey can get a little steamy, while visiting one of the driest places on earth. Adventure seekers and stargazers will enjoy the landscape of wind-carved dunes and the scenic salt lakes. Take a romantic sunrise balloon ride to check out the view from above. Explore the red plains of Chile on foot, bike or horseback, Go on a long hike up the mountains, or head up towards the volcanoes to feel a deep sense of peace and solitude. Splurge for one of four countryside view Catur Suites at the luxurious, recently renovated Explora Atacama. Overnight rates include guided desert excursions and nighttime access to the hotel’s on-site observatory, equipped with one of Chile’s largest privately-owned telescopes.
Lions, and tigers, and bears – Oh my. Actually expect to see more of hippos surfing waves, elephants trotting down soft white beaches, sea turtles, whales, gorillas, you name it – if you and your significant other are into wildlife, this west African country should be high on your honeymoon list. Although scarce in hotels, the country is making big improvements to help tourism, starting with its international airport. The notable Loango Lodge, situated at the main entry point to Loango National Park and the gorilla habitation project, recently reopened, and will be followed by two more lodges near the Langoué Bai and Lopé national parks. Splurge for one of Loango’s luxe Bungalow’s, with private terrace and views of the river and national park. The rich history and culture in the country will allow you to witness the Bantu tribe up close and personal, as you enjoy game drives in 4×4 jeeps, whale watching during the summer, fishing and Savannah expeditions.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
A haven for outdoor adventurers and artists, The Lofoten Islands, boasts the craggy mountains that drop dramatically into cobalt blue waters. Talk about a view! Artsy couples and couples who love to hike, cycle, kayak and surf, may want to book that flight. New hotel, Svolvaer Havn is opening to accommodate the increase in visitors, while fan favorites like Thon Hotel Lofoten have undergone renovations. Go for the Panorama Suite with views of the Svolvaer harbor and of Lofoten’s sea and mountain landscape.
Langtang Region, Nepal
Devastated from the 2015 avalanche, Nepal is beefing up its efforts to to revive tourism. The happy couple could enjoy a tititlating 15-day Tamang Heritage Trail Trek hosted by the travel outfitter Intrepid, through alpine terrain, verdant midlands, rustic villages and monasteries. The newly opened portion of Langtang National Park called the Tamang Heritage Trail gives guests a chance to meet the Tamang people, originally Tibetan horse traders.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Summer wedding couples rejoice. You can mark your honeymoon On Aug. 21, 2017, when the continental United States will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time in 38 years. The eclipse is expected to appear diagonally across America, but bright lights and overcast skies are major obstacles to viewing. Book your honeymoon at Grad Teton National Park in Wyoming, where you’ll have a pretty good chance of catching the eclipse. Pop a bottle of champagne, and share a very intimate kiss, as you’ll get a breathtaking two minutes and 20 seconds of total darkness. In the case you’re so busy doing other things and you miss the eclipse, you’ll still be surrounded by the jagged peaks, mountain lakes and wildlife of summer in Wyoming. Cuddle up for soe under stars camping or enjoy a lodge through park concessioners.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Its always a good time, down under, especially when you’re doing something together that can save the planet. Get your head out of the gutter, I’m talking about Great Barrier Reef conservation in Australia. Facing some serious threats the world’s largest living organism, can use your help. Pack your bags, you and your other can join Mangrove Watch, Project Manta, RedMap and more to help preserve wildlife and the reef. Also head to the turtle rehab center, or the lizard island research station to volunteer. Couples will love arriving to Bedarra Island by helicopter, to enjoy beach time, paddle boarding, and surfing. Book the split level Treehouse Villa at Bedarra Island Resort, to be nestled in the canopy with views of the surrounding rainforest, coconut palms, and blue beaches.