Whether you’re looking to be the first to discover an up-and-coming region or checking off one of the top places on your bucket list for your honeymoon, we’ve compiled five outstanding trips with romance and adventure guaranteed.
Couples looking to celebrate their union at what feels like the edge of the world need look no further than Chile for the ultimate honeymoon destination. A must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts, the country is as long as the United States is wide and has an astonishingly diverse topography: Salt flats meet snow-capped mountains, and vast deserts give way to sandy beaches and the sun-soaked capital of modern Santiago. We recommend spending the majority of your time in the other-worldly Atacama Desert and the rugged Chilean Patagonia, with days spent hiking, horseback riding, kayaking and more, and nights unwinding at cozy, intimate lodges.
A safari in Rwanda offers once-in-a-lifetime interactions with endangered mountain gorillas—a wildlife experience like no other—along with spectacular accommodations and the chance to engage with locals and learn about the incredible progress Rwanda has made in the aftermath of civl war. Honeymooners can combine a gorilla trek in Rwanda with a traditional safari in Tanzania and far-flung beach relaxation in the Seychelles or the Indian Ocean. And for the most remote (and utterly romantic) safari experience, newlyweds should head to the plains of Namibia. Consisting of desert, sand dunes, huge open spaces and great swaths of silence, Namibia is home to rare desert-adapted black rhino as well as giraffe, zebra and other plains game, along with several luxurious tented camps.
Honeymooners who like to be on the cusp of the next big thing might not be considering a trip to Italy, but a honeymoon in Puglia offers the chance to experience one of Europe’s most authentic regions. With a warm Southern Italian climate and miles of beautiful beaches, numerous countryside hotels and charming villages with Baroque churches and tiny piazzas, Puglia blends all the aspects of a Mediterranean honeymoon, minus the crowds.
For the ultimate yin-and-yang honeymoon, couples can experience the culture-rich cities of India and then unwind at an island resort in the remote Maldives. From India’s pink-hued city of Jaipur and the timeless allure of the Taj Mahal to the atolls of the Indian Ocean, India and the Maldives is an ideal duo for travelers who want the best of both worlds.
Comprised of more than 17,000 islands, including Bali, Indonesia has some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes—both above the water and under the sea. And with days spent hiking volcanoes, visiting temples, practicing meditation and yoga and sampling fresh, flavorful cuisine, couples can bond over the rich spiritual culture of the region. Two must-dos for adventurous honeymooners: spending time at Nihi Sumba, a remote beachfront resort, and chartering a sailboat to explore the islands of Komodo, Java and Moyo in near seclusion. Another favorite? Bawah Reserve, an eco-luxe private island with 13 beaches, three lagoons and a protected marine conservation area.
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